The Amazing Race 21 Preview – by MelTheHound
Hello race fans. We’re back at it again. Season premier here is, Sept 30th. Once again, I’ll be trying to guide you through this crazy ride as the 11 teams of racers compete for a grand prize of not one but Two Million dollars. That’s $2,000,000. So get ready for some real back stabbing here. Here from Realityworld.com is how that will work (which I think came from the CBS website.
The Amazing Race‘s 21st season will introduce a new previously-announced change in which one team may be able to claim a $2 million prize instead of the series’ usual $1 million. However the change has a significant catch — if the team that wins the first leg of the Race eventually beats their 10 competitors in the final leg of the season to become The Amazing Race champions, that victorious pair will double their money. Should any other team win the Race, their prize will remain only $1 million.
What I take that to mean is that the first leg of this race is going to be brutal. ONLY the team that wins the first leg of the race has a chance at the $2 million. There are 11 teams competing on a 3 continent 9 country race with a revisit to an old roadblock in The Netherlands. Total distance covered will be about 25,000 miles. Each team pair must have some previous or I guess ongoing relationship to enter. Let’s get to the teams, Shall we?
In no particular order…
Abbie & Ryan – Dating Divorcees Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz. – Kill me now. Another pair of divorcees. Remember Ralph and Vanessa from last season? I’m still laughing at Vanessa looking at Rachel’s assets at the end of each leg. We’ll see how this pair fares.
Trey and Alexis -Dating couple Trey Wier and Alexis “Lexi” Beerman – Our own LaineyLainey’s daughter knows Miss Beerman. (I hope you don’t mind Lainey) She writes on the chat – my daughter used to be on the University of TX Pom Team – one of her former pom girls and her (Alexis’s) boyfriend are on the upcoming season of CBS the Amazing Race. He was a football player and she calls herself a cheerleader. Wish them luck.
Rob and Kelley -Married Monster Truckers Rob and Kelley French – There’s a video on Youtube of this guy doing a back flip in his truck ‘Dragon Fly’. Kind of impressive I guess. Looks more like a face plant to me as the front end ends up on the windshield (sorry for the spoiler). Her first husband was killed 6 years ago in an accident and his good friend Rob, stepped in to help. Both are kind of set in their ways and both admit they can be stubborn. Might be interesting to watch them if they last beyond the first couple legs.
Gary and Will – Substitute Teachers Gary Wojnar and Will Chiola – These are a couple locals to me. Both in their early 50s and residing in SE Michigan. One less than about 5 miles from me. Will is admittedly the ‘slower’ one of the two. Sorry don’t know of another way to say it. He says, Gary is the thinker, he is the marathon runner (22 of them). They say they will ‘make friends’ when it suits them during the race, and cut them loose just as fast. Watch out for these two racers… Go Home Team!
Amy and Daniel -On and Off Daters Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale – Oh this ought to be good. Amy is a 32-year-old motivational speaker and snowboarder, who is a double amputee from Las Vegas, NV. Daniel is a 36-year-old executive director from Crested Butte, CO. Ummm Aviva, Take Note. This one has TWO prostetic legs and she lost her legs (below the knees) to bacterial meningitis at the age of 19. 2% chance of living when it happened, I’m betting there isn’t too much that scares this woman at this point. I kind of like her. Let’s see how they do.
Jaymes and James – Chippendale friends Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis – Jaymes is a 30-year-old Chippendales MC and James is a 27-year-old Chippendales dancer. They are both from Las Vegas, NV. The picture of them tells which one is which, I’ll have to wait and figure it out later. They met about 8 years ago and have been Chippendales entertainers since. One sings, one plays a guitar. Did you know this group wasn’t just about the skin? They too have traveled the world and look at TAR as a free ride to do bucket list sort of stuff that one would normally have to pay to do. Sounds like a plan to me and it sounds like the $1 million prize is a bonus for them, if they win.
Caitlin and Brittany – Best Friends Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher – Caitlin is a 24-year-old special education teacher from St. Louis, MO. Brittany is a 25-year-old in medical device sales from Chicago, IL. Formerly it appears Caitlin was a soccer player at Auburn University and Brittany Fletcher was also a student there. One dated the other’s brother at some point (didn’t quite catch which).
Rob and Sheila -Engaged couple Rob Scheer and Sheila Castle – They are engaged and from Pigeon Forge, Tn (Dollywood?). She’s 44 he’s 53 and they are predicting they will win the race. Of course they will. He’s a championship lumberjack, she’s a cosmetics exec from the northwest. He sees himself as a McGyver type and she’s completely gung ho herself. We’ll see how they do.
James and Mark – Friends James LoMenzo and Mark Abbattista – James is a 53-year-old professional musician and former band member of White Lion and Megadeth from Burbank, CA. Mark is a 45-year-old entertainment lawyer from Denver, CO. I personally think they are going to trip over their hair. Being rockers they are already world travelers so watch along as they draw on each other’s strengths to cover each other’s weaknesses.
Josh and Brent – Goat Farmers/Life Partners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge – Put all their money into a weekend getaway in upstate New York that is a working goat farm. Within 6 months both lost their jobs and now must make things work on the farm. Been together 14 years and are engaged, they say they bicker a lot. Are these the gay Bickersons? (sorry, couldn’t resist). They say they’ll go to any lengths that aren’t unfair. We’ll see how that works out for them.
Natalie and Nadiya – Twins Natalie and Nadiya Anderson – Natalie is a 26-year-old physical therapy student and Nadiya is a 26-year-old project coordinator at Bridge2Peace. They are both from Edgewater, NJ. They are actually from Sri Lanka which is is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. They grew up there during a civil war and the language on the island is unique. They figure that, and the fact they are twins, will give them an edge. Good luck ladies.
So there they are my friends. The 11 teams. I will dub them with nicknames when we get started, Sept 30, 8pm Eastern time. You can check them out at
Rachael Zoe Project 5th Season Gets Green Light
Bravo issued a Press Release late last week announcing that The Rachael Zoe Project will be on the air for a fifth season. Rachael now has an office in both NYC and LA and her little Skyler is a walking and talking toddler. Can’t wait to see the little guy!
Our condolences to Paul Nassif and his family on the loss of his father, just one day prior to filing for divorce from his wife, Adrienne Maloof. The Daily Mail reports that he provided the following statement:
“‘Adrienne and I have tried very hard to make our marriage work, but this is the best course for both of us.
This is a difficult time for our family and my prime focus is to ensure our boys are well and happy.’
He added: ‘In addition, sadly I just lost my father yesterday – a man who taught me how to be a man. I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support from family, friends and patients. We will get through this.'”
They also report that he was emotional as he drove away.
Paul does seem like a nice guy, it’s hard to see him going through this.
Interestingly, they also report that, while both parties originally indicated they would be filing for the divorce, Adrienne subsequently chose not to file.