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The Amazing Race 26 Spoilers / Re: TAR 26 Scheduling - Airing Times - Delays
« Last post by theschnauzers on March 01, 2015, 10:23:21 PM »
As if the two week gap in March isn't enough, The Futon Critic TAR listings page (http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/amazing-race/listings/ ) is now suggesting a mid-season two-episode broadcast on April 17th for the first time since Season 11 (April 1, 2007). Both are for episodes 7 and 8 in their respective seasons.

They're going to drive us all batty.
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The Amazing Race Canada / Re: TAR Canada MEDIA
« Last post by Leafsfan on March 01, 2015, 06:03:11 PM »
Congrats to The Amazing Race Canada, on winning best reality tv program at the Canadian Screen Awards!
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Based on the first 2 legs
Tyler and Laura, not a suprise they made final 4
Blair and Hayley, very surprised they made final 4
Jenny and Jelani, not a surprise they made final 4
Rochelle and Mikey, very surprised they made final 4
Matt and Ashley, surprised they made final 5
Steve and Aly, dissappointed they did not make final 5
Jeff and Jackie surprised they did not make final 5
Bergen and Kurt not a surprise they did not make final 5
Jon and Harley surprised they did not go further than top 8.
Very surprised too. They seem to have a winner's edit to me. They must be U-Turned or struggle really badly on something.
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The Amazing Race 26 Spoilers / Re: TAR26 SELFIES
« Last post by maf on March 01, 2015, 01:07:03 PM »
If I remember correctly teams used to be given a set of pictures from the race after the entire season had aired.

In this season I assume the selfie-cams are provided by production and the teams actually don't have access to all the pictures yet. They MAY get access to their pictures from the episode after it has aired, or they may have to wait until the entire season has aired. At least that is what I assume.
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The Amazing Race 26 Spoilers / Re: Racing report TAR26, episode 1 is on page 1
« Last post by maf on March 01, 2015, 01:03:54 PM »
Racing report
Amazing Race Season 26, Episode 1, "Great way to start a relationship"
Film date: 2014-11-26 - 2014-11-28

This season starts with Phil pointing out that the Amazing Race has always been a testing ground for relationships. In this season 10 singles will be paired up for the most extreme blind date ever. They will race together with 6 couples of already dating people. He also lets it be known that this season will cover 35.000 miles.

The race starts at Castaic lake, close to Los Angeles with the six preexisting couples and the five single men jogging in and lining up. Phil gives a short talk before the last five blind-date contestants enter and seek out their partners. This is the first time ever they have met.

The 6 already dating couples are:
  • Aly & Steve, dating 7 months, both are athletes who met at the Sochi Olympic games
  • Libby & CJ, dating 10 years,
  • Mike & Rochelie, dating 8 months, Mike runs a truck-stop and Rochelie is an engineer who also plays rolier-derby
  • Harley & Jonathan, dating for 7 years, Jonathan is a member of New Kids on the Block and Harley is a fitness trainer
  • Matt & Ashley, dating 3 years, both are hair stylists
  • Jeff & Lydia, dating 4 years, pilot and flight attendant

The 5 blind-date teams are:
  • Tyler & Laura, Tyler is a mobile app developer and Laura is a talent booker
  • Blair & Hayley, Blair is a navy surgeon and Hayley is a pediatric trauma nurse
  • Bergen & Kurt, Bergen works with Human Resources and Kurt is a pageant consultant
  • Jelani & Jenny, Both are lawyers
  • Jeff & Jackie, Jeff works in sales and Jackie is a Vegas showgirl

The first task of this season await just behind the starting line. It is a grueling mud-run. The first 8 teams completing it will get tickets on the first flight to Tokyo, Japan. Once teams land in Tokyo they must make their way to the Kanda Myojin temple.

 "This is not the way a first-date usually goes", Hayley

After the mud-run teams have to drive themselves to the airport. The winners of this leg will get an express pass. And finally Phil tells them that there is a U-turn coming up on this very first leg.

