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Wipeout
Wipeout TV show logo.png
Format Game show
Sports entertainment
Comedy
Created by Matt Kunitz
Scott Larsen
Directed by J. Rupert Thompson
Presented by John Anderson
John Henson
Jill Wagner
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 46 (28 aired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Matt Kunitz
Scott Larsen
Location(s) Los Angeles County, California
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Endemol USA
Pulse Creative
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (2008)
720p (16:9 SDTV) (2009-present)
Original run June 24, 2008 – present
External links
Official website

Wipeout is an American game show series in which contestants compete in what is billed as the "world's largest obstacle course". The series premiered on June 24, 2008 on ABC. Wipeout is hosted (and commentated) by John Henson (formerly of E! Entertainment's Talk Soup) and John Anderson (ESPN's SportsCenter). Jill Wagner co-hosts, and acts as the "on-location" presenter (Henson and Anderson presenting from a broadcast booth inside a studio). The executive producers are Matt Kunitz (Fear Factor) and Scott Larsen, and the co-executive producers are Trice Barto, Shye Sutherland, J. Rupert Thompson and Kevin Wehrenberg. Distribution of the show is handled by Endemol USA.

The show is taped at a ranch in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California.[1] However, due to ABC's policy of not revealing where its reality shows are taped, the location is never mentioned in the program itself; by contrast, the British version makes a point of talking about the show's Argentine connections. On July 22, 2009, Wipeout was renewed for a third season. Production for Season 3 is underway and a new set was erected in August 2009 in preparation to begin shooting in September 2009.[2] As of January 2010, filming of the third season is still underway. On March 4, 2010, ABC announced the Season 3 premiere would be June 22, 2010. They also stated that themed episodes in Season 3 would include "Ladies Night," "Family Edition" and "Wipeout Blind Date."[3]

The concept and style of the show has been compared to several Japanese game shows, most notably Sasuke and Takeshi's Castle.[4][5][6] This was brought to the attention of the Japanese broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System, who filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against ABC, charging that Wipeout is "a blatant copycat" of several of its classic Japanese competition game shows. Among the charges are that ABC bought search terms such as MXC (the Americanized comedy version of Takeshi's Castle) on Google to help drive traffic to the official Wipeout page, and that specific obstacles in Wipeout were knock-offs of challenges in those Japanese game shows.[7] Wipeout creator and executive producer Matt Kunitz, who also executive produced NBC's Fear Factor, states Wipeout is "90% Fear Factor-inspired, 10% Japanese game show."[5] Kunitz claimed, in the Los Angeles Times, that Wipeout was born from a desire to do a funny stunt series. He wanted to sell the show as Fear Factor meets America's Funniest Home Videos.[8] The lawsuit will go forward in 2010.[9]

On December 8, 2008, ABC announced plans to counter-program NBC's Super Bowl game-day telecasts with a sports-star-studded episode of the "Wipeout Bowl." ABC aired a 13 minute football-themed "Wipeout Bowl" special against NBC's official halftime show. Then, immediately following the game, ABC aired an hour-long "Wipeout Bowl" in which cheerleaders competed against male "couch potato" sports fans.[10] During the hour long special, Monica Kaufman became the show's first female competitor to win and also the first and only (female) winner of the Wipeout Bowl.

In January 2009, several international versions of Wipeout debuted in countries including the UK (known as Total Wipeout) and Argentina. Also that month, ABC began running repeats from the first season over most affiliates on weekend afternoons.

In 2009, according to TV WEEK, Wipeout became the third most popular game show in the world, based on ratings. [11]

On January 11, 2010, after more than a month of fan voting, Entertainment Weekly crowned "Wipeout" the winner of the Guilty Pleasures Reality TV Showdown. [12]

In February 2010, Wipeout was nominated for the 2010 Kids Choice Awards for favorite reality series. [13]

Contents

Gameplay

During an episode, contestants compete through four rounds of competition until a final winner is chosen. The first round features 24 contestants, while only the top four will make it to the final round called the Wipeout Zone, where the winner earns the title of Wipeout Champion and a $50,000 grand prize.

The challenges change each week, but always feature offbeat and comical obstacles, such as the "Sucker Punch", "Big Balls" (the show's trademark obstacle), the "Sweeper", the "Dizzy Dummy" or the "Dreadmill", and the "Wipeout Zone". In one of the show's trademarks, the commentators have a humorous running commentary, often mocking and gently insulting the contestants as they compete. The hosts make frequent use of puns. Jill Wagner offers additional commentary and reactions, and also provides interviews with the contestants filmed before their turn begins. However, during the "Wipeout Zone", the show takes an epic and serious turn, with the humor dialed down, and serious background music instead of its lighthearted theme music.

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Round One - "The Qualifier"

In the first round of the competition, 24 contestants attempt to qualify for the next round by passing a four-part obstacle course as fast as possible. The course consists of four distinct obstacles, if the contestant fails to pass a particular obstacle, they only have to swim or crawl through mud or water to the next one. Although many of the obstacles vary between episodes, common obstacles have included the "Sucker Punch", a wall covered with mechanical boxing gloves above a mud pit, and the show's trademark obstacle, the "Big Balls" - consisting of a set of 4 red balls that a contestant must attempt to bounce across. Season 2 added an additional feature to the obstacle, the "motivator", a padded pendulum designed to force a player onto the balls if they take too long to start onto them. Time stops once a player reaches the course's designated ending, the nature of which depends on what the last obstacle is. Only the twelve with the fastest times move on to the next round.

Round Two

In the second round, the twelve remaining contestants compete in a competitive challenge. During the first season and in some season two episodes, this is done with the "Sweeper", where contestants stand on elevated pedestals arranged in a circle above a pool of water and attempt to dodge a rotating horizontal bar (the "Sweeper Arm", increasing in speed and height as the game progresses). Sometimes an additional element or handicap is added to the game, such as additional attachments to the arm (i.e. smoking artificial crows, a giant flail, the "Spikes of DOOM!"/giant spinning toothbrush or cheese,), equipping the contestants with dodgeballs or sacks, and/or a rotating arm that can be dodged by ducking or jumping (referred to as the "Gyro Sweeper", whose turning also becomes variably faster throughout the round). Players knocked off their pedestals are eliminated, and the 6 remaining contestants advance to the next round. However, these 6 also continue in a bonus round where the last surviving player wins a $1000 bonus prize.

In some season two episodes, "King of the Mountain" is used instead, a challenge with a similar setup to the Sweeper, but with a sweeping bridge that players must jump onto and cross to reach the circular platform in the center. Players who are knocked into the water have unlimited chances to make it to the "mountain", but the game ends once 6 players make it to the center who then advance to the next round.

Round Three - "Road to the Final 4"

The remaining contestants participate in a challenge that varies with each show. Variations have included the "Dizzy Dummy"; a cycle of competitive rounds where players are strapped to a spinning cylinder for a short period, before racing across one of two sets of obstacles. The winning player in each round advances to the final round, while the remaining contestants "spin again" and then alternate to the other set of obstacles. The cycle continues until the final 4 contestants are decided (which then move on to the final round). The season 2 challenge, the "Slippery Course", is similarly formatted, but uses a water slide instead of spinning the contestants.

In some episodes, a time-based challenge is performed (with the best 4 times advancing, either highest or lowest depending on the task), such as a challenge on a giant treadmill known as the "Dreadmill" (such as dodging a giant swinging wrecking ball, or riding a mechanical bull on a rotating platform).

Round Four - "The Wipeout Zone"

At night, and with a more serious tone than the previous rounds, the final four contestants play separately on a large obstacle course called the Wipeout Zone, each attempting to finish the course in the fastest time, much like the first round. Though slight variations are used in each episode, contestants begin by either sliding down a water ramp or being launched by a giant catapult into the course, swimming to the first obstacle. Obstacles have varied between episodes, but the course contains several obstacles that must be traversed in order to reach the finishing platform. The player with the fastest time on the course is declared the "champion" of the episode and is awarded the show's grand prize of $50,000.

Reception

On its premiere night, Wipeout scored the highest premiere rating of any new show in Summer 2008, beating competing veteran summer shows Hell's Kitchen and America's Got Talent.[14] As the season progressed, Nielsen Media Research put it at the top of the 18-49 demographic, slightly outpaced by America's Got Talent. On August 6, 2008, Wipeout was officially renewed for a second season.[2]

The second season premiered on May 27, 2009, and with an audience of 9.69 million, Wipeout bested its first season average and gave ABC its best numbers in the Wednesdays-at-8 slot since November 2007.[15] In Asia, season 1 began in late 2008, and season 2 premiered on December 23, 2009.

The show has been picked up by ABC for a third season set to premiere June 22, 2010.[16]

International versions

Endemol USA has sold the "Wipeout" format to more than 25 territories and has created two obstacle courses in Argentina for those international editions.[2] Current and upcoming versions include:

Country Name Host Channel Premiere Language
Arab League Arab World Wipeout وايب أوت Mustafa Alagha, Tamer Abd EL Monem, Karen Derkalostian MBC 1 [17] May 2009 Arabic
 Argentina Hombre al agua Brothers Weinbaum Canal 13 January 5, 2009 Spanish
 Australia Wipeout Australia Kelly Landry, James Brayshaw and Josh Lawson Nine Network[18] February 3, 2009 English
 Belgium Wipeout Walter Grootaers, Bob Peeters & Lynn Pelgroms (& Wytske Kenemans) VTM[19] March 4, 2009 Dutch
 Brazil Maratona do Faustão Faustão Rede Globo[20] July 19, 2009 Portuguese
 Canada (English) Wipeout Canada TVtropolis 2011 English
 Canada (French) Wipeout Québec Valérie Simard[21], Réal Béland and Alain Dumas[22] V[23] August 31, 2009 French
 Chile Hombre Al Agua Martín Cárcamo and Álvaro Salas TVN March 6, 2009 Spanish
 Croatia Wipeout Marina Jerkovic RTL Televizija April 12, 2009. Croatian
 Czech Republic Drtivá porážka TBA TV Barrandov TBA Czech
 Denmark Wipeout Thomas Mygind Kanal 5 March 5, 2009 Danish
 Estonia Rajalt maha TV3 Estonian
 Finland Wipeout Nelonen Finnish
 France Total Wipeout Stéphane Rotenberg, Alex Goude and Sandrine Corman M6[24][25] July 17, 2009 French
 Germany WipeOut – Heul nicht, lauf! Charlotte Engelhardt, Matthias Opdenhövel and Werner Hansch ProSieben[26] March 10, 2009 German
 Greece Wipeout Christoforos Zaralikos, Dimitris Menounos and Eleni Karpontini ANT1 February 6, 2010 Greek
 Iceland Wipeout Sigmar Vilhjálmsson, Jóhannes Ásbjörnsson and Friðrika Hjördís Geirsdóttir Stöð 2[27] December 11, 2009 Icelandic
 Israel Channel 10[28] April 2009 Hebrew
 Latvia Dullās sacensības "Neiespējamā misija" Gints Grāvelis, Artūrs Skrastiņš TV3 Latvian
 Lithuania Jokių kliūčių! TV3 January 10, 2009 Lithuanian
 Mexico Resbalón José Ramón San Cristóbal, Eduardo Videgaray Televisa[29] August 29, 2009 Spanish
 Netherlands Wipeout Wytske Kenemans, Dennis Weening, Klaas van der Eerden & Lynn Pelgroms RTL 5[30][31] February 15, 2009 Dutch
 Norway Wipeout Anders Hoff and Øyvind Rafto of Raske Menn, and co-host Synnøve Skarbø TVNorge March 2, 2009[32] Norwegian
 Portugal SIC[33] Fall 2009 or 2010 Portuguese
 Philippines Wipeout: Matira Matibay Paolo Contis ,Vince De Jesus and Nina Kodaka GMA Network[34] March 15, 2010 Tagalog, English
 Russia Zhestokie Igry Channel One [35] 7 March 2010 Russian
 Serbia Wipeout Ivan Tešanović and Miljan Milićević FOX Televizija November 8, 2009 Serbian
 Slovakia Slovak
 Spain ¡Guaypaut! Carmen Alcayde Telecinco[36] December 24, 2008 Spanish
 Slovenia Wipeout TBA TV 3 TBA Slovene
 Sweden Wipeout Felix Herngren, Hans Wiklund and Sofia Wistam Kanal 5[37] March 8, 2009 Swedish
 Turkey Wipeout Asuman Krause Show TV[38] January 30, 2009 Turkish
 Ukraine BUM Sergei Kazanin, Valeria Uushakova, Alexander Krikun Inter TV March 7, 2010 Ukrainian
 United Kingdom Total Wipeout Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram BBC One[28][39] January 3, 2009 English
 United States Wipeout John Anderson, John Henson, Jill Wagner ABC June 24, 2008 English
  • The Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, and Sweden produce separate versions of the show based on the same footage of contestants from the three countries competing against each other.
  • The original American series airs in Canada on the Global Television Network (in English) and on V (in French),[40] in New Zealand on TV3,[41] in Australia on Nine Network, in the Philippines and India on AXN, in The Netherlands on RTL 5 and in the United Kingdom on Watch titled Total Wipeout USA, to match the title of the British version.
  • The Dutch version is a collaboration between the Netherlands and Belgium.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bing Maps". Bing.com (Bird's-eye map view unambiguously shows Wipeout set under construction). http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=pqwfd753z47y&style=b&lvl=1&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=33222091&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b c ABC renews 'Wipeout' for third season to begin in the Summer of 2010
  3. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ifc6418268b866f76378f8103d4633697
  4. ^ "American TV not crazy, just Japanese". CNN.com/entertainment. http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/24/apontv.japanese.gameshow.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  5. ^ a b Joanna Weiss (June 24, 2008). "Will Americans fall for Japanese-style game shows?". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2008/06/24/will_americans_fall_for_japanese_style_game_shows/. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show Tonight". Huliq News. http://www.huliq.com/62671/wipeout-and-i-survived-japanese-game-show-tonight. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  7. ^ "???!???????!TBS??ABC???" (in Japanese). 2008-10-07. http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/081007/gnj0810071200020-n1.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Just call Matt Kunitz the king of reality TV". The Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-channel14-2008jul14,0,4671579.story. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  9. ^ Tokyo Broadcasting System Survives First Elimination Round in Lawsuit Against ABC's "Wipeout", The Hollywood Reporter, 13 August 2009.
  10. ^ "'Wipeout' special set for Super Sunday". http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3iea59cb79796a9dff7024386d316b0583. 
  11. ^ "Guess Which Game Show is the Most Popular Worldwide". http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwire/2010/01/with-the-opening-of-the.php. 
  12. ^ "'Wipeout' Takes the Crown as the Guilty Pleasure Reality TV Champion". http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/01/11/wipeout-guilty-pleasure-champion/. 
  13. ^ "'Wipeout' 2010 Kid's Choice Award Nomination". http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards/wipeout-tv-show.html. 
  14. ^ "Wipeout scores top Tuesday ratings". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3if15c9c648a5fa48d2b9e29f95cd82efd. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  15. ^ http://www.seattlepi.com/tvguide/406658_tvgif28.html
  16. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ifc6418268b866f76378f8103d4633697
  17. ^ MBC Wipeout page (Arabic)
  18. ^ Channel nine - wipeout
  19. ^ Wipeout page on vtm.be (Dutch)
  20. ^ "Domingão do Faustão" (Portuguese)
  21. ^ Valérie Simard animatrice de la version québécoise de Wipeout (press release) (French)
  22. ^ Réal Béland et Alain Dumas co-animeront la version québécoise de WIPEOUT (French)
  23. ^ TQS confirme la diffusion de la version québécoise de Wipeout (TQS confirms the broadcast of the Quebec version) (French), TQS, March 25, 2009.
  24. ^ Article about the French show
  25. ^ "Total Wipeout on M6" (in French). http://www.m6.fr/emission-total_wipeout/les-epreuves.html. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  26. ^ DWDL.de - ProSieben produziert Abenteuer-Show in Argentinien (German)
  27. ^ http://www.stod2.is/?PageID=193&NewsID=1789
  28. ^ a b http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117990861.html?categoryid=19&cs=1
  29. ^ http://www.televisa.com/noticias-corporativas/088526/resbalon (Spanish)
  30. ^ Mediacourant.nl » » Spectaculair Amerikaans format Wipeout bij RTL 5 (Dutch)
  31. ^ rtl.nl (Dutch)
  32. ^ http://www.tvnorge.no/programportaler/wipeout/wipeout (Norwegian)
  33. ^ http://www.worldscreen.com/newscurrent.php?filename=endemol082908.htm
  34. ^ http://www.accesspinoy.com/gma-7-gets-wipeout-game-show-franchise-from-endemol/
  35. ^ http://www.mnilive.com/2009/09/endemol-secures-new-deals-for-russian-version-of-wipeout/
  36. ^ http://www.vertele.com/noticias/detail.php?id=20302 (Spanish)
  37. ^ http://kanal5.se/web/guest/wipeout (Swedish)
  38. ^ Turkey experiences a Wipeout
  39. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a130573/hammond-to-host-primetime-tv-show.html
  40. ^ GlobalTV.com | Wipeout
  41. ^ http://www.tv3.co.nz/TVShows/Reality/WIPEOUT/tabid/799/Default.aspx?showid=16987

