Connagh-Joseph "C.J." de Mooi, is a professional quizzer and is the ‘bad boy’ team member on the BBC show Eggheads. As filming for the tenth series gets underway, I caught up with the man we love to hate to find out about his specialist subjects, his modelling career, and most excitingly, mouthing off to Anne Robinson!

Hey CJ, how are you?

I’m just having all the fun in the world having a drink in Selfridges.

How’s filming going for the latest series of Eggheads?

Well the last block went pretty quickly and for the first time I had a decent result for myself and did pretty well and got up to my own standard. Usually in the past I start off well and then have a disaster later on but I did quite well this time.

I believe there is a funny story surrounding how you got onto the show… care to share?

Well I’d been a contestant on a few shows and I got more notice for being willing to be forthright with my opinions than for my general knowledge! I was on The Weakest Link and in that interview when you get voted off people usually say; “oh I’ve had a lovely day and I want so-and-so to win… thanks for having me.â€

I was a little less subtle and said; “It’s pretty obvious they’re all idiots, they’re all off my Christmas list, I hope they never win another penny and I hope them, their loved ones and all their pets die horribly in freak yachting accidents.â€

Unsurprisingly that got me noticed and they invited me back for a Weakest Link Bad Losers Christmas Special which I managed to win!

Yay! At least you won something in the end!

After that Anne Robinson said in the Radio Times saying how much she hated me and I wear that as a badge of honour. And after that lots of shows invited me on as a contestant as they thought I would be rude and make good TV!

So do you enjoy playing the bad guy?

Fortunately I’ve got very thick skin and I love playing the character and being the one people love to hate and being nasty and being a piece of work. When Eggheads started I was a lot nastier but they cut a lot of it out now and I think they’re trying to make me look nicer!

When it started I wasn’t a very good quizzer and I was getting so many questions wrong but now that I’ve been working hard for four years I can get most of them right I think they’re trying to change my personality and I don’t like it… I want to come over as the Simon Cowell of the quiz world!

So when you finished University you embarked on a modelling career; did you think you’d get further with beauty rather than brains?

I finished university and decided to go travelling. I wanted to go to Germany for five days so I booked a return rail ticket and I’d been there three days when I met up with a guy in Dusseldorf who owned a modelling agency, and he asked me if I wanted a modelling job.

I thought it would be good for a laugh even though I absolutely hated the way I looked and I still now can’t watch myself on TV or see myself on photos but the plastic surgery isn’t too far away!

Oh no CJ, we love you, we think you’re pretty!

Haha, well he offered me this job and I ended up staying with him for four and a half years and it was wonderful and then when I finished there I moved to Amsterdam and just enjoyed myself. I did quite well in beauty and went as far as I could but with brains I can still keep going and I don’t have to rely on my ageing, withering looks!

I mean I’m sitting here and I just bought a load of shopping and I still have enough room in the bags under my eyes to carry it all!

Haha, legend! What would you say is your ‘specialist subject’ on Eggheads?

My strongest subject is ‘Film and TV’ even though I never watch TV or films! When it comes to films I just don’t have the attention span and TV I just don’t enjoy but I do know about it and read about it and I’m a bit of an expert on films but the problem is I never get picked for it because they always pick one of the older ones. Kevin is a film expert and is very, very tough but they will always pick Daphne, Judith or perhaps Chris.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career?

We’ve had some celebrity shows that haven’t gone out yet and a few years ago Phil Taylor, that Darts word champion came on and I didn’t know he was coming on but he’s always been one of my sporting heroes because he has been World champion 13 times. I’m not into sport but I admire excellence and he came on and he said “whatever the first subject is I’m going to take it and play CJ because he needs taking down a peg or two!â€

The first subject was Arts And Books and he took me on and I got my two questions right and he got his two wrong and I nearly wet myself laughing and he headed back to his desk with his tail between his legs!

Doing something like that and getting to meet my genuine hero was a real high point and I got a photograph with him, got his autograph and it was wonderful! I just get totally star struck by people!

