In a peculiar move, the Big Brother
producers left Julie Chen's mic on as the closing credits rolled on the Big Brother 8
finale, allowing audiences a candid listen into a conversation between Julie and the Donatos. Although it mostly centered around their schedule for the following two days, Julie ended up asking the Donatos about their possible interest in teaming up for The Amazing Race
. Such cross-breeding CBS reality star speculation has occurred before, most recently with Dr. Will and Mike Boogie, but the prospect of a double Donato Amazing Race
team is exciting nonetheless.
Unfortunately for Donato fans, the earliest a Dick and Daniele racing tandem would hit airwaves is the fall of 2008. There is no Amazing Race
season this fall, which is a major drag, and the spring edition has already filmed. The production for the next race would likely get in gear late next spring or early summer, which gives the Donatos ample time to make their decision, if they're offered the job. But, let's be honest, CBS would be foolish not to toss out that invite. Ratings are what matters and ratings are what the Donatos would bring.
Would Dick and Daniele accept? The two are certainly up for the challenge, one would presume. Both have expressed the desire to use their winnings for world travel, so they would have no trepidations with heading off to remote countries around the world. Dick, especially, is gung-ho about his upcoming travels and, as seen during the Big Brother season, is always eager to spend time with his daughter. The only stumbling block I see is the willingness of Daniele to spend more time with her father. She's been overtly non-committal about the future of her relationship with Dick in the exit interviews and, even with a million dollar payday as enticement, Daniele might not want to spend that much time with her abrasive father. In fact, I wouldn't put it past her to make a play for her and new beau Nick to compete as a team.
Rob and Amber
became a reality TV institution by appearing on two editions of both Survivor
and The Amazing Race
. Dick and Daniele are definitely aware of the possible historical ramifications of going on The Amazing Race
. If they could win the million on The Amazing Race
, it'd be very difficult to not dub them the greatest reality team in the genre's history.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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