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AXN unveils identity of the Indian team for 'The Amazing Race Asia'

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MUMBAI: One of the action oriented channel AXN's on ground initiatives for this year is The Amazing Race Asia. The initiative kicks off on the channel on 9 November 2006 at 11 pm and the channel has revealed the ten teams selected to race around Asia and beyond for the $100,000 prize. 

The show was shot earlier this year and cost millions of dollars. For the uninitiated, the show sees couples travelling across the Asia through specified modes of transport. Each couple is linked by a relationship like husband and wife, brother and sister.

AXN adds that the initiative reached a broad spectrum of people from various Asia countries, cultures and different walks of life since the call for participation that was made in February 2006. Some begged, some bragged, some even cried, just to attract the eyes of the selection committee. It was a tough process, but after much deliberation, a diverse group of contestants living in different parts of Asia, of various backgrounds and life experiences were thrown into the mix to outrun, outsmart and conquer in the race.

Out of more than 10,000 applications from all over Asia an Indian team comprising of male models Prashant Raj Sachdev and Sahil Shroff were chosen and they will compete against nine teams from Asia to win that coveted prize of fame and money. The teams will be travelling around Asia and beyond where language barriers, time constraints and foreign environments become too hot to handle. 

The show's host Allan Wu says, "The producers definitely took the time and did their homework to select the most diverse, entertaining, and controversial batch of contestants for our first season. Expect to see the usual tantrums and arguments between teams and teammates. Furthermore, expect to see clashes that you've never even seen on the US-version. Our contestants are from all over the region and not just one country so you are definitely going to see some major drama and rivalries."

SPE Networks - Asia GM Ricky Ow says, "The participants are the key drivers of any challenge-reality show with the humor and drama that they create onscreen. Viewers will definitely not be disappointed by our selection of the contestants. They are a colourful and vibrant mix that will truly make The Amazing Race Asia an exceptional and really unique first-of-its-kind viewing experience for Asia viewers."

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