September 27th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
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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