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May 16th, , Unexpectedly great season, meh winners. I haven't been anywhere. Well, other than Wisconsin, Illinois and New York lol. I have only watched the last few most recent seasons of TAR and want to go back and watch some older ones. Reply Parent Thread Link.

Then they ask you questions about how your first date is going! Despite the romantic failure, I think fans were surprised by how well the stranger premise worked and shocked that there were three Blind Date couples in the Finals. Was there a moment in the race where you felt like you were really clicking as a team? I feel like one of the most pivotal points for us was in Germany when we lost our passports.

That could have been the point when we went after each other, but we chose to stay positive and keep going. What happened, which is so weird, is that we just knew everything was going to be okay. If I yelled at him, what was that going to accomplish? It would make our team crumble, it would make us lose all respect for each other. I was like, we are not going homeŚwe are going to find these freaking fanny packs and we are going to keep racing.

We were on The Amazing Race! Every day was our birthday! Well, you definitely seemed very confident the whole time, like you knew you were going to be at the end because you were going to work hard enough to get there. What do you think gave you a leg up on the competition?

I think in tough scenarios, we made smart decisions. Whether it was what cab driver you pick or staying up on the computer for hours in the airport.

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Before Germany, Laura and I got on Google and did the street view search. We were literally walking the streets of Germany so we would know exactly where to go when we got off the plane. We felt really comfortable about our strategy all throughout the race. And then just happened to make a little mistake here or there. I love those mistakes because I think it shows that, yeah, we screwed up numerous times, but we stayed positive.

It was knowing that we were a strong team and were going to stay in this, and also, having so much fun throughout the process. Speaking of seeing different sides of people, you two were pretty outspoken about not wanting Hayley and Blair to win.

And consistently, any time that we did see them, they were arguing. For example, Season 15 featured its first-ever Switchback from season six 's hay-rolling Roadblock in Sweden , or in Season 27 featured a Switchback from the first season , where teams had to re-perform the very first task in The Amazing Race history: A switchback was also present in the 4th Asian season.

However what was considered a Roadblock in inaugural Asian season is then considered a Detour and both team members have to complete it. Besides clues, teams may encounter the following that may or may not affect their placements or possibly slow them down:.

The Yield, introduced in season five , allows any one team to force another team to stop racing for a predetermined amount of time, typically on the order of 10 to 15 minutes though the exact length was never given.

The Yield Marker is placed near a Route Marker, and teams are forced to stop at it to state their intentions to employ the Yield. If a team Yielded another team, they would place a photo of the Yielded team, along with a "Courtesy of" photo of themselves, on the stand.

When the Yielded team arrived at the Yield, they would then turn over an hourglass and wait for the sand to drain before they could continue to the Route Marker. A team may only use its Yield power once on the race, and only one team may be Yielded when the Yield is available, although a team may be Yielded multiple times during the same Race.

If a team loses its "Courtesy of" photo, they also lose their Yield power. During season five, teams were not aware of the upcoming Yield.

In subsequent seasons, clues have alerted teams that a Yield would be present at the next Route Marker via wording on the clue sending them there. Yields were present in every leg except the last of season five, while only three were present in seasons six through eight, and two in seasons nine through eleven.

While the Yields have not been present in the U. Race since season eleven after a revised format of the clue, the U-Turn, Yields are still present within the foreign editions. Some twists were also featured for the Yield:. The U-Turn, introduced in season 12 as a replacement of the Yield, is similar in format to the Yield ; however, it is usually placed immediately after a Detour seasons 27 was the first race overall which had legs where the U-Turn was placed before the Detour, and had been used in every season since except At the board, a team may exercise their U-Turn ability to force another team to backtrack and complete the Detour option they did not previously complete though they can still do once if a team used their Express Pass, see below.

Also prior to season 19 , if a team had lost their "Courtesy of" photo, they would be unable to use their U-Turn power for the remainder of the Race. A team may exercise their U-Turn power once throughout the race, with the exception of U. From seasons 19 to 22 , the U-Turn sign was remade to use computer touchscreens, removing the need for teams to carry their "Courtesy of" photo, though teams could still only U-Turn another team once per race.

Whenever teams are warned of the upcoming U-Turn has varied in more recent seasons of the Race. The Intersection, used in U. Should there be no other teams present when a given team arrives at the Intersection Route Marker, they must wait there until another team arrives, although they do not have to partner with that team and can opt to wait for another team instead.

