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The Amazing Race Asia 1
TARlogo-Asia
Version Asia
Continents visited 2
Countries visited 8
Cities visited 15
Distance traveled 39,000 kilometres (24,000 mi)
Starting line Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Finish line Bako National Park, Kuching, Malaysia
Season run November 9, 2006 - February 1, 2007
Number of legs 12
Number of teams 10
Winning team Zabrina & Joe Jer
Runner(s)-up Sandy & Francesca
Andrew & Syeon
Cast
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Next Season The Amazing Race Asia 2

The Amazing Race Asia 1 is the first installment of the show, The Amazing Race Asia and the second version of the reality television franchise The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 9, 2006 and ended on February 1, 2007 on AXN.

Development

After demand from their own viewers demanding for a local version, AXN Asia purchased the rights to produce The Amazing Race Asia. Immediately, over 1000 teams applied for the first season. Non-Asians were allowed to participate as long as they lived in the country they represented for a certain amount of undisclosed time.

Allan Wu was announced as hot in July 2006. Shortly after, production began on the first season which ultimately aired from Fall 2006 to early 2007.

Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, AirAsia, Caltex, MSN, Nokia, Bintan Lagoon Resort, Ford, and Tourism Malaysia were the official sponsors of the seasons and would provide the prizes awarded to first place teams on certain legs.

Unlike the US version, teams were only allowed to take flights on one airline, AirAsia, as they were the official airline sponsors. In addition, the products of sponsors were more heavily involved in the tasks in order the cover the costs of the season.

Teams

ZabrinaJoeJer
 1st place 
Zabrina & Joe Jer
Co-Workers
SandyFrancesca
 2nd place 
Sandy & Francesca
Dating
AndrewSyeon
 3rd place 
Andrew & Syeon
Dating
MardyMarsio
 ELIMINATED 
Mardy & Marsio
Brothers
AndyLaura
 ELIMINATED 
Andy & Laura
Engaged
HowardSahran
 ELIMINATED 
Howard & Sahran
Best Friends
SharonMelody
 ELIMINATED 
Sharon & Melody
Best Friends
SahilPrashant
 ELIMINATED 
Sahil & Prashant
Models
AubreyJacqueline
 ELIMINATED 
Aubrey & Jacqueline
Actress/Model
JeenaErnie
 ELIMINATED 
Jeena & Ernie
Married

Episodes

Episode # Leg # Title Air Date[1] Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(in millions)
1 1 "I Don't Think I Can Do This" November 9, 2006 Malaysia Mardy & Marsio Sandy & Francesa Non-Elimination
Leg
2 2 "They're Speedy, They're Fast And They're First" November 16, 2006 Malaysia → Indonesia Sahil & Prashant Jeena & Ernie 1st Eliminated
10th Place
3 3 "Give Me The Strength, Give Me The Strength" November 23, 2006 Indonesia Howard & Sahran Aubrey & Jacqueline 2nd Eliminated
9th Place
4 4 "Just Shut Up And Do It" November 30, 2006 Indonesia → Australia Andrew & Syeon Howard & Sahran Non-Elimination
Leg
5 5 "It's Blowing Like Your Mum's Pants On A Windy Day" December 7, 2006  Australia → New Zealand Andy & Laura Sahil & Prashant 3rd Eliminated
8th Place
6 6 "What Have You Been Eating!" December 14, 2006 New Zealand Sandy & Francesca Melody & Sharon 4th Eliminated
7th Place
7 7 "Don't Stand There Doing Nothing!" December 21, 2006 New Zealand → Singapore → Thailand Andy & Laura Zabrina & Joe Jer Non-Elimination
Leg
8 8 "My Legs Are Shaking Like Jelly" December 28, 2006 Thailand Mardy & Marsio Howard & Sahran 5th Eliminated
6th Place
9 9 "This Is Totally, Totally Out Of This World!" January 4, 2007 Thailand → India Andy & Laura Sandy & Francesca Ordered to
Continue Racing
10 "War Has Begun!" January 11, 2007 Sandy & Francesca Andy & Laura 6th Eliminated
5th Place
11 10 "This Is Going To Be Embarrassing!" January 18, 2007 India → United Arab Emirates Sandy & Francesca Mardy & Marsio Non-Elimination
Leg
12 11 "Oh My Goodness, I Have To Eat A Brain!" January 25, 2007 United Arab Emirates Andrew & Syeon Mardy & Marsio 7th Eliminated
4th Place
13 12 "24 Days, 15 Cities, 39,000 Kilometres And It Comes Down To This" February 1, 2007 United Arab Emirates → Malaysia Zabrina & Joe Jer Andrew & Syeon 3rd Place
Sandy & Francesca 2nd Place

