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"Dating Couple" Jason Case and Amy Diaz crossed the finish line in Juneau, Alaska, in first place and were crowned champions, winning the $1 million grand prize. "Exes" Timothy Sweeney and Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi finished in second place. "Married ER Doctors" Nicole Jasper and Travis Jasper claimed third place.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Jamal discussed the pair's The Amazing Race adventure. (Leo was unfortunately unable to participate in the call due to work requirements).
Below is the first half of Jamal's interview. Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion, and go to our The Amazing Race show page for more interviews with the season's Final 4 teams.
Reality TV World: How far behind Nicole and Travis do you think you finally arrived at the Pit Stop when you got eliminated?
Jamal Zadran: We were about 10 minutes behind, and you know, Leo and I didn't give up. Because knowing the Race, anything could've happened. They could've gotten lost. So we still ran hard and were about 10 minutes behind.
Reality TV World: You guys got lucky with that non-elimination leg beforehand. How would you have felt if you got eliminated right then and there, and is it almost more heartbreaking to get eliminated just before the Final 3?
Jamal Zadran: I think if Leo and I would've gotten eliminated on that tenth leg, I think it would've been a little bit easier to swallow just because it was our fault, and double guessing looking for those shears took about six hours. And knowing that we had two legs in order to win the million, the fact that we're really close to getting into the Final 3, who knows what would've happened in the Final 3.
I think that's harder to take in because things can happen unexpectedly, and if we would've made it to the Final 3, I always think about that -- like, what if? What if we would've done something? I mean, we would've put a lot more pressure on the other teams, which might've thrown them off their game. So that's why they didn't want us in the Final 3, but it's much harder definitely to lose a leg before the Final 3.
Reality TV World: Allison "Ally" Mello and Ashley Covert told me earlier in the season you got married right after the show. Is that right?
Jamal Zadran: Yes, I got married. When I was doing the show, my wife preparing for the wedding, so I kind of felt bad for her. She did all this planning, and once I got back, I got married and it was a beautiful ceremony in Los Angeles at a banquet hall. And so it was a good time!
Reality TV World: Congratulations. So obviously there wasn't anything romantic going on between yourself and Ashley and Ally. Was your now-wife cool with the "Race Wives" jokes and such? Some viewers were a little surprised to hear you were engaged based upon what was shown this season of your relationship with the Ice Crew Girls.
Jamal Zadran: Yeah. No, I got the blessing from my actual wife prior to going on the Race. She said, "Go out there, have fun, and if you need to flirt, go ahead and flirt. I'm not going to take anything personally or I'm not going to be sensitive about it." The best thing about having a wife like that is she has total trust and 100% trust in me, and I do the same with her.
So we know that at the end of the day, that's my true love. I love her and she loves me. So as far as what we did on the Race with Ally and Ashley, calling them our "Race Wives," it was more as being fun with them and them having some type of companion throughout the Race to help them and be close with.
It just made the Race that much more better, to have somebody that you can relate to that's close to your age and that's from the same area you're from.
Reality TV World: When I talked to Rowan Joseph and Shane Partlow earlier this season, they weren't thrilled with how you guys ran the Race. They said you cursed at them, cheated them out of money and lied a lot. They basically suggested you ran a pretty dirty race. So I just want to get your side of the story on that.
Jamal Zadran: Let me explain that! Because I did read that and I was very, very upset. Because Leo and I, we won't cuss at somebody unless we have to -- unless someone's [yelling at] us or hitting us.
So I know what happened. The first leg of the Race, when the Bingo players were playing, I saw them go to all 10 different teams and just sort of make this type of agreement that if you win, give us the Express Pass. If we win, we'll give it to you. And they sort of did that to every single team.
I'm just looking back and they told us that we're two males and we have a good chance, and they were basically begging everyone. The second leg, when Leo and I didn't win, they just completely stopped talking to us. They were kissing up to Tim and Marie, which is fine -- that might have been their strategy, to try to get that Express Pass, because it might've helped them a lot more.
But for Leo and I, that wasn't our style of game. So once we were on the ship to get a clue, we figured out the thing that the captain said. And then they asked us, "Hey Leo and Jamal, what's the clue?! What's the clue?! What is it?"
And I was like, "Yeah right! Now you're going to ask us for help after I see you begging everyone else for the Express Pass and now you act like you don't know them?" But I did not cuss at him as far as any kind of swearing or anything like that. That's absolutely not true.
Reality TV World: Besides Ally and Ashley, what other teams were you close to on the Race, and as far as the other teams went, did you feel they were all kind of picking on you guys? When I talked to the girls, they suggested the teams were picking on you. But when I talked to Jason and Amy, they said the only reason you guys got U-Turned twice was because most Racers hated the way you two kept behaving and it had nothing to do with gameplay.
Jamal Zadran: No, I mean, for Leo and I, Ally and Ashley, we got along with them. [Brandon Squyres] and [Adam Switzer], we got along with them. I mean, after we got U-Turned by [Tim Wiyninger] and [Daniel "Danny" Merkey] from Oklahoma, we were still okay with that. We were still close friends and we still talk to this day.
After I got U-Turned by them, I mean, you have a certain amount of money. I had no money to buy water yet we're on this long train ride. I ended up finding water, but I ended up giving it to Tim. This was right after getting U-Turned.
So that sort of showed him, "You know what? These guys, I don't know why we U-Turned them." But we're pretty much cool with everyone except with probably Amy and Jason and Travis and Nicole.
And we did get picked on just because we were, probably, the strongest team there and the biggest threat that they saw. So in order to get a team that's really strong out, they ganged up and they did whatever it took to try to get us out, which is [unfortunate] because you want to see a race with what you're capable of doing and not what four teams and four brains can do together to get two brains out.
So just to see that happen the way it went down, I mean, giving excuses like, "Oh, we U-Turned them because they lied." I mean, (laughs) if the last three episodes showed anything to America as far as who were the true liars, who were hypocritical, who had a certain set of code of ethics and yet never followed it and yet wanted everyone else to follow it. It just didn't make sense.
