The Amazing Race: The Battle of the Ditzes
The Amazing Race: The Battle of the Ditzes
This doesn't need repeating: there are two familiar faces on this season of The Amazing Race. Conveniently, those two faces are known for being the same thing. Sure, one was a beauty queen and the other was a reality voyeur's delight, but both are, to put it lightly, not the sharpest pencils in the case. Put them together in a race, and it's going to be interesting viewing.

No, I'm not saying both Jordan and Caite are going to play the clueless ditz card on the race. It is, after all, a totally different set of circumstances: it's not the Big Brother house, and it's not the Miss Teen USA pageant. But we know them for what they did before, and it's inevitable that we'll pit the two ditzes together. Bring on the battle. Who will be the first to go "yaaaay" while clapping their hands uncontrollably?

What are they known for?

Jordan: I haven't really watched Big Brother last year, so I asked BuddyTV's resident experts and their answers can be summed in one phrase: dumb blonde. Then again, she must be doing something right, since she won the reality show.

Caite: "Some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as..."

Winner: Jordan, because her Big Brother self is more or less her true self. Sure, Caite admitted to babbling without forming her thoughts in her head on that fateful night, but you're in Miss Teen USA because you're pretty and smart. There's no excuse for what happened.

What do the other racers think of them?

Jordan: The only mention of her past came from Brent ("have you seen the Big Brother team?") and Phil, in his intro montage.

Caite: The fact that male Jordan's impression of her wasn't just spot on, but also very hilarious, speaks a lot for the international "appeal" of her flub. It didn't make 40 million views on YouTube for nothing. (The fact that the same Jordan's admission that he underestimated the beauty queen speaks a lot, too.)

Winner: Jordan, because not everybody has seen Big Brother, while everyone--around the world!--has seen Caite's little fail. Also, Jordan's just more adorable to watch than Caite.

What did they do on the first leg of the race?

Jordan: She asked for tickets to China when she clearly knew she was headed to Chile. She "did great" on the cable walking Roadblock, and did just as well on the house painting detour. She finished first.

Caite: Despite an airport bottleneck, she breezed through the Chile tasks, finishing the Roadblock first, and arriving second on the pit stop... before being slapped a 30-minute penalty for not following the tasks correctly. It's her fault she and Brent didn't take a funicular down. She finished seventh.

Winner: Tie. Jordan was first partly because of luck, while you can see that Caite ran a pretty good race... if not for that stupid penalty.

How did they get along with their teammate?

Jordan: She met Jeff on the Big Brother set, but they're dating long distance since then, and I don't think they know each other than well yet. While in interviews she admitted that they argued more throughout the race, the first leg saw the two take their stride and have fun while running the race.

Caite: There's a little argument between her and her boyfriend Brent as they looked for the house they'll be painting, but it seems they won't have a huge flare-up like the other teams. At least that's how I read it.

Winner: Caite. Having spent more time together with Brent puts her at a clear advantage.

How will they fare in the race?

Jordan: She's clearly having fun in the race, but that wouldn't be enough to get her far. While Jeff will keep her grounded (and thinking, too), in the end they'll make a handful of wrong decisions before bowing out in the middle of the race.

Caite: I do think she's capable of making it quite far in the race. She's athletic, she's fearless (example: cablewalking) and she's smarter than we think she is. And then there's the fact that she's trying to get past her flub on the Miss Teen USA pageant. We'll have to see if Brent can do the same.

Winner: Caite, but only by a slight margin.

Well, it's a toss-up, but surely not for long. And with eleven more legs in this race, it's just a matter of time before we know who wins.

(Images courtesy of CBS)