September 30, 2012 08:06 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
With yet another Emmy under its belt and a decidedly eclectic new cast on board, The Amazing Race is definitely ready to start up again! You’d think that the show would start to get boring after 20 seasons, but the 21st promises to be every bit as entertaining as past renditions. How could it not be, with monster truckers and Chippendale dancers in the mix?
The new season of The Amazing Race begins with a brief intro to a truly unique cast — including twins, Chippendale dancers, goat farmers and monster truckers. This year, the contestants have the opportunity to compete for double the usual sum: $2 million! Of course, if the winnings are twice as much, there’s a good chance that the challenges will be twice as difficult…or twice as disgusting.
In their first challenge, the brand new contestants are required to bungee off of a bridge. After reaching the ground, they are instructed on how to reach a flight to Shanghai. Only seven teams will make the express flight, meaning that the slowpokes will have to go through the hellish experience of waiting in the airport. Goat farmers Brent and Josh actually have the potential to make the fast flight, but they allow another pair to go instead. Sorry guys, being nice won’t cut it in this race!
We always love watching contestants humiliate themselves, but to do so in front of a 10-year-old Chinese prodigy is even better! The contestants have to score just one point while playing ping pong. Shouldn’t be too tough, right? Think again. They’re taking on a ping pong champ, and although she’s playing with random household items, she really is a formidable opponent. While some teams get past the ping pong prodigy with surprising speed, twins Nadiya and Natalie are no ping pong experts. They start having panic attacks every bit as identical as the rest of their appearance.
Roadblock time! In yet another challenge that sounds easy but isn’t, the contestants have to eat the Fallopian tubes of…frogs. Yum. It’s a delicacy, but not not one to which these guys are accustomed. And then there’s the fact that they’re trying to eat this delicious meal with chopsticks. The majority of the contestants manage to choke it all down, but monster trucker Rob barfs down the front of his shirt. Yuck.
After consuming such a wonderful meal, the teams must continue on and locate a woman with an abacus. One contestant’s pithy remark upon learning this bit of news is, “Why doesn’t she have a calculator?” Oh come on, that’s obvious: because this is The Amazing Race 21, and things aren’t supposed to make sense.
The very first pit stop takes place at the Bundt Signal Tower. Over the years, this sort of task has gotten a lot easier, mainly because half the population owns smart phones. Abbie and Ryan (aka cutest couple) make it to the pit stop first, narrowly beating out double amputee Amy and her on-and-off boyfriend Daniel. I expected the whole loss of limbs thing to hold Amy back, but she is unbelievably determined — a great quality to have in this competition.
Chippendale dancers Jaymes and James might be amusing, but they prove themselves to be, well, not very smart (surpirsed) They walk past the woman with the abacus over and over again. Fortunately, they are fast runners, managing to overtake Rob and Sheila for the final spot. This clearly disappoints more than one competitor, as they were hoping to get rid of the Chippendales. Sorry guys, you’ll have to wait a little while longer.
How are you liking The Amazing Race 21 so far? Do you agree that the most “amazing” thing is that The Amazing Race can be so entertaining after 21 seasons? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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