The producers of The Amazing Race just e-mailed to notify us that their casting deadline has been extended to Monday, April 12, for applicants residing in Mainland China.
What does that mean? Well, in case you were hoping to make your big break on reality TV, fate has found you in the right place at the right time. Mostly because the competition sucks. According to casting director Karen Lee, "We've received many applications from all over the world, however not so many strong ones from expats within China."
Somehow we're not all that surprised.
And here's the press babble:
China Rush is the first Chinese domestic version of The Amazing Race and will air on The International Channel of Shanghai (ICS) and globally on CCTV-9 (International). The show is produced as part of ICS's featured Shanghai World Expo 2010 coverage this summer. The cast of the show will reflect the Expo in that it will largely feature expats as they travel around China exploring the country and participating in the various challenges of the race.
All applicants should be over 18 years old, speak and understand Chinese fluently, and be legally permitted to be in China between April 23 and June 1, 2010.
EDIT: Karen Lee has just informed us that applicants do NOT, in fact, need to speak Chinese. Fluency in English is also acceptable.