Spoiler alert: This article contains significant spoilers for Season 33 of The Amazing Race.
The first three legs of the race were filmed in February of 2020 (just a few weeks before the COVID-19 lockdowns began in the United States). After a production shutdown occurred, the remaining teams returned to filming in September of 2021.
The season has been unique in many ways, but one thing will always stay the same: host Phil Keoghan knows how to keep the viewers on edge at the Pit Stops.
The longtime host has the power to end a team's race, or to give the duos another chance at the $1 million prize. So, who has already been sent home on The Amazing Race?
After the race's third leg, 'The Amazing Race' went on hiatus for COVID-19.
In a historical season (like most 2020 and 2021 television), The Amazing Race had to pause the race for the first time ever in its 33 seasons.
Phil Keoghan addressed the remaining nine teams after the third leg in Glasgow. "We believe the best choice for all of us is to suspend the race,” he said. “In an ideal world, the planets will align, and we will pick this race back up again and hopefully have all of you starting the race again."
At the end of the second episode, only five teams appear to come back when the race picks up in Switzerland, which means they lost four teams during the hiatus. Phil almost predicted it when he initially told the contestants, "We understand the sacrifices that all of you have made; I know to have you all come back and start on this race again would be challenging.”
From what we can tell, the remaining teams are: Lulu and Lala, Kim and Penn, Akbar and Sheri, Ryan and Dusty, and Raquel and Cayla.
This means that during the hiatus, the teams we lost were: Anthony and Spencer, Taylor and Isaiah, Connie and Sam, and Ray and Caro.
However, in the preview for the fourth leg of the race, Phil announces that two familiar teams are coming back — could they be The Amazing Race all-stars? Or, are they the more likely previously-eliminated teams?
Who was eliminated on Season 33 of 'The Amazing Race'?
The official cast list for Season 33 includes married pairs Isaiah and Taylor Green-Jones, Kim and Penn Holderness, Connie and Sam Greiner, and Sheri and Akbar Cook. Love Island U.S.A. alums Caro Viehweg and Ray Gantt are competing as well, but the two broke up off-camera after the first filming hiatus.
Friends Cayla Platt and Raquel Moore, Ryan Ferguson and Dusty Harris, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone, and Michael Norwood and Moe Badger are involved in the show too. Twins Lala and Lulu Gonzalez, and father-daughter pair Natalia Kumar and Arun Kumar are the final two teams on the season.
1. Michael Norwood Jr. and Moe Badger
The Buffalo "Singing Cops" and friends became the unlucky first team to get eliminated after they arrived to the mat last on the initial London leg.
During the premiere, the team admittedly rushed through the tasks to finish as quickly as possible. As a result, they didn't realize that the artwork they needed to hang up in the Artist Den Detour had to be arranged as a puzzle first.
The pair spent a lot of time trying to figure out the Detour, which ultimately cost them their shot at the $1 million prize.
But Michael and Moe made it back to the competition after the Amazing Race hiatus. Unfortunately, while doing the belt task in Switzerland, the pair realize they did theirs completely backwards! As a result, they're eliminated... yet again.
2. Natalia Kumar and Arun Kumar
Despite coming in third place in the previous leg, Natalia and her father, Arun suffered in the third leg of the race. Between being forced to drive stick shift and on the left side of the road, plus confusing maps and directions, the father-daughter pair started to fall behind. But the nail in the coffin was when they chose the "Song and Dance" detour.
Although Natalia picked up the lyrics, choreography, and rhythm quickly, Arun struggled with the lyrics and rhythm. Although they were only in seventh place when the detour began, first Taylor and Isaiah, and then Akbar and Sheri, surpassed them. So, Natalia and Arun were sent home.
Which team will be the next to get sent home? You'll have to tune in to find out.
The Amazing Race airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.