Ohhhhhhh we are so close to Wipeout Canada finally on TV, I can almost taste the  big red balls in my mouth…..wait. That’s not what I meant.

The production company behind the first edition of the extreme obstacle course just released the names and profiles of all contestants.  At a quick glance, it looks like the field of Wipeout-ers is appropriately divided across the country.  I was actually a judge for the Alberta auditions and I remember the producer saying he could have cast the entire show based on our contestants alone.

Production on the show starts on October 9th in Argentina.  Yes, Argentina. They actually have an international set down south and countries from all over the world use it to film the show, the only ones that don’t aren’t the Americans. Anyone surprised?

In all 260 Canadians will be doing whatever it takes to win the $50,000.  Personally, I can’t wait to see them fail.  I mean, isn’t that what Wipeout is all about?

I’ll be profiling some lucky Canucks that will be giving the obstacle course a go as we get closer to airdate but for now, check out some of these staggering numbers:

For now, here are some of the numbers:

50,000 – dollar amount of the grand prize for each episode
44,619 – total number of Wipeout Canada applicants (1 in every 750 Canadians!)
800 – number of shortlisted applicants interviewed by producers and industry influencers during three-city contestant callback tour
260 – number of Wipeout Canada contestants
129 – female contestantsv 84 – contestants from Ontario
67 – number of questions on the Wipeout Canada official application form
61 – contestants from Alberta
47 – contestants from British Columbia
30 – number of days Wipeout Canada application process was open (June 2 to July 1)
20 – number of contestants in each episode
16 – contestants from Nova Scotia
15 – number of contestants over the age of 50
13 – contestants from Manitoba
12 – contestants from Saskatchewan
10 – contestants from New Brunswick
5 – contestants from Newfoundland & Labrador
5 – contestants from Prince Edward Island
4 – number of rounds of competition in each episode: Qualifier, Sweeper, Dizzy Dummies, Wipeout Zone
4 – average number of hours entrants spent online, filling in the application, submitting photos and uploading a personalized video
3 – contestants from the Yukon
3 – number of cities producers visited during contestant callback tour: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver
2 – contestants from Nunavut
1 – contestant from the Northwest Territories
1 – The most common answer to application form question, “How would you use your Wipeout Canada winnings?” Take a vacation
1 – contestant from Botha, Alberta (population – 185)
1 – The wackiest answer to application form question, “How would you use your Wipeout Canada winnings?” Pay for my cat’s hysterectomy

Mike Morrison


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