You know those
crazy dedicated people you see going for a jog on Christmas Day?
They are the kind of people you’ll see competing on Australian Ninja Warrior. Don the Lycra and put your game face on, because this is serious stuff.
It’s got Australians hooked to their TVs and leaping between couches in the ad breaks, because it’s the first truly family friendly show we’ve seen in a while that isn’t a cooking, singing, renovating or a dating reality show.
Instead, it shows athletes in prime physical condition competing to conquer an obstacle course.
To see what watching Australian Ninja Warrior is really like, watch the video playing above.
It’s like Wipeout, only without the lame jokes and cringey commentary. And everyone from an amputee to The Bachelor‘s Tim Robards has had a crack. Men and women, tall and short, they all take on the same course.
Listen to Ben Fordham reveal the secrets behind Australian Ninja Warrior to Mamamia Entertainment Editor Laura Brodnik on The Binge.
The presenter says he first knew the show would be a hit when he told his godsons Banjo and Darcy about it and they started going berserk.
“They were the first ones I called… I’d never heard of it,” he admits.
Like many of us, their obsession had grown from watching the American version of the show online, which already has a cult following.
But according to Fordham, the Aussie version is a bit different.
“On this version in Australia there’ll be no ridiculing anyone who has failed,” the 40-year-old says.
“Some [other countries] do it very, very seriously like it’s a grand final. Others they do it with a bit of comedy, when you splat in the water there’s kind of a funny sound effect and the host takes the mickey out of the person who’s landed in the water.”
“I was really pleased that they said there will be none of that.”