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An "Amazing" Adventure:
Mother and Daughter Remain Contenders in Reality Show

Although SHSU junior Emily Hoyt and mother Nancy were the last team to clock in at Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bikaner in Wednesday's Episode 8, this was a non-elimination round, so they remain in The Amazing Race.
Nancy and Emily Hoyt
Nancy and Emily Hoyt, the mother-and-daughter team in CBS's The Amazing Race.

Every Wednesday, Emily Hoyt gathers with her three best friends for some chow, a chat, and good television entertainment. At 8 p.m. the crew gathers around the television to watch their favorite CBS show, The Amazing Race. For Emily, however, watching the hour broadcast is a bit awkward.

She is watching herself.

Last spring, SHSU Junior Emily Hoyt and her mom, Nancy, embarked on a journey around the world. The two were selected as contestants for a new primetime reality show in which 11 teams of two race around the globe for a chance at winning one million dollars.

During the actual filming, the teams did not know where their journey would take them from day to day. On a fixed budget with their only belongings stuffed into a backpack, the teams were pitted against a series of tasks. Periodically, the last team to perform the tasks and arrive at a predetermined destination point would be eliminated from the race.

After seven episodes, the mother and daughter team are still very much a part of the race.

"My friends and family were very surprised to see that we've made it this far," explained Emily.

Emily, like the rest of America, sees her televised adventure unfolding every week. The teams were not allowed to see the footage before it aired.

"It's been interesting," said Emily, on watching the show week-to-week. "In actuality, people see so little of what really went on during the 30+ days we were traveling."

The result of a month long video shoot of twenty-two individuals is an abridgment of clips into a one-hour time slot. Consequently, viewers donšt get the whole story.

"For the most part, the contestants were accurately portrayed, but the audience really doesn't get to see the whole picture," said Emily, adding, "The only truly accurate portrayals are Kevin and Drew. They are that funny all the time!"

After the third leg, the team was the only all female team still in the race, which Emily felt was a disadvantage. "It's hard to be women in some countries." She also felt the physical requirements of the race were also straining, at times.

While being a primetime starlette is not a chance every person gets, Emily feels her life really hasn't changed all that much. She explains that her outlook on life has changed, but her day-to-day interactions haven't. Reflecting on her journey, like any good trip, she quickly claims, "I'd do it all over again!" Traveling did, however, make her "glad to be an American."

Only the contestants and producers know the outcome of the race, but the results have been kept strictly confidential.

Each Wednesday comes quickly, but not quickly enough for Emily. During each episode, she is able to give her friends a "behind the scenes" scoop at what "really" went on.

At 9 o'clock comes the conclusion of another episode and another few days of Emily's around-the-world adventure. Like other fans, she is forced to wait for the next week's episode, with only glimpses of the upcoming broadcast to hold her over for a week.

Even after seven episodes, she still gets butterflies before each airing.

For more information or to track the progress of Nancy and Emily, visit

View Today@Sam's September 5 article on Nancy and Emily.

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SHSU Media Contact: Audrey Wick
October 29, 2001
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