Amazing Race (France)

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Amazing Race 1
Amazing Race 1
First Aired 22 October - 24 December, 2012
Filmed 30 June - 23 July, 2012
No. of Episodes 10
Winners Anthony Martinage &
Sonja Sacha
Continents Visited 5
Countries Visited 7
Cities Visited 18
Distance Traveled 31,000 miles (50,000 km)
No. of Legs 10
Legs
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10

Amazing Race : la plus grande course autour du monde ! (English: Amazing Race: The biggest race around the world!) is a French version of the American reality show The Amazing Race. Hosted by Alexandre Delpérier, the show was produced by Shine France in association with ABC Studios, distributed by The Walt Disney Company France and broadcast on D8. D8 began airing the season on Monday 22 October 2012, and D17 on Tuesday 23 October 2012, both at 8:50pm CEST (UST+2).

The finale aired on 24 December 2012 with cyber-friends, Anthony & Sonja, winning the race.

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Production

On March 23, 2012, it was announced that Canal+ had acquired the format for a French version of the show. Filming started on 30 June 2012 in Paris. During the race, the teams travelled to seven countries for 24 days, spanning over 50,000 km (31,000 miles) in five continents, finishing on 23 July at the Stade de France. This season visited the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Japan, the United States (making it the first foreign version of the show to visit this country), Brazil and South Africa. Among the highlights are a leg in the street of Bangkok, an African safari, an excursion to Iguazu Falls and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

Unlike its american counterpart, the show is more narrative and informative in content as the race is stopped several times throughout each episode to provide viewers with information about the culture and life in the places they visit. Also differing from the American version is that teams are presented their first clue for the next leg upon arriving at the Pit Stop of the previous leg. The teams are also often told of their next destination at the Pit Stop before they even open these clues. Teams normally don't begin the next leg at the Pit Stop, rather, they are released separately from airports or begin the next leg at hotels they stayed in during the Pit Stop.

Countries visited

Leg(s) Country Pit Stops
1, 10 Flag of France.svg France 1
1, 2 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates 1
2, 3 Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 1
3, 4 Flag of Japan.svg Japan 1
4, 5, 6 Flag of the United States.svg USA 2
6, 7, 8 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 2
8, 9, 10 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 2

Cast

Applications for the race started 16 April 2012 and ended on 29 May 2012. On 27 September 2012, the teams were announced on Télé-Loisirs.fr.

Anthony & Sonja
Antoine & Héléna
Fabien & Aurélien
Francis & Benjamin
Hadj & Yacim
Heïdi & Michel
Mathilde & Séverine
Oucéni & Lassana
Stéphanie & Alice

Results

The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Anthony & Sonja Cyber-friends 2nd 5th2 7th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st Anthony 7, Sonja 2
Hadj & Yacim Childhood Friends 3rd 3rd 6th 6th 4th 5th 1st 3rd 1st 2nd Hadj 6, Yacim 3
Stéphanie & Alice Surfers 5th 2nd 4th 3rd 5th 3rd 4th 1st 3rd 3rd Stéphanie 4, Alice 5
Heïdi & Michel Bikers 1st 6th2 3rd 1st 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 4th Heïdi 2, Michel 6
Francis & Benjamin Father and Son 7th 4th 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 5th Francis 3, Benjamin 4
Oucéni & Lassana Twins 8th1 1st 1st 4th 6th Oucéni 2, Lassana 3
Mathilde & Séverine Parisians 4th 7th 5th 7th Mathilde 2, Séverine 2
Fabien & Aurélien Police officers 6th 8th Fabien 1, Aurélien 1
Antoine & Héléna Belgian Couple 9th Antoine 1, Héléna 0
  • A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg.
  • A brown ⊃ indicates that the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  1. Oucéni & Lassana lost their key for the Pont des Arts task. They were able to continue racing, receiving a new key, but incurred a 20-minute penalty once landed in Dubai.
  2. Anthony & Sonja and Heïdi & Michel initially arrived 5th and 6th, respectively, but were issued a 5-minute penalty for taking a taxi to Wat Arun instead of the ferry. This did not affect their placement.

Race summary

The route of the 1st Amazing Race (France).

Leg 1 (France → United Arab Emirates)

Leg 2 (United Arab Emirates → Thailand)

Leg 3 (Thailand → Japan)

Leg 4 (Japan → United States)

Leg 5 (United States)

Leg 6 (United States → Brazil)

Leg 7 (Brazil)

Leg 8 (Brazil → South Africa)

Leg 9 (South Africa)

Leg 10 (South Africa → France)

Ratings

The following information was taken from Médiamétrie

Episode Airdate Viewers (In Millions) Market Share (Ages 4+) Rank
1 22 October 2012 868,000 3.5% #8
2 29 October 2012 634,000 2.5% #9
3 5 November 2012 618,000 2.4% #10
4 12 November 2012 596,000 2.3% #11
5 19 November 2012 587,000 2.3% #9
6 26 November 2012 559,000 2.1% #11
7 3 December 2012 445,000 1.7% #12
8 10 December 2012 445,000 1.7% #12
9 17 December 2012 418,000 1.6% #10
10 24 December 2012 220,000 1.5% #11
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Teams Anthony & SonjaAntoine & HélénaFabien & AurélienFrancis & BenjaminHadj & YacimHeïdi & MichelMathilde & SéverineOucéni & LassanaStéphanie & Alice
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