WWE issued the following press release to us:
WWE Tough Enough Competitors Unveiled
NEW YORK and STAMFORD, CONN – June 15, 2015 – USA Network and WWE® have announced the final 13 competitors for the high-octane reality series, WWE Tough Enough, premiering live, Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and around the world.* The cast was chosen from more than 11,100 submissions from 113 countries. Forty finalists attended tryouts last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., with only 13 making the final cut. Tough Enough Competition Special, an inside look at last week’s tryouts, will premiere on WWE Network tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 at 8/7C, and will also air on USANetwork.com on Thursday, June 18, at 10/9C.
The final 13 WWE Tough Enough competitors are:
Mada Abdelhamid, Los Angeles, California
Hank Avery Jr., Macon, Georgia
Daria Berenato, Los Angeles, California
Joshua Bredl, Thornton, Colorado
Gabi Castrovinci, Southington, Connecticut
Patrick Clark, Jr., Washington, D.C.
Dianna Dahlgren, Spokane, Washington
Alexander Frekey, Dallas, Texas
Sara Lee, Hope, Michigan
Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe, Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana
Giorgia Piscina, Brisbane, Australia
Amanda Saccomanno, Yorktown Heights, New York
Tanner Saraceno, Boiling Springs, South Carolina
WWE Tough Enough is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho®, who will be joined by a panel of judges including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™. This season will combine the can’t-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night.
Every week, the three judges will each nominate one competitor they believe should be cut, and it will be up to the WWE Universe to vote and determine who they feel is “Tough Enough,” to remain in the competition. The competitor with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Throughout the season, each judge will have the ability to save one competitor from being sent home. Ultimately, one man and one woman will be considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.
Each week, the competitors will be coached by WWE Legends Booker T™, Billy Gunn™ and Lita™, and competitors will come face-to-face with WWE icons including WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon; Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul “Triple H®” Levesque; and WWE Superstars John Cena®, Big Show® and Randy Orton®, among others.
The revolutionary WWE Tough Enough App is now available for download. This app will provide an unprecedented fan experience before, during and after the show by enabling fans to vote for who stays and who goes with results calculated in real-time during the final minutes of each episode. The app will also include competitor bios and video and social updates as the competition unfolds throughout the week.