The Amazing Race Australia

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The Amazing Race Australia
The Amazing Race Australia logo.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byElise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Based on
Presented byGrant Bowler (2011–14)
Beau Ryan (2019–present)
StarringThe Amazing Race Australia contestants
Theme music composerJohn M. Keane
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes42
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Bertram van Munster
  • Michael McKay
    (2011–12)
  • Trent Chapman
    (2011–12)
  • Debbie Bryne
    (2014)
  • Shannon McGinn
    (2014)
  • Sophia Mogford
  • Alenka Henry
  • Kate Shelbourn
Producer(s)
  • Kylie Washington
    (2011)
  • Ariel White
    (2011)
  • David Gardner
    (2012–2014)
  • Matthew Kowland
    (2012)
  • John Tabbagh
    (2014)
  • Karlene Meehnahan
  • Peter Faherty
Production location(s)See below
CinematographyRyan Godard
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60—90 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney Media Distribution Asia Pacific
Release
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOriginal Series:
16 May 2011 (2011-05-16)
25 September 2014 (2014-09-25)
Revived series:
28 October 2019 (2019-10-28) –
present
Chronology
Related showsInternational Versions
External links
Website

The Amazing Race Australia is an Australian adventure reality game show based on the international Amazing Race franchise. Following the premise of other versions of the format, the show follows teams of two as they race around the world. The Race is split into legs, with teams tasked to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and travel by air, boat, car, taxi, and other modes of transport. Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs for being the last to arrive at designated Pit Stops. The first team to arrive at the Finish Line wins a grand prize of A$250,000.

The series was first aired on the Seven Network, who purchased the format rights to produce an Australian version in 2010 and hold the Australian broadcast rights to the American version.[1] The first two editions of the show - aired in 2011 and 2012 - were produced by activeTV, which also produced the Asian and Isreali versions of the Race, in association with ABC Studios. Following a hiatus in 2013, a third edition - titled Australia v New Zealand and included teams from New Zealand - aired in 2014 and was produced in-house by the network's own Seven Productions. The host for Seven's iteration the show was actor Grant Bowler.[2] Seven's iteration of the show was not renewed for a fourth series.

In June 2019, it was announced the series would be revived by Network 10. The show is produced by Eureka Productions and is hosted by former rugby league footballer Beau Ryan. The first edition of 10's iteration, and the fourth season overall, premiered on October 28, 2019.[3][4]

The Race[edit]

The Amazing Race Australia is a reality television competition between teams of two in a race around 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 twelve hours later. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize while the last team is normally eliminated from the Race (except in non-elimination legs, where the last team to arrive may be penalised 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 A$250,000 cash prize.

Teams[edit]

Each team is composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. A total of 86 participants have joined The Amazing Race Australia.

Route Markers[edit]

A standard Route Marker looks like this.

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. Route markers were, however, coloured yellow and green in the second leg of the inaugural season to avoid confusion with the flag of South Vietnam. The route markers were not changed for a visit to Vietnam during the 4th season.

Clues[edit]

Clues are found throughout the Race in sealed envelopes, normally inside clue boxes. They give teams the information they need and tasks they need to do in order for them to progress through the Race.

  • Route Info: A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
  • Detour: A choice between two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
  • Roadblock: 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: 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.

Obstacles[edit]

During the Race, teams may face the following which may potentially slow them down:

  • Intersection: When encountered, two teams have to mutually agree to team up and complete tasks together until they receive a clue indicating that they are no longer Intersected.
  • Yield: At this obstacle, one team can force another trailing team to wait a pre-determined amount of time before continuing the Race.
  • U-Turn: At this obstacle located after a Detour, one team can force another trailing team to return and complete the other option of the Detour they did not select.
    • In series 2, the "Vote U-Turn" was introduced, having all teams voting at the start of the leg for whom they wish to receive the U-turn; The team with the most votes would be U-turned sometime during the leg.
    • Also, an "Anonymous U-Turn" is where a team may U-Turn another trailing team without having to reveal themselves.

Legs[edit]

At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash (in the first three editions this would be in Australian Dollars, for subsequent seasons, the leg money would be in the local currency) to cover expenses during the Race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided by the Race).

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 arrives last are progressively eliminated from the Race until only three teams remain. Most legs comprise three or more challenges, often a Roadblock, Detour and a Route Info Task. The first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.

  • The Express Pass was awarded to the winners of the first leg of season 1 which allows that team to skip any task they want. It returned in the Australia v New Zealand edition where the team that won the first leg won one pass for themselves and a second for another team.
  • The Salvage Pass was awarded to the winners of the first leg of season 2, and to the winners of the sixth leg on the season 3. The pass allows that team to either save the last team to arrive the current leg from elimination or gain a 1-hour time credit for the next leg.

Non-elimination legs[edit]

Each Race has a number of predetermined 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. However, that team is penalised for the next leg.

