The third season of The Amazing Race Canada starts up soon (Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, to be exact), and this year, 12 teams will compete to win more than $1 million in prizes. With one more team than the past seasons, expect more action as the pairs race around the country (and world) to see who will take home the grand prize.
Now, about those teams. By now, you know the drill: The first episode is when they make their first impression and establish whether they are staying under the radar, loudly confident or just downright annoying; in other words, you know right away who you’re going to be rooting for — and against — as the season goes on.
But this year, we’re giving you the edge. The dynamic duos spoke with The Loop about how they plan to play the game (i.e. squeaky clean or very dirty). Based on their responses, we think you might decide who you’ll be cheering for before it even airs.
Neil Lumsden and Kristin Lumsden, Father/Daughter, a.k.a. “Team Lummer”
Hometown: Burlington, Ont./Toronto
Occupation: Sports marketing and football coach/Makeup artist
Behind the wheel: “He’s the driver, I’m the navigator. I trust him to take the wheel and he trusts me to take the map.”
Most likely to: Win the whole damn thing. Really, the CFL Hall-of-Famer and the city girl are going to kill it.
Strategy: “I don’t think to win you have to be dirty. I wouldn’t want us to be seen as people that had to resort to something to win. I would rather be able to walk away feeling really proud of myself. Money’s great but you have to live with yourself. It’s your name, it’s your family.”
Brent Sweeney and Sean Sweeney, Brothers, a.k.a. “The Dramatic Designers”
Occupation: Design students
Behind the wheel: Sean: “He’s the better driver. He’s probably the better navigator too but he can’t do two things at once.”
Brent: “Sean’ll be like, ‘Look at the view, look at this mountain vista’ as the car’s careening down the mountainside.”
Most likely to: Make viewers laugh with their flair for the dramatic.
Strategy: “To play with integrity takes more skill. We’re both very ambitious, cutthroat, selfish in a way, but here it’s important for us to have a good camaraderie with the teams. We’ll change that if we have to but going in, we’ll be fair and treat people fairly — unless we feel it’s hurting us.”
Dujean Williams and Leilani Ross, Exes/Friends, a.k.a. “The Dancing Exes”
Occupation: Professional dancers
Behind the wheel: “We both are terrible navigators.”
Most likely to: Get lost but laugh the entire time. Really. They’re not as scary as this picture makes them out to be.
Stategy: Leilani: “Playing fair’s nice but do you get remembered for it, really? Hmm, but I am very nice.”
Dujean: “What?? I’m playing dirty, what? I wanna win. I’d play dirty and I wouldn’t give two rats, you know?”
Hamilton Elliott and Michaelia Drever, Engaged, a.k.a. “Team Cool Kids”
FromH: Centreville, N.S./Lawrencetown, N.S.
Occupation: Service Industry (Tim Hortons)/Service Industry (Home Depot)
Behind the wheel: “We went backpacking in Europe and I got us lost in Rome so I’m no longer ever allowed to navigate. Hamilton’s the navigator always, never again am I the navigator, so I HAVE to drive. If he could do both and I could sleep in the back, I would.”
Most likely to: Surprise you. They make look young but they’re in it to win it.
Strategy: “We’ll play the game fair. That’s how we roll.”
Gino Montani and Jesse Montani, Brothers, a.k.a. “The Athletes”
Hometown: Hamilton, Ont.
Occupation: Zamboni driver/Steelworker
Behind the wheel: “[Gino] went to school for geography so if I can’t read maps, there’s a problem.”
Most likely to: Tug at your heartstrings whenever talk turns to their father, who recently passed away and to whom they are dedicating the race.
Strategy: “Winning dirty, 100 per cent. What are we here for? We’re here to win. Not everyone remembers the losers.”
Amanda Johnston and Dana Hayward, Co-workers, a.k.a. “Team Partners-in-Life”
Hometown: Wabush, Nfld.
Occupation: Royal Newfoundland constabulary
Behind the wheel: “We’re both trained to be decent drivers but we want to designate someone for each position prior to getting there to avoid confusion. Amanda’s better with navigation
Most likely to: Be compared to Season 2 favourites, Natalie and Meaghan. You’ll see.
