Josh Kilmer-Purcell And Brent Ridge Win Amazing Race 21
The two-hour finale of CBS’s reality competition The Amazing Race 21 came down to the wire with three teams competing for the $1 million dollar prize, and ultimately the duo of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge emerged as the winners of the show’s 21st season.
Perhaps best known for their work on The Fabulous Beekham Boys on Planet Green, Kilmer-Purcell, 43, and Ridge, 38, became only the third pair to win the race without ever winning a challenge, after Eric Sanchez and Danielle Turner (season 11) and Kisha and Jen Hoffman (season 18). Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge have been in a relationship for 15 years and have a goat farm in Sharon Spring, N.Y., where they expect to be spending much more time now that they are $1 million dollars richer.
The episode began with Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, Alexis "Lexi" Beerman and Trey Wier, James Davis and Jaymes Vaughn, and Josh and Brent all hopping a plane to Spain and then catching a train to France. The teams had to, among other things, find Leonardo Da Vinci’s grave and venture into caverns in search of various types of mushrooms. Natalie and Nadiya were elimated during the France leg of the race, which left the remaining three groups on a trek back to New York City for the final challenges.
Upon landing in New York, a set of clues sent the groups to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where one member from each group had to channel their inner Houdini and escape from a strait jacket while hanging upside down from 150 feet. They then had to deliver pizzas before heading to the United Nations to pair up the words for “hello” and “goodbye” from all of the countries they had visited on the race.
In the end, Josh and Brent claimed first prize, James and Jaymes came in second and Trey and Lexi rounded out the top three.
“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,” Kilmer-Purcell said upon winning, EW reports.
The Amazing Race 22 will premiere on CBS Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.