Well, what a sad night.
One of the unfortunate things about reality TV is that sometimes, your favorites don’t win. Sometimes, they get blind-sided a tribal council. Sometimes, they get involved with the wrong alliance and they end up getting voted out of the house. Sometimes, the dress doesn’t look as good on the model as they thought it would and Heidi Klum says, “You’re auf.”
And sometimes, no matter how you personally like a team of racers, they end up as the last ones to arrive at the pit stop and Phil tells them that they have been eliminated from the race.
Tonight, when Tanner and Josh were the last ones to the mat, there was a part of me that was so hoping Phil would say that they were doing two non-elimination legs in a row. Tanner and Josh have been my favorites from the start and I’ll admit right now that a lot of that has to do with the fact that they’re not only from my home state but my home city as well.
But it was not to be. Tanner and Josh were eliminated and, as sad as I was to see them go, I can’t complain. That’s the way the game is played. If you’re the last one to arrive, you’re eliminated. Sometimes, your favorite team gets eliminated and its upsetting. But that’s the way it goes.
And really, that’s one reason why I love the Amazing Race. On Big Brother, you’re never quite sure if the game is actually fair. You know that the producers have their favorites and you’re always wondering whether the game’s been fixed to keep those favorites around for as long as possible. The same could be said of Project Runway, in which the judges always seem to have their favorite designers who they allow to get away with things that would get other designers eliminated.
But on the Amazing Race, it’s all pretty simple. The challenges are the same for everyone. The non-elimination legs are determined before the race even begins. If you’re the last person to check in, there’s a very good chance that you’re going to be eliminated.
So, I’m sad to see Tanner and Josh go but I am glad that they got to experience the Race and I’m glad that they had a few good legs. Unfortunately, they got hit by some bad luck but they never gave up and, even when they were in the back of the pack, they were still a strong team.
Tonight, we saw the racers go to India. The India episodes are always my favorites of the season because racing in India almost always seems to either bring out the best or the worst of the two teams. Here’s how everyone did tonight:
Coming in first, Justin and Diana. Justin and Diana are starting to look unbeatable but then again, Brendan and Rachel often looked unbeatable during their two seasons as well. Over the past few episodes, I’ve been pretty critical of Justin but I’m starting to change my mind. Yes, he’s obnoxious and there are times when he needs to calm down. But he and Diana are a strong team and they’ve earned their first place finishes. As well, I respect them for choosing not to use the U-turn. Justin may be loud and he may be cocky but he’s not a bully.
Coming in second, Joey and Kelsey. Whatever respect that I once had for Kelsey and Joey, I lost tonight. At that point, Joey and Kelsey were far enough ahead that there was no reason to U-turn anyone. U-turning Tanner and Josh felt petty and vindictive. Joey’s excuse was that they had to make sure Tanner and Josh wouldn’t get ahead of them but, seeing as how Joey and Kelsey were already heading to the pit stop, his reasoning doesn’t stand up to logic. If he was determined to make sure that he and Kelsey were the second ones to reach the pit stop, it would have been smarter to U-turn Logan and Chris. U-turning Tanner and Josh was just adding insult to injury. So, anyway, I now have zero respect for either Joey or Kelsey and here’s hoping they get eliminated next.
Coming in third, Logan and Chris. BLEH! WHY IS THIS USELESS TEAM STILL IN THE RACE!? Apparently, next week, they will have another meltdown. Oh joy.
Coming in fourth, Tiffany and Krista. With Josh and Tanner gone, Tiffany and Krista are now my favorite team. I’m a little bit worried because Tiffany and Krista always seem to have the worst luck so here’s hoping they come on strong for the last few legs.
Coming in fifth, Denise and James Earl. James Earl finally said something nice to his mom during tonight’s episode. That’s progress.
Coming in sixth and getting eliminated, Tanner and Josh. Hopefully, they’ll be back for the next All-Stars edition.