So for Leo and I, we were just being ourselves, competing at a high level. The other teams took our competitiveness as being sneaky. When we would get an earlier flight, they'd be like, "Oh my God, the Afghanimals are up to something."
Yeah, we're trying to win a million dollars! We're going to try to get an earlier flight than what five other teams are on. We're going to take that gamble. So that was our philosophy -- have fun, compete at a high level, and enjoy and respect every culture and country that you go to.
Above is the first half of Jamal's interview. Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion, and go to our The Amazing Race show page for more interviews with the season's Final 4 teams.
Wed by SYTYCD co-executive producer Jeff Thacker, Allison and tWitch said their "I do's" at SYTYCD creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe's vineyard and winery in Paso Robles, CA, on Tuesday, Life & Style reported.
"THATS RIGHT! It's official, MR AND MRS BOSS!!!" tWitch tweeted yesterday.
Alongside the tweet, tWitch also posted a photo on Instagram of the pair holding up their left ring fingers, giving the funny illusion they were pissed off and both giving the middle finger.
"ITS OFFICIAL: IM. ------MRS. BOSS-------- we got married!" Allison also tweeted Tuesday with a photo of the couple smiling in their fancy wedding attire.
Allison, 25, was a Top 8 finalist on the second season of SYTYCD, and tWitch, 31, finished as the runner-up during the show's fourth edition. A romance sparked in 2010 when they both starred on the seventh season of SYTYCD as all-star partners for the contestants.
On their wedding day, Allison reportedly wore a strapless ivory lace and silk organza gown designed by Watters Hollywood, and tWitch sported a Stitched Las Vegas black tuxedo. Allison walked down the aisle as former sixth-season American Idol Top 3 finalist Melinda Doolittle sang a rendition of "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz, according to Life & Style.
Some of the eight bridesmaids and nine groomsmen were reportedly also members of the SYTYCD family, as Allison had sixth-season finalist Kathryn McCormick at her side in addition to choreographer Travis Wall, whom Allison dubbed one of her "bridesmen." tWitch was reportedly joined by fourth-season finalist William Wingfield and fourth-season champion Joshua Allen.
Guests at the wedding included Dancing with the Stars professional dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Chelsie Hightower -- who got her start on SYTYCD. Also present from the SYTYCD community were Nigel, choreographer Christopher Scott, Dmitry Chaplin (Season 2 finalist), Cyrus Spencer (Season 9 runner-up), Nick Lazzarini (Season 1 winner), Ivan Koumaev (Season 2 finalist), and Melanie Moore (Season 8 winner).
The walkway to the wedding reception room was lit with iron lanterns, according to Life & Style, which paid homage to Allison's choreographed lantern dance that symbolized her love for tWitch. She performed the routine on SYTYCD's most recent tenth season.
Allison and tWitch's first dance was to Adele's "One and Only." The couple then reportedly changed into all-white suits and joined Allison's five-year-old daughter Weslie -- her child from a previous relationship -- for a hip-hop routine to Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love," which was choreographed by Weslie herself.
Allison and tWitch announced they had gotten engaged earlier this year. The pair had dated two-and-a-half years before tWitch popped the question.
"Something I've never talked about before, but with my drug use, I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn't go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it," Lovato, 21, told Access Hollywood.
"That's how difficult it got and that was even [having] somebody [with me]. I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me. I was able to hide it from them as well... I'm very, very good at manipulating people and that was something that I did in my disease, I would manipulate everyone around me. There were times I would just continue to lie, so that everything looked OK on the outside."
The X Factor judge entered a rehab program in 2010 because she was struggling with anorexia, bulimia, depression, drug abuse, bipolar disorder and self-mutilation. She also lived in a Los Angeles sober facility to avoid falling back into her addictions earlier this year.
Lovato apparently realized her bad habits weren't just all fun and partying at age 19 when she had basically lost control and became ill.
"I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just nine in the morning and I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to LA to the sober living house that I was staying at... I had all the help in the world, but I didn't want it," Lovato told Access Hollywood.
"When I hit that moment I was like, 'It's no longer fun when you're doing it alone.' I've really never talked about this stuff before... I don't know if I should be sharing this. I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, 'Oh my God... that is alcoholic behavior. [It's] no longer, 'I'm young and rebellious and out having fun.' It was, 'Wow, I'm one of those people... I gotta get my sh-t together.'"
Lovato explained she also began struggling with an eating disorder at a very young age.
"It was always there, but then I just acted on it at around 8 or 9-years-old. I started overeating, compulsively overeating. I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan. I went from doing that to being unhappy with my body," the artist said.
"I went to just completely starving myself and that turned into throwing up and starving myself, and it was just this crazy battle going on inside of meIt got really difficult [and] I would throw up and it would just be blood and it was something that I realized if I don't stop this, I am going to die."
Lovato has seemingly been doing very well in recent months. For example, she spent her 21st birthday in August helping to build a new school in Kenya. She also recently wrote her own memoir entitled Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year.
Lovato's mother, Dianna, also opened up to Access Hollywood about her daughter's past struggles. Dianna admitted she had a good idea Lovato was abusing drugs but didn't want to face the harsh reality.
"I suspected [she was using drugs]. It's like any other parent, when you see things, when you see signs, you don't want to believe that's what is actually going on. So when they're telling you that's not what is going on... you want too badly to believe them and I think for a long time I was in denial," Dianna explained.
"I didn't know. I didn't actually see her, so when she said, 'Oh no, There's nothing going on. I'm not using, I'm not drinking, I wasn't doing any of these things,' Why was I not to believe her?"
Dianna said she feels somewhat responsible for Lovato's past eating disorders because she had a similar mentality herself for a long time.
"I had issues I needed to work on as well because I wasn't setting a good example for her. I had a terrible eating disorder that I had for many, many years and I didn't realize it, and I had to face up to the fact that I was suffering as well," Dianna revealed.
"And a lot of what [Demi] went through with an eating disorder had to do with what she had seen growing up and I also had severe depression. I ended up asking for help, actually, they did an intervention with me and said, 'Mom, you need to get help.'"
