Local contestants ready to battle in Wipeout Canada

Two local residents will battle for big bucks in a new television game show.

Andrea Martina Muhlbach of Stettler and Devon Mezei of Botha have been named among 260 contestants who will compete on Wipeout Canada.

Selected from almost 45,000 applications, contestants will tackle an obstacle course for a shot at $50,000.

“We have selected some of the most colourful individuals ever seen on television,” said Karen Gelbart, second vice-president of Lifestyle Channels and Canwest Broadcasting.

“We look forward to introducing all of them this upcoming spring.”

Production of the 13 one-hour episodes of Wipeout Canada is set for Oct. 9 to Nov. 3 on the iconic set in Argentina with quick-witted Canadian co-hosts Jonathan Torrrens and Ennis Esmer and co-hosted by Jessica Philips.

Each episode will feature 20 contestants who will battle to conquer the course and ultimately leading to the episode’s top prize of $50,000.

“The production promises to provide the most spectacular and often-painfully hilarious spills, face plants and of course, wipeouts,’ said Gelbart.

Contestants were recruited between June 2 and July 1 as almost one in every 750 Canadians responded to the Wipeout Canada questionnaire.

Contestants answered questions that ranged from the silly to the serious, and applicants submitted photos and video links to share their stories of adventure and inspiration for a an opportunity to compete on the world’s largest obstacle course.

For exclusive news, interviews, contests and behind-the-scenes video and photographs, fans are encouraged to join the official Wipeout Canada Facebook fan page at www.Facebook.com/WipeoutCanada.