Hi everyone and greeting from beautiful Lake Texoma, where I am currently enjoying a wonderful vacation. I am very happy to be getting this chance to relax and unwind but you know what I’m even happier about? I’m happy that the Amazing Race is back and that, so far, Season 27 is shaping up to be a good one.
Seriously, I love the Amazing Race. The Amazing Race often seems to get overshadowed by all the attention given to Survivor and Big Brother. And I have to admit that it worries me that the show has been moved to Friday nights because Friday night is often reserved for shows that the network no longer considers to be important. Last season, which saw the Amazing Race suddenly turn into a dating show, really concerned me as well. The whole dating thing seemed like an act of desperation.
That’s not what we watch the Amazing Race for! I watch The Amazing Race because I love to see all the countries that they visit. I also enjoy watching cocky racers have a meltdown when they discover that their taxi driver has no idea where he’s going.
Seriously, it’s fun!
As for tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race, I enjoyed it. There was some legitimate suspense about who would be the last to check in, Argentina is a beautiful location, and I was so jealous of everyone who got to do the tilted tango at the roadblock! That would have been right up my alley!
I was sad to see Alex and Adam eliminated. These two cousins had a lot of spirit and they were a lot of fun to watch during the first episode. What made it even more upsetting is the fact that both of them were so obviously upset over being eliminated. Phil also had a lot of empathy for them and it’s always interesting to compare Phil’s style of hosting to Jeff Probst’s style of hosting. Phil always seems to be on the verge of tears when he has to tell someone that they’ve been eliminated. Probst, on the other hand, would be more likely to just shrug and say, “I’ve got nothing for you.”
(Before Probst was hired, Phil was a leading contender to host Survivor. It’s strange to think about what Survivor would be like if Phil was the host. I think the producers of both shows made the right choice. Probst is perfect for Survivor. Phil is perfect for the Amazing Race.)
Since this is only the second leg, we’re still getting to know the teams. Here’s a few impressions from tonight’s episode.
- Justin and Diana finished first tonight. Justin is obviously being set up to be this season’s villain and it is true that he appears to be racing hard. On Survivor and Big Brother, they always say that you shouldn’t play hard. But that’s exactly what you have to do to win the Amazing Race. Justin and Diana may get on everyone’s nerves but they’re definitely strong competitors.
- Tanner and Josh came in second. They’re from Texas, I’m from Texas. Obviously, I’m going to like Tanner and Josh. Tanner and Josh seem like the type of team that typically makes it to the finale of the Amazing Race.
- Denise and James Earl came in third. James Earl is never going to forgive Denise for not being supportive of him when he first came out. They came in third tonight but I have a feeling that, as a team, they’re going to end up self-destructing.
- Logan and Chris came in fourth. I still don’t have much to say about Logan and Chris. They’re a bit generic. If Logan and Chris continue to fight with each other like they did during this episode, they’re not going to make it to the end.
- Cindy and Rick came in fifth. Who? Sorry, Cindy and Rick have yet to make an impression on me.
- Tiffany and Krista came in sixth but I liked their spirit and I’m predicting that they will be around for a while.
- Kelsey and Joey came in seventh. Much like Cindy and Rick, Kelsey and Joey have yet to make much of an impression.
- Jazmine and Danielle, who came in second at the end of the first leg, came in eighth this time. They seem like they should be strong contenders so maybe tonight was only a temporary setback.
- Ernest and Jin came in 9th and narrowly avoided being eliminated. I like both Ernest and Jin. They’ve got a lot of heart, they’ve got a good attitude, and I hate to think of them having to return to living in their car. So, hopefully, Ernest and Jin will do better during the next leg.
And that was tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race! So far, the season has been dominated by Justin & Diana and Tanner & Josh. Will that trend continue? And who will be eliminated next week?
I can’t wait to find out!
Have a great weekend, everyone!