Amazing Race

The new season of the Amazing Race marks a decade of entertainment from the CBS series, so expect to see lots of new twists and turns.

The nineteenth season is highlighted by a cast headed up by former Survivor winners Jenna Morasca and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn. Joining them are a retired NFL player, Olympic snowboarders, a set of twins, the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world, and, of course, a pair of former Vegas showgirls…just to name a few.

This year’s race around the world will span four continents, twenty cities, and almost 40,000 miles of global travel. The eleven teams will start their trek in Southern California before heading to Taiwan. Thailand, Denmark, Malawi, and Indonesia will be other destinations for those fortunate enough to survive elimination.

This season, hosted by Phil Keoghan, also boasts a new “Hazard” penalty and the first ever double elimination. The new season of Amazing Race premieres Sunday, September 25, on CBS. Meet the teams below!


Amazing Race 18 All Stars
After traveling 40,000 miles, nine countries, and five continents, sisters LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman ended up the surprising winners of the Amazing Race season 18!

LaKisha and Jennifer beat out two other teams, father/daughter team Gary and Mallory, and Globetrotters Herb and Nate, to win the $1 million prize. The sisters’ win makes this only the second time in the show’s history an all women’s team has won.

“It was such a hard race,” Kisha, 30, stated. “From the start, it was like they had really stepped it up. And we’d get to the end of a leg, and there would be Phil Koeghan, giving us another clue and telling us to keep running!”

“You get so ready to go to a pit stop and rest,” adds Jennifer. “And then to keep running, it really wears you down.” Both sisters dedicated their win to their mother on the show last night. “We’re doing it for Mom,” said Jennifer promising to give some of their winnings to their mother. Aww.

Meanwhile, previous Amazing Race winners Meghan Rickey & Cheyne Whitney also tied the knot this weekend.

Meghan and Cheyne, the 2009 winners of season 15, got married on Saturday in front of over 200 of their closest friends and family. PEOPLE magazine reports the romantic and stylish wedding took place at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

“I’m a little bit hoarse, a little sick, but I’m excited,” Meghan told PEOPLE. “This is our day!” Cheyne added, “It’s been perfect. The ceremony couldn’t have been better.”

Meghan wore a strapless satin A-Line dress with sweetheart neckline and jeweled bodice, with the bridesmaids wearing long, Slate chiffon dresses. Their first dance was to “Is This Love” by Bob Marley.

Wedding Photo Credit – Aaron Feldman of True Photography Weddings!


The Amazing Race 18

Eleven former teams who fell short of winning $1 million during their inaugural races around the world return for another adventure and a second chance in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business aka All-star season!

The 18th season of the show will feature some familiar faces and fan favorites from previous seasons including the cowboys, goths, Harlem Globetrotters and more.

These contestants will travel 40,000 miles through five continents and 23 cities. Teams will begin their journey around the globe from the second-windiest place on the planet, and travel to such picturesque locations as Sydney, Australia, where they find themselves swimming with sharks; Liechtenstein, where they must measure the length of the entire country while riding a motorized bicycle; and Tokyo, Japan, where they must endure the freezing waters from Mount Fuji as part of a spiritual ritual.

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business premieres Sunday Feb. 20 at 8/7c on CBS.


The finale episode of the Amazing Race season 17 aired last night and for the first time in the show’s history, an all female team won the competition.

Those history making ladies are Doctors Nat Strand, 31, and Kat Chang, 35. Nat and Kat beat out Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin and dating couple Thomas Wolfard and Jill Haney to win the $1 million prize.

During the one hour finale, the three teams had to bungee jump off a giant crane at the Port of Long Beach, decorate a float for the Tournament of Roses parade, and play a trivia contest with veteran game-show host Bob Eubanks.

And also for the first time in the show’s history, the race ended in Los Angeles. “It’s hard to believe, but this is the first time in our series history that we’ve ended the race in Los Angeles. Nothing like maneuvering your way to the finish line through L.A. traffic,” host Phil Keoghan told PEOPLE. “We have one challenge where teams literally have to face their fears and phobias in order to avoid choking with $1 million on the line.”