Things apparently got better when both girls acknowledged their problems and worked through them individually and together.
"The issue I had was definitely a mental health issue and I also had to get help for my struggles, as well as she did, and then once I did, we became closer as mother and daughter [and] we also became well as a family," Dianna added.
Lovato noted she's "so proud" of her mother and loves her very much.
Lovato, a singer and former Disney Channel star, has a supporting role on Glee and also currently serves as a mentor on The X Factor with Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. The reality singing competition's next episode airs Wednesday night at 8PM ET/PT.
Bobby, a 28-year-old attorney from Chicago, IL, was automatically ousted after his Blue Team lost the season's ninth elimination weigh-in and he fell below the red line by posting the lowest weight-loss percentage of all the team's members.
"This journey pretty much represents a soul-searching expedition for me. I came to The Biggest Loser so lost in myself. This journey has really, really helped me to find who I am as a person. Bobby is a strong person; Bobby is a smart person. I know these things now, but those are things I didn't know when I first started on The Biggest Loser," Bobby said following his ouster.
"I think it's unfortunate that I'm leaving now because I've done so well throughout the competition and I do really feel that I have the potential to go far. Nine weeks ago, I was too afraid and I was too afraid to really come out [as gay] to my dad. Now, I'm just so proud of who I am as a person, I'm ready to tell my dad. I'm ready to overcome that internal struggle. So, I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life."
The Blue Team's trainer Bob Harper had already used his one "trainer's save" of the season, so Bobby's elimination could not be prevented.
The Biggest Loser's fifteenth-season ninth episode began with a Pop Challenge.
Show host Alison Sweeney announced the three teams would be asked four multiple choice questions about obesity in the workplace, and with each question being worth one point apiece, the team with the least points at the end must work at a diner for the entire week. The two other teams would be able to resume their normal schedule back at the ranch.
In the challenge, viewers learned two-thirds of full-time employees in the United States are overweight or obese, the No. 1 source of food brought into the workplace is fast food, the occupation with the highest rate of obesity is transportation workers, and 69% of administrative assistants reported gaining weight since working at their jobs.
In the end, the White Team lost and had to endure working at a diner for the week, cooking and preparing all sorts of tempting dishes for customers.
Also during last night's episode, viewers were given an update of Ruben Studdard's weight-loss journey. He started The Biggest Loser weighing 462 pounds and currently weighs 350 pounds. Ruben said he's been trying to eat healthy and has been working hard at his music career.
All the season's contestants and their trainers then arrived for the season's ninth elimination weigh-in. Alison explained there would be a red line, so the person on the losing team to post the lowest percentage of weight-loss would automatically be eliminated.
The Blue Team weighed-in first.
Hap Holmstead, a 26-year-old sales consultant and entrepreneur from Pleasant Grove, UT, dropped from 332 to 321 pounds, losing 11 pounds. Chelsea Arthurs, a 28-year-old clinical research professional and event planner from Raleigh, NC, shed four pounds and fell from 185 to 181 pounds.
Matt Hooper, a 38-year-old retail manager from Georgetown, MA, dropped from 277 to 268 pounds and therefore lost nine pounds. Bobby dropped from 272 to 269 pounds and therefore lost only three pounds.
The Blue Team lost a total of 27 pounds altogether and posted a 2.53% weight-loss percentage.
The Red Team, trained by Dolvett Quince, was next to weigh-in.
David Brown, a 43-year-old construction company project manager and phone company social commerce leader from Edmond, OK, lost five pounds, dropping from 299 to 294 pounds. Tanya Winfield, a 41-year-old restaurant franchise chief operating officer from Plainfield, IL, dropped from 212 to 208 pounds, losing four pounds.
Jennifer Messer, a 42-year-old clerk and bookkeeper from Abingdon, VA, lost seven pounds after falling from 207 to 200 pounds. Rachel Frederickson, a 24-year-old voice-over artist from Los Angeles, CA, went from 178 to 171 pounds, losing seven pounds.
The Red Team lost a total of 23 pounds and posted a 2.57% weight-loss percentage.
Lastly, the White Team -- trained by Jillian Michaels -- weighed-in.
Jay Sheets, a 38-year-old food company marketing associate from Farmington, MO, went from 207 to 201 pounds, so he lost a total of six pounds. Marie Pearl, a 30-year-old senior staff accountant at a community college from Springfield, MO, fell from 198 to 192 pounds and shed six pounds.
Tumi Oguntala, a 41-year-old brand strategist from Clifton Park, NY, lost nine pounds after falling from 243 to 234 pounds. The White Team lost a total of 21 pounds and posted a 3.24% weight-loss percentage as a team.
As a result, the Blue Team lost the weigh-in and Bobby fell below the red line with a 1.10% weight-loss percentage. Chelsea had the next lowest average with 2.16%
"Oh damnit. I want to say thank you to everybody. Everybody has been such great support," Bobby said in tears after learning it was his time to go home.
"For me to be standing here in Week 9 is pretty incredible to me, and to have such great people behind me, it's been great. Thank you to all the trainers, and Bob, thank you for everything you've taught me. I know I have a lot of work to do, but you've made me so much stronger physically and, much more importantly, mentally. So thank you so much for everything."
James Wolpert from Strasburg, PA, and Cole Vosbury from Shreveport, LA, were eliminated from the reality singing after receiving the least home viewer votes following Monday night's semifinals performance show.
Wolpert was a member of coach Adam Levine's team.
"Adam, thank you. You've been the greatest coach of all time and I am so happy I went with you. Really, it's been the time of my life," Wolpert said after he was ousted from the show mid-episode.
Vosbury represented coach Blake Shelton's team.
"I would just like to say that I can't imagine -- I never imagined I would have this much support from you [Blake], and I hope that I can make it to the finale and not let you down and not let 'Team Blake' down, the legacy of 'Team Blake,'" Vosbury explained prior to host Carson Daly revealing the night's second round of results.
"I'm so honored to have had this chance to work with you. It's meant the world to me. I know that I'm going to have your guidance for the rest of my life and it just means so much to me. Thank you."
