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Michael Wu and Kevin "KevJumba" Wu are a Father/Son team on The Amazing Race 17.

Their inclusion initially caused a lot of excitement amongst their fans, but Kevin was not popular with the Race fanbase, mostly because all they ever saw was him constantly putting down his father's ability to do tasks, and ignoring his advice. In Russia, they would earn two 30-minute penalties. They still might have been able to survive the leg, thanks to Chad & Stephanie having their own 30-minute penalty for taking a cab, but Michael struggled with the Gorodki Roadblock, dropping them from 2nd to the bottom of the pack, and putting them out in 7th.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Michael

Age: 58
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Connection to your Teammate: Father
Current occupation: Software Consultant and Content Creator/Internet Entertainer Favorite hobbies: My favorite hobbies include reading a good book, watching old movies and going to the park/lake.
Achievements: I have provided a stable and comfortable environment for my two kids to grow up. My wife and I did our best to raise them while running our own business.
Lifelong to do list: Travel around the world, be good at martial arts like Tai-Chi and pursue an advanced degree
What scares you most about traveling? Being in an airplane accident
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing different places and people, and getting out of the routine to do something different
What are you passionate about? I like to make friends smile and laugh. I also love to share my knowledge with young people and hope to make a difference in their lives.
What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would share half of the amount equally among the 11 teams and the rest I would donate to charity.
People would be surprised to learn: I am not really comfortable in a competitive situation.
Favorite place you have ever visited: North European countries
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: We need to try and put our different personalities aside and work to be the best team we can be. What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope the Race will be an exciting and fun experience that we can share for the rest of our lives. I'm also sure that facing the challenges and solving them together will definitely make us understand each other better. I hope to improve our relationship.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He uses foul language in situations when it's not really called for.

Kevin

Age: 19
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Connection to your Teammate: Son
Current occupation: Student/Internet Entertainer
Favorite hobbies: Making videos, competitive sports and traveling
Achievements: I just recently hit one million subscribers on Youtube. Also I'm the youngest person ever to be on Amazing Race!
Lifelong to do list: Ultimately I would like to learn how to cook, travel the world, start a production company.
What scares you most about traveling? Losing my luggage
What excites you most about traveling? Getting to experience new places
If I could switch places with someone: I'd rather not switch places with anyone.
Role model/hero: My dad. He knows how to keep it real.
What are you passionate about? Food
What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would use it to fund a show I have in mind.
People would be surprised to learn: I make YouTube videos with my dad. My dad is hilarious!
Favorite place you have ever visited: Amsterdam
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Being decisive and using our heads more than others, because as a team we might be at a disadvantage physically.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? The experience of traveling around the globe.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Sometimes we have a difficult time comprehending one another.

The Amazing Race 17

Race History

Michael & Kevin's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → United Kingdom No Detour Kevin 7 of 11
2 2 United Kingdom → Ghana Tune In / Check Out Michael 3 of 10
3 3 Ghana Bicycle Parts / Language Arts Kevin 9 of 9
4 4 Ghana → Sweden Sleds / Beds Michael 4 of 9
5 5 Sweden → Norway Bike / Boat Kevin 4 of 8
6 6 Norway → Russia Classical Music / Classic Cinema Kevin 3 of 7
7 7 Russia Circus Band / Circus Clown Michael 7 of 7 [1]
Average 5.29
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: Michael & Kevin arrived in 6th, but were issued two 30-minute penalties: one for hiring a taxi to lead them from Bank Bridge to 1 Vladimirsky Prospekt Tower, and another for taking a taxi from the Tower to the Church of the Savior on Blood, both of which were explicitly prohibited by two clues. Chad & Stephanie returned during Michael & Kevin's penalty time, but were also issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi to Church of the Savior on Blood when the clue instructed them to travel on foot. Since they were the only two teams left to check in at that point, and Michael & Kevin had more than 30 minutes remaining on their penalty time, Chad & Stephanie were allowed to check in immediately for a 6th-place finish. Michael & Kevin were then checked in and eliminated.

Post-Race

  • In 2015, Kevin turned down a role for Master of None.[2]

Trivia

  • Largest age gap for a parent/child team, 39 years

External links

Interviews

  • Linda Ong at AsianWeek (09/25/2010): "Kevin Wu on The Amazing Race and His Rise to YouTube Fame"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (11/08/2010): "Getting Two Penalties Was a Shock to Us"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (11/08/2010): "The Amazing Race 17: Exclusive Interview with Michael and Kevin Wu"
  • Digital Spy (12/14/2010): "Father-and-son pair say they had no idea they would incur penalties"
  • Reality TV World (11/09/2010): "Exclusive - Michael and Kevin Wu discuss The Amazing Race"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (11/10/2010): "It Was a Month of Pure Adrenaline"

Social Media Profiles

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