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HISTORY and the producers of Top Shot and The Ultimate Fighter are looking for America’s toughest and bravest for their new competition series Full Metal Jousting.
Yes, we said JOUSTING. If you are a skilled horseback rider and have the heart of a warrior, then you might have what it takes to become America’s first Full Metal Jouster and win the $100,000 grand prize.
This hard-hitting competition will recreate the raw, crushing force of hardcore jousting battles by arming 16 fierce competitors with lances, armor and a 2,000-pound war horse — all charging through an arena with one goal in mind… to become champion.You don’t need to be an experienced jouster, but you DO need strength, determination and the desire to win.We teach you how to joust. You crush the competition.
The application deadline to participate is July 20 - so get on this, people!
Much more information can be found over on the Pilgrim Films & Television website where it makes it clear that applicants need to be at least 21 years of age, proficient in horseback riding, and a resident or citizen of the United States of America.
It also appears that the chosen contestants will live in a "Full Metal Jousting house" - without access to the outside world (no TV, phone, Internet, radio etc) - from mid-October to mid-November.
So I guess this is going to be like a "reality TV show" - although thundering down the lists on a war horse, armed with a lance and wearing plate armour, makes going into the board room at the end of The Apprentice look like a walk in the park.
This is taking LARPing to a whole new level (and yes, I know jousting tournaments are staged all around the world all the time, and there are Ren Fairs and the SCA... but this is televised... and for a large sum of cash, which adds a degree of 'old school' reality to the proceedings).
- Once the warriors are unhorsed will the combat continue on foot?
- Isn't there going to be blood and broken bones (it seems likely)?
- Will the ultimate champion become a household name?
Personally, I can't wait to see Full Metal Jousting.
I guess the success of Game Of Thrones has a lot to answer for, but if it's going to encourage this kind of thinking by TV executives, long may it last!
Perhaps we're lucky (or maybe not) that Spartacus: Blood & Sand hasn't been more of hit!