Articles for The Amazing Race Season 11

Originally aired on Sunday, 02/18/2007Episode Rating:  *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: It’s on!  Eleven teams return to The Amazing Race for another race around the world and a chance to win the million dollar prize.Episode Highlights: We meet the eleven teams and then start the first breakneck leg of the Race. Reality television fixtures Rob and Amber are back, and claim they have a whole new bag of tricks. After a breakneck leg, we have our first elimination.Recap: It’s The Amazing Race All-Stars, and it’s the best of the best, we are reminded as we join the teams and Phil Keoghan in Miami for the start.  Eleven sets of partners from previous seasons have been brought back for a second “once in a lifetime” chance to race around the world.  Read more »
After finishing in fourth place on season 1 of The Amazing Race, Kevin O‘Connor and Drew Feinberg returned to the show for its 11th season, The Amazing Race: All-Star Edition.  Kevin and Drew were affectionately known as the "fraternity brothers" during the premiere season, where they quickly became fan favorites.  Last night, unfortunately, saw the dream end for the two best friends, as they were eliminated from the race.  Drew and Kevin took some to talk to us at BuddyTV about their time on Amazing Race: All-Stars.When did you first hear from CBS about the possibility of doing an Amazing Race All-Stars?Kevin: The rumors were flying around during the summer some time. We actually got a call in July just saying, “Hey, if we do this, would you be interested?”And you were interested from the beginning?Drew:  Absolutely. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 02/25/2007Episode Rating:  **** (4 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: Tempers are flaring as intra- and inter-team tensions grow on the second leg of the All-Star Race.Episode Highlights: Rob and Amber continue their dominance in this next leg of the race, but Ozwald and Danny are proving to be solid, level-headed competitors. Charla and Mirna are proving to be anything but level-headed as this leg seems to create a lot of emotional havoc for the fiery duo. Kevin and Drew struggle to keep their bodies and head in the game.Recap:  With ten teams still in the running on The Amazing Race: All-Stars, it can be hectic trying to keep track of all the competitors.  Rob and Amber Mariano are happy to have the attention of their rivals as they think any extra focus on them will make the other teams more prone to errors.  Kevin O’Connor and Drew Feinberg are one of the few teams probably not fixated on Romber; Drew had a nasty fall last week and spent his rest time being treated for altitude sickness. Read more »
Viewers of The Amazing Race may no doubt wonder how difficult the start of the race truly is, since it usually begins in the U.S. in a major city with an international airport.  Chances are, at least a few of the Racers will be familiar with the city and have little trouble navigating the initial trip to the airport.  Indeed, during this season’s premiere All-Stars episode, two teams, Bill Bartek and Joe Baldassare  and Ozwald Mendez and Danny Jimenez, both mentioned familiarity with the starting city, Miami. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 03/04/2007Episode Rating:  **** (4 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: Teams continue to work with and against each other on this next leg of the race, which includes a wild white water ride.Episode Highlights: Rob and Amber…do we even have to say it at this point?  Even with a couple missteps, and a rare partnership with another team, the two continue to lead the pack. The Beauty Queens, Kandace and Dustin, make a major misstep passing by a clue – can they make up their error? During the white water rafting, one competitor goes overboard!Recap: Another Sunday, another start to an Amazing Race: All-Stars leg, another interview with Rob and Amber Mariano outlining how little they care what the other teams think about them.  Okay, you’re ruthless, we get it. Read more »
David and Mary Conley of Stone, Kentucky won over the hearts of America with their gutsy performance in last season‘s Amazing Race, and returned to this year‘s Amazing Race All-Stars to prove that they could compete with the best.  Unfortunately, they came up a little short in the end, and were the fourth team to be eliminated last night.  They were kind enough to stop by and discuss their experience on The Amazing Race with us earlier today. BuddyTV: What made you guys interested in racing again so soon after your first season?Mary: It was in September they called us and they said, “We’re going to do an Amazing Race: All Stars, do you want to be a part of it?”  There wasn’t even any thinking, we automatically said yes. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 03/11/2007 Episode Rating:  *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: Rob and Amber find that their ruthless ways are not enough in this leg of The Amazing Race: All-Stars and cannot seem to break out of the back of the pack. Is this the end of their domination of the Race?Episode Highlights: Trouble at the Detour puts Rob and Amber behind and they find they can’t seem to catch a break and catch up. Charla and Mirna continue their rather frazzled game play and a bald-faced misdirection by Amber at a key moment doesn’t help their mood one bit. The two teams find themselves in a foot race to the finish.  Read more »
