Race fans, we’ve had a long and memorable season. After many centuries of philosophical debate, we learned empirically that Cowboys are better than Detectives. We saw a re-enactment of the trench warfare of World War I. Perhaps more terrifyingly, we saw Brent and Caite re-enact the same fight on five continents. (“You’re dumb!” “You’re dumb!” “You’re a towel!” “No, YOU’RE a towel!”) We saw just how easy it was to lose one coconut. (For want of a coconut, the race was lost…) And now, the 16th race around the world is over, and only one team reigns supreme. (SPOILERS APLENTY after the jump…)
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Just because no one was surprised by the outcome of last night’s Amazing Race finale doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive that couple Meghan Ricky and Cheyne Whitney reached the finish line first. After a night of drinking and a way-too-early Early Show appearance, the winning duo checked in to shed light on their victory, Meghan’s voice, and Cheyne’s hair.
EW: Where did you watch the finale last night?
Meghan: Most of the cast came out to New York so we all met up and got to watch it in a private screening room at a hotel. That was pretty fun to be with the cast again.
Cheyne: And then we stayed out drinking and went to bed about 5 hours ago [6 a.m.]
Meghan: No, we went to bed at 3:30 am and got up for the Early Show 3 hours later.
EW: How was it seeing everyone from the show? Tense?
Cheyne: Not at all. We’re lucky enough that we’re still really close with a lot of the cast. We had gone to visit Sam and Dan and Brian and Ericka. We’ve seen Zev and Justin, Ron and Marcy. We’ve hung out a lot with everybody. Our cast is really close. Everyone’s really friendly and genuinely enjoys each other’s company.
EW: Were drinks on you last night?
Meghan: Everyone wanted them to be but we said, “Let’s wait until we get our check.”
EW: And did you? READ FULL STORY
Thankfully what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas as Meghan & Cheyne, Sam & Dan, and Ericka & Brian raced that last leg to the $1 million prize. No spoilers here (BUT THE MESSAGE BOARDS ARE A DIFFERENT STORY). Jessica Shaw’s got your full Amazing Race finale recap, but if you’ve landed here, tell us what you thought before you click over to get her take on the big finish. Could you stand the suspense??! Did your favorite team win?
You can mock Nate “Big Easy” Lofton all you want for not being able to unscramble five letters to spell “Franz” last night. But the truth is we’ll all miss him and Herb “Flight Time” Lang in next week’s season finale. The fan favorite team of Harlem Globetrotters checked in with EW to defend their spelling skills and dish about those dastardly brothers.
EW: First of all, I’m not going to be able to call you Nate and Herb. You’re Flight Time and Big Easy.
Big Easy: We’re known as Flight Time and Big Easy all around the world. We’ve traveled so much. People know us by our nicknames. We used our regular names when we were talking to each other, though.
EW: How did you two get selected from the entire Globetrotters team to compete on Amazing Race?
Flight Time: Last year, in October 2008, [Globetrotters management] came to us with a list of reality shows and asked would we want to be on any of them if we had an opportunity. They pitched them about getting a couple of us on there. Luckily for us, we were the two selected to represent the team. We have a great relationship so we knew we would make a good team.
Big Easy: We went through everything that everyone else did to get on the show. We weren’t just put on the show because we were Nate and Herb. We went through every step. We didn’t get any extra help because of who we are. We had to work just as hard.
There are a couple post-Thanksgiving gifts that would bring a slap-happy grin to my face: stepping on the scale and realizing that I actually lost five pounds, and learning that my two favorite Big Brother contestants were about to participate in The Amazing Race. Some very instinctive fan took a picture of BB 11 winner Jordan Lloyd and her boyfriend, Jeff Schroeder, at the Los Angeles International airport recently and posted it on Twitter. Judging by their attire, the couple is either A) gearing up for a very exciting leg of the race or B) looking a little too precious in their matching T-shirts and backpacks. I’m going to assume the former, since Schroeder told EW last month that he and Lloyd wouldn’t be “opposed” to appearing on another CBS competition show. Sadly, CBS wouldn’t comment other than to say that officially, it won’t announce the cast of the show’s next season for a while. But pictures don’t lie … or do they? An insider reminds me that Schroeder did, after all, swipe a Hawaii trip from Russell the Muscle this summer (though apparently, he cashed it in. Thanks, posters!). Could the couple just be heading off to vacay?
What do you think? Does it look like the BB couple is about to extend their 15 minutes and join the Race? Would you tune in to see if Jordo “pops a boob” again (as Jeff so eloquently said to her last summer)?
Photo Credit: Danielle Varey/Twitpic
One of the upsides to Amazing Race challenges being super-lame lately is that the dramatic pans from the challenge to the “silent local character holding the next clue” have seemed much more hilarious than usual. I can’t stop thinking about the native-to-Dubai polar bear who had to wait around during the Find/Build a Snowman Detour on last night’s show. His startled expression contrasted so beautifully with his immobility and Mt. Tedium’s near-total lack of suspense. Look at his baby blue scarf! Does anyone else have almost too-fond memories of this guy? Or which other international oddities have made an impression on you during Amazing Race? I smell a Colorful Local Characters EW.com photo gallery! (Not really.)
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