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The Amazing Race 26
TARlogo-US23
Version United States
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 9
Distance traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 km)
Starting line Castaic, California
Finish line Dallas, Texas
Season run February 25, 2015 - May 15, 2015[1]
Number of legs 12
Number of teams 11
Winning team Laura & Tyler
Runner(s)-up Jelani & Jenny
Hayley & Blair
Cast
TAR26 Teams
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season The Amazing Race 25
Next Season The Amazing Race 27
Greeters

The Amazing Race 26 is the twenty-sixth installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on February 25, 2015, Wednesday, on CBS, before returning to the previous season's regular Friday schedule, beginning February 27.[2] The teams were officially announced on January 20, 2015.

Development

Filming for The Amazing Race 26 began on November 12, 2014, and ended on December 6, 2014. For the first time in the Race's history, all 11 teams will be dating couples, five of which have never met each other prior to the race.[3] Also introduced this season would be the "Date Night" ticket, in which one fortunate team, who retrieves the special clue for each leg, would be able to participate in a one-on-one romantic-related activity.[4]

This season traveled through five continents and eight countries, under a distance of 35,000 miles (56,000 km).[5]

Teams

TylerLaura
 1st place 
Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
JelaniJenny
 2nd place 
Jelani & Jenny
Blind Dating
BlairHayley
 3rd place 
Hayley & Blair
Blind Dating
MikeRochelle
 ELIMINATED 
Mike & Rochelle
Dating
MattAshley
 ELIMINATED 
Matt & Ashley
Dating (Legs 1-3)
Engaged (Legs 3-10)
AlySteve
 ELIMINATED 
Aly & Steve
Dating Olympians
JackieJeffrey
 ELIMINATED 
Jeff & Jackie
Blind Dating
BergenKurt
 ELIMINATED 
Bergen & Kurt
Blind Dating
HarleyJonathan
  ELIMINATED 
Harley & Jonathan
Dating
CJLebya
 ELIMINATED 
Libby & CJ
Dating
JeffLyda
 ELIMINATED 
Jeff & Lyda
Dating

Route Map

Episodes

Episode # Leg # Title[6] Air Date Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 1 "Great Way to Start a Relationship" February 25, 2015 United States → Japan Jelani & Jenny Jeff & Lyda 1st Eliminated
11th Place
6.16[7] 1.5/4[7]
2 2 "I Got the Smartest Dude" February 27, 2015 Japan Jelani & Jenny Libby & CJ 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
6.15[8] 1.1/4[8]
3 3 "#MurphysLaw" March 6, 2015 Japan → Thailand Mike & Rochelle Harley & Jonathan Non-Elimination
Leg
6.07[9] 1.2/5[9]
4 4 "The Great Amazing Nasty Race" March 13, 2015 Thailand Bergen & Kurt Harley & Jonathan 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
6.29[10] 1.1/4[10]
5 5 "Get in That Lederhosen, Baby" April 3, 2015 Thailand → Germany Aly & Steve Bergen & Kurt 4th Eliminated
8th Place
6.07[11] 1.3[11]
6 6 "Smells Like a Million Bucks" April 10, 2015 Germany → France → Monaco → France Hayley & Blair Jeff & Jackie 5th Eliminated
7th Place
5.75[12] 1.1/4[12]
7 7 "Back in Business" April 17, 2015 France → Namibia Matt & Ashley Aly & Steve Non-Elimination
Leg
5.46[13] 1.1/4[13]
8 8 "Moment of Truth" Namibia Laura & Tyler Aly & Steve 6th Eliminated
6th Place
9 9 "Can I Get a Hot Tub!" April 24, 2015 Namibia → The Netherlands Laura & Tyler Matt & Ashley Non-Elimination
Leg
5.75[14] 1.1/4[14]
10 10 "Fruits Of Our Labor" May 1, 2015 The Netherlands → Peru Hayley & Blair Matt & Ashley 7th Eliminated
5th Place
11 11 "In It to Win It" May 8, 2015 Peru Hayley & Blair Mike & Rochelle Ordered to
Continue Racing
12 12 "Monster Truck Heroes" May 15, 2015 Peru → United States Laura & Tyler Mike & Rochelle 8th Eliminated
4th Place
Hayley & Blair 3rd Place
Jelani & Jenny 2nd Place

Leaderboard

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 Laura & Tyler 3 2 4 4 6 6 2 1 1 4 3 1 3.08 5-6
2 Jelani & Jenny 1 1 3 7 4 5 4 4ϵ 3 2 2 2 3.17 6-5
3 Hayley & Blair 8 9 2 2 5 1 3 3 2 1 1 3 3.33 5-6
4 Mike & Rochelle 7 8 1 6 7 3 5 5 4 3 4 4 4.75 6-4
5 Matt & Ashley 9 7 6 8 2 4 1 2 5 5 4.90 5-3
6 Aly & Steve 4 3 5 3 1 2 6 6 3.75 3-3
7 Jeff & Jackie 2 6 8 5 3 7 5.17 2-2
8 Bergen & Kurt 6 5 7 1 8 5.40 2-0
9 Harley & Jonathan 5 4 9 9 6.75 1-1
10 Libby & CJ 10 10 10.00 1-0
11 Jeff & Lyda 11 11.00 0-0
Notes [1][2] [3] [4] [5] [6][7]
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: The U-Turn featured in Leg 1 was a Blind U-Turn.
2: Jeff & Lyda attempted to U-Turn Jeff & Jackie, who were ahead of them, therefore having no effect on the second slot of the Double U-Turn.
3: Bergen & Kurt decided to take a 2-hour penalty after forfeiting to utilize the provided vehicle where they needed it in order to complete the task at the Gebr. Schwarz Metall Manufaktur in Munich, Germany due to difficulties driving it. Throughout the leg, Bergen & Kurt had to walk or use public transportation. Additionally, Bergen & Kurt got lost in finding the Detour location of their choice and fell behind all the other teams. Phil met with them at where they rested to eliminate them.
4: Jelani & Jenny used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 8, however they still had to do one side of the Detour since Matt & Ashley U-Turned them before they got to the board.
5: At the Pit Stop in Leg 11, teams checking-in were informed by Phil that there was no mandatory rest period for the leg. Instead, they were told to continue racing, beginning Leg 12.
6: Leg 12 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
7: Mike & Rochelle were eliminated at the midpoint at P2 Ranch.

Trivia

Franchise

  • First time visit to Monaco.
  • First season ever to not feature a single all-female or family team.
  • This is the second season to not feature a friend team (after Family Edition) and the first two-person season to do so.

US

  • This season has the most number of teams without a pre-existing relationship (5 teams), as well as the only non-All-Star season to do so.
  • Second time visit to Namibia, which breaks the record for having the largest gap between one country's visit in a season and its previous season's visit, which was previously visited in Season 2 [24 seasons]).
  • First season since Season 13 to feature a Detour on the first leg.
  • First season to feature a U-Turn on the first leg.

Season 26

  • Tyler is the most quoted racer for episode titles: 5 episodes
  • Every team that was spared on a non-elimination leg was eliminated at some point on the following leg.

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (01/20/2015): "Amazing Race really is becoming The Bachelor"

References

External links

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