Rob and Amber Mariano have become reality television staples, with two turns each on Survivor and The Amazing Race, as well as a televised wedding. But they are not the only The Amazing Race alumni to have an extended reality television career. Read more »
The Amazing Race has consistently featured a diverse cast of contestants.  The show has featured racers with a wide range of ages, races and ethnicities, and shapes and sizes.  Now, the tenth season of the show has been nominated by Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for its "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community." The tenth season of "The Amazing Race" featured both a gay couple (Tom and Terry) and the Race’s first openly lesbian player, Lauren Marcoccio of Duke & Lauren.  Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 03/18/2007Episode Rating:  *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview:  Now that Rob and Amber have been eliminated, will the remaining teams find a new focus on their own game?   Episode Highlights: • Oswald and Danny continue to be one of the stronger teams, playing through their own admitted tendency to be grumpy with each other.• The teams leave South America to travel over 7000 miles to Mozambique in Africa.• Charla and Mirna still struggle towards the bottom of the pack, but pull out a surprising finish.• Uchenna and Joyce swing from being front-runners this leg to struggling to make it to the mat.  Is this the end of the road for the former winners?Recap: With Rob and Amber Mariano out of the game, the field is wide open for a new strongest team to emerge.  Oswald Mendez and Danny Jimenez have a head start out of the gate, with the first departure due to their first place finish last Pit Stop.  Their clue directs them to a glacier outside this city at the southernmost tip of South America, where they will take a chair lift to a designated area.  There, they will use avalanche beacons to dig in the snow for another beacon and their next clue. Read more »
Lesson Four: Why We Love Bad Boys and Girls (You might think that reality television is one of the signs of the impending end of Western Civilization, BUT if you look closely enough, you can find some important life lessons. So, kids, here’s One to Grow On…)We all know we love to hate the villains and naughty girls of reality television. But sometimes, let’s admit it, we just love to love them. Why is that? Why do the bad ones get all our attention while the good ones languish from lack of screen time? Let’s parse our reaction, shall we? Read more »
John Vito Pietanza and Jill Aquilino became the first casualties of CBS‘s The Amazing Race: All Stars during the show‘s premiere on Sunday.  America was reintroduced to 11 of the most recognizable and infamous teams from The Amazing Race‘s first ten seasons in what will surely be one the show‘s best seasons yet.  John and Jill, who first competed in the third season of the show while dating, have since separated and competed on All-Stars as just friends.  They were kind enough to spend a few minutes talking to us at BuddyTV about their time on the show.When were you two first contacted about Amazing Race: All Stars?John Vito: I think it was towards the end of the summer.Jill: Yeah it was right around sometime in the beginning of August that they gave us a call.  Read more »
If you don‘t know Rob and Amber Mariano, then you haven‘t been watching reality television.  Now veterans of of two Survivors, two Amazing Races, and their very own Fox Reality Channel show, Rob and Amber are easily the most well-known and infamous couple in the history of reality TV.  Rob and Amber were eliminated in an upset on The Amazing Race: All-Stars last night, and were kind enough to stop by and talk to us at BuddyTV this morning.BuddyTV: Was there any hesitation on your part in signing up for The Amazing Race: All-Stars?Rob: Yeah, actually Amber and I went back and forth over the period of a couple of weeks trying to decide whether we wanted to do it.  You know, coming so close last time and just the frustration that goes along with The Race, we definitely had some apprehension.  But at the end of the day we thought that it was a pretty big honor to be chosen to be on The Race in the first place, let alone do the All-Stars.  And to do the All-Stars twice with Survivor and The Amazing Race, we thought it was a pretty big honor, so we decided to sign on. Read more »
On January 27th, a pseudonymous poster (“auntieb”) on the Television Without Pity forums listed the full elimination order as well as ultimate winner for this season of The Amazing Race: All-Stars.Since then, the first three pairs noted to be eliminated have been correct, so it is now considered plausible that this list might be correct.  While there is no other confirmation currently, for the full list of potential eliminated pairings in order, as well as the reported ultimate winner, read on! Read more »