Teams are free to choose their partner team if multiple teams are present. Teams are not warned when an Intersection is coming. The Intersection may have teams simply working together on standard Route Marker tasks, or they may have to work together on Roadblocks where one member from each team must complete the task or Fast Forwards.

The first season of the Australian version featured two separate Intersections during its run, with the second Intersection having a unique set of penalties for quitting part way through the task. A special variation of the intersection; titled a "Nation vs Nation" challenge, was used on The Amazing Race: Australia vs New Zealand , where all of the remaining teams of a country must team up to complete a task as one group before continuing on with the race.

Several versions of the program feature a unique obstacle which has teams compete against each other in a specific task. The winning team is given the next clue, while the losing team s must wait for the next team's arrival to start the task over.

The team that loses the last round will receive a penalty. Most often, losing team s must wait out a pre-determined time penalty usually 15 minutes before receiving the next clue.

This was first introduced in second Latin American version where it was called the Intersection despite the extremely different rules to the regular Intersections.

Other names vary from different versions, where the Israeli version is called "Double Battle", the Canadian and Chinese celebrity versions were called "Face Off" the latter was previously called "Versus" in the first two seasons , and in second season of the Philippine version it was called "Duel". The second season of the Norwegian edition retained the naming of "Intersection".

In season 3 of the Canadian edition , if teams gave up at the Face Off, they incurred a 4-hour penalty at the Pit Stop.

If all the other teams passed the Face Off either by beating another team or by penalty , the remaining team would not be incurred a time penalty.

In the 2nd Chinese Celebrity version, if the teams cannot finish the Face Off, the team would incur a minute penalty a standard minute penalty, and another minute after the last team.

It was officially introduced to the U. The rules of the challenge remain mostly the same, with the main difference being that the challenge was played at the leg's Pit Stop, with the team who lost the final Head-to-Head being immediately eliminated from the race.

Where first, the four teams will need to choose which team they want to be intersected by "voting"; the team who voted each other would be intersected for the entire leg. Throughout the leg, teams will need to do some task in some point by using head-to-head or timing in a best-of-five format. The team that wins the head-to-head challenge or the faster time will win two points.

After five rounds, the teams who won the most points will be given joint-first and were immune from elimination; the losing teams were required to compete one more head-to-head challenge, with the team who lost the final challenge being eliminated from the Race. Similar rules adopted in Season three but teams were only intersected on one challenge instead of the entire leg and faced head-to-head against another intersect team in certain location, and the team who won the previous leg determined the pairing of intersected teams, instead of a vote.

Each leg of The Amazing Race generally consists of teams leaving from the previous Pit Stop and traveling to a different location often in a different country , where they perform two or more tasks, generally including one Detour and one Roadblock, before being given instructions to go to the next Pit Stop.

It is each team's goal to complete each leg as quickly as possible, as the first team to check in at the Pit Stop will win a prize; the prizes have included all-expenses paid trips, new cars or other vehicles, money, entertainment provided during the Pit Stop, and recently advantages to be used during the race see Express Pass , Salvage Pass , and Double Your Money.

The last team to arrive at the Pit Stop will generally be eliminated from the competition, but occasionally the team is allowed to continue racing although they will be given a Race-imposed disadvantage in the next leg see Non-elimination leg. When teams are otherwise not performing tasks or traveling during a leg, they are free to use their time as they see fit, although they will often resort to eating cheaply or sleeping outside a location to save their Race money. First introduced in season 15 and not repeated until season 18 and being used in nearly every season since , the Start line of the Race has featured a task that teams had to complete before being allowed to continue racing earlier seasons simply had teams run towards their backpacks and first clue.

The task generally features an item that provides a hint to their first destination, such as a number plate particular to the city or the name of the country's national airline. Teams that complete this task first may be given tickets for the first of two or more departing flights to their first city, giving those teams a time advantage on the first leg.

In the 18th and 19th seasons , the last team to complete the task was given a penalty on top of having their last place departure; in season 15, the last place team was eliminated after having been unable to complete the task out of 12 teams, there were only 11 clues and sets of plane tickets for their first destination. In the third Australian season , the two nations' teams Australia and New Zealand were pitted against each other in a game of tug of war , with the winning nations teams given a minute head start.

