The Amazing Race – Some Questions Answered
If you have been watching The Amazing Race Australia you may have been wondering about some of the practical issues about how the race runs.
Last week’s TV Week kindly answered some for fans of the show.
The article said:
Do the contestans have separate amounts of money to spend on flights and food?
The cash that teams receive at the start of each leg is for food, water, accommodation, ground transport and incidentals. The cash isn’t for flights, as teams pay for those on a provided credit card. These airline tickets must be economy class and fully refundable.
Where do the teams sleep?
When it’s not a pit stop, anywhere that’s within their budge – this may be a hotel or it may be on the platform of a train station.
How long does host Grant Bowler stand at the pit stop until the contestants get there?
Sometimes he’s just minutes ahead of the teams, while other times it may be slightly longer.
What does he do while waiting for teams to show up?
He’s travelling between the multiple locations and filming all the voice-overs for the show-there’s now waiting around!
Is it the contestants’ responsibility to start the challenge at the set time or does production wake them up?
It’s up to each team to ensure they’re ready for the start of each leg.
How many hours of filming go into making each episode?
Each leg of the race can take anywhere from 12 hours to three days.
If there’s a footrace to the pit stop, are teams allowed to run to the pit stop and then go back and pay their taxi fare afterwards?
No. The contestants must pay for the taxi first. They must also have their backpacks with them – they can’t leave them at the car to run to the pit stop.