Singaporean artiste Allan Wu to host The Amazing Race Asia
By Juliana June Rasul
After vomiting on Fear Factor, Allan Wu now has a new identity on cable channel AXN as the host of The Amazing Race Asia. After keeping mum for months, AXN finally announced Allan as the host of the Asian version of the popular show yesterday.
“I’m not the guy who vomits anymore. Great!” said Allan in an exclusive interview with TODAY in Kuala Lumpur.
The 34-year-old Fly Entertainment artiste, who can be seen puking on Fear Factor re-runs after swallowing a potent concoction of blended maggots, worms and rotten fish eyes, is excited about being picked as the host of “blockbuster show”.
As it turns out though, the hunky reality TV junkie — he watches The Amazing Race, Survivor and, of course, Fear Factor — had some doubts as to whether he was good enough for the job.
“I never thought I’d ever get something of this magnitude, but I was okay, as I’m good with the rejections,” he said.
Details of the show remain shrouded in secrecy and will not be revealed until later this year, but what AXN general manager Ricky Ow could tell TODAY was the tale of how Allan got the hosting gig.
Ever the macho man, Allan apparently strode into the AXN office for his audition soaked from head to toe.
“He rode in on his bike and came in dripping wet, which helped a little I think,” said Ow. “He looked every bit the action man.”
Asked about the “action man” label, Allan said with a laugh: “I like to think I'm quite masculine.”
To make time for the show, Allan had to spend a little over a month away from his family. He is married to Wong Li-Lin and the couple have two children, daughter Sage and son Jonas, who was born in February this year.
“It’s not physically difficult for me to host this show, but it is mentally difficult because I have to be away so much from my kids,” said Allan. “But you know, now that Li-Lin is sort of semi-retired from show business, I have to get more jobs!” he said with a wink.
In the vein of the original show, 12 pairs of contestants from across the region will travel to different countries in Asia to compete for US$100,000($158,000) in prize money.
“The Amazing Race Asia is a dream come true for both the company and the competitors,” said Ow. “Even though we’re working on a smaller budget than the US show, the production is the same and there’s no less drama.”
Added Allan: “The Amazing Race Asia is definitely going to be edgier.”