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The Amazing Race 7
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Version: United States
Continents Visited: 5
Countries Visited: 10
Cities Visited: 25
Distance Traveled: 40,000 miles (64,000 km)
Starting Line: Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
Finish Line: Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Filming Dates: November 20, 2004 - December 19, 2004
Season Run March 1, 2005 - May 10, 2005
Number of Legs: 12
Number of Teams: 11
Winning Team: Uchenna & Joyce
Runners-up: Rob & Amber
Ron & Kelly
Cast
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Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous: The Amazing Race 6
Next: The Amazing Race: Family Edition
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The Amazing Race 7 is the seventh season of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on March 1, 2005 with a two-hour premiere and ended on May 10, 2005 on CBS. The entire season was released on DVD on December 20, 2005.[1]

Development

The seventh season of The Amazing Race was filmed between November and December 2004 for which they traveled 40,000 miles (64,000 km), spanning 10 different countries in 5 continents.

Travelocity, Toyota, and JVC were the official sponsors of the seasons and would provide the prizes awarded to first place teams on certain legs.

In September 2004, The Amazing Race was awarded the Emmy Award for Best Reality program for the second consecutive year."[2]

Teams

S7 UchennaJoyce
 1st place 
Uchenna & Joyce
Married
S7 RobAmber
 2nd place 
Rob & Amber
Engaged
S7 RonKelly
 3rd place 
Ron & Kelly
Former POW/Pageant Queen
S7 MeredithGretchen
 4th place 
Meredith & Gretchen
Married/Retired
S7 LynnAlex
 5th place 
Lynn & Alex
Boyfriends
S7 BrianGreg
 6th place 
Brian & Greg
Brothers
S7 RayDeana
 7th place 
Ray & Deana
Dating On and Off
S7 SusanPatrick
 8th place 
Susan & Patrick
Mother/Son
S7 DebbieBianca
 9th place 
Debbie & Bianca
Lifelong Friends
S7 MeganHeidi
 10th place 
Megan & Heidi
Roommates
S7 RyanChuck
 11th place 
Ryan & Chuck
Best Friends

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)[3]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)[3]
1 "Courteous? This Is a Race!" March 1, 2005 1 United States → Peru Debbie & Bianca Ryan & Chuck 1st Eliminated
11th Place
11.76 4.9/12
2 "The Whole Country Hates Me" March 8, 2005 2 Peru → Chile Rob & Amber Megan & Heidi 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
11.69 4.8/12
3 "Do You Need Some Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation?" March 15, 2005 3 Chile → Argentina Lynn & Alex Debbie & Bianca 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
12.71 5.0/12
4 "What a Gaucho You Are!" March 22, 2005 4 Argentina Rob & Amber Susan & Patrick 4th Eliminated
8th Place
12.43 4.6/11
5 "I've Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time" March 29, 2005 5 Argentina → South Africa Ray & Deana Meredith & Gretchen Non-Elimination
Leg
13.18 5.5/14
6 South Africa → Botswana Ron & Kelly Ray & Deana 5th Eliminated
7th Place
6 "Houston, We Have an Elephant" April 5, 2005 7 Botswana Rob & Amber Brian & Greg 6th Eliminated
6th Place
12.28 5.1/13
7 "They Saved the Eyeball" April 6, 2005 None Recap Episode
8 "Mow'em Down Like Grass" April 12, 2005 8 Botswana → India Rob & Amber Meredith & Gretchen Ordered to
Continue Racing
12.97 5.1/12
9 "We Have a Bad Elephant" April 19, 2005 Uchenna & Joyce Lynn & Alex 7th Eliminated
5th Place
12.34 5.1/13
10 "We Got a Gnome! We Got a Gnome!" April 26, 2005 9 India → Turkey Uchenna & Joyce Ron & Kelly Non-Elimination
Leg
13.27 5.2/12.5
11 "The Devil Made Me Do It" May 3, 2005 10 Turkey → United Kingdom Rob & Amber Meredith & Gretchen 8th Eliminated
4th Place
12.84 5.2/13
12 "Five Continents, 25 Cities, and More Than 40,000 Miles" May 10, 2005 11 United Kingdom → Jamaica Ron & Kelly Uchenna & Joyce Non-Elimination
Leg
16.01 6.8/17
12 Jamaica → Puerto Rico → United States Uchenna & Joyce Ron & Kelly 3rd Place
Rob & Amber 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 Uchenna & Joyce 8 4 2 3 6 3 3 3 1 1 3 3 1 3.17 6-5
2 Rob & Amber 3 1 5 1 5 2 1 1 3 3 1> 2 2 2.42 6-6
3 Ron & Kelly 10 2 4 4 2 1 2 2 2 4 2< 1 3 3.08 6-6
4 Meredith & Gretchen 6 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 4 2 4 5.40 6-4
5 Lynn & Alex 5 5 1 5 4 4 4 4 5 4.13 4-4
6 Brian & Greg 4 9 3 2 3 6 6 4.71 3-3
7 Ray & Deana 7 3 6 6 1 7 5.00 2-2
8 Susan & Patrick 2 8 8 8 6.50 1-2
9 Debbie & Bianca 1 6 9 5.33 2-0
10 Megan & Heidi 9 10 9.50 1-0
11 Ryan & Chuck 11 11.00 0-0
Notes [1] [2][3] [4] [5]
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 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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

Notes:
1: Rob, Meredith and Deana decided to forfeit the Roadblock; their teams were all issued 4-hour penalties at the Roadblock site starting from the arrival of the next team.
2: Uchenna & Joyce initially arrived 3rd, but they didn't complete the Roadblock correctly and were forced to finish it. This did not affect their placement.
3: Meredith & Gretchen initially arrived 4th, but they missed their final clue at the end of the Roadblock, Lynn & Alex checked in during that time period, dropping them to 5th.
4: Leg 8 was double-length with two Detours and two Roadblocks shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway point, and thus permitted Uchenna & Joyce to skip only the second set of challenges. The Yield appeared before the first Roadblock.
5: The finishes in the first half of the superleg in Leg 8 are not counted as part of the average. Only the final finish in the leg is counted toward the average.

Records

Franchise

  • First season not to circumnavigate the globe.
  • First time visits to Peru, Chile, Botswana, Turkey, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.
  • First season to implement the penalty for the last team to arrive at the non-elimination leg were forced to surrender all of their possessions (except for their passports and the clothes they were wearing, for the remainder of the race).
    • This was in addition to already being stripped of all their accumulated money and not receive any money on the next leg.
      • Teams were also not allowed to beg for money prior to the start of the next leg.
  • Second season that the final three teams were all co-ed teams.
  • Third season where all the final three teams are co-ed teams.
    • Coincidentally again, all the final three teams were involved in a love relationship.

Reception

  • Maureen Ryan at Chicago Tribune (03/01/2005): "Amazing Race picking up speed"

External links

  1. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Amazing-Race-1/4329
  2. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2005/01/18/eleven-new-teams-await-the-starting-gun-as-the-next-the-amazing-race-is-about-to-begin-17648/20050118cbs01/
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.spottedratings.com/2011/12/spotvault-amazing-race-cbs-spring-2005.html

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