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Ninja Warrior France 5 is the fifth season of Ninja Warrior format in France, and the first season after the total victories of Jean Tezenas du Montcel and Nicolas Cerquant on the previous season. The show was taped at Vieux Port de Cannes in Cannes and premiered on January 2, 2021 on TF1. Denis Brogniart, Christophe Beaugrand and Iris Mittenaere returned as hosts and commentators this season, while Shane Griffin returned as the tester of the course. This season also marked the return of the show after missing out 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Qualifications

There were a total of 4 qualification rounds, each course was made up of six obstacles: with the fifth obstacle was added new compared to Ninja Warrior France 4. It was a version of the Power Tower named La Tour d'Acier (Steel Tower), 12 meters high. Compared to its past appearances on other shows such as American Ninja Warrior, instead of being used as a side-by-side obstacle race, only one competitor can attempt the obstacle per run.

Also, returning from Ninja Warrior France 4, competitors must indicate their choice between Route A or Route B, with two obstacles each to tackle, a very similar concept to the Crossroads in VIKING .

Compared to previous seasons, competitors now have to complete the first four obstacles within a certain time limit: 2 minutes 30 seconds for men, and 3 minutes for women. However, in Qualification 4, it was reduced to 2 minutes 15 seconds for men, and 2 minutes 30 seconds for women.

The Mega Wall is making a comeback, but it works different this time and now very similar to American Ninja Warrior 11:

  • Competitors were given 3 attempts to complete either the regular Warped Wall or Mega Wall.
  • If they decided to attempt the Mega Wall and failed to complete it after 3 attempts, they couldn't return to the regular Warped Wall this time.
  • The cash prizes for completing the Mega Wall would decrease as competitors used up more of the attempts. The cash prizes were listed as followed:
    • Completion on the first attempt: €5,000.
    • Completion on the second attempt: €2,500.
    • Completion on the third and final attempt: €1,000.

Fifty competitors would attempt each qualification round. At the end of each of the four qualifications, the top 12 would advance to the semifinals. However, competitors who completed the Mega Wall on their first attempt would be not counted to the leaderboard as they gain an automatic pass to the finals. But, if they cleared the Mega Wall on their second or third attempt, their run would still be counted into the leaderboard.

Also, with the announcement of its own Obstacle Design Challenge from the previous season, in which fans created obstacles and the best would be modified and used in the course. This year's winner was the Inclined Cylinder (Le Cylindre Incliné), created by Dorian, an 18-year-old engineer student from Savoy.

Qualification 1

Obstacles

Timed
Shrinking Steps (Les Cinq Marches)
Rolling Log (Le Rouleau Compresseur)
Curved Body Prop (Le Piège de Cristal) (A) or Barrel Roll (Le Double Barillet) (B)
Ferris Wheel (Les Disques J'ai Eu) (A) or Giant Cubes (Les Cubes de Cristal) (B)
Time Limit: 150 seconds (180 seconds for female competitors)
Untimed
Power Tower (La Tour d'Acier)
Warped Wall / Mega Wall (Le Mur Classique / Le Méga Mur)

Results

Place Name Profile Result Notes
- Maxime Ben-Medjani Barman Clear (3:34) Completed the Mega Wall on his first attempt and won the €5,000 cash prize.
- Soen Brière-Robert Student Clear (4:44) Completed the Mega Wall on his first attempt and won the €5,000 cash prize.
1st Clément Gravier Apprentice Decolleteur Clear (3:44.9)
2nd Antoine Gravier Regulation Clear (4:15.0)
3rd Phil Güd Actor / Sports Coach Clear (4:54.4)
4th Thomas Dudoué Cascadeur Clear (5:19.9)
5th Valentin Decarnin Student 6. Warped Wall (4:20.4) Failed after 3 attempts at the Mega Wall.
6th Matthias Noirel Climbing Teacher 6. Warped Wall (4:48.0) Failed after 3 attempts at the Mega Wall.
7th Emilien Marion Student 5. Power Tower (3:35.0) Early cut.
8th Ianis Drardja Student 5. Power Tower (3:37.1) Digest.
9th Florian Beauventre Plumber 5. Power Tower (4:04.5) Digest.
10th Jérémy Motts Adventure Room Manager 5. Power Tower (4:05.1) Early cut.
11th Erwann Bodolec Content Creator / Commercial 4. Giant Cubes (1:32.8) Early cut.
12th Axel Bernardeau Firefighter Trainer 4. Giant Cubes (1:35.4) Early cut.

