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'The Amazing Race': Who Made the Final Three? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 1:00AM
'The Amazing Race' - 'We Are Charlie Chaplin'Whenever a new leg of 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) starts, you have to forget what came before. New challenges often lead to new emerging leaders. But one thing has been pretty consistent on this season. Andy and Tommy have had the luckiest run, helping elevate them to six first-place finishes. And Cindy has been so jealous of their success.

She's the kind of crazed perfectionist and competitive personality that makes her fun to watch on the 'Race,' but also makes you think she'd probably drive you crazy in the real world. Actually, she kind of drives me a bit crazy on the show, too. Sometimes you just want to tell her to relax and enjoy the experience.

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Snowboarder Jealous of Test Driving a Mustang on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 28th 2011 1:00AM
'The Amazing Race' - 'Release the Brake!'After last week's non-elimination, continuous leg of 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), the action never let up as the five remaining teams continued fighting their way through Europe. With raft-building, pigeon chasing, waffle making and test driving, the adrenaline never let up.

The challenge that only allowed one of the contestants to navigate the test course in a new Ford Mustang left Andy jealous when partner Tommy was selected to drive. As a car enthusiast, he was really bummed to miss out on that great opportunity.

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Muscles in Brussels on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:30AM
'The Amazing Race' 19There was no room to hide on this week's episode of 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) when the Racers visited the European Parliament Building in Brussels, Belgium. Sadly for them, they weren't there to learn about the political machinations of the European Union, or to sample such Belgian gastronomic delights as beer, or mussels and fries with mayonnaise.

Instead, the teams got a taste of the favorite pastime of Belgium's most famous son -- no, not Tintin or Jacques Delors -- Jean-Claude Van Damme: Bodybuilding! It was time to break out the shaving foam, breathe in and strike a pose wearing nothing but a smile and a ridiculously small and shiny posing pouch.

As Andy gamely applied bronzer to fellow snowboarder Tony's lower regions he sighed "Our friendship has hit a whole new level." Former NFL tight end (no pun intended) Marcus may have been the only one who actually enjoyed the experience, saying "I really got into it." He was rewarded for his efforts with some very enthusiastic whistling from the ladies in the crowd.

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Driving Directions Plague Several Teams, Determine Finish on 'Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 3:30AM
'The Amazing Race 19' - 'Super Shady'While you hate to see travel situations be the deciding factor on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), it's also frustrating when teams work hard to pull ahead and then an equalizer brings them all back even. Zac & Laurence pulled a very clever move at the airport, getting a much earlier flight, but it ultimately didn't matter.

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Everyone equalized waiting for the next task to open for business -- well, except for Marcus & Amani, who got lazy at the airport and assumed no one was getting a flight the night before. Still, it was a tight race to the finish this week.

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Winning by Inches on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 7th 2011 2:00AM
The Amazing RaceNo matter how great your performance is over the long haul, in the end, all that truly matters on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) is the final sprint to the finish line.

After leading most of the way, engaged couple Ernie and Cindy started to flag as they neared the end point (possibly because Ernie was also carrying Cindy's pack), but unlucky for them, pro-snowboarding team Andy and Tommy were hot on their heels.

In the end, it came down to a matter of inches between the winning team and second place, which made it all the more frustrating for the losers.

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Forgetting to Pay Your Driver Costs Big on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 2:15AM
'The Amazing Race' - 'We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious (Malawi)'Paying attention to details is key on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS). That said, some things are just fundamental to the race and always have been. You simply must settle up with your driver before you can check in to a Pit Stop. And yet, season after season, we see teams that miss this crucial detail.

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Teams that forgot -- and there were two of them this week -- were lucky Phil didn't make them carry those beds back to pay off their trucks. With an equalizer at the start of this leg, it was essential that contestants race hard and smart from beginning to end.

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'The Amazing Race' Task Gives Back to Thailand After 2004 Tsunami (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 3:45AM
'The Amazing Race' - 'This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess''The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) made its way to Thailand this week, where teams got a chance to give back to the region -- kind of -- after the 2004 tsunami ravaged the region. Particularly, the coral was devastated. So teams had an option to help rebuild the by building a coral nursery.

Of course, the other option was helping set up chairs and umbrellas on the beach which helps ... the toursim industry?

Both tasks proved more challenging than most teams expected, with twins Liz and Marie perhaps struggling the most with their umbrellas. Wind and umbrellas does not make a good combination.