External links


Wipeout
Format Game show
Sports entertainment
Created by Matt Kunitz
Scott Larsen
Directed by J. Rupert Thompson
Presented by John Anderson
John Henson
Jill Wagner
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27
Production
Executive producer(s) Matt Kunitz
Scott Larsen
Location(s) Los Angeles (county), CA
Running time approx. 43 minutes or an hour with commercials
Production company(s) Endemol USA
Pulse Creative
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i NTSC (1st season)
720p ATSC (2nd season)
Original run June 24, 2008 – present
External links
Official website

Wipeout is an American game-show series that premiered on June 24, 2008 on ABC. Wipeout is hosted by John Henson (E! Entertainment's Talk Soup) and John Anderson (ESPN's SportsCenter). Jill Wagner co-hosts, and acts as the "on-location" presenter (Henson and Anderson presenting from a broadcast booth). The executive producers are Matt Kunitz (Fear Factor) and Scott Larsen, and the co-executive producers are Trice Barto, Shye Sutherland, J. Rupert Thompson and Kevin Wehrenberg. Distribution of the show is handled by Endemol USA.

The show is taped on a ranch just outside the city of Santa Clarita, California.[1] The location is never mentioned in the show itself - by contrast, the British version makes a special point of talking about the show's Argentine connections.

In the show, contestants compete in what is billed as the "world's largest obstacle course" through four rounds of competition until a final winner is chosen. The first round features 24 contestants, while only the top four will make it to the final round called the Wipeout Zone, where the winner earns the title of Wipeout Champion and a $50,000 grand prize.

The challenges change each week, but always feature offbeat and comical obstacles, such as the "Sucker Punch", "Big Balls" (the show's trademark obstacle), the "Sweeper", the "Dizzy Dummy" or the "Dreadmill", and the "Wipeout Zone". In one of the show's trademarks, the commentators have a humorous running commentary, often mocking and gently insulting the contestants as they compete. The hosts make frequent use of puns. Jill Wagner offers additional commentary and reactions, and also provides interviews with the contestants filmed before their turn begins. However, during the "Wipeout Zone", the show takes an epic and serious turn, with the humor dialed down, and serious background music instead of its lighthearted theme music.

The concept and style of the show has been compared to several Japanese game shows most notably Sasuke and Takeshi's Castle. [2][3][4] Wipeout creator and executive producer Matt Kunitz, who also executive produced NBC's Fear Factor, states Wipeout is "90 percent Fear Factor- inspired, 10 percent Japanese game show."[3] Kunitz claimed, in the Los Angeles Times, that Wipeout was born from a desire to do a funny stunt series. He wanted to sell the show as Fear Factor meets America's Funniest Home Videos.[5]

On its premiere night, Wipeout scored the highest premiere rating of any new show in Summer 2008, beating competing veteran summer shows Hell's Kitchen and America's Got Talent.[6] As the season progressed, Nielsen Media Research put it at the top of the 18-49 demographic, slightly outpaced by America's Got Talent. On August 6, 2008, Wipeout was officially renewed for a second season.[1]

Leading Japanese broadcaster TBS has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against ABC, charging that Wipeout is "a blatant copycat" of several of its classic Japanese competition game shows. Among the charges are that ABC bought search terms such as MXC on Google to help drive traffic to the official Wipeout page, and that specific obstacles in Wipeout were knock-offs of challenges in the Japanese game shows.[7]

On December 8, 2008, ABC announced plans to counter-program NBC's Super Bowl game-day telecasts with a sports-star-studded episode of the "Wipeout Bowl." ABC aired a 13 minute football-themed "Wipeout Bowl" special against NBC's official halftime show. Then, immediately following the game, ABC aired an hourlong "Wipeout Bowl" in which cheerleaders competed against male "couch potato" sports fans. [8] During the hour long special, Monica Kaufman became the show's first female competitor to win and also the first and only (female) winner of the Wipeout Bowl.

In January 2009, several international versions of Wipeout debuted in countries including the UK (known as Total Wipeout) and Argentina. Also that month, ABC began running repeats from the first season over most affiliates, at 5:00 pm EST/2:00 pm (3:00 pm in May) PST.

The second season premiered on May 27, 2009, and with an audience of 9.69 million, Wipeout bested its first season average and gave ABC its best numbers in the Wednesdays-at-8 slot since November 2007. [9]

Contents

Gameplay

Round One - "The Qualifier"

In the first round of the competition, 24 (32 in Episode 9 only) contestants attempt to qualify for the next round by passing a four-part obstacle course. Only the twelve (16 in Episode 9 only) with the fastest times move on. The course consists of four distinct parts, the second and third of which are constant. If the contestant fails to pass a particular obstacle, they only have to swim or crawl through mud or water to the next one.

Contestants are usually given labeles such as 'Party Girl', 'Army Man', 'Navy Seal', 'Cheap Date', or 'Mullet Man' by the announcers based on the appearance of the contestant, the contestant's occupation, and/or the contestants unusual habits or behaviors. These monikers persist throughout the show and help to make the various contestants more memorable and identifiable.

Contestants first go down a ramp to a line of floating platforms (not really an obstacle but many contestants fall into the water here). The first part of the course usually consists of two sections of stacked items which the contestants must cross, occasionally separated by an additional obstacle. Though the items vary (doughnuts, rectangles, etc.), they fall over easily, dumping contestants into mud or water. (In Episode 9, the ramp was replaced by a water slide with lots of pillars (The Human Pinball).) Starting in Season 2, the first part of the course is now a platform (or platforms) with unstable parts, leading to an easy wipeout (ex: Rug Pull).

The next obstacle is the "Sucker Punch", a wall covered in boxing gloves which punch out at random intervals to knock the contestants into a mud pit. This obstacle has only been successfully completed seven times in aired episodes so far (by Episode 4's Gwenisha Robinson, Episode 6's Jessica Bertoni and John Henson(seen crossing it in episode 11), Episode 9's Katie Mayfield and Eddie Shapiro, and Episode 10's Sam Mohan and Phil Somerville). For Episode 8, the boxing gloves are replaced by shoes and the obstacle is so named, "Butt Kicker".

The third part of the course features the show's trademark obstacle, the "Big Balls", four gigantic inflated red rubber balls placed in a line on steel supports over a pool of water, which the contestants must cross. In aired episodes so far, only eleven contestants have all passed the obstacle – Ariel Tweto, Jeremey Olson, Ben Kronberg, John Ames, Yolanda Ezeil, Nick Ballard, Katie Mayfield, Jessie Graff, Grace Matis, Devon Berry (not shown), Terry Smith and Shane Harris from the couples episode. In season two, a large padded pendulum (known as "The Motivator") was added on the platform that led to the Big Balls, which knocks off any contestant that hesitates to start. Only one person has survived the motivator who is Terry Smith from episode 7 on season 2, he also passed the big balls because of it.

The final part challenges the contestants to land on a distant platform, a giant ball, or huge, stacked inner tubes containing foam in them by pole vaulting or a rope swing (or one of their variants) from a raised, levelled platform. Failing to complete this correctly usually results in the contestant swimming to either the platform they were to land on in the first place, or another platform further away from the intended goal; often the latter is used when the goal involves landing on the rubber ball. Time stops once judges declare that the contestant is in the proper position (usually standing) on the goal.

Round Two - "The Sweeper"

In the second round, the twelve (16 in Episode 9 only) remaining contestants stand on ten-foot-high cushioned pedestals and try to jump over a rotating horizontal hurdle (the Sweeper bar) that increases in speed and height with each rotation. The precise details of the challenge vary slightly in each episode, usually adding an additional obstacle or handicap, such as making the contestants wear sacks, throw dodge balls, or attaching things to the sweeper arm (a ring, foam swimming pool noodles, smoking artificial crows). The first six contestants (8 in Episode 9 only) to be knocked off their pedestals and into the water are eliminated, while the rest compete for a $1,000 bonus, awarded to the last contestant standing. In the ninth episode, only the elimination occurred and there were therefore eight contestants remaining, hence no bonus awarded for the last one standing.

