The live final of The Circle (Monday, October 8th) finished with Alex Hobern winning a huge jackpot of £75,000.
The 26-year-old content producer was voted the most popular player by his fellow contestants (£50,000) while also winning the Viewers Champion vote (£25,000).
Alex Catfished his way to victory, fronting a fake profile throughout the Channel 4 series and going by the name of Kate.
While many other contestants attempted to play the same game, it was Alex who proved the master of disguise.
Here’s how he did it… and some very unnecessary advice on how to be the ultimate Catfish!
What is Alex Up to Now?
One of the key questions that everybody is wondering is whether Alex managed to patch up his friendship with Dan.
Fortunately, the answer is yes.
Although Dan was furious after it was revealed that Alex was not a girl but in fact a catfish, the pair have since been able to put their game-playing differences aside.
Alex’s latest Instagram post read:
I’m sure there’s interviews where me and @danagram_ are raw, after the experience and say certain things about each other.
I just want to put it on record that he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met, and I’m hoping for a looong friendship with him. Here’s to the future mate ?I mean Dan.
How Alex Hobern Won: Understand Your Character
Above all, Alex won The Circle because he knew everything about his character’s personality.
Big Al was playing his real-life girlfriend, Millie Logan, and using her pictures from Instagram.
He slapped on the fake name of Kate and went about playing a loveable, reserved, kind, diligent and inquisitive 25-year-old woman.
Everything Alex said matched the persona that he had created, which sucked in Dan and turned him into a heartbroken victim.
This wasn’t possible with contestants such as Mairead. She was more than 30 years older than her profile and her use of language and conversation style simply didn’t match up with the spunky, young character that she had created.
Likewise, Freddie was almost caught out by not having the same interests as his profile – fronting as a football fanatic yet unable to answer simple questions about his favourite team.
Learn Every Minute Physical Detail
Throughout Alex’s time on The Circle, he resorted to a long list of informative bullet points that explained how his character, Kate, looks like she does.
For instance, when Aiden asked what makeup ‘Alex’ was going to wear for a date, he was able to report back to the list of makeup staples that his character uses.
That way, Alex never said anything that seemed out of character. If he was to say ‘bright red lipstick’, for instance, fellow The Circle players may have cottoned on that it was a Catfish.
Avoid Strong Opinions
Sian and Freddie both constantly called out ‘Alex’ for ‘sitting on the fence’. Nevertheless, it did the trick.
Alex’s approach never made him the most popular player in the game, nor the most despised. This meant that come the final, his average rating was the highest.
Take psychic Ryan, for instance. While some contestants really liked him, others automatically dismissed him due to his strong political views.
And, as Precious bulldozed into the game attempting to call out Sian, she was quickly axed for her overpowering and dominant personality.
Don’t Try to be the Most Popular
As Alex proved, it’s better to have zero enemies than it is to have a few mega fans.
Although the aim of the game was ‘to be the most popular’, those who attempted to get along with everyone were quickly ratted out.
Alex never forced friendships or tried to form best friend bonds, they either approached him or they didn’t. Such as Dan, who swooned over Ryan as Kate.
Above all, being a successful Catfish is much more complicated than you may first think.
Take these hints, hit up the Gram’ and try your best – happy fishing.