Yay! The Amazing Race is back!
It seems like it’s been forever since my favorite reality show was on TV. Actually, it’s only been a year. The Amazing Race no longer gets the high ratings that it once did so CBS tends to treat it a little bit disrespectfully, in my opinion. Instead of showing two installments a year, they now only show one. And, for the most part, they tend to use it as filler. When they need to fill in a time slot because a show’s been cancelled, they bring out the Amazing Race.
This season features some familiar faces. Three of the teams were previously on Survivor. Three of the teams were previously on Big Brother. And four of the teams were on previous seasons of the Amazing Race. Here are your teams:
Janelle and Britney, who are two of the most popular Big Brother houseguests of all time, even though they’ve never won.
Nicole and Victor, who are now engaged but who were merely dating when they filmed the Race.
Rachel and Elissa, who are …. well, where to even begin? I have three older sisters so I can definitely relate to the Rachel/Elissa dynamic, You can definitely tell which sister is used to being the center of attention and which sister usually has to be the peacekeeper. Rachel has been on Big Brother twice and she’s run the Amazing Race two times in the past. She managed to get through last night without having a meltdown but I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.
Chris and Bret, who were on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X and who both seem like they’re a little bit too old and out-of-shape for this particular race,
Rupert and Laura, who are Survivor royalty, basically. I’ve lost track of how many times Rupert has been on Survivor. He and his wife are back and Rupert appears to still be wearing the same shirt that he was wearing on Survivor: Peal Islands.
Corrine and Eliza, who spent last night being snarky about the other teams, despite not being very good themselves. It actually took me a while to remember who the two of them were. I don’t really remember much about Eliza. I do remember Corrine got on my last nerve during her previous two Survivor appearances.
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Art and JJ, who are two former border patrol agents and who, like Chris and Bret, immediately appeared to be too old and out-of-shape for the race.
Colin and Christie, who are two of my favorite former racers. Colin is ultra competitive which, in their previous race, rubbed some people the wrong way. Myself, I like people who refuse to give up.
Leo and Jamal, the two obnoxious cousins who are returning for their third race.
Becca and Floyd, the dreaded Team Fun from the previous season of the Race.
Tyler and Korey, who are two YouTubers who came in third during their previous race. Tyler laughs constantly, which got pretty old the last time he was on the Race.
As for last night’s episode, it saw the racers going from sunny California to Tokyo. Everyone had to eat a shoe. One racer, at the end, had to run up a slanted platform to grab the final clue. The challenges were relatively simple and set up so that the first episode could focus on introducing us to all of the returning racers. From the start, it was pretty obvious that JJ and Art were going to have trouble keeping up. Though the Amazing Race isn’t a purely physical competition, it still tends to favor racers who are in slightly better shape than either JJ or Art appeared to be.
That said, JJ and Art came close to surviving. Even though Art couldn’t make it up the platform and they had to take a four-hour penalty, they were nearly saved by Rupert and Laura’s inability to navigate Tokyo. There’s always at least one team every race who is absolutely hopeless with directions and, this season, that would appear to be Rupert and Laura. It took them forever to find that slanted platform. However, let’s give credit where credit is due. Rupert may be the oldest person on the race but he ran straight up that platform and got the final clue. And so, Rupert and Laura managed to avoid elimination for now.
So, here’s how everyone ended up last night:
Coming in first, Leo and Jamal.
Coming in second, Colin and Christie.
Coming in third, Tyler and Korey.
(None of the top three finishes are surprising as all three of these teams were extremely strong during their previous times on the Race.)
Coming in fourth, Rachel and Elissa. Rachel got through this leg without crying but I’m sure that will change soon.
Coming in fifth, Becca and Floyd.
Coming in sixth, Victor and Nicole. Of all the teams with no previous racing experience, they finished the highest.
Coming in seventh, Chris and Bret.
Coming in eighth, Janelle and Britney.
Coming in ninth, Corrine and Eliza. They talked a good game but turned out to be kinda hapless when it came to actually racing.
Coming in tenth, Rupert and Laura.
Coming in 11th and getting eliminated, JJ and Art!
So, right now, I’d have to say that Leo & Jamal, Colin & Christie, and Tyler & Korey seem like the strongest contenders but you never know. The Race is unpredictable, which is one reason why I love it. Just because you finish strong during one leg, that doesn’t mean you won’t be eliminated in the next.
We’ll see what happens! For now, I’m just happy to have the Amazing Race back!