North Devon’s Sam West will be back on the nation’s television screens this Saturday (May 18) as he competes in the semi final of ninja Warrior UK.

A sneak preview of Sam West taking on the Ninja Warrior UK semi final course - see how he did on ITV on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephA sneak preview of Sam West taking on the Ninja Warrior UK semi final course - see how he did on ITV on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph

Viewers can tune in to ITV1 at 6.30pm to see if the Bideford 19-year-old can defeat the challenging semi final obstacle course and reach the final.

If he gets through the two part course he could be on track to tackle the final Eliminator and attempt to scale the heights of Mount Midoriyama, a brutal rope climb that no one has yet reached.

ITV has promised that this year viewers will see someone reach Midoriyama as they attempt to be crowned the UK's first Ninja Warrior.

Sam, who reached the final last year aged just 18, gave a Q&A interview about his time on the show. Read more below.

A sneak preview of Sam West taking on the Ninja Warrior UK semi final course - see how he did on ITV on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephA sneak preview of Sam West taking on the Ninja Warrior UK semi final course - see how he did on ITV on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph

And tune in at 6.30pm on Saturday on ITV.

How did you find the Ninja Warrior UK course this year?

I actually really enjoyed the course this year. I found it a bit harder. At some points I was kind of backing myself into a corner. I wasn't as calm and relaxed. Last year, I had nothing to prove. How I did was how I did. This year, I wanted to prove I wasn't the guy that fluked it the previous year. I think I put a bit too much pressure on myself.

A sneak preview of Sam West taking on the Ninja Warrior UK semi final course - see how he did on ITV on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephA sneak preview of Sam West taking on the Ninja Warrior UK semi final course - see how he did on ITV on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph

This is the second time you've attempted the course. What makes you keep coming back?

I think it's the challenge of doing something in front of everyone. It was cool doing it the first time but the reason I came back the second time is because I wanted to prove it wasn't just a fluke that I did it the first time. I wanted to prove that I have that consistency in my ability.

Was there an obstacle you were worried about seeing after coming back?

Yes, the logs!

Do you have any rituals/superstitions you do before trying the course?

Before I go on and I did this last year as well, there is an area where you make your cup of tea and I would neck three sachets of sugar with just a sip of water! I felt like that quick shot of sugar helped me out a bit. It could be complete rubbish!

Did you do any specific training in the run up to your appearance?

I bought a load of scaffold and built some stuff at home, like a salmon ladder and basically just a big frame to swing on. I think the specific thing that I did train for was the salmon ladder because last year it wasn't that I ran out of energy, it was that my technique wasn't very good. I didn't like the fact that I had the potential to go further but I just messed it up because I wasn't used to doing a certain obstacle. I thought this year 'I'll train the thing that messed me up.' This year, I breezed through that part!

Did you bring anyone with you on the day? How supportive are your family and friends?

I brought along my mum and my sister but my dad wasn't actually well enough to come along. He managed to fall off a ladder outside our house. He couldn't come, he had vertigo and broke his shoulder! It was literally a week before Ninja Warrior that he fell off the house. He was on a ladder painting the top of the house and the ladder slid out and he fell face down in a bucket of emulsion.

Do you have any tips for anyone who would like to have a go at the course?

If I had to give advice to someone I would say go there and have fun, the last thing someone wants to see is someone really not enjoying it. If you take it too seriously, which I think I did a bit this year, it can kind of ruin it a bit for you. I still obviously had fun!

How confident are you that you could complete the course?

I think it can be quite dangerous to be overconfident. There are people who have done that before and just tried to go straight off the bat. I made sure to only think about the course I was doing rather than looking too far ahead. If you do that, you'll start to mess up. I was cautiously confident I suppose. I trusted my abilities. I did alright last year and I had been doing ok at home but I didn't want to overlook what was in front of me and be too confident.

What would it mean to you if you completed the whole course?

When I was younger I would watch Ninja Warrior UK on TV and see the guys do it before I could apply for the show, I used to think 'Wow, they're like superheroes.' When I watch them I thought I could never imagine myself doing it. It would be amazing to complete the whole course.

How did you get into sport/fitness?

When I was a lot younger I did gymnastics but I was at a club that never really pushed me, it was more of a fun club rather than a competitive club. I was about sixteen and I'd had enough of not being where I wanted to be and I took the bull by the horns and went from there. When I was at college I went on a lot of trips because I did outdoor education. I did well at the outdoor sporting activities and It was that point that I thought this type of stuff compliments my gymnastics background. I thought if I could do well at this stuff then I'm going to try and do lots of sports. I've done a lot of different stuff. I've got a new philosophy, I don't want to be a specialist in a sport, I don't want to be a climber or a footballer, I want to just be me! I think the best way I can do that is just training in loads of different sports. I think that's helped me a lot with Ninja Warrior.

What part of the course do you think is the trickiest?

For me, the trickiest aspect is definitely the balance obstacles. The balancing aspect of the spinning logs seems to be the one that gets me. It's not something I can really prepare for because I live in the middle of nowhere, it's really rural. So, I can train in climbing and upper body but if I need to train for something specific to Ninja Warrior I can't. That's the thing I find the hardest. I can't go to the Ninja gym, I think my nearest one is Bristol.