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.
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.