Charla and Mirna, on The Amazing Race: All-Stars, have become almost unbearably annoying.  The two are best friends, Charla is a little person, Mirna is a boisterous lawyer, and the two have been shrieking their way through this current season.  I have no particularly bias towards little people.  Unfortunately, I haven‘t had the benefit of getting to know any little people in my life and, therefore, am still a little freaked out by them.  I‘m sorry, it‘s true.  But, that is besides the point.  Even if Charla were a few feet taller, she‘d still bother the hell out of me.  Read more »
Chip Arndt, with his then-partner Reichen Lehmkuhl, traveled over 44,000 miles to win Season Four of The Amazing Race. He has a much shorter distance to travel over the next few weeks and months – only 425 miles – but for a much more serious undertaking.Arndt has created a challenge for himself, which he is calling “Chip’s Personal Response to AIDS Across America (CPR to AAA).” He will be participating in two AIDS Walks and two AIDS bike rides, for that total of 425 miles. His ambitious goal is to raise $100,000 overall for HIV/AIDS related organizations. Read more »
Teri and Ian Pollock, probably the best "older" team in the history of The Amazing Race, got a raw deal last night.  Through little, or no, fault of their own, the long-married couple got stuck in the Johannesburg airport on constant standby, while every other team but one flew out before them.  They were eliminated from The Amazing Race: All-Stars last night, and it was a shame.  Nonetheless, the couple was kind enough to stop by and talk to us at BuddyTV about their time on Amazing Race this season and the frustration of airport travel.Below we have both the transcript of the interview, along with the full audio. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 03/25/2007Episode Rating:  ** (2 stars out of 5) Episode Overview:    The Amazing Race takes a special detour to Dullsville with an episode that relies too heavily on airline travails for drama.Episode Highlights: • Charla Baklayan Faddoul and Mirna Hindoyan take a major risk and separate themselves from the other teams.  They also continue to speak the universal language: broken English with an indeterminate accent.• Standby travel strands several teams well behind the pack.• Uchenna and Joyce Agu are (insert dramatic music) MARKED FOR ELIMINATION!  Can they maintain a half hour lead over all the teams to ensure they stay in the game?  Read more »
Variety has reported that Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, the creators and executive producers of The Amazing Race, will be helming a new reality program for ABC from the mind of Oprah Winfrey.  The show, entitled “The Big Give”, will allow Oprah to continue her campaign of charity work on a grand level.  The show is a reality competition program (so, not of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition variety) and follows ten teams as they‘re given cash and resources and told to make people‘s lives better in unique and drastic ways.  Teams are eliminated one by one until the champions are crowned, who are rewarded with the granting of their wildest wish. Read more »
We‘ve got a special 2-hour Amazing Race tonight.  Why?  Who knows?  The more Amazing Race the better, as far as I‘m concerned.  What follows are my quick thoughts while watching tonight‘s epic installment.  Man, I forgot how lucky Charla and Mirna got last week.  Teri and Ian didn‘t deserve their elimination last week.  I never like it when randomly getting slected for flights is the reason for a team‘s loss.  But, whatever.  It still makes for entertaining TV. Read more »
Joe Bassidere and Bill Bartek (aka Team Guido) are one of the most notable teams in Amazing Race history.  They were a significant part of what made the show a hit in its first season and they were welcome members of All-Stars.  unfortunately (thanks to some brutal airport travails), Joe and Bill were eliminated from The Amazing Race on last night‘s two-hour episode.  Below, you will find both the transcript for the interview and the full audio file. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 04/01/2007 Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: It’s a Very Special Episode of The Amazing Race: All-Stars – it’s inexplicably two whole hours long!Episode Highlights: The teams leave Africa and head to Poland for the next leg of the race. Once again, flight scheduling challenges leave two teams so far behind the pack that the front runners actually start the next leg before the lagging teams even finish the first. The teams and the show take a brief but powerful visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. The teams are forced to work together through an Intersection challenge, and a Fast Forward puts one pair of teams way in the lead. Read more »
CBS has just announced the season finale dates of their two big prime-time reality shows, The Amazing Race and Survivor.  The Amazing Race will air a one-hour finale on Sunday, May 6, featuring its final three remaining teams.  Survivor: Fiji will air its two hour season finale one week later, on Sunday the 13th.  Although this isn’t groundbreaking news, there are a couple of things we can surmise from this information. Read more »
