The Amazing Race has easily become one of the most popular competitive reality shows. The show is totally exhilarating as it follows eleven teams racing around the world competing in various challenges along the way. What’s so great about The Amazing Race is that it’s not only entertaining, but it’s also informative and challenges individuals to get out of their comfort zone and take on new cultural experiences around the world. The series now has an impressive 28 seasons under its belt, drawing in 10 million viewers per season and has won numerous awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program 10 out of 12 times! No doubt, a production like this takes a lot of work. Here’s a look at 15 behind-the-scenes secrets that reveal how the show is produced and all that it takes to make this show so incredible!
15. Timing is EVERYTHING!
Getting the right flight or making sure you’re on time for a flight is extremely important. For a show that is dependent on air travel which is often unreliable and dependent on risky factors like the weather, the show has done quite well, but there have been some close calls. “We’ve been very lucky,” said Assistant producer, Elise Doganieri. About 12 seasons ago the contestants were traveling to Italy when the productions flight was cancelled. Typically, the production team arrives before the contestants in order to keep the show organized and ahead of the game, but during this incident the crew had no flight and only hours to travel across Europe before filming picked back up. After some hard work from their travel coordinator, they managed to hop on a bus for 11 hours and arrive on location just in the nick of time. There have also been times when a team has fallen so far behind that it would have been impossible to catch up, so they had to be eliminated from the show. “Once, a team missed a flight and got so far behind that the show had to eliminate them in the airport.” Another time a team was sent home because they took too long to complete a challenge. “We had to go out in the field in the dark and say, ‘You’re done.’ It was really sad.”