Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.
After 10 legs of globetrotting, our Chippendales dancers Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis have made it to the finale of CBS’ Emmy Award-winning “The Amazing Race.” This Sunday on the two-hour closing episode of Season 21, our handsome hunks who headline at the Rio battle three teams for the $1 million prize.
Friendships and alliances to help the competing teams stay in the race are thrown out, and the finale ends with a tough battle, deception, treachery and anguish for the three duos who don’t win.
In a videotaped “Secret Session,” the guys explain nice Jaymes and evil James: They said Sunday night on camera that at this stage of the race, they are confident that they will be in the final three.
I met with James on Saturday morning at the Great Santa Run organized by our beloved charity Opportunity Village when he escorted Mayor Carolyn Goodman for pre-race festivities. He told me that “The Amazing Race” had been the most incredible experience of his life. Despite me trying every trick in the book, I failed to get him to give me a hint as to how the finale ends!
Last night’s semifinal episode began in Amsterdam with the four remaining teams headed to Barcelona, Spain, and onto the jet-set playground island of Mallorca (Majorca). Taking a night ferry to the island gave the group downtime for fun in the sun and the sea.
Their first combat duty was against a group of fire-breathing traditional devil dancers. The challenge was to dart between the chains and flames to find which dancer had the next clue.
Team Chippendales then took a tennis challenge over a bullfighting detour. It took two attempts in the machine volley challenge to hit 20 balls back over the net at tennis champion Rafael Nadal’s practice camp.
Then it was on to repair a broken windmill in the never-ending search for the next clue, Jaymes and James joked that they regularly wore construction worker outfits in their Rio show, but in fact had never done hard-hat work in real life. This time, they climbed high in the sky to replace two broken metal fan blades and bolted them back into place to get a thumbs-up from the crew chief.
They were neck-and-neck with another team, but their taxi was slowed in a traffic jam. They crossed the finish line in 2nd place, missing out on their second win of the show and another weeklong vacation to Mexico.
The two-hour finale airs Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and we’re rooting for Jaymes and James, who have pledged to donate the $1 million prize to cancer research if they win; as we previously reported, Jaymes’ father is battling a rare form of cancer.
Vegas DeLuxe will post photos and videos from the finale next Monday -- and tweet Sunday night if they win.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.