Our full recap of The Amazing Race is in the works, but before that goes up, we thought it only right to let you know who took home the $1 million prize.
Tonight’s two-hour finale saw the three final teams — Lexi & Trey, James & Jaymes, and Josh & Brent — travel from Europe to the city that is the main home to EW itself: New York! The teams skittered from Coney Island to the Brooklyn Navy Yard (where one from each team had to escape a straight jacket while hanging upside down!) to Lombardi’s in Little Italy to, finally, the United Nations. There, the final challenge had them matching up the words for “hello” and “goodbye” from each of the nine countries they visited on their adventure.
Since it was a memory challenge (it always is at the end!), it’s really no surprise, then, that the winning team was…
…the Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh & Brent! They just seemed smart.
The interesting part of the win for Josh and Brent is that they were, hands down, the underdogs of the final three teams — they had never won a challenge before tonight. “We never, ever thought we would hear you say those words to us,” Brent said to the cameras just after host Phil Keoghan told them they were the winners. Most of The Amazing Race audience would probably agree with that.
Josh continued the sentiment in his reaction: “We were underdogs, and what I hope this proves to people — whether they’re a minority or they’re out of work or they’re losing their house or whatever — if they just keep going and keep working as hard as they can, people will help, and at some point you will win.”
And as had already been explained by the Beekman Boys, they reiterated that winning the $1 million will allow them to spend more time together on their farm in upstate New York. “This race has really brought us back together again,” Brent said. “I had to work in the city, and he’s on the farm. So winning this race actually will bring us physically together again… for the next 50 years.” Cute.
Jaymes & James and Trey & Lexi didn’t seem too shocked or sad that they didn’t win. But, of course, Lexi did take the opportunity to cry once again, after she and Trey came in in third place.
Added Josh at the end: “Nice guys do finish first sometimes.”
Do you agree, Amazing Race Nation? Did the right guys win? Are you happy with the results? Glad that the twins were booted after the first hour? Sound off in the comments below!
And: Check back early in the wee hours of tomorrow morning for our full Amazing Race recap.
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