Race Winners: Experience Worth More Than the Million
While they appeared stunned (Cheyne asked, “For real, bro?” while Meghan claimed she couldn’t feel her body), the All-Americans were generally favored to win as they had placed first on the most legs, were physically fit and kept their fighting to a minimum. As with most reality show winners, both claimed the cash was secondary to the experience. “The experience is life-changing and the money is not even as important as what we got to do together,” Cheyne explained in his post-win interview segment. “She was one of the strongest competitors even compared to the guys. I’m so happy she’s mine.” She added, “This has been a learning experience. Every step of the way has been so neat. I learned so much about Cheyne. He’s a good person and friend who will be there for me throughout my life.”
Second place went to the gay brothers from Missouri, Dan, 21, and Sam McMillen, 23, who managed to succeed on “Operation Don’t Kill Each Other.” "We got to see the world and we got to do it together,” Sam said from the final mat. And, Mr. and Miss America Ericka Dunlap, 27, and Brian Kleinschmidt, 27, of Nashville, Tenn., came in third. The interracial husband and wife both cried when Keoghan asked if she thought her family would accept him now.
Throughout the final round of racing, the teams were consistently neck-in-neck and were constantly trading the lead with one another. The flight from Prague put them in equal standing when they reached the airport in Sin City. After a quick sing-a-long with an Elvis impersonator at the Graceland Wedding Chapel, Dunlap was the first to complete the 600-foot, face-first rappel down the side of Mandalay Bay and arrive at the Mirage to join the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Love. Dunlap had her most epic meltdown when she could not bungee bounce high enough to grab a bouquet hanging from the ceiling. The All-Americans were the first team to complete that task but didn’t figure out that the Monte Carlo was the next stop. They went to the wrong hotel so the brothers got to the poker room with a healthy lead to start sorting and counting out $1 million in chips.
Despite showing up third to the challenge, the All-Americans managed to sort at lightning speed and got the count right on the first try unlike the brothers who needed two attempts. Viewers never actually saw if Mr. and Miss America ever completed the count. The clue sent them to the MGM’s high-roller suite where Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, himself pointed them to the final destination – his house. For a split-second, Cheyne thought Mr. Las Vegas was Frank Sinatra (Asking some gamblers sure saved them a long night!) More embarrassing was the fact that the Brothers couldn’t remember Newton’s name even when staring into his eyes. … - Carrie Bell
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