In order to compete on Total Drama Island and Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, potential contestants had to send in audition tapes. They were first seen on Teletoon's official website the day after a new episode of Total Drama Island premiered, and showed the audition tape of the camper eliminated in that episode. All of them can now be seen at Cartoon Network's official website.
Each tape would be shown immediately after a contestant's elimination. Because of this, Gwen and Owen were the only campers whose audition tapes were not shown due to neither actually being eliminated in Total Drama Island. Sierra, Blaineley, and Alejandro did not have an audition tape either, due to making their debut in Total Drama World Tour. Leshawna's friend, Jasmine, tried to audition for Total Drama Action. However, it was a video message from home.
The audition tapes are shown in the season one DVD as an extra (called "cast interviews"). Izzy's video with Chris is also included in the set. Some auditions such as Courtney's and Tyler's are left out for unknown reasons; possibly because they were already seen in TDI Rundown.
In her audition, Anne Maria states her name, and states that she'd never watched "Total Drama Rama whatever", until her friends made her sit through "one of those singing episodes," and knew that the show "needed" her. She then starts to sing badly, and when she hits a high note, the camera lens cracks, ending the audition.
B's audition begins with him riding into a room on a mechanical chair. He presses a button and a hand appears from the chair, brushing his teeth, cleaning his shoes, and putting on his cap for him. He then tries to speak, but his mechanical robot comes in, asking him a question, which B seems to allow it to do. He then tries to speak again, but the battery in the camera dies, ending the tape before he can talk.
For her audition, Beth performs a song about boys, but halfway through the song, her father asks her what's going on. She responds "Nothing," and tells the camera that she'll be a star. In the TDI Rundown on Cartoon Network, the audition tape is shortened to just the singing, and at the end when she smiles, there is something green trapped in her teeth.
Brick starts his audition by stating his name in an orderly fashion, and asks permission to explain why he would be a valuable asset to Total Drama. He then states he has sharp senses from years of training, he can take anything the show throws at him, and states that nothing gets past him (while the camera falls down without him noticing), and then walks off camera.
In her audition, her friends, mostly males, cheer her on while she attempts to whistle "Yankee Doodle" through her nose. After claiming she "sucks" at it, she then explains she is a good friend and will try her best and either win with integrity or leave with her head held high.
In Cameron's audition, he states that he is known as a "bubble boy," and that his mother was very overprotective of him while he was growing up. He then states that he had never even gone swimming before. He also states that, until six hours before the audition, he has "never done anything before." Additionally, he stated that he is still a force to be reckoned with. A monarch butterfly then flies into the room, which fascinates Cameron. It lands on his head, and proves to be very heavy for him as he falls down onto the couch. The audition then ends.
Mr. Coconut's audition tape is practically nothing more than a film of it sitting on a beach chair. After a while, it falls over.
After checking to see if the camera is on, he goes over to an electric keyboard and does a horrible rendition of a rap song about girls. About midway through the song, Cody's father tells him to stop making such a racket (again.) He assures himself that his father doesn't seem to see his "talents." He says that he'll be a big star someday. Even bigger than someone, but the video ended before we could find out whom.
Courtney tells the camera that she is running for student council president. She promises to conduct herself with honor and integrity if she wins, and then accidentally mixes up her two speeches by promising to donate two new pop machines for the cafeteria. Then she says "oh" and a swear word and argues with the cameraman, Tom, when he refuses to tape a re-do.
Dakota greets viewers by telling them hello and her name. She then states that she will one day be a reality show mega-star, fashion model, and award-winning movie actress. She then adds that she may also be a pop music star, if she has the time. Then, she tells the viewer that they may want to preserve her audition for prosperity. The last thing she says is that when she is done on Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, she will be the "biggest thing ever," ending the audition.
Dawn's audition begins with her greeting the "citizens of the universe." She then says her name and is recording this so she can participate in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island. A squirrel jumps on her hand, and she calls it a blessed little one. She says that Total Drama would make her a lot of money. Then she adds money isn't important to her, and that nature and her animal friends are, petting the squirrel. She says she will win Total Drama and donate her money to help Mother Earth. Suddenly an eagle swoops down on them, taking the squirrel, scaring her, which ends the audition.
DJ stands in his room, narrating reasons why he thinks he could win because he's kind, works well with others, strong and then says he was raised right by his mom, showing the camera a picture of her. He then cries about his mom and ends the video.
Duncan is seen talking about his qualities while climbing down the wall of the juvenile delinquency hall he was staying at, but he implies he lives in some sort of mansion. But as soon as he hits the ground, he gets hit by a search light, the alarm goes off and he says "bye" as he runs away from the guard dogs.
