David Conley is a coal miner from Kentucky. He and his wife Mary are shaping up to be the popular team from The Amazing Race, based on viewers voting habits.
You know how while you are watching these reality tv shows now, how they keep popping up these silly text or web contests that viewers can participate in, to get some interactivity out of the viewing experience? Well, in these such little trivia quizzes or polls or what not, David and Mary aka Team Kentucky are scoring pretty high as viewer favorites.
So much so that when they were in last place last week, they were the first to NOT get eliminated in a non-elimination leg. Somehow I thought it was fishy… I know it’s a ploy by the network. When a popular team is up on the chopping block by finishing last, they save those non-elimination legs for these people so they are kept in the game. I don’t believe they have those special exemptions predefined in advance. I believe the producers see how the race goes then decide at that moment when to bestow the immunity upon whoever lags.
How clever it is. That’s why they have those interactive questions for the audience littering commercial breaks. By taking the pulse of the tv watchers then employing surprises in the show by bending the rules just a little bit here and there to keep the team favorites around, they’ll be able to keep more of the audience around.
Of course, I could be all just spouting hogwash and things behind the scenes aren’t really run that way. But it’s my theory. If anyone can argue otherwise, I’d love to hear about it!
This game play is actually cool by me since I am one of those viewers who are steadfast fans of the coal mining couple from the Bluegrass State. Their alliance with the single mothers from Alabama and the Asian brothers from San Francisco is an interesting demonstration of human dynamics involving very unlikely partners.
Go Kentucky, Alabama and Cho Bros!