Yay! The Amazing Race is back!
The Amazing Race is my favorite of the big three reality competition shows, largely because it’s always kept things simple. It’s a race around the world. If you make it to the pit stop in time, you’ll keep racing. If you’re the last team to arrive, you may be eliminated.
Actually, forget about “may be eliminated.” This season started with Phil Keoghan announcing that, for the first time in Race history, there would be no non-elimination legs. So, if you’re the last team to arrive, you’re out. That should make things interesting. Over the past few seasons, some of my favorite teams have only remained in the race because of non-elimination legs. Indeed, some of the best teams in the history of the race — Colin and Christie, Rob and Amber, and others — would have been eliminated early if not for the non-elimination legs.
With every leg an elimination leg, that means that teams will always have to be on top of things. Not a second can be wasted. Unfortunately, that lesson was lost on Aastha and Nina, the first team to be eliminated. They seemed like nice people but I knew they were doomed as soon as they wasted several precious minutes getting directions.
The latest season of the Race started in Munich. The 12 teams all had to complete three activities associated with Oktoberfest so that they could receive the clues to the next pit stop. Because Aastha and Nina started out behind, there was never really any suspense over who would be eliminated but still, it was nice to have the show back.
Here’s a few thoughts on the teams:
Coming in first were Derek X and Claire, who were both on Big Brother 23. I’m always a little bit cynical about Big Brother teams, despite the fact that those teams actually do have a fairly good track record. (Cody and Jessica won. Brendan and Rachel came in third twice.) Last night, Derek and Claire seemed pretty strong. They worked well together and there really wasn’t any question that they were going to grab the top spot.
Coming in second were newlywed Glenda and Lumumba. Glenda is very tall and Lumumba is pretty short and that’s really all I remember about them. Still, coming in second is a good finish so I’m sure I’ll be learning more about them over the next few episodes.
Coming in third, Quinton and Mattie. Quinton and Mattie are this season’s former cheerleaders.
Coming in fourth, Linton and Sharik. Every season, we get one father/daughter team and this season, it’s Linton and Sharik. Father/daughter teams always seem to meltdown around the third or fourth leg. We’ll see if that happens this season.
Coming in fifth, Emily and Molly. They’re twins and …. that’s about it.
Coming in sixth, Marcus and Michael. They’re brothers and they’re both in the military. They didn’t make a huge impression but they do seem likable enough.
Coming in seventh, Tim and Rex. They’re friends who like to golf. Rex is a former football coach. They seem like a typical middle-of-the-pack team.
Coming in eighth, Abby and Will. Who? I don’t remember much about them, to be honest. That’s the way the Amazing Race goes sometimes. If they stick around, I’ll get to know them better.
Coming in ninth, Rich and Dom! They’re motivational speakers. Dom’s rainbow hair is impressive. They seem like they could be entertaining but I get the feeling they’ll be eliminated sooner than later.
Coming in tenth, Luis and Michelle! Michelle, like me, is a dancer so I totally want to see her do well. Unfortunately, they struggled a bit last night. I’m not sure why. They seem like they should be a strong team so I’m going to guess last night’s ten place finish was a fluke.
Coming in eleventh, Aubrey and David! Yay! More dancers! That said, I’m going to need all of my dancers to finish a bit more strongly as the race continues.
And finally, coming in twelfth, Aastha and Nina. They fell behind early and never really caught up.
As of now, I am rooting for the dancers, Luis & Michelle and Aubrey & David. I wasn’t really a huge Claire or Derek fan when they were on Big Brother but they seem like they’re going to do well on the Race.
We’ll see what happens next week!