'Wipeout Canada' Contestants Revealed
by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 6th 2010 12:16PM
After reviewing almost 45,000 applications from people across Canada, and embarking on a three-city audition tour, conducting countless follow-up phone and video interviews plus untold sleepless nights, TVtropolis and Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd. today announced the contestants selected to compete on the first season of 'Wipeout Canada.'
In all, 260 hopefuls will tackle the famed obstacle course for a shot at $50,000. Originating from every corner of the country -- from the smallest hamlet in the Maritimes to one-horse Prairie towns -- the competitors reflect a colourful cross-section of Canadian culture -- from a lobster fisherman to a dairy farm herd manager, to a House of Commons messenger.
"We have selected some of the most colourful individuals ever seen on television," said Karen Gelbart, SVP, Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. "We look forward to introducing all of them to viewers this spring."
"There were so many incredible applications, it was a challenge to choose only 260," said Michael Geddes, Executive Producer, Lone Eagle Entertainment. "Ultimately, we were looking for a variety of contestants who were enthusiastic about the show, daring, energetic and proudly Canadian."
Complete Listing of Contestants by Province
Between June 2 and July 1, almost one in every 750 Canadians answered the highly buzzed-about 'Wipeout Canada' questionnaire. With questions ranging from the silly to the serious, applicants submitted their photos and video links while sharing their stories of adventure and inspiration for an opportunity to win $50,000 and compete on the world's largest obstacle course.
Production of the 13 one-hour episodes of 'Wipeout Canada,' hosted by quick-witted Canadians Jonathan Torrens and Ennis Esmer and co-hosted by Jessica Phillips, begins on October 9 and runs through to November 3 on the iconic set in Argentina (which TV Squad is slated to visit!). The production promises to provide the most spectacular and often painfully hilarious spills, face plants and, of course, wipeouts.
'Wipeout Canada' will air on TVtropolis in 2011.