Qualification 2

Obstacles

Timed
Shrinking Steps (Les Cinq Marches)
Lunatic Ledges (Le Double Pendule)
The Hinge (Le Volte-Face) (A) or Grim Sweeper (Les Trois Griffes) (B)
Dangerous Curves (Les Tapis Volants) (A) or Doorknob Arch (La Grande Roue) (B)
Time Limit: 150 seconds (180 seconds for female competitors)
Untimed
Power Tower (La Tour d'Acier)
Warped Wall / Mega Wall (Le Mur Classique / Le Méga Mur)

Results

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Jonathan Bonnet Medical Intern Clear (3:03.1)
2nd Dimitri Capitaine Sports Teacher Clear (3:42.3) Digest.
3rd Alexandre Ewig Landscape-Climber Clear (4:00.2)
4th Aurélien Roy Content Creator Clear (4:40.9)
5th Solan Dejouy Professional Freerider Clear (4:51.2) Completed the Mega Wall on his second attempt and won the €2,500 cash prize.
6th Acrobate94 Content Creator Clear (5:15.5)
7th Hieu Nguyen Aerospace Engineer Clear (6:46.1) Digest.
8th Maurane Jelic Student Clear (7:57.8) Only women hit the Qualification buzzer this season.
9th Nicolas Rouyé Mannequin Clear (7:59.3)
10th Benjamin Gaudiche Sports Coach 5. Power Tower (2:35.5)
11th Aloïs Jarnier Student 5. Power Tower (2:46.6) Early cut.
12th Hervé Demule Aeronautic Engineer 5. Power Tower (4:12.0) Early cut.

Qualification 3

Obstacles

Timed
Shrinking Steps (Les Cinq Marches)
Spinning Bowties (Les Nœud Papillon)
Barrel Roll (Le Double Barillet) (A) or Grim Sweeper (Les Trois Griffes) (B)
Dangerous Curves (Les Tapis Volants) (A) or Giant Cubes (Les Cubes de Cristal) (B)
Time Limit: 150 seconds (180 seconds for female competitors)
Untimed
Power Tower (La Tour d'Acier)
Warped Wall / Mega Wall (Le Mur Classique / Le Méga Mur)

Results

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Jean Tezenas du Montcel Engineer Clear (1:51.6)
2nd Charles Poujade Content Creator / Athlete Clear (2:17.4)
3rd Clément Dumais Content Creator Clear (2:33.8)
4th Josselin Provost Sports Trainer Clear (2:38.9) Digest.
5th Andrii Bulavka IT Consultant Clear (2:50.1) Digest.
6th Thomas Hubener Artist-Acrobat Clear (2:51.3)
7th Farid Gendarme Clear (3:03.5) Digest.
8th Florian Januel Physiotherapist Clear (3:12.9)
9th Tony Fuhs Inddusstrial Designer Clear (3:17.0) Digest.
10th Maelig Abjean Clear (3:47.9) Digest.
11th Antonin Deschamps Sports Coach Clear (3:52.4) Digest.
12th Stéphane Crichton Accountant 6. Warped Wall (3:39.2) Failed after 3 attempts at the Mega Wall.

