[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Friday's season finale of The Amazing Race. Read at your own risk.]
After 25 seasons, there are still some firsts on The Amazing Race. Phil Keoghan threw down two major curveballs last week: Not only did teams have to immediately continue onto the final leg, but for the first time, four teams will race in the final, with one unlucky pair to be eliminated during the middle of the last leg.
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"We're not a show that's ever had to go to a place of jump the shark and do something that's so off base from what people expect that it affects the show," Keoghan tells TVGuide.com. "This particular twist seemed to work well without affecting the format and I think it makes the last leg more ...
Ali and Kym
Kym and Alli took a gamble on Friday's Amazing Race going after the Fast Forward. Unfortunately, Adam and Bethany took an even bigger one, going after it as well despite being last... and it paid off. The surfers mastered the surfing task (surprise!), which not only sent Kym and Alli to the back of the pack, but set them up for a U-Turn that the other teams had been engineering. They got a last-minute lifeline when Brooke and Robbie opted not to U-Turn them and then lied to Amy and Maya about a clue, but alas, it wasn't enough to save them. "There was a lot we weren't part of!" Alli tells TVGuide.com. "It was wild to see it all unfold in the episode and that we had a chance." See what else the cyclists have to say about their worst case scenario coming true and why they wouldn't go out any other way.
Dennis and Isabelle
Dennis and Isabelle went as far as to design their own Amazing Race course in preparation for the show. But there was one thing they didn't train for: punting a boat. "I had never heard of punting until this!" Isabelle tells TVGuide.com. The couple was moving along Leg 2 swimmingly until they got swept up in a current and lodged in a corner in the river. How long were they stuck there? Find out below. Plus: What kind of season do they want to see?
Lisa Thomson, Michelle Thomson
It was an amazing déjà vu. For the second time in four seasons, the beach-set first leg onThe Amazing Race ended with the last three teams, including a pair of firefighters, taking a four-hour penalty on a Roadblock. While the firefighters got the boot on Season 22, Michael and Scott edged out realtor sisters Lisa and Michelle on Friday's Season 25 premiere, thanks to some cab-shoving. But there are no hard feelings. "If I had to throw them out of a cab, I would've done the same thing," Lisa tells TVGuide.com. Keep reading to see what they have to say about their elimination, how long they dug for and if Lisa really thinks the sun sets in the East.
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A one-armed surfer and a Survivor couple are among the cast members of The Amazing Race 25, which will feature yet another new twist.
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Surfing champ Bethany Hamilton, whose left arm was bitten off by a shark in 2003, will globe-trot with her husband, Adam Dirks. Survivor: South Pacific alums Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan, who got married after the Race, will aim to do better than previous Survivor-turned-Race pairs Rob and Amber, who finished second and eighth on Seasons 7 and 11, respectively; and Ethan and Jenna, who finished 10th on Season 19.
Other teams include ...
Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks
Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who inspired the film Soul Surfer, is engaged to Adam Dirks.
"On April 9, 2012, Adam proposed to me and I said, 'yes!' Hamilton wrote on her blog. "I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him. Neither of us is perfect, but in my eyes Adam is just right and I'm thankful to have someone so perfectly perfect to share life with as one."
Jenni "JWoww" Farley
Jennifer Farley is one busy lady! Better known as JWoww, the Jersey Shore alum is diving her way into another reality show — literally. If you didn't get enough of Snooki's sidekick in Tuesday's Snooki & JWOWW season premiere, you can take the plunge with her in Fox's two-hour special Stars in Danger: The High Dive on Wednesday at 8/7c.
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Watch out, ABC. Fox is going diving with the stars too.
The network will premiere Stars in Danger: The High Dive next month, a two-hour special featuring eight celebrities learning Olympic-style dives, both solo and synchronized.
Carrie Underwood is riding the acting wave to the big screen: The country singer will make her film debut in the indie drama Soul Surfer, Variety reports.
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Underwood joins Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb in the film, which is based on ...