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Discussion: Amazing (Non-elimination) Race

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2021-03-23

Mar 23, 2021 9:39 PM # 
tinytoes:
So many non-elimination legs this time reflecting the expand to fill the gap mentality. Other times there has been a continue on rather than an elimination and this could have been used. However it does make for better television to have 3 teams and they all do deserve to be there. Haven't watched all, nor in sequence, and have a few questions.... Liked seeing the production goofs of other camera crew in background when in tight spaces - YAY tell it like it is for once! Glad Sydney wasn't the final pitstop. I want to sleep in one of those suspended tents!!!
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Mar 23, 2021 11:29 PM # 
jennycas:
Presumably you're not someone who needs to get up to pee during the night :)

I have watched all the episodes religiously and am always a little disappointed when some challenges don't go to air due to time constraints (yes, the editing is interesting) but I find out later from the online blog, that they took place. G & I enjoy discussing which challenges we'd actually be able to complete (I am not good with heights, he can't swim, neither of us can dance) and our funniest interaction as a result was the day when he texted me saying that he was looking up where we could take synchronised swimming lessons...

Did you know that 30 000 people applied to go on this series?
Mar 24, 2021 12:13 AM # 
tinytoes:
I must investigate these additional challenges, though you hinted at their existence previously. My daughter-in-law who is not physical at all, about 8 years ago suggested junior and I go on. He and I are devotees and likewise would decide who'd do what. 30 000 people! surely we don't have that many "distinctive" people. Not sure but I think tRicky and Tash applied some time ago, but with COVID19 they've had their own Amazing Race saga. Don't think they'd make the cut - not enough drama/fights/screaming... and I'm not mixing MAFS in there either. Your hairdresser try for this as well?
Mar 24, 2021 12:25 AM # 
jennycas:
She went AWOL a year ago and shut up shop - even the cafe next door didn't know where she'd gone - there's a new hairdressing business in residence there now but I haven't tried them yet.

As for unaired stuff it's mainly whatever can be gleaned from the Wikipedia page, but sometimes we do notice that the backgrounds don't match up between scenes when teams are reading clues or going to their cars, so figure that something else may have happened in between!

And I agree that the cameramen do a great job. Presumably they also have responsibility for the lines which are fed to teams when they apparently voice their opinions spontaneously.
Mar 24, 2021 12:29 AM # 
tRicky:
Yes we applied for the first season but figured we weren't dramatic enough. I wouldn't bother trying again since I'm not really a fan of reality tv at all.
Mar 24, 2021 6:45 AM # 
tinytoes:
The Aus Amazing Race is pretty good, though the "world" AR with our Kiwi host is pretty good too - or used to be. This is the first time I've seen consistent and long lived alliances - and I am trying to find out what Skye-Blue's comment about Aleicia (sic) being the "fakest person here" was all about.
Mar 24, 2021 9:35 AM # 
tRicky:
You lost me at "The".
Mar 24, 2021 10:58 AM # 
tinytoes:
But Jenny +G will know.
Mar 24, 2021 11:06 AM # 
jennycas:
Right now I only have to type "The" into my laptop's search function and it obliges with "Amazing Race Australia" :)

Somehow I think, from snippets of footage which were shown last night, that it is in fact the Sikhs who win.

As for Aleisha, who was billed as a 'Disney Princess' and is apparently classically trained in ballet and went to NIDA - but doesn't seem to have found too many real-world acting jobs lately - according to her bio, I will concede that teeth which are so blindingly white and perfectly even don't tend to come naturally!
Mar 24, 2021 11:31 AM # 
TrishTash:
Reminds me, I need to go to the dentist at some stage when we stop travelling to fix my unusually sharp tooth that I keep cutting myself on.
Mar 29, 2021 7:52 AM # 
jennycas:
Ok, so it wasn't the Sikhs.

But here's something scintillating which we apparently were deprived of viewing in the final leg's broadcast: https://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2020/11/ive-been...
Mar 29, 2021 11:53 AM # 
tinytoes:
What an epic last ep and I am so sad that a team, no matter which one, was quite severely affected by taxi error. That last climb is brutal!! Really liked the way the other teams were incorporated into the last ep AND that they weren't there as a finish shute. The typewriter (non) challenge is standard sort of AR fare but reading the report is very interesting. There could be a parallel AR with all the outtakes.I think it was mentioned in a recent ep (filmed in Hunter) that the cowboys were from hunter at one stage. Now it's over I'll go back and watch it sequentially, binge style.
Mar 29, 2021 9:21 PM # 
jennycas:
Well, we can't really know how much that so-called error put them behind, but I doubt it was "severely". Not knowing who was in which position after the un-aired typwriter challenge, my guess is that extra task didn't change the outcome of who got to the waiting helicopters first and probably neither did the taxi.

This final leg was originally meant to have been broadcast in two parts and the obvious split would have been Canberra (last Wed) vs Thredbo (on Sun), but then the H&M Oprah interview meant one episode's delay and so they had to fit it all into one night to finish broadcasting on a Sunday, because you never finish a series midweek.

My heart doesn't bleed too much for the Gold Coast girls coming second - I do wonder though how long they were made to wait, by the producers, just out of screenshot of the mat so that the cowboys could have their moment of glory at the summit - because they are "fitness models and influencers" and therefore can earn far more from exposure on this show than a paltry $250K which someone can also win from sitting in the Big Brother house and doing nothing.

As for the boys, it was the episode where they flew into Dubbo and then went to (among other places) Gulgong and the emu farm at Tooraweenah out the back of the Warrumbungles, that one of the boys referenced this being their home country. Must have been hard for them to leave such little babies for 2 1/2 months, and harder still for their wives. $125K each wouldn't go far in buying farm machinery either - which one of them said that he wants to use the prizemoney to get his teeth fixed?
Mar 29, 2021 10:24 PM # 
TrishTash:
Dentists are expensive.
Mar 30, 2021 12:17 AM # 
tinytoes:
They were all shivering at the final interview. Girls had a few hiccups in the final - going so slowly down the water slide/so many attempts, plus the taxi. Sikhs used up too much energy walking up to slide which I think (not just time) could have got them into 2nd but 2nd's still not 1st. Good job all with the battle of the altitude.
Mar 31, 2021 4:01 AM # 
blairtrewin:
When Big Brother was big (and he was head of the ABS), my father was hinting at turning up to the Big Brother house with a Census form as a publicity stunt for the Census. Wish he'd gone through with it.

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