The Amazing Race: All-Stars enters tonight with five remaining teams: Charla and Mirna, Eric and Danielle, Uchenna and Joyce, Danny and Ozwald, Dustin and Kandice.  I think the favorites have to be either Uchenna and Joyce (because they‘ve won before) or Dustin and Kandice (because they are very good racers).  Who will get eliminated tonight?  Let‘s find out.  What follows are my quick thoughts while watching the episode. Remember the sausage from last week?  Yeah, that was fun.  According to Joe and Bill (who we interviewed last week), everyone except Bill threw up, we just didn‘t get to see it.  Which is highly unfortunate. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 04/08/2007 Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview:  With the playing field down to five teams in The Amazing Race: All-Stars, the margin for error has evaporated.  Some teams try to build in a little wiggle room by not helping - or actively hindering - their competitors.  Episode Highlights: Uchenna and Joyce make a risky decision for their flight to the next destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Beauty Queens, Dustin and Kandace, opt to use a Yield on another team and make some newfound enemies. Charla and Mirna are...pleasant.  And upbeat.  And don‘t use the weird accent too much with the locals.  It‘s like they are a whole new team.  Read more »
For whoever wins The Amazing Race: All-Stars, it will be there first victory on The Amazing Race.  Uchenna and Joyce Agu, the only former champions in the field, were eliminated from the competition on last night‘s episode of The Amazing Race, and for one reason and one reason only: they missed a connecting flight.  Going from Poland to Malaysia, they missed their Air Malaysia flight by a matter of minutes, taking them from an hour ahead the competition to ten hours behind.  After that, it was over.  Uchenna and Joyce kindly stopped by this morning to discuss their time on the show.Below you will find both the written transcript and full audio of the interview. Read more »
The Amazing Race has been spending a lot of time at the airport this season.  I still love the show and think it‘s the best reality program on TV, but lately the teams seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time catching, booking, missing, and chasing flights.  Being efficient and clever at the airport has always been a key part of The Amazing Race, but I can‘t remember any previous season where flight booking has played such an important part.The last two teams to be eliminated (Team Guido, Uchenna and Joyce) were direct victims of the unpredictable nature of airlines.  Team Guido, especially, ended up a whole day behind most other teams simply because two African airlines failed to communicate with each other about flight connections.  Uchenna and Joyce missed a connection by minutes, mostly due to a broken ticketing machine.  It cost them ten hours and they were eliminated. Read more »
We‘re down to the final four on The Amazing Race and it‘s going to be a toss-up.  My two favorites to win have to be Dustin and Kandice, and Ozwald and Danny.  I think they‘re the best racers still in the race.  However, as we have seen recently, luck can play a big part,  especially at the airport.  What follows are my live thoughts while watching the episode.Uchenna and Joyce really got a raw deal last week.  It‘s no fun when an episode‘s result isn‘t hanging in the balance.  After the first fifteen minutes of last week, you new that it was going to be Uchenna and Joyce going home.  My prediction for tonight: non-elimination leg. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 04/15/2007 Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: It‘s an action-packed episode of The Amazing Race: All-Stars as the teams make their way to Hong Kong and complete some action-movie themed tasks.Episode Highlights: More airport drama!  Once again, luck (bad and good) at the airport directly impacts the outcome at the mat. The teams land in Hong Kong, and have a series of fun, action-movie style tasks to complete. The Beauty Queen‘s decision to Yield Eric and Danielle has repercussions.  Read more »
With only four remaining teams on The Amazing Race: All-Stars, I thought it was about time to take a quality gander at these pairs and see who has the best chance to win this thing. There‘s no clear-cut favorite, and that makes for a wide open last couple legs where, really, anything can happen. There is certainly some conflict between these four teams and, as we saw in last Sunday‘s episode, tensions are running high.So, who is going to take home the million dollars? Will we see the first all-female to win the whole thing? Will Eric and Danielle be on speaking terms by season‘s end? Will Mirna stop yelling at me through my TV screen? What follows is my predicted order of finish for the final four teams. In all likelihood, I will be completely wrong, but it is amusing nonetheless.  Read more »
