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Amazing Race All-Stars Edition, Phil Keoghan Doesn’t Think It Would Be Successful

February 27, 2006 12:05 AM by Joe Blackmon

In a recent conference call with the media about Amazing Race 9, Phil Keoghan spent much of his time essentially apologizing for the Amazing Race Family Edition.  Phil stated that “anything new and different is most susceptible to criticism.”  Phil repeatedly made comments to the effect of “the race is most successful where it has less faces, more places, where it is teams of two racing around the world.”  Phil also acknowledged that “the places are as much a star of the show as the people themselves.”

Even though international locales are a major appeal of the race, Phil did not think U.S. viewers would be receptive to racers from different countries.  Phil pointed out that the show is funded by a U.S. network for a U.S. audience.  Drawing a parallel to sporting events, Phil pointed out “most people like to watch themselves than people from other countries.” 

Phil’s comments should bring a sigh of relief to any Amazing Race fans that were worried about the possibility of an Amazing Race Family Edition 2.  Phil is right on track with the importance that international locations play in the appeal of the Amazing Race.  The casting on the Amazing Race Family Edition wasn’t actually that bad, but having four people traveling together just created too much confusion and didn’t allow for the close interaction and dynamics that just two people can create.  The real killer of the Amazing Race Family Edition though was that destinations like a large office chair, a trailer home park and a BP gas station just weren’t that amazing.

Even though many Amazing Race fans might be reassured that the show is going back to what originally made the show popular, Phil did have an opinion that might be disappointing to other Amazing Race fans.  When asked about the possibility of an Amazing Race All-Stars edition, Phil stated “I don’t know, and I don’t know how successful that type of format is.  From my understanding, the All-Stars version of Survivor was not as successful as new fresh faces coming in so I don’t know if it’s necessarily a ratings winner.  I think that you change the dynamic when you bring back people because people are different once they’ve been shot and then they’ve been produced into a television show and it’s gone out into the world.  They have a chance to reflect on the way that they’re depicted and the way that people react to them.  I do think they come back differently.  I don’t think that they are the same people any more.  One of the things that works on the race is that we’re trying to pick people who are so called ordinary people in an extraordinary situation and that’s part of what keeps the show fresh. And when you already know how someone is and how they’re going to play their game, I don’t know if that’s necessarily as fascinating as watching some of the new fresh teams that we have in season 9 which are unlike any other teams we’ve ever seen and who are without doubt in my mind are guaranteed to entertain an audience.   I don’t know if there’s any advantage to doing that.  That doesn’t mean that it won’t happen.  It’s just that the track record doesn’t seem to show that there’s a real benefit to doing it.”

While Phil does make some good points, he is incorrect about the success of the Survivor All-Stars edition.  Survivor All-Stars was actually one of the most popular Survivor series ever.  Even going up against some of the final episodes of Friends, Survivor All-Stars drew strong ratings.  The premiere and the finale of Survivor All-Stars are two of the highest rated Survivor shows from the last several seasons.  While an All-Stars edition is not something that should be overdone on a reality series, it can provide a nice change of pace if it is only done every ten or so seasons. 

Reality TV Magazine recently caught up with Jonathan Baker from Amazing Race 6 and asked him his opinion on the idea of an Amazing Race All-Stars edition.  Jonathan told Reality TV Magazine, “I believe The Amazing Race All Stars will happen just not anytime soon. Since Amazing Race Family Edition did not perform the way CBS expected, I think they will let the show run for the next year and then around Amazing Race 14  pull back in the most interesting people that have been on the show from seasons 1- 13.”

Jonathan also provided us with his picks for an Amazing Race All-Stars.  Naturally, Jonathan included himself and his racing partner and wife Victoria on the list.  His list intentionally did not include any previous winners.  Here are Johathan Baker’s picks:  Jonathan and Victoria, Colin and Christy, Kevin and Drew, Blake and Paige, Will and Tera, Jon and Kelly, Jon and Al, Tian and Jaree. Charla and Mirna, Kris and Jon, Brian and Greg, and a TAR 9 Team.

Jonathan will also be resuming his weekly radio show called “The Reality Minute” on March 1, right after Amazing Race 9 kicks off.

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36 Responses to “Amazing Race All-Stars Edition, Phil Keoghan Doesn’t Think It Would Be Successful”

  1. FernLaPlante Says:
    February 27th, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    I would rather see an Also-Ran edition featuring those couples that were the first eliminated in each of the previous seasons (with a few second to be eliminateds to round it out.)

  2. Steven Says:
    February 28th, 2006 at 3:03 am

    I would like to see Jonathan and Victoria run head to head with Colin and Christy. Now that would be great entertainment.

