'Amazing Race' launches into a new season
September 27th, 2010
11:48 AM ET

'Amazing Race' launches into a new season

Before this season of "The Amazing Race" even began, many people were already very familiar with Home Shopping Network hosts Brook and Claire, thanks to a video of Claire getting hit in the face with a watermelon while launching it with a slingshot to hit a suit of armor.

Well, the actual season premiere finally aired on Sunday, and the duo did not disappoint. Just like we saw in the video, Brook takes charge of the team, constantly pushing Claire to go further in the game. Even early on in the race, when they arrived at the first airport, Brook instructed Claire to "puke in the trash can" rather than risk their place in line for a flight.

Clearly, these two are contenders, and after the epic watermelon-to-the-face incident, Claire went on to hit the suit of armor in just two more tries (at least, according to the editing) and they came in fourth... just behind my current favorites, Connor and Jonathan. What can I say, I have a soft spot for a capella singers. Here's hoping these two go far.

So far, another team I'm enjoying is the father-daughter pair of Gary and Mallory. Pageant queen Mallory is a glass-half-full type, somewhat unusual for this show, with a smile permanently glued to her face. We'll see how long that lasts.

YouTube sensations "KevJumba" (or just Kevin here) and his father also promise to be a lot of fun to watch, but so far they need to pick up the pace, having placed seventh.

Just behind them were Andie and her daughter Jenna, who have seen each other just a couple of times prior to the race. What better way to get to know the 21-year-old daughter you just met than during a race around the world for $1 million? It should be interesting to see how they interact.

Tattooed pair Nick and Vicki are sure to make their mark on the race, if they can manage to get beyond the next leg (they were next-to-last this time after a rough start). As for now, Vicki will have a little time to enjoy the beautiful "country" of London (nice reaction from Phil Keoghan to that one).

I was looking forward to seeing Ron and Tony, but after failing to master the shell boat, they were eliminated from the race.

The other teams (especially most of the couples) failed to make too much of an impression this early on, though Jill and Thomas, having come in first, are definitely the team to beat.

What did you think of the season premiere? Anyone I didn't mention that you look forward to seeing? Share your thoughts on video or in the comments below.


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  1. Harneka Dimperioh

    You can certainly see your expertise within the paintings you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pierre

    fcinniaal advisors, we are pulled in many different directions. This chaos makes it difficult to determine which road

    February 13, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Me

    I somewhat agree with racefan2. Not that they're the most unfit, but the show always has one black couple as if they represent all minorities.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenn

      Hey "Me" Only you think they represent all minorities.SHALLOW MINDED ..there are always different ethnic groups on this show AGAIN someone else that needs to do their show homework before making opinions to avoid

      September 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phil

    We will all just assume you have never watched the show before, even though you chose the name "racefan2". I want to say so much more, but I think your ignorance speaks for itself.

    September 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. racefan2

    Why? Why are there hardly ever more than 2 black people on this show...and why are they the most unfit selected to appear on the show, which makes them more subseptible of going home the first night???? I used to like this show but now I see racism...it's as plain as "black and white"....

    September 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      RACFAN2 – Give me a break ...PLEASE not the race card!!! They were both smart and fit it was only the case of getting lost....don't read anything else into it

      September 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Racefan – Those two guys were way over-confident. Education is not the same as being smart, that big guy had no idea how to use the map, yet somehow he was the co-pilot. He was so sure his education (an MBA, big deal) would be an advantage, he never bothered to learn to use a map.

      September 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdm

      In 2005 Uchenna & Joyce, an african american couple, won. So if racism is involved in the outcome of the race how come they won in '05? Your logical is screwy and you are clearly not a fan if you didn't know they won AR 5 years ago.

      September 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdm

      Meant to say 'logic' your logic is screwy.

      September 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      Uchenna and Joyce won season 7. Chip and Kim, another Black couple, won season 5. I agree that this has nothing to do with race. Ron and Tony got lost and couldn't recover from that setback

      September 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bkrider9

      Agreed. I've watched only season 1 so far and I saw the racial aspect from the beginning. The show makes use of tensions in society to addict the American audience – which is mostly white. And to hook that white audience they need a strong, obvious, unsubtle narrative. What is more tense in American society than the cold war between whites and blacks? So the show is based on this primary narrative, with secondary narratives woven that ratchet up the tension: straight vs. gay; working class vs. professionals; women vs. men. It's brilliant as a marketing strategy, but not very spiritual. (See also the article by Jon Kraszewski in the book "Reality TV".) A better show would be a similar race but instead of competing in a dog-eat-dog contest the racers have to cooperate – and in the end they would all share the prize. Say, for example: the more obstacles they overcome the more money they share.

      December 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stacey

    I was thrilled to see that one of the Doctors is a Type 1 diabetic on an inuslin pump. I had always thought that something like that would disqualify anyone from participating ... although it's not an issue. I hope we see more of how she handles being on the road with her pump. (I love mine).

    September 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. donalda partington

    MY MOM AND I WERE SO DISSAPOINTED TODAY..WE ONLY GOT TO SEE ONE MATCH GAME AND NO FAMILY FEUD...PLEASE RETURN OUR SHOWS WE WATCH THEM TOGETHER AND EVEN RECORD IN CASE WE MISS THEM....PLEASE RETURN OUR SHOWS...TWO MATCH GAMES AND ONE FAMILY FEUD WITH RICHARD DAWSON...IF IT ISN'T BACK TO WHAT IT WAS ...WE WILL CANCEL OUR DISH AND ANY THING TO DO WITH GSN..PLEASE, WE DEPEND ON IT EVERY DAY. WE PLAN OUR DAY ARROUND THOSE THREE SHOWS , THAT HOUR AND A HALF. PLEASE!

    September 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |

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