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Show's amazing antics

Tuesday, 1st March, 2011

BELIEVE IT OR NOT: Some of the Amazing Race contestants during their Broken Hill leg. Picture: Courtesy CBS Network BELIEVE IT OR NOT: Some of the Amazing Race contestants during their Broken Hill leg. Picture: Courtesy CBS Network

By John Casey

Broken Hill has featured in prime-time television in the United States with as many as 10 million viewers given a taste of the Silver City.

The city was the backdrop for the latest episode of the hugely successful reality game program "The Amazing Race" which was filmed here amid secrecy in November.

In what has been described by television industry commentators as one of the most "bizarre" episodes of the hit show, the contestants were forced to dress up in kangaroo suits and bounce around the city on springs.

The 11, two-person teams vying for a $1 million prize at the end of the series needed the help of some bewildered locals to avoid being eliminated.

Clues included using symbols from a periodic table to find the location of Mercury (Hg) and Bismuth (Bi) Streets.

The teams also spent time at The Living Desert before ending up at the Junction Mine, which was described as "one of the least attractive pit stops in Amazing

Race history" by writer Kelly Heyboer of The Star-Ledger.

Heyboer also reported that one of the challenges didn't go to plan: "... (team members) Kent and Vyxsin wasted time by misunderstanding their clue and insisting the Aboriginal children dance around their mosaic. The Aboriginal folks were not amused."

The one hour-long episode, titled: "I Never Looked So Foolish in My Whole Entire Life", began in Sydney before the contestants were flown to Broken Hill.

Previews mention that one team "collapsed in tears of exhaustion".

Channel 7, which holds the Australian rights to the program, has fast-tracked the 18th series and digital viewers with access to the "7mate" channel will be able to enjoy the Broken Hill episode next Sunday at 6.30pm.

However, the "7mate" channel is not yet available here.

The Amazing Race, which has won numerous awards, is hosted by New Zealander Phil Keoghan who returned home last week for a first-hand look at the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake.

The next stop for the show is Japan.

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