The American reality competition show The Amazing Race has recently entered its twenty-eighth season. Created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster (who also co-executive produce alongside Johnathan Littman), the show features eleven teams embarking on an adventurous race that takes them all over the world.
The paired groups test their mental faculties and physical limits with challenges aimed to slow them down. Deducing clues, navigating through strange neighborhoods and interacting with non-English speaking locals are just part of the everyday agenda for #AR competitors. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the race is generally broken down into 12 legs, with one team getting eliminated at the end of each. The last team standing wins a prize of one million US dollars.
As mentioned, the twenty-eighth season premiere of #AmazingRace was recently broadcast on February 12, 2016. The season’s filming began on November 15th, 2015 with each competing pair being composed of at least one internet celebrity. The internet celebrities featured this season have all achieved fame through some type of social media platform, be it Youtube, Vine or Instagram.
The teams consist of: YouTube friends Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, YouTube couple Burnie Burns and Ashley Jenkins, YouTube friends Erin Robinson and Joslyn Davis, Vine personality Cole LaBrant and his mother Sheri LaBrant, Vine personality Zach King and his wife Rachel King, Youtube fiancés and choreographers Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina, Instagram friends Jessica Versteeg and Brittany Oldehoff (Miss Florida USA), viral video star Marty Cobb and her daughter Hagan Parkman, YouTube star Blair Fowler and his father Scott Fowler, Vine brothers Cameron and Darius Benson, and YouTube professional Frisbee player Brodie Smith with his teammate Kurt Gibson.
Unlike previous seasons of AR, this season does not have the teams meeting up at a traditional starting line to begin the event. Instead, the race begins directly from their hometowns where the stars are notified of the start by Phil Keoghan via video. In addition to this nontraditional start point, season twenty-eight also marks the first time race competitors will be sent to Georgia, Armenia and Columbia. The competitors of this season will be visiting 18 cities and 10 countries along their 27 000 mile route.
The season premiere featured the groups racing from their home towns to Mexico as the first leg of the race; no competitors were eliminated in this episode. During the second episode, however, the teams raced from Mexico to Columbia, with Marty and Hagan ultimately falling behind and getting eliminated. The third leg (and episode) of this season featured absolutely no traveling, with the participants completing challenges in Columbia instead. Brodie and Kurt ended up taking first place while Darius and Cameron were both eliminated.
In regards to his experience, Darius has been reported as saying that the experience of competing in #AR took more out of him than he had expected. He says, “It’s a lot more mentally draining than I anticipated. It’s stressful to have little to no idea what you’re doing with a camera recording your every mistake”.
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The fourth leg of #AmazingRace will be airing on March 4th, 2016. It is reported to feature the teams leaving Columbia to hit up Switzerland and France.