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Who Will Win 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'? Host Phil Keoghan Weighs In

by Jean Bentley, posted May 6th 2011 3:15PM
Phil KeoghanThe stakes are even higher than normal for the final four teams on this season of 'The Amazing Race.' Considering each pair has competed on the Race once before -- and failed -- they've all had a lot to prove.

"Who's more motivated to come back and redeem themselves for stupid mistakes, for really bad luck, for penalties at the wrong time, for getting lost, for taking the most untimely pee break in the history of 'The Amazing Race,'" asked host Phil Keoghan when AOL TV chatted with him earlier this week. "Who's been living with that unfinished business, and who would make for an interesting comeback?"

On Sunday night (8PM ET on CBS), a pair of Harlem Globetrotters, two sisters, a father and a daughter and two best friends will cross the finish line of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' in Miami. AOL TV asked Phil to help handicap the strengths and weaknesses of the remaining teams. After the jump, find out which team Phil says is the one to beat.

Globetrotters, Amazing RaceFlight Time and Big Easy
What Phil says: "I think the Globetrotters have a really good chance. I think they're more motivated than they were last season, especially coming off of taking their penalty after the Kafka challenge. They know how to play the game. They know how to play it mentally and they know how to play it physically."
Strengths: "They're very fit; they're used to pressure; they're used to playing where the stakes are high. They've been in big games before and the pressure's on and they've gotta deliver; they've gotta get the shot. They've proven they're relentless. They talk a bit of smack, they know how to pscyh the other teams out. I think some people didn't understand what was going on there, but that's what happens on a b-ball court. You get in their head, throw them off their game, I think they did that."
Weaknesses: "I think if there's any weakness,with them, it's just that they maybe sometimes get a little bullish and it could cause them to make a mistake reading a clue or deciphering things under pressure where they're not having to rely on their ability to perform physically under pressure, which is a strength of theirs. If there's something that comes up where there's mental aptitude, I don't know whether that's their strength."

Kisha, Jen Amazing RaceKisha and Jen
What Phil says: "They've got that sisterly bond that is really unique. It's very different than a father-daughter relationship or a best friend relationship. A sister-sister relationship is really unique and really tight. I think Jen has the ability to calm everything down and keep a cool head under pressure, and I think she's gonna take more of a lead than, say, Kisha, but together I think they're a strong team physically and mentally."
Strengths: "I'm gonna say that Jen would be the fittest person left in this race. I don't think anybody in a foot race would beat her. She is a gazelle. She proved that in Varanasi. Nobody ran like her in the heat, a really challenging situation. They are also really competitive. Being coaches in sport, they know about pressure, they know about performing, keeping a cool head.
Weaknesses: "I think the biggest challenge they might face is that because they're sisters, they sometimes get a little naggy with each other. They're both strong characters, so sometimes neither one of them wants to fold and let the other one take the lead. That could be detrimental if the pressure really goes on and they're not a united force."

Mallory, GaryGary and Mallory
What Phil says:
"Gary and Mallory are, to me, the team that have proved the most to dispel some of the generalizations that people made about them. Gary's the oldest person left. Some people might've thought he's not strong enough to go through to the end, maybe not quite fit enough or fast enough to keep up with the younger teams, but I think he's proved them wrong."
Strengths: "Mallory is definitely the lead in that relationship. You can tell Gary has a lot of respect for his daughter. I think he does give her credit and he does respect her taking a lead. That's a special relationship, the father-daughter relationship."
Weaknesses: "It's hard to put a finger on any one particular weakness. I think compared to the other teams, they would be the slower team physically of all the four that are left. I say that respectfully. I'm certainly not saying they're unfit or anything; you've got to consider you're talking about some pretty high caliber physical specimens left. I'm just saying compared to the other teams I think they would probably be ranked fourth in terms of speed, agility, endurance, and strength. But if you were to rate them mentally, I think they're one of the stronger teams."

Zev, Justin Amazing RaceZev and Justin
What Phil says:
"I think on paper, Zev and Justin are the team to beat. They've won more legs than any other team. I really love those guys. I think they're just one of the most likable teams we've ever had on the Race."
Strengths: "I cannot say enough how inspiring it was to see Zev step up in Varanasi. I don't know if people understand the true magnitude of what he went through and what he pushed himself through mentally, but once I saw him step up like that, my feeling is they have got to be the team to beat. What could you throw at him that he's not going to be able to cope with after he coped with what was probably the toughest thing for somebody with Aspergers to cope with? That, to me, was one of the most impressive things we saw on the entire Race from anybody."
More strengths: "The thing I love about Justin is that absolute devotion and the strength of the friendship he has with Zev. He absolutely adores Zev. He stands up for him, he pushes him, he is a real friend to Zev."

What, exactly can we expect from the final episode of the season? According to Phil, there will be "a lot of comedy, a lot of humor. I think you might've seen in some of the teases that there's some hair removal that's going to take place. I think any time you put follicle removal on a reality show, it's good material for entertainment."

Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win?

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bovanz

I think Zev and his friend will win.

May 07 2011 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buzzyseed

By the lack of comments, only proves no one cares since they cheated the cowboys off.

May 07 2011 at 8:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bahone1

totaly agree with orchard

May 06 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buzzyseed

who cares? they screwed the cowboys with all the teams cheating!

May 06 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Elizabeth Dudley

Who cares? The cowboys are boring ALPHA team that was saved by TBC leg.

Cheated? How did they cheat? No one got a penalty at the Pit Stop. Did I miss something? Even the cowboys said that it wasn't cheating in their post-exit interviews. If the other teams were more generous or the roadblock was a rodeo roundup, the fangirls will be "BEST RACE EVAH."

May 08 2011 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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