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The web series @SummerBreak wanted to pull out all the stops for their season finale episode, so they contacted Reality Rush a few weeks ago to help them run a scavenger hunt at Venice Beach.

@SummerBreak follows the lives of a group of recent high school graduates on their last summer vacation before they head off to college. It’s very unique in that it airs in real time over social media — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. The kids all have Twitter accounts, and they tweet and post photos all summer long. They are also followed by cameras, and their day-to-day experiences are edited into short webisodes which are posted to the @SummerBreak YouTube Channel. The slogan for the series, “Real Kids. Real Life. Real Time.” sums it up pretty well.

After a summer of fun experiences including scuba diving, surfing and trips to San Francisco and Catalina, the @SummerBreak team contacted us to plan a Venice Beach scavenger hunt for the cast. A big part of it was to incorporate a LIVE social media component, where they needed their fans’ help to complete a few of the tasks.

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We planned a scavenger hunt that takes elements of both URBAN HUNT and THE RACE, and also required the @SummerBreak kids to have their Twitter followers retweet clues and get their fans to send in photos to complete tasks.

The hunt turned out great — you can see it on the Season Finale of @SummerBreak (below) — it takes up 14 minutes of the 24 minute season finale!

Dan Gheesling, winner of Big Brother 10 and runner-up on this year’s Big Brother 14 is one of the most popular BB houseguests of all time, and we were honored to have him play in our EVICTION: Celebrity Edition a few weeks ago.

Dan posted an extensive recap / review of the weekend on his website, entitled Playing Big Brother One More Time…Reality Rush Style, and it’s a glowing review of his experience in our version of Big Brother.

We wanted to share a portion from Dan’s article…but if you have the time, be sure to read the whole thing for yourself!

Dan Gheesling’s “EVICTION” review

“The Reality Rush team pulled off an amazing feat with their version of Big Brother. They create an experience for you that is literally as close to the real game (I use the term real loosely because Eviction was real) as humanly possible.

“Production wise the Reality Rush team of Justin (our Julie Chen) and Pete (our Allison/Rich/Heath) were spot on with everything. Every challenge was planned out to a T and on schedule.

“All of ceremonies were on point so much so that physically, my heart would beat abnormally while they were taking place. I felt like I was back in the house. Heck, even when Justin would wake us up, I felt like we were back in the actual Big Brother house waiting for something huge to happen.

The whole operation was top notch and I am still baffled as to how they pulled the entire thing off so flawlessly.”

~ Dan Gheesling, Big Brother winner

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Dan also posted a short home video of a few of the Power of Veto, Eviction and Nomination ceremonies.

In this clip, pop star Lance Bass (of N’Sync) uses the Power of Veto to save himself. Actress Jamie Lynn-Sigler (“The Sopranos”), who is also nominated, can not speak to defend herself, because of a punishment she received in a previous challenge.

Next, we see the Eviction ceremony where Jamie-Lynn Sigler is evicted.

Following, we see the next nomination ceremony, where Dan (the new Head of Household) makes his nomination speech…saying he’s after a “rat” within the alliance.

Intense stuff! You can see how seriously contestants in Reality Rush events take the game!

Caption Contest

Dan is running a caption contest for his fans to subtitle this cast photo from the game, and the winner gets his famous red “Renegade Headband” that he wore in the Big Brother house.

Of the finalists, our favorite is this one, which pokes fun at Dan’s cutthroat strategy from Big Brother 14:

“Raise your hands if Dan promised you Final 2! (Dan: “Whoops”).” –@SueMe_DC

Thanks Dan for all of the kind words about Reality Rush! We’re flattered, and glad that we were able to impress a former Big Brother star so much.

Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (of “The Sopranos”, “Entourage” and NBC’s new comedy “Guys With Kids”) played in our Celebrity EVICTION game over this past weekend, and she can’t stop talking about it!

She’s currently doing a press tour for her latest comedy, “Guys With Kids”, and she has made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Wendy Williams, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live and Bravo’s Andy Cohen. In every interview she’s spoken about her unforgettable weekend playing in Reality Rush’s EVICTION.

She said “It was by far the best weekend of my life,” and called her experience in the game “epic” and “unreal.”

Here are some clips of Jamie-Lynn over the past few days. (More coming soon.) Thanks Jamie for all the kind words!

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We went all out on our latest event EVICTION (based on TV’s Big Brother) weekend for Lance Bass and his friends, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sara Paxton, Cutter Dykstra, Zach Cregger, and more — as well as Dan Gheesling and his wife, Chelsea.

It is a complete understatement to say this cast BROUGHT IT! It was our most competitive group of gamers to date that delivered a game packed with intense strategy, alliances and big moves.

During the weekend, we live-Tweeted (@RealityRush) and the Twitterverse went WILD! Hundreds of people followed the game online in realtime, fans hosted live chat sessions, rooted for their favorites and responded in real time. Some fans even made charts and graphics of the game standings as it went on.

Players competed in a wide variety of challenges — both Reality Rush originals and ones inspired by Big Brother or other Reality shows. Some challenges included punishments that resulted in Lance Bass going into seclusion and Michael Turchin wearing a green man suit.

There were a wide range of mental, physical and social challenges. The photo above shows Jamie-Lynn Sigler shooting a blowgun during an HOH competition, trying to take out other players’ balloons. Another challenge had houseguests compete with an ancient weapon called an atlatl, and another had them look at the morphed faces of houseguests, trying to decipher which two people’s faces had been mashed together.

It was also a great honor having Dan Gheesling (the “Muhammed Ali” of Big Brother) play in Lance’s game. Dan has never been evicted… until this weekend! Lance Bass pulled a historic power move and “LANCED” him at the Final 7.