In the fourth and fifth seasons of the Israeli edition, a twist was featured where the 14 teams were divided into two groups of seven on the first leg; each group began the race at separate starting lines, and had separate tasks to complete before reaching the Pit Stop, which is a standard end-of-leg elimination. The groups were then merged at the start of the second leg, where the 12 remaining teams compete on the same leg and completing the same tasks as usual.

The Express Pass, introduced in season 17 , is usually awarded as a prize on an early leg usually the first leg, though it was awarded on the second leg of season 21 , or the sixth leg in season 28 , but in some cases the Express Pass was offered to teams on some tasks with a risk of possible elimination. The pass allows the team to skip any single task including Roadblocks, Detours, and miscellaneous tasks, but not the Fast Forward task , once, during the race. The choice of which task to skip is at the team's discretion, but the power, if unused, expires at leg 8 or 9 depending on season.

The Express Pass was also named Pase Directo following the change production companies in season three of the Latin American edition or Fripass in the Norwegian version. Throughout other seasons, various other twists were used in conjunction on the Express Pass:. Including all international editions, the Express Pass has been awarded to 58 teams three via optional tasks, six via mandatory challenges, and 17 from the second Express Pass.

A total of six Express Passes were forfeited three teams were eliminated without ever using it. The Salvage Pass, introduced in the second Australian version , is awarded to the winners of the first leg. The team who receives the pass may choose to give themselves a one-hour head start for the start of the next leg of the race or save the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop from elimination.

This pass was also used alongside the Express Pass in Philippine version ; however, teams in the Philippine version have the option of using it to gain a minute advantage at a task rather than an hour at the start of the leg. For instance, it was used to enter the location of a clue box 30 minutes before opening time.

The Salvage Pass was also featured in the third Israeli season. The Save, used in season 25 , is awarded in place of the Express Pass to the team that comes in first on the first leg, and allows the team holding it to avoid elimination once until the end of Leg 9.

In the event that a team attempts to use it on a non-elimination leg, the Save is returned to them to use once more. The Save can also be given to another team to use if desired. A twist also called the Save was introduced in the Chinese celebrity edition where the team who won it was required to bring another team back into the competition. In the third season , the Save was renamed to Return Ticket , and the team who won the ticket could bring back another team before the fourth leg.

The sixth Israeli season also incorporated the Return Ticket by bringing back previously eliminated teams to compete a leg with the winner earning the Return Ticket and the ability to return to the Race. The Hazard, seen in season 19 , is a penalty applied to the team who came in last at the starting line task.

After completing a task in season 19 it was a Roadblock , the team was given a different clue that directed them to another location where they found the Hazard clue. The Hazard consisted of a task that only one of the team members had to perform. The Hazard did not reappear since season 20 , despite the inclusion of a similar task at the starting line.

The Invade was first introduced on the second Chinese celebrity version, where the intruders will be starting the race at the start of a given leg. For their invasion, the intruders must place in the top Ninth leg or top two seventh leg to continue racing - if they fail their invasion, they may be eliminated from the race; if they succeed, the last team to check-in may be eliminated, and the intruders will keep on racing in future legs.

This was removed on the season 3 of the Chinese celebrity version. The Pit Stop is the final destination in each leg of the race, and where all non-eliminated teams go after checking in at the mat. During Pit Stops, teams are given lodging from simple accommodations as tents or cots to complete hotel service and food free of charge. Teams forfeit Race materials such as clues to the production staff at this time.

Teams will also give interviews with the production team to describe their activities from the last leg, which are interspersed during Race footage of that leg on subsequent broadcast. Teams are generally sequestered to the lodgings but may otherwise use their time freely. In early seasons, teams were allowed to "eat, sleep, and mingle" with each other, as described by the host, often creating friendships between teams.

From around season 14 to season 25, teams were sequestered from each other during Pit Stops, and would often not learn of the previous elimination until they saw other teams on the next leg. Once the Pit Stop is complete, the team is given their next clue and allowed to start racing again. Each team's Pit Stop was originally 12 hours long starting from the time they reached the mat, or made longer with additional hour segments as needed as to appear 12 hours long during broadcast.

In more recent seasons, Pit Stop times have varied both longer or shorter to avoid teams loitering in airports or other areas. Penalties from the previous leg may also be applied to a team's Pit Stop time. Teams are responsible for being ready to leave at the correct time, and are given no time credit should they miss their departure time.

