KELLYCLARKSON! Oh, there were moments during tonight's Amazing Race finale (kudos to Luke's t-shirt at the map, and the incident occasioning the post title), but as Linda Holmes tweeted: "I enjoyed you, Amazing Race, but you don't know how to build a race anymore. That was an appallingly designed leg."
The tasks simply didn't provide the level of challenge which any episode of the show is supposed to provide, and especially the finale. What was the degree of difficulty? Where was the physical effort or memory test? the task that required patience?
What I treasure in this show is when it rewards skill. Tonight's ep didn't, with one exception I'll leave to below the fold. Yes, we have a winner, and it wasn't unjust, but it wasn't justified either. It just happened.
I'm actually satisfied with how Zev and Justin were eliminated: part of Race strategy is figuring out which Roadblocks go to your weaker competitor. Without a chart in front of me, I'm still going to assume that there was some earlier task that Zev could have done which would have left more flexibility for Justin to take on the dancing here.