The three artists who will compete in the show's fifth-season finale are Jacquie Lee from Colts Neck, NJ; Tessanne Chin from Kingston, Jamaica; and Will Champlin from Los Angeles, CA.
Lee is on Christina Aguilera's team, while Chin and Champlin are both members of Levine's team. Coach Cee Lo Green's team had been wiped out entirely in prior weeks.
The Voice's final performance show will air on Monday, December 16, and a winner will be crowned the following night.
"Dating Couple" Jason Case and Amy Diaz team was the first team to cross the 23rd season of The Amazing Race's finish line in Juneau, Alaska, claiming the $1 million grand prize. "Exes" Timothy Sweeney and Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi finished in second place, and "Cousins" Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran were the fourth-place team.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Nicole and Travis talked about their The Amazing Race experience.
Below is the first half of Nicole and Travis' interview. Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion and for more interviews with the Final 4 teams.
Reality TV World: How far behind Tim and Marie do you think you finally made it to the finish line?
Travis Jasper: What do you think, Nicole? Maybe close to an hour or so?
Nicole Jasper: Yeah, I think we were about an hour.
Reality TV World: Did you guys fully anticipate being the third-place team once you got to that finish line or did you think you had any chance of finishing higher than that?
Travis Jasper: Well we got a clue saying we were going to the Pit Stop...
Nicole Jasper: Yeah, the finish line. And we knew.
Travis Jasper: They had left a ways before us, so yeah, we knew.
Reality TV World: Okay, so it sounds like you didn't think there was much of a chance either of the two teams ahead of you could get lost or anything like that.
Travis Jasper: No.
Nicole Jasper: No.
Travis Jasper: We knew better because these were strong teams. The likelihood of that for us we knew was slim to none. They would've had to have a car accident or something.
Nicole Jasper: Yeah, something horrific. They were literally driving to the Pit Stop, or to the finish line.
Reality TV World: Do you think the show edited Leo and Jamal's Race pretty accurately or do you think they got a fairly good edit considering some of the controversial moves they pulled this season?
Travis Jasper: The thing about the Race is you're doing your own race and you don't know what's going on with the other contestants, the other team, so I cannot fairly, actually, assess that.
Okay, I can tell you that there were interactions -- or things about us -- regarding the Afghanimals that I didn't think were necessarily exactly portrayed as [accurately] as possible, and that was the issue about how we maybe felt about them and interacted.
And we actually had great interactions with them, so that I can comment on. I don't know as far as how they were portrayed in their part of the Race, but we didn't see them.
Nicole Jasper: I think that for the times that we did see the Afghanimals, I thought that they did get favorable editing. I do think so. It was limited, what we saw, but based on what we saw in that time, I think there was favorable editing.
Reality TV World: You both prided yourselves on setting a good example for your children by running a good, clean, honest race. Looking back on your experience, do you think you accomplished that?
Travis Jasper: A good, clean, honest race?
Reality TV World: Yes.
Travis Jasper: Yes. I can tell you I think we ran a good, clean, honest race. And I know the questions have all been -- because I've seen it on social media, we've heard it -- about Nicole and the [octave instrument]. And I'm the first to say that understanding the exact situation, that that was not cheating and everyone called it cheating. It wasn't cheating.
I think people just don't understand, and the good news is, it's not my job to make them understand. It's me being comfortable knowing the truth myself, and so we ran a good, clean, honest race and had fun!
Nicole Jasper: Yes, and we tried to enjoy the moment and enjoy the places where we were and kind of take a minute to smell the roses -- as we were running of course. But I think we did, in that sense, what we set out to accomplish.
Reality TV World: Nicole, you seemed to do most of the tasks towards the end of the season. Do you think you guys might've mismanaged whom should do which Roadblock? Do you wish you went into the Race with maybe a different strategy on how to handle those or what do you think?
Nicole Jasper: Well actually, I thought we had a great strategy as far as the Roadblocks, because we knew that if there was anything with food or music, Travis was going to do it. And if it was anything potentially with dancing or jumping off of something, I would do it. We kind of misunderstood. Because of course when you get the clues for the Roadblocks, you get one sentence.
And so, when we got to that Roadblock with the [octave instruments], my interpretation was that it was going to be a dancing Roadblock -- not per se a musical Roadblock.
Because if we had thought by any means that it was going to be musical, I would definitely not have done it. It would've been Travis. So for us, it was definitely just misunderstanding what it was. You can't tell what the Roadblocks are, for the most part, before you open the envelope all the way.
Travis Jasper: Right, but there's no way [to know]. The clues can say one thing. For example, the first one, with the paragliding, Nicole's dream was that she was going to jump off something or fly across something, and when we opened that clue, we assumed it was for her and I was going to oblige.
It didn't matter how challenging. I just wanted her to fulfill one of her dreams, and it turned out that I had the opportunity to do the paragliding. There was no way you could've anticipated that, but that's the type of example.
Reality TV World: Going back to when you two decided to U-Turn Leo and Jamal, you said the main reason behind it was because they had lied to you about previously U-Turning Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer. Was that all there was to it or was there a little bit more behind that -- like any personal reasons?
Travis Jasper: It was a few.
Nicole Jasper: There were actually a few different reasons, but we had actually -- when they put in the bonus clips, the bonus clips of that episode showed where we talked about our strategy. When we were driving, we were talking about the fact that this was our leg to come in first.
We wanted to guarantee that we would come in first. So who potentially, out of all the teams that we had seen that day, who was the closest to us? And the team that basically ran the highest risk of coming in before us were Jamal and Leo.
And so, we actually talked about this on-camera, about the fact that, yes, they had lied to us. But the big thing was that we wanted to guarantee that we came in first. And them being second, or them being in front of us and then us being in front of them, the only way that we felt like we could guarantee us coming in first was to U-Turn them.
Reality TV World: What did you guys personally think of Marie and what was your relationship like with her during the Race? It seemed like she annoyed and was disliked by many of the teams this season. However, some Racers I've spoken to have said she owns who she is and they respect that about her.
