Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Amazing Race 4 (Winners-Reichen and Chip)

Married couple Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt were the winners of the race, and were the first and only gay couple to win the competition. The fourth season of The Amazing Race spanned 44,000 miles (71,000 km) in four continents. New countries visited included the Netherlands and South Korea.
1. One of only two seasons where a final three team did not cross the finish line.
2. The only season to controversaly visit South Korea and go close to the dangerous North Korean border.
3. Most teams to have won a Leg (9 teams),
4. Most teams to have won a Fast Forward (7 teams).
5. First time to have clowns on the race
6. First time a team made it to the final 3 without using a Fast Forward.
7. One of four seasons to not have a Non-Elimination Leg until the final five.
8. Most elimination Legs in a row (7, tied with Season 3).
9. Most all-male teams in a season (5 teams)
10. Jon (of Kelly & Jon) holds the record for most aired Roadblocks (10)
11. New countries visited: Netherlands and South Korea.

TAR4 Route Map

Leg 1: Los Angeles, California, USA >> Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy 

First Place: Millie and Chuck, Steve and Josh, Amanda and Chris (Tie)
Last Place: Debra and Steve

Leg 2: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy >> Venice, Italy
First Place: Steve and Dave
Last Place: Amanda and Chris

Leg 3: Venice, Italy >> Gmunden, Austria
First Place: Steve and Josh
Last Place: Russell and Cindy

Leg 4: Gmunden, Austria >> Saint Remy de Provence, France
First Place: Tian and Jaree
Last Place: Steve and Josh

Leg 5: Saint Remy de Provence, France >> Muiden, Netherlands
First Place: Millie and Chuck
Last Place: Steve and Dave

Leg 6: Muiden, Netherlands >> Mumbai, India
First Place: David and Jeff
Last Place: Monica and Sheree

Leg 7: Mumbai, India >> Alleppey, India
First Place: David and Jeff
Last Place: Tian and Jaree

Leg 8: Alleppey, India >> Kota Kinabula, Malaysia
First Place: Jon and Al
Last Place: Kelly and Jon

Leg 9: Kota Kinabula, Malaysia >> Sandakan, Malaysia
First Place: Reichen and Chip
Last Place: Millie and Chuck

Leg 10: Sandakan, Malaysia >> Seoul, South Korea
First Place: Kelly and Jon
Last Place: David and Jeff

Leg 11: Seoul, South Korea >> Mooloolaba, Australia
First Place: David and Jeff
Last Place: Jon and Al

Leg 12: Mooloolaba, Australia >> Cairns, Australia
First Place: David and Jeff
Last Place: Kelly and Jon

Leg 13: Cairns, Australia >> Hilo, Hawaii, USA >> Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Runners-Up: Kelly and Jon
Third Place: David and Jeff

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Survivor Micronesia (Castaways)

Survivor: Micronesia (Fans vs. Favorites) is the sixteenth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor, being the show's third to include contestants from past seasons, after the all-returning contestant pool from Survivor: All-Stars, and Survivor: Guatemala in which two contestants from Survivor: Palau returned for a second chance.

Jeff Probst revealed that a list of 20 favorites was put together (enough for an entire game) and then 10 of them were cut. Others included for consideration were Shane Powers (of Survivor: Panama), Yul Kwon (of Survivor: Cook Islands), Terry Deitz (of Survivor: Panama), Tom Westman (of Survivor: Palau), and Courtney Yates (of Survivor: China), though Probst confirmed that Westman and Yates declined the opportunity. Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine, who initially declined to be on Survivor: All-Stars, participated in initial casting for Micronesia but was one of those cut at the last minute. The contestants were split into two tribes, fans and favorites, named Airai and Malakal respectively. Both tribes were named after locations in Palau.


Joel Anderson
32, is a firefighter from Avondale, Arizona.

Natalie Bolton
32, is a bartender/personal trainer from Los Angeles. She is originally from Houston.

Michael "Mikey B" Bortone
34, is an aspiring writer/actor from Los Angeles. He is originally from Boston.

Tracy Hughes-Wolf
43, is a commercial and residential builder from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Alexis Jones
24, is a motivational speaker from Los Angeles. She is originally from Austin, Texas.

Erik Reichenbach
22, is an art student from Pinckney, Michigan.

Mary Sartain
20, is a real estate/financial company owner from Emeryville, California.

Jason Siska
22, is a gymnastics coach/student from Fox River Grove, Ill. He is originally from St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kathleen Sleckman
45, is a golf course vendor from Wheaton, Illinois. She is originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Chet Welch
48, is a pageant coach from Ford City, Pennsylvania.


James Clement
30, is a grave digger from Lafayette, La.

Amanda Kimmel
23, is a fashion designer from Los Angeles. She is originally from Kalispell, Montana.

Cirie Fields
37, is an O.R. coordinating nurse from Norwalk, Connecticut. She is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey.

Eliza Orlins
25, is a law student from New York.

Jonny Fairplay
33, is a professional wrestler/reality star from Danville, Virginia.

Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth
26, is a freelance photographer/writer from Venice, California. He is originally from Mexico.

Parvatti Shallow
25, is a non-profit organizer from Los Angeles. She is originally from Vero Beach, Florida.

Jonathan Penner
45, is a writer/producer from Los Angeles. He is originally from New York.

Ami Cusack
35, is a nanny from Golden, Denver.

Yau-Man Chan
55, is a computer engineer from Martinez, California. He was born in Hong Kong and raised in Borneo, Malaysia.

The Amazing Race 4 (Teams)

The Amazing Race 4 featured 12 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world. This season's cast included a married gay couple, NFL wives, female models, clowns and Air Traffic Controllers.

Kelly & Jon - Engaged

Debra & Steve - Married Parents

Steve & Josh - Father / Son

Reichen & Chip - Married

Amanda & Chris - Dating

David & Jeff - Best Friends

Tian & Jaree - Friends / Models

Steve & Dave - Air Traffic Controllers

Monica & Sheree - NFL Wives / Moms

Millie & Chuck - Dating 12 Years / Virgins

Russell & Cindy - Friends / Dating

Jon & Al - Best Friends / Clowns