|The Amazing Race 21|
|Distance traveled||25,000 miles (40,000 km)|
|Starting line||Pasadena, California|
|Finish line||Manhattan, New York City, New York|
|Filming dates||May 26, 2012 – June 16, 2012|
|Season run||September 30, 2012 – December 9, 2012|
|Number of legs||12|
|Number of teams||11|
|Winning team||Josh & Brent|
|Runner(s)-up|| Jaymes & James|
Trey & Lexi
|Previous Season||The Amazing Race 20|
|Next Season||The Amazing Race 22|
The Amazing Race 21 is the twenty-first installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race.
The season was announced by CBS on June 17, 2012. The original grand prize for this season remains at US$1 million, but if the team that comes in first in the first leg wins the race at the end, the grand prize will be doubled to US$2 million.
In an effort to assist viewers in navigating primetime changes due to live sports coverage overruns, CBS listed the scheduled delayed start times (30 minutes later in Eastern and Central Time zones) for the following days: Oct 7 & 21; Nov 4 & 18; Dec 2, 16 & 30. The Network also unveiled an upgrade to the CBS Eye-lert system, which informs viewers of any further adjusted start times.
|Episode||Air Date||Leg||Destination||First Place||Last Place||Finish|| Viewership|
|1||"Double Your Money"||September 30, 2012||1||United States → China||Abbie & Ryan||Rob & Sheila|| 1st Eliminated|
|2||"Long Hair, Don't Care"||October 7, 2012||2||China → Indonesia||Natalie & Nadiya||Amy & Daniel|| 2nd Eliminated|
|3||"There's No Crying in Baseball"||October 14, 2012||3||Indonesia||Abbie & Ryan||Caitlin & Brittany|| 3rd Eliminated|
|4||"Funky Monkey"||October 21, 2012||4||Indonesia → Bangladesh||James & Abba||Gary & Will|| 4th Eliminated|
|5||"Chill Out, Freak"||October 28, 2012||5||Bangladesh||James & Abba||Josh & Brent|| Non-Elimination|
|6||"Get Your Sexy On"||November 4, 2012||6||Bangladesh → Turkey||Trey & Lexi||Rob & Kelley|| 5th Eliminated|
|7||"Off to See the Wizard"||November 11, 2012||7||Turkey → Russia||Trey & Lexi||James & Abba|| Non-Elimination|
|8||"We Was Robbed"||November 18, 2012||8||Russia||Jaymes & James||James & Abba|| 6th Eliminated|
|9||"Fishy Kiss"||November 25, 2012||9||Russia → The Netherlands||Natalie & Nadiya||Abbie & Ryan|| 7th Eliminated|
|10||"Not a Well-Rounded Athlete"||December 2, 2012||10||The Netherlands → Spain||Trey & Lexi||Natalie & Nadiya|| Non-Elimination|
|11||"Take Down That Million"||December 9, 2012||11||Spain → France||Jaymes & James||Natalie & Nadiya|| 8th Eliminated|
|12||France → United States||Josh & Brent||Trey & Lexi||3rd Place|
|Jaymes & James||2nd Place|
This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.
|Place||Team||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4||Leg 5||Leg 6||Leg 7||Leg 8||Leg 9||Leg 10||Leg 11||Leg 12||Average|
|1||Josh & Brent||7||5||5||4||7||6||5||5||4||3||3||1||4.58||7-7|
|2||Jaymes & James||10||3||3||6||6||5||2||1||2⊂||2||1||2||3.58||7-7|
|3||Trey & Lexi||9||2||2||7||5||1||1||2||3⋐||1||2||3||3.17||7-7|
|4||Natalie & Nadiya||4||1||6||3||3||4||3||3ϵ||1►||4||4||3.28||6-5|
|5||Abbie & Ryan||1||4||1||2||2||2||4||4||5⊃||2.78||4-6|
|6||James & Abba||6||6||4||1►||1||3||6||6||4.12||3-5|
|7||Rob & Kelley||5||8||7⊂||5||4||7||6.00||4-3|
|8||Gary & Will||8||9||8⊃⋐||8||8.90||3-2|
|9||Caitlin & Brittany||3||7||9||6.33||2-2|
|10||Amy & Daniel||2||10||6.00||2-1|
|11||Rob & Sheila||11||11.00||1-1|
1: Legs 1 and 12 both had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: Gary & Will Blind U-Turned Rob & Kelley, who had already passed the U-Turn point and were therefore unaffected by it.
3: Caitlin & Brittany initially arrived 6th, but had missed the clue at the U-Turn, having been taken to the Pit Stop by mistake. They had to backtrack to the U-turn to retrieve their clue. During this time, Natalie & Nadiya, Rob & Kelley, and Gary & Will checked in, resulting in the elimination of Caitlin & Brittany.
4: Rob & Kelley initially arrived 4th, but took a boat directly to the Pit Stop instead of to Swarighat, as instructed in their clue. They had to backtrack to their boat and take the proper route. Josh & Brent checked in during this time, dropping Rob & Kelley to 5th.
5: As part of the Speed Bump, Josh & Brent were instructed to find a marked Maraş ice cream cart, but accidentally went to another ice cream cart in the area. After returning to the Detour clue box, they were instructed that they had not completed the Speed Bump and were turned back until they correctly finished the task. This did not affect their final placement.
6: Episode 7 ended with a cliffhanger where three teams were still running Leg 7: James & Abba, who had to locate their passports before being checked in; and Josh & Brent and Abbie & Ryan, who were still at the Detour.
7: In Leg 7, Josh & Brent were unable to complete either Detour before the sites for both Detour options closed for the day. They were issued a 4-hour penalty, which was assessed at the start of Leg 8.
8: James & Abba initially arrived 4th, but were not allowed to check in because Abba's passport was amongst the items stolen by their cabbie during the Roadblock. As they tried to retrieve the passport, Abbie & Ryan and Josh & Brent checked in during this time, dropping James & Abba to last place. However, Leg 7 was a non-elimination leg and they were allowed to keep racing until they came to a point where they would need to produce their passports for international travel.
9: Natalie & Nadiya used the Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 8. The official website states that Natalie elected to perform the Roadblock; this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.
10: As they spent much of the Leg trying to retrieve Abba's passport or acquire a new one, James & Abba were only shown retrieving the Speed Bump clue and traveling to the task before arriving at the Pit Stop in last place and being eliminated. On the official website, Abba disclosed that he was able to complete the Roadblock, but it is unknown whether they attempted or completed the Detour.
11: Trey & Lexi knowingly U-Turned Jaymes & James, who had already passed the U-Turn point and were therefore unaffected by it.
- First season to introduce Double Your Money.
- First season to have the Blind Double U-Turn which allows two teams to U-Turn two different teams while remaining anonymous.
- First time that a team was allowed to continue racing on the next leg despite losing passport(s).
- Second time to visit Turkey (after The Amazing Race 7).
- First season where no new countries were visited.
- First season where the Express Pass is not given to the winning team on the first leg.
- Tied with All-Stars for 3rd-most number of teams who won a leg, 6 teams.
|The Amazing Race Season Index|
|United States|| 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 ·|
16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25 · 26 · 27 ·
28 · 29
|Asia||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5|
|Australia||1 · 2 · 3|
|Canada||1 · 2 · 3 · 4|
|China||1 · 2 · 3|
|China Rush||1 · 2 · 3|
|Israel||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5|
|Latin America||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6|
|Norway||1 · 2|
|The Philippines||1 · 2|
|Vietnam||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5|