In Season 2, a 'gyro' function was added to the Sweeper. After one round of jumping over the Sweeper, it gyrates in a circular motion. Contestants were given the choice of jumping over it, or ducking under it, making them have to time their jumps and ducks just right. A $1000 bonus was given to the last person standing, like in Season 1.

In several of the second season's second rounds, a obstacle called 'King of the Mountain' was featured instead. It requires contestants to reach the center of a rotating platform while avoiding a sweeper arm moving in the opposite direction.

In the final obstacle course - the "Wipeout Zone" - a similar obstacle known as the "Crazy Sweeper" has been used. It features two sweeper arms with differing objects on each end. Contestants much race around a circular course jumping across platforms and pedestals while the sweeper arm chases them from behind, threatening to knock them into the water below.

Round Three - "Road to the Final 4"

The six (8 in Episode 9 only) remaining contestants participate in a unique stunt that varies with each show. The top four finalists then move on to the Wipeout Zone and compete for $50,000.

Typically the challenge begins with the Dizzy Dummy, where the contestants are strapped to a spinning cylinder for a short period then released to cross one of two sets of obstacles over a pool of water. The first contestant to cross the obstacle will advance, and the contestants are forced to go back to the beginning of the obstacle if they fall off. Once a contestant has crossed the obstacle, the remaining contestants must return to the Dizzy Dummy and "spin again." The Dizzy Dummy spins for a longer period each time until four contestants manage to pass. (On episode 5, the contestants had to eat a Mexican lunch before the challenge to make the challenge more difficult.) So far, there has been only one instance that a contestant, in this case third week contestant Jarran Joshu, had gotten so dizzy that he vomited. Joshu immediately withdrew as a result. There was only one episode (episode 8) where there were no quitters to this round. Every other episode featuring this challenge has one person quitting.

An alternative to the Dizzy Dummy is the Dreadmill. The Dreadmill is a large treadmill with various obstacles for the contestants to overcome: doors, tennis balls, inflatable fish, a giant wrecking ball, traffic pylons while wearing "goofy goggles", etc. If contestants fall off, they are either done with their turn or forced to start over, depending on the objective. Usually the contestants that stay on the Dreadmill the longest advance, though in some cases, the winners are those that complete a set objective in the least amount of time. The best time this season was Charles Zaucha's time of 2:34.

Episode 9 (the pilot show) featured the Cookie Cutter, where the contestants rode on the end of a spinning platform, attempting to navigate their way through 4 cut-out poses (in a method similar to Brain Wall) in the shortest amount of time possible. One of these human-shaped cut-outs (also known as the Cookie Cutter) was used as the final hurdle in the Qualifier round of the first (broadcast) episode.

In Season 2, the contestants faced different challenges including the The Slippery Course, in which the contestants face an obstacle course all at the same time. The first one to win would go through to The Wipeout Zone. They would repeat this three times and the last two would be eliminated. They also faced The Rocket, where contestants try to stay on a spinning and gyrating rocket while being hit by "planets" - large rubber balls suspended by strings and painted to look like planets in the earth's Solar System. Those that stay on the rocket for the longest time advance. Sometimes there are additional impediments such as being hit with a meteor shower or being sprayed with "rocket fuel" by a spaceman (played by John Henson).

Round Four - "The Wipeout Zone"

At night, and with a more serious tone than the previous rounds, the final four contestants play separately on a large obstacle course called the Wipeout Zone. Though slight variations are used in each episode, each contestant must slide down a long ramp (Killer Surf), swim to and then travel up an uphill ramp with large barrels rolling down it that are released at regular intervals (Barrel Run), cross a narrow climbing wall to the other side (Water Wall), leap onto a large spinning wheel with foam pillars and then leap off onto the opposite platform (Spinner), then finally cross a series of trampolines set at different heights and distances to the final platform (Launch Pads). In Episode 9, The Triple Threat replaced the Barrel Run and Water Wall. Contestants had to cross three triangles which acted like seesaws. If the triangles rotate, the contestants fall into the water. Also, the Water Beam replaced the Launch Pads. The objective is to cross a narrow beam while having seawater pour down on them. In Season 2, Killer Surf was sometimes replaced by a catapult (The Catapult) that shoots contestants into the water. The Barrel Run was replaced by three rotating gears (Gears of Doom). What makes Season 2's Wipeout Zone different is that you may skip the Gears of Doom and take a 2-minute time penalty. After that, the Spinner was replaced by an obstacle similar to the King of the Mountain from the Wipeout Bowl (Scary Go-Round), where contestants have to cross a rotating platform, avoid a Sweeper spinning above their head, and make it to the middle. They then climb up, and cross a high spinning platform bridge to the next obstacle. Usually, contestants had to cross the Launch Pads (Blast Off in Episode 9, The Tackle Dummy Turntables in the Wipeout Bowl) but those were replaced by a platform with 3 punching pistols (The Gauntlet) then a turntable filled with foam (Foam-Filled Turntable) and then onto a bridge that pulls up when contestants get close, forcing them to climb up (Drop Bridge). After climbing, the Drop Bridge drops, either knocking contestants into the water or stopping two feet below the finishing platform. Contestants must jump from the drop bridge to the finishing platform. Whoever completes the course in the fastest time is crowned "Wipeout Champion" and takes home $50,000. The winner might celebrate either with Jill Wagner or on the final platform by shouting usually "YES!". Jill Wagner will usually tell the winner who is standing on the final platform that he/she has won the game and won $50,000. On February 1, 2009 during the Wipeout Bowl I, Monica Kaufmann became the first female Wipeout Champion.

After the competition has finished, John Henson closes out the show with the phrase "Good night... and big balls," a spoof of Edward R. Murrow's catchphrase "Good night and good luck." Then, while the credits roll, highlights from that episode using showing the most spectacular or humorous wipeouts are replayed while theme music plays.

Season 1 Episode list

Key

Legend
Female Male Top 12 Top 6 Top 4 Eliminated

Episode 1

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper Dizzy Dummy Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 Arthur 'Jazzhands' Sevcik 02:02.4 6th 2nd Winner (02:40.70)
2 Jessi 'Go Go Dancer' Duran (Age: 20) 02:26.4 3rd 4th 2nd Place (05:36.77)
3 'Police Academy Grad/The Rookie Cop'

Nick Leland (Age: 24)

01:59.2* 2nd 3rd 3rd Place (05:43.60)
4 'Mouth of the South' Travis Mitchell 01:55.6 4th 1st Out of time
5 'Sherif' Kevin Ahsmuhs (?) 5th Eliminated
6 Andrew 'The Candyman' Ritter (Age: 19) (?) 1st Quit
7 'Pastor' Jerry Huson (Age: 56) (?) Eliminated
8 David Anderson (?) Eliminated
9 Ruben Sears (?) Eliminated
10 Glenn-Marie Endris (?) Eliminated
11 Amy Kline (Age: 23) (?) Eliminated
12 'Triathlete' Kim Beetlestone (Age: 38) (?) Eliminated

* Nick Leland was the first person both to clear the Topple Towers and the Cookie Cutter Swing

Episode 2

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(with Sacks)

Dreadmill Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Skateboarder'

Jim Wakefield

3rd (01:33.9)* 1st 1st (01:00.79) Winner (07:34.55)
2 'Masseur' David Goryl 5th (01:59.1) 4th 4th (04:36.14)** 2nd Place (08:50.79)
3 Darrin Miller (Age: 37) 1st (01:19.3) 5th 3rd (04:35.10) Out of time
4 'Ladies' Man'

Joey Byham (Age: 19)

4th (01:34.6) 6th 2nd (01:07.13) Quit
5 Breakdancer' Ingel Catindig 2nd (01:32.5) 3rd Out of time (04:36.20)
6 Kelly Duffy (Age: 23) 02:30.4 2nd Quit
7 Gayla Johnson (?) Eliminated
8 Alyssa Grube (?) Eliminated
9 Jessica Burd (?) Eliminated
10 'The Cheerleader'

Donald Pietranczyk

(?) Eliminated
11 Ronni Peck (Age: 27) (?) Eliminated
12 Carin 'Crazy Fingers' Chea (?) Eliminated

