Entering The Amazing Race: Australia
Ever fancied your chances on The Amazing Race? Well you’re in luck because in 2014, The Amazing Race: Australia will be including Kiwi teams for the first time!
Not only do you get a chance to take part in the race of a life-time, you'll get to take on the Aussies and show them how it's done. Choice!
There’s still time for you to apply. If you think you and your partner/sibling/BFF/parent (or whoever you think would help you bring home the prize!) have what it takes then you can apply right here:
Here are some tips and advice on the application process, which will be useful even if you’ve already started your application. This includes tips for making your video and some audition videos from successful former applicants.
How do I apply?
You’ll need to complete all parts of this application process. It needs to be completed by both members of your team; After all, The Amazing Race is a team effort and there’s no “I” in team! So get your race buddy over for a cuppa and get your team in the running!
There are a few criteria you’ll both need to meet – these cover things like age and nationality and they’re all right at the beginning of the application form.
How long will the application take?
You’ll probably want to set aside at least an hour to complete the application questions. Might sound like a long time, but that’s nothing compared to the Detours you might encounter on the race!
It will speed up the application if you have your video and photos ready (check out the tips below for more). And don’t worry, if you can’t get through it all at once, you can save your application and come back to it later.
What are my chances of being chosen?
They’re a lot higher if you apply! Seriously though, we’re looking for more than one Kiwi team so you’re definitely in with a shot! The more time and effort you put into your application will show us you're serious about being on the show and on to the start line of the race.
What photos do I need to supply?
You’ll need to provide three photos in your application:
- One of each of the members of your team
- One of the two of you together
What about the video… what do we need to do?
You don’t have to be Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg to put together a winning video. Here are our tips for putting together a video that fits the bill.
What Makes a Great Video?
Here are some tips to think about when making your video. Videos should be no longer than 3–minutes in length.
Be yourself! We want to get to know who you are as a person, and who you are as a team. Tell us about yourself and your teammate.
How will your personalities affect your experience on the show? How will you interact with the other teams? How will you interact with each other? When describing yourself, remember to cite real life examples. We love a good story!
This is a show about relationships, so let us know how your relationship with your teammate will help you win this Race. It’s not about putting together the best skit or wearing the wackiest costumes. We’re looking for real people and we want to see the real you. Tell us what skills and life experiences you and your teammate bring that will help you do well as participants on the show.
Both teammates need to be on one video. We especially are looking for how the two of you interact. If you cannot get together to make a video, you'll have to figure out a way to edit both of you on the same video. We do not accept single submissions for this show.
If you come from a unique region or area of the country, talk about where you’re from, how it’s a part of your personality, or how it may help you do well on the Race. If you have an interesting job, talk about your job and how those skills may help you on the Race.
- If shooting indoors, make sure to shoot in a well lit room with lights in front of you to light your face.
- Avoid shooting in front of a window with bright sunlight streaming in, this will cause silhouetting.
- When shooting outdoors, avoid shooting with the sun directly behind you, this will also cause silhouetting.
- Shoot during the day so we can see you instead of trying to see you in the dark.
- Speak loudly and clearly
- Find a relatively quiet area to shoot your video so ambient noises won’t distract from what you’re saying.
- If shooting indoors, avoid shooting in loud and crowded rooms where your voice will be drowned out by other people.
- If shooting outdoors, avoid shooting in loud areas and when it’s windy. The wind will distort the microphone.
Your video will be shown on a TV. Please shoot your video like you would see it on a TV. Please shoot landscape (horizontal) and not portrait (vertical) style.
Size and Format
You’ll need to make sure your video is less than 30MB and in one of the following file formats : mpg, mpeg, flv, avi, mp4, mov, 3gp, wmv, mv4
Check out these examples from past contestants to give you an idea of what might work. There's also plenty more examples on YouTube to give you some inspiration.
Jet & Dave, best friends (The Amazing Race Canada)
Chip & Kim, married couple (The Amazing Race)
Herbert "Flight Time" and Nathaniel "Big Easy" from the Harlem Globetrotters, (The Amazing Race)