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"I deadset thought I was going to die": Beau Ryan's close call during The Amazing Race Australia.

Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that signing onto a reality TV show could endanger your reputation, but in the case of The Amazing Race Australia, the stakes are just that little bit higher.

At least according to host Beau Ryan who took part in all the daring challenges put forward to the contestants while filming the series. Even though he’s more than a little afraid of heights, he said it was part of showing audiences how precariously thrilling they all really were.

The Amazing Race Australia features 11 teams each made up of two contestants who must pass a series of tasks and challenges as they battle it out across continents, all hoping to be the last ones standing and claim the  $250,000 cash prize.

Listen to The Spill host Laura Brodnik talk to Beau Ryan about what it was really like to film The Amazing Race Australia.

“It’s 11 teams of two, basically we’ve got teams of siblings and partners and mothers and daughters all who have to race around the world back to the finishing point in Australia,” Beau said on Mamamia’s daily entertainment podcast The Spill.

“The last person to each pit stop is eliminated during each round and the last team standing wins.

“For me, physically I knew that going into the show would be hard. Doing the challenges was part of showing the audience how hard it actually was. So whether it was climbing something, eating something or jumping off something it was important to show people at home what it was like.

“I don’t like heights, my wife and my family love going on rides but I don’t like that. I weigh up what you’ve got to lose and I prefer to stay away from it.”

Speaking on The Spill Beau said there was one day of filming some stunts for The Amazing Race Australia that he found to be particularly frightening.

“I remember this one time filming in Africa, I can’t remember exactly where we were, but we got to a gorge,” he said. “I actually called it ‘death gorge’ because I thought I was going to die.

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“I had to jump off it at 6.30 am from a handstand start, deliver a piece to camera upside down and then dive into the gorge. I deadset thought I was going to die and I did a piece to camera that was like a will. I said goodbye to my kids and my wife.

“I just didn’t trust the guys putting the belts on me, I thought I was going to be one of those guys on Youtube where the ropes snapped. People would then watch the video and say ‘there’s that guy from The Race who died! Remember when he hit his head on the gorge!’ I don’t want to do that ever again.

“The contestants are much tougher than me. I don’t like heights at all.”

The cast of The Amazing Race is made up of a diverse group of Australians including psychiatric nurses and best mates Nick and Femi, nuns Judy and Therese and mother/daughter duo Rowah and Amani, two Muslim women who share their compelling personal stories on camera.

“The show is cast so well and it meant a lot to me to have a diverse cast,” Beau said. “Obviously this includes both men and women from all walks of life. Having my face on the buses and billboards for this show, it meant a lot to me that the show had a diverse group of people.

“With reality TV, you honestly forget that the cameras are there, so as the show goes on you get to see everyone’s true colours. After three weeks in the middle of a jungle, travelling through Africa and through deserts, people’s true colours were revealed.”

The Amazing Race Australia premieres Monday 28 October at 7.30pm on Network Ten.


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