The 26th season of reality competition hit The Amazing Race, which featured established couples competing against blind date pairings, has crowned its new champions!
Congrats are in order for Laura and Tyler, a blind date couple who dubbed themselves Team SoCal, but fought through Lone Star State-sized challenges in Dallas to reach the finish line first.
After the early elimination of boyfriend and girlfriend pair Mike and Rochelle, a.k.a. Team Truck Stop Love, the final three couples were all blind date pairs who had been introduced at the start of the race. Though Team Rx For Love, Hayley and Blair, led the pack after the first three road block challenges, a football-themed competition at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, a cattle drive, and rappelling off Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas, Hayley’s inability to spot the location of the final road block caused them to fall behind and finish third.
That left Team SoCal and The Legal Team, Jelani and Jenny, to battle it out in a memory challenge where the couples had to recall the various legs of their journey and put selfies from their trip in chronological order.
As host Phil Keoghan congratulated the the winning couple, he asked the question on everyone’s mind: Did any of the blind date pairings find love during their Amazing Race?
Jelani and Jenny, whom Keoghan described as having more of a sibling bond, and contentious couple Hayley and Blair both said they had no regrets and were happy to compete with their partners, even though there was no romantic connection.
The victorious couple, who seemed to have the most chemistry of all the pairs, were a bit more coy, though Tyler admitted he "fell in love with the world" and formed a lasting friendship with his partner.
Keoghan hinted that the next season of The Amazing Race may take a page from Survivor's book and let the next cast of competitors be decided by a fan favorite vote, so there’s a chance that some of these couples, whether romantically involved or not, could be paired up once again!
The Amazing Race will return for its 27th season this fall on CBS.