* Fastest time in the Slippery Stairs

** David Goryl was able to defeat Ingel Catindig by .06 of a second in the Dreadmill

  • This was the only episode in Season 1 where the Final Four consisted of 4 male competitors. Every other episode in Season 1 had 3 males and only 1 female

Episode 3

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(Spikes of Doom/Toothbrush)

Dizzy Dummy Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Teenage Ninja'

Kyle Adler (Age: 19)

3rd (01:41.5) 1st 1st Winner (03:23.03)
2 'Mortgage Broker' Nick Louis 1st (01:36.2) 4th 3rd 2nd Place (09:33.99)
3 Ariel 'Never Been Kissed' Tweto (Age: 20) 5th (02:25.1)* 6th 4th 3rd Place (15:57.93)
4 'Ridiculously Good-Looking'

Neil Smith (Age: 29)

4th (02:09.0) 3rd 2nd Out of time (16:03.81)**
5 Chris Lekawa (Age: 23) (?) 5th Eliminated
6 Jarran Joshu 2nd (01:40.4) 2nd Quit
7 Dalmar Montgomery (?) Eliminated
8 Will Rideau (?) Eliminated
9 Mike Pyszczynski (?) Eliminated
10 'Jersey Girl'

Jennifer Tapiero (Age: 19)

(?) Eliminated
11 Dena DePompa (?) Eliminated
12 Vanessa Berghorn (?) Eliminated

* Ariel Tweto was the first person to cross the Big Balls

** In the Wipeout Zone, Neil Smith was after Ariel Tweto and when he timed out, Neil's time was close to Ariel's as it was shown.

  • Tara Ferrell is the only person able to clear the Pole Vault

Episode 4

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(Sweeper Dodge Ball)

Dreadmill Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Fitness Fanatic'

Marc Natividad (Age: 43)

1st (01:41.7) 5th 2nd (01:39.11) Winner (08:23.10)
2 'The Silver Fox'

Robert Schweitzer (Age: 49)

02:15.1 3rd 1st (01:42.15) 2nd Place (11:35.02)
3 'Warrior'

Saye Yabandeh (Age: 26)

03:26.6 4th 4th (01:10.71) Out of time
4 Gabriel 'Mama's Boy' Lawrence (Age: 26) 02:30.1 1st 3rd (01:27.81) Quit
5 Keith 'Muddy Beard' Biondi 02:37.0 2nd Eliminated (01:09.88)
6 'Soccer Mom'

Gwenisha Robinson

(?)* 6th Eliminated (01:00.52)
7 Grace Matias 02:49.5 Eliminated
8 'Newlywed' Kat Negrete (?) Eliminated
9 Philip Ventimiglia (?) Eliminated
10 Cheryl 'The Flight Attendant' Kazel (?) Eliminated
11 The Terminator' Rado Pagac (?) Eliminated
12 Taylor Johnson (Age: 19) (?) Eliminated

* First person able to cross the Sucker Punch successfully

  • No one was able to pass the Wall Swing

Episode 5

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(with Hoop)

Dizzy Dummy** Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'The Jock'

Casey O'Farrell (Age: 20)

3rd (01:38.7) 1st 4th Winner (05:30.51)
2 'One-word Model'

Dana Jamison (Age: 18)

5th (02:16.1) 3rd 3rd 2nd Place (06:26.28)
3 'Chinese Acrobat'

David Matz (Age: 24)

4th (01:47.8) 2nd 1st 3rd Place (08:27.01)
4 'Nerd Gamer'

Jeremy Olson (Age: 20)

1st (01:14.5) 5th 2nd Out of time
5 'Ball-Loving Weirdo'

Ben Kronberg

2nd (01:36.0)* 4th Eliminated
6 'Crunch Time' Jacob Mann (?) 6th Quit**
7 John Ames (?) Eliminated
8 'Competitive Eater'

Shawn Kirby (Age: 43)

(?) Eliminated
9 Katie Graham (?) Eliminated
10 'Narcissist' Richard Gale (?) Eliminated
11 Jessica Horton (?) Eliminated
12 Jodi Elliot (?) Eliminated

* First person able to cross the Ball Swing successfully

** Before the start of the Dizzy Dummy, the six remaining contestants were given a Mexican lunch; Jacob Mann quits before the start of Round 2 of the Dizzy Dummy.

  • James and Willa Simpton became the first married couple to compete on Wipeout. Unfortunately, neither of them passed the Qualifier.

Episode 6

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(The Crowbar)

Dreadmill Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Pre-school Teacher'

'Mr.' Charles Zaucha

1st (01:32.9) 3rd 1st (02:34.31) Winner (06:22.56)
2 'Geek' Robert Duff (Age: 19) 5th (02:09.2) 1st 3rd (01:33.23) 2nd Place (16:49.44)
3 'Animal Lover'

Jessica Bertoni (Age: 25)

4th (01:52.80)* 6th 4th (01:23.78) Out of time
4 'Below the Belt'

John Curtis (Age: 32)

6th (02:11.4) 4th Out of time Out of time
5 'Fashion Designer'

Timothy Ton

3rd (01:49.1) 5th Eliminated (01:05.10)
6 'B-boy' Chris Kinyon 2nd (01:39.5) 2nd Eliminated (00:21.35)
7 'Loan Specialist'

Tyler Jorgenson

(?) Eliminated
8 Yolanda Ezeil (?) Eliminated
9 Christa Wiktorski (Age: 23) (?) Eliminated
10 Toni Robinson (Age: 27) (?) Eliminated
11 Lili Asvar (?) Eliminated
12 'Software Developer'

Matthew Thies (Age: 35)

(?) Eliminated

* First person able to cross the Field Goal Swing successfully

** Shortest time in the Dreadmill

  • Charles Zaucha is the first person to clear to the Buoy Run the fastest (Timothy Ton was the second).

Episode 7: The Wipeys

Episode 7 featured the Wipey Awards, an awards show style presentation of past moments from the previous episodes.

Wipey Award Winner Runners-up
Best Sucker Punch Jessica Trevethick (Week 4) Dana Jamison (Week 5), James Simpton (Week 5), Jessica Bertoni (Week 6), Craig Johnson (Week 2)
Best Sweeper Week 2 (everyone but Jim Wakefield) Week 1 (3 sweeps), Week 3 (3 sweeps), Week 6 (2 sweeps)
Best Wipeout on a Non-obstacle Natalie Murdock (Week 2) Margie Stubbs (Week 1), Brandon Bermudez (Week 5), Carrie Wynes (Week 8), Andrew Pagana (Week 2)
Favorite Contestant Ariel "Where's the pole?" Tweto (Week 3) Sandy Bowls (Week 6), Travis Mitchell (Week 1), Keith Biondi (Week 4), Jessi Duran (Week 1)
Dizziest Dummy Jarran Joshu (Week 3) Chris Lekawa (Week 3), Jessi Duran (Week 1)
Best Guest Obstacle Wrecking Ball (Dreadmill, Week 6) The Crowbar (Sweeper, Week 6), Tennis Balls (Dreadmill), Sacks (Sweeper, Week 2)
Best Telestration "The Cheerleader" (Week 2) "Sweeper Dodgeball Instructions" (Week 4), "Tuesday Night in Jersey" (Week 1), "The Wrecking Ball" (Week 6), "Joey Byham" (Week 2), "The Hoop" (Week 5)
Best Big Balls Wipeout Chris Lekawa (Week 3) Chris Kinyon (Week 6), Gwenisha Robinson (Week 4), Gayla Johnson (Week 2), Christa Wiktorski (Week 6)
Best Romance Ben Kronberg, the Big Balls, and the Ball Swing (Week 5) Ariel Tweto and a Crazy Beam (Week 3), Jessica Bertoni and the Wrecking Ball (Week 6)
Best Dance Jim Wakefield (Week 2) Ingel Catandig (Week 2), Neil Smith (Week 3), Arthur Sevcik (Week 1)
Best Battle Cry Nancy Novak (Week 1) Saye Yabandeh (Week 4), Kyle Adler (Week 3), Victoria Redstall (Week 1), David Goryl (Week 2)
Lifetime Achievement The Big Balls The Sweeper, The Spinner, The Sucker Punch
Best Wipeout Jacob Mann (Week 5) Erwin Milan (Week 6), John Curtis (Week 6), Toni Robinson (Week 6)

Other Notable Awards:

Most Calm and Collected: Anita Lavi (Week 3)

Best Spaz-out: David Goryl (Week 2)

