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Wu muscles in on Amazing Race

He would not pick his wife, actress Wong Li Lin as his partner for the reality competition. -myp

Tue, Mar 23, 2010
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BY VICTORIA BARKER

ALLAN Wu may be every bit the doting husband, but if the host of The Amazing Race Asia had to pick a partner for the reality competition, it would definitely not be his other half, Singapore actress Wong Li Lin.

When he spoke to my paper recently, Wu, 37, was candid. "There was a time when I would have loved to race with her but, now, I don't think she'd want to race with me," he said.

"I bet I'd be a real jerk and we'd be fighting all the time (thanks to my competitive nature)," he added with a laugh.

The two married in 2003 and have two children - daughter Sage, six; and son Jonas, four.

The guy's ideal partner, instead, would be Phil Keoghan, who hosts the original American version of the programme.

"It would be cool to see how we would do together, and it sounds like a great draw," he explained.

The show's format sees 10 pairs racing across the world and undertaking various physical and mental challenges in a test of endurance to win the grand prize of US$100,000 (S$140,000).

It is recruiting teams for its fourth season, which is slated to begin filming in a few months.

The entire season takes about a month to film, said Wu, who is Chinese American.

And would-be racers will be glad to know that Wu - who has also acted in shows such as Chinese drama Bukit Ho Swee (2002) and the Jack Neo movie I Do, I Do (2005) " promises that this season will be one hell of a ride.

He enthused: "It will be a once-in-a-lifetime thing you will treasure and cherish for the rest of your life, whether you win or not.

"I remember visiting Prague in a previous season and then the next day I was somewhere else... it's really intense but amazing."

Viewers need not worry about being left out, either. With the Emmy-winning American version now in its 16th season, the affable Wu thinks that the tried-and-tested formula cannot go wrong here.

"(In each season) you have a whole new bag of contestants with their own idiosyncrasies and personalities...that's what makes it enthralling and enticing for the audience," he said.

Wu should know - this is the dude who came in second on American competition series Fear Factor in 2004.

People think I'm a huge risk-taker, but I think it's just my competitive nature," he explained.

He then added thoughtfully: "I need to work on enjoying life a little bit more and appreciating what life has to offer...I'm in that process now."

vbarker@sph.com.sg


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