Amaz­ing fin­ish

Edmonton Journal - - TV - LIND­SEY WARD

1If you’re won­der­ing just how amaz­ing it is to win The Amaz­ing Race Canada, look no fur­ther than sea­son 5 win­ner Sam’s amaz­ing re­ac­tion af­ter fin­ish­ing first on Tues­day’s fi­nale: “This is the most amaz­ing thing! We’ve met so many amaz­ing peo­ple, and the fact that I got to do it with Paul, and that we’re here. It’s just been the most amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of our lives,” Sam said. Sam’s part­ner Paul elab­o­rated: “This Race re­ally has changed my life. Even six months ago, I didn’t want to tell peo­ple I was gay. I told my fam­ily and friends, but just be­ing in front of all of th­ese peo­ple, and be­ing able to show that this is my boyfriend, the man I am in-love with … I feel lib­er­ated. It’s the best feel­ing.” That — and a grand prize of $250,000, a trip around the world and a new Chevro­let Equinox? Yep, def­i­nitely amaz­ing.

PAR­ADISE LOST AND FOR­GOT­TEN

Bach­e­lor in Par­adise’s lat­est sum­mer of “love” has come to an end, and we couldn’t be more re­lieved. Es­pe­cially for all of the show’s nev­er­should-have-been cou­ples — Amanda and Robby, Lacey and Daniel, Chris­ten and Jack — who promptly parted ways on Tues­day’s fi­nale. That left Raven and Adam — who were still to­gether as of Tues­day — and for­mer vil­lain­ess Tay­lor and her beau Derek, who put a ring on it be­fore a stu­dio au­di­ence dur­ing the af­ter-show. If that wasn’t enough to thrill you, indecisive Dean was also chas­tised for his love tri­an­gle with Kristina (who ought to be the next Bach­e­lorette) and Danielle. But Dean can rest as­sured this sea­son of Par­adise will soon be for­got­ten — if it hasn’t al­ready.

SEARCH FOR LOVE CON­TIN­UES UP NORTH

Fire­side din­ners, mit­ten­held walks on the rink, kisses through chat­ter­ing teeth — Bach­e­lor Na­tion, you’re not in Par­adise any more. The Bach­e­lor Canada is gear­ing up for a far frostier take on the fran­chise, with Mon­tre­al­born base­ball player Chris Ler­oux set to start his love jour­ney on Oct. 11 (W Net­work). All 20 bach­e­lorettes vy­ing for his heart were an­nounced this week, and they in­clude a pageant queen, a med­i­ta­tion coach, a self-pro­claimed “lux­ury travel no­mad” and a mer­maid — who ap­par­ently missed the afore­men­tioned “not in Par­adise any more” mes­sage.

OPEN HOUSE

Calling all fu­ture Big Brother Canada house guests. On Sept. 23, BBCan is launch­ing a cast­ing tour for the show’s up­com­ing sixth sea­son. Stops in­clude Sept. 23 in Van­cou­ver and Saska­toon and Oct. 1 in Edmonton. You can also ap­ply on­line at big­broth­er­canada.ca. We’d like to say what traits they’re look­ing for in the next batch of house guests, but we never have any idea what th­ese re­al­ity TV pro­duc­ers are think­ing. We do know you have to be at 19 and in great phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal shape. The show’s U.S. edi­tion wraps its 19th sea­son with a two-hour fi­nale Sept. 20 (Global/CBS).

Dean and Danielle

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