Here are the ten (10) teams participating in The Amazing Race Asia Season 4 (TARA4):
Sunaina Gulia, 31, Actress | Dimple Inamdar, 32, Actress Travel Buddies, India
Sahil Banga, 25, Aspiring Actor | Manas Katyal, 23, Reality Show Bachelor Cousins, India
Natasha Sutadisastra, 24, Legal Admin | Hussein Baron S., 53, Educator Father and Daughter, Indonesia
Nadine Zamira Sjarief, 26, Beauty Queen | Hilyani Hidranto (Yani), 28, TV Presenter Best Friends, Indonesia
Ivan Evetovics, 33, University Lecturer | Tengku Hilda, 38, Researcher Husband and Wife, Malaysia
Lim Kok Hon (Ethan), 26, Social Worker Mohd Khairie, 25, Graduate Friends, Malaysia
Jacinta James (Jess), 27, Tattooist | Lani Pillinger, 27, Model Party Girls, The Philippines
Richard Hardin, 34, Pro Basketballer | Richard Herrera, 31, Actor Friends, The Philippines
Claire Goh, 21, Musician | Michelle S. Ng, 22, Actress Rebel Pals, Singapore
Alan Luk, 32, Actor | Wendy Lee, 24, Actress Dating Couple, Hong Kong
I’m missing racers from Thailand, Japan and Korea. Two teams each are fielded by India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. And one each from Singapore and Hong Kong. This could be interesting. The countries with double entries could either cancel each other out or help the other one to insure longevity in the race. So far, the two Malaysian teams could potentially go far in this season.
I don’t want to pre-judge but the two teams representing the Philippines appear weak to me. The “Richards” look like they are an Alpha Male duo but I just don’t feel it – a far cry from Rovilson Fernandez & Marc Nelson – my benchmark of a strong male-male team. Besides, Rich Herrera strikes me as a society boy who might find the demands and provisions of the race too spartan for his own comfort. On the other hand, Jacinta and Lani are Aussies transplanted to the Philippines to represent the latter. They could provide some quirky drama but how far will this take them in the competition? I just hope none of them gets eliminated first! Prove me wrong, guys! 😉
TARA4 Host Alan Wu
These teams will be formally introduced tonight by host Alan Wu on the AXN Channel via The Amazing Race Asia Season 4: Racers Revealed show which starts at 9pm (SIN/MAL/PHL/INDIA), 10pm (HK) and 11pm (TW/KR).
Let the race officially begin on September 23! 🙂
All images above courtesy of the axn-asia website.