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The Amazing Race Australia – Courgarlicious?

The Amazing Race Australia has kicked off series two showing that again it not only matches the US version of the show but trumps it. The casting and challenges are both top notch and it was a fast paced and entertaining episode.

Speaking of casting it was obvious why they had cast ‘Cougar’ Sarah as the first thing we see of her is the close up of her cleavage before it even pans to her face! I kid you not. Hopefully she will stay in the show for awhile as she was the gift that keeps on giving from her high heel runners (move over Vic Beckham) to her not only wearing a mini skirt for the race but also wearing a g-string underneath it.

The teams set off from Sydney Botanic Gardens to head across to the docks for a car puzzle challenge, where by only moving the cars back and forward you had to get your car out. Like just about all the challenges on this show first in does not necessarily mean you are first out.

The plain clothes coppers were there first but realised they needed more teams to arrive to make it easier for them, but unfortunately they ended up being seventh out.

Alpha males in their own minds, Paul and Steve were first out, but props must be given to the cheerleaders who were out second.

Then it was off to Sydney airport with some getting there quicker than others. Sticky and Sam went via the Harbour Bridge which was the opposite direction, and the kumbaya hairdressers kept on expecting to see signs showing the way to airport from the middle of the city. Hellooo this is Sydney.

Not that it mattered as they were all on the same flight to Manila. After arriving it was straight to the night markets for an eating challenge. Now these are never pretty, but any Survivor fan would have known exactly what they were. They were Balot which is duck egg embryo, they are just as hideous as the cow lips eating challenge seen on a series in US version of The Amazing Race. 

The teams had to eat eight each. The cheerleaders were first to arrived, but struggled badly and were last to get to the bus station.

Alpha males go there knocked them back and got out of there. Kym from the rockabilly team had to eat all eight as his girlfriend is allergic to eggs but he just knocked them back.

Also you Grace from the sibling team did not flinch and knocked back five.

Dane from the indigenous team, said “I eat witchity grubs but I can’t do that.” But then had a crack at the cheerleaders that they were struggling, but he only ate one! Now these boys are cute, and for equal opportunity close ups their abs need as much attention as Sarah’s cleavage and butt.

However a close up they should not of done as TV Tonight pointed that was of the naked toddler in the crowd, this kid is clearly vulnerable he did not need to be shown, and there are no way shots of naked toddlers frolicking on the beach are shown on Bondi Vet . I also I note they pixelated Sarah’s butt later in the episode.

At this stage Teresa was a basket case sobbing “I only donate to animal and green charities” Not sure what THAT has to do with eating a balot.

Sticky and Sam ran out of cash after getting done over by the dodgy taxi driver with the dodgy odometre. After asking Cougar and Kid for $20 loan and being turned down they caught public transport to the station. The taxi driver is always the culprit as the coppers found out when they got taken on a short cut aka long cut to the bus terminal. Since it was first in to get on the first bus out this was costly for them as it meant they were on the second charter bus out.

First out were Alpha males, Kym and Donna, and Adam and Dane for an overnight trip to Daragar.

And it was a Detour – Pig or Jig

Pig was the teams had to catch four pigs in the mud or Jig was to learn an intricate, traditional dance.

Most did the pigs, with Paul and Steve out of there first closely followed by Dane and Adam. However Dane lost time washing himself before going to the next destination. And that was not a negative thing.

Props to Sticky who did better then most grabbing a pig with one arm. The teams that did the pig challenge later did have it easier as the pigs were exhausted and barely walking.

The cheerleaders were pretty quick at picking up the dance routine, however because they were doing something wrong performance wise they switched. Their tackling technique was not great considering they sit on footy sidelines every weekend.

The hairdresser’s stuck with the dance and finally made it through with the help of their aura spray out. Do they have plans to market that after the show finishes?

Next the teams had to build a raft and row it out to the pit stop. Dane and Andrew were first in and were in sight of the pit stop but it collapsed a 100 metres and they had to shipwreck themselves to finish it.

The Alpha males also had the same problem, but once on the beach the ultra competitive Paul had a meltdown and wanted to quit or take the time penalty. Steve did not want to and they ended going back to the start of the challenge.

Father daughter team of Ross and Tarryn built a good raft and with their fitness got to the pit stop first. They won $10,000, however they also received the first ever salvage pass. They could get an hour head start on the next leg or decide to say the last arriving team from elimination.

Unfortunately for Kym and Donna their raft was solid but as they said it was like a brick and and was hard to row.

The Italian girls were having a bad time. Lucy said she could not stand sand, and thought you should either put slate or tiles down. Must be a genetic thing. they were struggling with their raft as they were last on the beach until the boys came back.

In the end they asked for help, and the boys also got help to get their raft built. In  a close race Paul and Steve overtook them and the Italian girls arrived last. Tarryn and Ross decided to save them saying they knew how much they had wanted to be on the race. Also it is clear these girls will not win.

It would have been interesting to know what they would have done if the Alpha Males had arrived last.

Order of arrivals:

1. Tarryn and Ross

2. Kym and Donna

3. Sarah and James (how did that happen?)

4. Sue and Teresa – very impressive raft

5. Stickey and Sam

6. Joseph and Grace

7. Michelle and Jo aka the cheerleaders

8. Shane and Andrew – the policemen

9. Dane and Andrew

10. Paul and Steve

11. Lucy and Emilia

 

17 comments

1 Gidgit { 05.31.12 at 5:39 pm }

Last nights first ep of the second season of Amazing Race Australia was like Twitter drugs! What a great fun show. My fingers were busier than calculator tester. It was a ball of fun, I love the casting – there are certainly people to ‘like’ and ‘dislike’. And even though I really like the Italian girls a lot – they are not fit and will not last long. For us at home it was ‘nice’ the father and daughter used there salvage pass on the girls – but lets face it, the smart thing to do would have been to just get rid of them (you will have to get rid of everybody eventually if you want to win this – lets face it) – and have the hour head start.

