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Kelsey Gerckens and Joey Buttitta are a team of Dating News Anchors and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 27.

They started off slow, with eighth and seventh place finishes in the first two legs, but quickly became a fixture in the top four. Come leg 7, they would go on to finish second for five consecutive legs, always minutes behind the lead teams and becoming Justin and Diana's main threat after Tanner & Josh were eliminated. Though they usually kept smiles on their faces, being the only team in the top three that hadn't had instances of consistent bickering, they were very much in a competition mindset, playing around with both sides of the Justin & Diana debate and using the second U-Turn on Tanner and Josh, even though they had a Speed Bump to complete. Though they were initially in third for the first part of the finale, they were the only team to keep their cab at the Roadblock, ushering an intrusive Logan & Chris out when they tried to steal it, and never lost their lead after that, finishing in first and winning the race.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Kelsey

Age: 25
Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
Connection to your teammate: Dating/co-worker
Current occupation: News reporter at KEYT-TV
Describe what you do: I report and anchor the local news in Santa Barbara and Ventura County. I cover breaking news live on air and turn in daily news stories. I do everything from interviewing to filming, writing and editing.
3 words to describe you: Adventure seeker, competitive and over-achiever.
Favorite hobbies: Travelling, scuba diving and food & wine tasting.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Graduating college early and landing my dream job as a reporter.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Cameron Diaz - fun, outgoing, silly and loves to dance.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Michael Strahan - similar personality, loves sports and hilarious.
What scares you most about traveling? Being in a violent situation where I am unsafe, and driving on the other side of the road.
What excites you most about traveling? Doing things I have never done before, experiencing different cultures and seeing magnificent things with my own eyes.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Patience, Joey loses his patience very quickly. When he loses his patience, he gets really short. I hope he will learn to listen to me and keep his cool.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He is always watching sports. TV is always on sports and he won't let me change the channel.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Paris because I've never been and I would love to see the Eiffel tower. I think it's romantic. Also, Germany because it looks like a fun party country and Spain because there is so much culture and tradition.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope Joey and I will realize if we are meant to be together. We are a great "dating" couple, but is it more than that? Should we get married? I hope we can answer that question as we experience the race together.
Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @KelseyGerckens

Joey

Age: 26
Hometown: Simi Valley, Calif (Currently lives in Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Connection to your teammate: Dating/co-worker
Current occupation: News anchor
Describe what you do: I'm the morning news anchor for KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara. Bringing headlines, breaking news and what's happening around town to the community.
3 words to describe you: Funny, street-smart and quick.
Favorite hobbies: Golf, reading and working out.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? At 26, I'm at a great place in my career and worked very hard to get here.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Steve Jobs. I love Apple.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Candice Swanepoel
What scares you most about traveling? Ebola and terrorism.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the world, trying new foods and exploring.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Patience. I have a problem not getting what I want, immediately.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Kelsey takes a long time to get ready when going out.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Italy because my father's family is from there and I love the food.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? We've been dating for a year and I'm in love with this girl! The Amazing Race will allow us to experience more amazing times together.
Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @Joey_Buttitta

The Amazing Race 27

Race History

Kelsey & Joey's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Sand / Sidewalk No Roadblock 8 of 11
2 2 Brazil → Argentina Cartoneros / Fleteros Kelsey 7 of 10
3 3 Argentina Horse / Carriage Joey 3 of 9
4 4 Argentina → Zambia → Zimbabwe Co-Op / Croquet Kelsey 4 of 8
5 5 Zimbabwe Crocs / Canoes Kelsey 4 of 8
6 6 Zimbabwe → France Drops Mic / Bust a Crab Joey 3 of 7 [1]
Kelsey
7 7 France → The Netherlands Ship / Skip Joey 2 of 7
8 8 The Netherlands → Poland Mine / Music Kelsey 2 of 6
9 9 Poland → India Cans / Candy Joey 2 of 6
10 10 India Bring the Groom / Bring the Fun Joey 2 of 5
11 11 India → Hong Kong → Macau Sam's / Cells Kelsey 2 of 4
12 12 Macau → United States No Detour Joey 1 of 3
Average 3.33
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: Leg 6 featured two Roadblocks. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post-Race

  • Kelsey & Joey became engaged on December 16, 2015.[2]
  • Kelsey & Joey competed on a The Amazing Race Primetime Special edition of The Price is Right that aired on May 25, 2016.[3] Kelsey & Joey, along with their contestant, Samantha, was unable to make it past Contestant's Row.[4]
  • Kelsey & Joey married on August 26, 2017.[5]

Trivia

  • Kelsey & Joey are tied with Kisha & Jen for the highest race average of a team who won the race without winning any previous legs at 3.33.
  • Both Logan & Chris said that if they could run the race with a different partner, they would have chosen Kelsey.[6]

External links

Interviews

  • Jodi Walker at EW (12/12/2015): "How The Amazing Race winners finally ran their perfect leg"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (12/14/2015): "Exclusive - The Amazing Race winners Kesley Gerckens & Joey Buttitta talk" [Parts 1 & 2 ]
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/14/2016): "Amazing Race 2015: Exit Interview with the Winners of Season 27"
  • The Amazing Race Fans (Facebook Group) (12/15/2016): "TAR 27 Q&A"
  • Sheri Block at eTalk.ca (12/17/2015): "Amazing Race winners Kelsey and Joey on getting the elusive first place (and beating Justin and Diana)"
  • Nataly Tavidian, Desola Balogun, & Dan Babic on AfterBuzz TV (04/17/2017): "The Amazing Race After Show w/ oey Buttitta & Kelsey Gerckens, Season 29 Episode 3"

Social Media Profiles

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