I´ve never watched the Amazing Race before (though I am a huge fan of reality TV shows), and I don´t really have any idea how it works. I was reading the explanation on Wikipedia but it seemed so convoluted. Would anyone care to summarize briefly what this show is about? I mean, teams of two have to get to a certain destination, and they have challenges but how does it all work?
Yes, they start with a certain number (11 this season) of teams. Each team could be siblings, married couple, father/daughter or mother/son, dating couple, friends, or whatever.
Each episode covers about a 1-2 day period. In that period the teams leave the overnight point, get clues, and complete challenges, and finally arrive at the next pit stop (overnight point). The last team in to the pit stop is eliminated (unless, in a few times each race, it is a non-elimination round).
The challenges are two types, roadblock - where one member perfroms the challenge - and detour - where the team decides which one of two challenges to perform. In a detour, one of the choices requires slow and steady, and the other requires strength and speed. There is one roadblock and one detour in each episode.
Also there can be a fast forward - there are a few in each series - and the first team that finds it completes a different challenge then goes straight to the pit stop.
And there can be a yield - one team makes another team wait for a period of time before they can begin thier challenge.
The final team to the pit stop at the final episode is the winner.