The Amazing Race Asia 5 Week Nine Editing Analysis and Predictions Blog

Did I mention how it is eleven days until I travel outside of North America for the first time in my life, and how it will just be a couple of weeks until I begin backpacking across Spain and Portugal?

But there’s still some Amazing Race blog posts for me to complete before I embark.

WEEK NINE WINNER’S EDIT PROJECTIONS (The following is the order of those who have the best chance of winning based on the edit set forth by production)


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If Maggie & Parul win this season, it will go down as a contender for the most obvious winner’s edit ever. I believe they have been ranked number one since the beginning of the season.

It is as if somebody is flying a banner across the sky saying “MAGGIE & PARUL WIN THE AMAZING RACE ASIA 5!” during the season premiere, and continues to leave it up there nearly ten weeks later.

When everyone else receives quick mat chats, Maggie & Parul have a really motivating confessional after they check in. Oh, not to mention we learn of Parul’s personal religious beliefs this week and her overdramatic quest to hit the target with a bow and arrow.

Wouldn’t it be great if production trolls us by having them be eliminated during the penultimate episode? But seriously, not since Amy & Maya have I been this confident about a winner’s edit.


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I was not expecting them to quote LL Cool J at the end of the leg by telling us “don’t call it a comeback.”

For some reason, Kiwi Said Knock You Out just doesn’t have that same level of intimidation.

TAR Asia has a history of being kind to Filipino teams. Although I am about 98.5% sure Maggie & Parul are winning, Eric & Rona carry the bulk of the confessionals and are seen as our narrators.

Furthermore, it looks like their alliance with Maggie & Parul is being promoted more and more. Especially with their united effort to oust Louisa & Treasuri.

Given that the season hasn’t heavily promoted the angle of 75% of our remaining field being dominated by all-female teams, it makes you wonder if the married couple has an outside shot of being the story of our season.

Their only other advantage over Maggie & Parul is that their finishing position on each leg has been discussed in greater detail.


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In the words of DJ Khaled, all they do is win, win, win, win.

It is too bad they stumbled for a couple of rounds and screwed themselves over from defeating Marc & Rovilson’s global record, but it was not meant to be.

For over a month, everyone speculates on what it takes to launch an attack against Louisa & Treasuri (an attack which doesn’t involve them being labelled as fat and/or selfish, by the way).

If nobody is able to find the recipe to eliminate Louisa & Treasuri, it will officially be one of the most disappointing and anti-climatic storylines in the history of The Amazing Race. Editors aren’t going to pointlessly waste all of that time. . .right?


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EDITOR #1: I have this hilarious idea.

EDITOR #2: Go on.

EDITOR #1: What if we completely hide our winners until the seventh episode of the season, and give them this tiny story of working with a couple of other teams near the end of the season?

EDITOR #2: And. . .?

EDITOR #1: And we throw in a few seconds of mentioning how they want to get another first place finish.

EDITOR #2: And. . .?

EDITOR #1: And that’s it. That’s all they get after eight episodes. Other than following Eric & Rona or something.

In the words of Jenna Lewis, it’s a little too little too late for Yvonne & Chloe to be a contender.

But holy random if they won.

WEEK NINE PREDICTIONS (The following is the order I expect everyone to arrive at the next pit stop)

1) YVONNE & CHLOE – 3.5 Team Average

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Yvonne & Chloe appear to do well on rounds that involve lots of cardio. A victory this leg will be the perfect rebound after they were saved by a last minute miracle in the previous round.

Invisible teams also have a tendency of claiming the penultimate round heading into a finale. That’s just the way it works.

2) MAGGIE & PARUL – 4.375 Team Average

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Remember that time where Zabrina & Joe Jer never finished better than third place until the penultimate round of the season?

Well, I think Parul & Maggie shall follow this trend. Look at their finishes over the past six rounds and you will see they have been ridiculously consistent. Neither a top two nor a bottom two finish has happened for them all season long. In fact, the only reason they will achieve a top two or bottom two finish this round is because there are only four teams left.

I rolled the dice and am going with them not only being in the top half, but being the ones who Yield Louisa & Treasuri as a way to protect Eric & Rona. I figured Rona’s dislike of running uphills will be more relevant than Parul’s hyperextended elbows given the footage for this leg.

However, note that Eric & Rona protecting Maggie & Parul at the Yield could also be a strong possibility. One of these two scenarios has to occur, otherwise what we have heard over the past month shall make zero sense.

Anyways, don’t let Maggie & Parul’s average deceive you. Everyone else this season has finished in the bottom two except for them. Not even Louisa & Treasuri can say that.

3) ERIC & RONA – 4.0 Team Average

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There is going to be lots of running this leg, and much of it is uphill. Rona is not going to be impressed.

Because of their performance all season long, I sense Eric & Rona will be the least likely targets of the Yield. Their friendship with Maggie & Parul will come in handy this round.

But seriously, Rona is going to hate this leg by the time it is over.

4) LOUISA & TREASURI – 2.125 Team Average

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Tonight features the final Yield of the season (you can see the Yield board in the preview for the episode).

Unless there is the insane twist of having a Yield or U-Turn in the season finale, this would be the perfect time for somebody to target Louisa & Treasuri. If Louisa & Treasuri aren’t first to the board, one of the other three teams should be instantly attacking them.

This would finally resolve a storyline everyone has been expecting to occur since the fifth or sixth round of play.


Alright, that does it for me. Watch Maggie & Parul get eliminated as everyone laughs at me non-stop until I leave the country.

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