  • Marked For Elimination: It was used for seasons one and two, where the penalised team must arrive first in the next leg or face a 30-minute time penalty.
  • Speed Bump: It was introduced during season three, where the penalised team must complete an extra challenge on the next leg before receiving their clue and continuing with the Race. The Speed Bump returned for season four.[5]

Marathon legs[edit]

Marathon legs occur when teams are instructed to go to the next Pit Stop but actually must continue racing without a mandatory rest period. The clue to the Pit Stop says "Grant Bowler/Beau Ryan Awaits" with no mention of elimination. It has occurred once every series.

Rules and Penalties[edit]

Rules[edit]

  • For the 1st season, both team members are to perform a maximum of 6 Roadblocks. It is assumed that a similar rule was used for season 2 but there were several roadblocks that went unaired. The slightly shorter 3rd edition featured the rule with a 5-5 roadblock split with the 11th and final roadblock being open to either teammate,
  • Unless otherwise stated, such as during Roadblocks, team members must stay within 6 meters of each other and stay close to their assigned camera and sound crew.

Penalties[edit]

Most Penalties are adapted from the American version but sometimes the show will use its own rules.

  • If a team fails to complete a Roadblock, Detour, Speed Bump, or Route Info task, they receive a 4-hour penalty. (In the American version the penalty for a Roadblock or a Speed Bump remains at 4 hours but 6 hours for Detour tasks and 2 hours for Route Info tasks.)
  • If a team fails to complete an Intersection task, they receive a 2 or 4-hour penalty. This occurred to Anastasia & Chris and Sam & Renee of the 2011 edition. It is not stated but assumed that the larger penalty is given to the team that elects to quit with the smaller penalty given to the team forced to quit due to their intersected team quitting.
  • If a team hitchhikes or travels in privately owned vehicles, they receive a 20-minute penalty. This occurred to Sam & Renae and Tyler & Nathan of season 1.
  • If a team fails to take a particular type of transport or travel class, they receive a 10-minute penalty (which is a 30-minute penalty in the American version). This occurred to Jeff & Luke of season 1 who travelled on a second class train carriage when told to travel on a third class carriage.
  • If a team sells their own items in order to raise money, they receive a 30-minute penalty (which is a two-hour penalty in the American version). This occurred to Adam & Dane of season 2.
  • If a team pulls another team's belongings out of their taxi, they receive a 2-hour penalty. This occurred to Joseph & Grace on season 2.
  • If a team, in a leg where they're required to drive themselves, goes over a speed limit, they will occur a one hour penalty. This occurred to Sid & Ash on season 4. The equivalent penalty on the American show is 30 minutes and any time deemed to have been gained from the speeding.

Series overview[edit]

The first season premiered in May 2011 and ended in August 2011. The second season[6] premiered in May 2012 and ended in August 2012. The casting for a third season began in August 2012, however, it was notably absent when the network revealed its 2013 schedule in October. A 2013 edition of the show was replaced by an unsuccessful revival of The Mole. A new edition was launched in August 2014, involving teams from New Zealand and titled The Amazing Race Australia v New Zealand.[7]

In May 2019, a casting call for a new "Adventure Travel Competition" led to speculation that The Amazing Race Australia was being revived. At the time, the only information known about the series was that it would be produced by Eureka Productions and that, like the Australia vs New Zealand edition, applications were open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.[8] In late May, it was reported by blog TVBlackbox that the casting call was indeed for an Amazing Race Australia revival with Network 10 commissioning the reboot.[9] In late June, Network 10 announced the revival of The Amazing Race Australia with a new season set to air in late 2019.[10]

No. Race Information Winners Host Aditional Notes
Start Date Starting Line Finish Date Finish Line Distance Countries Legs Teams
1 5 November 2010 (2010-11-05) Melbourne Cricket Ground,
Melbourne, VIC
29 November 2010 (2010-11-29) Heirisson Island,
Perth, WA
50,000km
31,000mi
11 12 11 Tyler Atkins & Nathan Joliffe Grant Bowler
2 18 November 2011 (2011-11-18) Royal Botanic Gardens,
Sydney, NSW
13 December 2011 (2011-12-13) Lake McKenzie,
Fraser Island, QLD
65,000km
40,000mi
9 Shane Haw & Andrew Thoday Introduced: Vote U-Turn, Anonymous U-Turn,Yield and Salvage Pass.
3 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07) Uluru, Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa
National Park
, NT
30 March 2014 (2014-03-30) Loch Ard Gorge,
Port Campbell
National Park
, VIC
90,000km
56,000mi
10 10 10 Daniel Little & Ryan Thomas Australia v New Zealand: 5 teams from each country raced.
Introduced Speed Bump, and 2nd Express Pass to be given to another team.
4 20 August 2019 (2019-08-20) Seoul Plaza, Seoul, South Korea 12 September 2019 (2019-09-12) Nitmiluk Gorge,
Nitmiluk National Park, NT
45,000km
28,000mi
8 12 11 TBD Beau Ryan

Broadcast & ratings[edit]