The scene cuts to Eva as she finishes the last four of sixty chin-ups. Upon getting down from the rail, she goes on to explain that she's the only girl in her school who can do more than ten of them. Because of which, she tells them that she can handle anything that the producers throw at her, to which, appropriately enough, someone throws a basketball at her. She responds by chasing down the unlucky gym-goer and beating him up. Cutting to later that day, she tells them to pick her because she says that she's a really strong contestant who gets along with everyone, which she doesn't. She then asks the camera guy to edit the tape; the camera shakes up and down, meaning "yes," and she says "Awesome, thanks," ending the audition.
After confirming that the camera's rolling, Ezekiel tells it that he's going to shoot a moose with an arrow. He plays a kazoo, and hears a rustling in a nearby bush. He takes out a bow and arrow, and, without aiming, shoots one arrow with a satisfied look on his face. He then hears a woman screaming and rushes in horror to help her. Apparently, he had just realized that he'd accidentally shot his mother.
In his audition tape, Geoff is relaxing in a beach chair, with a drink next to him. Geoff is at a "typical weeknight" party with a couple hundred of friends and about seventy pizzas. Geoff then lets out a cheer and high-fives one of his friends. Geoff then goes on to say that life is over very quickly and that if you don't have a party every day of the week, you're going to regret it. Geoff then adds "peace, chill out, party," and puts his hat over his head as he lays back on his beach chair to relax once again.
In his audition tape, Harold is standing in his room wearing a boy scout uniform. He then goes on to talk about the badges he has earned, such as bass fishing, basketry, model making, rabbit raising and stamp collecting. Harold then says that he has a master badge in compass reading and exhales deeply. He then pulls out his keyboard and starts to play it, but it falls over. The screen then has static and fades to black, ending the video with only Harold's wheezing being heard. In the TDI Rundown, the wheezing scene is cut.
Heather walks out of the shower with nothing on, but a purple towel, and a second one on her head, and starts talking about how she will not be nervous if she was on the show. She also talks about how she looks prettier than other girls, and she adds that if they choose her, she promises high ratings. She then throws off her towel, off-screen.
Unlike the other campers, Izzy has two audition tapes. In the first one, she stated three talents she has while hanging upside down. Rolling her eyes up in her head, double-jointing her elbows, and wrapping her tongue around her head, where the camera falls over. In the end, her mother calls her and she yells at her. In her second audition tape, she explains to the camera some things that she feels they should know about her. She claims that she's loyal, intelligent (she claims to be a certified genius), and that she can masterfully twirl fire batons (which explains the parade outfit she has on). She eventually sets off the sprinkler system and apologize to her mother.
Jo begins the audition by greeting Total Drama producers. She claims she should be chosen because she is the best, the strongest, the smartest, and, by extension, the meanest; she also claims that she will win the $1,000,000, however, on a second thought, she states that the money should be handed over to her right in that moment because no one can possibly be better than her. She then ends the audition saying "That is all."
In an eleven second, black and white video of him on the beach holding a washed up starfish, letting the water drip on him, while a dolphin washes up on shore as well. All the while, a deep voice repeats his name three times.
This audition is shown in two parts, one for each of them. In Katie's Part, they are shown dancing to '80s techno music (the same music heard in Not Quite Famous). Things go well until Katie spins a too fast towards the camera, resulting in accidentally knocking it down. The music goes out at this point (as does Katie.) In Sadie's part, the music starts back up, and Sadie picks the camera back up. She and Katie (who, by now, has regained consciousness) do a mock pillow fight. Katie knocks Sadie lightly, and they share a laugh. Sadie accidentally knocks Katie unconscious again, and she realizes what she had done and turns off the camera.
Leshawna talks about all of her strengths in her audition, saying that she would be perfect for the show. She is then seen holding onto her cell phone waiting for the Total Drama Island producers to give her a call, after listing why they should pick her. When they don't call immediately, she yells that she doesn't have all day to wait on them.
Lightning is sitting on a punching bag in a football field. He says that Chris should have let him be a team of one, and that he's used to carrying his teams back home, but that they know how to play the game. He then says that his fellow contestants will be "a bunch of losers" and that if Chris is trying to make him look bad, he can think again. He says he never gives up or surrenders, and ends his tape saying "Sha-Lightning!"
Lindsay is sitting on her bed with her dog, listing all of her qualities and talents. She says she's pretty, smart, and she gets along with everyone, even ugly girls. She admits she loves camping even though she's never gone. She has bikinis for every season, even the ones not listed on the calendar. She also says she's "Bi-languagal" (bilingual) and claims to speak fluent in both English and American, and doesn't realize that "American" isn't a language.
