|Created by||Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
|Presented by||Raz Meirman (2009 Only)
Ron Shahar (2010–Present)
|Theme music composer||John M. Keane|
|Country of origin||Israel|
|No. of seasons||3|
|Executive producer(s)||Il Elkabetz|
|Editor(s)||Ido Greenberg (Season 2)|
|Original channel||Channel 2|
On 8 April 2008, Israeli TV network Reshet announced plans to produce a local version of the show. It premiered on 5 February 2009, on Channel 2. The show is produced by Reshet and ActiveTV (producer of The Amazing Race Asia and The Amazing Race Australia) and was originally hosted by Raz Meirman in the first season.
In April 2009, during the airing of the show, Reshet had begun preparations for a second season. They considered producing a celebrity edition of the show that would have raised the price of producing the show. Reshet had consulted with CBS and agreed it would film two more seasons at the same time to save expenses, a celebrity and non-celebrity editions. In 20 December however, Reshet announced that due to the overall high costs the show would not continue despite two seasons being in the planning stages. However, on 20 September 2010, Reshet reconsidered, and announced a new season. On 11 February 2011, Ron Shahar was announced as the new host of the race, replacing Raz Meirman.
In August 2012, Reshet began casting for a third season of HaMerotz LaMillion, with final applications due on 31 December 2012.
The grand prize for the winning team is ₪1,000,000.
The Race 
HaMerotz LaMillion is a reality television competition between teams of two, in a race across the world. The race is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop, where teams are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg. The last team to arrive is normally eliminated from the race (except in non-elimination legs, where the last team to arrive may be penalized in the following leg). The final leg of each race is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins the show's prize.
Each of the teams are composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other.
Route Markers 
Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow.
Most clues are directly adopted from the original American version:
- Route Info (סימן דרך): A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
- Detour (צומת): A choice of two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
- Roadblock (מחסום): A task only one team member can complete. Teams must choose which member will complete the task based on a brief clue about the task before fully revealing the details of the task.
- Fast Forward (קיצור דרך): A task that only one team may complete, allowing that team to skip all remaining tasks and head directly for the next Pit Stop. Teams may only claim one Fast Forward during the entire race.
- Double Battle (דו–קרב): Introduced in season 2; A task where two teams must compete against each other.
Teams may encounter obstructions that could potentially slow them down:
- Yield (עצור): A station where a team/teams can force another trailing team to wait a pre-determined amount of time before continuing the race; In season 2, a new rule was introduced, see below.
- U-Turn (סיבוב פרסה): A station located after a Detour where a team/teams can force another trailing team to return and complete the other option of the Detour they did not select; In season 2, a new rule was introduced, see below.
In the second season, a new rule regarding the Yield and U-turn was introduced. Instead of one team using them to affect another team, all teams prior to starting the leg, vote for whom they wish to be Yielded or U-turned and the team with the most votes receive the penalty.
At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash to cover expenses during the race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided by the race). Team penalised for being last in certain non-elimination legs have to surrender all of their money and will not receive any allowance on the next leg.
Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes, boats, trains, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a twelve hour Pit Stop where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrive last are progressively eliminated from the race until only three teams remain. The first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.
Differing from most of the other franchises of the series, the season finale is filmed as the program is being broadcast.
Non-elimination legs 
Each race has a number of pre-determined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race.
- Speed Bump (פס האטה): A task that only the team saved from elimination on the previous leg must complete before continuing on.
Rules and penalties 
Most of the rules and penalties are adopted directly from the American edition; but in some of cases, this version has been seen to have a unique set of additional rules.
On 20 December 2009, Reshet originally announced it had cancelled the show and that a second season would not be made. However, on September 2010, Reshet reconsidered, and announced a new season.
|Premiere Date||Finale Date|
|1||February 5, 2009||June 11, 2009||Guy Osadon & Shay Kahana||10||Raz Meirman|
|2||October 25, 2011||February 11, 2012||Bar Ben-Vakil & Inna Broder||11||Ron Shahar|
|3||May 11, 2013|
Countries and locales visited 
As of the third season, HaMerotz LaMillion has visited 15 countries and has visited 4 continents.
Number of times visited 
|Rank||Country||Season Visited||Number of Pit Stops|
|1||Israel||1, 2, 3||2|
|3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0|
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