Splatalot is a game show for the younger crowd, and currently only available to those who live in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Game shows like this one have one thing in common: All of them inspire those who aren't yet old enough to try their hands at something like Wipeout to apply to be a contestant.
If you live in Canada and are between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, you can apply to be a contestant on the show. Casting is not a perpetual process, however. While some long-standing game shows conduct their casting throughout the year, those with shorter seasons only open up casting calls when they're ready to start planning a new season.
Shows like Splatalot have to wait between seasons to see if they'll be renewed. For this reason, casting calls are only posted when the next season is green-lit and production is underway. The most frustrating part for potential contestants is that you never know when the casting call will open up.
For this reason, the best way to learn about casting calls for Splatalot is to keep an eye on the network's website. In Canada, the show airs on YTV. The pages you want to bookmark and check in on regularly are:
The main show page will usually have a highlighted section that announces a new season. What you're looking for is a notice with a call to action, like "apply now" or "be on the show." If you see an announcement with a premiere date that invites you to tune in, you're too late - the season has already been cast and filmed.
The "Be on YTV" casting page is a more reliable section of the site for casting notices. There you'll find a list of shows that are currently casting with direct links to instructions and an application form. This is the page that you want to check often.
Frequently Asked Questions About Splatalot
Since Splatalot began in March 2011 in Canada, kids across the nation have been asking loads of questions about the casting process. Here are some of the most common questions, along with their answers.
Q: I'm 10 years old but very mature for my age. Can I still be on Splatalot?
This is by far the most popular question I've seen. Kids outside the 13-15 age range really want to find a loophole that will allow them to play. Many have even offered to get their parents to vouch for them. Unfortunately the age range for contestants is quite strict - admittedly though it isn't a very inclusive one. There's really no way around this rule.
Q: I live in the U.S. - can I be on the show?
The Canadian version if Splatalot only casts Canadian kids. Sorry!
Q: Do I need any special skills or do I have to be athletic to get on the show?
The only physical requirement for Splatalot is that you are able to swim. Otherwise, they look for contestants of all shapes, sizes, and skills.
Splatalot in Australia and the United Kingdom
In Australia, Splatalot airs on ABC3. In the U.K. you'll find it on the kids' BBC channel CBBC. While we don't have specific casting information to share for these versions of the show, watching the website is still a good idea to keep up with new casting calls.
What Not to Do
It's very important to note that general game show or television sites, like this one, that post links and information about casting are not official network sites, and therefore have no control over the actual selection process. When you come across a blog post announcing a casting call, never post a comment with your age and contact information, such as e-mail address or telephone number. There are always predators online who can access this information and contact you.
Only apply for game shows with your parents' permission, and through reputable websites such as official network sites or those operated by the game's production company.