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.
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Just a few weeks following the finale of season 21, CBS is now unveiling the cast of the all new 22nd season of Survivor: Redemption Island, which will reportedly include two former all-stars.
The battle begins this season in Nicaragua where the 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe. The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor. While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption.
CBS has released the names of 16 out of the 18 castaways with the promise to reveal the final 2 contestants at the end of this week. It is heavily rumored that those two remaining contestants are none other than rivals Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano. Their return would definitely make for an interesting season.
As we have previously reported, this season of Survivor will be a bit different thanks to some new rules. In fact, host Jeff Probst explained the rule changes two weeks ago. The biggest change being that eliminated contestants do not leave the game but instead go instead to the “Redemption Island,” where he or she will face off against the next person voted off in a duel.
The loser goes home with the duel winner going on to face the next arrival at Redemption Island until one person is left standing. That individual will get a chance to return to the game. The other rule change is that producers will get to decide whether or not people who quit the game during the jury stage will get to stay and vote for a winner.
The new season of Survivor premieres February 16 at 8/7c on CBS. The cast photos and bios below –
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UPDATE – CBS has now confirmed that the remaining two castaways are returning vets Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz.
“Having never been awarded the title of Sole Survivor, Hantz and Mariano return to compete for the $1 million prize and one last shot at redemption,” CBS said in a statement. “They will each join a separate tribe of all new castaways at the start of the game, but it is the tribe who will ultimately decide if they will welcome the knowledge of an experienced veteran, or view these former castaways as a threat.”
Los Angeles native Jud Birza aka Fabiobecame the $1 million winner of Survivor:Nicaragua after outlasting, outwitting and outplaying his fellow competitors following 39 days in the rain forest.
The 21-year-old college student and model beat out musician Chase Rice, 24 and real-estate broker Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, 30, to become the youngest Survivor contestant ever to win the game.
Fabio won by a 5-4 vote, beating out Chase. And in what can only be described as the Russell Hantzeffect, villain Sash received zero votes.
Fabio, who won the last three immunity challenges, stated numerous times that he is not as dumb as others thought he was. Dog trainer Jane Bright, 56, was declared the fan favorite, winning the $100,000 Sprint Fan Favorite award. NaOnka Mixon, who host Jeff Probst called “a great villain” admitted that she “acted a fool” on the show but ultimately defended all her actions.
And thanks to NaOnka and Purple Kelly aka the Quitters, Jeff announced last night that starting with the new season, quitters will now have some repercussions, such as not being allowed on the jury. The decision will however be in the hands of the show’s producers.
The next big announcement was that the new season will have a new twist called Redemption Island. According to Jeff, when a contestant is voted out, they will go to Redemption Island and stay there alone, before being ultimately joined by the next person voted out. The two will then compete in a duel and the winner will remain on Redemption Island. After a certain period, the last person left standing on Redemption Island will get to return to the game.
We also got an update of Boston Rob and Amber. The two just delivered their second daughter Carina Rose on December 10th.
My Thoughts – I thought Fabio made an excellent move in deciding to vote out Holly. He’s definitely not as dumb as he appears. Holly would have likely won had she made the finals and quite frankly, I believe she deserved to win. She is the only member of the older tribe left in the game, the only woman left standing and she made some great moves in the game. She is the one who orchestrated the elimination of Brenda — a major competitor. Had it not been for Holly, Brenda would have likely been in the final 3 with Sash.
Personally, I was rooting for Fabio the most and I’m glad he won. I did not think Chase deserved to win at all and believed his game play was about as impressive as Kelly Purple’s. He just seemed to go with the flow, doing what others told him to do. I’m not surprised Sash didn’t get a vote. I’m guessing he failed to watch Russell Hantz’s performance on the last season. Part of Survivor is the social game and pissing everyone off and backstabbing everyone is never a good idea. Sash was a bad player in my opinion because he lied when he didn’t need to, thus making himself more enemies than he needed to.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SEASON OF SURVIVOR AND FABIO WINNING? SHOULD PLAYERS LIKE SASH & RUSSELL BE PUNISHED FOR BACKSTABBING? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW RULES?
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 Keoghantold 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.
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In what can be called the most shocking elimination yet this season, Brenda Lowe saw her luck run out as she was ultimately blindsided by her BFF and voted off Survivor: Nicaragua.
In a new interview with E! Online, the 27-year-old self proclaimed “king” and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader discusses her surprise elimination, her thoughts on NaOnka’s betrayal, whether or not she regrets not scrambling and reveals her secret revenge at tribal council! Excerpts from Brenda’s interview below –
What was the symbol you sketched on your voting ballot for NaOnka? That symbol was the hidden immunity idol. Sorry my artistic abilities weren’t that good, but I was trying to show people that NaOnka has it, so watch out. It was my own way of punching back to her without outing her and losing it at T.C. My own little hint—whether people picked up on it or not—it was my going-away present for her.