Qualification 4

Obstacles

Timed
Shrinking Steps (Les Cinq Marches)
Lunatic Ledges (Le Double Pendule)
Curved Body Prop (Le Piège de Cristal) (A) or Walk the Plank (La Planche à Bascule) (B)
Ferris Wheel (Les Disques J'ai Eu) (A) or ~Inclined Cylinder (Le Cylindre Incliné) (B)
Time Limit: 135 seconds (150 seconds for female competitors)
Untimed
Power Tower (La Tour d'Acier)
Warped Wall / Mega Wall (Le Mur Classique / Le Méga Mur)

~ - Fan-created Obstacle (Obstacle Design Challenge Winner)

Results

Place Name Profile Result Notes
- Benyamine Elouafi Social-Educational Animator Clear (3:58) Completed the Mega Wall on his first attempt and won the €5,000 cash prize.
1st Raphaël Ducrot Firefighter Clear (3:12.0)
2nd Nicolas Cerquant Watersports Instructor Clear (3:37.9)
3rd Bertrand Lifeguard 5. Power Tower (3:01.2)
4th Killian Touel Content Creator 5. Power Tower (3:11.3) Digest.
5th Brice Bak Aeronautic Engineer 5. Power Tower (2:54.6) Technically had to ranked 3rd but he is listed as ranking 5th.
6th Brice Bedier Firefighter 4. Ferris Wheel (1:07.1)
7th Marika Briand Payroll Assistant 4. Ferris Wheel (1:13.1) Digest.
8th Antoine Reydellet Medical Intern 4. Ferris Wheel (1:14.5)
9th Bastien Gautier Designer 4. Ferris Wheel (1:30.8) Timed out.
10th David Maury Artisan 4. Ferris Wheel (1:32.4)
11th Laura Couthures Nurse 4. Ferris Wheel (2:06.5) Timed out.
12th Louis Queraux Physiotherapist / Parkour Coach 3. Walk the Plank (0:27.2) Has competed in Ninja Warrior Spain 2.

The Semifinals

There were a total of 4 semifinals, with each semifinal took place right after the Qualification it represents. The functioning was the same with Ninja Warrior France 4, with 12 semifinalists would be divided into 6 matches, the fastest qualifying will face the 12th qualifying, the 2nd will face the 11th, the 3rd the 10th, etc. 2 competitors in each match would race on the same course, one at time, and the one did better would earn a spot to the Final, while the other would be eliminated.

Among 6 competitors that won in each Semifinal, the one with the best performance would earn a "joker", allowing him/her a chance to start an obstacle again in the Final if he/she fails; however, there was no more the € 5,000 cash prize.

Obstacles

Floating Steps (Le Grand Escalier)
Swinging Frames (Les Cadres à Coulisses)
Spinning Bridge (Le Boulier)
Spring Forward (Les Tiges à Ressorts)
Chimney Sweep (La Cheminée de L'Extrême)

Results

Semifinal 1

Match Name Result Note Winner
1 Clément Gravier Clear (1:07.3) Clément Gravier
Axel Bernardeau 4. Spring Forward
2 Antoine Gravier Clear (1:02.0) Antoine Gravier
Erwann Bodolec 3. Spinning Bridge Disqualified for touching the wires.
3 Phil Güd 1. Shrinking Steps Jérémy Motts
Jérémy Motts 4. Spring Forward (0:47.8)
4 Thomas Dudoué Clear (0:53.9) Thomas Dudoué
Florian Beauventre Clear (1:16)
5 Matthias Noirel Clear (1:14.1) Matthias Noirel
Emilien Marion Clear (1:16)
6 Valentin Decarnin Clear (1:19.4) Valentin Decarnin
Ianis Drardja Clear His time wasn't shown during broadcast.
Earned the Joker: Thomas Dudoué

