University Challenge captain is branded a ‘legend’ as he aces 80s pop music question and scores 156 points by HIMSELF (and even Paxo’s impressed!)

  • Corpus Christi College of Cambridge stormed to victory over Magdalen Oxford 
  • Ian Wang, from Sale in Greater Manchester, captained his team and won fans 
  • He shocked many when he identified song by Grandmaster Flash in music round

Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge stormed to victory over Magdalen Oxford on last night’s University Challenge, but one man was undoubtedly star of the show. 

Ian Wang, from Sale in Greater Manchester, captained his team and got things off to flying start when answering the first question of the night correctly. 

But the highlight of the evening for the English student was the music round when presenter Jeremy Paxman played The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.  

Ian Wang (purple jumper), from Greater Manchester, captained his team and surprised the audience and Jeremy Paxman alike when he aced a question on 80s pop (pictured celebrating)

When the host announced he was going to play popular music Wang turned to one of his team mates as if to say he was certain to answer the question correctly. 

And that he did, receiving baffled laughs from the crowd – and Paxman – for knowing the 1982 hit. 

‘Is that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five?’ he said, with the host responding in a baffled tone: ‘Yes, it is!’ 

Social media also took notice, with BBC host Greg James dubbing the student ‘Grandmaster Wang,’ and ‘a legend’. 

'Is that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five?' he said, with the host responding in a baffled tone: 'Yes, it is!' (pictured). His team went on to win by a landslide

‘Is that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five?’ he said, with the host responding in a baffled tone: ‘Yes, it is!’ (pictured). His team went on to win by a landslide

Social media took notice of Wang's performance and in the music round in particular, with BBC host Greg James dubbing the student 'Grandmaster Wang,' and 'a legend'

Social media took notice of Wang’s performance and in the music round in particular, with BBC host Greg James dubbing the student ‘Grandmaster Wang,’ and ‘a legend’

‘Look at the way he answers as if he’s not sure. He knows. Course he f****** knows. The absolute audacity of the Wangster,’ journalist Nooruddean Choudry responded. 

Wang himself quoted the radio personality’s tweet, saying: ‘I was very proud of this one ngl [not going to lie].’ 

A third person wrote: ‘Pretty much sums up last night’s episode. lol. There is nothing this kid didn’t know.’

At that point the animated Wang and his teammates were already 90 points ahead of their disgruntled rivals and went on to win by 195 points, earning their place in the quarter final. 

'Look at the way he answers as if he's not sure. He knows. Course he f****** knows. The absolute audacity of the Wangster,' journalist Nooruddean Choudry responded

‘Look at the way he answers as if he’s not sure. He knows. Course he f****** knows. The absolute audacity of the Wangster,’ journalist Nooruddean Choudry responded

One person online described the victory as 'a bloodbath', owing largely to the performance of Wang in which he scored 156 points, 10th highest tally from one person in this series so far

One person online described the victory as ‘a bloodbath’, owing largely to the performance of Wang in which he scored 156 points, 10th highest tally from one person in this series so far

One person online described the victory as ‘a bloodbath’, owing largely to the individual performance of Wang in which he scored 156 points, 10th highest tally from one person in this series so far.        

‘This was such a bloodbath, man. I would hate to go up against a team with this Wang dude in it. But then the whole team is very balanced, extra strong.

‘The next round is gna be lit,’ wrote one person on Twitter. 

Wang was even the top trend on the site at one point last night.   

‘LOVE Wang! Breath of fresh air. Rounded, enthusiastic, passionate, funny and self-deprecating,’ one person mused on the Corpus Christi captain. 

‘That’s one hyped up irritating genius #Wang,’ wrote another. 

 

 



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