In most cases, Teams leave from the same location they ended the previous leg at, but some Pit Stops have been on mobile housing, such as riverboats, with their point of departure changed during the course of the Pit Stop. Some Race s have included a double-length leg, also called " to be continued " Legs or dubbed as "Super Leg", in the Philippine edition , shown either on two separate episodes or a single two-hour-long episode, [j] where teams are not checked in at a Pit Stop but instead given a clue to continue racing.

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The clues that precede the midpoint of the double-length leg often will hint at a Pit Stop but will not include the normal language found in clues for normal-length legs that direct teams to the Pit Stop. In some cases, the host has been present along with the check-in mat to give teams their next clues.

Double-length race legs were born out of necessity during season six. Leg six in Hungary was originally planned to be two legs, with a non-elimination point between the legs which would have stripped the last team of their money and not given them any at the start of the next leg. Producers, however, discovered during the race that begging is illegal in Hungary, which would have made it nearly impossible for the last place team to acquire the money needed for the upcoming leg, and quickly devised the extended leg to mimic the effects of a non-elimination leg keeping the same number of teams in the race , and using a simple video message clue to provide teams the goal for the first task of the second half of the leg.

A different variant of a "Double-length" leg, first seen in seasons 18 , where teams who checked-in at the Pit Stop was immediately given their next clue usually no prizes were awarded, in the case of the first-place team and were told to continue racing without breaks, while the last team was also given their next clue without taking a "non-elimination leg" penalty, which serves as two legs.

It has since been featured occasionally on later American seasons, as well as every season of the Australian version and one leg in every seasons of the Canadian version except season two. Should teams elect to withdraw from the race such as injury or family reasons , they must state their intention to withdraw from the race to both the production team and the host before the team is allowed to be formerly "eliminated" from the race, which usually held outside the Pit Stop, while the last place team arriving at the Pit Stop from the leg was generically not eliminated.

A number of legs on each Race are predetermined "non-elimination legs", where the last team to check in is not eliminated. The first season of the French edition also lacks penalties for non-elimination legs, the first among the non-American editions to do so. Beginning with the fifth American season , teams who have finished in last place in a non-elimination leg have been subjected to one of the following penalties in the next leg:.

Other international versions of the Race had different non-elimination penalties that issued to the last-placed teams: There have been many eliminations which have been unusual which may involve a team being eliminated outside a Pit Stop or more than one team being eliminated.

The final leg of the race is run by the three remaining teams. However, in more recent Race s, final legs have been single legs, whereby teams are flown directly from the final foreign country to the final city in the home country. On some versions of the race, such as the Australian version, the final leg may still feature an intermediate destination; in some races, which first seen in the Brazilian version , the finish line was held outside the home country. Teams still must complete all of the tasks in the final city before they are directed to the Finish Line mat with a design of the series logo, though some versions used a Pit Stop mat, as seen in the Asian version to claim the cash reward for the winning team as well as various prizes.

Generally, all three teams are allowed to arrive, but in seasons one and four , the third place team was so far behind and outside the final city that they were given a clue at their next Route Marker that informed them of the results.

Starting with season nine of the U. In the fourth and fifth Israeli seasons, while the Finish Line was still located outside the home country of Israel which was usual in the series , teams who arrived at the Finish Line an empty Pit Stop mat and the final clue box was only told to return to Israel and travel to a specific location before being informed the final Race outcome.

The French version was identical to the Israeli season, except that Finish Line was held at the home country of France. In seasons 25 and 26 , four teams raced the final leg, but at some point during the leg one of the four teams was eliminated from the race. All teams must abide by the rules set at the beginning of the race.

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Failure to do so can result in time penalties, which can negatively affect finishing position in that leg of the race. In a non-elimination leg, if the last team to arrive at the mat is checked in before a previous team has completed its penalty, any remainder of the penalty time will be applied at the start of the next leg of the race, beginning at the departure time of the next-to-last team.

While the complete set of official rules has not been released to the public, certain rules have been revealed during the various editions of the race:. The teams are often given additional rules and instructions that apply specifically to a given leg or to a task supplied with one of the clues; these are usually not explained to the viewer unless they affect the Race results.

If a team trying to check in at the Pit Stop has committed an infraction during the leg, the team generally must return to the point of infraction and perform the task or action correctly before being allowed to check in. If it is impossible to correct the action, the team is instead asked to wait at a nearby spot to serve a penalty period before being allowed to officially check-in.