In the end, the winner was Sara Paxton with a hard fought and well-deserved win in a 6-4 vote against Cutter Dykstra. Sara won two HOHs, a Power of Veto, had a secret alliance with 3rd place Chelsea Gheesling and made big moves backdooring power player Zach Cregger and casting the sole vote to evict 4th place Lance Bass.

Congratulations Sara!

Thanks to all of our players and special guest hosts for making this an unforgettable weekend. If this was how an actual season of Big Brother played out, it would have made for legendary TV!

GAME RESULTS:

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Finals
Sara Allison Rami HOH Michael Lance Nick Dan Zach HOH Lance Nominated Winner
6-4
Cutter Nominated Rami Michael Michael Lance Nick Dan Lance Nominated HOH HOH Runner-Up
Chelsea Allison Rami Jamie Nominated
(Replacement*)
HOH Nick Dan HOH Nick Nominated
(Replacement)
Evicted
(By HOH)
Sara
Lance HOH Lisa Michael Chelsea Nominated
(Replacement)
Nominated HOH Nominated Nick Evicted
1-0
Sara
Nick Allison Rami Jamie Chelsea
(Diamond POV*)
Lisa Evicted
4-0*
Dan Zach Evicted
2-0
Sara
Zach Allison Rami Jamie Michael Lisa HOH Nominated Evicted
2-1 (Backdoored)
Cutter
Dan Allison Rami Michael HOH Lisa Nick Evicted
4-0
Cutter
Lisa Allison Nominated Jamie Chelsea Evicted
3-2
Sara
Michael Allison Rami Nominated
(Replacement)
Evicted
3-3
Sara
Jamie HOH Rami Evicted
4-3
Cutter
Rami Cutter Evicted
7-1
Cutter
Allison Evicted
7-1
Sara
Key Head Of Household Nominee Power of Veto Winner Original Nominee (saved by POV) Evicted

The names in the table refer to who each player voted to evict, or in the
final round, who the player voted to win the game.

Notes:

* The first HOH had dual winners (Lance & Jamie), who had to make nominations together.

*Nick found the Diamond Power of Veto, a power hidden in the house from the beginning of the game. This power allowed him to take a player off the block (in this case, himself) *and* choose the replacement nominee (Chelsea).

*In a twist, the 6 members of the jury up to this point competed in the Final 6 HOH challenge for a chance to get back in the game. Nick beat the other five jury members and rejoined the game in Round 7.

PHOTO GALLERY

Here are photos from this event… they are also available on FACEBOOK — where we encourage you to Like and Comment on them!

In our first Hollywood starting line ever, Urban Hunt: Los Angeles took teams on a whirlwind tour of the City of Angels this past Saturday. The course had teams explore the heart of Hollywood, with several movie and music-themed clues; and also solve puzzles in the Westlake/MacArthur Park and Wilshire Blvd. neighborhoods.

It was a small but competitive group who gathered at our starting line, Dillon’s Irish Pub on Hollywood/Vine, the center point of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Four teams entered the costume contest: Domo Mustache with their painted-on mustaches and mustachioed Domo monster t-shirts, Here’s Waldo in Waldo outfits, The Urban Ninjas dressed as armed-and-dangerous ninjas, and Team Occupy, with shirts representing the 1% and the 99%. In the end, it was the Urban Ninjas who won the costume contest with the audience vote.

The course challenged teams to solve puzzles at spots all over the Metro Red and Purple lines, including determining the winner of a dance competition in MacArthur Park, the site of the first ever Hollywood Movie Premiere, and the location of a long-lost dome from the popular 1920s restaurant “The Brown Derby” on Wilshire Blvd.


In the end, it came down to a photo finish, with our top three teams all arriving within thirty seconds of each other. First place went to Team Fun Galore, Mario Rivas and Kimberly Patterson, who narrowly edged out Team Occupy and the Beanie BZs, who got caught up by a poorly timed crosswalk light.

Congrats to our top finishers, and all of the teams who competed. Hope you had a fun time in Urban Hunt: LA!

 

Results

1. Fun Galore – Mario Rivas and Kimberly Patterson 3:05
2. Occupy – Jessica Stockton and Joshua McVey 3:06
3. Beanie BZs – Kevin Noertker and Stephanie Landicho 3:06
4. Double A – Ann Schade and Andy Ochiltree 3:26
5. Roving Pompatours – Anna Pallmino and Cesar Cabral 3:34
6. Domo Mustache – Calvin Tam and Grace Han 3:40
7. Ho Down – Alice Wang and Jubel Chan 3:41
8. Urban Ninjas – Andrew Gavieres and Lauren Kitaguchi 4:04
9. Here’s Waldo – Margaret Chang and Oscar Decastro 4:15
10. Ravenclaw – Kimberly Nowaza and Stephen Kim 4:17
11. Griffendor – Brittney Gibo and Michael Isihara 4:17
12. Finding MiMo – Morgan Ryan and Michelle Guaglianone DNF

 

Photos

Full photo albums from this event can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Reality Rush is proud to announce the return of our URBAN HUNT California tour for the Fall 2011 season. Last year, we brought amazing races to three California cities, and we’re coming back!

Here’s the schedule:

Urban Hunt pits teams of two against each other in a city-wide adventure race. It’s a scavenger hunt on steroids, where you and your partner will solve puzzles, compete in challenges and navigate the famous landmarks and back alleys of your city. It’s a fun and exciting way to see your home city like you’ve never seen it before!

To sign up, click the link above for the city/date of your choosing.

If you purchased a ticket through either Groupon or HomeRun, please register:

For more information, check out the Urban Hunt rules and sample clues.

See you at the hunt!