Zarte Siempre was a contestant in Series 69 and will return to Countdown in Series 78 for another chance to make the finals. He is a member of Apterous and c4countdown, and is the innovator and former chair of FOCAL. He is also head of the Meringue Defence League and is directly descended from Genghis Khan and Colin 'Big Col' Steadman. As of 2016, Siempre holds three Michelin stars - one more than Marcus Wareing.
Siempre made his televised debut on 24 July 2013, delivering a convincing 118 – 76 defeat to Rory Coleman. Four more victories followed, including a top score of 137 (at the time, the eighth highest score ever) before losing at the hands of Dylan Taylor both in the Countdown contest and the personality stakes, although Siempre's win in their backstage beauty contest offered some consolation as he triumphally maxed the swimwear round. In his heats, Siempre averaged 109.33 points per game - the highest ever average for a non-octochamp. He didn't make the finals despite scoring 656 points (48 points higher than the number 8 seed Gemma Church) but he only amassed 5 wins compared to Church's 6.
His Co-event career began when he attended CobliviLon in 2012, actually winning 7 games out of 6. However, history has unfortunately and cruelly been amended so that it officially says that he came in 18th place, which is still respectable, especially as he was crouching for the entirety of the tournament.
This was followed up by an appearance at Lincoln in 2013, where he finished in a solid 15th place with 4 wins out of 6. He later went to CO:REA 2013, finishing on 3 wins and 463 points to ensure another top-15 finish. Siempre was also the overall victor in Group B at Countdown in Leamington Spa, winning a magical unicycle and a leprechaun in the process. In the same year, he co-hosted CobliviLon with Amie Bateen.
2014 saw him come runner-up to Series 63 champion Jack Hurst at COLIN X, while in August he won CoMultiLon after the final against James Robinson was cancelled - with Siempre having the most points throughout the day, he was declared the winner. Later that evening, he won the inaugural Apterous Ring Of Fire tournament, having seen off Jamie 'Laverty' McNeill with a reference to Stiliyan Petrov's scrotum. He has since won Countdown in St Albans 2016.
His contributions to Apterous have included organising the long-running Aptotude League series and an Apterous version of the Belgian reality television gameshow The Mole, famed for irritating anyone who wants to play a spot on Saturday Night Apterous.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5739||24/07/2013||P||Rory Coleman||76 – 118||Zarte Siempre||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||130|
|5740||25/07/2013||P||Zarte Siempre||114 – 34||Ian Talbot||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||127|
|5741||26/07/2013||P||Zarte Siempre||103 – 49||Brenda Widger||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||123|
|5742||29/07/2013||P||Zarte Siempre||137 – 41||Michelle Furnell||Dan Walker||Susie Dent||143|
|5743||5/08/2013||P||Zarte Siempre||103 – 26||Sam Wheeler||Dan Walker||Susie Dent||124|
|5744||6/08/2013||P||Zarte Siempre||81 – 120||Dylan Taylor||Dan Walker||Susie Dent||121|