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'The Amazing Race Canada': Anne and Tanya fail to pull off miracle win

By Jim Slotek, Special to Postmedia Network

Anne Morrone and Tanya Muzzatti on The Amazing Race Canada.

Anne Morrone and Tanya Muzzatti on The Amazing Race Canada.

To hear executive producer John Brunton tell it, they were the most directionally-challenged team in the history of The Amazing Race Canada.

And yet, Anne Morrone and Tanya Muzzatti, the Woodbridge, Ontario single moms, almost pulled off the most amazing comeback in the show’s history – all the way from hours back in the pack during the last leg of the show’s visit to Vietnam.

“We’ve been using GPS for 10 years! Who uses a map anymore?” quipped Morrone, who cemented their reputation earlier in the season by getting lost in Jasper National Park and seemingly deciding to drive to Edmonton.

The lifelong best friends survived the previous week in Cai Be, Vietnam, mainly because the 40 C heat got to the father-and-son team of Stephane and Antoine Tetreault worse than it did to them – with Tanya suffering heat stroke mid-race.

Being in seventh place in Tuesday’s episode meant they took a bus to Ho Chi Minh City nearly three hours after first-place winners Joel Ground and Ashley Callingbull. And that time difference meant they arrived during rush hour.

“Oh my God! It was like Manhattan on steroids,” said Muzzatti.

And yet somehow, they sailed through every subsequent roadblock that had flummoxed the other teams. “We scarfed down those bugs in a heartbeat,” Muzzatti said of the specialty restaurant A SOI, whose live coconut worms had Callingbull barfing on national television.

And at the Phat Thanh Vinh Garage, Morrone assembled a motorcycle on her first try – the only contestant to do so apart from Ground, who is a professional mechanic. “I would have much preferred Tanya had done that challenge. She’s way more technically savvy when it comes to putting things together. But all those years of my dad as a master plumber and master fix-it guy, somehow that must have rubbed off.”

And a production crew that had written off the moms hours earlier (and lamented an episode that would be entirely drama-free, elimination-wise), were suddenly excitedly alerting each other of a comeback in the making.

Morrone and Muzzatti found themselves in the trendy rooftop Glow Skybar, attempting the Tom Cruise-like bottle-juggling Cocktail challenge. And they were in a race with Jillian MacLaughlin and Emmett Blois – the bickersome Big Brother Canada alumni who’ve become the presumptive favourites after winning the first two legs of this season of The Amazing Race Canada.

Jill and Emmett – who had had a head start of several hours – were on their 63rd attempt at making Glow Skybar’s signature cocktail. They were so exhausted, Jill had long since stopped screaming, “Emmett!” at her ex-boyfriend.

But that’s where the comeback-for-the-ages ended. “They just finished just before we took our second attempt at the cocktail. How they lost that many hours to us in the first place, we had no idea,” Muzzatti said.

There was the option of a karaoke challenge (nailed by eventual winners Kelly Xu and Kate Pan) with a Vietnamese pop song that became an earworm for anybody who heard it. It might have been a logical choice for Morrone, who is an ex-opera singer.

“We talked about it. Maybe we should we have done the karaoke. But I don’t think anything would have happened differently. It’s not easy singing in another language, I know that from experience.

“We made that decision and we really didn’t think there was anything more we could have done.”

Morrone and Muzzatti say they watched their elimination Tuesday alone together in a Toronto bar.

“All the other shows, we watched with family and friends and had parties. But where we knew we were going out, it was just the two of us,” Morrone said. “It just seemed right.”

And life is back to normal, Muzzatti says. “My 10-year-old, she was, like, the cool kid at school for a while. But in terms of our day-to-day lives, y’know, it’s laundry, dishes and a lot of memories.”

The Amazing Race Canada Season 4 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV and CTV GO.

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