The new Amazing Race Australia premiered last month and I thought I would share some of my thoughts on this season.
As you know, I am a fan of the American Amazing Race. I love the travel around different countries in the world- seeing places I have been to and places I would like to go. I also like watching the silly contestants not even knowing how to pronounce the name of a country, let alone where it is.
I actually wanted to enter in the Amazing Race Australia myself, but was told by my peers that they would never let me in as I had travelled too much. It’s true that naïve travellers make the show.
This season on Amazing Race Australia, they are pitting Australian teams against New Zealand teams in an age old grudge match between us and them. The series even opened with a tug of war between the two countries. I wonder if the rest of the world is aware of this country rivalry?
I thought it was good that they went to Christchurch in New Zealand as the city has been devastated by earthquakes and is going through recovery and revitalisation. Thay are also going to really cool places like Africa and Russia.
But I thought that the sheep challenge in New Zealand, the Thai massage in Thailand and the Russian dancing in Russia were all a bit cliché. And making a fire as one of the challenges is very Survivor.
I like the funny Australian colloquialisms like “shot at the title”, “aura faffery” and “team Lorna Jane”. I wonder if watchers around the rest of the world will get them?
We are half way through, and the teams are continuing to make several rookie mistakes:
- Checking in luggage
- Not reading the whole clue
- Giving up too early
- Not buying a map
- Helping other teams
- Not waking up on time
- Using an express pass too early and before giving away your second express pass
- Being at the wrong bus terminal
- Running past the clue box
- Fighting with your team mate
- Not finding the clue, not reading the clue, missing something really simple and then not back tracking straight away to fix it.
Tiredness also seemed to be getting to the contestants in the very early days by episode two.
My wish pick just for pure niceness alone are the Foster Parents- Cat and Jesse. I don’t think anyone deserves to win more.
However, I suspect the winners will be Team Jesus- Dan and Ryan- they may not be the physically strongest team like Best Mates- John and Murray- but they are definitely smarter. Team Jesus are also cool under pressure making them the team to beat, but it could be a close battle towards the end as Best Mates are very competitive.
A final thought- you can never pick your cab drivers and sometimes, that’s all the difference between winning and losing in the final leg.
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