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Viewers weren’t in love with Stage One’s Dipping Birds

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In our unofficial poll, the obstacle received the most negative attention.

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Well, it seems like the old statement is true. You can’t please everyone! We asked our Instagram followers to share which season 13 Stage One obstacle they would eliminate and every single obstacle got nominated for the ax. Even the time limit got some hate.

We scrolled through the comments and kept track of the “votes.” It was fun to see both viewers and the actual Ninjas weigh in! It was also interesting to read the rationale behind why people liked or did not like an obstacle.

(Yes, natural environmental factors are an additional obstacle.)

We broke the results down by percentages. As we mentioned, not a single Stage One obstacle came through unscathed. However, the Dipping Birds and the Slide Surfer took the brunt of the discourse.

  • Dipping Birds: 17.6%
  • Slide Surfer: 14.7%
  • Tire Run: 14.7%
  • Jumping Spider: 11.8%
  • Fly Hooks: 8.8%
  • The High Road: 8.8%
  • Time Limit: 8.8%
  • Swinging Blades: 5.9%
  • Double Dipper: 5.9%
  • Warped Wall: 2.9%

Want to see those results as a delicious pie chart? We have one of those!

Funny enough, after all the discussions we’ve had around the Warped Wall lately, that obstacle was the LEAST disliked one on Stage One.

We know there will be changes to Stage One of the National Finals for season 14. The producers can’t repeat the same pattern and expect the Ninjas to slip up again. We wonder which of the obstacles we saw this year will be left behind. Will the fans be happy with the changes? Will the competitors?