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The Games viewers all saying the same thing about Holly Willoughby's new show

The series sees 12 celebrities compete in sporting challenges

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Nicky Morris
Nicky MorrisTV and film writer
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ITV's brand new reality sporting show, The Games, made its grand debut on Monday night and viewers are all saying the same thing about it. 

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Hosted by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, the show sees 12 celebrities compete in Olympic-style challenges in a bid to become this year's winners.  

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In the opening episode, viewers watched as the six female contestants went head-to-head in a 100m hurdles event, with footballer and singer Chelcee Grimes taking first place. 

The male celebs then competed in a pre-recorded hammer throw event, which was won by soap star Ryan Thomas.

Later on in the programme, the celebs were paired together for a mixed-doubles diving competition before the men competed in a 400m sprint race, with former Love Island star Wes Nelson coming in first place. 

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Viewers took to Twitter during the programme to point out that the show felt like a school sports day for celebrities, with one person writing: "No because why is this show literally a televised school sports day," while another added: "It's a glorified sports day with 'celebs' #TheGames."

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Viewers complained that there was too much chat in the studio during the show

A third person commented: "So this is basically minor celebs taking part in a school sports day?" 

Others complained that the show was filled with too much chat in the studio between Holly, Freddie and the pundits, rather than live competitions. 

One person tweeted: "A bit disappointed with #TheGames on @ITV. Lots of hype in the run-up and 1 hour in, we've only seen the ladies hurdle 100m and the men's hammer throw. Can't help but think there is a lot more filler here than actual content," while another added: "Loved #TheGames when it was on Channel 4 years ago. This ITV version is 90% filler."

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Ryan Thomas came first in the hammer throw event

A third viewer commented: "I'd rather see more of the training than all this waffling. All this chat isn't necessary and it's boring!!"

However, some fans praised the entertaining show, with one person tweeting: "I loved #thegames when it was on previously and I love it now. Come on Goyle #TeamSlytherin," while another added: "I love TV like this, watching celebs do sports stuff when they're not professionals #TheGames."

The Games airs on ITV every night until Friday, continuing on Tuesday 10 May at 9pm.

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