Most Unintelligible Comment: Nick Louis (Week 3)

Most Eligible Bachelor: Joey Byham (Week 2)

Best Skid Mark: Jen Svedja (Week 1)

Best Soap Opera Moment: David Goryl and Ingel Catandig (Week 2)

Best Sideline Reporter: Jill Wagner

Best Purple Tracksuit: Bryan Sayas (Week 4)

Best "Put a Fork in Me" Moment: Margie Stubbs (Week 1)

Episode 8

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(The Crusher)

Dizzy Dummy Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 Richard 'The Firedancer' Mendoza 2nd (01:53.2) 2nd 1st Winner (10:55.56)
2 'Foot-phobic'

April Robles (Age 24)

1st (01:48.8)* 1st* 3rd 2nd Place (16:46.53)
3 'The Marine' Carlos Moreno (?) 6th 2nd Out of time
4 'Firefighter'

Michael Bertrand (Age 39)

3rd (?) 3rd 4th Quit
5 'The Human Siren'

Shane Johnson (Age: 20)

(?) 5th Eliminated
6 'Motormouth' Tory Mell 03:00.3 4th Eliminated
7 'Pro Surfer' Jenny Quam (?) Eliminated
8 'Pilot' Larry Hanes (?) Eliminated
9 'Woman in Mid-air'

Jessye Liebow

(?) Eliminated
10 'Chick in the Mud'

Gina Capelli

(?) Eliminated
11 'Lady in the Doughnut'

Brittany Gilman

4th Eliminated
12 'Professor' Calvin Bonds (?) Eliminated

* April Robles became the first person to win both the first two rounds: the Qualifier and the Sweeper, as well as being the first female to have the best time in the Qualifier and be the last person standing on the Sweeper.

Episode 9: Pilot Episode

Thirty-two contestants competed in this episode, eight more than normal. Thus, sixteen passed on to the second round, and eight onto the Sweeper. As the game was evolving, the Sweeper stopped after eliminating half the contestants; the remaining eight moved onto the next round, with nobody 'winning' the round.

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper Cookie Cutter Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 Christian Readyhoff

'Rocket Scientist'

3rd (01:10.0) -- 2nd (04:13.68) Winner (00:55.88)**
2 Scott 'Faceplant' Kessler (?) -- 1st (04:04.00) 2nd Place (02:03.84)
4 'Suddenly Slimmer'

Mich Rohner

(?) -- 3rd (04:30.37) 3rd Place (02:59.83)
4 'Pro Cheerleader'

Katie Mayfield

2nd (01:01.3) -- 4th (04:51.52) Out of time***
5 Andrew 'The Wolverine' Long (?) -- Eliminated (05:13.74)
6 '105-pound Little' Paul Martin (?) -- Eliminated (05:52.19)
7 'The Hot Sauce Guy'

Daniel Drew (Age: 24)

(?) -- Eliminated (07:29.21)
8 Nick 'The Football Player' Ballard 1st (00:59.4)* -- Out of time
9 Angela Bruson (?) Eliminated
10 Monte Cook (Age: 53) (?) Eliminated
11 Karen Helm (?) Eliminated
12 'Dog Trainer' Mindy Fortune (?) Eliminated
13 Steve Romero (?) Eliminated
14 Eddie Shapiro (?) Eliminated
15 Shelly Williams (?) Eliminated
16 'Old Timer'

Rick Wilson (Age: 54)

(?) Eliminated

* Fastest time on the (proto-)Qualifier, and 'first' contestant to clear the Big Balls

** Fastest time to complete the Wipeout Zone

*** lthough she ran out of time, Katie Mayfield still finished the Wipeout Zone

  • This episode is counted as a pilot episode, explaining the additional contestants.

Episode 10

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(Triple Treat Sweeper)

Dreadmill Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Punk Rocker'

Kyle Sullivan (Age: 18)

3rd (01:42.2) 1st 1st (01:51.81) Winner (03:35.26)**
2 Sam 'The Champ' Mohan (age 20) 4th (01:55.8) 6th 3rd (00:53.89) 2nd Place (06:01.21)
3 'Ol' Loony'

Brent Williams (Age: 63)

02:36.0 4th 4th (00:52.08) 3rd Place (12:34.48)*
4 'Xtreme Kiwi'

Phil Somerville (Age: 37)

1st (01:21.6) 3rd 2nd (01:49.81) Injured

(Shoulder)

5 'Semi-Pro Baseball Player'

Thomas Lynum

(?) 5th Eliminated (00.51.53)
6 'Stuntwoman' Jessie Graff 2nd (01:23.1) 2nd Eliminated (00:42.08)
7 Johnny Pegues 'Pegasus' (?) Eliminated
8 'Beer Belly'

Rolland Gerhardt (Age: 44)

02:08.6 Eliminated
9 'Architect' Meaghan McCall (?) Eliminated
10 'Self-Described Cutie'

Angeliquea Blackmon (Age: 22)

03:02.9 Eliminated
11 Tiffany Latella (?) Eliminated
12 'Bartender' Ericka Klein (?) Eliminated

* Brent Williams became the oldest contestant to make his way through to the Wipeout Zone

** Kyle Sullivan became the youngest winner so far, and the first person to win both the Sweeper and Dreadmill (thus taking home both the final prize money and the Sweeper bonus).

  • The Triple Treat Sweeper consists of The Crusher, Junior Wrecking Ball, and Icy Cold Blast of Smoke.

Episode 11: Top 25 Moments

Episode 11 featured the Top 25 Wipeout Moments as the season finale.

The top 25 moments are below.

Moment # Winner
25 Chris Lekawa (Week 3)
24 Heather Lawrence (Week 5)
23 Jim Wakefield (Week 2)
22 Kameisha Thomas (Week 10)
21 Isaac Alvarez (Week 1)
20 The Toothbrush (Jarran Joshu & Kyle Adler-Week 3)
19 Travis Mitchell (Week 1)
18 Sam Mohan (Week 10)
17 Karla Guy (Week 9)
16 Jessica Bertoni (Week 6)
15 Paul Martin (Week 9)
14 David Goryl (Week 2)
13 Shane Johnson (Week 8)
12 Iris Kyle (Week 9)
11 Jessi Duran (Week 1)
10 John Curtis (Week 6)
9 Mexican Lunch Dizzy Dummy (Week 5)
8 Maria Castro & Gayla Johnson (Week 2)
7 Tamara Pickering (Week 9)
6 William Hill (Week 1)
5 Margie Stubbs (Week 1)
4 Sweeper Dodgeball (Week 4)
3 Jarran Joshu (Week 3)
2 Jacob Mann (Week 5)
1 Ariel Tweto (Week 3)

Wipeout Bowl I: Cheerleaders vs. Couch Potatoes

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier King of the

Mountain

Dizzy Dummy 2.0 Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 Monica 'Baby Face' Kaufmann (Age: 20) "CL" (?) 1st 1st Winner (04:20.62)***
2 'Cursy' Ali Bundrant (Age: 18) "CL" 04:46.4 5th 4th 2nd Place (08:13:86)
3 Robert 'Putt Egg' Davis (Age: 43) "CP" (?)* 4th 3rd Out of Time
4 'Super Stu' Stuart Yasutake "CP" 03:26.2 6th 2nd Out of Time
5 'New Dad' Scott Klase "CP" 04:12.6 2nd Eliminated
6 'Fiancee' Shawnee Achord "CL" 03:24.6 3rd Quit
7 'Blondie' Keelee Bledsoe "CL"  ? Eliminated
8 Chelsea Costa "CL" 02:56.5** Eliminated
9 Brian Gutknecht "CP" (?) Eliminated
10 'Pro Gambler' Jesse Jones "CP" 03:23.0 Eliminated
11 Dustin Kieft "CP" 03:44.1 Eliminated
12 Shara O'Leary (Age: 19) "CL" (?) Eliminated

* First person able to cross the Heavy Bag Run successfully

** First person able to cross the Ten Yard Dash successfully

*** Monica Kaufmann became the first woman to win Wipeout

  • NFL's Hall of Famers' Micheal Irvin, Keyshawn Johnson and Reggie Bush made a special appearance at Wipeout
  • CL = Cheerleader; CP = Couch Potato

Season 2

Episode 1

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(Gyrosweeper)

Slippery Course Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Cheap Date' Tim Spratt 03:38.5* 2nd 4th Winner (04:40.64)
2 Fernando 'Suave' Garcia 03:49.3 1st 1st 2nd place(07:05.00)
3 'Role Model'

