I was curious on the flying contestants from the US bit, that last night we had family and a friend in the audience. So they're flying more than the contestant to Australia for two weeks? Of course, I guess the friend shown could be Australian. Or maybe some contestants are flown there and some are local.
I agree somehow the wrong person won the first game. I think the escalating dollar values as they go through the rounds are partly to blame, but I guess that's to keep the game closer.
As far as specificity on the titles, it does seem harsh, but if you don't have a hard line, where exactly do you draw it to prevent lawsuits from losers?
I think the bonus prizes are silly, but are probably supposed to be a semi ironic tribute to old time game shows.