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Is Tyler Oakley a lock to win the ‘Amazing Race’ finale?

With the field down to 3 viral stars, it’s anyone’s game.


Rae Votta


With more than 18 million social media followers between them, one Amazing Race duo will add another million—dollars, that is—to their accomplishments.

CBS launched its all-digital-influencer edition of the Amazing Race earlier this year, and tonight’s finale will determine which Web stars take the top prize. The finalists include dancers Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina, vloggers and podcasters Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, and underdog mom-and-son pair Sheri and Cole LaBrant. Not exactly the final three we suspected at the start of the season, but a solid group. Who will take home the prize money? We have some predictions based on their accomplishments, or lack thereof, this season.

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Third place

Sheri & Cole LaBrant
Original Odds: 20 to 1

The other finale teams were shocked when this duo took third in last week’s episode. They were even shocked themselves, having trailed at the back of the pack all season. They survived two last-place finishes by lucking out on non-elimination legs. Burnie Burns and his girlfriend Ashley Jenkins seemed a lock for the finale with consistent second-place finishes through the race, but bad challenge choices knocked them just minutes behind. It would be a huge upset for Sheri and Cole to take first place, and would require exceptional luck and total collapse of the other two teams. Stranger things have happened, but we’re not betting on it.

Second place

Dana Borriello & Matt Steffanina
Original Odds: 18 to 1

Dancer couple Borriello and Steffanina have been consistently good during the race, but also have had trouble with communication and keeping a positive attitude. While they’re competitively strong, final legs usually don’t include a dance challenge, their biggest advantage. We haven’t seen if they’ll excel on a memory challenge—a final episode staple—without first joining forces and riding another team’s coattails. They definitely have a chance at the prize, but they’re more likely to hit second.

First place

Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl
Original Odds: 9 to 1

That’s right, one of YouTube’s brightest stars is on track bolster his lengthy resume. We didn’t rate them highest going into this season, but Oakley and Kuhl have won more legs than anyone left in the race, and aside from a small slip, have been in the top finishing teams each time. Our money is on this duo, even though top teams have crashed and burned under the finale pressure. Hell, one bad cab ride could cost them everything; but based on past performance alone, they’re the front-runners.

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