Michelle Avedissian

(?) 5th 2nd Out Of Time
4 'Trash Talker' Devon Berry (?) 3rd 3rd Quit
5 'Shiny Happy' Vicky Kim 05:52.6 6th Eliminated
6 'The Ditsy Princess'

Crystal Wilhite

(?) 4th Eliminated
7 'Bikini Bus Boy' Kyle Rhoads (?)** Eliminated
8 'Queen of the Balls'

Jodi Schulman

05:44.1 Eliminated
9 Hali Hudson (?) Eliminated
10 Jasmine 'The Silver Fury' Sanchez 05:29.2 Eliminated
11 'Super Fan' Julio Chavez (?) Eliminated
12 Lenka Jamrichova (?) Eliminated

* First person able to cross the Slippery Swing Set successfully

** First person able to cross A Bridge to Far successfully

Episode 2

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier King of the

Mountain

Dizzy Dummy 2.0 Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Deadbeat Daughter'

Michelle Hart (Age: 29)

(?) 1st 3rd Winner (17:02:50)*
2 Didi Wong 'from Hong Kong' 03:33.1 3rd 1st Out of Time
3 'Desperate Housewife'

Claudia Morel

03:31.7 5th 2nd Quit**
4 'Female Firefighter'

Theresa Rivera

(?) 4th 4th Injured

(Ankle)

5 Peter 'Thanks for Mutton' Weiman (Age: 25) 03:10.3 2nd Eliminated
6 'Director' Sam 'DW' Griffth (Age: 23) (?) 6th Quit
7 Debby 'The Diesel' Chop

(Age: 26)

(?) Eliminated
8 Shannon Eagle 03:18.7 Eliminated
9 'Young New American'

Rasheed Lathief (Age: 27)

(?) Eliminated
10 'Maximus' Dad'

Markus Lindlahr

(?) Eliminated
11 Angel Reed (?) Eliminated
12 'Tree Hugger'

Torrey Streed (Age: 20)

(?) Eliminated

* Michelle Hart became the first woman to win a regulation episode of Wipeout

** First person to withstand the Raging Rapids

  • This episode featured Wipeout's oldest contestant yet: 69-year old Jack Craney, who didn't pass the Qualifier.
  • This episode also saw the first ever all-female Wipeout Zone

Episode 3

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper

(Original)

The Rocket Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Toy Tester' Chuck Trout 1st (?) 1st 1st (01:04.10) 1st (08:49.37)*
2 'Rebelious Husband'

Joe Dycus (Age: 41)

(?) 3rd 2nd (00:59.82) Out Of Time
3 'Insane' Shane Hartgrave 03:29.3 2nd 4th (00:46.94) Out Of Time
4 'Tiny Dancer' Andrew Nienu (?) 4th 3rd (00:54.04) Out Of Time
5 'Fat' Matt Ordway 03:26.2 6th Eliminated (00:37.35)
6 'Band Director'

Donn Hallman

(?) 5th Quit
7 'Farm Girl' Christine Jones (?) Eliminated
8 'Mullet Man' Rodney Hooten 04:04.8 Eliminated
9 'Pudding Princess'

Kassy Diaz (Age: 21)

(?) Eliminated
10 'Model' Nikki Hoard (?) Eliminated
11 Carrie Lewis (?) Eliminated
12 Ian Overson (?) Eliminated

* Chuck Trout became the first contestant to win all four events in Wipeout

Episode 4

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier King of the

Mountain

Dizzy Dummy 2.0 Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 Scotty 'Songbird' Granger** 1st (01:47.4) 3rd 3rd Winner (05:55.47)
2 'Balloon Pirate'

Adam Lohnes (Age: 23)

(?) 4th 1st 2nd Place (15:18.41)
3 Gillian 'Dark Horse' Gipe* 5th (02:50.4) 1st 2nd Out of Time
4 Gianna (Gigi) 'Middle' Gipe* 4th (02:41.3) 6th 4th Quit
5 'Bored' Brittney Lawless 2nd (01:50.5) 2nd Eliminated
6 Michael 'Father Time' Abrahams (Age: 42) (?) 5th Eliminated
7 Matthew Booher (?) Eliminated
8 Alyssa Depompa 3rd (02:37.05) Eliminated
9 Lauren 'Oldest' Gipe* 6th (02:54.2) Eliminated
10 Sean Leute (?) Eliminated
11 Nicole Nicastro 02:56.4 Eliminated
12 'Rapping Reverend'

Dean Osuch

(?) Eliminated

* The first siblings on Wipeout, the three Gipe sisters were dubbed "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Hot Pants" by the two Johns (Henson and Anderson)

** Scotty Granger is the brother of Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger and great-nephew of the "Queen of Gospel", Mahalia Jackson. And also, the first person able to cross the Sweeper Run successfully.

  • Patsy Chambers became the first contestant to quit the Qualifier before trying a single obstacle

Episode 5

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier King of the

Mountain

Dizzy Dummy 2.0 Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Run' Forrest 'Run' Vanderbilt 1st (01:06.9)* 3rd 1st Winner (05:48.84)
2 'Party Girl'

Caroline Erickson

02:39.3 6th 4th 2nd Place (08:07.95)
3 'Sheriff'

Robert Caslava (Age: 51)

(?)* 2nd 3rd 3rd Place (12:29.54)
4 'Produce Man'

Mat Devlahovich

(?) 5th 2nd Out of Time
5 'Obdient Husband'

Scott Howell

(?) 1st Eliminated
6 Catherine 'C.J. Guns' Jansen 02:58.6 Eliminated** Eliminated
7 'Jazz Professor'

Jason Goldman

(?) 4th Quit**
8 Kristen 'Boot Camp' Babiracki (?) Eliminated
9 Gayle Luker (?) Eliminated
10 Karen Pietsch (?) Eliminated
11 'Physical Therapist'

Dennis Sanchez

(?) Eliminated
12 'Dr. Gibberish'

Nicolas Wieder

(?) Eliminated

* Forrest Vanderbilt set a new Qualifier record, with a time of 1:06.9, also becoming only the second person to clear the Breakaway Planks (Robert Caslava is the first) and the first person to clear both the Log Roll and the Fender Bender.

** Before the beginning of the Dizzy Dummy, Jason Goldman quit the competition. The 6 eliminated players from the King of the Mountain were then put into a random draw to take his place in which Catherine Jansen won the draw.

Episode 6

Competition: Finals
Week Movie Qualifier Sweeper

(with Spiked Mace)

The Rocket Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Campus Cop'

Jose Valdepeña

(?) 3rd 1st (01:04.76) Winner (17:00.31)
2 'Sexy Dork'

Janica Polmanteer

1st (03:26.1) 2nd 3rd (00:52.31) 2nd Place (17:26.16)
3 'TV Junkie'

Jason Sandeman

(?) 1st 2nd (00:52.37) 3rd Place (17:26.23)
4 'Browlicious' Steven Lara (?) 4th 4th (00:52.06) Quit
5 'G-Rated' Jeff Sands 03:54.3 6th Eliminated (00:44.69)
6 'Britney Spears Look-Like'

Kiley Speakman

(?) 5th Eliminated (00:36.87)
7 'Accountant'

Jessica Evers (Age: 23)

(?) Eliminated
8 Eli Houta (?) Eliminated
9 'Chicago Girl'

Ravyn Williams

(?) Eliminated
10 Paul 'Woo Hoo'

Woo Hoogenstyn

(?) Eliminated
11 'Ms. Pigtails' Kellie Auld (?) Eliminated
12 Cory Wilderom (?) Eliminated

Episode 7

Competition: Finals
Week Qualifier Sweeper

(Gyrosweeper with Fingers)

Slippery Course Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Choir Boy'

Donovan Eberling (Age: 29)

1st (2:51.4) 2nd 1st Winner (07:32.32)
2 '500th Contestant'

Valerie Barrera*

(?) 1st 4th 2nd Place (12:50.16)
3 'Soulman' Mark Saldana 3:38 4th 3rd Out of Time
4 'The Winner' Shannon Stotz 4:38.7 3rd 2nd Out of Time
5 Robert 'Chili Bean' Martinez (?) 6th Eliminated
6 'Military Mom'

Teri Lathrop (Age: 42)

(?) 5th Injured

(Shoulder)

7 '501st Contestant'

Mona Mahani (Age: 24)

(?) Eliminated
8 Michael 'The Mooner' Chao (?) Eliminated
9 Brittany Zubiate (?) Eliminated
10 'Vampire'

Constantin Ciorgariu

(?) Eliminated
11 Craig Glover (?) Eliminated
12 'Robo-Traffic Cop'

Terry Smith (Age: 58)

3:51.7** Eliminated

* Valerie Barrera is the 500th contestant to be on Wipeout.

