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'Wipeout Canada' Auditions a Crazy Time

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jul 20th 2010 12:42PM
Judging from the scene this past weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canadians have gone crazy for 'Wipeout.' Thousands of people milled about, some dressed in capes and costumes, others covered head-to-toe in Canadiana. One guy even shaved his body hair to read 'Wipeout Canada.' That, my friends, is dedication.

When it was all said and done, 44,619 Canadians applied to be on 'Wipeout Canada.' If you have any knowledge of demographics, you'll realize that that's almost 1 in every 750 Canadians, and it's also more people than the population of the Northwest Territories. The all-Canadian edition of this massively-popular series is slated to air on TVTropolis in spring 2011, and this stop in Toronto was one of three -- the other two are planned for Vancouver and Calgary.

Former 'Jonovision' host Jonathan Torrens and 'Young People F---ing' star Ennis Esmer will co-host the Canadian edition, and Jessica Phillips will be on the front lines of all the 'Wipeout Canada' action as the commentator. TV Squad was asked to help participate in the judging of the contestants, and I've got to say I now have an incredible sympathy for Simon Cowell and his ilk -- judging is hard!

Basically, it was like watching a circus, complete with the come-down one experiences when they leave the Big Top. It was physically exhausting to witness people coming in one after the other, pouring their hearts out in front of the panel. Some contestants dazzled, others confused. There are too many notable people to mention, but some highlights were the "Walrus Whisperer", a drag queen named Miss Conception, a female butcher ("The Meaty Sweetie"), a guy who called himself "Pony Boy," a balance scientist, the "Ninja of Love," and a man known as Captain Cam.

Revenge -- especially familial revenge -- seemed to be a theme of the day. Many of the contestants claimed that family members didn't believe they could make it in the competition, so it became the impetus for them to apply and make it on 'Wipeout Canada.' One man kept insisting that "his wife made him do it."

Others were very blunt. Their reasons for applying were "I want my 15 minutes," "I want the $50,000," or "I really want to be on TV." I'm also pretty sure that many people wanted a trip to Argentina, where the infamous 'Wipeout' obstacle course is located. Of the 44,619 applicants, only 260 will actually make it on the show, so it's a tough slog for hopefuls.

Regardless, Canadians are in for a treat when 'Wipeout Canada' begins -- based on the insanity at the auditions, get ready for some serious nuttiness when the Canucks take the course!

Official 'Wipeout Canada' site

Official 'Wipeout Canada' Facebook page

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