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Finals for 'American Ninja Warrior' Denver auditions slated for Monday night

7:54 AM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - More contestants than ever before made it through the qualifying rounds of the "American Ninja Warrior" course this weekend in Civic Center Park.

"American Ninja Warrior" - now in its fifth season -- is an American version of "Sasuke," a popular Japanese reality series. The show, which puts contestants through intense physical feats, tries to crown a "Ninja Warrior." The top 10 travel to Japan to attempt the Sasuke course. So far, no American has done so successfully.

While most cities average 17 successful contestants during the show's qualifying rounds, but Denver had 47. They will compete in the finals starting at 8 p.m. Monday.

Everyone who makes it through the final round will go to Las Vegas to compete in the "American Ninja Warrior" series, which airs on NBC starting on June 1. They'll vie for the Ninja Warrior title, reality TV fame and $500,000.

The last round of the more than 200 contestants finished the course at about 5:30 a.m. Monday.

One event organizer told 9NEWS that Colorado, "absolutely shredded the course,"which features ladders, steep ramps to run up, spinning logs and planks perched precariously over water features. 

Monday night's finals are free to watch.

More information about "American Ninja Warrior" is available here: http://bit.ly/KvatNL

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