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The Amazing Race 21 is the twenty-first installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race.

Development

The season was announced by CBS on June 17, 2012. The original grand prize for this season remained at US$1 million, but if the team that comes in first in the first leg wins the race at the end, the grand prize would be doubled to US$2 million.

In an effort to assist viewers in navigating primetime changes due to live sports coverage overruns, CBS listed the scheduled delayed start times (30 minutes later in Eastern and Central Time zones) for the following days: Oct 7 & 21; Nov 4 & 18; Dec 2, 16 & 30. The network also unveiled an upgrade to the CBS Eye-lert system, which informs viewers of any further adjusted start times.[1]

Teams

Josh & Brent
 1st place 
Josh & Brent
Goat Farmers
Jaymes & James
 2nd place 
Jaymes & James
Chippendales
Trey & Lexi
 3rd place 
Trey & Lexi
Dating
Natalie & Nadiya
 4th place 
Natalie & Nadiya
Twins
Abbie & Ryan
 5th place 
Abbie & Ryan
Dating Divorcees
James & Abba
 6th place 
James & Abba
Rock Star/Lawyer
Rob & Kelley
 7th place 
Rob & Kelley
Married Monster Truckers
Gary & Will
 8th place 
Gary & Will
Substitute Teachers
Caitlin & Brittany
 9th place 
Caitlin & Brittany
Best Friends
Amy & Daniel
 10th place 
Amy & Daniel
Dating On and Off
Rob & Sheila
 11th place 
Rob & Sheila
Lumberjack/Marketing Exec

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 "Double Your Money" September 30, 2012 1 United States → China Abbie & Ryan Rob & Sheila 1st Eliminated
11th Place
9.40[2] 2.5/6[3]
2 "Long Hair, Don't Care" October 7, 2012 2 China → Indonesia Natalie & Nadiya Amy & Daniel 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
9.66[3] 2.6/7[3]
3 "There's No Crying in Baseball" October 14, 2012 3 Indonesia Abbie & Ryan Caitlin & Brittany 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
9.11[4] 2.0/6[5]
4 "Funky Monkey" October 21, 2012 4 Indonesia → Bangladesh James & Abba Gary & Will 4th Eliminated
8th place
9.54[5] 2.0/6[5]
5 "Chill Out, Freak" October 28, 2012 5 Bangladesh James & Abba Josh & Brent Non-Elimination
Leg
9.41[6] 2.5/6[6]
6 "Get Your Sexy On" November 4, 2012 6 Bangladesh → Turkey Trey & Lexi Rob & Kelley 5th Eliminated
7th Place
10.20[7] 2.6/6[7]
7 "Off to See the Wizard" November 11, 2012 7 Turkey → Russia Trey & Lexi James & Abba Non-Elimination
Leg
9.18[8] 2.5/6[8]
8 "We Was Robbed" November 18, 2012 8 Russia Jaymes & James James & Abba 6th Eliminated
6th Place
9.59[9] 2.4/6[9]
9 "Fishy Kiss" November 25, 2012 9 Russia → Netherlands Natalie & Nadiya Abbie & Ryan 7th Eliminated
5th Place
9.58[10] 2.5/6[10]
10 "Not a Well-Rounded Athlete" December 2, 2012 10 Netherlands → Spain Trey & Lexi Natalie & Nadiya Non-Elimination
Leg
10.02[11] 2.7/6[11]
11 "Take Down That Million" December 9, 2012 11 Spain → France Jaymes & James Natalie & Nadiya 8th Eliminated
4th Place
9.35[12] 2.6/6[12]
12 France → United States Josh & Brent Trey & Lexi 3rd Place
Jaymes & James 2nd Place

Leaderboard

This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.

