'Wipeout' gets more than 40,000 applicants

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TV show scheduled to air spring 2011

Callbacks are set to begin this month in the search for contestants for the new television series "Wipeout Canada." The show will have contestants testing themselves on "the world's largest obstacle course," fighting for a $50,000 prize to be presented in each episode.

According to information provided by producers, 44,619 people across Canada applied to be on "Wipeout" during the one month applications were being accepted. Applications required the completion of a 67-question form and the submission of photos.

Callbacks are set to begin this month in the search for contestants for the new television series "Wipeout Canada." The show will have contestants testing themselves on "the world's largest obstacle course," fighting for a $50,000 prize to be presented in each episode.

According to information provided by producers, 44,619 people across Canada applied to be on "Wipeout" during the one month applications were being accepted. Applications required the completion of a 67-question form and the submission of photos.

Applicants include Olympic medallists and both CFL and NHL players. There was also a professional bull rider and a walrus trainer.

"We are thrilled that the massive support from Canadian fans during this application process has been so positive and enthusiastic and has generated overwhelming buzz for the series," said Canwest Broadcasting's senior vice-president for content and lifestyle channels, Karen Gelbart. "Along with our producing partners Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd., we're committed to sustaining this energy and momentum as we create a truly Canadian perspective for the series."

The show is set to be hosted by Jonathan Torrens ("Trailer Park Boys"), Ennis Esmer ("The Listener") and Jessica Phillips ("Deal or No Deal Canada," "Being Erica").

"Our dedicated team of producers is currently reviewing all of the applications," said executive producer with Lone Eagle Entertainment, Michael Geddes, "(they're) looking for the most enthusiastic, fun-loving fans to be part of the show, plus those who can also pull off the ultimate victory dance."

The production of 13 one-hour episodes for the show is scheduled to start in October with the 260 contestants to ultimately be selected. "Wipeout Canada" is slated to premiere on TVtropolis in the spring of 2011.

For news, interviews, contests and behind-the-scenes footage, see the "Wipeout Canada" Facebook fan page (www.facebook /wipeoutcanada.com).

Organizations: NHL, Canwest Broadcasting, Lone Eagle Entertainment

Geographic location: Canada

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