Cowboys win The Amazing Race Australia
Brendon & Jackson win 10 reality series after a marathon 24 episodes, pocketing $250,000.
NSW “Cowboys,” Brendon Crawley and Jackson Dening, have won The Amazing Race Australia and the $250,000 cash prize to boot.
They hit the finish mat atop Mt. Kosciuszko just ahead of the Gold Coast Girls, Ashleigh and Amanda, and The Super Sikhs, Jaskirat and Anurag.
It wrapped a super-sized race across 4 states and two territories, filmed late last year, after travel restrictions prevented an international race by producers Eureka.
The final episode saw teams leave Sydney, head to Canberra and finally Mount Kosciuszko. The final leg involved riding a flight board at Lake Burleigh Griffin, assembling Aboriginal Flag and the Australian National Flag on the lawns of Parliament House, climbing out of a chopper rope ladder in Thredbo, a slip-and-slide challenge, and matching Indigenous mobs on a puzzle map of Australia.
The final challenge up Mount Kosciuszko tested teams in a gruelling foot race to host Beau Ryan. Despite 8 individual wins by the Gold Coast Girls, it was the Cowboys who took line honours, as predicted by online betting agencies.
10’s series has drawn mixed results amid an unusual climate. While television was hit by production shutdowns (and border restrictions), Eureka pulled off a feat with diverse casting and numerous race-worthy challenges. But viewers were frustrated by the length of the season which involved too many non-elimination legs, plus two ‘stowaway’ teams introduced mid series, after others had been culled. There were also concerns around teams starting races largely from a group position, presumably another adjustment by COVID.
Ratings also lost some ground over a long 24 episode run (twice the length of 2019 season), but bettered Seven’s season of Holey Moley (also by Eureka) and the failed Ultimate Tag.
“It was a very challenging series to make but it’s been phenomenal to be able to show Australia off. I think probably the audience are used to seeing something that they perceive to be a bit more exotic and chaotic,” Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer & EVP, ViacomCBS Australia & NZ recently told TV Tonight.
“We are thrilled with this season’s performance. We’re really glad that we got to make an Australian series, because the situation forced us to do it. We might not have otherwise considered it.
“But I think in the future, we’d like to get it out of Australia.”