20 contestants compete for $100,000 cash prize in 'The Victorious'
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With the launch of 'The Victorious' Season 3, football fans across the world have braced themselves for nine thrilling episodes filled with fierce competitions, demanding challenges and nerve-wracking qualification rounds all building to the highly-anticipated announcement of this year's winner.
Episode 4 witnessed intense rivalry, with the blue team coming out overall champions. The episode did not see any of the contestants sent home so their precious dreams of winning the $100,000 cash prize and playing with a renowned Spanish club are safe.
Episode 4 began with a documentary summarising the contestants' journey, including the challenges they undertook to qualify for the Dubai Sports City boot camp the Arab world's first sports academy. The tough process of scouting outstanding talents spanned eight countries, while handpicking the final 40 was the most difficult task, said Michel Salgado, as thousands poured in from across the region to take part in the try-outs and undergo intensive training.
Former basketball player Nathalie Mamo and renowned star Sherif Fayed the hosts of the show welcomed the contestants. A performance featuring the home flags of each of the contestants incited cheers from the audience. Footage of the 20 players being divided into teams was shown as they discover their teams by rummaging inside footballs, each hoping to play side by side with their friends.
The first challenge tested 'Tactics and Accuracy', with one player from each team playing a one-minute face-off match. The first match ended with a 0-0 draw, but the yellow team later overtook the blue team in the second round to win the first challenge. The judges comprising Saudi footballer Khalid al Shenaif and Egyptian footballer Mohamed Zidan demanded a balance between attack and defence, compelling players to focus on scoring goals as effectively as possible.
Next up was the 'Defenders' Challenge', which required players to navigate a path and score goals while dodging attacks from four ball cannons. The blue team claimed its first win of the episode and brought the team level at 1-1. The third challenge, 'Slide and Score', saw teams of three aiming to slide, run and score before the ball hit the ground.
In the fourth challenge, players were blindfolded and had to rely on a peer's guidance to overcome obstacles and score goals. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.
The blue team emerged as overall winner.
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