‘Amazing Race’ predictions: Are Shelley and Nici the most irritating players ever?

As Season 25 of “The Amazing Race” continues to heat up the globe, Gold Derby Executive Editor Paul Sheehan and I sat down to discuss the season so far.

Who do we love? Who do we hate? And most importantly: Who are we predicting to win this season? Scroll down to see our Q&A.

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Marcus: Hey Paul! So, let’s get right down to the controversy surrounding Shelley and Nici. Some people really love this mother-daughter team from Michigan. I’m not one of them. As supposed “fans” of the show, they’re playing the game like loose cannons, making enemies along the way and fighting with each other whenever possible. Is there anything redeemable about this irritating couple, or are they a complete train wreck?

Paul: I don’t think we can appreciate the stress under which these teams operate. Yes, they have made mistakes but I love their passion for the “Race.”

Marcus: According to exclusive racetrack odds that are generated by our readers, Shelley and Nici will be eliminated next. Do you think our users are correct in their prediction?

Paul: Perhaps, as they are prone to making errors in judgment. This season has a slew of strong teams and they may not have that necessary edge needed to win.

Marcus: Two weeks ago on “The Amazing Race” we had our first non-elimination leg. Did you see that coming?

Paul: In this instance, yes. The video preview of the episode was too revealing. I like to be surprised and wasn’t last week.

Marcus: I’ve always felt that the non-elimination legs are kind of anti-climactic. If the producers need to squeeze out more episodes along the way, I prefer instead the episodes that end with Phil Keoghan saying something like, “You’ve arrived at the mat, but the leg isn’t finished. Here is your next clue.”

Paul: Yes, those are among my favorite episodes of seasons past. I love that the teams think they will be getting a breather but then have the mat pulled out from under them by Phil.

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Marcus: And what about Keith and Whitney‘s elimination last week?

Paul: That was definitely a shocker, as many of our users had been predicting them to win. I had a chance to talk with Keith and Whitney after their elimination, which you can listen to by clicking here.

Marcus: I was predicting Keith and Whitney to win this season, but now I’ve switched to Kym and Alli. These two New York cyclists are really playing a great game: winning legs and staying under the radar. What team are you predicting to win Season 25?

Paul: As much as they irritate me, I am going with Misti and Jim. They have shown themselves to be strong competitors and with that Save in their back pockets, I am sure they will make the final three.

Marcus: I kind of feel that Adam and Bethany are getting so much screen time that we may be in for a rude awakening later on. In other words, the show’s editors are trying really hard to make us like them so that we can all be emotionally invested when they (eventually) get eliminated. Am I looking too much into this?

Paul: Perhaps, but these producers are super savvy. After all, they have taken home 10 of the 12 Emmys handed out for Best Reality Competition Program.

Marcus: Of the first three teams that were eliminated (Lisa and Michelle, Dennis and Isabelle, Michael and Scott), which team do you miss the most and which one are you happy to never see again?

Paul: Who?! Sorry to say that none of these made much of an impression on me.

Marcus: Final thoughts on the season?

Paul: It always takes a couple of weeks for the “Race” to hit its stride. I am loving seeing Phil explain tasks as the first teams arrive to do them. That gives the show a real sense of immediacy.

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It’s time for you to take on other “Amazing Race” fans and show them how it’s done by predicting who will win this season and who’ll be eliminated next. Get our weekly questions right and you could find yourself on our Season 25 leaderboard. (The Top 10 users are at the left.)

Show us that you have what it takes to win the cutthroat reality competition here at Gold Derby and win our prizes, including a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

To get started, click here or scroll down and make your first prediction using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Don’t worry, you can keep changing your predictions right up until show time. But we urge you not to wait till then. 

Why? Because your predictions will factor into our official racetrack odds that are pored over by other “Amazing Race” fans and TV execs who want to know which racers you love and hate, who you want to win and who you are desperate to see get a send-off.

To enter your predictions, make sure you are logged into your Gold Derby account or register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google. After logging in, click on the “Predictions” button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby.

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We are forecasting everything from the results on reality TV shows like “Survivor,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Project Runway” to the body count on “The Walking Dead” to the winners of the Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys. Click on any box to bring up that event and get started.

To vote for who think will win, drag contestants over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order of finishing. For example, if you think Adam and Bethany will win Season 25, make sure you put them in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated. If the majority of users think Adam and Bethany will win, that means they’ll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the racers who don’t receive many votes of confidence have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.

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The standard bet for each question is 100 points, which are wagered against the odds you locked in when you saved your predictions. However, for each TV episode you are given one special 200 point bet that you can use strategically to gain more points.

Here’s how racetrack odds work. If you bet 100 on something that has 50/1 odds and you end up being correct, you will receive 50 x 100 points, which equals 5,000 points. You’ll also get your original 100 points back, for a total of 5,100 points.

Get started by making your prediction as to which of the remaining teams will end up as the winners of “The Amazing Race” using our easy drag-and-drop menu below.

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