I was in New York (one of my favourite cities in the world) last week, to attend the International Emmys awards. ‘The Amazing Race Australia’, Season 1, was nominated under the category of ‘Non-Scripted Entertainment’.
I was told to manage my expectations and not get my hopes up too high. So instead, I focussed on dressing up for it, organising work meetings, and getting into networking mode. So I didn’t check out the competition because it felt easier to just not know and not get stressed up for it.
At the panel for ‘Non-Scripted Entertainment’, in which a representative of the nominees was asked to talk about their shows, I realised (with much despair) that we were up against very stiff competition. My fingers and toes were crossed nonetheless.
Come awards night, I was never more stressed in my life about getting ready to walk down the red carpet. And was just about hyperventilating. Even stepping out in just an evening gown in the New York winter was not a worry.
But it was such a wonderful experience – definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.
When our category was announced, I was a nervous wreck and when we were announced as the WINNER, I let out a huge sigh of relief instead of a ‘yay’!
I reviewed the video of our ‘thank you’ speech, and I looked like my heart was about the jump out of my mouth. And that was not far from the truth! I even took my time to walk to the stage because I was terrified of tripping over my feet, which I commonly do.
I’m really proud that we won. This is the first international version of the Race that has won an Emmy. This is truly the highest honours that a television show can achieve, and I am very fortunate to have been there.
Us on stage, receiving the award.
The after party was held at Bryant Park, where ‘Glee’ was filming at the same time! Too awesome. I was trying to grab a photo with Chris Colfer (who plays my favourite character on the show), but was too shy.
Me watching the set!
AND, I had a very star struck moment when I met the creator of ‘Glee’ himself, Ryan Murphy. He also created other shows I love watching – ‘Nip/Tuck’, ‘Popular’, and ‘The New Normal’. I haven’t gotten into ‘American Horror Story’ yet, but definitely keen to after watching a montage of all his shows, and after meeting the man himself. He’s a genius.