Being an Amazing Race fan of the US one since it first started, I know there is no such thing as friends in this. Sure it may help to be nice to each other and try to not make enemies, but it is also near impossible to mantain an aliance – it’s not Survivor.
I hope the Italian girls get a bit savvy, because they are not the most athletic so they will have to ‘man up’ and start doing these challenges quicker and being smarter. If you are puffed running not very far – which I noticed with a few teams, you are not going to win this. Like last season, the unhealthy and out of shape were goners.

And I think ‘tits n’ heels’ is going to really regret enterting this show from the Twitter feed back (myself included) Don’t these silly women realize is the younger the guy you date, the older that makes you look! Date older men – they make you look younger (look at Catherine Zeta Jones – very smart).

2 Reality Raver { 05.31.12 at 5:42 pm }

Gidgit – Love the dating advice, I think you are right. I think people were also saying that they doubted she was 32. But sometimes being a bit au natural (and not in a g-string way) can actually be not as ageing.

3 Georgie { 05.31.12 at 6:11 pm }

The bird in the heels – I mean seriously, who would go into an event like The Amazing Race dressed like that? I find it hard to believe she’s dating that young guy too – surely they’ve been put up to it.

Her face and make-up reminded me of Jocelyn Wildenstein.

4 Culinary Boner { 05.31.12 at 6:24 pm }

If that so-called ‘cougar’ is 32 than La Cicciolina was a nun rather than a porn star – a Sister of Mercy as opposed to a member of the Sisterhood of Berlusconi.

I’m lovin’ the fact that a chick as outright skanky as her can be a reality TV star, without the show being Jersey Shore.

Last night’s episode was genre-busting in its delivery of:
– a puzzle challenge straight up
– a vile eating challenge straight off the plane
– a bevy of rip-off taxi drivers, with dodgy 70s porn moustaches all on a mission to destroy the Filipino tourism industry single handedly
– wet t-shirt/jelly wrestling opportunity complete with mud, pig shit and squealing (pigs, that is)
– a gratuitous boob shot of the type not seen since Benny Hill, in the opening sequences
– a water challenge of Olympic proportions that of course meant all the chicks get in their bikinis
– the biggest sooky soft-cock of an ‘Alpha Male’ ever to grace Aussie tele
– mad cousin Eddie from Chevy Chase’s Vacation series
– a grown woman whose modelled her personal style on Garth from Wayne’s World

Effing sensational tele.

5 Gidgit { 05.31.12 at 6:43 pm }

@realityraver Me thinks she has had QUITE a bit of work done, not just in the breast area. Weird thing I’ve found in my 41 years old life, especially recently, is these women who are not ‘old’ in my eyes having all this work done, it actually makes them look older, not younger. The tight skin thing is just starting to look weird and over done. Plus I’ve found as I’ve aged, less is more. Less make up, subtle make up etc. My dear mum is 67 and looks amazing – better than a lot of these plastic surgery victims in their 50’s. I’m not against it (it’s too early to say if I’d ever do it – but doubt it) but there is a difference between getting a huge nose fixed – and one wrinkle shows up and you have a full facelift.

@culinaryboner Do you tweet – oh please tell me you tweet. Especially to this show. It’s like twitter heroin.

6 AnonyMousse { 05.31.12 at 9:25 pm }

The 1 hour advantage would have been totally useless if the next round’s a “travel to a new country” episode, which it was almost guarenteed to be (they have to hit a mainland somewhere before the chances of not flying somewhere at the start of the next episode increases). And if things are going badly for you the next round, then having one more (really bad) team between you and elimination that you can try to beat to the finish line is always good.

7 Reality Raver { 05.31.12 at 9:28 pm }

CB – Hilarious.

Anonymousse – I like your strategy, makes a lot of sense.

8 Izobel2 { 05.31.12 at 9:48 pm }

Hey Boner which one do u think is Cousin Eddy? Very funny comments by the way.
And I agree, what a fabulouso first episode, loved it.
And crap I’m 37 so that bird CAN’T be 32!

9 Sioux Denim { 06.01.12 at 10:43 am }

32 my arse!
Georgie – loved the Jocelyn Wildenstein reference – you nailed it!!!

Definitely would have been interesting to see if father/daughter combo would have given the Salvage Pass to the Alpha males if they had come last – god, he was a tosser and SO happy that they god what they deserved.

RR – thought the same about the calming spray the hippes kept on spruiking!

10 Jason { 06.01.12 at 12:50 pm }

Loved how some of the teams thought the Cougar and Boy were mother and son!!

11 Culinary Boner { 06.01.12 at 12:51 pm }
12 Chunks { 06.01.12 at 12:59 pm }

What a great start. Not going to miss a single episode of this series if I can help it despite a distinct lack of male eye candy. God knows how they ate those duck embryos. I’d be on the first plane home.

13 ex essex { 06.01.12 at 4:49 pm }

LOVE LOVE LOVE

14 Gidgit { 06.03.12 at 4:39 pm }

@cb I only started doing it to make smart arse comments on TV shows – that’s the only reason I really use it. Never appealed to me otherwise. Oh you really should. I beg you!! :)

15 Tripod { 06.04.12 at 10:08 pm }

Cougar girl is hot! You showed them all by finishing 3rd overall after coming 9th most of the way! Go Sarah! The show would be VERY boring without you.

16 Krissy { 06.04.12 at 10:14 pm }

Great to see support for Sarah, clever girl with the hybrid heel-runners, I want a pair!!

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