** Terry Smith became the first contestant to survive getting hit by the Motivator, and actually was able to successfully cross the Big Balls because of it.

Episode 8: Wipeout Couples

Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier King of the Mountain Dizzy Dummy 2.0 Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 'Team Moose'

Shane & Sally Harris

1st (03:23.9) 2nd 2nd Winner (12:38.29)

(03:28.96) - Shane; (09:09.33) - Sally

2 'Team Muscle'

Brian & Lori Beth Schwab

(?) 3rd 1st Out of Time

(06:48.36) - Brian; (Out of Time) - Lori Beth

3 'The Tortoise and the Hare'

Tim & Jenni Johnson

04:30.8* 1st Eliminated
4 'Tiny Team'

Paul Weinrich & Rachel Grim

(?) Eliminated
5 'Team Money'

Aron Ali & Ashanna Wall

(?) Eliminated
6 'Team Home Cooking'

Travis Petties & Kasey Burton

05:13.3 Eliminated

* Jenni Johnson became the first female to conquer the Fender Bender successfully

Episode 8

Competition: Finals
Week Qualifier Gyro-Sweeper Slippery Course Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 Jennifer Helwich
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Ratings

Ratings for Season 1

Episode # Air Date 18-49 Total Viewers Weekly Rank
1 June 24, 2008 3.7/12 (#1) 9.98 (#1) #2
2 July 1, 2008 3.6/13 (#1) 9.45 (#1) #2
3 July 8, 2008 4.0/13 (#1) 10.59 (#1) #2
4 July 15, 2008 3.2/11 (#2) 8.65 (#2) #6
5 July 22, 2008 3.7/12 (#1) 9.98 (#1) #2
6 July 29, 2008 3.6/11 (#1) 9.69 (#1) #2
7 (The Wipeys) August 5, 2008 2.8/9 (#1) 7.34 (#2) #3
8 August 26, 2008 2.3/7 (#3) 6.45 (#3) #2
9 September 9, 2008* 2.9/8 (#2) 7.26 (#3) #1
10 September 9, 2008* 3.0/8 (#1) 7.00 (#1) #3
11 (Top 25 Moments) September 16, 2008 1.9/7 (#3) 5.96 (#2) #2

* Two episodes broadcast back to back, dubbed "Two for Tuesday"

Ratings for Season 2 (Live plus 7 day DVR Usage)

Episode # Air Date 18-49 Total Viewers
1 May 27, 2009 3.7/11 (#1) 9.69 (#1)
2 June 3, 2009 3.3/10 (#2) 9.19 (#1)
3 & 4 (2 hrs) June 10, 2009 3.3/10 (#2) 9.22 (#2)
5 June 17, 2009 3.1/10 (#1) 8.95 (#1)
6 June 24, 2009 2.8/9 (#1) 7.87 (#1)
7 July 1, 2009 2.7/10 (#2) 8.00 (#1)
8 (Couples) July 8, 2009 2.9/10 (#1) 8.19 (#1)
9 July 15, 2009
10 July 22, 2009
11 (All Stars) August 5, 2009
12 August 12, 2009
13 August 19, 2009
14 August 26, 2009
15 (Finale) September 2, 2009

International versions

Endemol USA has sold the "Wipeout" format to more than 20 territories and has created two obstacle courses in Argentina for those international editions.[1] Current and upcoming versions include:

Country Name Host Channel Premiere Language
 Argentina Hombre al agua Brothers Weinbaum Canal 13 January 5, 2009 Spanish
 Australia Wipeout Australia Kelly Landry, James Brayshaw and Josh Lawson Nine Network[10] February 3, 2009 English
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Wipeout Walter Grootaers, Bob Peeters & Lynn Pelgroms (& Wytske Kenemans) VTM[11] March 4, 2009 Dutch
 Canada Template:Fr Wipeout Valérie Simard[12] TQS[13] Fall 2009 French
 Chile Hombre Al Agua Martín Cárcamo and Álvaro Salas TVN March 6, 2009 Spanish
 Croatia Wipeout Marina Jerkovic RTL Televizija April 12, 2009. Croatian
 Denmark Wipeout Thomas Mygind Kanal 5 March 5, 2009 Danish
 France Total Wipeout Stéphane Rotenberg, Alex Goude and Sandrine Corman M6[14] July 17, 2009 French
 Germany WipeOut – Heul nicht, lauf! Charlotte Engelhardt, Matthias Opdenhövel and Werner Hansch ProSieben[15] March 10, 2009 German
Template:Country data Israel Channel 10[16] April 2009 Hebrew
 Lithuania Jokiu kliuciu! TV3 January 10, 2009 Lithuanian
 Arab League Wipeout Mustafa Alagha,Tamer Abd EL Maniem,Caren der Calostian MBC 1 [17] May 2009 Arabic
 Netherlands Wipeout Wytske Kenemans, Dennis Weening, Klaas van der Eerden (& Lynn Pelgroms) RTL 5[18][19] February 15, 2009 Dutch
 Norway Wipeout Anders Hoff and Øyvind Rafto of Raske Menn, and co-host Synnøve Skarbø TVNorge March 2, 2009[20] Norwegian
 Portugal SIC[21] Fall 2009 Portuguese
 Philippines Wipeout TBA ABS-CBN June 2010 Tagalog, English
 Serbia Wipeout FOX Televizija
 Spain ¡Guaypaut! Carmen Alcayde Telecinco[22] December 24, 2008 Spanish
 Sweden Wipeout Felix Herngren, Hans Wiklund and Sofia Wistam Kanal 5[23] March 8, 2009 Swedish
 Switzerland May 2009
 Turkey Wipeout Asuman Krause Show TV[24] January 30, 2009 Turkish
 United Kingdom Total Wipeout Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram BBC One[16][25] January 3, 2009 English
 United States Wipeout John Anderson, John Henson, Jill Wagner ABC June 24, 2008 English

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ABC renews 'Wipeout' - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety
  2. "American TV not crazy, just Japanese". CNN.com/entertainment. http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/24/apontv.japanese.gameshow.ap/index.html. Retrieved on 2008-06-24. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Will Americans fall for Japanese-style game shows?". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2008/06/24/will_americans_fall_for_japanese_style_game_shows/?page=1. Retrieved on 2008-06-28. 
  4. "Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show Tonight". Huliq News. http://www.huliq.com/62671/wipeout-and-i-survived-japanese-game-show-tonight. Retrieved on 2008-06-28. 
  5. "Just call Matt Kunitz the king of reality TV". The Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-channel14-2008jul14,0,4671579.story. Retrieved on 2008-07-14. 
  6. "Wipeout scores top Tuesday ratings". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3if15c9c648a5fa48d2b9e29f95cd82efd. Retrieved on 2008-06-25. 
  7. Template:Citeweb
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  9. http://www.seattlepi.com/tvguide/406658_tvgif28.html
  10. Channel nine - wipeout
  11. Wipeout page on vtm.be
  12. Valérie Simard animatrice de la version québécoise de Wipeout (press release) Template:Fr
  13. TQS confirme la diffusion de la version québécoise de Wipeout (TQS confirms the broadcast of the Quebec version) Template:Fr, TQS, March 25, 2009.
  14. Article about the french show (fr)
  15. DWDL.de - ProSieben produziert Abenteuer-Show in Argentinien
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117990861.html?categoryid=19&cs=1
  17. [1]MBC Wipeout page
  18. Mediacourant.nl » » Spectaculair Amerikaans format Wipeout bij RTL 5
  19. rtl.nl
  20. http://www.tvnorge.no/programportaler/wipeout/wipeout
  21. http://www.worldscreen.com/newscurrent.php?filename=endemol082908.htm
  22. http://www.vertele.com/noticias/detail.php?id=20302
  23. http://kanal5.se/web/guest/wipeout
  24. Turkey experiences a Wipeout
  25. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a130573/hammond-to-host-primetime-tv-show.html
  26. GlobalTV.com | Wipeout
  27. http://www.tv3.co.nz/TVShows/Reality/WIPEOUT/tabid/799/Default.aspx?showid=16987

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