For all the drama about the latest leg of The Amazing Race being a “megaleg,” it pretty much ended up the way that I think we were all expecting. From the minute they arrived in Italy, it was pretty obvious that Emily and Molly were going to work their way up from the back of the pack and capture first place. It was also pretty obvious that Rich and Dom were going to be the last team to arrive. I hate to say it but I’m surprised Rich and Dom made it as far as they did because it was obvious that they were doomed from the start. If you can’t follow directions, you’re not going to survive The Amazing Race.
What is interesting is that, with the exception of Rich and Dom, all of the teams that initially struggled when the race began have now become the new front runners. Meanwhile, the teams that seemed the strongest are now struggling. When I watched the first episode of this season, I never would have guessed that Derek and Claire would have gone from 1st place to the back of the pack. I also never would have guessed that the third leg would have ended with Emily & Molly, Marcus & Michael, and Abby & Will in the top three positions.
That’s a good thing, though. Last season, it was obvious from the minute the race restarted that Kim & Penn were going to win. This season, there’s a bit more suspense.
Here’s how everyone finished in it Italy:
Coming in first, Emily & Molly. Wow, this team really came out of nowhere and just dominated this leg of the race. Good for them. I hope they can keep it up.
Coming in second, Michael & Marcus. After nearly getting eliminated during the first leg of the race, Michael & Marcus have been a consistently strong team and I expect them to be around for a while. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win.
Coming in third, Abby & Will. Up until last night, I had barely even noticed Abby and Will. They ran a strong leg and it’ll be interesting to see if it was a fluke or if they continue to be a strong team in the legs to come. They’re a cute couple.
Coming in fourth, Luis & Michelle! My favorite team, mostly because Michelle and I are both dancers. They may not have cracked the top three but they’ve been getting better with each leg of the race.
Coming in fifth, Quinton & Mattie. The cheerleaders still seem like a typical middle-of-the-road team but, as we’ve seen over the past two episodes, this seems to be a season in which it’s dangerous to underestimate anyone’s chances.
Coming in sixth, Aubrey & David. What I said about Quinton & Mattie also applies to Aubrey & David. They’re kind of stuck in the middle of the pack but they do seem like they have the potential to move up.
Coming in seventh, Claire and Derek. Claire and Derek have struggled a bit over the past two legs. Sometimes, that happens to a strong team. Hopefully, the next leg will be better for them.
Coming in eighth, Glenda and Lumumba. This team went from two 2nd place finishes to finishing in 8th, which is just proof of how quickly this race can change.
Coming in ninth, Linton & Sharik. This team should be worried. Even after they found they hadn’t been eliminated, they both come across like they had already mentally checked out of the race. Hopefully, they were both just really tired.
Coming in tenth and eliminated, Rich and Dom. No surprise here. They struggled the entire race.
Next week, the race moves from Italy to Jordan!