For this season, the finalists covered four continents, 30 cities and 32,000 miles. “This experience has totally bonded us, and no one will ever understand what we went through except these people,” said Kat to Nat. “You really are my sister, and this is something we’ll share for the rest of our lives,” she added.

The biggest surprise of the night however came in the form of Phil announcing the next season of TAR will be an all-star season! Even better, runners-up Brook and Claire, will be competing in the all-star edition. Other “fan-favorite” teams will include Cowboys Jet and Cord and goth faves Kynt and Vixsin.

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” will premiere Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 on CBS.



Amazing Race 17

The all new season of the Amazing Race is set to debut tonight on CBS at 8:30/7:30c.

The 17th season of the show will follow 11 teams as they travel over 32,000 miles, spanning over four continents and 30 cities with inaugural visits to Bangladesh, Ghana and a Trek Deep into the Arctic Circle.

Additionally, for the first time in the show’s history, the Team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.

The new season will feature contestants from all walks of life, including a team of home shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an Internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth mother/daughter Team who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago.

Phil Keoghan returns as the show host in tonight’s 90 minute premiere.

The cast photos and bios below!

Katie Seamon, 23 and Rachel Johnston, 24 (Beach Volleyball Players)


Chad Waltrip, 26 and Stephanie Smith, 23 (Dating Couple)


Jeff Schroeder

With the new edition of Big Brother currently airing, a lot of the show’s fans have been wondering what is going on with last season’s favorite Jeff Schroeder.

Jeff, who came close to making the BB final 2 last year, has since appeared on the Amazing Race this year with girlfriend & fellow BB alum Jordan Lloyd.  While the couple came way short of winning the show, it seems Jeff is now ready for a new adventure.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Jeff discusses being the host of Around the World for Free, a web series for that will take him across the world for 100 days with no money and with viewers determining where he goes, how he gets there and where he stays.  Jeff also confirms that he and Jordan are still together, and discusses how they make their long-distance relationship work.

Excerpts from Jeff’s interview below –

You have said that doing a travel show was your ultimate dream and now it’s been realized. How does it feel?
Not to be too philosophical, but I’ve learned that anything can happen if you really believe in it and want it enough. I’ve been saying it for a long time and I know that BB and The Amazing Race were springboards for me to get this show. But it’s an amazing feeling to realize a dream.

So many things can go wrong in 100 days. Are you nervous?
If you look for problems or if you go out looking for the bad, then you’re going to find it. I have to focus on the positive and keep telling myself that there are good people out there and that everything is going to be good. My attitude is that I know things are going to go well but I’m hopping things go even better!

Are you catching up on your world cultures or are you going into this fully blind?

Obviously I’m no world traveler but I kind of want to go in blind. I want to learn as the audience learns. I think I’m an average, everyday guy and I want everyone else to be on my page. I want to go into this with an open heart and open eyes.

How are you and Jordan doing?
We’ve had our bumps but no break-ups and everything is going great. We only get to see each other every two weeks or so. We have to travel back and forth but we vacation together and do a lot of fun things together. Lately I’ve been busy with the show and she’s been busy with school, but having to work with a long-distance relationship really worked out for us because when we finally get a break from what we’re doing we’re so excited to see each other. So far, so good.

You can check out the show here on CBS.

amazing race 16 finale

The Amazing Race finale aired last night with three teams vying for the top $1 million prize. In the finals were the cowboys, the models and the brothers.

So who came out on top? Well after a long race, which ultimately ended at the Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Pious brothers, Daniel and Jordan (pictured far right), came out on top of the competition. Coming in a close second were the cowboys, which consisted of brothers Jet and Cord McCoy from Tupelo, Oklahoma.

The models and dating couple, Caite Upton and Brent Home, came in a distant third after having some issues with their imcompetent cab driver. The models however put the nail in their own coffin when they forgot to take their money and other items with them after leaving the Star Wars challenge, thus having to turn back around. That basically put them out of the competition.

The best part of the night came when model Caite attempted to apologize to the lesbian team, consisting of Carol and Brandy, only to have Brandy snap back at her. “I don’t want to hear sorry from you. You purposely whacked us,” said Brandy. Caite however handled the situation well, replying, “I’m the one standing here and not you.” This didn’t exactly come as a surprise because even in their post show interview, Brandy and Carol continue to hold a grudge.

