Contestants can only bring one luxury item. You would think most would choose a jacket, but these contestants select some unusual items such as skateboards, flags and even massage oils. Items have to be approved beforehand by the producer.
2. Dress for Identification
Producers purchase specific outfits for contestants to identify their characters and to show viewers who each person actually is.
3. Don't Be Fooled
You probably thought that contestants walked on foot from the camp to the challenges. Nope! They are occasionally treated to a ride to some of the challenges from time to time.
4. Aerial Footage Is Not What You Think
You may have seen the aerial footage during the show. Well, none of the contestants are in the footage. It is their stand-ins.
5. The Tribe Has Restrictions
The tribe cannot wander off on their own from the camp and there are certain places in the camp that they are not allowed to go. Other than that, they are advised to stay in the camp.
6. Family Connection Is Accepted With a Contract
Contestants have to sign a contract release beforehand, if there is any immediate family member on the show. The contract has limits on the things you can say and do. The contract forces contestants to appear on any talk show as requested by the producer.
7. These Are Real Challenges
The challenges are authentic. Producers put together a brainstorming team to come up with creative ideas that push contestants to their physical limitations.
8. Knowing What To Do
Did you really think contestants were put on the spot? Not at all! Each tribe is briefed by the producer and receive a walk through with the chance to ask any question.
9. Medics Are Present
Healthcare professionals are always around, even if viewers don’t see them. If contestants get hurt, the medics arrive quickly to the scene. In addition, contestants have to schedule a visit with the healthcare professionals prior to and subsequent to all the challenges. Contestants will also have to be screened prior to casting to ensure they are in good health.
10. Cameras Follow Contestants Around
Up to fifteen cameras follow the contestants around at all times, but only the things that relate to the show’s storyline are aired on television. The contestants are guarded against the camera when they first appear on the show, but as days go by and appearances no longer matter, most contestants get comfortable with having the cameras around.