“Going up in a helicopter, hovering at 10,000 feet and jumping over an island that's basically a dot in the ocean, not knowing where you're going to land with this thing, it's daunting. So, I must say, they all did it. They screamed their little hearts out on the way down.”
After a couple of shows around French Polynesia, the 11 teams then head to New Zealand, where they participate in a shemozzle race. What, you ask, is a shemozzle race? If you've seen the movie “Babe,” which was shot in New Zealand, it may look familiar.
“It's the roadblock,” Doganieri says. “It's a farmers obstacle course. Farmers run with their sheepdogs. So we had the contestants do this course with a dog, which was so much fun.”
Incidentally, there's one new twist this year. The first team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two “Express Passes” — one to keep and one that must be given to another team by the end of the fourth leg of the race.