Welwyn Garden City resident to star on BBC’s Total Wipeout

FACING a Rake in the Face, the Cradles of Doom and a Sucker Punch sound like horrific methods of torture.

However, these mere threats held no fear for courageous Andy Cowper, who accepted an insane challenge where he took on each of the terrifying obstacles.

In fact, the WGC resident even flew out to Argentina just to prove that he could, as he starred in what is one of TV’s craziest shows – Total Wipeout.

Challengers on the BBC One programme battle through mad assault courses to test their stamina, bravery and skill.

It is such a furious and wacky show, that the series has to be filmed in Buenos Aires, as health and safety chiefs wouldn’t allow the daring circuit – known as Crash Mountain – in this country.

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Andy is to appear on the series on Saturday, January 22.

The media student, who was filmed in September, can’t reveal how he got on but told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that going to the South American nation and taking part in the show, presented by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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“It was just an amazing experience. People never really talk about South America as being a holiday destination, but Buenos Aires is one of the best places I have been to.

“We didn’t have long to look around but we went to The City of Gods, and house of Lady Evita, it was just a stunning place.”

The 22-year-old originally applied after searching for work experience at Endemol, the company which makes the show.

“At the auditions I was just being myself, I think they were looking for someone a bit different; a character, who doesn’t freeze in front of the cameras.

“I’ve always been an extraordinary type of person and I want to try things.”

Within two weeks the former Monk’s Walk student was in Argentina.

Despite the lack of time, his trip was not without preparation.

“I had to book the time off college to make up for it. My tutor wanted a 2,000 word assignment on my journey, but it was well worth it, something that really stands out on my CV.

“I then trained really hard. I was out running with friends and working out a lot.

“It’s pointless going out there if you’re not prepared.

“I hate losing and you only get one shot at something like this. I even researched how to get past the Big Red Balls and other bits of the courses on You Tube.”

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