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The Amazing Race 21
TARlogo-US
Version United States
Continents visited 3
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 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
Cast
The Amazing Race 21 teams
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season The Amazing Race 20
Next Season The Amazing Race 22
Greeters

The Amazing Race 21 is the twenty-first installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race.

Development

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.[1]

Teams

JoshBrent
 1st place 
Josh & Brent
Goat farmers
JaymesJames
 2nd place 
Jaymes & James
Chippendales
TreyLexi
 3rd place 
Trey & Lexi
Dating
NatalieNadiya
 ELIMINATED 
Natalie & Nadiya
Twins
AbbieRyan
 ELIMINATED 
Abbie & Ryan
Dating divorcees
JamesAbba
 ELIMINATED 
James & Abba
Rock star/lawyer
RobKelley
 ELIMINATED 
Rob & Kelley
Married monster truckers
GaryWill
 ELIMINATED 
Gary & Will
Substitute teachers
CaitlinBrittany
 ELIMINATED 
Caitlin & Brittany
Best friends
AmyDaniel
 ELIMINATED 
Amy & Daniel
Dating on and off
RobSheila
 ELIMINATED 
Rob & Sheila
Lumberjack/marketing exec

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 "Double Your Money" September 30, 2012 1 United States → China Abbie & Ryan Rob & Sheila 1st Eliminated
11th Place
2 "Long Hair, Don't Care" October 7, 2012 2 China → Indonesia Natalie & Nadiya Amy & Daniel 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
3 "There's No Crying in Baseball" October 14, 2012 3 Indonesia Abbie & Ryan Caitlin & Brittany 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
4 "Funky Monkey" October 21, 2012 4 Indonesia → Bangladesh James & Abba Gary & Will 4th Eliminated
8th place
5 "Chill Out, Freak" October 28, 2012 5 Bangladesh James & Abba Josh & Brent Non-Elimination
Leg
6 "Get Your Sexy On" November 4, 2012 6 Bangladesh → Turkey Trey & Lexi Rob & Kelley 5th Eliminated
7th Place
7 "Off to See the Wizard" November 11, 2012 7 Turkey → Russia Trey & Lexi James & Abba Non-Elimination
Leg
8 "We Was Robbed" November 18, 2012 8 Russia Jaymes & James James & Abba 6th Eliminated
6th Place
9 "Fishy Kiss" November 25, 2012 9 Russia → The Netherlands Natalie & Nadiya Abbie & Ryan 7th Eliminated
5th Place
10 "Not a Well-Rounded Athlete" December 2, 2012 10 The Netherlands → Spain Trey & Lexi Natalie & Nadiya Non-Elimination
Leg
11 "Take Down That Million" December 9, 2012 11 Spain → France Jaymes & James Natalie & Nadiya 8th Eliminated
4th Place
12 France → United States Josh & Brent Trey & Lexi 3rd Place
Jaymes & James 2nd Place

Leaderboard

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 Icon-Roadblock
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
Notes [1] [2][3] [4] [5] [6][7][8] [9][10] [11] [1]
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist




Notes:
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.

Records

Franchise

US

  • 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.

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