Houston couple beat out Rob, Amber for $1 million prize
The Associated Press
Updated: 1:29 p.m. ET May 11, 2005
NEW YORK - Rob and Amber who? Married couple Uchenna and Joyce Agu outraced a pair of former "Survivor" contestants and a former prisoner of war and his beauty queen girlfriend to win the seventh edition of CBS' "The Amazing Race" and the $1 million prize.
"It's so amazing, if I can use that word," Joyce told The Associated Press while grinning and giggling at the CBS season finale party.
Uchenna, 40, and Joyce, 44, from Houston, lugged boats in London, balanced water jugs on their heads in Africa and weighed complete strangers in Turkey â€” among other silly and strenuous tasks â€” in order to reach the finish line. Unlike previous seasons of "Amazing Race," the racers didn't travel around the globe, instead they semi-circled from Long Beach, Calif., through South America, Africa, India, Europe and the Caribbean to their final destination in Miami.
Because the Agus arrived last during a non-elimination leg before the home stretch, the couple was stripped of all their belongings and cash per the reality show's nefarious rules. The Agus begged their way to the finish line but didn't have enough money to pay their cab driver. Although they were only steps away the finish line and the $1 million prize, the Agus continued to beg from nearby strangers until they paid their cab fare.
"It was all about honor," said Uchenna. "That cab driver was going to get his money."
During an earlier stretch of the race in Jodhpur, India, Joyce agreed to shave her head as part of a Fast Forward challenge, allowing the Agus to skip to end of the leg. Uchenna cites that bold "sacrifice" as one of the turning points in the race.
"Once you shave it off, you have nothing to hide behind," said Joyce. "People can actually see your soul. It's so bizarre. I'm glad I did it."
Much of the seventh season of "Amazing Race" was dominated by recently wed former "Survivor" contestants Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano, 29, and Amber Brkich, 26, who placed second in the race. Dating couple Ron Young, 28, from Villa Rica, Ga., and Kelly McCorkle, 26, from Greenville, S.C., placed third.
"We thought they were regular people like us," said Joyce of Mariano and Brkich. "Really, it was an eye opening experience when we got on the race and saw that their notoriety was so amazing and people all over the world recognized them. We tried to ignore all that and do our own race just to spite what was happening with them and obviously it still paid off."
Uchenna, an energy broker who once worked for Enron, and Joyce, a sales manager who once worked for WorldCom, plan to use their earnings for "bills, bills, bills" and to take their family on their own amazing trip. The Agus, who've tried unsuccessfully to have a child in the past, also said they would use their $1 million prize toward a baby.
"My doctors offered us a free round of in vitro (fertilization)," said Joyce. "So after all this is over, if it doesn't work out, we have the money. We can adopt."
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Oh my god, I am a faithfull watcher of the amazing race. I was so freaking happy when they won last night. I so did NOT want Rob and Amber to win, anybody but them. He is such a cocky son of a witch! Can't stand them, and now they are going to have a reality show on them planning their wedding! Yuck, I wonder how much they are getting paid for this.
I'm very happy that they won too! Especially since they have been wanting to have a baby and weren't able to. Now they will have the financial means to adopt if vitro doesn't work. I think it's so wonderful that they want to do that. The money will be well spent. I'm sure I'm a minority but I like Rob and Amber. They worked extremely well together through out the race. They are totally a team and I think Rob is a nice guy. He might be a bit cocky but that's him. I didn't know they were going to have a reality show on their wedding. I'll be watching if that's the case. I still think it's awesome for them that their relationship worked out that well that they want to get married. If the media is so stupid that they want to pay for the wedding because of their ratings then can't blame Rob and Amber for doing it. Good for them.
I love Rob & Amber. I am happy Uchenna and Joyce won. They have such a sad story and hopefully this will help them out a great deal. I heard they were stripped of everything, bags. money, etc. before the last phase of the race and still managed to come up from last place to win it. Good for them!
I was so happy with the result I was jumping up and down and cheering. I liked Rob and Amber at the beginning, but that quickly changed over to distaste and annoyance.
I was so stressed that Uchenna and Joyce were going to lose over trying to find that cab driver his money! I kept thinking (even earlier, while looking for the cigar shop) that they should have just made a deal with him that if they won they would send him a couple of grand... keep him motivated, y'know?
Originally Posted by tylda1969Oh my god, I am a faithfull watcher of the amazing race. I was so freaking happy when they won last night. I so did NOT want Rob and Amber to win, anybody but them. He is such a cocky son of a witch! Can't stand them, and now they are going to have a reality show on them planning their wedding! Yuck, I wonder how much they are getting paid for this. i didnt want rob and amber to win either i was praying to god theywouldn't win it was killin me