As I mentioned last week, I applied for Gladiators series 2 on Friday. The application took about 3 hours to complete starting from scratch, including finding all the bits so of personal and medical information I needed as I needed it. E.g. name, address and contact number of my Doctors.
Half the application detailed typical stuff around personal details, although there were a few oddities such as asking for educational achievements. I’m not sure how that’s possibly relevant, unless there’s some potential for more entertaining TV there?
And that really is the rub with these applications I think. At the end of the day, this is a TV show that’s longevity is dictated by its ratings, which basically means they want entertaining competitors. I predict that as the show goes on, the competitors selected will become more and more extreme in an attempt to forestall the inexorable ratings slide.
The second part of the application was all about personality and so obviously is the hardest bit to fill in (insert personality related joke here!). These were the pertinent questions:
- What clubs do you belong to?
- What was your greatest sporting achievement?
- What would your Gladiator name be?
- If there was a film of your life, which actor would play you?
- What is you ambition in life?
- What is your proudest achievement?
- What are your three greatest fears?
- What would winning Gladiators mean to you?
- What’s the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?
- What is your biggest regret?
They are all pretty tough, you don’t want to come over as too obvious, e.g. putting down Brad Pit as the actor to play you, or picking a Gladiator name that has been used before, and yes I did check the history of American gladiator names to be sure!
As with the ESA Astronauts application, if there’s demand for it, I will post my answers up here once there is no need for me to be coy, i.e. I either get through or don’t. So if you want to see them, let me know…
STOP THE PRESS:
I’ve been invited to try out in Manchester next Wednesday!!
I’ll let you know how it goes…