Sizing Up The Amazing Race's 11 New Teams
The 17th edition of The Amazing Race is nearly upon us, and since the show finally lost the Reality Competition Series Emmy to Top Chef, I can feel good about liking it again. Let's break down the 11 competing teams, assign them unfair titles, and pick a possible winner.
Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin
Ages: 27, 30
Hometowns: San Diego; Reno, Nev.
Occupations: Home shopping hosts
Relationship: Home shopping hosts
Award: Most Inoffensive
Analysis: On-air personalities have a tendency to increase their diplomacy under duress, so this team could be benign. Someone call their toll free number and voice my disappointment.
Nick DeCarlo and Vicki Casciola
Ages: both 26
Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
Occupations: Bartender, hairstylist
Award: Most Hotheaded
Analysis: "Nick and Vicki"! Can't you hear the dastardly tone in Phil Keoghan's finish line greeting as he greets the Italian duo? On the CBS website, Nick lists "buying my own Harley" as his favorite personal achievement. The matchup of bartender and hairstylist says "vitriol" to me.
Ron Kellum and Tony Stovall
Ages: 45, 42
Hometowns: Los Angeles; Tucson, Ariz.
Occupations: Director/choreographer, doctoral student
Relationship: Best friends
Award: Funniest Team
Analysis: I'm assuming you're a hilarious person if you write a book called The Gypsy's Survival Guide to Show-Business. Don't let me down, Ron.
Michael Wu and Kevin Wu
Ages: 58, 20
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Occupations: Software engineer/content creator, Internet entertainer
Relationship: Father and son
Award: Most Confused by One Another
Analysis: Though Kevin includes his dad in his viral videos (which have over a million subscribers), he also "has trouble comprehending" him. Generation gaps! The Amazing Race touchstone.
Chad Waltrip and Stephanie Smith
Ages: 26, 23
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupations: Operations manager, hairstylist
Relationship: Newly dating
Award: Most Likely to Win
Analysis: Chad is a self-starting and impassioned competitor. His girlfriend is a former swimmer who trained the Colorado Olympic Training Center. Together, they have the kind of focus to win reminiscent of season five's Colin and Christie -- even if Colin and Christie actually ended up getting second.
Nat Strand and Kat Chang
Ages: 31, 35
Hometowns: Scottsdale, Ariz.; Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupations: both doctors
Award: Most Likable
Analysis: Not only are they both doctors (historically a likable occupation on The Amazing Race), but Nat says in her bio she'd trade places with either "the Dalai Lama or Heidi Klum." If you say things like that, you qualify to be liked. By me.
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