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The Amazing Race Australia – Clarification Of The Rules

The Amazing Race Australia on Wednesday night again did not rate as well as it should have. It had just over 850,000 viewers, and considering it is nearly a flawless production it deserves to do better.

It has a great cast, challenges and editing, and even the other night they managed to flick up a bit of controversy when popular indigenous competitors, Dane and Adam were given a thirty minute time penalty. They received this penalty for selling of some of their items for money to get to the pitstop. See the full blog post here where I feel it was a bit harsh and was more appropriate action to take than begging in a third world country.

However to obtain some clarity around the rules I sought comment from Channel Seven on the issue.

They said:

One of the many challenges of the race is budgeting and using the leg money effectively.

Under the rules contestants can earn money using their skills, can try to negotiate fees and payments and can also ask people for money.

However they cannot sell items they have brought on the Race with them. This is in order to create a level playing field.

It should be noted that none of the other teams ran out of money on that leg.

The rationale for not being able to sell things must be to stop people from taking goods to flog on the way to boost their budget. However in theory Sarah could flash her boobs to someone for a few rupees and this would be deemed to be in the rules or conversely take money from people who have so much less than then. Which might have been also the reason Dale and Adam ran out of money as they did not drive as hard a bargain when negotiating for transport. Yes nice guys do finish last.

8 comments

1 Georgie { 06.08.12 at 10:07 am }

RR – if Sarah had flashed her boobs to someone for a few rupees, that would have fallen under the allowable category of ‘earning money using your skills’!

The boys should have taken a ‘didg’ with them for busking.

2 Fi { 06.08.12 at 10:20 am }

I’ve seen begging for money on the us amazing race and I found it disgusting. It should not be allowed. Taking money off people with very little is not something the show should encourage.

3 Sioux Denim { 06.08.12 at 11:48 am }

So true RR – nice guys do finish last……………..

4 par3182 { 06.09.12 at 9:26 pm }

In the wise words of the old proverb “Nobody will buy the cow when they can get the milk for free” Sarah’s pretty much devalued any profit she could make from boob flashing.

About two seasons ago on TAR Classic there were blonde sisters who hiked through Bangkok for six hours because they didn’t want to beg for money from those with so little. They were eliminated but they went out with class.

5 planb { 06.11.12 at 1:00 pm }

The Amazing Race has disappeared from this week’s TV guide in the Herald. Any news on why and when it might be back?

6 par3182 { 06.11.12 at 2:36 pm }

@planb – Are you in NSW/ACT/QLD? I think some football game has pushed TAR back to Thursday night in those states.

7 planb { 06.11.12 at 8:19 pm }

Oh, thank you, par3182! Found it.

8 jon { 06.19.12 at 4:56 am }

TAR has fucked up rules – if u run out of money and sell your personal belongings there’s a penalty but if you beg there’s no penalty. Begging is demeaning for most people – why subject contestants to this?