Were you surprised as you seemed that Chase and Sash voted for you, and that Sash didn’t give you his Idol? No. What people don’t know is that I had trusted my main alliance with NaOnka with a little plan I had hatched, to take out Sash. I told NaOnka if Sash comes back [from the ziplining reward challenge with the guys] and says, “We need to keep Marty,” we can’t trust Sash. But he came back and said “We need to vote out Marty,” [so I knew] we could trust him. But NaOnka went and told Sash, “Brenda’s willing to take you out, watch out.” So it was with that mentality that Sash said, “There’s no way I’m going to give this girl my Idol. Anyone who’s targeting me is gone.”
Why ally with NaOnka? Did you regret it as she revealed more about her character as the game progressed? Her character is…whew. Wow! It was really, really shocking to watch on television. But out there she was a sweet girl to me, she was my friend, she made me laugh. I trusted her 1,000 percent. And she took a lot of attention off of me. At the vote with Shannon, the whole tribe wanted me gone, and they didn’t even know me. The more attention I could take off of me as a threat the better it was, and everyone wanted her out. While they were aiming for her, we could protect her and take them out. That was the strategy to keep her.
What is your major regret of the game? We don’t have enough time today to talk about it, but the major one was letting go of that Hidden Immunity Idol when I could’ve gotten it for myself. [I let NaOnka take it because] I didn’t want that target on my back—I already had a target on my back. She had it, my hands are clean. And she’s my friend—that’s what I thought. Another huge regret is underestimating everyone in the game. I absolutely underestimated everyone in the game and they outplayed me. They got me—they really got me
Thoughts On Last Episode – One word to described last week’s episode – EPIC! I was truly shocked and impressed that the other players decided to send Brenda packing. Players like Brenda and Sash typically make it to the end of Survivor. Even more surprising was the fact that NaOnka turned on Brenda and her right hand man Sash failed to use his hidden immunity idol to protect her a la Russell from last season. And the surprises didn’t end there as Sash and Chase both voted for Brenda. I’m not sure what Brenda’s game plan was but she should have definitely scrambled since she had no assurance Sash would save her. With 3 people on her side, all she needed was one extra alliance member to force a tie. She basically went into the tribal council with no game plan. Definitely the best episode of the season thus far. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight. If the cast was smart, they would target Sash next. And how impressive was Holly last week? She basically planned the demise of Brenda!
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One of the longest running reality shows is set to make its return, as Survivor: Nicaragua will premiere September 15 at 8/7c on CBS.
This marks the 21st season of the show, with CBS also announcing the show is moving to Wednesday nights.
As for the twist this season? The 20 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of 10 comprised of older competitors and younger competitors.
The Espada Tribe will be made up of individuals over the age of 40, who must prove they have the life experience and knowledge that will ultimately help them Outwit and Outlast their younger competitors. The La Flor Tribe on the other hand will consist of individuals ages 30 and younger, who will have to use their youth and vitality to Outplay and ultimately Outlast their elders.
The show’s host,Jeff Probst, has also announced that the Hidden Immunity Idol will be coming back this season.
Below are the photos and brief bios of the 20 castaways!
Name: Alina Wilson (23) Tribe: La Flor Current Residence: Downey, Calif. Occupation: Art Student at California State University (Fullerton)
Name: Ben “Benry” Henry (24) Tribe: La Flor Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif. Occupation: Club Promoter
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Bringing you the week 8 spoilers in the Big Brother house.
Thursday night brought us Ragan’s eviction. Though he was able to figure out the Brigade alliance, it was simply too late for him, as losing the POV competition to Enzo all but sealed his faith.
The live episode ended with the Big Brother house-guests playing a new HOH competition. In this week’s spoilers, find out the new HOH, their nominees, and the POV winner who will determine the HG to go home on Thursday.
Thursday night’s double eviction had HG Matt as the first casualty. The HOH competition was played live with Hayden becoming the new HOH, beating Brendon by a couple of seconds. Hayden nominated Brendon and Ragan, with Brendon being ultimately evicted, thus basically guaranteeing one of the Brigade douchebags will win BB12.
Following the TV episode, a new HOH was crowned during a later competition. In this week’s spoilers, find out the new HOH, their nominees, and the POV winner!
Below is a photo of Enzo and his wife. I did a little digging as I was a tad curious to see which lucky lady calls herself Mrs. Meow Meow. The lucky one who owns that title is Joella Palumbo, who Enzo has described as being loaded and earning over 6 figures on the live feeds.