'The Amazing Race' eliminates Kevin Ng and Jennifer Lee in premiere
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/31/2017
The Amazing Race eliminated Kevin Ng and Jennifer Lee during Thursday night's broadcast of the CBS reality competition's 29th season.
Kevin, a 31-year-old athletic trainer from San Diego, CA, and Jenn, a 25-year-old professional model from Los Angeles, CA, paired up on the first day of the Race when they were total strangers. They became the first team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the season's first Pit Stop at Cinta Costera Tres in Panama City in last place out of 11 competing couples.
"Together as a team, we never fought once. That was actually a major issue. One of us should have stepped up and been more authoritative, and that definitely would've been a game changer, 100 percent. But I gained a new little sister, we have the same hair!"
"I'm the cool little brother," Kevin quipped.
"Sure," Jenn noted with a laugh. "Whatever makes you happy."
The Amazing Race began with 22 strangers standing on the starting line of the Race in downtown Los Angeles. Phil explained each individual must pick up a piece of luggage with a tag featuring Panama's flag at a luggage store and then bring it back to the starting line. In order to get to the store, Phil told them that they had to go two blocks southwest and then seven blocks southeast.
The Racers could then pick their teammate in the order they finished this task based on nothing but first impressions.
Seth Tyler, a 37-year-old police officer from Seattle, WA, completed the challenge first.
He was then followed by Matt Ladley, a 25-year-old pro snowboarder from Denver, CO; Olive Beauregard, a 24-year-old firefighter from Providence, RI; Sara Fowler, a 27-year-old luxury realtor from St. John, Virgin Islands; Scott Flanary, a 34-year-old recruiting manager from West Hollywood, CA; Becca Droz, a 26-year-old rock climbing instructor from Boulder, CO; and Vanck Zhu, a 28-year-old Wall Street analyst from New York, NY.
After the rest of the Racers trickled in one by one, the show featured Joey Covino, a 46-year-old police sergeant from Saugus, MA, finding his luggage in last place.
The teams were then determined in this exact order: Seth selected Olive; Matt picked Redmond Ramos, a 28-year-old former U.S. Navy corpsman from Murrieta, CA; Sara chose Shamir Arzeno, a 28-year-old Wall Street banker from Jersey City, NJ; Scott picked Brooke Camhi, a 36-year-old criminal attorney from New York, NY; Becca selected Floyd Pierce, a 21-year-old college drum major from Boulder, CO.
Vanck chose Ashton Theiss, a 25-year-old residential realtor from Fort Worth, TX; Tara Carr, a 38-year-old U.S. Army officer from Alexandria, VA, picked the underdog, Joey; London Kaye, a 27-year-old artist from Brooklyn, NY, selected Logan Bauer, a 27-year-old surgical consultant from Columbus, GA; Jenn picked Kevin; Michael Rado, a 37-year-old butcher from Pittsburgh, PA, chose Liz Espey, a 24-year-old auctioneer from Maryville, MO.
Finally, Jessica "Jessie" Shields, a 28-year-old K-9 police officer from Youngstown, OH, and Francesca Piccoli, a 33-year-old U.S. Army drill sergeant from St. Plano, TX, had to pair up by default after rubbing each other the wrong way during the first task.
Phil then instructed the teams to open their luggage in order to find their first clue. Hidden inside one of the pieces of luggage was the one and only Express Pass, which allows a team to skip over a Detour or Roadblock if the pair find it too challenging or time consuming.
The teams had to run out of the park, take a taxi to Los Angeles Internation Airport, and then hop on one of two available flights to Panama City, Panama. Since Jessie and Francesca couldn't pick their teammate, Phil kindly drove them to the airport. Meanwhile, Becca and Floyd, "Team Fun," discovered they had the Express Pass and they were thrilled.
Matt and Redmond were the first team to snag seats on the first flight out to Panama City. They were soon joined by Becca and Floyd, London and Logan, Seth and Olive, and Brooke and Scott.
Jessie and Francesca were the first team stuck on Flight 2. The other teams who started off the Race with this disadvantage were Vanck and Ashton, Tara and Joey, Shamir and Sara, Kevin and Jenn, and Liz and Michael.
The first flight landed at 7AM and, upon ripping open their next clue, the teams learned they must pick up a rental car and navigate their way to Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal.
Along the way, multiple teams appeared to get lost -- including London and Logan, Matt and Redmond, and Brooke and Scott.
Seth and Olive were therefore the first team to arrive at Miraflores Locks. They were soon followed by Becca and Floyd, Brooke and Scott, London and Logan, and Matt and Redmond.
The teams' next set of clues instructed them to drive to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and search for their next clue high in the canopy tower.
At this point, the second flight arrived in Panama City at 1:36PM, and unfortunately for the teams on this flight, there was a one-hour delay. On their way to destination No. 1, Liz and Michael got lost while Kevin and Jenn had trouble finding the canopy tower.
The teams found their next clue in the canopy tower one by one, with Tara and Joey discovering it in eighth place, Jessie and Francesca in ninth place, Liz and Michael in tenth place, and finally Kevin and Jenn grabbing their next clue in eleventh place.
It then became time for the teams to complete one of two possible Detour tasks: "Shoot" or "Scoot."
Both tasks required the teams to operate a traditional canoe that has evolved into a high-tech racing machine.
In "Shoot," the teams had to use a bow and arrow to knock over two silver fish.
"Scoot" required the teams to go head to head against a professional crew in a race. If the Racers lost, they had to start again.
Becca and Floyd, Brooke and Scott, and Liz and Michael opted to shoot a bow and arrow.
The teams who chose to take on the racing task were Seth and Olive, Matt and Redmond, Tara and Joey, Vanck and Ashton, Shamir and Sara, Jessie and Francesca, London and Logan, and Kevin and Jenn.
Brooke and Scott switched Detour tasks halfway through, as did Vanck and Ashton as well as Liz and Michael because the initial task they chose was too difficult.
In "Scoot," most of the teams needed to race two or three times in order to beat the professionals.
Seth and Olive completed the Detour in first place. They were then followed by Becca and Floyd, Matt and Redmond, Brooke and Scott, Shamir and Sara, London and Logan, Tara and Joey, Vanck and Ashton, Jessie and Francesca, Liz and Michael, and finally Kevin and Jenn -- who, once it became dark outside, were handed their next clue without finishing the task due to safety purposes.
The teams' next set of clues sent them to Season 29's first Pit Stop at Cinta Costera Tres, a winding coastal beltway. Phil was standing in front of a huge Panamanian flag.
Seth and Olive were the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop and proved they are the ones to beat. Becca and Floyd finished in second place, while Matt and Redmond claimed third.
Brooke and Scott finished fourth, and they were soon followed by Shamir and Sara in fifth place, Tara and Joey in sixth place, Vanck and Ashton in seventh place, London and Logan in eighth place, and Jessie and Francesca in ninth place.
Kevin and Jenn made it to the Pit Stop mat in tenth place, however, they incurred a two-hour time penalty for not completing the Detour task. Kevin and Jenn hoped the last team wouldn't arrive before then, but that turned out not to be the case.
Liz and Michael stepped on the Pit Stop mat before Kevin and Jenn's time penalty was up, so they technically finished in tenth place, leaving Kevin and Jenn in eleventh -- and last -- place. Kevin and Jenn had fun but were definitely disappointed to be eliminated.