I think it's really cool if we're in the long term able to say, "We were able to match these people up, we captured the moment they feel in love, we captured this extreme blind date around the world, and they won." That's better than "They hated each other. There's no all-female team for the first time ever, ironically coming after a season when only the third all-female team won. Keoghan: My personal feeling is that it's more interesting to watch pre-existing couples competing against 10 singles so there's something to compare.
" I just want to make it clear to fans we are not changing the format. When we put the word out, we were able to go back to some of the singles that had been applying over the years and we were able to reach out to some singles that we found through casting.
Did you consider doing all blind date couples or do you feel the pre-existing couples were necessary?
Finding authentic 1928 bikes was also a problem, and Keoghan enlists help from engineers to make the models they use roadworthy and functioning but without compromising their authenticity for the challenge.
Inspiration for the challenge came from New Zealander Harry Watson, who became the first rider from his country to take part in the Tour in the race’s first English-speaking team, as he joined three Australians: Sir Hubert Opperman, Ernie Bainbridge and Percy Osborne.
It's a different type of relationship because newly dating couples might be on their best behavior for a while because they genuinely like each other. Did you notice any specific dynamics between the blind date couples and even the pre-existing ones by the end of the race? [The pre-existing couples] react to the stimulus of where they are, what they're doing based on years of being together.
They're only with each other for 21 days max, but they're going through that period where they're on their best behavior. Just being a fan of the race, his passion really came through. He wasn't doing it to relaunch Older Kids on the Block or something. Maybe [when] they're on vacation or they're at home, they're just blasting the old CDs. You can see a pattern through the season where they're reacting to things certain stimuli the same way.
Keoghan: I would say on paper, if you look at it, we tried to match people up with their likes and dislikes, and what they want in a mate. I was more into Red Hot Chili Peppers and Seal than I was into the boy bands. "I don't want you to think this is the Family Edition format change that you saw all those years ago. However, for the first time in Amazing Race history, 10 singles are going to meeting at the starting line for the first time and they will be going on the most extreme blind date ever. You will still see Detours and Roadblocks and Pit Stops and people traveling. There are a lot of applications that we've gotten over the years that have come from singles [saying], "I don't really have anybody to race with, but I'd really like to go on the race and maybe you can pair me up with somebody." ... We listened to our fans after Season 8 when they said, "Don't change the format." Some fans thought, "Oh, my God! It's becoming a dating show." Don't worry, it's not a dating show now.
Quite frankly, it's much more interesting if we are able to get through the end of the race, a newly dating couple wins and they also find love. It's the race as you know it, but you'll see people racing while dealing with, "Do I like this person? Do I think there is a potential for a relationship after this?
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