No. Network Episodes Timeslot Premiere Finale Viewers Average
Rank
Ref
Date Viewers Rank Date Viewers Rank
1 Seven 12 Monday 8:30 PM 16 May 2011 1.258 #5 1 August 2011 1.195 #6 1.125 #7 [11][12]
2 12 Wednesday 9:00 PM[a],[b]
Monday 7:30 pm[a],[c],[d]
30 May 2012 0.886 #10 15 August 2012 0.976 #8 0.905 #10 [13][14]
3 Seven (AU)
TV2 (NZ)
10 Monday 8:40PM (AU)[e],[f],[g]
Tuesday 8:30PM (NZ)
4 August 2014 (AU)
5 August 2014 (NZ)
0.588 #18 25 September 2014 (AU)
7 October 2014 (NZ)
0.416 #<20 0.607 #16 [15][16]
4 10 Monday & Tuesday 7:30pm 28 October 2019 0.716 #8 December 2019 [17]
Notes
  1. ^ a b The first four episodes aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM and starting with the Episode 9, the regular timeslot was Mondays at 7:30 PM.
  2. ^ Episode 3 aired in ACT, QLD and NSW at the sepcial time of Thursday 9:00 PM to avoid clashing with Game 2 of the 2012 State of Origin series.
  3. ^ No episodes aired between 30 July and 6 August to avoid clashing with the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  4. ^ Episodes 11 and 12 aired on Tuesday and Wednesdays 7:30 PM as a part of the show's 'Finale Week', in which the Final 3 episodes aired on 3 consecutive nights.
  5. ^ Episode 1 aired at 9:10 PM due to an extended edition of The X-Factor
  6. ^ On two occasions, a double episode aired in Australia. These occurred on the 25 August (Episodes 4 & 5) and the 15 September (Episodes 8 & 9), with the first airing at the regular time, and the second airing immediately after the first. New Zealand did not have such double episodes.
  7. ^ Episode 10 aired at 9:00 PM on Thursday.

Countries and locales visited[edit]

Countries that The Amazing Race Australia has visited are shown in colour.

As of 2019, The Amazing Race Australia has visited 32 countries and 6 inhabited continents.[a]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This count only includes countries that fielded actual route markers, challenges or finish mats. Airport stopovers are not counted or listed.
  2. ^ Including the Special Administrative Regions of  Hong Kong and  Macau (1).
  3. ^ Includes 4 Finish Lines

Reception[edit]

The premiere episode of season one was placed in top 5 ratings behind MasterChef Australia, Come Fly with Me and two nightly news. It had more viewers in the Melbourne and its regional area during the week of 15–21 May 2011.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

This show has won the consecutive Asian Television Awards for "Best Adaptation of an Existing Format" and "Best Direction" for Michael McKay in 2011.[19]

Summary of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated Result
2011 Asian Television Awards Best Adaptation of an Existing Format Series 1, Episode 1 Won
Best Director Michael McKay for Episode 1 Won
ASE Awards Omnilab Media Award for Best Editing in a Television Non-Drama Joel Page and Tom Meadmore Nominated
2012 International Emmy Non-Scripted Entertainment Series 1 Won
Asian Television Awards Best Adaptation of an Existing Format Series 2 Nominated
2013 AACTA Awards Best Director Michael McKay for Episode 1 Nominated
Best Reality Television Series Matthew Kowald and David Gardner Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seven to produce The Amazing Race Australia". The Spy Report. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  2. ^ tjkirk (6 November 2010). "Grant Bowler to host The Amazing Race Australia". The Spy Report. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  3. ^ Knox, David (28 June 2019). "Beau Ryan to host Amazing Race Australia revival". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  4. ^ Tyeson, Cam (28 June 2019). "Channel Ten Is Bringing Back 'The Amazing Race Australia' This Year". Pedestrian. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  5. ^ "The Amazing Race Glossary". 10play. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  6. ^ "The Amazing Race Australia renewed for second series". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/07/the-amazing-race-australia-v-nz.html
  8. ^ Knox, David (5 May 2019). "Auditions: Travel Adventure Series". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  9. ^ Perry, Kevin (30 May 2019). "EXCLUSIVE 10 spends big on new Australian edition of THE AMAZING RACE". TV Blackbox. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  10. ^ Perry, Kevin (28 June 2019). "10 finally confirms THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA scoop with Beau Ryan as Host". TV Blackbox. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  11. ^ Knox, David (16 May 2011). "Week 21". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  12. ^ Knox, David (1 August 2011). "Week 31". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  13. ^ Knox, David (31 May 2012). "Wednesday 30 May 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  14. ^ Knox, David (16 August 2012). "Wednesday 15 August 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  15. ^ Knox, David (5 August 2014). "4 August 2014 ratings". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  16. ^ Knox, David (26 September 2014). "Footy Show takes Nine to Thursday win". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  17. ^ Knox, David (10 November 2019). "Timeshifted: Monday 28 October 2019". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  18. ^ "'The Amazing Race Australia' premiere rates 1.26m on Seven". TV Central. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  19. ^ Knox, David (13 December 2011). "Amazing Race Australia, My Place win at Asian TV Awards". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 January 2012.

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