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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by astrohip, May 23, 2015.
and we know st louis is a great choice because the dome is hardly ever used !
Things 3 and 4 would love to run the course, is this something open to walk-ins or is there already a recruiting process in place and they'll have to settle for watching?
There is a walk-on process, but it's so competitive that for all practical purposes, one's chances are zilch. And if T3/T4 are kids, they don't let kids compete. 18 minimum.
T3=24, T4=18. I kind of figured that it wasn't really a big free for all of newbies rather than a showcase of the regulars and a couple of curated rookies. Still a bummer though.
In the early days, waiting in the walk-on line gave you a pretty good chance of competing. But then fame hit, and the show became popular, and now there are thousands waiting for maybe a dozen spots.
Here are some numbers I've heard, no idea how accurate they are: Roughly 100-130 compete at each qualifying run. Somewhere around 15 or so are picked from the walk-on line. The rest are split between invitees from previous years, and new contestants culled from tapes they've sent in.
There was a USA vs Europe vs Australia that was picked up over the weekend (maybe Sunday). Watched it last night. Bummer that Drew hurt himself winning the stage 3 run. Who knows how the rope climb would have been with him running it.
That was the annual "USA vs the World" they run every January. It's actually filmed right after the Vegas Finals (previous summer), and uses the same course.
It always seems unfair to me--the USA contestants have *just* finished competing on this course, having run it themselves, or watched dozens of fellow ninjas run it. And the "World", AKA Europe and Australia in this case, get to walk on cold. There is no doubt the speed the Americans showed versus how carefully the others ran it, is a direct result of this.
That makes sense, since they have to cut two weeks from the schedule for NBC's Olympics coverage.
ADD: One thing I didn't like about USA vs the World: Akbar & Jeff (from Life in Hell) - er, Matt & Jeff Hardy - no, wait, it's Akbar & Matt - made it sound like Stage 2 was more important than Stage 1 because the winner got more points, but 3-2-1 is the same as 2-1-0 unless it's possible for a team to score zero points somehow, which I doubt. They might as well have said, "Stages 1 and 2 are 2-1-0, and the points double for Stage 3" (as 5-3-1 is the same as 4-2-0).
A little more info for you... too much to C&P, you can follow the link if still interested.
Here’s an update on the 2020 walk-on line process
Thank you! I will pass it on to the Things.
Not really a surprise. The last of the three ANW location qualifiers has been postponed. So no ANW this summer.
This is a serious disappointment.
‘American Ninja Warrior’ Champion Drew Drechsel Arrested For Sexual Relationship With Teen Girl – Deadline
Buried under the weight of that terrible news: they shot a season, however modified that may be, last month in St. Louis. Some content for Fall, perhaps?
Yes, they filmed in St. Louis around mid July. 150 invited ninjas only, tested every day. They are trying to keep it quiet, no one is allowed to post on social media.
As far as format, no one knows (and those that do aren't saying). There are some rumors they split them into two groups, others say five groups. Will create a bunch of qualifiers, then some sort of finals.
I saw a couple posts of some of the ninjas I follow on 'Gram in SL, like under the Arch. But they were those videos that disappear in a day (I barely use IG, no idea what they're called).
So we will get something at some time.
The Drew Drechsel development has rocked the ninja world. None of them saw it coming, and almost to a person, all had great respect for Drew. Mentor, friend, fellow competitor.
If you read the FBI indictment, it is stunning in its reveal and detail. I'm just gobsmacked that someone who had the world in his hand--a new baby, a rocking gym, ANW success, etc--would do this. Actually, I'm gobsmacked *anyone* would do this regardless, but it seems all the more surprising consider his achievements the past few years.
NBC and ANW have dropped all relations with him.
This all started around 5 years ago according to the criminal complaint so while he was currently riding high, it's more like the past caught up with him.
It's very shocking. He probably was my favorite, but NBC seems to be dealing with it appropriately. I hope Drew was a non-factor in the season they just recorded so they can just edit him out instead of having to scrap the entire thing. Would definitely be difficult if Drew ended up making it to the end as the winner.