Race on!

2010-04-17 13:44

“I

AM sorry to tell you, you are the last team to arrive and you have been

eliminated from the race.”

Those

words mean death. The End. Game Over.

For

15 seasons Phil Kheoghan has been uttering these words to teams standing panting

in front of him, while virtual players at home have held back tears as their

favourite teams are sent home.

The

Amazing Race gets your heart thumping and your adrenaline pumping and has the

innate ability to stretch the imagination from one corner of the earth to the

other as teams of two are sent on an adventure around the world with only

cryptic clues to help them.

As

teams find themselves in country after country, they must complete tasks unique

to each country while quickly adjusting to the culture and struggling with

communication.

Racers

must find ways to outsmart each other to ensure that they arrive at each pit

stop first, or face elimination. Ultimately racers will end their journey where

it began and the finale is usually a fantastic foot race for a $1-million (about

R7,3-million) prize.

Sounds

easy enough, no? One of the biggest challenges the contestants face is their own

partners.

The

stress and pressure of the race start to eat away at their patience and soon

enough teammates are at each others’ throats – which provides the best part of

the show: the drama!

So

what can viewers expect from Season 15?

The

executive producer of the show, Bertram van Munster, promises that there will be

a “surprise twist” in the first episode.

“This

season we want to keep the racers and fans on their toes; we are adding new

surprise elements including our quickest elimination yet, as well as revisiting

one of the most challenging roadblocks the teams have ­ever encountered over the

past 15 ­seasons.”

This

season the show will span eight countries including Japan, ­Vietnam, Cambodia

and the United Arab Emirates.

  • The

    Amazing Race starts tonight at 7.45pm on Sony Entertainment ­Television


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