  3. Chris Says:
    March 4th, 2006 at 2:36 am

    I think that the 10th season of the amazing race should be an all-stars. Teams that should be on it would be, Joe & Bill, Blake & Paige & Derek & Drew, Ken & Gerad, Kelly & Jon, Charla & mirna, Linda & Karen, Colin & christie, Chip & Kim, Jon & Vic, Gus & Hera, John Vito & Jill and a amzing race 9 team

  4. coke Says:
    April 30th, 2006 at 12:57 am

    well, if i was tha boss, i would say that tha 1st teams that were elimintaed from seasons 1-13 should go back and race again. lets give em a second chance people! and also, teams that already won should not be included in this race since they are a million bucks plus other free vacations/stuff richer…

  5. Ashleigh Says:
    May 12th, 2006 at 10:30 am

    I think they should have a world edition. There are tons of people in other countries that know what this show is. Plus, do the producers even know how many people would watch the show if it was aired in the countries that the contestants would be from? They would have to find a way to make everything fair though. Like, whoever wins, the money will be payed in thier countries currency, and you would have to know atleast 2 different languages, English and Other. But those arent really big problems. It would be really fun and exciting to watch.

  6. Unknown Says:
    August 21st, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Nancy/Emily (TAR 1)
    Frank/Margarita (TAR 1)
    Blake/Paige (TAR 2)
    Flo/Zach (TAR 3)
    John Vito/Jill (TAR 3)
    Kelly/Jon (TAR 4)
    Jon/Al (TAR 4)
    Chip/Kim (TAR 5)
    Charla/Mirna (TAR 5)
    Lori/Bolo (TAR 6)
    Jonathan/Victoria (TAR 6)
    Meredeth/Gretchen (TAR 7)
    David/Lori (TAR 9)

    Now that’s an All-Star Cast

  7. Lachlan Says:
    November 19th, 2006 at 1:33 am

    It would really be interesting for an all-stars edition but I would like to see a race with teams from other countries I’m from Australia and I’m a huge fan about Amazing Race and it’s fun finding out on cbs before it comes to our tv lol.
    They should have teams from USA, UK and Australia hopefully a family edition and I would like to race my family we would just be like the weaver family but our dad didnt die we would have my Mum, younger brother Younger sister and me.

    The Teams I would pick for an all stars would be my favourites and I have only ever had 1 favrite win which was Freddy/Kendra but I would never put them into an all stars because they have already won so NO WINNERS.

    Paul / Amie TAR 1
    Kevin / Drew TAR 1
    Frank / Margereta TAR 1
    Emily / Nancy TAR 1
    Blake / Paige TAR 2
    JohnVito / Jill TAR 3
    Kelly / Jon TAR 4
    Amanda / Chris TAR 4
    Jon / Al TAR 4
    Tian / Jaree TAR 4
    Colin / Christie TAR 5
    Charla / Mirina TAR 5
    Kris / Jon TAR 6
    Lori / Bolo TAR 6
    Jonathan / Victoria TAR 6
    Lena / Kristy TAR 6
    Rob / Amber TAR 7
    Joseph / Monica TAR 9
    Dani / Danielle TAR 9
    Dustin / Kandice TAR 10
    Kelly / Jamie TAR 10
    Peter / Sarah TAR 10

    It would be hard watchen most of them getting eliminated I almost died watching Lena and Kristy get eliminated they are by far the most likeble team and at one stage everyone thought they were going to win on the polls.

  8. Luke Says:
    December 10th, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    They need BJ and Tyler on the allstar show. They were the best team.

  9. David Kyle Says:
    December 10th, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    Here is my pick


  10. roger Says:
    December 10th, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    well, I don’t have a complete listing for an all-star show but some names I would love to see would have to be Peter and Sarah (TAR 10) and Charla and Mirna (TAR 5) They, to me show that just because you may have a disability, you can still be a true fighter and upstage many of the other teams. There are definately many other teams that deserve to be there, but those 2 are my definate picks

  11. Lee Ann Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 7:02 am

    I think that it would be interesting to have all of the winners competing against each other. It would also be interesting to see those that were eliminated first to compete against each other. When are they gonna have a celebrity amazing race? that would be interesting…..lol

  12. Jim Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 9:03 am

    What separates TAR from other reality shows is its purity, that is, no gimmickery. The one time they tried to tamper with this it was abysmal. As much as I liked seeing some of the also rans in their shows, I don’t think I’d be receptive to seeing some of them back. Some of the teams mentioned before were just nasty. And why put the first teams out in this? It’s supposed to be “All Stars;” first outs hardly qualify as All Stars. I’d rather see new people (and less models, please) and more exciting locations.

  13. Allen Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Here is my team pick:

    Kellie/Jamie – DEFINITELY COME BACK!

  14. Allen Says:
    December 12th, 2006 at 9:18 am

    I think Kellie & Jamie would be an All-Star because I need you to become the first all-female team to win The Amazing Race. I hope Kellie & Jamie becomes the 11th team in the All-Star Edition and hope to win this time because they were knockout in Season 10 Leg Number 2.

