Caitlin Upton, rambling Miss Teen USA contestant, may be Amazing Race contestant

Caitlin Upton, the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant contestant who’s most famous for a rambling, incoherent response during the pageant, is likely a contestant on The Amazing Race 16. She appeared earlier this fall on TLC’s King of the Crown.

The race started taping Saturday, and she’s been identified as one of the contestants, racing with her boyfriend, Brent Horne. (The identification comes from Reality Fan Forum, but the original thread appears to have been deleted; Vevmo has photos.) If it is her, she won’t be 21 until the end of March, and previously, contestants have been 21 or older. Of course, CBS has broken its age requirement rule before.

During the pageant in 2007, Caitlin was asked why a fifth of Americans couldn’t find the United States on a world map and responded famously, “people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as,” and so on. She’s now mocking herself in a pistachio ad.

CBS’ casting choices usually seem better once we see the show, so I’ll reserve judgment even though this seems like pretty extreme stunt casting, a way to bring attention–and humor–to the show. Then again, maybe Caitlin is just there to make her fellow well-known racers, Jordan and Jeff from Big Brother, look less comically stupid, thereby giving Jeff and Jordan’s sycophantic fans someone else to call dumb even though their beloved can’t tell time and was mocked all summer long by the reality show she won.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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