Wipeout is an American T.V. show and has been billed as ‘The world’s largest obstacle course’. It first burst onto our screens in 2008 on ABC hosted by John Henson and John Anderson while the ‘on-location’ presenter was Jill Wagner. The American version is filmed on a ranch about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.
Wipeout consists of four rounds where the contestants try and complete an obstacle course in the least amount of time. Only the top four make it to the final round which is called the Wipeout Zone. Here the winner gains the title of Wipeout Champion and $50,000. The obstacles change round but are always quirky and offbeat. There are a few regular challenges such as the ‘Big Balls’ which is the show’s trademark obstacle and features in all the versions in different countries, the ‘Sucker Punch’ and the ‘Sweeper’. The tone of the whole show is very lighthearted until the final round when the background music becomes more serious and the humor is toned down.
Wipeout also airs in Britain under the name Total Wipeout (presented by Richard Hammond of Top Gear) and Australia under the name Wipeout Australia but Endemol USA the producers of the show have sold it to over 30 countries and have created two obstacle courses in Argentina, a place where other countries could film their version and overcome their health and safety rules.
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