“I could’ve been in Florida today”, said Enniskillen woman Natasha Masterson ruefully, after her appearance on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway at the weekend.

As part of the popular ITV variety show, a number of couches are placed at mystery sites throughout the UK in a regular segment known as the ‘sofa challenge’.

People who find a couch are each given a number, with one lucky person being given the opportunity to win a big prize. Mrs. Masterson, a mother of two from Cavanaleck, was among hundreds of local people who descended on Enniskillen Castle on Saturday night after it was revealed to be the location of one of the sofas.

After filling out a registration form, she was given a paddle with the number 62 on it. When host Declan Donnelly – presenting the show on his own for the first time – called out her number, she described the moment as one of stillness, followed by panic!

Speaking to the Impartial Reporter yesterday (Wednesday), Mrs. Masterson said that, at the location, they couldn’t hear what was going on in the studio and there was a lot of background noise.

She said: “We couldn’t see anything going on in the studio, but we heard the number coming through. There was a stillness, then a panic. When I realised it was my number, all of a sudden I jumped!”

The Enniskillen woman then went head-to-head with a Welsh woman in a game of ‘gnome, paper, scissors’, a variant on the classic ‘Rock, paper, scissors’. The winner would be flying out to Florida this week for the filming of the Saturday Night Takeaway finale.

She said: “I only had a split second and unfortunately went for the scissors. The other woman chose the gnome. I was practically standing on the paper!”

Despite missing out on a trip across the Atlantic, the mother of two was in a philosophical mood. “I was checking the weather in Florida last night and it was 29 degrees, so it’s hot. I’m not upset though. I only went down for the fun of it, to experience the atmosphere. Getting selected was a bonus. But I am kicking myself!”