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The Amazing Race is Two Episodes In, but There's One Reason to Start Watching

The Amazing Race_Season 16 I meant to talk about The Amazing Race when The Amazing Race aired last Sunday (because that would make sense), but then I didn't for various uninteresting reasons. Better late than never? Maybe? Anyway, The Amazing Race is the perfect reality show (besides having the perfect host), if you ask me. It has all the drama and cat fights and backstabbing we've come to expect from a must-watch reality program but it manages to avoid being too trashy. It also shows us some incredibly (and often surprisingly) beautiful parts of the world. I've added Lithuania, Argentina, Chile and Croatia to my must-visit list all because of this show. But why else should you tune in, this season in particular?

I don't know if you remember -- Americans have short pop culture memories, I've learned -- but in 2007 Caite Uptown was up for Miss Teen USA from South Carolina and cute Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights' Julie Taylor) asked her from the judge's panel why it was that a fifth of Americans couldn't locate the United States on a world map. Caite answered with this:

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children."

(You needed to read it through twice, didn't you?)

Caite_and_Brent_The_Amazing_Race Something tells me you probably recall that no matter how long ago it was, on second thought. Well, my friends, Caite is a contestant on season 16 of The Amazing Race. She's joined forces with Brent, her model boyfriend, and they're racing for a million dollars against ten (now eight) other teams. She said she decided to go on the show to prove how intelligent she really is and promised we'd all be sorry for making fun of her.

Later, as she read the clue directing teams to Chile, she repeated over and over about going to China.

Man, something tells me going on a geography-centric show might not have been the best way to help Americans forget about her geographical television blunder. Anyway, makes for good TV!

There's also a team from Big Brother (Jordan and Jeff, for any Big Brother fans out there; I don't know anything about either of them but still laughed pretty hard when Jeff was accusing Jordan of not being in good enough shape for the competition and she said, "What? I'm a walker!") and two honest-to-goodness cowboys that remind me why I have a softness for born-and-bred Texans.

Tune in this Sunday night. You haven't missed all that much (although you did miss, probably fortunately, a poor 71-year-old grandma get kicked in the head by a cow right before she and her granddaughter got kicked off the show) and if you're lucky, Caite will read all of the clues, mispronouncing cites and countries for weeks!

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Fawn Amber

You have to love television programming that provides snark fodder like this, yes?

I love me some Jeff and Jordan - can't wait to watch!!!


Amber, my husband picked them to win the whole thing and neither of us watch Big Brother.


Actually, Jordan was the one who confused Chile and China, not the "Such As" chick. Jordan is dumber than a box of rocks, but I love her and Jeff and I'm surprised they've done as well as they have!

Plus Jeff is a Chi-town guy!


Thanks, Kristin!

I'm single-handedly making Caite look better, without much effort on my part, either.


Didn't everyone want Boston Rob to win that one year? Evilllll...Geeeenius......


Pssst... the cowboys are from Oklahoma...


Katya, oh I know! I just meant (conveyed poorly!) that they reminded me of what I love about Texas cowboys.


Dude, if I was ever going to ditch my real life and go on a reality TV show then this is it. I love this show. You've highlighted our three favorite teams. I didn't expect to like pageant girl and her boyfriend but I guess that is why they say don't judge a book by its cover. They are really funny. Jeff and Jordan are hilarious. We loved them on Big Brother. The cowboys hit my soft spot, too. And people are underestimating them so that is pretty funny to watch.

The haters and the biotchy people... I guess they make the show interesting but I'm already ready to see them fall off their super high horses.

I think if they wanted to add a hard core challenge to Amazing Race they should make them take a toddler without a nap around the world via plane, train and bus with only a small backpack of supplies. I could MacGuyver that challenge and knock it out of the park. That would surely separate the Women/ Men from the Girls/ Boys.


I am laughing so hard that I'm crying. I can't stop. LMFAO.

Did you see him ask her if she knew how many eggs were in a bakers dozen? I spent the rest of the show wanting them to force her to answer it.

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