What other goals do you have?

At this very moment I’m in the middle of taking a TV presenters course because that’s ultimately what I want to do in life. It’s a lot easier for me as I’m already in the BBC, so hopefully that will give me an advantage.

When I was younger I always wanted to be an actor and I went to drama school and did it at school and at college and University but then because of one realisation I had that I couldn’t actually act I decided to be realistic and that it wasn’t going to happed.

But because of the modelling work I managed to stay in a showbiz field and now I know that presenting is what I want to do but the good thing is that as I’m on TV a lot, at least I can go into Panto if all else fails.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?

I’d like to have a look at the world of American politics because I do find it fascinating but there’s no way I’d want to be a politician so I think I’d be an American television journalists for CCN. There is a guy with the best name ever; Wolf Blister, and he’s a very in-depth, thorough and hard-hitting journalist and he’s their TV anchor and he covers lots of interesting things.

I would love to see that his life is life because he see’s so much but because he’s been around for like 30 years he basically has access all areas, he can just turn up and say; “This is my name†and go wherever he likes and be able to talk to the President!

When was the last time you felt truly inspired?

Ooh, very good question. About two years ago I was doing a lot of work for charities and one of them was Amnesty International and I went to talk to some of the people there and I got chatting to this guy who was a political prisoner in China.

He’d been in prison there for six years for supporting democracy and he got thrown in jail just for his beliefs and he has every reason to be bitter and angry but he just isn’t; he’s just calm and just forgiving but If it was me I would be furious and out for revenge at every point. This guy has so much forgiveness in his soul and it is so admirable but I just wouldn’t be able to do it myself, I’m far too nasty!

Aww CJ stop it! We love you!

FemaleFirst - Ruth Harrison

Connagh-Joseph "C.J." de Mooi, is a professional quizzer and is the ‘bad boy’ team member on the BBC show Eggheads. As filming for the tenth series gets underway, I caught up with the man we love to hate to find out about his specialist subjects, his modelling career, and most excitingly, mouthing off to Anne Robinson!

Hey CJ, how are you?

I’m just having all the fun in the world having a drink in Selfridges.

How’s filming going for the latest series of Eggheads?

Well the last block went pretty quickly and for the first time I had a decent result for myself and did pretty well and got up to my own standard. Usually in the past I start off well and then have a disaster later on but I did quite well this time.

I believe there is a funny story surrounding how you got onto the show… care to share?

Well I’d been a contestant on a few shows and I got more notice for being willing to be forthright with my opinions than for my general knowledge! I was on The Weakest Link and in that interview when you get voted off people usually say; “oh I’ve had a lovely day and I want so-and-so to win… thanks for having me.â€

I was a little less subtle and said; “It’s pretty obvious they’re all idiots, they’re all off my Christmas list, I hope they never win another penny and I hope them, their loved ones and all their pets die horribly in freak yachting accidents.â€

Unsurprisingly that got me noticed and they invited me back for a Weakest Link Bad Losers Christmas Special which I managed to win!

Yay! At least you won something in the end!

After that Anne Robinson said in the Radio Times saying how much she hated me and I wear that as a badge of honour. And after that lots of shows invited me on as a contestant as they thought I would be rude and make good TV!

So do you enjoy playing the bad guy?

Fortunately I’ve got very thick skin and I love playing the character and being the one people love to hate and being nasty and being a piece of work. When Eggheads started I was a lot nastier but they cut a lot of it out now and I think they’re trying to make me look nicer!

When it started I wasn’t a very good quizzer and I was getting so many questions wrong but now that I’ve been working hard for four years I can get most of them right I think they’re trying to change my personality and I don’t like it… I want to come over as the Simon Cowell of the quiz world!

So when you finished University you embarked on a modelling career; did you think you’d get further with beauty rather than brains?

I finished university and decided to go travelling. I wanted to go to Germany for five days so I booked a return rail ticket and I’d been there three days when I met up with a guy in Dusseldorf who owned a modelling agency, and he asked me if I wanted a modelling job.

