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A winner emerges on ‘Amazing Race: Unfinished Business’ finale, then talks about surreal experience – reality TV highlights (May 8-14, 2011)

Amanda Hamilton Amanda Hamilton
5/15/2011 12:47am EDT

Kisha and Jennifer Hoffman,

It’s official: “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” has its $1 million winner! The season wrapped up on Sunday with Kisha and Jennifer Hoffman, sisters from season 14, crossing the finish line first after traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Florida Keys. Along the way, the Final 4 teams – Kisha and Jen, Flight Time and Big Easy, Gary and Mallory, and Zev and Justin – the teams Samba danced, swam with mermaids, and built a trailorhood.

The day after the season finale aired, Kisha and Jennifer and the other Final 4 teams spoke with me about the final leg of the race, the feelings they had while watching the episode, and the regrets, if any, they had about their runs. Check out those interviews here.

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America definitely got it wrong this week when they eliminated rapper/actor Romeo from “Dancing with the Stars” season 12. Romeo received nothing but compliments from the judges on Monday’s performance show and was nowhere near the bottom of the pack for scores. The judges were shocked and appeared confused by the announcement, which even had Romeo scratching his head since he thought it was his best dance of the season.

It was final exams week on “The Biggest Loser: Couples 4” this week. The players were put through a series of tests that showed each of them just how far they had come since arriving on campus. Each test was given by a trainer or host Alison Sweeney, and they ranged from physical to nutrition/exercise knowledge. After completing all five tests, it was revealed Olivia had won the $10,000 grand prize. At the end of the week, Austin was eliminated after losing only one pound, a loss that caused him to break down into tears on the scale. Full recap, including all losses for the week …

Poor, Grant. He spent 35 days keeping to himself, staying out of trouble, and making the right friends. But when push comes to shove, as Rob will tell you, it isn’t about friends. On Wednesday’s episode of “Survivor: Redemption Island” Rob put in motion the plan to oust Ashley. Unfortunately, Ashley won the immunity challenge, and Rob had to form a quick secondary plan. Refusing to get rid of Natalie or Phillip, Grant was the only option. He was shocked but told viewers he was at peace with what had happened. Of course, he is probably feeling peace because he knows he can knock out the competition at Redemption Island. Full recap, including Redemption Island duel recap …

The first battle round took place on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice.” Each coach chose two of his/her team members to enter the boxing ring and sing a duet that would give only one of the singers the opportunity to continue in the competition. You never know how two people’s voices will sound together, but not one of the battles disappointed; the voices were truly incredible – separate and together. Unfortunately, the excitement of amazing numbers couldn’t overshadow the elimination of a few quick favorites – four, to be exact. Full recap, including who was eliminated and who is moving on to the live show …

Once again, the “American Idol” results show shocked viewers, this time with the elimination of rocker James Durbin. The judges loved both of James’ performance the previous night, but apparently, viewers didn’t feel the same way; although, it was hard to imagine everyone not loving his rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Plenty of people have said they believed this season is rigged; what do you think?



Three people joined “The X Factor” team this week. The first was Paula Abdul, who will join former “American Idol” BFF Simon Cowell on the judges’ panel. The second and third people to join the team were the show’s hosts – Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones. Who is Steve Jones? And, who else is sitting on the judges’ panel?

Charlie Sheen’s firing from “Two and Half Men” brought up a lot of questions regarding the series’ time left on air. Once it was determined the show would move on, rumors began swirling regarding who would replace Sheen. But the most recent name isn’t a rumor at all. On Friday, CBS confirmed via a press release that Ashton Kutcher, who got his start on the TV comedy “That 70s Show,” was named Sheen’s replacement. Little detail was given, but will you watch the show when it returns with Ashton?

Bruno Mars is one of the hottest things to hit the radio in a while, so how can the thought of meeting him at his Las Vegas concert not get you excited? Thanks to Popchips, one lucky fan will win a trip for two to Vegas to meet Bruno Mars and see him perform live. But, wait, it gets better! The pair won’t be attending the show alone. “Bachelorette” winner Jesse Csincsak and his wife will be joining the lucky pair for their whirlwind weekend, and Jesse will be choosing the winner. How do I enter?



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Photo Credits: Kisha and Jennifer Hoffman, "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" (CBS)