Phil Keoghan promised "off-the-hook competitiveness" this season on The Amazing Race, and the finale will deliver even more so. "I do think we have four very strong and determined teams left," he tells TVGuide.com. "This will be a very exciting final leg!" On Sunday's two-hour finale (8/7c, CBS), the final four teams — ER doctors Travis and Nicole, exes Tim and Marie, dating couple Jason and Amy, and cousins/Afghanimals Leo and Jamal — race through Tokyo, where one team will be eliminated. The final three teams will then head to Alaska to duke it out for the $1 million.
Get the scoop on what else to expect Sunday — and Keoghan's thoughts on some of the season's biggest moments — below.
Keoghan: Tim and Marie — I think what we may perceive as a weakness, their constant bickering, may actually be their strength. I have no idea why, but it works for them, just as it has for other successful bickering teams. They are both super-competitive and a very strong team.Jason and Amy — They are a powerhouse team. Their strength is their relationship. They definitely love and care for each other, and I think their weakness is their alliance with Travis and Nicole. At some point you have to be in this Race for yourself.Leo and Jamal ... are doing their own thing. Their strength is their confidence. They believe they are the best team. Their weakness is that every other team wants them gone — they see their competitiveness as sneaky. I think teams will do whatever they can to get rid of them because they view them as a huge threat.At the beginning of the Race things were coming easy [to Travis and Nicole], but now challenges seem to be a bit more difficult for them. Their strength is that they are ER doctors so they are used to working under pressure with little sleep, but their weakness is that things have been getting harder for them and you can see that Travis especially is becoming more and more agitated. With $1 million on the line, you can't let those feelings cloud your judgment. What kind of tasks can we expect in the final legs? Is there a memory challenge?Keoghan: Japan is tied with France, Russia and Germany as the third most visited country on the Race. We love going to Tokyo because it is a very vibrant city. Teams are in for some fun challenges. They participate in a Japanese game show and make a phone call at the bottom of a giant fish bowl. And wait until you see the escaped rhino! Alaska is beautiful. The final three teams must cross a giant glacier, and you better believe there is a memory challenge. By the final leg, teams are exhausted and it is hard to recall the details from throughout the Race. This is a true test to see who deserves the $1 million. The preview shows Amy and Nicole working together on a task. Is their alliance still in effect? Will that hurt either of them in the end?Keoghan: It will be interesting to see how far Amy and Nicole take their alliance. Only one team can win so at some point something has to give, that always makes for interesting television.