I thought it would be good for a laugh even though I absolutely hated the way I looked and I still now can’t watch myself on TV or see myself on photos but the plastic surgery isn’t too far away!

Oh no CJ, we love you, we think you’re pretty!

Haha, well he offered me this job and I ended up staying with him for four and a half years and it was wonderful and then when I finished there I moved to Amsterdam and just enjoyed myself. I did quite well in beauty and went as far as I could but with brains I can still keep going and I don’t have to rely on my ageing, withering looks!

I mean I’m sitting here and I just bought a load of shopping and I still have enough room in the bags under my eyes to carry it all!

  1. by Christine Harris 25th Nov 2008 14:20

    I love Eggheads!

  2. by Steph 25th Nov 2008 21:30

    Aww!! I love CJ so much! He is by far the best egghead.
    I don't know why more people don't love him!

  3. by Maeve R 26th Nov 2008 20:46

    I love CJ. He reminds me of my son. He looks a bit like him and his mannerisms are similar too. And he could give him a run for his money in the quick fire sarcasm stakes. Go CJ you're great!!

  4. by Jean 26th Nov 2008 22:58

    Why do you find it necessary to put on such a histrionic display when one of your fellow Eggheads gives a wrong answer? Intelligence is a quality to be admired but smugness most definitely is not.

  5. by C. B. Scott 02nd Dec 2008 05:02

    CJ DeMooi is amusing, interesting and a totally refreshing change to the usual staid quizzers on most shows.

    From now on I think he should be known as the Divine DeMooi.

  6. by Sbeeeee 02nd Dec 2008 18:34

    I see, this does seem to explain why CJ has been sacked from the show and most of this interview seems a bit fake!!! :)

  7. by Finolla 03rd Dec 2008 13:19

    Thank goodness Cj is coming off of Eggheads he is a bad loser bombastic and a thoroughly nasty person he is someone I will not miss. Cheers to whoever gave him the Order of the Boot.

  8. by Clare 09th Dec 2008 11:42

    I met CJ at the filming of an eggheads tv show yesterday(Monday 8th December) I was part of the challengers team. He was friendly, funny and a real gentleman. I couldn't stand him befor... Read More

  9. by RL 09th Dec 2008 20:39

    I love CJ!! He is so cool and is the only reason I watch eggheads!!! He is my favourite.Actually think he is nice lookin too!!!

  10. by RL 09th Dec 2008 20:40

    I love CJ!! He is so cool and is the only reason i watch eggheads! He is my favourite!!!

  11. by jennifer 11th Dec 2008 12:25

    perhaps the reason CJ is disliked is because although he is clearly a clever chap and he can be charming he is also frequently a twat. he sneers when people gets thing wrong and given t... Read More

  12. by cal 19th Dec 2008 18:00

    ah, yes, wolf blister

  13. by jd 05th Feb 2009 18:51

    just love cj. love watching him on eggheads! very entertaining!

  14. by Dot Lowe 10th Feb 2009 16:00

    I think you are a very clever man but please stop pulling those awful faces when someone gets a question wrong, it gives a bad impression

  15. by Nadine 12th Feb 2009 23:46

    I only watch eggheads to see CJ, he is the best of the team. I love it when he pulls faces. He is a delight to watch. Don't you ever leave this show.

  16. by Meta Linton 27th Feb 2009 23:39

    Yes we love you CJ you are great. Looking for ward to seeing you as a TV presenter sometime soon!! Eggheads is an excellent quiz show

  17. by Naj 28th Feb 2009 15:13

    I wish this bloke would stop pulling faces of disbelief or throwing his arms in the air when a contestent gets a question wrong - maybe he doesn't realise he is doing it - someone tell ... Read More

  18. by ch 15th Mar 2009 17:42

    I find C.J so annoying, he comes across as a sulky little boy when he loses and smug when he wins, not a gentleman at all, but I wonder whether it's all just an act with him, and we don... Read More

  19. by Louise Simmons 30th May 2009 14:13

    The reporter on CNN is Wolf Blitzer, Egghead!!