Travis Jasper: My thought was, she was really high energy. She was really loud, but she was extremely competitive. It was really difficult for me sometimes to be around with the loud because I'm so used to traveling, and even with kids, trying to be quiet and peaceful and set a great example.
And sometimes, I will say, as much as I do respect Marie and the talent and everything that she brought to the Race, sometimes I was a little bit embarrassed about how loud or obnoxious she could be in some of the public places where we were traveling. That was tough, but outside of that, I thought she was a tremendous competitor.
Nicole Jasper: She was fierce. She was a fierce -- Marie was a fierce competitor, and you cannot ever take that away from her. Now some of her social interactions, yeah, those were pretty questionable. But, you know, that was probably part of her strategy also. I mean, being loud and boisterous was definitely distracting, or potentially distracting, to other teams. So that worked to her advantage also.
Above is the first half of Nicole and Travis' exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion and for more interviews with the Final 4 teams.
"Dating Couple" Jason Case and Amy Diaz team was the first team to cross the 23rd season of The Amazing Race's finish line in Juneau, Alaska, claiming the $1 million grand prize. "Married ER Doctors" Nicole Jasper and Travis Jasper claimed third place, and "Cousins" Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran were the fourth-place team.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Tim and Marie talked about their The Amazing Race experience and finishing as the runner-up team.
Below is the first half of Tim and Marie's interview. Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion and for more interviews with the Final 4 teams.
Reality TV World: How far behind Jason and Amy do you think you guys finally arrived at the finish line? It seemed fairly close, but when I talked to Jason and Amy, they said they thought it was about an hour-and-a-half?
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: It wasn't an hour-and-a-half. It was probably about like 30 minutes. We were about 30 minutes behind them from the second we got out of those two planes, and it pretty much stayed that way for the remainder of that leg.
When we saw them finish the Detour, we were about halfway done with ours and we knew that they were taking off for the finish line. So we knew we were going to be at least 20 to 30 minutes behind them.
Reality TV World: So you had a pretty good idea you were finishing in second place then right? You didn't think there was a chance Jason and Amy could get lost or anything like that?
Timothy Sweeney: Yeah.
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: We were in second place the second we got out of the place and there was nothing we could do about that!
Timothy Sweeney: I mean, obviously you're optimistic still, but I mean, the reality was that it basically ended up being a linear-type leg where there wasn't much of an opportunity to catch up. We kind of knew that, and once we realized how grueling the final challenge was and how long it was actually taking us to get those totem poles up, we knew there was no way we could come back being behind them 30 minutes.
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: Our only chance would've been had there been a second Roadblock, which in the beginning, if you noticed, that's why all the girls did the first Roadblock. We were assuming, "Maybe they'll throw another one in there at the end," and that's why once we saw the two girls decided to do it, I decided to do it in case at the end there was another one.
[Therefore], I wouldn't be against Jay in a Roadblock, so I saved Tim for that. But about halfway through the leg, we kind of realized that there is nothing else and it was just going to kind of be a walk to the finish line.
Reality TV World: How long did it actually take you to finish that totem poles task and did you feel like you were prepared it? Jason and Amy said they weren't but they still found a way to get through it.
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: It scared us at first I think because we couldn't use our notes.
Timothy Sweeney: We actually remembered, except for I believe it was... the Polish currency. But other than that, we had them all. We knew where they needed to go, but it was still about assembling the totem poles, you know?
Just because you had the order, it didn't mean that you knew how the totem poles were cut, how the colors were going to match up. So it was less about being prepared and more about actually being able to put the things up. It was a really physical challenge.
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: When we realized, "Oh my God, we need to know the currencies," that freaked us out a little bit. And when we started, we could see that [Jason and Amy] were about halfway done. What we also realized is that each one of the totem poles had different colors in it depending on what currency it was.
Even if you had no idea what the currency was, you could kind of line up the colors and the patterns anyway and it would result in having the correct currencies. So after about 10 to 15 minutes of running around and trying to figure out the letters, we had basically just went with the pattern and did it that way.
So that was the strategy that we used and, like I said, they were about halfway done when we started and we were about halfway done when they finished. So it was a pretty even amount of time that it took the both of us [to complete].
Reality TV World: When I talked to Nicole "Nicky" Getz and Kim DeJesus last week, they mentioned to me that, Tim, you had a pretty solid relationship with Allison "Ally" Mello while racing or you two at least had something really flirty going on there. Could you tell me a little bit about that, your relationship with Ally?
Timothy Sweeney: Yeah sure, it was true. (Laughs)
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: (Laughs)
Timothy Sweeney: I kind of played it down while the Race was going down because I didn't want it to become a distraction. Obviously I was still focused on the million dollars and winning the Race and how to put our team ahead. Although if you do notice in Abu Dhabi, I gave them a hint and I later heard about it from Marie...
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: (Laughs)
Timothy Sweeney: For giving them a hint. But it's true. We had a little romance.
Reality TV World: Did you have any intention to keep the romance going after the Race or was it just a showmance type of thing?
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: It's still going a little bit! They're still in touch for right now.
Timothy Sweeney: Yeah, it's still going. We see each other every once in awhile. It's weird because I'm from New York and she's from Los Angeles and the show was going on, so like I said, I didn't want it to distract me from the show either. But we still see each other from time to time. It was good to spend this past weekend altogether. I got to spend some time with her.
Reality TV World: Do you think the show edited Leo and Jamal's Race pretty accurately or do you think they got a fairly good edit considering some of the controversial moves they pulled this season?
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: We think that Leo and Jamal are great Racers. We totally have respect for the way that they race. We think they were one of the strongest teams there.
We were shocked and we were upset that they weren't in the Final 3 with us, and I think from the beginning, they kind of got a bad edit as far as looking like they were liars and everything. And we can understand that because we think we kind of got a bad edit from the beginning.
But there was nothing that they did that was truly unacceptable or anything like that. They're good guys and they just had a really strategic way of racing, and you know, they got under people's skin a little bit, but I think that's what they intended to do.
Off the Race, they're great guys and on the Race, they were super competitive, and I don't think it was anything more than that. I don't think there's anything wrong with the way that they raced.