Barring a ridiculous second non-elimination leg in a row, the final four Amazing Race teams should be pared down to three tonight.  My prediction for the night: Eric and Danielle are unable to make up ground from last place and are eliminated.  What follows are my live thoughts while watching tonight‘s episode.  And we‘re underway.  Charla and Mirna‘s hatred of the Beauty Queens is almost pathetic.  Where will the teams be going from Hong Kong?  New Zealand?  Fiji?  They‘ve got to start making their way closer to the States, right?Remember, Eric and Danielle are marked for elimination.  Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 04/22/2007Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5)Episode Overview: The Yield Queens are back: but this time, someone else is doing their dirty work as the competition to make it to the final three in The Amazing Race: All-Stars gets fierce.Episode Highlights: Danny and Oswald continue to have money woes and come up with a creative solution which solves that problem but creates some enemies. The Beauty Queens Dustin and Kandace continue to use every possible tool to put themselves ahead. Eric and Danielle are marked for elimination, and they get an early setback that seems to spell doom for the two.  Read more »
If you had the chance to watch last night‘s episode of The Amazing Race, you saw what amounted to an ethical debate.  Should a team, given the opportunity, impede the progress of a competing team?  My answer: if you‘re playing for a million dollars, you do what you can to win.This is not the prerogative of Charla/Mirna or Eric/Danielle.  Last night featured incessant whining over the use of a “yield”.  A few times during the course of a season, teams will get the chance to “yield” other teams, making them wait for 45 minutes at a certain point in the leg until they are allowed to resume the race.  The yield can only be used once per leg, and teams can only use the yield once per season.  It is a tool of the game, is not in any way against the rules, is not frowned upon by the producers, and can sometimes significantly alter the outcome of a leg.  So, why the big deal? Read more »
Dustin-Leigh Seltzer has become a pro in exuding beauty, grace and elegance, evident in her acquisition of numerous beauty pageant titles. Exquisitely pretty, she attracts people with her blue eyes and gorgeous blonde hair, not to mention her amiable presence. But this beauty icon isn’t all about her looks as she is endowed with much intelligence. Furthermore, she has a fierce competitive nature that serves as an inspiration to all her fans. At present, she is included on The Amazing Race All-Stars. Read more »
I remember watching the very first season of The Amazing Race.  Survivor had piqued my interest in good reality television, but none of the shows that Survivor had spawned were any good.  Then, when I stumbled across The Amazing Race, that was it.  I had found the show for me.  No one I knew was watching the show at the time, so it became a little secret, a treasure that I, and I alone, enjoyed on a weekly basis.  I remained a Survivor loyalist, but I had a new favorite reality show, and it involved traveling around the world.The Amazing Race debuted during my Freshman year of college and, quite literally, changed my life.  Watching those first couple seasons, all I could think of was venturing outside the US and visiting the places I had seen on TV.  Inspired, I studied abroad twice while in college, realized that there was absolutely nothing I enjoyed more than discovering new places, and have been filling my passport with exotic stamps and visas ever since.  Read more »
In tonight‘s penultimate episode of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, Danny and Ozwald were eliminated, setting up an interesting season finale next Sunday.   We‘ll have Dustin and Kandice v. Eric and Danielle v. Charla an Mirna next week, which is sure to be rife with conflict.  The Beauty Queens have angered both of those other two teams over the course of the season.   Say what you will about their reasons (and I think their silly), but their is a serious grudge; we‘ll see how that impacts the finale.Tonight‘s episode didn‘t hold any big surprises.  The teams headed out from Hong Kong to Guam, which is on the way back to the United States.  The teams all arrived in Guam at the same time (although Danny and Ozwald missed the initial flight, they ended up catching the same connector), and their first task was to climb an Air Traffic Control tower. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 04/29/2007 Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: Danny and Oswald, marked for elimination, struggle to make headway to make it to the final three of The Amazing Race: All-Stars. Episode Highlights: The teams head to Guam and carry out the challengs on the local military bases. Oswald and Danny are marked for elimination and must arrive at the mat thirty minutes ahead of the next team to stay in the game. Charla and Mirna take flight. Read more »
