September 22, 2004
Alas, my winning streak in predicting reality show winners has come to an end. Colin and Christie (pictured) only came in 2nd place in The Amazing Race 5, while twins Kami and Karli only placed 5th. Still not bad considering I pegged them to go far based on First Episode editing alone. (Haha! Self-congratulatory mode! :D) I just did not believe the editors would hand us the winners that easily. See, in the first episode, the editors gave us Chip's very telling confessional where he said something like even if they made lots of mistakes in the first leg (read: missing a clue for the Detour), they still came out unscathed. He then added that the other teams better watch out coz once they get their act together, they will be on top. Of course, I only remember this now that Chip and Kim won. :D
While I personally think they won majorly because of LUCK, I wouldn't take Chip and Kim's win away from them. I was just somehow disappointed because in a way, the "delayed flight" was the deciding factor in winning the race. How I wished that the producers placed the Detour and Roadblock in the final destination city to give racers with delayed flights some time to catch up. You might say I'm just sulking because I was know-it-all in pegging for a Colin and Christie win (heh!) but I do believe they're the "best" racers this season.
Nevertheless, I love the 2-hour finale (editing was topnotch) and the whole season in general (superb casting of racers). What made this season more special was the Philippine pitstops. Argh, Palawan is "paradise". I wanna go there. With the lackluster season premiere of Survivor: Vanuatu, I think The Amazing Race might just have replaced it as my current most favorite reality TV show. Now, on to the sixth edition baby! :D