Mike's audition takes place in what appears to be his room. He lists his talents, saying he's agile, graceful, tough and scrappy, "with the keen senses of a wilderness survivor," which hints at some of his alternate personalities. He then states that he's ready to "win this season," and doesn't care what his doctor says. He quickly tries to cover it up, but he accidentally says that he meant psychiatrist. He then panics and goes to turn off the camera, but trips and knocks the camera over, ending the tape.
In his audition, Noah introduces himself, saying that although the viewer doesn't know him yet, they soon will and that he has a plan. His explanation is interrupted when a classmate of his, Joey, congratulates Noah on winning class president, telling him that he deserves it. Noah seems annoyed at the interruption at first, but smiles and thanks him before turning back towards the camera and saying that intelligence is what wins in the end, ending his audition by re-assuring the viewer that he's, "got this one in the bag."
He says he has a strict morning routine, which is warming up with a little bit of 'game blob', then hit it hard. He then cheers and says he got the sorcerer's medallion, and punched out the ninja overlord. The power suddenly goes out, and he says that he's blown a fuse again, laughing and saying "That's cool." sarcastically.
In the audition, Scott shows how his father (whom he refers to as "Pappy") taught him to kill kitchen rats. Then, a rat appears and Scott gets a baseball bat to hit him, rhetorically asking if Chris liked his moves at that moment. Scott fails two of his three attempts, but in the end he manages to hit the rat.
In the audition, Staci starts by claiming that she will win Total Drama: Revenge of the Island because she came from a long line of people who think outside of the box (obviously a lie). She then points, with a stick, to a board that has pictures and text about her relatives. She then states the many relatives' inventions, such as forks, invented by her great grandfather Dave; plates, invented by her great great aunt Lois, and floors, invented by her great, great, great uncle George. She also explains how people managed to do things before these inventions were created. In the end, Staci tells that she is very excited about telling everyone about her family and that she knows they will be impressed.
In his audition, Trent sings a song about "that one girl," while playing the guitar in a recording studio. Trent later says "Aw, crap." after a string breaks, which is unedited in Cartoon Network's TDI Rundown.
Standing on a football field, he explains to the producers that the thing that they need on the show is a real athlete, and that he's their man. He then proceeds to show them some of his "athletic skills." First he tries to throw a football, but trips over his duffel bag. Next, he tries to do a high dive into a pool, and belly flops. Finally, he tries to do a slam dunk, but instead he hits the pole and the basketball lands on his head.
Zoey's audition tape begins in her room. She says she wants to join Total Drama because she wants to hang out with other teens her age outside of her small town, go to indie theaters, and wear horn-rimmed glasses. A loud cheering noise and the honking of a car is heard, and Zoey sighs and explains that every Saturday night, the jocks drive up and down Main Street cheering for the football team. She ends with saying that if she were to get on the show, her worst nightmare would be getting voted off by a jock, but she then laughs and says what are the chances of that.
- A poster in the background of Mike's audition is of Ayers' Rock, which is seen at the beginning of the Australia montage in Shear the Sheep.
- Alejandro, Blaineley, Gwen, Owen, and Sierra are currently the only contestants to not have audition tapes.
- Beth, Cody, and Harold, arguably the three geekiest Total Drama Island contestants, all include music in their audition tapes.
- Both Cameron and Lightning's auditions were recycled from confessionals later in Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er! and Truth or Laser Shark.
- Coincidentally, they both end up as the season's finalists.
- Bridgette, Geoff, Justin, and Mr. Coconut's audition tapes all take place on a beach.
- Class president candidacy is mentioned in both Courtney's and Noah's auditions.
- Cody's audition tape features pictures of celebrities Elton John and Farrah Fawcett in the background.
- Dakota's audition seems to take place in the Celebrity Manhunt studio.
- In Cameron's audition tape, his living room is the same room that was shown in Heather's parents' video message from home.
- In his audition tape, DJ shows the audience a picture of his mother; her appearance differs greatly from how she appears in The Sand Witch Project and onwards.
- In Leshawna's exclusive video message from home, her friend Jasmine auditions for the second season. As this is her only appearance, it is assumed that she was rejected from participating.
- It is unknown as to why Mr. Coconut has an audition tape, as it is a fictional character created by Owen in Camp Castaways.
- Izzy is the only contestant to have two different audition tapes.
- Scott's house resembles the house used as a nuclear test site that Geoff's rescue party stumble across in Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special.
- Staci's bedroom is the same room used in Katie and Sadie's audition tape.
- The football field Lightning's audition takes place in is similar to the movie set in Million Dollar Babies.
- Zoey's audition foreshadows her elimination caused by Lightning, when she states that her worst nightmare would be getting eliminated by a jock.