Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 | 11:33 a.m.
The Amazing Race
The Chippendales contestants on CBS’ Emmy Award-winning “The Amazing Race” are finally getting the hang of it, with Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis placing a strong 3rd in the trek across Indonesia on Sunday night’s episode.
On the first episode three weeks ago, the Rio headliner hunks came dangerously close to being eliminated but by Episode 3 were pushing hard getting close to the top of the leader board.
Meantime, best friends Brittany and Caitlin, who finished first on the last leg, slipped all the way to the bottom and were eliminated, blaming a taxi driver’s wrong turn.
Last night, good friends Jaymes and James roared through their challenges:
They carried 20 plates of food -- a Padang Meal -- to one customer in a restaurant.
They caught a commuter train as it pulled out of a station after racing a bike cart. “These are not designed for two gentlemen who are both 6-foot-4,” Jaymes said.
They found a clue on a teacart being pushed between train seats.
And they wore a 40-pound lion head for a ceremonial parade procession. They wisely chose the lion detour rather than cooking eggs atop your head balanced on a flaming coconut!
They were only able to see inches ahead but managed to use their Chippendale skills in order to do the squats, turns and kneels demanded in the ceremony. They kept the lion head safely on without it slipping off.
Dating couple Abbie and Ryan, who won the first leg of the adventure race, once again finished 1st. Next week, Team Chippendales competes against the remaining teams in Bangladesh, with one team falling afoul with a bad boat.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.