More to hypnosis game show than meets the eye
DARYL Somers says there's more to his hypnosis game show than meets the eye.
Despite a barrage of negative comments on social media, the new show You're Back in the Room debuted to an impressive 1.15 million metro viewers and managed to hold on to 890,000 viewers in its second outing.
Clearly there are lot more people than just the haters watching the show, which is Somers' first return to our screens since the revival of Hey Hey It's Saturday six years ago.
"I think it's the unpredictability of it and the fun of it that people have taken to," Somers told APN.
"We've got a young demographic, which is interesting.
"There will always the questions over the hypnosis, is it real or not? There will always be sceptics, but having been through the series I can really say that it is real from my point of view."
Despite never going under full hypnosis himself, Somers was converted after he took part in a susceptibility test, which apparently determines "good" candidates, with the show's hypnotist Keith Barry
"The test was to interlock your fingers and then he suggested he was pouring super glue over your fingers," Somers said.
"He'd say 'it's getting stickier; the glue's drying; your hands are stuck together and you cannot pull them apart'. Then he'd say 'OK pull your hands apart'. I couldn't pull them apart; I couldn't do it. I said 'what does this mean?' He said it looks like you would be a good candidate for hypnosis."
He was full of praise for Barry, who also stars in the UK version of the show and is set to appear in the US version filming later this year.
"It's such an art. He kept these people for our first show under for seven hours, taking them out of the studio in between the set ups and sitting them in a quiet room to put them in a deep, relaxed state," he said.
"He was masterful the way he did that. When people get tired when they're under they can snap out of it, he told, me, but it didn't happen on our show fortunately… there's a duty of care there."
Somers believes tonight's episode is one of the best out of the show's short five-episode run.
"I had to be careful that I wouldn't bring them (the contestants) out of their (hypnotic) state, so I was a bit tentative the first couple of shows," he said.
"Then when we got involved in the show I started getting into the groove of it and realised what I could do.
"It's been a really interesting learning curve… I had to bring every ounce of experience I've ever had in television to this show."
You're Back in the Room airs Sundays at 7pm on Channel 9/WIN.