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New Yorkers have the opportunity to get a taste of Morocco today as ABC brings a taste of its latest reality competition, ‘Expedition Impossible’ to the Big Apple. In the heart of Times Square, a few challenges and lots of sand put folks to the test in the quest to receive the greatest rewards of all: self gratification and a free ‘Expedition Impossible’ water bottle.
There are three separate challenges in all and you only need to complete one to claim your prize. In the ‘Coconut Tree Climb Challenge,’ participants scale their way up a 30′ foot tall palm tree, while in the ‘Moroccan Mind Challenge,’ participants compete to solve a jigsaw puzzle with a deep message and, lastly, the ‘Excavation Impossible Challenge’ which allows participants to dig for items buried in mounds of sand with the potential of winning the opportunity to get an up close look at the ‘Expedition Impossible’ Ford Explorer.
Along with the challenges is the opportunity to receive a free green screen photo with your choice of background and several sand sculptures being created on site, promoting the show.
Hosted by Dave Salmoni and featuring high adventure and human drama, ‘Expedition Impossible’ follows 13 teams of 3, racing in a fun expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled kingdom of Morocco. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? And if one person quits, the entire team is eliminated. After 10 stunning legs of competition with drama, comedy and great characters, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory. Each winning team member will receive $50,000 ($150,000 total for the team) as well a new Ford Explorer.
The ‘Expedition Impossible’ challenge continues on throughout the day at Military Island in Times Square through 6pm tonight. The series premieres tonight on ABC at 9pm ET/PT, during which time creator/producer Mark Burnett will live tweet at @MarkBurnettTV for the east coast airing, while ABC.com will host a live chat party which will include Burnett’s tweets as well as allow viewers to interact with each other beginning at 9 pm ET and ending with the west coast feed at 1 am ET. For more information, visit the ‘Expedition Impossible‘ page on ABC.com.
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Update: Added photos of ‘Good Morning America’ correspondents Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott interviewing host Dave Salmoni