Survivor may pull in the ratings, but when it comes to critical acclaim, CBS's The Amazing Race is the reality show to beat. Race's mix of adrenaline-pumping action and angsty relationship drama have earned it bragging rights as TV's coolest thrill ride. And let's face it, host Phil Keoghan ain't that bad looking either. To help kick off the globe-trotting series' third edition (airing tonight at 8 pm/ET), Keoghan agreed to answer seven questions that are actually more random than silly.
TV Guide Online: Can you please do something about those cheesy intros during the opening title sequence? Are they intentionally over the top?
Phil Keoghan: I think we're just trying to have some fun — like the shot with Dennis and Andrew [the Baptist father and his gay cheerleader son] where Andrew does that big back flip, it's very cliché. But at least they're memorable.
TVGO: Are you concerned that the show promotes bad driving?
Keoghan: I hope we're not promoting it as much as maybe saying, "This is definitely what you do not want to do [on the road]."
TVGO: Are you surprised there hasn't been an accident yet?
Keoghan: There's always the chance that something could happen, but we go to great lengths to make sure we don't end up in a situation like that.
TVGO: What reality show gives the whole genre a bad name?
Keoghan: Without naming names, I don't really like the whole reality dating thing. It's a bit vacuous and demeaning to the people involved.
TVGO: When you're counting off the teams as they cross the finish line in each episode, have you ever forgotten what number you're on?
Keoghan: Yes. I've been so tired that I've asked the producer, "What number are we up to again?" Your brain starts to fail after about four or five days without any sleep.
TVGO: Have any of the contestants ever cozied up to you in an effort to get ahead?
Keoghan: I don't think they're that stupid. They know there's nothing I can do for them.
TVGO: Alright, well have you ever been crushed on by a fellow contestant?
Keoghan: Not to the best of my knowledge, but I have to admit that I'm a little naive about these things. I've been with people who have said, 'Oh my God, that person was majorly coming on to you,' and I was like 'What?' So, I don't think I'm the best person to ask about that.