Reality TV World: You just mentioned you guys don't think you got a great edit in the beginning either. I'm sure you know, Marie, some Racers have called you just plain "mean" and one of them even referred to you as "the devil" once. I just want to get your reaction to those comments and do you think people thought you were far worse than you really were or do you think you maybe took things a little too far sometimes?
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: I think people just kind of have a little bit of a problem with complete and utter honesty. I mean, I was straight-forward. A lot of things I said or did, I just outright did, and I make no apology for it. I don't filter anything.
A lot of the other teams behaved the same way and said some of the same things and did some of the same things, but it was all behind each other's backs -- smile to people's faces and then screw them when they're not looking.
I didn't go on the Race to have people like me and I wasn't shocked at the edit that I got. I just think a lot of people at home don't really take the edit with a grain of salt. It is a reality TV show and everybody's kind of there because they all fit these different roles.
Did I behave like that 50% of the time? Yes. Was there anything nice that I did that was edited out? Of course, you know. They didn't show us getting along. They didn't show me helping the other teams. They didn't show any of that, and that did happen, but I'm not mad about it. I knew what I signed up for and it's just the way that I raced. I don't know.
Reality TV World: So was it accurate when, Marie, you seemed to make most of the decisions and basically would just compliment Tim if something worked out after he listened to you, (laughs) or did you have a little bit of a different dynamic than what was often shown?
Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi: There was a little more team work involved than they showed. I think they kind of ran with the whole "bossing Tim around" thing. But that is the nature of our relationship and that's why we get along. I'm a control freak and he gets me and figures out a way to make that work for both of us. Had he not been like that, we probably would have self-destructed in the second leg of the Race.
We just both have that outward personality, and in order for that to work as a team, you know, somebody has to be in control. So he kind of just let me be in control, and when he thought I was wrong, he'd voice his opinion and say, "We're not doing this. We're doing it this way!" And it worked for us, so yeah, I would say that was accurate.
Reality TV World: You two had obviously dated before the show and you mentioned something like you just fought and couldn't get along so you broke up. Would you mind elaborating on your relationship a little bit? If your relationship volatile, I know viewers are surprised you've been able to uphold such a strong friendship because you know how that tends to go after breakups. So do you ever get the urge to get back together or is that just not an option?
Timothy Sweeney: Well, yeah. Our relationship is unique, definitely unique. Marie and I both kind of have the ability to compartmentalize how we're feeling at the moment, and we were able to get over a lot of those things that "Exes" would inevitably be ruined by. And I don't know, I think we just enjoy each other's company more than what's the other option? Sacrifice and just never speak to each other again?
And that's why we have this relationship where we feel like we've known each other for like 20 years and I'm kind of predicting what she's doing and she's going to predict what I do and we can work together. And nothing blocks the way of communication. Even though she's yelling, this is a very competitive girl and we were in a racing environment. It's like being on the field, playing sports.
When a coach says something, they say it directly at you, and when you're talking to each other, you have to be direct and frank, and you have to be honest. That's the best way to communicate, and that's how she is. So she comes off a little abrasive, so what? So what?
That's Marie, but I know what she means by it, so it doesn't offend me and I don't take it personally. And I think the same is true. There are times that I'll yell at her, and you didn't get to see that part of our relationship, which is kind of funny.
Above is the first half of Tim and Marie's exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion and for more interviews with the Final 4 teams.
"Adam Shankman is currently seeking treatment in a rehabilitation center," a representative for the frequent So You Think You Can Dance guest judge told Us Weekly in a statement.
"His friends and family support him and wish him well on his journey to recovery."
The report, however, did not specify what Shankman is currently seeking treatment for.
Shankman is a 49-year-old director and choreographer whose best known work includes Hairspray, High School Musical and Step Up.
Shankman served as a regular judge on So You Think You Can Dance's sixth and seventh seasons and has since continued to appear as a guest judge on the reality dancing competition, often sitting on the panel beside regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has on record that Odom's attorney entered a no-contest plea on his client's behalf on Monday in Superior Court in Van Nuys, CA, People reported.
Khloe Kardashian's husband, 34, will also reportedly be required to pay $1,800 in fines and penalties. He was not present at the latest court hearing.
Odom, who is reportedly hoping to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers again, had pleaded not guilty to his DUI charge in early October.
The NBA basketball free agent was arrested on August 30 for driving under the influence at 3:54AM by the California Highway Patrol after he was observed driving slowly in a "serpentine manner" on the 101 Freeway and showed "objective signs of intoxication," People reported.
After being taken into custody, Odom was taken to a jail in Van Nuys, CA before he was released on $15,000 bail, according to LA's County Sheriff's Department.
Odom has since been at the center of controversy and making headlines regarding cheating scandals and an alleged addiction to crack cocaine, which has jeopardized his career and deteriorated his marriage. However, recent reports claim Odom and Kardashian have been going to counseling and are trying their best to solve their issues.
"MTV will not be moving forward with a second season of Teen Mom 3," a network representative told Us Weekly.
Teen Mom 3 featured former 16 & Pregnant stars Mackenzie Douthit, Briana Dejesus, Alexandria Sekella, and Katie Yeager.
"We're thankful to Briana, Katie, Mackenzie, Alex and their families for sharing their stories as they navigate young parenthood and for helping to have a positive impact on the importance of teen pregnancy prevention," added the representative.
Although MTV failed to specify why it's pulling the plug on the reality series, viewers have reportedly slammed the show for lacking drama.
Dejesus, a 19-year-old mother to a daughter named Nova, tweeted this past weekend how she feels about the end of Teen Mom 3.
"Teen Mom 3 was one of the best experiences I ever had! I will never forget it! Time to move on from MTV and do bigger and better things & no I don't mean become a porn star lol," Dejesus wrote on Twitter, jokingly referencing former original Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham.
Yeager also took to Twitter, saying, "I'm grateful for this experience. [My daughter] Molli and I are ready to move on from this and live a normal life. Thanks for all the love and support."
The first season of Teen Mom 3 premiered in August.
