Interview with Jo-Anne and Will (mother and son), from ITV's 'The Fortune Hotel'

The Fortune Hotel opens its doors on Monday May 13 at 9pm on ITV1, ITVX, STV and STV Player



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May 7, 2024 – A thrilling and high-octane new reality entertainment event, The Fortune Hotel is produced by Tuesday’s Child exclusively for ITV and STV, the 8 episodes x 60 minutes prime-time series will invite viewers into a luxury Caribbean resort filled with glamour, opulence and deception.

Hosted by the incomparable Stephen Mangan, 10 pairs of contestants will arrive at The Fortune Hotel, where they will be given an all-important briefcase. Inside one case is the ultimate jackpot of £250,000 in cash, eight are empty, and one contains the dreaded Early Checkout Card – whichever pair is left holding that case at the end of each show will see their stay brought to a dramatic, premature end.

Every day the contestants have the chance to try to uncover who has which case through playing compelling challenges, and as the “Whogotit” mystery ramps up for the hotel guests, viewers at home will remain deliciously in-the-know throughout, witness to all of their plans and strategies playing out.

The climax of each episode is the nerve-shredding case swap in the seductive Lady Luck bar where each pair must decide whether to keep or swap their case. Have the couple with the life-changing sum of cash managed to bluff and blag their way free of suspicion? Or will their case be ruthlessly taken off them? And who will be left holding the case containing the Early Checkout Card?

Why have you chosen to visit The Fortune Hotel?

Will: The idea of the prize money sounded very appealing. It’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity that you don’t get to do with your mum everyday.
Jo-Anne: I didn’t have much choice, I was pegging the washing out and Will told me about the opportunity, the next thing I know I was on a plane to the Caribbean.

How would you spend the 250K prize money if you won it?

Will: I’d want to go travelling and I’d also invest in myself be it through education as well as trying to get on the property ladder. I wouldn’t mind a nice Rolex watch either.
Jo-Anne: I’d love to pay off my mortgage and I’d also like to buy the medical team that helped me with my cancer treatment some equipment. I had cancer and relied on the use of a lymphatic drainage machine so I’d love to buy my NHS team a machine for them to use on other patients. It helped me so much so if I can help others with lymphoedema that would be amazing.

What was the most memorable experience you had during the filming?

Will: My standout moment was one of the challenges that involved a lot of running, my mum was swearing like a trooper as I was telling her to hurry up, I think she forgot where she was but it was really funny.
Jo-Anne: Everything for me was special, I felt like I was living a different life. My illness has always held me back but winning a challenge made me feel so proud of myself and my son. It was unreal and amazing from start to finish.

What was the most dramatic moment you encountered whilst staying at The Fortune Hotel?

Will: I had a dramatic moment with Jae and Cherish where we had a disagreement. I also dropped myself in it a few times with the game play which caused carnage.
Jo-Anne: We had a bit of a to do at breakfast one day, I told the other contestants that we weren’t there to make friends but to get the money which didn’t go down too well.

What couples did you get on best with?

Will: Adam and Mike became like brothers to me, they are the type of guys you just want to go out for a pint with.
Jo-Anne: I loved Claire and Daniel but also formed a nice bond with Jen and Susan.

Who did you have the most disagreements with during your stay?

Will: It was quite high octane so under the pressure of the challenges people would rub each other the wrong way but it would always end well.
Jo-Anne: There was nobody there I didn’t like but it was a game and we were all there for a reason and to try and win the money.

If you could invite any three celebrities to stay alongside you at The Fortune Hotel who would they be?

Jo-Anne: Idris Elba, Dianna Ross and Alan Carr.
Will: Amy Winehouse, Ricky Gervais and Carl Cox.

What were the biggest perks of being a guest at The Fortune Hotel?

Will: The dressing gowns at the hotel, I had to steal the robe. Staying in that resort was just incredible; it was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.
Jo-Anne: I felt so lucky to be in the Caribbean, what a stunning part of the world, we will never forget it.

May 7, 2024 3:00am ET by Newsdesk  

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