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 Roadblock
1 Josh & Brent 7 5 5 4 7 6 5 5 4 3 3 1 4.58 7-7
2 Jaymes & James 10 3 3 6 6 5 2 1 2 2 1 2 3.58 7-7
3 Trey & Lexi 9 2 2 7 5 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 3.17 7-7
4 Natalie & Nadiya 4 1 6 3 3 4 3 3ϵ 1 4 4 3.36 6-5
5 Abbie & Ryan 1 4 1 2 2 2 4 4 5 2.78 4-6
6 James & Abba 6 6 4 1 1 3 6 6 4.13 3-5
7 Rob & Kelley 5 8 7 5 4 7 6.00 4-3
8 Gary & Will 8 9 8 8 8.25 3-2
9 Caitlin & Brittany 3 7 9 6.33 2-2
10 Amy & Daniel 2 10 6.00 2-1
11 Rob & Sheila 11 11.00 1-1
Notes [1] [2][3] [4] [5] [6][7][8] [9][10] [11] [1]
Legend:
     The team keep racing
     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 or keep racing on a No-Rest Leg.
     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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: This leg had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: Gary & Will Blind U-Turned Rob & Kelley, who had already passed the U-Turn point and were therefore unaffected by it.
3: Caitlin & Brittany initially arrived 6th, but had missed the clue at the U-Turn, having found the Pit Stop by chance. They had to backtrack to the U-Turn to retrieve their clue. During this time, all remaining teams checked in, resulting in the elimination of Caitlin & Brittany.
4: Rob & Kelley initially arrived 4th, but took a boat directly to the Pit Stop instead of to Swarighat, as instructed in their clue. They were required to backtrack and take the proper route. Josh & Brent checked in during this time, dropping Rob & Kelley to 5th.
5: As part of the Speed Bump, Josh & Brent were instructed to find a marked Maraş ice cream cart, but accidentally went to another ice cream cart in the area. After returning to the Detour starting point, they were instructed that they had not completed the Speed Bump and were turned back until they correctly finished the task. This did not affect their placement.
6: Episode 7 ended with a cliffhanger where three teams were still running Leg 7: James & Abba, who had to locate their passports before being checked in; and Abbie & Ryan and Josh & Brent, who were still at the Detour.
7: In Leg 7, Josh & Brent were unable to complete either Detour before the sites for both Detour options closed for the day. They were issued a 4-hour penalty after attempting, but failing to complete Synchronized Detour in time, which was assessed at the start of Leg 8.
8: James & Abba initially arrived 4th, but were not allowed to check in because Abba's passport was amongst the items stolen by their cabbie during the Roadblock. As they tried to retrieve the passport, Abbie & Ryan and Josh & Brent checked in during this time, dropping James & Abba to last place. However, Leg 7 was a non-elimination leg and they were allowed to keep racing until they came to a point where they would need to produce their passports for international travel.
9: Natalie & Nadiya used the Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 8. Before using the Express Pass, Natalie elected to perform the Roadblock, and this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.
10: As they spent much of the leg trying to retrieve Abba's passport or acquire a new one, James & Abba were only shown retrieving the Speed Bump clue and traveling to the task before arriving at the Pit Stop in last place and being eliminated. On the official website, Abba disclosed that he was able to complete the Roadblock, but they did not perform the Detour as they were too far behind the other teams and were ordered to go directly to the Pit Stop.[13]
11: Trey & Lexi knowingly U-Turned Jaymes & James, who had already passed the U-Turn point and were therefore unaffected by it.

Trivia

Franchise

  • First season to include the Double Your Money prize for the team that won the first leg. If that team went on to win the Race, the grand prize would be doubled.
  • First season to include the Blind Double U-Turn, which allows two teams to U-Turn two different teams while remaining anonymous.
  • First time that a team was allowed to continue racing on the next leg despite losing passport(s).

US

  • First season where no new countries were visited.
  • First season where the Express Pass is not given to the winning team on the first leg.
  • Season with the most Roadblocks, 14.

External links

  1. http://uproxx.com/sepinwall/cbs-to-start-sunday-shows-half-hour-later-to-accommodate-nfl-doubleheaders/
  2. https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/releases/view?id=33127
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/releases/view?id=33220
  4. https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/releases/view?id=33299
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/releases/view?id=33386
  6. 6.0 6.1 https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/releases/view?id=33532
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/sunday-final-ratings-the-amazing-race-60-minutes-the-mentalist-666-park-ave-american-dad-adjusted-down/
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/sunday-final-ratings-revenge-the-mentalist-666-park-avenue-60-minutes-adjusted-down/
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/sunday-final-ratings-family-guy-amazing-race-american-dad-and-the-good-wife-adjusted-up-americas-funniest-home-videos-60-minutes-the-simpsons-adjusted-down/
  10. 10.0 10.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/sunday-final-ratings-once-upon-a-time-family-guy-the-good-wife-60-minutes-adjusted-down/
  11. 11.0 11.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/sunday-final-ratings-american-dad-adjusted-up-666-park-avenue-adjusted-down-unscambled-cbs-ratings-final-football-numbers/
  12. 12.0 12.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/sunday-final-ratings-american-dad-adjusted-up-final-football-numbers/
  13. Eng, Joyce (November 19, 2012). Amazing Race's James and Abba: We'd Love to Know What the Cabbie Did with Our Bags. TV Guide. Retrieved on April 10, 2016.

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