The Amazing Race Australia – Off To Banff
OK so you watch this year’s series and you think you have what it takes to race around the world on The Amazing Race Australia you can now apply for Season Three here. This is fantastic news as it is a great show.
The Alpha male Paul is definitely not the most likeable character ever to be seen on TV, however this season of The Amazing Race Australia was better for having him and Steve in it.
Paul’s egocentric and egotistical view of the world is particularly funny when he talks himself up and then falls flat on his face sometimes literally like we saw tonight when he hopped off the ski lift after telling Steve not to slip. Or who can forget the first episode where they could not put together a raft and were second last to the pitstop.
However they have been up the front of the pack since then and have been winning race legs as they did on the previous episode where they got naked for a Fast Forward and were first to the pit stop.
They started off first and they were off to Banff National Park, but they had to get on one of two charter buses therefore the cops Shane and Andrew caught up with them. The second bus with the remaining three teams of the cheerleaders, Grace and Joseph, and the Italian girls were an hour behind.
The first task was to head to a bar and ride a mechanical bull for sixty seconds in total, not all at once, otherwise they would all still be there. However there was the added incentive that the team that accrued the most amount of time would gain an extra clue.
When it was revealed that their next destination was not going to be open until the next morning the cops, and Grace and Joseph decided to go head to head with it. In the end Grace injured her hand as some of the others had and decided not to risk further injury.
It was quite funny to watch and it must have been hard as most were only staying on 10 seconds maximum before hitting the mat.
Steve told the Italian girls that he preferred to do another form of riding and Paul quipped back “you only last 15 seconds there as well!”.
Lucky for Shane and Andrew they were awarded a ten second head start on the other teams in the morning.
It was a Roadblock which was to climb a 25 metre frozen waterfall. Shane did it and they had finished it before the others had started and headed off to the detour.
They could either Search or Ski. Search was to use an device to find a beacon buried in a 4000 square meter area, or ski down a slalom course. They chose to ski. After slowly completing the course they were told to do it again as they had missed the finish line flags.
Back at the ice climb Paul finished just before Jo and Joseph. Considering Paul was the only one from all the teams that knew how to ski it was surprising they went to do the search detour. However after having difficulty doing it they return to the ski one.
As expected unco-ordinated and unfit Lucy was having trouble climbing the waterfall. She finally completed it after tears from her and Emilia they surprisingly decided to do the ski detour. However after they got their skis they had a lightbulb moment that maybe it was best for them to do the search detour.
Paul back at the ski run was hoping the other teams were still there so he could show them his ski moves. He was boasting about his black run experience however he was a novice getting off the chair lift and landed on his butt after telling Steve not to fall over.
He could only show the cheerleaders his moves as Joseph and Grace had already moved on. Grace who is more annoying than Beckaa from The Shire thought it was her sex appeal and charisma that had a man quickly tutor her on how to ski. He was probably doing it more out of politness. Her ditzy act is irritating, she was carrying the skis and said she did not even know what equipment was what. She seems to think this is endearing – it is not.
Props to the camera guys who would have had to ski with the teams. On this show the racers are only as good as their camera crew as they have to stop to allow them to catch up if they lag behind.
The cops were off to the dog sled trail to find their next clue hanging from a tree. There was no change in the order of teams following this challenge it looked like fun but was very straight forward.
The cops then headed straight to the Fairmont Hotel at Lake Louise to get their next clue out of an ice sculpture. They had an assortment of equipment they could use like stilettos and bottle openers they got it out and drove to the pit stop at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. They had finally won a leg and even Grant Bowler looked pleased for them, and they also won $10,000.
Grace and Joseph were second there.
The Alpha males and cheerleaders made it to the ice sculpture at the same time, but the alpha males thought the clue was where the Amazing Race flag was. Therefore the were chipping away at a sculpture that had a clue already taken from it.
The cheerleaders thought it was hilarious and were thankful the boys were not looking over at them to see that they were getting it lower down in the ice. The boys were pretty gobsmacked when the girls ran out of there with their clue to the pitstop.
Unfortunately for Emilia and Lucy the guys did work it out and got their clue and beat them to the pit stop. The girls making top five was amazing considering they arrived at the pit stops in the first two legs of the race. The girls kept it classy the whole way and showed that you don’t have to be a fiercely competitive to make it through the competition.