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Title: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: Kogs on August 19, 2008, 12:17:25 AM

Names: Nick and Starr Spangler
Ages: 22, 21
Occupations: Actor, NFL cheerleader
Hometown: New York City, Fort Worth, TX
Relationship: Siblings

This brother/sister team will stop at nothing to win the Race. Both are extremely driven and competitive, especially with one another. They admit to being over-zealous when a prize is involved – even if it’s only bragging rights. They’re excited to use this to their advantage on the Race.

Nick and Starr could practically be twins, and consider each other best friends, even though they rarely see each other due to distance. They hope to strengthen their relationship on this adventure, but do worry that since they haven’t spent much time together in several years that they could get on one another’s nerves. After all, in high-school they were bitter enemies.

Nick claims that the biggest difference between them is that Starr can be a bit reckless – she leaps into a situation without thinking about the repercussions - while Nick thinks everything through before acting. Starr claims that she is simply more spontaneous and figures everything will work out in the end.

Nick and Starr have both accomplished their life-long dreams. Nick performs on the New York stage in an Off-Broadway musical called The Fantasticks, while Starr was a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys for the past three seasons.

They’re anxious to bring a new approach to the game and are motivated to strengthen their relationship. They believe that their charisma, wit and relentless spirit will make for a dangerous combination.
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Post by: puddin on August 19, 2008, 12:31:34 AM
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Post by: Kiwi Jay on August 19, 2008, 12:36:57 AM
great  :jumpy:
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Post by: Lucky13 on August 19, 2008, 12:38:53 AM
siblings rock! I hated my brother in high school too! (but not any more!)
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Post by: georgiapeach on August 19, 2008, 01:35:59 AM

website! roles! photos! resume!
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on August 19, 2008, 08:59:49 AM
I could like them.
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: Lucky13 on August 19, 2008, 12:53:28 PM
I have seen Nick in Fantasticks - and he is just that!


Someone put up a facebook page for this team - and Starr joined it! Figures as they are the age of the facebook crowd. May be something to watch as their friends may post some cool info.
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Post by: north09 on August 19, 2008, 01:40:40 PM
I think I'll be rooting for them!
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Post by: georgiapeach on August 19, 2008, 03:24:30 PM
Thanks Lucky!

Nick Spangler, who goes on a journey into the wide, cruel world nightly as Matt in Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks, will circle the globe this fall as a competitor on the CBS reality series "The Amazing Race."

Along with his cheerleader sister, Starr, Spangler will battle other teams in a race against the clock, navigating roads, airports and waterways and completing tasks cooked up by the producers. Past teams have done everything from lug a side of beef through the streets to milking a camel — and drinking the warm milk.

The 13th season of the Emmy Award-winning series (premiering Sept. 28 at 8 PM ET) begins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and follows teams across 30,000 miles in 23 days to Brazil, Bolivia, India, Russia and Kazakhstan.

At stake is a $1 million prize.

At the Snapple Theater Center in the Manhattan theatre district, clean-cut Spangler goes from innocence to experience nightly as Matt, who sings "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "They Were You" and "I Can See It" — that famous song about roads that take you away.

"He's a hottie — a hottie, a hottie," said Pat Addiss, one of the producers of The Fantasticks. "The girls just love him. He's such a professional. He's adorable…all the little girls come and get autographs…"

Addiss said she'll be watching "The Amazing Race" every week to see how the Spanglers fare. All parties involved in the series are sworn to secrecy about the result of the pre-taped and edited race.

Nick and his sister Starr Spangler
photo by © CBS
Born and raised in northern California with three siblings, Spangler's theatre career started at the age of five when he appeared as a Munchkin in a local production of The Wizard of Oz. He continued to pursue musical theatre and attended college at New York University where he performed the leads in Bat Boy: the Musical and The Last Five Years. His other theatre credits include Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Playhouse), Jean Michael in La Cage aux Folles (Arvada Center) and Matt in The Fantasticks (Casa Manana). Prior to assuming the role of Matt in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway, Nick appeared in the production for nine months as The Mute. His Off-Broadway performance as Matt was recognized with The Theater Hall of Fame's 2008 Elaine and Jerry Orbach Musical Theater Fellowship.

Starr Spangler, his sister, is a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Fantasticks plays The Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street at Broadway. For tickets call (212) 921-7862 or visit

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Post by: georgiapeach on August 19, 2008, 03:33:32 PM
Oh my gosh--is this our new theme song?? :lol:  gorgeous voice!

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Post by: michael on August 19, 2008, 03:45:39 PM

i like them  :jumpy:
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Post by: puddin on August 19, 2008, 06:24:56 PM
I love them too! and wow she is drop dead gorgeous!
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Post by: elopes on August 21, 2008, 10:10:43 AM
I just read that one of the reporters who spoke to this team said they seemed fake.  I think they just want to be famous...
 :lala   (:;)    :pull   :knuckles:
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: Kiwi Jay on August 21, 2008, 03:07:17 PM
I seem to have a different opinion at the moment elopes but we will see  ;)

I hope they do well
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Post by: puddin on August 25, 2008, 03:14:49 AM
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Post by: Lucky13 on August 26, 2008, 07:06:32 AM
Link to a new interview with Nick
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: georgiapeach on August 26, 2008, 01:02:32 PM
Thanks Lucky! It's a good one!:

Nick Spangler on 'The Amazing Race' and 'The Fantasticks'

As promised last week, today Blog Stage spoke with actor Nick Spangler, star of the Off-Broadway revival of the long-running The Fantasticks and now a contestant on the upcoming season of The Amazing Race. Spangler will compete with his sister and teammate Starr Spangler, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, in the 13th season of the reality competition series.

In this exclusive Blog Stage interview, Spangler discusses The Amazing Race, The Fantasticks, and how being eliminated from a reality show isn't quite like bombing an audition.

Blog Stage: How did you get involved with reality TV, and The Amazing Race, in the first place?

Nick Spangler: To be honest, the major push came from my sister. The Amazing Race is kind of a special case though, because I remember watching the first season years ago. I think I was in high school at the time, and saw the very first episode of the very first season, and it became a big family event. My whole family would sit down and watch. And we would always joke, "Wouldn't it be so cool if mom and dad this? Or maybe Nick and Starr when we're older!"

Why did you apply for this season?

You have to be 21. So this was the first time that we were both eligible. I was about to open a show in Denver this past year, and I woke up to a phone call from my sister. She said, "Applications are due for The Amazing Race on Monday. I bought a plane ticket, and I'll be in Denver on Friday so we can flm a video together. Let's do it." And I was like, "Wait, what? I'm opening a show Tuesday night! How can you expect me to do that!"

And she just said, "Well, I already bought my plane ticket."

Do you think that being professional performers gave you an edge in the casting process?

I don't know if that helped us or hindered us. Everybody gets pissed off when they hear another actor [is on reality TV]. Starr's not an actress, but she's definitely a professional performer. I think that's where a lot of the draw came from for us. (laughs)

I think my minor success on professional stage helped. I wouldn't call myself a wanna-be actor. I am a working actor in New York City. So it's a little bit different than an aspiring actor, and I was comfortable applying, knowing that I had achieved some level of success before I got my 15 minutes of fame from reality television.

How did your friends and fellow actors react to the news that you would be on reality TV?

If I was on Big Brother, or one of the sit-around-and-do-nothing shows, I think people would have some negative things to say. But with The Amazing Race, the most common response I get is, "Oh my God, I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to do that!" Or, "It'll be so fun to know somebody on the show!"

I haven't gotten any raised eyebrows. I don't think everybody is associating being on reality television with the fact that I'm an actor. Trying to boost my career was never at the forefront of my mind. I didn't wanna go on and say, "Hey America! I'm an actor! Give me a job!"

Do you think your exposure on The Amazing Race will boost your audience for The Fantasticks?

It would certainly be nice. We could always use more people in the theatre. (laughs)

We had an American Idol finalist in the cast last summer, and he generated a small amount of buzz, but we weren't suddenly packed. The Amazing Race isn't a performance-based reality show like Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, so I don't know if the crowd that watches The Amazing Race is gonna travel to New York to see Nick Spangler in The Fantasticks.

How does racing around the world with your sister relate to your experience preparing for roles as an actor?

You really can't prepare to be on The Amazing Race, as much as people try, because you never know what's coming. There's so many twists and turns and surprises, and I think the way to be the most successful on the race is just to have a completely open mind and spirit.

In The Fantasticks, we've had so many cast members in and out of the show, and it's not uncommon for us to be performing with almost an entirely new cast from week to week. Your timing is kind of out the window, and a lot of things that you're used to suddenly aren't there. So I like to think that being a receptive actor who's not locked in a rigid performance, and having a mindset of being open to what other people are doing, helped me on the race.

Is working as a team with your sister similar to working as a team with your fellow cast members?

 Absolutely. You couldn't run The Amazing Race by yourself. You rely on your teammates at times, and you carry your teammates at times, just like in The Fantasticks. I've got my favorite jokes that I tell in the show, but there's almost no joke that isn't set up by another actor. Unless you're doing your own standup comedy act or your own one-man show, you can't expect to have the same reactions that you get with the help of your cast members.

Which is scarier: the risk of getting eliminated on a reality show, or going to auditions and getting rejected?

I've had so many auditions that that's kind of dissipated somewhat. The fear of being eliminated on The Amazing Race, though, is at the forefront of your mind the whole time you're on it. You're standing on that starting line, before you've even started, and all everybody is thinking is, "Please don't let me be eliminated first. Please don't let me be eliminated first." That's everybody's biggest fear: Don't be the goofball that gets kicked off on that first episode.

In the acting world, I've gone through my share of big rejections, where I thought I did a bang-up job and they look at me like Simon Cowell. There are definite parallels, but they're difficult to compare.

So making it to the next episode is like getting a callback?

It gets worse and worse as you get closer to the end, because it becomes more real and you're going for the win. But that's the great thing about The Amazing Race. It never stops. It's like having a callback every damn day of your life.

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Post by: Lucky13 on August 28, 2008, 04:51:14 PM
Cool link to video interview of Nick backstage dishing on the Amazing Race! Gives a little more insight into him as a person. (Yup, i am a fan, and spend way too much time googling Nick and Starr Amazing Race 13!!!!) So now they are living together apparently, in NYC, since race time.

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Post by: puddin on August 28, 2008, 10:47:26 PM
thanks for posting that Lucky
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Post by: realityfan80 on August 29, 2008, 09:23:38 AM
Anybody able to get to NYC should go see Nick in The Fantasticks.  He is AMAZING (no pun intended) and he always signs autographs after the show for the people waiting!!  You can meet him now before he becomes a TV star!!!  Plus the Fantasticks is a really good show too.  Here is a link to a very recent concert appearance with Erica Piccininni from Jersey Boys at Union Square Park.  He sings so beautifully! (
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Post by: Lucky13 on September 03, 2008, 04:27:40 AM
TONS of photos up of Nick and Starr at their web site for the race -
Fun shots show what I hope are their real personalities. Time will tell! It is easy to leave them comments and you do not have to log in/sign up. No ads! Show them some LOVE!

They have a facebook page as well - Official Amazing Race 13-Nick and Starr
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Post by: puddin on September 03, 2008, 11:52:19 AM
Thanks for sharing Lucky  :jumpy:

eta: i see the [banned image hosting site] video was removed but here are my other videos
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Post by: north09 on September 04, 2008, 04:53:05 PM
You know I was in NYC a couple days ago, and I went to see the theater he proforms at, its very small! I got my picture taken by the sign, but that would have been cool if he was there.
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Post by: Lucky13 on September 04, 2008, 06:09:30 PM
Well, North, if you had actually gone to SEE the show, or even went at the time it was over and waited at the stage door, you could have actually met Nick and gotten an autograph and picture with him! He does not live at work, you know! Oh, yeah, he is about to depart on the race with his sister - wink wink!
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Post by: north09 on September 05, 2008, 03:32:05 PM
lol I know, but I had another show to get to that night. A guy I know is in South Pacific, so he took us backstage of his play that night.
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Post by: puddin on September 05, 2008, 06:12:46 PM
sweet CBS

Watch CBS Videos Online
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Post by: puddin on September 08, 2008, 01:19:20 AM
a write up and photos galore!
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Post by: jemima on September 08, 2008, 09:38:44 PM
I LOVE Nick! We've seen him in The Fantasticks 5 times. Four times as the Mute and once as Matt. He has an amazing voice, and is a very good actor, but he's also a great guy. We have gotten to know him, and he is as real as they come. I am sooooo excited to see him and Starr on TV! Amazing Race has been one of my favorite shows for years!
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Post by: aznchica02 on September 08, 2008, 09:45:18 PM
I can't wait for the Amazing Race season 13 to start. I've actually never seen the show before, but this time I will because I'm totally going to root on the Spangler sibligs. I've actually seen the Fantasticks twice last year, but that was when Nick played the role as the mute and the American Idol finalist, Anthony Fedorov (the one that Nick mentioned in one of his interviews posted in this forum) played the role of Matt. I've also met Nick after the show the second time I saw it. I got a picture taking with him and I got his autograph. Let me tell you, he's one of the most down to earth people you'll ever meet. I bet his whole family is the same way. One day I would love to make a trip back to NYC to see Nick perform as the lead role.  

If anyone's interested, here's a few more videos of Nick performing songs from the Fantasticks.

"I Can See it" part 1
"I Can See it" part 2

"Soon it's Gonna Rain" (it's the second song performed in this video)

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Post by: georgiapeach on September 09, 2008, 09:56:04 AM
:welcome2:  to RFF jemima and aznchica02! Thanks for sharing!

We can't wait to see them race either and I definitely am adding the show on to my list for NYC!

Great link puddin --thanks!! :kuss:

And FINALLY I get to see all of the videos (this work stuff is interfering with my life :lol:)

The initial impression I get is that this may be THE tough team to beat this season...strong, confident in their own abilities and in each other ...  The brother/sister relationship is going to be so much fun to watch and it will be interesting to see how the other teams react to them! 
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Post by: apskip on September 09, 2008, 04:26:31 PM
I expect that at the time AR13 begins Nick and Starr will still be my favorite team for this season.
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Post by: puddin on September 13, 2008, 08:59:35 PM
eventually I will get these all up

Slideshow link  (

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Post by: georgiapeach on September 13, 2008, 10:04:06 PM
I am LOVING every one of these--they are wonderful! So I can only imagine what the racers may think! :happy:
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Post by: puddin on September 23, 2008, 02:36:19 AM

The Amazing Race 13 Nick Spangler talks to

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Post by: Lucky13 on September 26, 2008, 06:13:05 AM
New article at with new photos, copy below
The ‘Fantastick’ Nick Spangler and Starr Spangler To Run 'The Amazing Race'
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Thursday, September 25, 2008; Posted: 9:24 AM - by Joseph F. Panarello

"Try to see it under light.  I assure you it's dazzling."   So speaks Henry Albertson, the old actor in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's perennially endearing musical The Fantasticks, which is once again running at the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Center on West 50th Street.

The actor's words come to mind while visiting the empty performing space.  The stage is still set from the previous evening's performance.  There are some boxes the floor which is littered with confetti.  Behind this, the famous show curtain billows gently from the theater's air conditioning system.  Everything about Ed Wittstein's set is intentionally simple but it comes to life beautifully once Mary Jo Dondlinger's lighting is raised and the pinks and blues that flood the set make it the imaginative milieu for the long-running tale of young love and its disappointments.

A different type of light came to illuminate the darkened theater on that August afternoon. The sound of footsteps approached from the darkness and indicated the arrival of Starr Spangler, the sister of Nick Spangler who is starring as Matt in The Fantasticks.   Emerging from the shadows, Starr proves to be a beautiful young lady.  She's casually dressed in a white blouse and a simple black skirt, but a sparkling gold belt sets the outfit off and indicates that she is a classy gal who knows how to stand out in a crowd.  More importantly, she has a warm and ingratiating smile; the kind that was sung about in the opening credits of the old Mary Tyler Moore sitcom.  In short, Starr Spangler knows how to make a good first impression.

Minutes later, Nick Spangler appears from the other side of the theater. He's been upstairs talking to another media outlet and is dressed in a T-shirt and jeans and it's apparent that he works out regularly to maintain his impressive physique. It's obvious why The Fantasticks' producer Pat Addiss referred to him in print as "a hottie" and why girls wait after the show to get his autograph or have their pictures taken with him. Nick's performance in this vehicle earned him the 2008 Elaine and Jerry Orbach Fellowship awarded by the Theater Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the famed Friar's Club in Manhattan.  Both he and his sister had created a flurry of excitement on theater message boards a week earlier when it was announced that the two of them had been participants in CBS Television's reality series "The Amazing Race" and were sitting down to talk about it.

The siblings hail from California but now call New York City their home.  Nick's been here for about five years and Starr only recently moved to the city.  She's a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and is having a little difficulty adjusting to the faster-paced life that The Big Apple is known for. "I've been in Texas for the past few years and everything down there is flatter and slower.  The pace of New York is really fast but I'm getting used to it."  About her experience as a performer, Starr explains, "I've danced and done cheerleading ever since I was little and I did all through college.  I cheered for Texas Christian University for a year and then I decided to pursue the dream I had ever since I was a little girl and that was to cheer for the Dallas Cowboys.  When I was 18 I tried out for them and have been with them for the past three years.  Now I'm in New York and seeking something in the entertainment industry.  Like Nick, I'm a performer but I limit my singing to the shower." She adds that she'd like to work on the business end of the performing arts.

When Starr explains what it's like to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, a happy grin comes over her face.  "It was a unique experience.  It's a world-class organization and the women are very intelligent.  They come from all over the United States and actually we had a couple from Canada and one from Japan.  It was a very diverse group and the ages ranged from 18 to 35.  It was just a wonderful group of women coming together for a common goal.  The women are classy and the training I received was unlike any other.  We worked with celebrities and did a lot of community service.  We were very active in the community, actually.  I love football, so being at the games was the best part."

Nick, who was graduated from NYU in May, 2007 has been in The Fantasticks for about two years.  He joined the cast as The Mute and understudied the role of Matt.  After "American Idol"'s Anthony Federov left the cast, Nick was promoted to the leading role and has been playing it ever since.  He took a short hiatus to play Jean Michel in a Denver production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and also played in THE FANTASTICKS with Lorenzo Lamas at the Casa Manana in Texas.

It's obvious that Nick likes being in The Fantasticks.  "It's so well-written and beautiful that all these casts can make different, wonderful experiences out of it.  To be honest, I think the current cast is a completely different show from the one I joined in 2006.  I'm very pleased with it.  Our fathers [Gene Jones and Steve Routman] are hilarious and everyone is just terrific to work with.  Of course, I miss having lyricist Tom Jones in the show playing Henry."

Tom Jones isn't the only person who Nick misses at the Jerry Orbach Theater.  Bobby Oliver originated the role of Mortimer, the Cockney Indian when The Fantasticks initiated its run at the Snapple Theater Center, but he passed away on February 4, 2008.  "It was a Sunday when we had two shows.  We performed the matinee and between performances Bobby was complaining about some pain in his chest and not feeling well.  Our stage management was telling him to go to the hospital and see a doctor but he didn't want to, so they ended up calling an ambulance for him and they took him away.  At the hospital they told him he was going to be fine but recommend that he spend the night for observation.  He refused and actually came back to the theater and told us he was okay and would see us the next day because his understudy was going on for the evening performance.  When we got to the theater for Monday's show we learned that he had passed away.  He was actually on the train to Long Island where he was going to visit the sister he cared for.  It was a very difficult performance that evening and for several weeks following but we feel his spirit is still around here."

It's interesting to learn that it was Starr Spangler who suggested that she and her brother try-out for "The Amazing Race"  She giggles a bit as she explains how it came about:

"When Nick and I were 14 and 15, we watched "The Amazing Race."  We both wanted to be on it.  So I went on-line and learned that you had to be 21 to audition.  I was disappointed because I felt there was no way it would still be running when I was 21. When I finally did turn 21 a year ago,  I was student-teaching and cheering for the Cowboys when I randomly saw an "Amazing Race" episode from the previous season.  I wondered if they were doing another one and if there was a due date for the applications. Once again I went on-line and found that the applications were due in a week.  At the time Nick was doing LA CAGE in Denver and I called him early in the morning; I don't even think he was awake.  I told him that we had a week to do the application.  I was going to be graduating and he was in between shows.  So I booked a plane ticket and flew down to Denver on Thursday." It turned out that Starr couldn't have picked a less opportune time to do this because LA CAGE was opening on Monday and Nick was doing ‘ten-out-of-twelves' to open his show.

At this point Nick took over the narrative: "She got there and we filmed this three minute video that we did after my rehearsals ended at 11 PM.  We'd work on it until 3 in the morning and I would have another rehearsal at 10 AM.  We did that for two nights.  When the show went into performance, I was editing the video backstage and we mailed it out so we could just make the deadline in time."

Both of the Spanglers are very proud of the video that they submitted to CBS.  Nick claims "It showcases our personalities and demonstrates why we'd be a great team on ‘The Amazing Race'.  Really, editing it down was the hardest part.  I was staying at a Residence Inn in Denver at the time, so we filmed in the gym running on treadmills and in the hot tubs."

While Nick was busily rehearsing his show Starr went to the local Target and got marshmallows.  "I thought we could use them to play Chubby Bunny and show our competitive spirit.  I also got hula hoops so we could use them in the playground to show how much fun we were.   One of the best things I got was one of these big balloons.  I said, ‘Nick, we're gonna do an interpretive dance!  We'll put on music and keep the balloon between us.  It'll be totally weird and completely different but it's something that everyone will laugh at."

Nick felt that the clip was the longest one they had and it was also the most useless because no one was speaking in it.  "We were literally doing plies and we'd turn over keeping the balloon there.  I showed it to my fellow cast members and everyone would crack up at that part, so I told Starr that we couldn't edit it out. Actually that segment may have had a hand in our getting on the show."  Hopefully that audition film will eventually find its way onto YouTube.

"We crossed out fingers and then we got some calls and all we ever hoped for was getting one step further," explains Starr.  "When we found out we were going to be on the show we couldn't really believe it."

Nick and Starr immediately contacted their parents about the show and received their wholehearted support.  Mrs. Spangler is a great fan of "The Amazing Race", so she may have even been more enthusiastic about the project than her two children.  She sent them  a trove of items  to use on their expedition and is responsible for the Army camouflage tank tops they Nick and Starr are seen wearing in the publicity photos for the show.

When Nick first saw the tank tops he remarked, "No way in hell am I going to wear that and match Starr.  No way!  I threw it in my backpack just as a back-up."  Starr interjects here, saying, "He wound up wearing it a lot!"   

There is a significant reason why the Spanglers decided to wear the Army camouflage:  their brother, Captain Martin Jacob Spangler is with the military police stationed in Iraq and they wanted to represent that.  During the race Nick also wears a facsimile of the yellow baseball cap that he stole from Jake many years ago and has become Nick's trademark in New York's theater community. The original yellow cap is waiting to be willed to the Smithsonian.

Both Spanglers agree that participating in "The Amazing Race" strengthened their already solid relationship.  Explains Nick, "There's no experience like it, and to share it with a family member, especially one who's my best friend, was a lot of fun. It's clearly something that we'll be able to look back on and say ‘We did it together.'  We've always been proud of our relationship with each other and it was cool to think that we could be in a stressful situation and still get along." In addition to Starr, Nick and Jake, there is a younger Spangler named  Jovah Love who is a high school senior and just finished Carnegie-Mellon's high school program for musical theater.

As wholesome and close as the Spanglers are, they have no problems bringing up the blemishes their personalities displayed when they were growing up.  Starr turns into Mr. Blackwell when discussing her brother's taste in clothes:  "If you think the ‘camo' was bad, you should have seen Nick's wardrobe in eighth grade!   He wore these shiny metallic shirts and some of them were netted.  He wore them every day and they were really flashy.  Everyone knew Nick Spangler because of these shorts.  One was this bright blue collared metallic shiny fabric shirt.  I mean it was just hilarious!    Later on he wore Hawaiian shirts to school every single day and he became known as ‘The Hawaiian Shirt Man.' I think his wardrobe is what I look back on and laugh at the most!"

Nick counters with comments about Starr in elementary school.  "Starr had a problem with lying.  She was a chronic liar.  She would lie about anything and everything for no reason whatsoever.  We're talking about the tiniest thing or the biggest thing.  There was one day when I was away filming a small part in the movie JACK and when I got back to school everyone was asking me how I was.  It seemed that Starr had told them all that I'd been shot in the leg and was in the hospital.  I still don't understand why.  Also, when Starr was in elementary school she'd show up in the morning and go to the office at the beginning of the day and get the crutches out of the first aid place and then walk around the school on them  saying that she'd hurt her ankle dancing or cheering.  At the end of the day she's return them, our mother would pick us up and she'd be fine!"   

There is genuine chemistry between the brother and sister.  Their sunny dispositions beggar comparisons to Donny and Marie Osmond, but one can't really imagine how Marie Osmond would contend with a 30, 000 mile trek that began at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and took the competing teams to Brazil, Bolivia, India, Russia and Kazakhsten. Likewise, it would be hard to fathom Donny Osmond lugging a side of beef through the streets of a European city as was required in a previous episode of the show.

Sitting on the stage of the Orbach Theater, one realizes these two must have had their share of fatigue and stress during while participating in "The Amazing Race". The show requires them to compete against other teams and race against the clock in hopes of winning the one million dollar grand prize. However, like the aforementioned character of Henry Albertson, these two have "removed their ten pounds of road dust" to share a bench and chat amiably.  It also seems so very fitting that both The Fantasticks and "The Amazing Race" are perfect pieces of entertainment that entire families can watch together.  That alone is a rarity in the current environment of PG and R ratings.  However, it's not just families who will tune into CBS on September 28th to watch the Emmy Award winning "The Amazing Race" begin its 13th season.  Many theater-goers and Dallas Cowboys fans will also be watching to see how Nick and Starr Spangler face on that episode and the ones that will follow.
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Post by: realityfan80 on October 01, 2008, 01:16:17 PM
Entertainment Weekly has a brand new article about Nick.  Actually it's a dairy entry written by him.

Go here!!  (
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Post by: puddin on October 05, 2008, 10:58:15 PM
Do what they have to do to win, and I predict they do and thats not a spoiler, just logic :jam:
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Post by: Alan on October 06, 2008, 09:13:30 AM
They must win at all cost!  :yess: :hearts: :jumpy:
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Post by: sarahpalin on October 06, 2008, 10:26:50 PM
Whoa, Nick and Starr - what happened to you after you got in the cab??? Long time no see! Dang it all, I was shouting at the tele - Drill baby, Drill! Go Siblings Go! Did you really blow off Dan or is that editing???
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Post by: apskip on October 07, 2008, 05:01:56 PM
I have to assume that what we saw was indicative of the way Nick treated others doing that Roadblock. I was not impressed and this team has gone down a notch in my estimation. Trying to be sneaky may have its place, but it is not this early in the race because there will be retaliation from those affected negatively. Bad move, Nick, particularly because what you achieved was minimal. Is this team trying to be the new Rob/Amber?
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Post by: puddin on October 13, 2008, 01:27:38 AM
I love Nick and Starr, they remind me soooooooo much of Rob and Amber and you all know what a huge fan I am of theirs. Does anyone else think that Nick looks like Jim Carrey sometimes?
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Post by: Nuala on October 13, 2008, 04:55:51 AM
I like Nick....but Starr is petty. I don't like petty people.
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: Alan on October 13, 2008, 06:30:36 AM
They came off quite badly in this episode, however we must remember they are still young. I can't help but think that because they were the youngest in the race, they were targeted by some in the heat of the competition.
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Post by: sarahpalin on October 15, 2008, 07:03:38 AM
I don't think they came off too badly - Nick redeemed himself by NOT uTurning Kelly and Christy, but I wonder now if they regret not doing the U Turn. The Geeks lost a prize last week for helping their competition at the Roadblock (Ken and Tina) and even in their post interview this week they wondered if they should have used the roadblock after all. Nice guys DO finish last, it seems. If Kelly and Christy had been u turned, the geeks might still be in the race - which to me is preferable over the divorcees who lament about missing sports bras. Maybe the divorcees will get a Nike endorsement, or a play boy centerfold - where did that sports bra go, honey!
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: apskip on October 15, 2008, 09:33:06 AM
Nick and Starr made the correct decision to not U-Turn anyone. They saved their opportunity at a U-Turn until later in the race. That is the theory but in practice it doesn't really work that way because U-Turns have not had little influence on outcomes except for the Bombay U-turn in AR12. Nick and Starr were in the middle of the pack at the U-Turn and were not in any danger of being last.

I have to say that Nick and Starr are less impressive to me. Watching them in action totally undercuts their "we have an incredible amount of common sense" argument. They are hyper-competitive. However, Nick appears to want to be the second coming of Rob Mariano and that is a sure way to have all other teams gunning for you. Nick is nowhere close to as smooth as Rob was. Rob gave a "spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down" to other teams to get them to do what he wanted and even got them to sometimes believe that his ideas were their ideas. So, to paraphrase a political phrase, "Nick, you're no Boston Rob."

In spite of the above I still have Nick and Starr as my pick to win AR13.
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Post by: sarahpalin on October 27, 2008, 07:42:53 AM
Well this episode was fun! All the photos RFF had first seemed to be from this episode. Great competition between so many racers close together and joking around, etc. Loved when Nick hid the rock clue under his shirt. Great finish for all!
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Post by: Hooky on November 13, 2008, 07:53:16 PM
I really don't like this team either - but I feel that they are the winners of this season, and if that's the case, I will have to drown myself in a bucket.  :groan:

They are also acting as though they are the team that deserves to win above all the others, just because they are there. Someone needs to U-turn them at a good moment but I don't see that happening.
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Post by: puddin on November 13, 2008, 08:57:32 PM
I think they are playing a great game and yeah its just that a game and they are playing it to the max :jam:
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Post by: georgiapeach on November 19, 2008, 04:16:28 PM

ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Benefits with Friends
By Seth Rudetsky
17 Nov 2008

...I'm still doing my radio interviews every Wednesday, and I recently had Nick Spangler and Margaret Ann Florence, who play Matt and Luisa in The Fantasticks. When I used to be a sub pianist for the show, it was at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, but now the show has moved to the Snapple Theater. The only problem with the theatre is that it's on top of a restaurant that sometimes gets smoky and, around every two weeks, an incredibly loud fire alarm goes off inside the theatre during the show! Unfortunately, it's always during the "Soon It's Gonna Rain" scene, i.e., the most romantic and quietest section of the show. It happened the night I saw it, and I was alternatively loving the sweet scene being played onstage and trying to remember the correct order of verbs in "Stop, Drop and Roll."

Nick is currently on TV's "The Amazing Race" with his sister, and I asked him what filming it was like. He said that he didn't want the other contestants to know that he was an actor because he thought that they'd assume he was always putting on a façade, so he told people that he was going into his father's business as a funeral director. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to him, right after he told everybody, they went to an airport computer station and googled him, which led right to his acting website. For the rest of the trip, he kept up the façade that he was in the funeral business not knowing that they were keeping up the façade that they believed him. His version of not wanting to appear deceitful set him up to look ten times more deceitful. Excellent work!
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: puddin on November 19, 2008, 04:27:28 PM

Nick is currently on TV's "The Amazing Race" with his sister, and I asked him what filming it was like. He said that he didn't want the other contestants to know that he was an actor because he thought that they'd assume he was always putting on a façade, so he told people that he was going into his father's business as a funeral director. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to him, right after he told everybody, they went to an airport computer station and googled him, which led right to his acting website. For the rest of the trip, he kept up the façade that he was in the funeral business not knowing that they were keeping up the façade that they believed him. His version of not wanting to appear deceitful set him up to look ten times more deceitful. Excellent work!

  :funny: Too funny! WTG Nick!
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: Coutzy on December 01, 2008, 07:45:19 AM
Nick and Starr have now leveled the record set by Colin and Christie with 6 first place finishes.

I really hope they don't go on to win that record breaking seventh.
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Post by: apskip on December 04, 2008, 06:12:53 PM
THE FANTASTICKS' Spangler To Compete in 'AMAZING RACE' Finale, 12/7 by Joeph Panallo,

Nick Spangler, currently appearing as Matt in the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, will compete in the season finale of The Amazing Race airing this Sunday, December 7, 2008. 

After nine weeks of competition that has brought him to such diverse destinations as Cambodia, Bolivia, India and Kazakhstan, Spangler will be awarded the series' million dollar prize if he is first to cross the finish line in Portland, Oregon during Sunday's episode, which airs at 8PM ET on CBS.

Spangler can currently be seen as Matt at all performances of The Fantasticks.

Spangler, who goes on a personal journey through life, loss, adventure and love eight times a week as the young lover in The Fantasticks, is currently the front-runner on the reality competition which chronicles teams on a race around the world, having won six of nine weekly challenges.

 Along with his sister and teammate Starr, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, the actor has raced through Salvador, Brazil against ten other teams and was the fastest to scale a 240-foot cargo net; hauled fish and unlocked a clue at Angkor Wat that led to victory in Siem Reap, Cambodia; painted a rickshaw and ironed clothes faster than anyone else for a third win in New Delhi, India; braved the Holi Festival and a busy outdoor marketplace in Old Delhi, India; gone head-to-head with rivals in Almaty, Kazakhstan and ate a dish of sheep's buttocks to secure victory number five; and used his impressive New York City subway skills to navigate Moscow's subway system. During the competition, Spangler won six first place finishes, tying the series record.  He established a new record during week eight when he won the fifth of those finishes in a row. 

The Spanglers have already won an amalgam of prizes including his-and-her electric cars, a WaveRunner, and trips to Belize, St. John, Hawaii and Anguilla. 

Born and raised in northern California with three siblings, Spangler's theater career started at the age of five when he appeared as a Munchkin in a local production of The Wizard of Oz.  He continued to pursue musical theater and attended college at NYU where he performed the leads in Bat Boy: the Musical and The Last Five Years.  His other theater credits include Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Playhouse), Jean Michael in La Cage Aux Folles (Arvada Center) and Matt in The Fantasticks (Casa Manana).  Prior to assuming the role of Matt in The Fantasticks Off Broadway, Nick appeared in the production for nine months as The Mute.  His performance as Matt was recognized with The Theater Hall of Fame's 2008 Elaine and Jerry Orbach Musical Theater Fellowship.

The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, which have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. Contestants strive to arrive first at "pit stops" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg. Contestants travel to and within multiple countries in a variety of transportation modes, including planes, taxis, rental cars, trains, buses and boats. The clues in each leg point the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country or culture where they are located. Teams are progressively eliminated until the team which arrives first in the final leg is awarded a large cash grand prize.

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world.  With book, lyrics and direction by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, it plays at The Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.  The cast includes Lewis Cleale, Margaret Anne Florence, Tom Flagg, Gene Jones, Jordan Nichols, Michael Nostrand, Evy Ortiz, Steve Routman, John Thomas Waite and Richard Roland.  For tickets call (212) 921-7862 or visit


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Post by: georgiapeach on December 04, 2008, 06:27:00 PM
And I get to be there Fri night!! SO looking forward to it!
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Post by: north09 on December 07, 2008, 08:16:07 PM
 :jumpy: WINNERS!!!  :jumpy:
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Post by: puddin on December 07, 2008, 08:33:01 PM
Congrats Nick and Starr!!  :jam: Good Job!! :jumpy:
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Post by: marigold on December 08, 2008, 04:48:25 PM
An interview with Nick and Starr:

The Amazing Race Winners on the $1 Million Prize, Romance & Reality TV

Although some said they played dirty early on, Nick and Starr Spangler grew into one of The Amazing Race’s most popular, well-rounded teams this season. Now, after Sunday’s finale, they’re $1 million richer. And that’s not all: Starr also scored a new boyfriend in competitor Dallas and Nick is ready to propose to his girlfriend Monica. The 20-something siblings chatted with PEOPLE about their relationships, what they plan to do with their money and why Starr’s next stop on reality TV should be at Dancing with the Stars. – Nicholas White

When did you first think you could realistically win the Race?
Nick: I didn’t believe it until we were in the final cab going to the finish line. Starr had a different opinion.
Starr: Once we got on [the show], before we left, I said, “We can totally win this. We can totally do it.” I was more optimistic that we could make it to that finish line.
Nick: She wrote on our application, “I guarantee we will win at least one leg, and we will definitely be in the final three.” I was always the pessimist. I’ve watched so many seasons of the Race, and so many crazy things [can happen]. You never know what the heck they’re going to throw at you.

What other teams were your biggest threats?
Nick: Ken and Tina didn’t concern us. We loved racing with them and we loved racing against them. In the very first leg, we made an alliance with them, and got along with them every step of the way.
Starr: They didn’t show it, but as we were landing in Portland, we said, “It’s been a great run, good luck.” From the start line looking at the teams, Terence and Sarah probably scared us the most. They were the most fit. We could tell they were intelligent. As we saw them race, we weren’t obsessed with them as a team, but we definitely always worried about them. Nick and I said, “They’re constantly making mistakes, running the wrong way. They’re fit and would be great at the Race, but they’re making a lot of mistakes.” There was a point where we set them aside and focused on us.
Nick: It would have been a very different final three if Terence and Sarah replaced Ken and Tina.
Starr: Or if Toni and Dallas had been there. We would have loved to race against Toni and Dallas for the $1 million. We should have raced against them. It was a shame not to have them there.

Speaking of Dallas and Toni, they were not at the finish line to congratulate you.
Starr: They were not at the finish line, which was really hard because Nick and I raced with Toni and Dallas the entire time. It would be like if Ken and Tina weren’t there. They were our family during the Race, and they’re our family now. It was just a part of our race experience was missing without them there. They meant so much to us.

Starr, you’ve been dating Dallas?
Starr: Dallas and I have been dating since the show ended. We actually got back and I flew back to Texas. He lives in California. He called and said, “We spent 30 days together. I miss you.” So, I went to visit him and we went skydiving. Before we went skydiving, he said, “I want you to be my girlfriend.” We’ve been together ever since. He was actually here in New York with me to watch the finale. It’s been great. We have a great relationship and were very lucky to have met on the Race. [The relationship] really developed after the Race. We wanted to be careful with it. It was something real and wasn’t just created by CBS. It’s great, and he’s a wonderful guy.

What’s your plan for the $1 million?
Nick: We have yet to receive a check. Most likely, there is no extravagant purchase to be made. I’m not buying a car or some crazy thing. I live in New York and rents are high. So most likely, I’ll start looking for places to put a down payment on.
Starr: Nick and I have always been very responsible when it comes to money. We work very hard for it. Neither one of our jobs — I’m a teacher, he’s an actor — provide a lot of income. I think we both plan on making this amount of money more money, and hope it will provide for our futures, especially because the economy is so tough right now. I want to have a house in California, and hopefully it will go towards that.

Nick, you’re engaged?
Nick: When Starr and I were considering doing the Race, in the application process — I’m dating Starr’s best friend Monica — we were just talking about what if we were on the show, what if win and stuff. Without even thinking about it, I said to Starr, “If we cross the finish line and win the $1 million, I think I would stop and propose to Monica on the spot, no questions asked.” And Starr said, “Really?” I said, “Yeah, absolutely.” Because I know in my heart that’s what I want to do — it’s just a matter of money. That’s pretty much taken care of at this point. I haven’t proposed yet.
Starr: He will soon! He’s getting ready. We’re planning it.

What were the biggest hurdles you had to overcome in the Race?
Nick: One of the toughest things was simply the language barrier. Starr speaks some rudimentary Spanish that didn’t really help us. So there were a lot of moments when I felt truly hopeless and alone when I couldn’t communicate with a cab driver.
Starr: Nick and I meshed the entire Race. That was probably the edge we have on other teams. When it came to tasks and challenges, Nick and I blew through them.

Do you want to do more reality TV?
Starr: I would love to be on Dancing with the Stars. I’ve been in cheerleading, dancing my whole life and that is one show I’d love to be in. And if Dallas and I don’t work out, I would love to be on The Bachelorette!

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Post by: marigold on December 08, 2008, 04:53:34 PM
Full interview with Nick and Starr:

Exclusive Interview: Nick and Starr, Winners of 'The Amazing Race 13'

BuddyTV interviews Nick and Starr, the winners of The Amazing Race 13. 

Nick and Starr were the best team on The Amazing Race 13 and, thankfully, the best team won.  The brother/sister duo won seven of the eleven legs this past season, including the only one that ultimately mattered.  They emerged victorious on last night's Amazing Race finale, crossing the finish line minutes before Ken and Tina, just outside of beautiful Portland, Oregon.  We got the chance to speak with Nick and Starr earlier today about their time on the race, what the deal with Dallas is, and what the siblings have planned for the future.

I'm here with Nick and Starr, the winners of The Amazing Race 13. Nick, Starr, congratulations.

Starr: Thanks!

Okay, so how are you two feeling today—been kind of a whirlwind?

S: Yeah, the last twenty-four hours have been pretty insane. Our parents flew into New York for the finale. All of the teams were here. It was incredible, and you know, we were gripping our seats, just like everyone else, watching that finale. It was awesome.

So it's been months since the season ended, and you can't really tell anyone that you won until it airs. What's that been like?

Nick: It's been fun and it's been difficult. It's been nice for the start I had to have this little secret to share, but it's been difficult to keep it. We actually threw out a lot of red herrings to our parents and our family. I had my dad and my little sister convinced that Starr and I got eliminated early enough to go to the elimination station, so they definitely thought that we were out in the first half of the season. My mom is a little different story because she likes to go on the spoiler threads and find out. There was actually a video spoiling Starr and I to be in the final three. She knew before the show even started airing that we made it that far, so she was a little harder to deceive. But we did really good. We never broke down and told anyone anything.

N: Because we wanted it to be a surprise. Even I had my girlfriend convinced that Starr and I never even came in first place.

We'll go into that. You guys ended up winning seven of the eleven legs. At what point in the race did you guys realize that you might be the best team out there?

S: I think it was, I would say it was right before the final leg. We were in Russia, you know, and Russia One was such an awful leg for us. Russia Two, we were just on the ball. We came into that pitstop about four hours before any other team. And I think it was at that point that we just kind of sat back and said, “We're about to go into the final leg, and we've won six of these legs, and that's pretty incredible.” And I think that we were just very proud of ourselves for how we had raced.

N: I don't know. I never really thought of us as the “Best Team.” Because, you know, people expect this season, you know, a lot of very strong teams were taken out by a tiny mistake. Terence and Sarah got very unlucky with the type of fast-forward we were going into. So Starr and I, I think there was just some kind of—I wouldn't call it cosmic—but there was some kind of … everything just happened to come together for us, and we ended up winning, you know? So it was a very even playing field the entire season, and things just happened to go in our favor.

You know, I've got three siblings that I'm really close to, and watching the other teams and the personal relationships, you can see how the brother-sister dynamic really helped you guys. How important do you think that was for your success over the race?

S: I think the fact that we were brother and sister gave us the edge the entire race. Just like Tony and Dallas had the edge of being family members. You know each other better than anybody else. Nick and I know how to press each other's buttons. Nick can tell when I'm getting stressed out, and he knows how to calm me down, as people can see throughout the race. We just were a great balance for each other. And when Nick's too laid back, I can push him forward. And when I'm stressed out, he can push me back a little bit. Nick and I never fought once on the race, because we knew, you know, we were there for the common goal of getting to that pit-stop first, and we weren't going to let anything get in our way.

N: It's also, you know, while you're on the race you really see each other reach some very personal lows. There were, specifically at the pit-stops, there was one pit-stop where I got really, really sick, and Starr was kind of nursing me. And there was another pit-stop where she got sick with altitude sickness, and I was looking at Starr at one of the pit-stops, going, “God. You are not doing so hot right now.” And I thought to myself, “I don't know if I can do this with somebody other than somebody I'm related to, because I wouldn't want to see somebody in that state.” And it was, you know, so I could laugh and be comfortable. So, you know, it was nice that we had that relationship.

What do you think the most difficult leg for you guys was? Was it that first Russia leg?

N: Oh, without a doubt, man.

S: Yeah, that was definitely—I mean, the whole day was awful. Nobody knows this, but I ran the race with a torn MCL. I couldn't work out for five months before we went on the race because of my knee. And if I had gotten surgery before the race, I wouldn't have been able to run when I was on the race. So obviously I waited. But the cab that we were in—first of all, the leg was about six hours of cab rides. If you add up the time that we were doing tasks and challenges, it was probably no more than an hour and a half. I mean, it was pretty ridiculous. I'm shocked that we didn't drive ourselves everywhere. But this one cab that we were in was so small that one of the doors wouldn't open, the windows wouldn't go down, the trunk was broken. So we had our backpacks on our laps, stuffed into this cab, our knees were up to our chests.

N: The driver was chain-smoking out of his window.

S: I mean, it was awful. We had a map to where we had to go, and our driver could not even follow the map. It was in Russian. He couldn't even read the map. Yet at one point I had to tell him, “No, we need to turn around. I saw the place. We missed it.” So that was the most frustrating thing. Just the cab rides during that leg were ridiculous.

Over the course of the season, was there anything edited out by CBS of special moments for the two of you?

N: In the final leg, there was this moment getting off the plane in Portland. We were standing right at the door of the plane before they opened it with Ken and Tina right in front of us. We took a moment, we were very antsy, we were excited to go into the last leg, and both of our teams took a moment and said, “You know what, guys, it's been a lot of fun. We've both run really great races. Let's do it, let's be competitive, and we'll see you at the finish line.” And it was a very nice—we both kind of respected each other, and we were happy to see each other succeed, so it was very cool to do that before we went nuts and raced through Portland.

S: This is actually crazy. I completely forgot about this, and they edited it out. I got a speeding ticket in New Zealand.

N: Oh yeah, we got a 30-minute penalty on the New Zealand leg. We had to sit with the sheep while Phil interviewed us.

S: We were headed out of a town—or maybe we were headed into a town. But regardless, the speed limit dropped about forty miles and I was going too fast. So we get pulled over, I get a ticket. We continue on our way to do the Kiwi and the Blokart challenge. Once we get to the mat, I think we came in fifth. And Phil said, “You are the fifth team to arrive. However, because of your ticket you have a 30-minute penalty.” So it was one of the lowest points, I think, for Nick and I. Because that day had been very challenging. We had gotten lost a lot driving. We had to switch from the Kiwis to the Blokarts. I had run over my arm with the Blokarts. I mean, it was just kind of a disastrous day. And at this point we were just sitting in the field of sheep, hoping no other teams would come in. Luckily, they edited it out because no know, you know—Dan and Andrew were far enough behind us that no one passed us, and we were just able to check in and then go from there. That's something they edited out. I forgot about that.

Okay, Starr, so we had Dallas on last week. How are things going for you two? Are you dating?

S: No, we're not dating! No, I'm kidding, we are. We've been dating since the race, for six months now, and it's awesome. We grew up in the same area and we actually went to rival high schools, so it's kind of ironic. We know all the same people, we've been to the same places, so it's neat to share that. And it's crazy that it took traveling the world for us to meet. I'm living in New York now, he's living in California, so it's long distance, but we see each other every couple weeks. He was actually—he just left right now to fly back to California because he has finals. He's graduating this week. But he was here for the finale in New York. So it's been great, it's very special what we have. He's a great person, and I'm just very lucky to have won a million dollars and a man!

So both of you, do you guys have any plans for what you're going to do with the money? And what do you have in store for the future in general?

N: Most likely, we're both at that age where it would be nice not to be paying somebody else rent every month. So I think we're both looking into housing options, and possibly putting down payments on our own places, and stuff like that. You know, we want to make a responsible choice with the money. We don't want to just spend it away.

S: I do think that there's a part of it that I will take to travel. Dallas and I would love to go to Africa. We'd love to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. So there are definitely some things that I will do with the money, but for the most part it will be investing and making more money to provide for our futures.

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Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: TARAsia Fan on December 08, 2008, 06:06:41 PM
When I spoke with Nick yesterday, he mentioned what a whirlwind it has been.

When Dallas & Starr entered Stitch last night, they looked like a very lovely couple. Both were quite dashing. And Toni was a very proud mom.
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: marigold on December 08, 2008, 06:13:53 PM
An interview with Nick and Starr:

Exclusive: Nick and Starr Spangler dish about their 'The Amazing Race' win

Nick and Starr Spangler may have not pleased all of their fellow contestants with their aggressive style of gameplay on The Amazing Race 13. However their strategy worked, as the "Brother and Sister" team dominated much of the competition before being revealed to be the CBS reality series' thirteenth-season champions during last night's finale broadcast.

Nick, a 22-year-old actor from New York, NY, and Starr, a 21-year-old former NFL cheerleader from Fort Worth, TX, were the first team to reach the race's finish line in Portland, OR, beating "Separated Couple" team Ken and Tina Greene, who finished second,  and "Fraternity Brothers" Andrew Lappitt and Dan Honig, who finished third.
On Monday, Nick and Starr spoke to Reality TV World about a misconception they hadn't yet had the opportunity to clarify until now, how they really feel about rivals Kelly Crabb and Christy Cook, and what regrets they have regarding some of the actions that resulted from their bold style of play.

Reality TV World: Congratulations on the win.

Nick: Thanks a lot. It's been a fun 24 hours.

Reality TV World: I'm sure. So, first thing's first, how did it feel to round that corner and see everyone there cheering you on?

Nick: It was unbelievable. I can't really put it into words except... (pauses) Honestly I never stopped doubting that maybe Ken and Tina had somehow beat us...

Starr: See, I knew in the cab as we were going to the mansion that we were ahead of them, and as long as we didn't stop and we got to the mansion in a reasonable amount of time I knew we were going to be first.

Nick: And we had watched [The Amazing Race] enough times that you always know that second place team [always sees] the first place team already standing there and they go "Oh, they're already there."

So we came around the corner and I said to Starr "There's nobody here yet!" and we ran up there and I gave her a big ol' hug and I waited until I heard [The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan] start in on "30,000 miles, six countries..." That's when I realized we had won.

Reality TV World: About how far ahead of Ken and Tina did you end up arriving at the finish line?  When did Dan and Andrew finally arrive?

Starr: I think it was like 11 minutes, something like that. It was really close and, you know, that last leg was so stressful because...

Nick: (Interrupting) It was so close...

Starr: ... It was head-to-head with them. At every challenge we saw them. It wasn't until after the green dinosaur [across from] the Portland Building where we kinda lost them and there was so much running in going from that point to the [Russian] food stand to Voodoo Doughnuts that we knew we could run faster than them. At that point we knew we were ahead of them.

Nick: That run to Voodoo Doughnuts, it was several city blocks. It was a very long run, we couldn't even run the whole way we had to stop and walk for a little while. So I think we may have gained a little time on them there as well because we were really hustling.

Reality TV World: Actually, just so we know, [how long was it] until Andrew Lappitt and Dan Honig arrived at the finish line?

Nick and Starr: About an hour-and-a-half after.

Starr: I guess they had some really bad cab trouble.

Nick: Well, first off, they got stuck coming off the plane. Ken and Tina and us were right at the doors when they opened and [the four of us] actually got our own shuttle bus away from the terminal. So [Andrew and Dan] came on a later shuttle bus. They  were just plagued with problems.

Reality TV World: A lot of teams we talked to were critical of you for your aggressive game play tactics and the "do whatever it takes" approach to the competition that you took. How do each of you feel about that?   Looking back, is there anything that you did that you regret?

Nick: Well we won, so you can't regret too much.

Reality TV World: That is true.

Nick: I guess the one moment I regret would be [when I was] rude to [Sarah Leshner] at that first Roadblock in Brazil when we were at the wall and I said "Oh screw this," and I didn't work with her. First off, it was extremely rude. Second off, it would have been a completely different race for us had I not done that because that's really where the tide turned and [Terrence Gerchberg] and Sarah started to hate us. It was because of me, and they were honestly trying to be nice to us and work with us.

Starr: In Nick's defense, they didn't show too much on the episode, but we had left that Detour first and we were lost for two hours on this dirt road in the middle of a field. Everyone else is driving through a city and we're in a rainstorm in a field with nobody around. We thought we were gonna get eliminated.

So by the time we got to that Roadblock and I [told Nick to do it] we were stressed, and I think his stress came off quite differently.

But in terms of how we played? Yeah maybe we were a little more cutthroat than the other teams, but we're competitive! And everyone on that race was competitive.

Nick: You know it's funny when you look back at the season. In my eyes, yes we did some questionable things regarding the race. But everything we did that people disagreed with all related specifically to the race [and] to the gameplay. It always got us a step further, whereas a lot of the other teams, they would make personal comments or personal attacks about other racers that had nothing to do with the race. Starr and I never did that, so in my eyes it's a very different situation. It's two ways of measuring other teams.

Starr: We were there to win $1 million and play a game, and we played it to the best of our ability.

Reality TV World: Last night Ken joked that you both must have "lucky horseshoes in your rear ends" and I think we all saw what some bad luck can do when it came to Dan and Andrew. How much of your win do you think was helped by having generally good luck throughout the race?

Starr: I think luck is a huge part of it.

Nick: It really is.

Starr: I would say 50% of it is how you get through the tasks and the traveling and the challenges and 50% of it is luck. When you choose between left and right, do you choose the [correct] way? When you have to choose between [cabs] A, B,C, and D, do you get in the right cab?