    NO I don’t want Bilal & Sa’eed, Lyn & Karlyn, Family Teams, Rob & Amber, Jonathan & Victoria, Chip & Kim, Kelly & Jon, Michael & Kathy, Mary & Peach, and Rob & Brennan

  15. Allen Says:
    December 12th, 2006 at 10:23 am

    We want the following teams in the All Star Edition:

    Dustin/Kandice (TAR 10)- DEFINITELY
    Kellie/Jamie (TAR 10) – DEFINITELY
    Danielle/Dani (TAR 9)
    Dave/Lori (TAR 9)
    Eric/Jeremy (TAR 9)
    Lynn/Alex (TAR 7)
    Lori/Bolo (TAR 6)
    Kami/Karli (TAR 5)
    Debra/Steve (TAR 4)
    Derek/Drew (TAR 3)
    Gary/Dave (TAR 2)- MAYBE
    Nancy/Emily (TAR 1)- MAYBE

    TWO Beauty Queens teams lost The AMAZING RACE which was both of Dustin/Kandice (CA & NY) and Kellie/Jamie (SC Beauty Queens & Cheerleaders). We need both of the beauty queens back for the All-Star Edition.

  16. Tom Says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 7:03 am

    Kellie/Jamie is friends with Tom/Terry, Vipul/Arti, and David/Mary.


    Frank/Margarita (TAR 1)
    Oswald/Danny (TAR 2)
    Gina/Sylvia (TAR 3) – MAYBE
    Derek/Drew (TAR 3)
    Debra/Steve (TAR 4)
    Colin/Christie (TAR 5)
    Freddy/Kendra (TAR 6)
    Lynn/Alex (TAR 7)
    Eric/Jeremy (TAR 9)
    Danielle/Dani (TAR 9)
    Dustin/Kandice (TAR 10) – DEFINITELY
    Kellie/Jamie (TAR 10) – DEFINITELY

  17. Allen Says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 7:11 am

    The Following Teams will be in the All-Stars:

    Frank/Margarita (TAR 1)
    Oswald/Danny (TAR 2)
    Gina/Sylvia (TAR 3)
    Debra/Steve (TAR 4)
    Freddy/Kendra (TAR 6)
    Lynn/Alex (TAR 7)
    Eric/Danielle (TAR 9)
    Tom/Terry (TAR 10) – DEFINITELY
    Kellie/Jamie (TAR 10) – DEFINITELY
    Vipul/Arti (TAR 10)
    David/Mary (TAR 10)
    Erwin/Godwin (TAR 10)


  18. Greg Says:
    December 14th, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    The teams i would like to see in the all-stars are:
    Emily & Nancy (tar 1)
    Oswald & Danny (tar 2)
    Aaron & Adrienne (tar 3)
    Derek & Drew (tar 3)
    Tian & Jaree (tar 4)
    Charla & Mirna (tar 5)
    Jon & Kris (tar 6)
    Meredith & Gretchen (tar 7)
    Danielle & Dani (tar 9)
    Eric and Jeremy (tar 9)
    Dustin & Kandice (tar 10)
    David & Mary (tar 10)
    I have heard that Danielle and Eric are almost comfirmed to be racing together scence they are now dating. Hopfuly Jeremy and Dani will be racing together even though i realy dont think it will happen.

  19. Greg Says:
    December 14th, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    and I forgot to add witch teams I would not want to see in the all stars so Ill add em now:
    Bill & Joe (tar 1)-WORST TEAM EVER
    Rob & Kim (tar 10)
    Tom & Terry (tar 10)
    Zack & Flo (tar 3)
    Terry & Ian (tar 3) HORRIBLE TEAM!
    Tara & Will (tar 2)
    Kelly & Jon (tar 4)
    Colin & Christie (tar 5)
    Adam & Rebecca (tar 6)
    Romber(rob & amber(tar 7)
    Ray & Dena (tar 7)
    Kelly & Ron (tar 7)
    THE WEAVERS! (tar 8)
    B.J. & Tyler (tar 9)
    John & Scott (tar 9)
    Lake & Michelle (tar 9)

  20. Greg Says:
    December 15th, 2006 at 6:37 am

    I also saw some pictures just recently on the enternet showing the cha cha`s(Oswald & Danny),Charla & Mirna,Dustin & Kandice ,Eric & Danielle at some place it said Charla & Mirna were in first by 2 hours by a 2 hour gap!