Team complete the mud-run in the following order:
  1. Matt & Ashley
  2. Jeff & Jackie
  3. Laura & Tyler
  4. Aly & Steve
  5. Harley & Jonathan
  6. Jeff & Lydia
  7. Bergen & Kurt
  8. Jelani & Jenny
  9. Hayley & Blair
 10. Mike & Rochelle
 11. Libby & CJ

Fortunately for the racers, and other travelers, production has arranged an open air shower which they can use to get the worst of the mud off themselves.

This season teams are equipped with selfie-cams which they can use throughout the race.

Teams are split on two different sets of flights. The first is:
  BR1    LAX-TPE  23:16 - 05:22+2  (scheduled 23:05 - 05:35+2)
  BR198  TPE-NRT  08:48 - 12:45    (scheduled 08:50 - 12:55)

This caries
 Matt & Ashley
 Jeff & Jackie
 Laura & Tyler
 Aly & Steve
 Harley & Jonathan
 Jeff & Lydia
 Bergen & Kurt
 Jelani & Jenny

The second flight is:
  CI7    LAX-TPE  23:35 - 05:28+2  (scheduled 23:05 - 05:50+2)
  CI100  TPE-NRT  10:05 - 13:29    (scheduled 09:35 - 13:30)

This carries:
 Hayley & Blair
 Mike & Rochelle
 Libby & CJ

Once in Tokyo some teams run for the taxis while others run for the trains.
 "Be a man", Jackie wants Jeff to take care of a bug in their taxi
 "Worst first date ever", Hayley when they just miss the train

 "The little blond girl actually knows what she's talking about when it comes to directions", Hayley after Blair has led them in the wrong direction
 "Great way to start a relationship, not listening to the one who knows", Hayley gets the title

They all reach the Kanda Myojin temple in the following order:
  1. Jelani & Jenny, taxi
  2. Jeff & Jackie, taxi
  3. Matt & Ashley, train
  4. Laura & Tyler train
  5. Aly & Steve, train
  6. Harley & Jonathan, train, at 14:52
  7. Jeff & Lydia, express train
  8. Bergen & Kurt, express train, just after #7
  9. Mike & Rochelle, train, before #7 & #8 have left
 10. Libby & CJ, taxi
 11. Hayley & Blair, train

Phil appears at the clue-box and live narrates the first team. The clue is a detour: Syncing steps or Samurai Sake.

In Syncing steps teams must join the techno group World Order and perform a synchronized dance routine. A large part of the routine consists of slow robot-like steps, and this turns out to be very hard. This detour takes place in Shinjuku Chuo Park.

In Samurai Sake teams are shown ten bottles of Sake and are told the names of each of them. The labels are of course in Japanese. Then one team member must go out and take a drink order from a table of Samurai (they will order one bottle). They must then go to the bar and have their partner retrieve the correct bottle and bring it to the Samurai.

 "My brain is not as strong as most people and that's ok because I have everything else and I get by", Jackie

The dance task seems to take longer than planned for towards the end we see that a lot of the professional dancers gone so instead of 6 guys performing with the team there are only 3.

 "This is not easy, but I don't want to give up", Lydia after more than 3 hours at the task

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
  1(+1) Jeff & Jackie, sake, on their 2nd attempt
  2(+4) Harley & Jonathan, sake, on their 1st attempt
  3(+1) Laura & Tyler, steps, on their 2nd attempt
  4(-3) Jelani & Jenny, steps, on their 8th attempt
  5(+0) Aly & Steve, steps, on their 10th attempt
  6(+2) Bergen & Kurt, steps, on their 3rd attempt
  7(+4) Hayley & Blair, steps, on their 7th attempt
  8(-5) Matt & Ashley, steps on heir 25th attempt
  9(+1) Libby & CJ, steps, on their 8th attempt
 10(-1) Mike & Rochelle, steps, on their 14th attempt
 11(-4) Jeff & Lydia, steps, on their 23rd attempt after more than 3 hours and 42 minutes
 12(+0) Jeff & Lydia, sake, on their 1st attempt

Quote
ROUTE INFO

Mae your way to
Shinjuku Wakaba
Higashi Kouen near
Gehinkan.

