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Phil Keoghan Says These Celebs "Would Love" to Participate in 'The Amazing Race' (EXCLUSIVE)

Since 2001, eager fans of The Amazing Race have tuned in to watch eleven pairs race around the world in hopes of winning a grand cash prize. However, navigating around the globe (using only a map) is not easy — competitors must participate in a series of challenges, and complete specific tasks at their foreign pit stops. During each "leg" of the race, the team in last place is eliminated.
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The Amazing Race 33 episode 4 video: Phil Keoghan on returning teams

Tomorrow night, The Amazing Race 33 is going to be back with episode 4, and it’s going to feel both similar and different at the same time. First things first, let’s map out what will be relatively similar to what you’ve seen in the past: International travel. The fundamental premise of the series remains the same, as teams of two will compete in challenges from one country to the next. A number of familiar Race elements, like Roadblocks and Detours, will probably still be included.

Ready To Restart The Race: Phil Keoghan Talks About The Return Of ‘The Amazing Race’ After A 19-Month “Pit Stop”

(CBS Local) – The filming of season 33 of the CBS Original show, ‘The Amazing Race’ started out like any other season with eleven globetrotting teams, collecting clues and vying for the $1 million prize. Then, COVID hit. Out of an abundance of safety for the cast and crew, production was suspended in February of 2020, just six days and three legs into the race. Fast forward nearly 20 months and what host Phil Keoghan calls the “longest pit-stop in the show’s history.” He credits co-creators and executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri with orchestrating a plan to get the challenge back on track...

Phil Keoghan says new Amazing Race is a 'mystery tour' due to COVID

Lots of television shows shut down shop once COVID broke out in the early days of 2020 and then eventually restarted with new safety protocols in place. But no production had a steeper hill to climb to resume filming than The Amazing Race. The globe-trotting CBS reality competition series had just finished its third leg of season 33 in Glasgow, Scotland on Feb. 28, 2020 when it made the decision to hit pause on filming.

Phil Keoghan Describes How 'The Amazing Race' Produced Season 33 Amid Pandemic (Exclusive)

The Amazing Race will officially return for Season 33 on Wednesday, Jan. 5 on CBS. The season was unlike any other though, as filming was suspended in February 2020 around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the show was able to resume filming this past summer. Ahead of the premiere, spoke with The Amazing Race's host Phil Keoghan, who shared how they were able to make Season 33 happen.

Phil Keoghan describes The Amazing Race's pandemic-delayed Season 33 as a "mystery tour"

"Well, I think the first and foremost, what I'm really proud of was embracing the fact that the world was different, that we had to operate different and just not fighting it," Keoghan tells EW in advance of tonight's premiere. "And I think one of the best things that came out of all of this is we literally got our own plane — a plane that says the 'Amazing Race' on it. And that was for all of us. For years, we've all been talking about wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to line up in airports and wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to go through all these crazy security procedures. To get on a plane that was a bit of a game changer, I've got to be honest with you. And it added another layer to the race that we haven't had before. So yeah, we didn't get the running through the airport, but we got these great moments where teams would get on the plane and wouldn't necessarily know where they were going. And so it was sort of like a mystery tour! But yeah, we had to take some of the randomness out of it, just so that we could ensure that we knew where people went, what they were doing, and they weren't just get lost somewhere in the public and us not knowing who they'd been into contact with. So we just adjusted it. But at the end of the day, The Amazing Race is about all the fantastic challenges that are on the show. We put together a great course, and we ended up with a fantastic finish to the season." ALSO: Keoghan never worried about The Amazing Race coming back.

The Amazing Race 33 video: Phil Keoghan, cast talk new season!

Tomorrow night on CBS, you’re going to have a chance to finally see The Amazing Race 33 premiere! It’s been a long time coming, and it’s clear that this show was forced to deal with more roadblocks than almost any other due to the pandemic. Yet, kudos...