  20. by andrew thomas 15th Jun 2009 11:28

    cj is a sulking immature loser he is a egg head hope the show drops him

  21. by Elaine Mellis 20th Jun 2009 17:17

    CJ has got to be one of my favs on Eggheads,but what has happened to smiley Barry??

  22. by jimmy mckenna 08th Jul 2009 10:01

    can anybody tell me where cj di moodi name comes from

  23. by Tropicana 20th Jul 2009 17:21

    CJ IS UP HIMSELF!!

    Wat A arrogant C***T!!

  24. by Hardi 23rd Jul 2009 21:22

    Don't know if he has Dutch or Belgian ancestry, but the name "deMooi" looks a bit Dutch. Where Mooi means beautiful/nice

  25. by Liam 28th Jul 2009 19:16

    He's a right smug, arrogant loser.

  26. by Cate 11th Aug 2009 21:01

    I met CJ recently, and I have to say he's absolutely charming!

  27. by Nemesis 28th Aug 2009 17:12

    C.J. is an absolute ace. Keep it up boyo rock the boat until Kingdom come, I love it.

  28. by jean 25th Sep 2009 09:07

    I hope C J is not leaving egg heads,i think he is great,and i love the shirts,

  29. by Dorothy Gray 02nd Nov 2009 11:31

    C J are his first two original names. Di Mooi bit means beautiful man a name he added as a surname when modelling. I found this out on the eggheads site where there are details and old shows on.

  30. by Diane Bush 09th Jan 2010 10:03

    CJ adds a breath of fresh air to quiz shows! It is important that shows like Eggheads have a cross-section of quiz boffins on their panels. The curent Eggheads mix of Judith, Daphne, Ch... Read More

  31. by Cecil 11th Jan 2010 14:20

    CJ is hot. Is he married? Im dutch and like to watch CJ on tv

  32. by patsy 27th May 2010 01:15

    CJ is an absolute hoot, we love watching his antics
    Two oldies

  33. by Christine Margaret Spencer 11th Jul 2010 07:57

    He opened a village fete near me, and was charming and funny. He stayed at the fete all afternoon going round the stalls. He looks a lot younger in real life, when I told he this, he s... Read More

  34. by Rochelle Raphael 01st Oct 2010 18:04

    Recently I have noticed CJ twisting a ring on his wedding finger. To my recollection no mention has been made of this on the show. Is he married and when did it happen?

  35. by S. Carrick 07th Oct 2010 12:52

    CJ is my favourite egghead. I love the fact that he is slightly different, that he does not really fit the "egghead" standard. I think the ultimate hurrah is that the others seem to like and respect him.

  36. by jennie best 15th Nov 2010 19:56

    do CJ and Judith actually get on as they never seem to sit by one another or speak to one another

  37. by cheryl watson tebbutt 04th Dec 2010 14:48

    C. J is baie mooi, I love him and his unusual personality, makes a change in the U.K. where so many are
    like sheep...........
    love his hair, loves his crazy clothes and him.

    He ... Read More

  38. by CHERYL WATSON-TEBBUTT 24th Jan 2011 02:44

    Eggheads would be boring without the "glamour" of C.J.
    he makes me laugh..............his hairstyles are magic.....

    so pleased that he is a vegetarian, so am I.

    go C.J. GO!
    gaan an c.j. JY IS MOOI!.

  39. by Type your nameCampbell Findlay 19th May 2011 20:18

    I think this guy is the epitome of an absolute pratt!! He is so far up himself it is untrue.He belittles guests on the programme by making faces when they get the question wrong and is ... Read More

  40. by Mckay 19th Aug 2011 18:37

    Why are you having to pull so many faces?? I think Daphne is more clever than you...and you are always putting her down!!!

  41. by Leslie Nicholass 17th Mar 2012 21:39

    I watch eggheads everyday or as often as I can, i LOVE IT expedially on those days when CJ is not there, I hate the way that his expression is so derisory of anyone who gets a question ... Read More

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