For all who truly know me, know what a "The Amazing Race" fan I am; in fact, 'fan' does even begin to describe me, so I'm just going to say it... 'whore'. Yes, much better description! I am a "The Amazing Race" whore. I cannot get enough of this show which has been on the air, on CBS, since 2001 about teams of two people, who have some form of preexisting personal relationship, racing around the world in competition with other teams filled with Speed Bumps, Detours, Roadblocks and U-Turns. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has created this flawless game show of people being put into extraneous circumstances that test their knowledge, skills and relationships for a chance to win (insert Dr. Evil voice here) One Million Dollars. Just announced today are the 11 teams who will be competing in its 19th Season, which you can see here.
Of course, it should be of no surprise that it is an obsession of mine to be a participant on this show and have even applied twice. The first time was for Season 8 when the producers decided to do a "family" season with teams of 4. My mother, sister and her then boyfriend created an audition tape and sent it in, but we never heard back, granted sister's boyfriend lost his passport which was a prerequisite for applying so nobody was surprised when we didn't hear. Unfortunately, I no longer have a copy of this audition tape; otherwise I would post it, but I DO have the audition tape when I applied with my other sister, Vanesa, which was about two years ago. You can enjoy the awkward attempt here:
Anyway, as a small addendum to not being cast on the show, I would like to point out that The Amazing Race has influenced a real reality game by LARF, Inc., who has developed a part scavenger hunt, part self-guided tour, part race in the greater Los Angeles area called The Amazing LA Race, which anybody can participate in. Now, I haven't tried it yet, but it's at the top of my "to-do" list.
And my connection with the show stretches further than trying to be an Amazing Racer. Myself and friend Steve had the pleasure of meeting a team that has appeared on the show twice now, most recently on last seasons 'Unfinished Business' show, the black and pink goths Kynt (Kent) & Vixen, while we were at Comic-Con two years back. Here's the pic, but I think the guy taking the picture was even more star struck than either of us because he could not stop his hands from shaking, which is why the picture's blurry:
Not only does this show get my vote for Favorite Reality Show of all time, but it also receives my coveted Best Theme Music of all time as well (Note: No physical award will be given). The theme music is absolutely amazing (pun intended) and always gets my blood pumping and makes me want to scream like being in the back row of a Madonna concert so she can hear me. I even have said music on my iPod. If you don't believe how awesome this theme music is, just have a listen while watching last seasons opening credits: