So long, farewell to the singing ‘Amazing Race’ duo, Connor and Jonathan


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It was graduation day for Connor Diemand-Yauman and Jonathan Schwartz, the a capella singing duo, on CBS’ ‘Amazing Race’ episode Sunday night, but it wasn’t a happy matriculation.

The team of Princeton students, who finished in first place a week ago on the Ghana leg of the race, were eliminated from future episodes after finishing last on Sunday’s episode. All the worse: They were knocked out on the same day their graduation ceremonies were held at Princeton -- they had chosen to miss them to compete against 10 other teams. The duo was easily identifiable from the other teams by their a capella singing skills, developed at Princeton in the Nassoons male singing ensemble, and their breaking into harmony during the program’s race around the world.

On Sunday night, they flunked out: a sluggish cab driver to the Ghana airport... a late arriving flight from Frankfurt to Sweden above the Arctic Circle... a difficult sledding challenge in the Lapland snow... it all translated into the last place finish. The two served up a brief rendering of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ as they straggled in to confront host Phil Keoghan and to meet their fate.

After singing a ditty about their ‘Amazing Race’ trek, the twosome were seen skippng off into the Arctic tundra. But they sort of live on in ‘Amazing Race’s’ online permafrost. Watch the video above (starting around 3:15 in) for their singing at ‘Elimination Station,’ where teams who lost the race were sequestered on the Isla Mujeres near Cancún, Mexico, for the duration of the show’s taping.

-- Christopher Smith



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