The final team eliminated prior to next Sunday‘s The Amazing Race All-Stars finale was Danny and Oswald, who last night finished in fourth place at the penultimate pit stop in the island nation of Guam.  Danny and Oswald put up a hell of a fight throughout the season, proving to be one of the most sneakily formidable teams in the show‘s history.  Some bad luck on last night‘s episode (plus the fact that they were marked for elimination) saw them finish in last.  Danny and Oswald took some time out of their schedule to speak with us earlier today...and, let‘s just say that it was one of the more lively interviews we‘ve ever been a part of.Below you will find both a partial written transcript of the interview, plus the full mp3 audio of our discussion. Read more »
Miss New York 2005 Kandice Pelletier shines in the spotlight with her radiant beauty and charismatic aura. Determined to be “the next Kelly Ripa,” she exerts all efforts in ensuring she remains to be an endearing celebrity to the public eye. Gorgeous and smart, she can possibly captivate anyone’s heart. At present, she is included on The Amazing Race All-Stars. Read more »
CBS loves their All-Star shows.  Mark Burnett gave us the first ever All-Star reality show with Survivor: All-Stars a few years back.  It was a success on a number of levels, but, perhaps most importantly, it created the most unstoppable reality show power couple of all time – Rob and Amber.  Since that show worked so well, CBS next gave us Big Brother: All-Stars, which was less of a hit, both creatively and in the ratings, but it was good enough for CBS to then produce The Amazing Race: All-Stars.  I‘d say the Amazing Race incarnation has been a relative success.  It certainly wasn‘t a disaster.I believe there‘s a certain lack of freshness inherent on an All-Star season.  This may seem obvious, but I would‘ve thought that bringing in a group of people who have already competed in the event would create a higher, more complex level of play.  While this might be the case, it hasn‘t translated into a more exciting hour of TV. Read more »
During one of the legs of The Amazing Race 5 (Charla and Mirna’s original season), the contestants found themselves in the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Now, The Amazing Race visits a lot of airports, so this wasn’t anything unusual…at least at the time. But now the show’s being sued over the episode.An article in the Arusha Times, a newspaper in Tanzania, says that Stella Mwanyika, a ground hostess at Kilimanjaro International Airport, is suing CBS, producers of The Amazing Race, for an amount equal to two million dollars, stating that they invaded her privacy by, among other things, “Taking her photographs without her consent and against her will and amidst her protest; publishing the said photographs without her consent and against her will; and broadcasting the documentary "The Amazing Race" without her consent or knowledge.”  Read more »
It‘s The Amazing Race All-Stars finale, folks.  I know I‘m excited.  The Amazing Race has long been my favorite reality show, and I always hate when the season ends.  The All-Stars hasn‘t been the best season, but the show has remained its entertaining self throughout.  I‘m rooting for the Beauty Queens here tonight, mostly because I like their tenacity (and it doesn‘t hurt that they‘re, you know, hot).  What follows are my live thoughts while watching the episode.  It should be a fun one. The teams will begin the final leg by flying to Honolulu, Hawaii.  That means that they‘ll probably be ending somewhere on the west coast of the US.  Probably Los Angeles or San Francisco.  That‘s my hunch.This initial flight might be important, but they‘ll all probably end up on the same one.  That‘s how these finales work. Read more »
Originally aired on Sunday, 05/06/2007 Episode Rating: *** (3 stars out of 5) Episode Overview: It‘s the final stretch of The Amazing Race: All-Stars.  Three very different teams - the Beauty Queen friends Dustin and Kandice, squabbling daters Eric and Danielle, and high-strung but high-energy cousins Charla and Mirna are all determined to finish in first.Episode Highlights: The teams begin this leg with the return to the United States, and some clever airline wrangling gives one team an early landing. Dustin and Kandice experience their first moment of team dissent as the pressure mounts. Charla and Mirna fight hard to stay in the game, while Charla‘s stature has both unexpected benefits and anticipated drawbacks. Read more »
Eric Sanchez and Danielle Turner surprised us all by winning The Amazing Race: All-Stars this season.  The two were the only hybrid team in the field.  They met on season 9, began dating soon after, and were invited to participate on All-Stars together.  Good decision.  Their race was tumultuous at times, we saw them arguing throughout the season, but they pulled it together and became one of the more formidable teams in the history of The Amazing Race.  Eric and Danielle stopped by and talked with us earlier today about their time on the show.Below you can find both the written transcript of the interview, as well as the full mp3 audio.  Read more »
