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Set Visit: Behind the Scenes of 'Wipeout Canada'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Mar 29th 2011 6:00PM


We start our adventure deep within the farm country surrounding Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a place where you'd expect to find wild animals or giant clusters of horses running freely, we instead find towering obstacles, spinning wheels, and the occasional yell/scream of a contestant. Yep, 45 minutes into the Argentinian countryside from Buenos Aires, we stumble upon the set of 'Wipeout Canada.'

The sun is hot already (and it's only 10AM) and the 'Wipeout' crew is buzzing around the set. They aim their giant hoses at the Big Red Balls to "wet" them down (i.e. -- make them more slippery), and ensure all the ring towers are stacked properly. Larger than life and not unlike a carnival, the course props spin and whir, and the Punch-Out Wall starts shooting out the feared fists.

Unfortunately, media isn't allowed on the course, but we get as close as possible without being actual contestants. We also glean some tips and tricks from cast and crew about how to compete on 'Wipeout,' without getting any -- well -- mud on your face. From avoiding local wildlife to what to expect from this upcoming premiere season, here are the top 10 things you need to know about 'Wipeout Canada.'

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'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."

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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!

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Jonathan Torrens Still Talkin' TV

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jun 14th 2010 12:38PM

Canadian funnyman Jonathan Torrens, known for his 90s show 'Jonovision' and his white-trash stint on 'Trailer Park Boys', is keeping very busy these days. On top of rolling out 26 new episodes for Season 2 of his talk/sketch show 'TV With TV's Jonathan Torrens', he's also going to be co-hosting 'Wipeout Canada,' which is slated to debut in 2011.

TV Squad caught up with him to talk about all things TV - from 'Jersey Shore' to Mario Lopez to why everyone loves 'Wipeout'.

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