The Competition is an independent podcast made by James Kim, Elyssa Dudley and Cameron Kell. The show was inspired by the team’s love for reality television competition shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Top Chef, and The Great British Bake Off. Each season covers an obscure, real-life competition and follows the contestants until there is only one left standing.
Season One (February 2017):
The first season is focused on the competitive world of young pianists vying for the first place title of The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The season follows the competition in real-time over the course of eleven episodes.
Season Two (September 2018):
The second season is about the eleven contestants running for the title of Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018. It also tells the history and role of leather within queer communities, what it means to be into leather today, and how the leather community has changed and grown over the years.