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Phil Keoghan: 'Amazing Race' Season 14 One Of The Best We've Ever Done

Another season of 'Amazing Race' came to an end Sunday, and host Phil Keoghan believes it was one of the most enjoyable seasons to date.

"I think season 14 was definitely one of the best we've ever done. Ranks right up there with some of my other personal favorites - seasons 1, 3, 5, and 7 to name a few," Phil tells 'Entertainment Weekly'.

"We had an extraordinary final three. We had a feisty all-female team in Cara and Jaime and who had what it took to potentially claim the first victory for the women, we had the team that you may call this season's 'underdogs', Margie and Luke, and lastly Tammy and Victor, who may just have a bit more practical skills than I ever gave them credit for."

"The cannonball cheese wheels was a favorite moment of mine in the season. If you ever hear the line "Watch out for the cheese," you know you have a great season on your hands."

"Another was in Romania, when Victor insisted they were going in the right direction. He was wrong and that turned out to be a game changer for the winners as Victor learned it's a team sport and not a dictatorship."

"I really love when teams' relationships grow on the Race and I honestly feel like Tammy and Victor's matured right in front of us. They learned to feed off of each other, communicate with one another, and most importantly listen to each other. And I believe they’re probably walking away from the Race with a better relationship than when we started. I have a lot of respect for those guys."

"Luke and Margie were definitely one of my favorite teams we've ever had on the show. Their relationship is truly compelling and whether or not they were your favorites, you have to give both of them a ton of credit."

"Not sure they were on anyone's final three lists at the start of the season. Margie – or, as I call her, 'Bionic Woman' – is as competitive and strong willed a human being as I've ever been around."

"Cara and Jaime definitely played a strong game. They were relentless in their pursuit of becoming the first all-female team to win the Race but came up just a bit short. Cara always maintained her cool throughout a very hectic race and was always supportive of her friend and teammate."

And how will Amazing Race 14 winners Victor and Tammy spend their $1 million prize? "I took my entire law school education out in loans so I will be paying that back," Tammy tells 'People' magazine. "It would have taken me 10 years of working to pay those back so it will be nice to not be saddled with such an enormous debt. I have been coveting a pair of black peeptoe Christian Louboutins."

"I've decided to bail out Citibank," jokes Victor. "But I did email my banker today to say that I could pay down my line of credit and take care of debt. Our parents have spent their entire lives investing their energy and resources into our success rather than their own, so it will be nice to be able to relieve them of that duty. And to share the spotlight with them."

May 12, 2009 |

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