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Phil Has Just the Right Words at an Emotional Elimination on 'Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 6:00AM
'The Amazing Race 19' - 'Don't Lay Down on Me Now'In this third leg, the remaining nine teams on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) stayed in Indonesia and faced some true 'TAR' challenges. They had to perform physical labor, decipher clues and even count and remember Buddha statues. This means they didn't arrive at the finish in virtually the same order they left it.

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After catapulting to first place thanks to a keen eye last week, though, Andy & Tommy continued a solid and impressive run. They partnered with Laurence & Zac on the finale task, and the two pairs came in first and second for the second week in a row.

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'The Amazing Race' Renewed for Season 20

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 16th 2011 2:20PM
The Amazing RaceTen years in and 'The Amazing Race' shows no sign of slowing down.

CBS announced in March that the reality hit would return for a 19th edition in the fall, and today the network revealed that it has already renewed 'TAR' for a 20th season.

Teams will race around the world on a million-dollar quest for the 20th time in spring 2012. In the meantime, season 19 will premiere this fall.

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A Man Suffers a Heart Attack on the First Flight of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 2:15AM
a heart attack on 'The Amazing Race'No matter how hard you prepare for 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), you simply can't prepare for the unknown. And nowhere does the unknown seem to rear its ugly head more than when it comes to the myriad flights contestants must take.

At the beginning of this season, which features contestants who've raced before but never won, host Phil Keoghan said that second chances don't come easy. A few short hours later on their very first flight, that proved to be even more true than they might have imagined.

After an opening challenge saw eight of the eleven teams secure a position on an earlier flight to Australia -- with a 90-minute lead on the second plane -- the unexpected occurred. A man on the lead plane had a heart attack mid-flight, causing it to make an emergency landing in Honolulu.

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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 12 (Season Finale) Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 13th 2010 12:40AM
The final three teams on 'The Amazing Race' race to the finish line['The Amazing Race' - 'Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race.']

Usually the season finale of 'The Amazing Race' isn't such a nail-biter. In previous seasons, there's always been one team in the finale that makes you scratch your head and wonder how they made it that far, and another team that could've been named the winner a handful of episodes back.

That wasn't the case this season. The three remaining teams were quite evenly matched in skill, although Brook and Claire didn't have the record for winning legs that Jill/Thomas and Nat/Kat had. But, looking at the final three pairs, all deserved their places in the finale. They'd all performed well. So who won?

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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 11 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 6th 2010 6:00AM
I'm surrounded by ninjas! Want a kiss?['The Amazing Race' - 'I'm Surrounded by Ninjas!']

If the moon is truly in the seventh house and Jupiter is definitely aligned with Mars, if all that is good is right with the world ... then we all know that it's time for Nick and Vicki to leave 'The Amazing Race.' If Vicki could switch out partners at this late date, that would be fine, but Nick must go.

But, this show isn't always that predictable. Reality shows often don't go quite the way the fans want them to go. True, it would take a miracle for Nick and Vicki to overcome both a six-hour penalty and a Speed Bump, but you never know.

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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 10 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 29th 2010 6:00AM
Want some cheese with that whine, Nick?['The Amazing Race' - 'I Hate Chinese Food']

It's hard to believe that we're down to the final four on 'The Amazing Race.' While it seems like just a few weeks have gone by, already the teams ousted early are fading in my mind. Two all-female teams are still in contention for the big win and both of them are pretty dang tough, wouldn't you say?

Then there's Nick and Vicki. Despite tough appearances, they're not so tough. Well, at least Nick isn't. On the other hand, even though she lacks a lot of savvy, Vicki is one determined woman. But will it do her any good when she's saddled herself with Nick? Read on.

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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 9 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 22nd 2010 5:00AM
A double U-turn for the first time on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race' - 'There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets']

Every few seasons, 'The Amazing Race' tosses something new into the mix to challenge the teams. Initially, the main obstacles were Detours and Roadblocks. Since then we've had Yields, U-Turns and Speed Bumps, all of which have the sole aim of impeding team progress.

Tonight's introduction of the Double U-Turn, while not entirely a new concept, certainly had an impact on this leg. Using something like this is also very telling about the teams who employ it and who's considered a threat in the race.

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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 8 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 15th 2010 5:00AM
Rappelling into the ['The Amazing Race 17' - 'Ali Baba in a Suit']

Tonight we boldly went to where no reality show (or just a rare few) has gone before -- the Middle East. For some odd reason I just can't see 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' filming there. Yet it was a perfect location for a leg of 'The Amazing Race.'

Not only is the countryside simply amazing, but the teams were well-received by the locals. With all of the problems in today's world, this leg was a fresh air journey into the country of Oman as well as a glance at the people who live there.

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