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