An eyewitness spotted Murgatroyd, 27, and Daugherty, 28, locking lips at a Los Angeles charity fundraising event, which included dinner and performances by Hollywood stars, on Sunday, Us Weekly reported.
Murgatroyd was reportedly rubbing Daugherty's back at one point and they shared a kiss. They sat at a table together in the back of the ballroom inside the Hollywood Palladium, and according to the eyewitness, they subsequently kissed again a few times during the charity's raffle.
"Had so much fun at Trevor Live last night with this lovely lady by my side @petamurgatroyd," Daugherty captioned an Instagram photo on Monday of himself hugging Murgatroyd at the event.
The couple was reportedly inseparable all night and wasn't shy about showing affection for one another.
Rumors sparked Murgatroyd and Daugherty are dating last month when they kissed at the end of a Dancing with the Stars performance and paparazzi caught them kissing in a parking lot leaving rehearsal. However, both parties denied they had interest in one another romantically, laughing it off and claiming they had no chemistry.
Murgatroyd and the actor and Pretty Little Liars star were the sixth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' most recent edition.
Tessanne from Kingston, Jamaica performed "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, leaving her coach Adam Levine "speechless."
"I don't even know what to say, honestly. That's crazy what just happened... The sheer talent is just -- I've never been speechless on this show before. I [don't] have anything to say because I'm just so amazed at what happened up here... Regardless of popular opinion, I think that's probably the most flawless and graceful performance I've ever heard on this show," Levine told his artist.
Blake Shelton couldn't help but stand by Levine's sentiment.
"Tessanne, it's hard as an opposing team member here to argue with anything that Adam just said. It's beautiful and I'm such a big fan of yours," Shelton said.
Jacquie from Colts Neck, NJ, the last remaining member on coach Christina Aguilera's team, took the stage with "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan and won the entire competition in Aguilera's eyes.
"Wow, you blew me away! It is such a special song and there's a fine line of doing it justice because it's a song of innocence and love and wanting to share that in a nonboastful way. It's easy to hit all the high notes in the world, but to do it in a nonboastful and sincere way, you chose your timing and your spots and your moments to go big in the perfect places," Aguilera explained.
"And wow, you really showed a lot of dynamic even with your falsetto, how you would flip over. You showed the most dynamic and the best vocal performance that you've actually ever done on this show tonight because you showed self-control. Honestly, you straight up won tonight in my heart. You stepped up to the plate!... You showed the most power by knowing how to pull back and then move people forward and just believing every word."
Impartial judge Cee Lo Green added his thoughts of Lee's performance.
"Jacquie, I mean, that was amazing. You were amazing. That was probably the most perfect -- it was wonderful," Green noted. "I was wonderfully affected by that performance tonight."
The remaining artists in The Voice competition are as follows: "Team Blake" member Cole Vosbury; "Team Christina" member Lee; and "Team Adam" artists Chin, James Wolpert, and Will Champlin. "Team Cee Lo" has been wiped out entirely.
"I want to create everything that's on my mind... [My clothing line] is basically like the post-Internet Disney. I can also create plays, new films... I got two Broadway shows in mind. Bottom line, I can do it," West said during a recent appearance on the syndicated radio show Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo.
"But when I meet with Disney, they just say, 'Your brand doesn't fit our brand.' And I say, 'Make it another brand but allow me to create, because I'm great. I'm great like Michelangelo. I'm great like Disney. I'm great... I'm a producer, I'm like Disney.'"
West repeated he just wants to collaborate with Walt Disney, the Disney corporation.
"I couldn't care less [where founder Walt Disney is]. I just want to get my hands on that Disney Imagineering studio and make some dope stuff for ya'll. I can imagine [it] and that's what keeps me up at night while I'm turning up... I don't create in a metaphorical [way]. I create like a three-year-old, like, 'This is my drawing,'" West explained.
"When I say creative genius, I don't say it as a compliment to me. I say that as a plague. I say it is a plague -- to have all these ideas and not be able to get them out... That's painful. And to meet with the people that could give you the opportunity, but because they read something in the press that day, they can't see past the press."
West also compared his life to serving as a soldier or police officer in that he faces danger all the time.
"I'm just giving of my body on the stage; I'm putting my life at risk, literally! When I think about when I'm on the 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' and 'Coldest Winter' moment, like that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped on my leg, You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like, 'Wow, this is like being a police officer or something, or in war or something. You're literally going out to do your job every day, knowing that something could happen," West told Romeo.
"Something can happen to you verbally from the press, you know, bashing you. Something could happen to you by people not liking you anymore because of your records. You could actually slip on that stage. It's like we're walking this tightrope and fighting for [what's] creative and fighting for ideas and fighting for thought. I'll explain to my daughter [North] one day, that me and her mother [Kim Kardashian], we had to fight for this position that we'll finally have."
West also explained after watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, he couldn't help but relate the concept to his own experiences and career.
"I'm having to maintain and keep my family strong throughout the amount of public perception that's working for it and against it at all times... There were all these contestants over the years that have won [the games] and they've all been quiet, but there's this one [Katniss Everdeen] that won and wanted to turn up, and that's what I feel like," West said during the radio appearance.
"I'm a modernist, and that's the reason why I get in trouble so much, because I can see what the truth is. I make decisions based off my eyes and not with my ears and I just say it."
West -- who's currently engaged to Kardashian and performing in his Yeezus tour -- added that his music is "the art of the truth in an untruth world" and he'd rather call his so-called rants "visionary stream of consciousness" instead.
The "Dating Couple" team was the first team to cross the 23rd season of The Amazing Race's finish line in Juneau, Alaska, claiming the $1 million grand prize.
"Exes" Timothy Sweeney and Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi finished in second place, and "Married ER Doctors" Nicole Jasper and Travis Jasper claimed third place. "Cousins" Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran finished in fourth and were unable to compete in the final leg as a result.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Jason and Amy talked about their The Amazing Race experience and victory. Below is the first half of their interview. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion and for more interviews with the season's Final 4 teams.
Reality TV World: What's the status of your relationship now? Have you talked about getting engaged or anything like that in the near future?