The penalty for most rule infractions is 30 minutes, plus any time gained from breaking the rule. Minor violations for various tasks would have a penalty of 15 minutes, while some violations have longer penalties: A penalized team does not generally have to wait out its full penalty time at the Pit Stop if the team is in last place and all other teams have already checked in; unless if the leg was a non-elimination or a no-break, the team will be eliminated immediately; otherwise, either the remainder of the penalty will be applied to the team's start time on the next leg, [n] or in the event of a no-break leg, any penalty would be nullified.

Occasionally, infractions have come to the production team's attention only after the team has checked in; in these cases, the penalty will be applied to the start of the next leg with viewers given notification if it affects the departure order. Season 3 , such a situation resulted in changing which team finished in last place; production brought the penalized team back to the Pit Stop, where the host explained to the teammates what had happened before their elimination.

Should a vehicle including cars and boats break down through no fault of the team using it, a replacement vehicle is provided for them, but "no time credit is given for their wait in this unlucky situation.

Teams may also receive time credits, applied to the next leg, that results from "production difficulties. In most versions, the penalty for not completing a Roadblock is four-hours, which is served upon arrival at the Pit Stop.

The production of The Amazing Race is a challenge due to its premise being a race around the world.

Among the difficult duties that producers face, scouting out locations, designing tasks, selecting teams, and planning logistics for the entire course are the most important to accomplish in pre-production. During the Race, the camera crews need to keep up with the movement of the teams and the host.

And when the footage for the entire season has been recorded and edited, team members, production crew as well as the local staff who hosted or facilitated the tasks are obliged to keep the details of the race confidential and not leak out anything that hints at locations, events, or outcomes of the Race.

A small exception is the television network that airs the show in a country which hosted one of the legs where they can air teasers such as "Who among the teams will come here to the network's home country name? The show is broadcast on CBS in the United States and simulcast via satellite in various networks around the world. Through its efforts, the U. In , CBS announced that season 18 of the show would be broadcast in high definition. The original version of The Amazing Race is the U.

The Amazing Race Asia was the first Asian version of the show. The show aired for three more seasons, with the last season having ended in After a 6-year hiatus, the series was announced to be returning for a 5th season to air in late In Israel , on April 8, , the Israeli television network Reshet had announced their plans to produce their version of the race, HaMerotz LaMillion lt.

The Race to the Million. The show is produced by Reshet and activeTV, an Australian production company that had also produced the Asian version of the race.

The third series premiered on May 11, In Reshet has launched their own channel and aired a new season of the show HaMerotz LaMillion 6. The show was produced by Shanghai-based international production company Fly Films ; [39] the company had previously produced Shanghai Rush in , a show heavily influenced by The Amazing Race. The first season was filmed between March and April and aired in August by International Channel of Shanghai and was hosted by Allan Wu, who had also previously hosted the Asian version.

Australia then followed suit with The Amazing Race Australia. On July 19, , Seven Network purchased the format rights to produce the Australian series. This season will also include teams from New Zealand. On March 26, , it was announced that TV5 had acquired the rights to produce a Philippine version of the race.

The show aired a second season in Dustin Nguyen served as the director, executive producer and host of the first season of the show. The fourth season is currently being broadcast with Phan Anh as the new host.

Applications were closed with the submission of 2, applicants, with filming expected to have occurred in and broadcast from September Applications were open from October 11, , to October 31, Filming took place in January The second and latest season ended on May 29, On March 23, , a French version of the show was announced.

It premiered on October 22 of the same year. Sometime in , a Ukrainian version of the show was announced, called Velyki perehony. In late , a South-American independent production company announced that it would be producing a Brazilian version in , to be called The Amazing Race: Applications were open from January until July, and filming occurred during August and September.

The first and only season premiered on October 13, , and concluded on January 5, The first season was filmed in early and broadcast late in that year across Latin America and the Caribbean and the second season aired in late In January it was announced that Space acquired the rights to produce the third season of the show. An announcement made by Phil Keoghan aired on this channel during the December 2, , episode of the U. The show premiered on July 15, , and was hosted by Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery.

The show has now been renewed for six seasons. As of 11 September , there have been 75 winning teams in over 14 franchises of The Amazing Race. A video game based on this reality show was developed by Ludia for the Wii. It was released on November 2, , in North America.

The game features many locations previously visited on real races, as well as some new ones like Venezuela. Host Phil Keoghan provided voice acting throughout the entire game.

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  1. Malamuro

    It is a pity, that now I can not express - it is very occupied. But I will be released - I will necessarily write that I think.

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