When the Seven Network announced applications were open for The Amazing Race Australia, longtime fans of the show went delious in online forums and Twitter.
But now the enthusiasm has been dampened by a casting website change that has seen the minimum age of 18 years lifted to 21 years.
In less than two weeks of announcing the show, the site has had more than 100,000 people checking out its Application Guidelines.
Executive producer Trent Chapman said, “The level of interest in The Amazing Race Australia is just extraordinary. We knew the show had a huge number of fans, but we’ve been blown away by just how many of them want to compete in the race.”
Applicants are required to submit a video application of both team members, have valid passports and be available for filming for 5 weeks between September and December. Like other regional versions of the format, contestants will be racing in foreign territories.
But a week after declaring the race was open to teams 18 years of age or older, it amended the age.
A Seven spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Due to developing insurance issues overseas, the age limit for potential contestants for The Amazing Race had to be amended from 18 years old to 21 years old. Unfortunately, those under 21 years old who applied, will not be considered in this series.”
Some fans on Yahoo and Facebook are angry about the rule change:
“My friend and I were both very excited about this opportunity too, and had great ideas for our application video. She also had her passport renewed as well just for this opportunity, and as disappointed as we are, I’m sure the blow would be softened for both us, and many eager 18-20year olds around Australia if the reason for this change was explained.”
“l filled out all the forms including the essay style question at the end. My friend had to get a brand new passport for a cool 400 dollars solely for this purpose which is now gone to waste. We filmed the video and were about to edit it and also because of this we now can’t enter.”
“This makes me soooo sad. my cousin and I spent 3 days filming an audition video, and sadly, I am 20. He had also bought a passport as well for this competition.”
“Hey guys im in the same boat as you guys, I made 3 separate videos for 3 different groups along with already paying for postage bag and so forth.”
“I like most of you on this board am under the age of 21 and share your frustration with the age change, I had flights to Adelaide booked this weekend to film my application with my brother.”
Excluding a Family Edition, the youngest Racer in the US version was 20 years old.
The Amazing Race Australia is a Disney format and will be produced in conjunction with Active TV.
It will air in 2011.