ITV The Fortune Hotel Scots contestants 'eye up' cash prize as they narrowly miss out

Stephen Mangan was back hosting the show -Credit:ITV

The Fortune Hotel returned to screens on Tuesday night for a second episode, following the launch of ITV's latest entertainment series on Monday night.

The new programme, which is hosted by Stephen Mangan, presented contestants with ten briefcases on arrival at The Fortune Hotel as they awaited to see their fate and embark on a game-playing journey.

One held an attractive £25,000, eight were hollow, and one contained the early checkout card, signifying an imminent exit for the unfortunate pair holding it at each episode's conclusion. Throughout the series, challengers participate in various tasks, keeping viewers informed about the carriers of each briefcase.

Every episode culminates in the participants heading to the Lady Luck Bar, where they deliberate keeping or swapping their case, all for the chance to win the significant money prize.

In Tuesday's episode, the challenge for the contestants was far from living a life of luxury. The pairs had to guess the ingredients of staple cocktails, with one twist, they all contained a stomach curdling concoction that couldn't be further from the recipe.

Scottish contestants Susan and Jen in Tuesday night's cocktails challenge -Credit:ITV

Susan and Jen, two Scots best pals, are among the contestants gunning for the cash-filled briefcase. They had a good inkling that Jo-Anne and Will, mum and son duo, are the 'fortune holders' who are in posession of the cash - and they were right.

The winning pair from the first task, mother and daughter Abbie and Tracey, had the option to swap their briefcase, or take a 'peek' inside someone elses. They swapped with Daniel and Claire, giving them the early checkout card.

Later on in the episode, the Scots pair decided not to swap their case for the money incase it got swapped back again. Abbie and Tracey ended up being booted out the show, after their decision to try and get rid of Daniel and Claire backfired.

The married couple decided to give the mother and daughter duo their own case back, leaving them packing their cases from the ITV show.

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Elsewhere, viewers who tuned in on Monday had the same complaint just minutes into the programme as they billed it as a 'rip off' from BBC's The Traitors.

One user lamented: "This is going to be some s**t attempt at a rival to the Traitors isn't it? #thefortunehotel." Another social media user said: "#TheFortuneHotel Pre-shooting production meeting:Right! So how can we copy #TheTraitors without being obviously The Traitors?"

Somebody else penned: "So #thefortunehotel is Coach Trip, The Mole and Traitors all rolled into one." Yet another ITV viewer wrote: "We did say this would be like Deal Or No Deal and The Traitors, didn’t we? #TheFortuneHotel."

A fifth said: "Is this just the same as BBC’s The Traitors #TheFortuneHotel."

The Fortune Hotel kicked off on Monday, May 13 on ITV 1 and ITV X at 9pm. There will be eight 60-minute episodes in total. The following episodes will be shown on consecutive nights in the same time slot.

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