Jeremy Paxman was clearly taken aback by the bizarre celebration of a University Challenge contestant.
Fans of the BBC trivia show were in a frenzy as they watched Nowakowski, an applied linguistics student at Wolfson College, Oxford.
The college was up against the University of Bristol, but the audience’s interest was more in Novakowski’s unusual moves than in the questions the contestants were asked.
Paxman told the teams: “You’ll see the national flag of a country. For 10 points, just name it.”
Quickly buzzing, Nowakowski said: “Granada.”
As the host confirmed his correct answer, the player copied and dubbed the popular one to celebrate.
Later, spectators would also see the contestants’ enthusiasm when Paxman asked: “Woody’s forces occupied territories as far west as the Fergana Valley. It is located in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and mainly what other in the country?”
Slamming the table, Novakovsky exclaimed: “Uzbekistan baby!” As the audience laughed.
Despite Nowakowski’s enthusiasm for the sport, his team lost to Bristol.
As Paxman praised Wolfson for his efforts after “leading in the early stages”, he could help query Novakowski’s emotional reactions.
He asked: “Why were you so happy to have Uzbekistan?”
To which Novakowski replied: “It’s a phenomenal country, great people, you know?”
Laughing, Jeremy joked: “Well, that’s enough from the Uzbek tourism board!”
“Poland approved, yes,” quipped the student.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to comment and one asked: “Was this the first dub in #UniversityChallenge history?”
Another added: “You think you’ve seen it all… then a big guy dabbles in the #UniversityChallenge.”
While a third commented: “Novakovsky is making the most of his presence on the #Universitychallenge. #Uzbekistan Go for it, baby.”
The University Challenge airs Monday, 8.30 pm, on BBC Two.
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