For the launch of the Amazing Race Australia launch in Melbourne last night, guests almost got a taste of the Race themselves.
Held in a hangar at Essendon Airport, guests had to battle Melbourne’s chilly wet weather and gruelling traffic snarls to reach the location. Some took the shuttle buses provided by the network from the CBD and others made their own way to the destination. Not too sure who was last to reach the pitstop.
But there was a good turn-up, including stars from Winners and Losers, Dancing with the Stars, My Kitchen Rules, joining media and network staff.
The evening was hosted by Johanna Griggs, who interviewed host Grant Bowler.
“The main reason I came back to do this was because everybody feared the Amazing Race Australia would be the backyard version racing from Ballina to Ballarat and maybe get down to Hobart at some point. And I had a similar fear, I’m not going to lie,” said Bowler.
“But the Seven heads of the network threw the wall at this thing and I couldn’t be prouder.
“This thing is a logistical nightmare and it’s also incredibly grinding on the crews. So from everybody who made the Race, I’d particularly like to thank our running crews who stayed ahead of all the contestants, the zone crews, my host crew who are a very tired and debauched group of people, all of the editors who assembled 400 hours of footage into the first episode alone, and all the post-production staff.
“First and foremost I want to give a shout-out to them. They never get to come to the openings, the launches or anything else.”
Ever the professional, Bowler also also thanked producers activeTV, David Leckie, Tim Worner, Brad Lyons, Lewis Martin, Graeme Hill, Disney and named the show’s major sponsors.
With that the hangar doors opened to reveal the 11 teams emerging from a classic airplane to answer questions from Griggs.
The show starts 8:30pm Monday on Seven with a 90 minute episode.
Said Bowler, “Personally, and they all get scared when I say this, I think it not only matches the US version but is better. Because it’s Australian.”