Semifinal 2

Match Name Result Note Winner
1 Jonathan Bonnet Clear (1:58.1) Jonathan Bonnet
Hervé Demule 4. Spring Forward
2 Alexandre Ewig 4. Spring Forward Benjamin Gaudiche
Benjamin Gaudiche Clear (2:31.9)
3 Dimitri Capitaine 5. Chimney Sweep (1:51.0) Dimitri Capitaine
Aloïs Jarnier 4. Spring Forward
4 Aurélien Roy Clear (1:17.8) Aurélien Roy
Nicolas Rouyé 5. Chimney Sweep
5 Solan Dejouy Clear (2:13) Solan Dejouy
Maurane Jelic Clear (4:01) Later she was received a wildcard to the Final.
6 Acrobate94 5. Chimney Sweep (2:12.9) Acrobate94
Hieu Nguyen 4. Spring Forward
Earned the Joker: Aurélien Roy

Semifinal 3

Match Name Result Note Winner
1 Jean Tezenas du Montcel Clear (1:05.8) Jean Tezenas du Montcel
Stéphane Crichton 4. Spring Forward
2 Charles Poujade Clear (0:56.0) Charles Poujade
Antonin Deschamps 3. Spinning Bridge
3 Clément Dumais Clear (1:19.1) Clément Dumais
Maelig Abjean Clear (1:59)
4 Andrii Bulavka Clear (1:52.6) Andrii Bulavka
Florian Januel 1. Shrinking Steps
5 Josselin Provost 5. Chimney Sweep Tony Fuhs
Tony Fuhs Clear (1:39.7)
6 Thomas Hubener Clear (1:12.3) Thomas Hubener
Farid 4. Spring Forward
Earned the Joker: Charles Poujade

Semifinal 4

Match Name Result Note Winner
1 Raphaël Ducrot Clear (1:05) Louis Queraux
Louis Queraux Clear (1:02.2)
2 Nicolas Cerquant Clear (2:14.4) Nicolas Cerquant
Laura Couthures 2. Swinging Frames
3 Bertrand Clear (1:52.2) Bertrand
David Maury Clear (2:24)
4 Killian Touel 4. Spring Forward Failed the transition to the 2nd bar. Bastien Gautier
Bastien Gautier 4. Spring Forward (0:57.0) Failed the transition to the 3rd bar.
5 Brice Bak Clear (1:57.0) Brice Bak
Antoine Reydellet 4. Spring Forward
6 Brice Bedier 4. Spring Forward (0:51.0) Brice Bedier
Marika Briand 1. Shrinking Steps
Earned the Joker: Louis Queraux

The Finals

The Finals consisted of 24 competitors advanced from the Semifinals, 3 competitors automatically advanced to the Finals by completing the Mega Wall in the first attempt during the Qualifications, and similar to Season 3, a wildcard was given to Maurane Jelic - who was the best women competitor during the Semifinals. They would battle it out to become the next winner of Ninja Warrior France and earn €100,000 cash prize. If no one could complete the course, the furthest fastest one would be awarded €20,000 cash prize.

Also, similar to the previous season, the Final featured a "Joker", which gave competitors who got it a chance to redo the obstacle they had just failed during Stage 1 and timed part of Stage 2. Compared to the Safety Pass, competitors didn't need to redo the whole stage, but they only had a little time to rest before attempting the obstacle again, the timer would continue to count from the time competitors failed before, and no other competitors would run the course during the rest.

Stage 1

Obstacles

Hazard Cones (Le Piège de Diamants)
Rolling Steel (Les Cadres à Coulisses)
Double Twister (Le Double Twister)
The Clacker (Les Clackers)
Warped Wall (La Rampe de Lancement)
Doorknob Drop (Les Équerres)
Wall Flip (La Tour de Plomb)
Time Limit: 250 seconds (280 seconds for female competitors)