The Amazing Race: All-Stars has ended, and it‘s time to look back on a season that wasn‘t all that well-received by either critics or fans.  I enjoyed the season, but I enjoy every season, so that doesn‘t mean much.  I can understand where the criticism comes from, but I think it‘s mostly a inevitable product of  any All-Star season.  The freshness is gone, and we get a little tired of seeing teams we already know doing things they‘ve already done.  There weren‘t any particularly seminal moments on this season, nothing too controversial.  It was a typical season, with some cool destinations (Patagonia was my favorite).  Let‘s take a team-by-team (in order of elimination) look at The Amazing Race: All-Stars season. Read more »
Call them "The Blondes" or "The Beauty Queens" or whatever else you want, but all that matters is that Dustin Leigh-Seltzer and Kandice Pelletier were incredible competitors on The Amazing Race: All-Stars.  The duo‘s stated goal was to become the first all female team to win The Amazing Race and they came close to accomplishing this on two separate occasions.  Dustin and Kandice finished this season of The Amazing Race in second place, just minutes behind winners Eric and Danielle.  The two were kind enough to stop by and discuss their race experiences with us.Below you will find both the written transcript and the full mp3 audio of our interview. Read more »
Tyler Denk and James Branaman were best known as reality TV stars and hailed winners of the show The Amazing Race season 10. The pair attracted much attention on the show as best friends who were both former models who both conquered drug addiction problems. Though they seemed to have a lot in common, Tyler described himself as athletic and smart, while James thought of himself as artistically inclined and more capable of handling nerve-wracking situations. From the start of the race, they arrived first at the end of leg 1, which earned them $20,000. They also acquired two more pit stop prizes, one of which was a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the other was an individual one-year subscription of Sprint phone, which they claimed at the end of leg 9 and leg 10 respectively. Despite having detractors, their perseverance and determination to succeed paid off as they traveled four continents, 13 countries and 44,000 miles before crossing the finish line in Garrison, New York, beating out the team Rob and Kimberly by nearly an hour. Read more »
Reality television made Rob and Amber household names as they appeared in a series of competitive reality programs, which included Survivor and The Amazing Race. They were known as the engaged couple called “Romber” on the seventh season of The Amazing Race, in which they ranked as a runner-up. Despite not ending up as the winners, they managed to earn prizes in leg 2 (a trip to Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas), leg 4 (a Trip to London), leg 7 (a trip to Monaco), and leg 10 (a JVC home entertainment system for each racer). After they competed on the show, they married in a ceremony in the Bahamas and featured their wedding in a two-hour special called Rob and Amber Get Married, which was broadcast on CBS. In 2007, they returned to compete on The Amazing Race: All-Stars, where they were known as the “married” team who finished in eight place. Read more »
Rob Mariano is the face of the reality TV binge America has been going through over the last decade.  Rob first appeared on Survivor, then on Survivor All-Stars (where he met his Reality Queen, Amber), then moved onto The Amazing Race, then to his own FOX Reality Channel show, and then back for The Amazing Race All-Stars.  Not a bad reality resume, right?  Well, now Rob has decided to create and host his own reality series, which he purports to be bigger than both Survivor and The Amazing Race, and which has the biggest payday in reality show history ($10 million!!!).  The show is entitled “Tontine”.  This is the gist of it: Read more »
The Amazing Race 12 is about to begin filming.  Or, it‘s possible they‘ve already begun.  It‘s hard to know these things for sure.  For fans of The Amazing Race, the wait until next season is longer than normal, seeing as how CBS only elected to produce one season for the 2007-2008 TV season, rather than the usual two.  The Amazing Race 12 will premiere in early 2008.  Those viewers who have been with the show since the first season know how much it‘s evolved over the years.  There have been subtle changes (easier tasks) and big ones (less fast forwards, invent of the “Yield”); aspects of the series change every season.  With that in mind, there are a few things that could stand to be altered, or even completely changed, going into next season of The Amazing Race.  Read more »
Last week, we ran a story about Rob Mariano from The Amazing Race, and an upcoming reality show he‘s involved in called Tontine.  Information at that time was scarce, and what information we did have was vague.  We knew that Rob Mariano was involved in the show somehow and that casting calls would be occurring across the nation over the course of the summer.  We knew that the show would have fifteen contestants competing in mental and physical challenges across the globe for 100 days on all seven continents.  We knew that the players would be attempting to acquire all 15 keys, one of which each contestant begins the show with.  And, most importantly, we knew that the show boasted the largest prize in reality show history, $10 million. Now we know a lot more: Read more »