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Tipping Point changes rules so blind contestant from Wales can take part in ITV show

By Sam Cook

A visually-impaired woman from south Wales appeared on Thursday's Tipping Point as the rules of the show were changed to support her. Lisa, a payroll administrator from south Wales, had her mum Karen on-hand to select where she dropped her counters in the machine.

Prior to the start of the game, host Ben Shephard told viewers that Lisa's mum was backstage "watching everything that was going on" as she is registered blind. Karen, who was sat alongside an independent adjudicator, was allowed to "advise [Lisa] where to put her counters" but not permitted to help her with any of the answers.

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As Lisa began the game she had a strong start and answered the first two questions, earning £250 in the prize pot. Meanwhile, viewers were quick to voice their support for Lisa on Twitter.

One person wrote: "There is a blind person on Tipping Point and it’s absolutely brilliant #equality #enablenotdisable." Another simply put: "Wow this is a 1st , go on Lisa !! #tippingpoint."

South Wales' Lisa's appearance on Tipping Point was met with praise (ITV)
Lisa's Mum, Karen helped her daughter from backstage (ITV)

Unfortunately for Lisa, the machine wasn't kind to her and her mum on this particular day. Despite answering the penalty pot question, she didn't earn any extra money.

The machine continued to refuse Lisa money during round two as she didn't earn any extra cash. This meant that for it was home-time for the South Walean.

Tweeters expressed their disappointment for Lisa. David Fisher wrote on Twitter: "Well played Lisa. Hard luck. Great from the Tipping Point team. Ben, your commentary was just right, giving Lisa that little bit of extra info without making a big fuss. #tippingpoint "

Tipping Point airs on weekdays at 4pm. To keep up to date with What's On news from across Wales subscribe to our newsletter here.

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