Remember when a fresh-faced George Michael became a king of TV’s Pop Quiz trivia?

January 31, 2022, 11:53

Despite being only 19, George proved to be the most capable Pop Quiz contestant this episode.

Picture: BBC


By Thomas Curtis Horsfall

Hosted by DJ and journalist Mike Read, Pop Quiz was once the go-to music show on British television.

Two teams competed on each show to determine which had the impressive musical knowledge of the music, with Mike Read as the judge.

It was undoubtedly the pattern for most music shows that followed, such as Never mind the Buzzcocks.

Although its initial run only lasted from 1981 to 1984 before it was pulled from our televisions (and revived from time to time), the show saw a huge roster of big names show off their musical knowledge.

The likes of Phil Collins, Cliff Richard, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Queen’s Roger Taylor, and Duran Duran’s John Taylor were all contestants on the show’s original five seasons.

But one budding pop star who claimed the King of Pop Quiz was a very young and very fresh George Michael.

With plenty of sleazy outfits on display (let’s not start with the haircuts..), Jools Holland, legendary progressive rock drummer Bill Bruford and the wonderfully named Buster Bloodvessel would be guests on every team.

After the introduction of each member of the team, George Michael undoubtedly collects the loudest cries. Some of them burst the eardrums.

At that moment, Wham! had only released two singles – ‘Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)’ and ‘Young Guns (Go for It)’, the latter of which reached number three in the UK charts.

Although it was clear from the start that all eyes were on George and how he would perform under the pressure of a TV quiz.

George appeared on Pop Quiz a second time in 1984, even as a major star in the UK.

George appeared on Pop Quiz a second time in 1984, even as a major star in the UK.

Picture: BBC


From the outset, he correctly answers the question of the album cover, knowing full well that the small image of the boxing gloves belonged to David Bowie. let’s dance album cover.

He then proceeds to guess the correct lyrics to Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” as the screams get more deafening with each correct answer he gives.

It just keeps getting better for George (and his reputation as a true music connoisseur) as he helps his team to an emphatic victory.

Even as his stardom grew, he returned as a contestant on Pop Quiz the following year to give the show another shot, proving that he clearly enjoyed putting his musical credentials to the test.

And he succeeded with flying colors.

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