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Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race': episode 6

Wow, who knew there could be so many questions about my underwear? Okay, for the record, here's the deal. Boxers...too much dingle dangle, briefs...too tighty whitey looking. Support is a necessity, looking like a overly tanned European tourist in a Speedo is an absolute no no. At the end of the day it's all about personal preference and what works...after spending three days at a nudist resort shooting an episode aptly named, Nude Awakenings, I am way beyond passing judgment about how or where people hang out.

Really good to know so many of you are enjoying the fresh aspects of the show. I agree that this has been one of our best seasons yet. Being able to choose fresh locations and new challenges never seen before really helps but of course this cast is really starting to heat up...and it's only going to get better. Remember that Mat meltdown I told you about? Well, it's coming soon.

What's interesting about doing a show like Race is the reaction people have to the challenges, both the racers and the viewers. Some people wrote to me and said having people run like that in the cold is way too extreme, others felt it wasn't extreme enough. Everything from

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kayo   
RIDE WITH PHIL!!



Oh how I wish he was riding by neck of the woods!

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SugarB   

Well bummer, he is riding too far north for me too. WHY Phil, WHY? Nebraska and Iowa instead of Missouri??

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Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race': episode 7

Crazy episode tonight. I know we say it all the time, but taxis can make or break you on this game. More spoilerific info from Phil after the jump...

I thought Mel and Mike were going to be able to salvage it and escape elimination. Sad to see those guys go. Definitely a great team. I love when we get teams who really walk away from our show with a great bonding experience. I think Mel and Mike are one of those teams. They really looked like they enjoyed every second of the show and their time together.

Great bonding between a father and a son. I can relate to that as I'm currently on the road with my dad on my "Ride Across America." Dad is pulling the Airstream, while I'm busting out 100 miles a day on the bike. Great start to the Ride on Saturday. Couple of hiccups along the way but so happy just to be underway. Was on the bike for 11 hours yesterday. Grueling first day, with a 9,000-foot vertical climb. Tons of Amazing Race fans showing their support along the way. Receiving warm greetings from people on the street in each town and all their well wishes are pushing me through the leg cramps.

Loved the "call of the wild" element to tonight's episode. Teams didn't know what to expect when that elephant was hovering two feet above them. I could use an elephant massage right about now.

How about Margie fainting from heat exhaustion at the mat? She was so overheated. Scary moment for us all

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Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race': episode 8

One of the things the Race does is give you a good idea of who would be useful on a desert island. And while Victor may be at the top of his game as a lawyer, he clearly isn't blessed with some very practical skills. I'm always amazed at how many very capable people have no idea how to do practical things.

For two guys who seem to know how to do just about everything, Mark and Michael really fell apart in this episode. Just when it looked like they were going to break out and start leading the pack, they were hit with a four-hour penalty because they continued to break the rules. Who knows where those guys would be in this game if they played within the regulations. Two penalties last week and two penalties this week? That's insane. I believe they are the most penalized team in the history of the Race.

We all joked about Mark and Michael having done everything. No matter what anybody working on the production said they had done, those two guys had done it or knew how to do it. There is no doubt they have a lot of life experience, but after a while it got quite hysterical.

On another point, one of the golden rules of traveling on the Race (or traveling, period) is that you never lose sight of the essentials -- namely, your passport and a way to buy yourself out of trouble. No matter where I go in the world, I never lose contact with or sight of either. After seeing what happened to Toni and Dallas in season 13, you would have thought we would never see a repeat of their costly mistake.

I don't think we really touched on it in the show, but that boat ride after they finished assembling the propeller was about 45 minutes long -- and that's in a boat. Jump in a taxi and add traffic, and that turns into a two-hour cab ride. It's almost impossible to overcome that type of play.

I love the Detour in this episode. Margie was amazing. And as she said, being a nurse really helped her in finding the right piece for the perfect smile. I actually felt quite sick when I was on location. I definitely would have gone with the karaoke. I don't know how a dentist goes digging around in people's mouths. This was definitely Margie's leg. Obviously Luke was right there with her, but she was driving the team this week. From the propellers to the dentures, she had her A game on. By the way, all of us on the show thought the dentures were going to take quite a while to complete, but Margie flew through that challenge. She was reaching into the locals' mouths without hesitation. I would say she probably finished that in about 5 minutes. They were on a mission this week.

