Ever since a pack of celebrity-hungry Americans raced along the PIE (sorry, “pie”) we’ve been addicted to TV’s Amazing Race. It seems all of Asia is so smitten with this reality TV series that we’re soon going to get our very own special Asian edition. We thought the organizers might need a head’s up, so here’s our I-S version of The Amazing Race in Singapore. Claws ready?
Contestants will meet at Suntec City where they will have to drive the Duck Tours hybrid boat-bus to Pulau Ubin to receive their first clue.
Teams must stage another Freddie Mercury tribute musical at Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay to receive their next clue.
Wear or Bare. A detour requires teams to choose between two tasks. In this detour teams can chose between “wear” or “bare.”
A: In “wear,” teams must go to Buangkok MRT wearing T-shirts with a picture of a white elephant to receive their next clue.
B: In “bare,” teams must go to NUS and find a student who hasn’t downloaded and watched the “Tammy” mobile phone video to receive their next clue.
Who wants to play tour guide? A roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform. In this task, the team member must go to CHIJMES, select one of several trishaws playing blaring ’80s pop music, and cycle their team to Little India and find the parrot fortune teller to receive their next clue.
In this detour teams can choose between “Ice Cold” or “Warming Up.”
A: In “ice cold,” teams must go to Eski Bar and sit in their underwear for 20 minutes in sub-zero temperatures to receive their next clue.
B: In “warming up,” teams must walk from Wisma Atria to The Heeren Shops without being stopped by students and asked to donate money to charity to receive their next clue.
Go to Raffles Place and look for a person eating their lunch on the grass to receive your next clue.
In this detour teams can choose between “Cheer” or “Beer.”
A: In “cheer,” teams must get on a bus and try to strike up a friendly conversation with a fellow commuter. If they manage to get someone to smile they will receive their next clue.
B: In “beer,” teams must go to Boat Quay and enter each establishment along the river until they can find a bartender who can pour a beer properly to receive their next clue.
Go to Tanglin Mall and find five people who can name the leader of the Workers’ Party to receive your next clue.
Who wants to talk to the animals? In this task, team members must go to Sentosa’s Underwater World and swim with the sharks to get their next clue.
Find someone willing to speak about politics at Speaker’s Corner to receive your next clue.
Get into Ministry of Sound on a Friday night to receive your next clue.
In this detour teams can choose between “Up” or “Down.”
A: In “up,” teams must go to the Swissotel the Stamford and run up all 71 flights of stairs to the New Asia Bar to receive their next clue.
B: In “down,” teams must flag a cab after 7pm without calling up to book to receive their next clue.
Go to the Tan Quee Lan Street and be the first to get into The DHL Balloon and rise up to 150 meters to win The Amazing Singapore Race.
Now that we have the Asia version of the immensely popular “The Amazing Race”, your dream of becoming a reality tv star might not be that far-fetched after all (besides which other reality show actually lets you travel around like that?), we chatted with 3 teams of hopefuls who are all vying for a spot, in that coveted reality TV hall of fame.