Rylan Clark-Neal has a brand new gameshow airing early 2018, The Wave, this is everything you need to know about it.
Rylan Clark-Neal is not only returning to Celebrity Big Brother in January, but he’s also hosting a brand new exciting gameshow.
‘The Wave’ is described as a “quiz [show] like you’ve never seen before”.
In order for contestants to win cash they must answer questions correct. Sounds easy right?
But for the contestants to keep they money they “must face the might of the Atlantic Ocean and everything it can throw at them”.
In each show, Rylan, safely situated in his Portuguese beach bar welcomes pairs of contestants.
Whilst one stays with Rylan and sips cocktails, the other – the swimmer – gets their kit off and heads to sea.
Two hundred meters out begins a line of six pontoons that stretch further and further away from land. Each has increasing amounts of cash inside and a written question with two possible answers and two corresponding hatches.
Communicating with their landbased partner on arrival, the swimmer must select a hatch.
If they are right, they discover cash and take it. But if they are wrong, they find a 1kg lead weight inside and must attach it to their belt.
As their partner struggles against mother nature, the team member with Rylan is also desperately answering additional questions in a bid to win time because when they decide to bail, they will only win the money if they can make it back to their partner on land in time.
Overseeing their safety as the underwater currents shift, the waves change and the dense sea fog of the Atlantic descends without warning, is Olympic silver medallist and expert long distance open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne. And whilst Keri offers tips, and Rylan offers lifelines (from surf boards to goggles which they can exchange their cash for), ultimately the team must continually weigh up the ever changing odds and decide when they should attempt to swim it to win it.
When asked if Rylan has experienced many hairy moments while filming, he explained: “We have. We’ve had contestants that have started to swim back and panicked so had to be dragged out of the sea – they’re obviously completely safe, which is why we have lifeguards and Kerri-Ann and a big team.
“But they think they’re fine and I just think the enormity of the fact they’re not in a swimming pool, they’re in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that becomes very real when you dive in to try and get back.
“We’ve had really strong fit men that could probably swim 20 miles but when the klaxon goes, they dive in and know they have 4.5 minutes or whatever to get back, and for that first minute they’re power swimming and then it hits them.
“The wave hits them and they’re just knocked for six, it slows them down, or the current can pull them back slightly.
Rylan continued: “We had a contestant who did manage to do the course and win money but as he was swimming back, a current pulled him backwards about 3-4 metres – that’s another 25 seconds lost.
“But the reason it’s called The Wave is because if you hit a wave right at the right time that can save up to 30 seconds because it does the work for you. It’s just crazy.
“And we’re not faking anything because it’s nature.”
The Wave is set to air Monday-Friday, 8pm, from 15th January on W.