Another controversy from the finale came when the Pious brothers cut in line, in front of the cowboys, at the airport. A number of fans feel this was a dirty move. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to matter, as the brothers were able to move up to first class during their flight to San Fran, thus putting them in first place.



Louie Stravato, 47, and Michael Naylor, 45, found themselves the latest team to be eliminated from the Amazing Race this past Sunday.

In a new interview with TV Guide, the cops/buddies discuss their elimination, why they chose to work with Dan and Jordan, plus why Joe and Heidi need to get over their u-turn.

Excerpts from their interview below – How far behind Dan and Jordan were you?
I feel we were 10 minutes behind. I spoke to Daniel after. He had a horrendous cab ride as we did. He reacted a little differently to his cab ride. It felt like forever and watching it again, it felt like forever. I want to say 10 — 20 minutes tops. We finished [the Roadblock] right after them. … [The Roadbloack] was just looking for a needle in the haystack. At one point, I was taking everything out of the case and leaving them out, but I was told you couldn’t do that. You had to put them all back. Why didn’t you do pork dumplings?
There were prior episodes from prior seasons where you had to order the food in that language, so I was worried about that. I think Mike and I brought that up. We decided not to risk it. … But looking at it now, it looked kind of easy. … [When we saw Dan and Jordan were still at the Roadblock,] we were very motivated. I was pumped to see them still there, still searching. I was like, “We can do this. We’ve got this.” Why were you willing to work with them at the beginning of the leg?
When the brothers came back to get us, I was ecstatic. Louie had more of a feeling that he wanted to leave them and go on our own. We work better alone, but I wanted our competition with us. … It would’ve worked had we gotten a little bit more of a break. We’re not going to sit and whine about it afterward. It’s the game.
Louie: My whole thing with Dan and Jordan being with us was that I drilled them with a million questions before searching the area [for the Garden Bridge], and one of them was, “Did you use the translation service?” Dan said, “Yes, I did.” But they didn’t have any answer of where it was or what it was. When we found, maybe an hour later, a taxi and asked for the translation phone, the [translator] was like, “Yes, it’s a bridge. You have to drive there by taxi.” … That’s when I got really mad. Did you ever think about ditching them?
I was kind of excited in the cab ride when we were in front, and they got stuck at the light and we lost them. I thought they were going to get lost. I was kind of pumped at that point, but obviously that didn’t happen. It is what it is. I get a lot of phone calls: “Oh, the brothers really used you guys.” I said, “No, they played the game.” You U-Turned Joe and Heidi, and he’s still not over it, judging from the Elimination Station videos.
He needs to get over it. I’ll be honest with you. That was the only time on the show that the edit wasn’t 100 percent because I had to talk Louie into U-Turning them. I had my heart set on Joe and Heidi from the beginning. It was 50 percent business, 50 percent “I couldn’t stomach ’em.” One of his [passport stamps] was China. I thought, “There’s a possibility we could go to China,” so do I want to bring somebody who speaks Mandarin to Asia? No way! Then there’s the whole thing on the bus — he was a negative factor. Other people didn’t like him. He was mean to Daniel and Jordan. He needs to get over it. Joe is hung up on Joe.
Louie: Every single Elimination Station video, he’s out of control. People are posting, “Give it up. Let it go, Joe.” C’mon! He was negative all the time and he was like a Mr. Know-It-All. He’d make comments on the bus about everyone, and me and Mike are sitting right in front of him. Like, “Dude, we’re right here.” What did you say to each other at the finish?
We talked about it a little bit. I said it’s part of the game. Jet and Cord said to me, at the final four, I think, “Mike, if a U-Turn comes up and we get there first, we’re U-Turning you.” I laughed. I said, “I think that’s a compliment.” If they or anyone else U-Turned us, I would say, “Great move.” It is what it is. We thought Carol and Brandy were a threat — not physically — but because they were world travelers. They were in decent shape, but everywhere we went, they were like, “Oh, I know somebody from Singapore, I know somebody from here who speaks French, who speaks Spanish.”


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