Jason Case: Right out of the gate! (Laughs)
Amy Diaz: Yeah Jason, what's the status huh?! (Laughs)
Jason Case: Well, Amy and I have talked about that. We do have a future together, but we want to share this moment with each other for what it is and it's winning The Amazing Race and enjoying the emotional high that we're on right now and the friendships that we've created. That's what it's about right now for us. But yeah, we do have a future.
Reality TV World: It looked like you ran to the finish line pretty confident you were in first place and going to win, was that actually the case?
Amy Diaz: Yes, we knew driving over to the Pit Stop, the finish line, that we were at least an hour-and-a-half ahead of the other teams. When Tim and Marie arrived at the totem poles, we were more than halfway through the actual challenge, and it was so, so, so tough and physically challenging, that there's no way anyone could just roll through that in like a half hour.
And then when we left, Travis and Nicole had just arrived. So we knew that we had to leave and we saw the clue say, "Go, go, go!" So unless something really crazy happened with our taxi driver getting lost -- and in Alaska, there really isn't much there, I think everybody pretty much knows where everything is.
Jason Case: And a lot of credit to Amy on that last leg. She gained us a lead by hitting that flour drop on her second try. Even Marie was out there 13 or 14 [times] or whatever, and it took Nicole 20-something tries to hit it.
[Amy], in her second try, just gave us that cushion we needed. She was fighting through a sprained ankle on the glacier, which was not easy for her, especially climbing the ice wall and crossing that crevasse.
And then once we got to that totem poles challenge, we hadn't seen any other teams until that point, so we didn't know how big our lead was. But like Amy said, that was probably one of the most physical challenges that we endured on the entire Race, and there was no way you're going to do it in two minutes.
Reality TV World: How long do you think that totem poles task took you guys to complete? Any idea?
Jason Case: A couple hours.
Amy Diaz: Yeah, we were there for a couple hours.
Reality TV World: You were shown repeatedly mentioning how you hadn't taken any notes on the currencies in the all countries you'd gone to, but you two still seemed to solve the totem pole task without any real issues. Was that actually the case, and if so, how did you pull that off?
Amy Diaz: I actually remembered a few. We remembered all the currency except for two. Yeah, it was two that we couldn't remember. We actually -- the way that we figured it out is because they were color-coordinated. So, we're really good at puzzles. I'm a huge fan of Legos, a humongous fan of Legos, so I was like, "Yes!" We actually have a whole Lego City in our room. Anyway, (laughs)...
Jason Case: Through the process of elimination and color-coordination, we figured it out, what the spelling of those last two currency was. Amy is very worldly anyways, so she knew a lot of the currency right on the top of her head. So we weren't able to use our notes at that point, so they would've been useless, which we didn't know at the time.
Amy Diaz: The two currencies that we had an issue with were the one from The United Arab Emirates and then I knew that when we were in Indonesia, I remembered they were rupees, but their actual whole name is a little longer than that.
I remembered that because I've traveled to India several times and they have rupees too, so it was The United Arab Emirates that we were having a hard time with. And we literally just put it together based on the color coordination and the way that the totem poles matched up. It was like a puzzle.
Jason Case: Yeah, don't ask what it is right now. (Laughs) We'd have no idea.
Amy Diaz: Yeah, I still don't remember. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: You guys finished so many legs in second place. How frustrating was that for you, and do you think because you didn't finish in first, maybe some of the teams underestimated you throughout the Race? Maybe that presented you with a little bit of an advantage even?
Jason Case: Great question. We haven't gotten asked that, but I'm glad you just picked that up. Amy and I felt we were the strongest team in the entire race because we had lost to two Express Passes.
I mean, when somebody doesn't have to complete a Roadblock or a Detour, you save sometimes hours of time. And we finished, one time, seconds behind an Express Pass, and then a few minutes behind an Express Pass. So those would've been two first-place finishes for us right off the bat.
And in Lisbon, it was my mistake. I wanted to go left and Amy, apparently, knew where she was going and had picked the right way to go. (Laughs) So that should've been a first place. I mean, our first place came when the playing field was even -- there were no Express Passes, everybody started at the same time -- and that showed our true colors as a team.
Amy Diaz: Exactly. Because both times obviously in the final leg, we won by over an hour, or it was like an hour and 15 minutes or something like that. And then when we won our first leg finally in Indonesia, again, it was exactly an hour from the time that Tim and Marie checked-in. So when it was a level playing field, we definitely...
Jason Case: Killed it.
Amy Diaz: Yeah, killed it. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Going into the finale, did you guys think it was anyone's game since all the teams were evenly matched with one guy and one girl? This time around, there were no all-male teams in the finale or anything like that to compete against.
Amy Diaz: Absolutely. Absolutely. When we got to the Roadblock with the plane, we pretty much knew that it was going to be all the girls or all the guys competing against each other, because we felt there was going to be another Roadblock that might have been a little bit more physically challenging, which we wanted the guys to do.
So I think the three couples were pretty much thinking the same way, you know, I would compete against Nicole and Marie. And Jason would compete against Tim and Travis.
Jason Case: That's Amy's modesty talking right there, because there's no way any other people -- I mean, anything can happen in The Amazing Race, so any team could've won no question -- but as far as the teams being matched up Amy was way stronger than Nicole. So we knew we had a competitive edge.
At least I felt we had a competitive edge going into the final leg, because we carried Nicole and Travis through those last few legs with Amy helping [Nicole] out as much as she did. So, you know, our biggest competitors there were Tim and Marie, which in their type of relationship, got them to the finals, but they were bound to have a breakdown at some point.
And Amy and I were just coming into our perfect situation going into that final leg. We had just completed this Race as a new couple and got to know our strengths and weaknesses together. They balanced each other out and we were firing on all cylinders going into the final leg with a lot of momentum.
So I thought we had a little competitive advantage emotionally as a team, whereas you saw Travis and Nicole had a lot of breakdowns emotionally. And Amy and I have maintained a really strong network between us two.
Above is the first half of Jason and Amy's exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion and for more interviews with the season's Final 4 teams.
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