Elliott Mellor was an octochamp in Series 80. He is a Maths Student at Manchester Metropolitan University from Oldham. He is also an Apterite who peaked at No.1 in the Pro Ranks on Apterous, less than 12 months after joining the site.
Arguably one of the most talented and dominant Apterites ever, he made his TV debut on 9 November 2018 as the audience member who solved the conundrum after a failed attempt from both contestants.
Mellor first appeared as a contestant in Series 80 on Thursday 16 May 2019 against 2 game winner Arran Cleminson, maxing 13 rounds and setting the highest-ever debut score in history: 131. He spotted impressive word findings such as TAIAPURE and NEOTERISM, while Cleminson scored only in the four numbers rounds. The following day, three 9-letter words helped him card the highest-ever score of 152, toppling Zarte Siempre's four-month old record of 150. A third consecutive 13-max performance followed, which also marked the first ever consecutive hat trick of scores over 130. During his fifth match, Mellor shattered yet another record by defeating his challenger Kieran Matley by 133 points, overcoming the previous record winning margin by 21. Mellor wrapped up his octochamp run with a record cumulative score of 1,061 – the first ever over 1,000 – overhauling Dylan Taylor’s record by 87 points. His average heat score is also the first ever over 125 (132.625).
Qualifying as the #1 seed, Mellor faced the #8 seed and 6-time winner Mark Decouto. Although Mellor never went behind in the game, he undoubtedly faced his toughest opposition to date. Decouto reduced Elliott to his lowest score to date of 109 to 73, having beaten Mellor with the 8-letter word PROCLAIM. Nevertheless, Mellor beat Decouto comfortably, although Decouto was only 13 points behind by Round 12.
Away from Countdown, Mellor enjoys tennis.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|7076||16/05/2019||P||Arran Cleminson||40 – 131||Elliott Mellor||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||133|
|7077||17/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||152 – 40||John Hadfield||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||154|
|7078||20/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||133 – 38||Dave Trotter||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||136|
|7079||21/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||118 – 16||Sam Ashworth||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||125|
|7080||22/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||143 – 10||Kieran Matley||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||145|
|7081||23/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||126 – 10||Monica Quadri||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||127|
|7082||24/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||125 – 11||Saul Rothwell||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||134|
|7083||27/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||133 – 42||Sam Hendry||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||134|
|7101||20/06/2019||QF||Elliott Mellor||109 – 73||Mark Decouto||Rufus Hound||Susie Dent||119|