Results

Name Semifinal Semifinal Placing Result Notes
Maxime Ben-Medjani Mega Wall First Attempt Clear 4. The Clacker
Clément Gravier 1 3rd Clear (0:29 left)
Antoine Gravier 1 2nd 3. Double Twister Disqualified for touching two sets of handles at the same time.
Aurélien Roy 2 1st 4. The Clacker Since he already earned the Joker during Semifinal 2, he would have a second attempt at this obstacle. Had 2:05 left before failing.
4. The Clacker Second attempt.
Matthias Noirel 1 4th Clear (0:00 left)
Benyamine Elouafi Mega Wall First Attempt Clear 4. The Clacker Digest.
Dimitri Capitaine 2 5th 4. The Clacker Digest.
Solan Dejouy 2 3rd 4. The Clacker Early cut.
Acrobate94 2 6th 4. The Clacker Early cut.
Maurane Jelic Best Women Wildcard 6. Doorknob Drop
Jean Tezenas du Montcel 3 2nd Clear (0:42 left)
Thomas Hubener 3 3rd 4. The Clacker Disqualified for not rotating a clacker.
Valentin Decarnin 1 5th 7. Wall Flip Tower Timed out. Third floor.
Thomas Dudoué 1 1st 3. Double Twister Failed to dismount. Since he already earned the Joker during Semifinal 1, he would have a second attempt at this obstacle. Had 3:28 left before failing.
6. Doorknob Drop Second attempt.
Soen Brière-Robert Mega Wall First Attempt Clear 6. Doorknob Drop Digest.
Louis Queraux 4 1st 6. Doorknob Drop All cut. Revealed during the second attempt. Since he already earned the Joker during Semifinal 4, he would have a second attempt at this obstacle.
6. Doorknob Drop Digest. Second attempt.
Nicolas Cerquant 4 4th 6. Doorknob Drop
Jonathan Bonnet 2 2nd Clear (0:14 left)
Charles Poujade 3 1st Clear (0:23 left)
Bastien Gautier 4 5th 4. The Clacker
Clément Dumais 3 4th 7. Wall Flip Tower Timed out. Third floor.
Jérémy Motts 1 6th Unknown All cut.
Benjamin Gaudiche 2 4th Unknown All cut.
Tony Fuhs 3 5th Unknown All cut.
Andrii Bulavka 3 6th Unknown All cut.
Bertrand 4 2nd Unknown All cut.
Brice Bak 4 3rd Unknown All cut.
Brice Bedier 4 6th Unknown All cut.

Stage 2

Obstacles

Timed
Roulette Row (Les Volants)
Devil Steps (L'Everest)
Salmon Ladder (L'Échelle d'Hercule)
Flying Shelf Grab (Les Hauts Plateaux)
Leaps of Faith (Les Volets Aériens)
Chimney Sweep (La Cheminée de L'Extrême)
Time Limit: 210 seconds
Untimed
Ultimate Cliffhanger (La Muraille des Titans)
Slingshot (Les Sauts à L' Élastique)
Hang Climb (Le Plafond de Verre)
Snap Back (La Souricière)

Results

Name Semifinal Semifinal Placing Result Notes
Matthias Noirel 1 4th 8. Slingshot Cleared the timed part with 1:07 left.
Clément Gravier 1 3rd 8. Slingshot Cleared the timed part with 0:07 left.
Jonathan Bonnet 2 2nd 7. Ultimate Cliffhanger First hanging board. His run during the timed part was digested but he was shown to clear with less than 5 seconds left.
Charles Poujade 3 1st 7. Ultimate Cliffhanger First hanging board. Cleared the timed part with 0:04 left.
Jean Tezenas du Montcel 3 2nd Clear Cleared the timed part with 0:15 left.

Final Stage (Tour des Héros)

Obstacles

Rope Climb (23 meters)
Time Limit: 32 seconds

Results

Name Semifinal Semifinal Placing Result Notes
Jean Tezenas du Montcel 3 2nd 1. Rope Climb (23m) Missed the button for only a few centimeters away. As a side note, the time limit corresponds with the time taken for Jean to achieve total victory last season.
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