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Hundreds Turn Out for Amazing Race Casting Call in Ocean City

Shown are just a few of the 470 people who stood in line Tuesday for the Amazing Race casting call held at Seacrets in Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC) Shown are just a few of the 470 people who stood in line Tuesday for the Amazing Race casting call held at Seacrets in Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC)
A pair tries out to be a contestant on The Amazing Race. (Photo: WBOC) A pair tries out to be a contestant on The Amazing Race. (Photo: WBOC)

05/23/2006 11:48 PM ET

OCEAN CITY- A race around the globe began right here on Delmarva on Tuesday.  WBOC hosted a casting call for the CBS hit series Amazing Race at Seacrets in Ocean City.

While no one knew exactly what CBS is looking for, 470 people gave it their best shot.

Two ladies arrived in Ocean City at 5 p.m. Monday.  "But we didn't get in line until 7 in the morning," said one with a smile. 

These two were the first Delmarva contestants to apply for the chance to be on the Amazing Race.

To the average onlooker, the Amazing Race translated into some amazing Lines.  People queued up for the chance to become a contestant on the show where the first place winners (consisting of a pair), wins $1 million. 

"You are looking at the most competitive person on earth- hands down- you will not find anyone more competitive than I," said one man, as his father-in-law, and fellow hopeful racer, looked on.

"Because we'd be the first father and son team ever to be on The Amazing Race," said the father as his son echoed the words, "and win a million dollars. But money doesn't mean anything. We do it because we love each other." And then they both laughed.

Two women who are neighbors in Salisbury appeared in matching safari vests and compared themselves to Lucy and Ethel.

"We always get into mischief, get into trouble together. But we always find our way out," said one of the women.

There's no telling what makes CBS choose one pair over the other. 

"We don't know exactly what CBS is looking for in the Amazing Race 11" said WBOC Promotions Director Mary Borger, "but we know that they want personality, character, and people to be themselves and really show what they have to be on TV."

Many came ready for a good time.

"We're currently war heroes serving in Uncle Sam's Navy," said two men as they awkwardly paused and laughed, "and frankly, we need a vacation."

Two kindergarten teachers acted out their skit, complete with a geography lesson. 

"We've got the Arctic in one place, the Antarctic in the other, and the rainforest right in the middle of our classroom," said one of the teachers.  Her partner turned to her and asked in a lilting English Accent: "Have you ever been to those places?" The reply: "No, and we're not likely to go on our teacher's salaries. "

But they and 10 other pairs may soon need to dig up their passports.

To apply without the casting call, make a VHS tape and send it to CBS by next Friday. The application and official rules can be found on this Web site.

There's no word on when hopefuls will know if they are chosen.  But producers had 20 casting calls to sort through, and they will be contacting the preliminary winners directly.

And make a note on your calendar: WBOC's Survivor casting call is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at the Furniture Land in Delmar.

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