Leaderboard

The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Placements are listed in finishing order:

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 Zabrina & Joe Jer 3 4 5 6 3 3 6 5 4 4 3 2 1 3.75 6-6
2 Sandy & Francesca 10 9 2 3 5 1 4 3 5 1> 1 3 2 3.67 6-6
3 Andrew & Syeon 5 8 8 1 2 4 2 4 2 3 2 1 3 3.58 6-6
4 Mardy & Marsio 1 2 6 4 6 5 5 1 3 2 4 4 3.64 4-6
5 Andy & Laura 7 7 7 7 1 2 1 2 1 5< 4.33 5-4
6 Howard & Sahran 9 3 1 8 4 6 3 6 5.00 4-3
7 Sharon & Melody 6 5 3 2 7 7 5.00 2-3
8 Sahil & Prashant 8 1 4 5 8 5.20 2-2
9 Aubrey & Jacqueline 4 6 9 6.33 1-1
10 Jeena & Ernie 2 10 6.00 0-1
Notes [1][2] [3] [4] [6] [7] [8]
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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield






1: Andrew & Syeon initially arrived 1st. However, they did not follow the trail as instructed in their clue to the Pit Stop, and were asked to complete it before checking in. Four teams checked in during that time period, dropping them to 5th.
2: For unknown reasons on the subsequent Leg, the starting placements of Howard & Sahran and Sahil & Prashant were switched, resulting in Howard & Sahran starting in 8th place and Sahil & Prashant starting in 9th.
3: Five of the nine teams arrived at the Pit Stop after applied a four-hour penalty for failed to complete the Roadblock (only Joe Jer, Marsio, Andy, Syeon and Aubrey). The initial placements for all teams are as follows (The four italicized teams were not given the penalty):

1st: Zabrina & Joe Jer; 2nd: Howard & Sahran; 3rd: Sandy & Francesca; 4th: Mardy & Marsio; 5th: Andy & Laura; 6th: Andrew & Syeon; 7th: Sharon & Melody; 8th: Sahil & Prashant; 9th: Aubrey & Jacqueline. However, Aubrey & Jacqueline were not issued the penalty and was eliminated.

4: Laura suffered an injury to her left Leg on the way to Oceanworld in Sydney, Australia. After the tests were done, she was allowed to continue the next Leg of the race.
5: Howard & Sahran were issued a four-hour penalty because Howard failed to complete the Roadblock. They checked in the pit stop last, but were notified as a non-elimination Leg. The 4-hour penalty they took from the roadblock would be instead applied at the starting time at Leg 5.
6: Sahil & Prashant initially arrived 5th, but were issued a 1-hour penalty because they were driven around in a private vehicle in Devonport, breaking a Race rule prohibiting hitch-hiking. The last three teams (Sandy & Francesca, Mardy & Marsio and Sharon & Melody) checked in during their penalty time and were eliminated before the one hour penalty had elapsed.
7: Andy & Laura were caught speeding at 146 km/h while the speed limit was 100 km/h. The penalty was 2 minutes times the number of km/h by which they had exceeded the speed limit. They were issued a 92-minute penalty to be assessed at the start of the following Leg, therefore departing at the pit-start last.
8: Leg 9 is a double-length Leg with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The Yield appeared before the second Detour.

Recoards

Franchise

  • First season to have an all-female team win the race.
  • First season to visit Indonesia.
  • First time to have a team representing Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, India, and the Philippines.
  • First season to have the first leg as a non-elimination leg.
  • First season to have five non-elimination legs (in the standard format).
  • First season to have only ten teams participate in the race (in the standard format).

Asia

  • First season to visit Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, and UAE.
  • First season to visit the continent of Oceania.
  • First season to implement the non-elimination penalty where the last team to arrive at the non-elimination leg were required to turn over all the money they accumulated throughout the race and they were not receive any money on the next leg.
  • First season to have a Virtual Pit Stop where teams met Allan at Pit Stop mat, only to have him hand them the next clue instead of checking them in.
  • First introduction of the Yield which allows any one team to force another team to stop racing for a predetermined amount of time
  • Most amount of female contestants in a single season to reach the final three, 4.
  • Only season to have multiple Fast Forwards available on the race.
  • Only season to not have an all-male team reach the final three.

Reception

  • Surajit Agarwal at Television Asia (04/01/2006): "AXN to WOW Asian audiences with original productions: the Amazing Race Asia will be AXN's biggest initiative in the region."

References

  1. https://www.episodate.com/tv-show/the-amazing-race-asia?season=1

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