Strategy: “We’re honest girls, we’re not deceitful and we’re not out to get anyone. We’re not making friends but we’re not making enemies either. We’re going to play the game our way and we’re just going to focus on ourselves and make sure we get to the finish line at the end of the day.”
Max Altamuro and Elias Theodorou, Dating, a.k.a. “Team Melias”
Occupation: Retail manager/MMA fighter
Behind the wheel: “He’s the better driver, I’m the better navigator.”
Most likely to: Give network censors a heart attack with their love of the swears.
Strategy: “Winning dirty, always dirty in the end. A winner’s a winner. Let’s be honest, it’s a game. The ends justify the means. The only time we would seem to play fair is if it worked to our advantage, so another team won’t screw us over. It wouldn’t be to play fair, it’d be to win.”
Susan Hayre and Sharnjit Gill, Co-workers, a.k.a. “Team Light Bright”
Occupation: Corrections officers
Behind the wheel: “My girl’s the driver and I’m the navigator. I actually think Sharn is neither but I have to give my girl something, she can’t just be sitting back looking at the beautiful scenery. We’ll start her off with easy driving because she’s not a multi-tasker. But we’ll switch that up if stuff gets crazy.”
Most likely to: Get crazy.
Strategy: “We want to be remembered for playing fair, even if it means losing. 100 per cent.”
Nicholas La Monaca and Sabrina Mercuri, Dating, a.k.a. “Team Dual Citizens”
Hometown: Lachine, Que.
Occupation: Student and soccer coach/Human resources
Behind the wheel: “Taking turns, but navigation-wise I’m gonna be doing a lot of the navigating. She has zero sense of direction.”
Most likely to: Have his proposal be on network TV.
Strategy: “We’ll be leaders without anyone knowing we’re leaders… until the end of the day. We’re real competitors. We’re honest and we want to be honest. We’re not here to make friends but we’re not here to be rude either. We’re here to be polite Canadians. Italian-Canadians.”
Brian Boyd and Cynthia Boyd, Married Co-workers, a.k.a. “Team Us”
Occupation: Police officers
Behind the wheel: “We’re both excellent drivers. She’s a better navigator with a map, in the bush I’m a good navigator, so we’ll take turns, situation pending.”
Most likely to: Keep to themselves and keep it all business. There’ll be no joking around from these two.
Strategy: “We want to be fair and polite and courteous but nobody cares about that. It’s about winning. There aren’t too many chances to be truly dirty. There are U-turns, but it’s part of the game. I don’t even think it’s playing dirty, it’s tactical. We’ll use it if it benefits and furthers our game.”
Simi Fagbongbe and Ope Fagbongbe, Father/Daughter, a.k.a. “Team Sunshine Express”
Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.
Occupation: Law student/Distribution logistics coordinator
Behind the wheel: “I’m the driver and he’s the navigator. He’s actually a better driver and navigator. Put me on a straight line, tell me to walk from Point A to Point B and I will get lost.” Oh, boy.
Most likely to: Charm the hell out of viewers, thanks to their jokey, adorable, close-knit relationship.
Strategy: “We follow our own path. We’re comfortable enough that when we’re convinced about what we’re doing we don’t mind going out on our own. Integrity is huge for us.”
Nick Foti and Matt Giunta, Pro Wrestlers, a.k.a. “Team Super Cool Dudes”
Hometown: Newmarket, Ont./Stouffville, Ont.
Occupation: Professional Wrestler and Elementary School Teacher/Professional Wrestler and Restaurant Manager
Behind the wheel: “Nick is the driver, and I’m definitely the navigator. Those are our classic roles. We’ve spent many times on the road and had time to figure that out.”
Most likely to: Surprise those who think they’re just a couple of dumb jocks.
Strategy: “Our plan is definitely not to play dirty but when it comes down to not having the grand prizes, I’d rather be the prize winner. We’re never going to be mad if people screw around with us. We’re there to be beaten. Eyes on the prize. That’s what we came to do.”
Season 3 of The Amazing Race Canada premieres Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.