I was really impressed with the way she bounced back after her collapse on the mat last week. A lot of you commented last week that it seemed like we dragged out that scene. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The safety of everyone is our No. 1 priority. If you really think otherwise, then you clearly don't know the outstanding safety record we've had for the past 14 seasons. Enough said.

One of the more odd occurrences from tonight

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I love this man even more for his amazing support of MS! Go Phil Go!!!

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SugarB   

And props to Margie and Luke for coming out to support Phil! Good people.

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Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race': episode 9

Sorry this took so long.. they just put it up now

And then there were four. We now have a really strong group of Teams set to battle each other for the $1 million prize. I love when we get to the point in the show when Racers start to realize they actually might have a shot to win this thing. It comes down to who can put it all together for the final stretch, who has the stamina to keep racing full speed ahead after almost a month on the road, who can remain focused with the pressure of $1 million staring them in the eye, and who can put aside any personal feelings about their competitors and simply run the Race of their lives. Easier said than done.

Quick thoughts on the four remaining Teams:

Victor/Tammy: Smart, analytical, and competitive, but do they have the street smarts to pull it off?

Luke/Margie and LaKisha/Jen: I'll put these two together following last night's meltdown. Both are strong competitors and the partners communicate really well, but will the teams' feud with each other get in the way? Also, Margie and Luke have played out of their heads the past two weeks -- can they maintain that level of play?

Cara /Jaime: Strong team, but can they get through the rest of the Race without coming to blows with the locals? Case in point, Jaime yelling at the man during last night's dancing challenge because he couldn't understand English. Yelling at someone who doesn't understand your language when you're in their country -- are you serious?

After all these weeks of telling you about the "Most Memorable Mat Meltdown" of all time, we finally got to see it last night. What an episode. The throwdown between Luke and Margie and LaKisha and Jen was so intense. All of us in production knew that both teams were really going head-to-head throughout the entire leg, but no one could have predicted it would come down to a foot race to the mat and one of the most emotionally charged Pit Stops I have ever been a part of. It was downright uncomfortable.

Safe to say, Luke is not afraid of confrontation. I was surprised at the intensity level at which he ran this leg. Never backing down, never letting LaKisha or Jen get in his way. Last week I thought Margie was the driving force behind their Team, but this week Luke stepped up and took the lead. On the flip side, I always knew that Jen had that tenacity in her; you don't play Division I collegiate sports and not know how to compete. That

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Sorry this is so late... was out of town all weekend... just got home

Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race': episode 10

Never knew the "virtual pit stops" stirred up so many emotions for people. Last night, I was in Ft. Wayne, Ind. having dinner and this woman approached me and started berating me for not eliminating a team during last night's episode.

There's no better look on team members' faces than when they arrive at the mat and I get to say: "You're the first Team to arrive... (cue the celebration) but you're not done racing this leg and here is your next clue." Cue: "Are you kidding me?! We're exhausted. This sucks." Teams were definitely not too eager to keep racing after that leg. It was pretty brutal for all four teams.

I just want to say for the record that I think Kisha is a great big sister. I believe she really showed some of her true colors during last night's episode. Her sister Jennifer could not have had a tougher, more frustrating leg. We were all pretty concerned that Jennifer wouldn't even complete the detour. She was absolutely paralyzed by the water. I was really impressed with the way Kisha held it together for her sister and didn't resort to yelling...or as Mel and Mike would say, going all "agro" on her. And for the record, not like I really need to say it, but how fast is Michael Phelps?

I know a thing or two about having to overcome being paralyzed in the water. I'm sure some of you have heard me talk about it before, but I had a near-death experience when I was 19 years old, while diving in an underwater ship wreck. I became separated from my team, couldn't find my way out, and was quickly running out of oxygen. Talk about panic. I was eventually rescued, but it was definitely touch and go there for a while and by far the most fear I've ever experienced. I suspect Jen was feeling a little bit of that last night during the detour.

I was actually a little surprised that the teams were not better swimmers. With the exception of Margie and Luke, who flew through the detour, the teams weren't as good in the pool as I thought they would have been. The high-dive detour was nearly impossible. Very difficult to sync up with another person like that springing off a diving board.