This location is a park and here teams will find a blind double U-turn and their next clue. They reach it in the following order:
  1(+0) Jeff & Jackie
  2(+2) Jelani & Jenny
  3(+1) Laura & Tyler, just after #2
  4(-2) Harley & Jonathan
  5(+0) Aly & Steve, just after #4
  6(+0) Bergen & Kurt
  7(+3) Mike & Rochelle, U-turns Jeff & Lydia
  8(-1) Hayley & Blair
  9(-1) Matt & Ashley
 10(+1) Jeff & Lydia, U-turns Jeff & Jackie
 11(-2) Libby & CJ
 12(+0) Jeff & Lydia

 " That's the only team we know are behind us for sure", Mike on why they U-turn Jeff & Lydia

Libby & CJ spent about one hour to look for this park.

Quote
ROUTE INFO

Phil is waiting for you on
one of Tokyo's rarest
commodities - a parking
space. Search for him in
the vicinity of the UDX
Building in Akihabara.

Warning! The last team
to check-in, may be
eliminated!

The UDX building turns out to have three big levels of underground parking. Which some teams search before they reread the clue and note that Phil is in the vicinity, which means that he isn't in the building.

 "Let's read the clue again just to make sure we know what we're doing once we get there", Jenny is smart in the taxi
 "We really lawyered up there", Jelani after they have discussed what vicinity means

 "If this mistake costs us the express pass, that would be really devastating", Jackie after they have searched the underground parking

Teams find Phil in the following order:
  1(+1) Jelani & Jenny, wins an express pass
  2(-1) Jeff & Jackie, a couple of minutes after #1
  3(+0) Laura & Tyler
  4(+1) Aly & Steve
  5(-1) Harley & Jonathan
  6(+0) Bergen & Kurt
  7(+0) Mike & Rochelle
  8(+0) Hayley & Blair
  9(+0) Matt & Ashley, just after #8
 10(+1) Libby & CJ
 11(-1) Jeff & Lydia, are eliminated

 "She persevered through my mistepping all the way through the dance. It shows what a great partner she is", Jeff
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The Amazing Race 26 Spoilers / Racing report TAR26, episode 1 is on page 1
« Last post by maf on March 01, 2015, 01:00:09 PM »
I will use this thread to post my normal racing reports. The first will appear right now but the reports for leg 2 and 3 may be delayed by a week or two.
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The Amazing Race 26 Spoilers / Re: TAR 26 Speculation and Discussion **of Spoilers**
« Last post by alltsa on March 01, 2015, 12:28:33 PM »
I wonder what Phil's predictions were this time around  :grins:
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The Amazing Race 26 Spoilers / Re: TAR 26 Speculation and Discussion **of Spoilers**
« Last post by alltsa on March 01, 2015, 12:13:43 PM »
Based on the first 2 legs
Tyler and Laura, not a suprise they made final 4
Blair and Hayley, very surprised they made final 4
Jenny and Jelani, not a surprise they made final 4
Rochelle and Mikey, very surprised they made final 4
Matt and Ashley, surprised they made final 5
Steve and Aly, dissappointed they did not make final 5
Jeff and Jackie surprised they did not make final 5
Bergen and Kurt not a surprise they did not make final 5
Jon and Harley surprised they did not go further than top 8.
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Besides the Sake Detour (not challenging enough) and the Share Detour (lame), this season is really quite good so far.

I agree this season I think is good / but I hated the mis matched intros
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Besides the Sake Detour (not challenging enough) and the Share Detour (lame), this season is really quite good so far.
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