  21. Greg Says:
    December 15th, 2006 at 7:49 pm

    http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php?topic=8579.msg123107 here is the web siute where you can see pictures of the all-stars known as Eric & Danielle Cha Chas Charla & Mirna Dustin & Kandice

  22. Molli Says:
    December 19th, 2006 at 9:48 pm




  23. ryan the Rhino Says:
    December 24th, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    if their was a all stars edition their should be no previous winners they would have an advantage and they also already have a million dollars!

    also rob and amber should also not be allowed they have all ready been on so many reality contests and are really annoying rob is an loud annoying new yorker and i feel like throwing the tv out the window when i see him.

    the one team that they should put back on are Charla & Mirna (and mirnas whistle)they were so much fun to watch

  24. Jonny Says:
    December 24th, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    I know for a fact that for season 10, only Dustin and Kandice and David and Mary are going to be in it (Te All-Stars. None of the other teams were chosen to be in it.

  25. Renate Says:
    January 3rd, 2007 at 11:29 am

    We need to have Rob and Amber on an All-Star Team. They were the best Team. They should have won tar 7!!!!

  26. scott Says:
    January 7th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    I think Rob and Amber are the only deserving team to come back. The way the producers fixed it and made the plane come back, they really got shafted.

    ROB & AMBER should be first team picked.

  27. Anonymous Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Oh please GOD, NOT Rob & Amber. I’m scared of them. It would be nice if we substitute Kellie & Jamie and/or Erwin & Godwin.

  28. Anonymous Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    I know for a fact that for season 10, only Kellie and Jamie, Erwin and Godwin,and David and Mary are going to be in it (Te All-Stars. None of the other teams were chosen to be in it.

  29. Anonymous Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    I know for a fact that for season 10, only Kellie and Jamie, Erwin and Godwin,and David and Mary are going to be in it (Te All-Stars. None of the other teams were chosen to be in it.

  30. Eduardo Donato Says:
    January 12th, 2007 at 4:22 am

    To gather more audience and enthusiasts, Rob and Amber should be the first pick. They were the ones who made the race more exciting the whole world experienced. Hope they will be included in the all star.

  31. Cody Says:
    January 13th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    I want all my fave people to come back!! i want no previous winners at all an no guidos i hate them so much!! here are the people i want in all stars!

    Kevin & Drew (TAR 1)
    Oswald & Danny (TAR 2)
    Blake & Paige (TAR 2)
    John Vito & Jill (TAR 3)
    Jon & Al (TAR 4)
    Colin & Christie (TAR 5)
    Charla & Mirna (TAR 5)
    Lena & Kristi (TAR 6)
    Kris & Jon (TAR 6)
    Brian & Greg (TAR 7)
    Meredith & Gretchen (TAR 7)
    NO TAR 8 TEAMS!!
    Fran & Barry (TAR 9)
    Dustin & Kandice (TAR 10)

    My faves out of those are Blake & Paige, Colin & Christie, and Dustin & Kandice i want at least those three on the show!!

  32. Lachlan Says:
    January 14th, 2007 at 2:34 am

    The official teams are

    Joe / Bill
    Kevin / Drew
    Oswerld / Danny
    Teri / Ian
    Johnvito / Jill
    Tian / Jaree
    Charla / Mirina
    Kris / Jon
    Uchenna / Joyce
    Rob / Amber
    Eric / Danielle (1 frat, 1 pinkie)
    Dustin / Kandice
    David / Mary

    Now these are the official teams i have to say.

    And my personal opinion is for DAVID / MARY TO BE OUT FIRST, by far do not deserve the spot in the all-stars look at every other team, they have been in the top tear or there season more than 3 times david / mary only got to first once they didnt even get into the top 4 on a good day, they completly suck so much, they dont deserve it at all.

    Colin / Christie were going to be in it but Christie is pregnant with Colins child, AWWWWW how adorible, i so hoping for them to be in it lol.

  33. marion Says:
    January 18th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    they need BJ and Tyler on this season.. they are the best team ever on TAR!

  34. Peter Says:
    January 24th, 2007 at 4:47 am

    the all stars casting sucks
    this would be a good all stars
    1. Joe and Bill
    2. Danny and Oswald
    3. Johnvito and Jill
    4. Teri and ian
    5. colin and Christie
    6. Charla and Mirna
    7. Linda and karen
    8. Jonathon and Victoria
    9. Rob and Amber
    10. Uchenna and Joyce
    11. DJ and Marion Paolo
    12. David and mary
    13. Dustin and Kandice
    14. Bj and Tyler

  35. Greg Says:
    January 27th, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    no the offical teams are………………………………………………………………………………………………………dont read if you dont want to know what the most likly elimination order is!!!…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    John Vito & Jill
    Kevin & Drew
    David & Mary
    Rob & Amber
    Teri & Ian
    Joe & Bill
    Uchenna & Joyce
    Oswald & Danny
    Charla & Mirna
    Dustin & Kandice
    Eric & Danielle

  36. Joy Says:
    April 26th, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Colin n Chistie Rocks!!!


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