Margie-Luke vs. Kisha-Jen continues to fester. They aren't putting aside their differences, which could definitely come into play as they head into the final two legs. As we've seen in all the seasons, it's essential to try and ignore personal feelings when you get to this point in the race. If you don't, you'll definitely lose focus and make mistakes.

Still, out here on my Ride Across America...and just want to acknowledge all the Amazing Race fans who have come out to support us. We've had such amazing support in every town along this trip. Thousands and thousands of fans showing up asking to be eliminated. Wonder why no one ever seems to want to be the first team to arrive -- they only ask to be eliminated.

We were in Chicago over the weekend and had over 600 potential racers auditioning for the chance to race around the globe next season. Great to see that.

With two all female teams heading into the final two legs, do you think we could finally - after 14 seasons - have an all girl team win the Race?

Guess we'll have to wait and see. Blog you next week. Back to pedaling.

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Apparently, traipsing around the world for a living hasn't appeased "Amazing Race" host's Phil Keoghan's travel bug. At the end of last month, Phil left Los Angeles by bike and set out to pedal his way across the country in order to raise money for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Along the way, he's been logging an average of 100 miles a days, meeting with fans and supporters of his cause (including many living with MS), signing copies of his book, and attending open-casting calls for next season. The plan is to arrive in New York City on May 8, six weeks after leaving the West Coast... completely exhausted for sure. Follow Phil's trip here.

The ride has been a success. More than a month into his 3,500-mile journey, Phil has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the organization. But the trip hasn't been without a few bumps in the road (one quite literally). On Day 22, Phil checked himself into an Iowa hospital where he was hooked up to a saline drip since he hadn't been taking in enough calories or staying properly hydrated. Now, Phil, we know you know better! Didn't Margie's collapse in Thailand teach you anything?

Then this past Tuesday, on day 32, he stumbled into more trouble on his way to Columbus, Ohio. The good host hit a train track while riding 30 miles per hour, fell off his bike and slid for about 15 feet. Don't worry, he's OK, but he tore up his clothes pretty good and ended up with a bloody face and knees. Phil said he was only a little sore, so he got back on the bike and kept going. Now, if he can just eat, drink, watch out for obstacles during the last leg of the trip and make it to New York on time, this will have been one amazing race.

Video of Phil after his fall..... worth watching

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yup...clip of Phil after the fall is definitely worth watching...what a trooper he is! Bloody, torn up and sore...still with a smile and a bit of a sense of humor too...gotta love Phil!

Tricky/careful camera work when Phil was laying down getting medical attention... :shocking:

;)

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yup...clip of Phil after the fall is definitely worth watching...what a trooper he is! Bloody, torn up and sore...still with a smile and a bit of a sense of humor too...gotta love Phil!

Tricky/careful camera work when Phil was laying down getting medical attention... :shocking:

;)

I know, right?? Almost got an eyeful of buns o' plenty LMAO

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Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race": episode 11

And then there were three. Let

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Phil Keoghan blogs 'The Amazing Race' finale: episode 12

Another season in the can. I think season 14 was definitely one of the best we've ever done. Ranks right up there with some of my other personal favorites - seasons 1, 3, 5, and 7 to name a few. We had an extraordinary final three heading into Sunday night. We had a feisty all-female team in Cara and Jaime and who had what it took to potentially claim the first victory for the women; we had the Team that you may call this season's

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I've been looking all day Erin... can't find anything at EW I will keep checking

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Thats funny, just this week, as my friend and I were watching it she said holy crap Phils packin'!! biggrin.gif

I do believe that I noticed this yrs ago, Phil is a hottie all the way around,lol

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Guest 6Borders

How much does Phil have to do with casting the show????

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Fatcat   

Wow, that is impressive about the multiple Sclerosis , My middle son has MS and it is a nasty disease, it takes sooo much from you, so I loved Phil before, I am crazy bout him now.

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SugarB   

Wow, that is impressive about the multiple Sclerosis , My middle son has MS and it is a nasty disease, it takes sooo much from you, so I loved Phil before, I am crazy bout him now.

Did I miss something?

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Did I miss something?

Above in post # 61 I saw where Phil went on a huge bike trek for MS, like 1200 miles, I had no idea he was into cycling, and then was surprised about the MS Society, you just do not hear that much about ppl doing stuff for that particular charity, and I was impressed with what Phil did for MS

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