Even the Goggleboxers are hating on intruders in The Amazing Race Australia, questioning the fairness of dropping in contestants halfway through the race.
It’s a complaint that’s been levelled by fans on social media but while 10 has noticed the feedback it also points to the difficulties of producing a show under severe restrictions last year.
The race had to be adjusted by producers Eureka to meet the stripped show requirements.
“We did make it during COVID. The producers have done a phenomenal job and it’s holding up very well against very strong competition,” says Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer & EVP, ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand.
“In an ideal world, would we have done things a little bit differently? Absolutely.
“The way the race works today, there’s only a certain amount of contestants you can start with, so you can actually engage with them. You can’t have eliminations in every episode or you’d have to start with, you know, 50 people. It’s just the nature of the format. In the same way Survivor episodes have twists and turns, as opposed to direct elimination.”
Challenged by border limits and quarantine rules, the series filmed across Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the ACT.
Despite the limitations the series has won praise for casting diversely and showcasing the country.
“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,” she continued.
“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.”