A lot of it is luck, and there was so much cab driving in our season that you could finish a task in eighth place and then get an awesome cab driver and come into the Pit Stop in second. That happened several times.

Nick: Over the course of the season I would say Starr and I probably... we got more than our share of good luck and that probably accounts for several of our first place wins.

But as far as the last leg goes if you look at it logistically, Ken and Tina had a better cab driver for every section of that leg because every time we would get to a task they would [have gotten] there first, then we would get there and we would pass them and leave first, and then their cab would pass us and would arrive at the next task in first. Then we would get there after them and pass them, and that just kept happening.

So I don't think luck had anything to do with that last leg because we were -- I mean, yes our last cab driver got us to the Pit Stop first -- but in reality...

Starr: (interrupting) ... We were already ahead at that point.

Nick: We had already been to Voodoo Doughnuts and gotten in our cab before they even arrived there.
Reality TV World: Going back to a little before Voodoo Doughnuts, you two were able to do the memory board challenge so much quicker than [Ken and Tina] as well. Had you guys been expecting something like that...

Starr: We knew that it was going to be a memory... (pauses) They always have a memory task at the end but usually it's a Roadblock and only one person can do it, and usually you go right from that Roadblock to the Pit Stop. So as Nick and I were going down that zip line we were seeing Kenny and Tina run through these boxes and we thought "Damn, they have a fifteen minute lead on us because Nick can't start until I get down there.

Then once we saw that it was a task that we both had to do, I mean, it was just so intense. Seeing all those boxes from that bridge was absolutely incredible and it's a sight I'll never forget.

Nick: From watching previous seasons we took very specific notes. As soon as we checked in at a Pit Stop for the entire season we would write "Leg 1 notes" and  we would write down who the greeter was, what the Roadblock and the Detour was, any kind of tools that we used in each of the tasks.

Then, on that last flight -- if you remember looking at the map last night, it was a long flight from Frankfurt to Portland. I think it was like a thirteen-hour flight or something -- we spent that entire flight going back over the legs and making sure we both still remembered what happened.

Reality TV World: You both seemed to be in control for much of the race, I think you won six of the race's 11 legs...

Nick: Seven actually.

Reality TV World: Oh yeah, seven, I'm sorry. But at what point during the race did either of you feel the most in danger of being eliminated?

Starr: I would probably say [the second leg] when we got lost for two hours. We thought we were going to go from first to elimination. We knew all the teams were all in very close vicinity to each other, and we knew that we had left that Detour first but we were literally lost for two hours. So when we showed up at that Detour and only a couple teams were there we were so relieved to just still be in it.

Nick: Yeah, that was definitely the most... that or the first leg in [Moscow, Russia]. We had a pretty good assumption that it was a non-elimination leg. [unintelligible] But that was a tough, tough leg for us.

Reality TV World: Starr, I've gotta get your side of this now, what happened between you, Kelly, Christy and that sports bra after the second leg?

Starr: Okay, let me tell you. Nick had gotten extremely sick when we were on that Pit Stop. He had gotten food poisoning, so I was going in between our room and the doctors room.

Nick: I was puking. I puked like over 20 times.

Starr: I had his throw up in bags all over our hotel room, it was just gross. So you're not supposed to leave your room, but I had to go get the doctor and we were constantly back and forth between the rooms.

So as I'm walking back into my room, Christy opens her door, walks to the window -- and we're on the twenty-third story of a building and they've got the push out windows -- and she had hung her sports bra over a little, tiny hook.

Now, I think we were in Fortaleza, Brazil, and it was windy outside, and she looks down at it, and then looks at me and says "I can't believe you did that." I go "What?" and she goes "You just threw my sports bra out the window." I kind of looked at her in disbelief, like "Are you serious? Do you really think I did that," and [then] I say "No I didn't," and she goes "I know you did!"

(Nick laughs in background)

This was after the second leg, we had barely talked to them, and I had [been through] a rough leg of getting lost and Nick was sick. I ended up crying because I was like "I can't even believe... I don't know this person, and she's [saying] I threw her sports bra out the window onto a ledge or whatever."

I was really just in disbelief that these two people were actually claiming that I had done that. They're great people, but on [The Amazing Race] they were not nice people and they personally attacked me Nick several times and we never had a problem with them.

Nick: I think a friend of mine said it best when I said "Why would anybody even think of accusing somebody of that?" and a friend of mine says "Well, they thought of it because that's the kind of thing that they would do, so they could conceive of it."

Starr: Kelly and Christy came on [The Amazing Race] and they were talking about "Oh, we did cheerleading and dance in college together [in Texas]," and I go "Oh, that's awesome, you know, I cheered for the Dallas Cowboys." I think the second that they heard that, as women and competitors against each other in a race, they kinda put up their guard at that point and were like "Oh, okay, we're not the two dancers and cheerleaders, there's someone else that's just as good as us here." It was a defense mechanism I think, and they just did not like us the entire race and they did not take the time to get to know us at all.

Nick: In my opinion it was very shocking to see these two women who are seven years Starr's senior really kind of dropping to [such a low] maturity level. That was kind of beyond us. That was kind of the weird thing about Kelly and Christy, we kind of just held them in disbelief, like "I can't believe you're saying these things and doing these things." (laughs)
Reality TV World: Starr, also, we hear you and [Dallas Imbimbo] have been dating ever since the show? How's that going?

Starr: It's going very well. We got back from the show and I flew out to see him in California and we went skydiving. Since then we've gone spelunking, we've done some great adventures, so we're trying to keep the race going and it's great.

We visit each other -- I live in New York [with Nick now] and he's in California -- but he actually lives ten minutes from [where I grew up in California], which is ironic. We went to rival high schools and know all of the same people, so we're really lucky and fortunate in that sense, we see each other a lot for the distance that's between us and it's been great, so it's going really well.

Reality TV World: [Last week] he told us couldn't make it to the finale because of his passport issues, how did he react when he finally heard that you had won?

Starr: Yeah, it was really hard not having him at the finish line because [he and Toni Imbimbo] were such an important team for us. We had raced with them really for the entire race and we had become very good friends.

That night we had a wrap party, and he and Toni had come, they had finally gotten their passport situation worked out, caught a flight into Portland and showed up at like 10:30PM that night.

Nick: It was such a bummer because they were only a couple of hours late.

Starr: Yeah, it was really sad. He of course said congratulations and we had our first kiss and it was great.
Reality TV World: Nick, [following] the tenth leg did Ken ever confront you at all about you stealing his cab with the GPS?

Nick: They had no idea until a week ago, and Tina's a little upset. I guess traveling from that bookstore to the Bulgakov museum... (pauses) For me it was really quick, but I guess for the other teams it took them quite a while for their cab drivers to find it.

So I think, in her mind, it was very meaningful to have the GPS and she was... I wouldn't say [she was] upset but she gave me a little bit of a hard time about it, you know, playfully. But it's all in the past, so it's not like they held it against us, but yeah she gave me a little jerk in the ribs for it.

Reality TV World: It also looked like you kind of irked [Aja Benton] and [Ty White] when you asked them to U-Turn Kelly and Christy...

Nick: (Interrupting) Total misconception! This is the first time we can finally defend ourselves!

Reality TV World: Oh, okay, well I also just wanted to know what your mind set was behind that decision, but go on...

Nick: It was all so misleading because Starr said one thing and then Aja repeated it the wrong way, and then Christy repeated it the way Aja said it. And then in the next episode Phil even narrated it in the wrong way, so in the audience's mind it was so set from [repetition] and hearing it again and again. But here's what really happened...

Starr: So Nick and I are in Bolivia, and we had to go to a hat shop, and for life of us -- Nick and I, Toni and Dallas -- could not find the hat shop. By the time we got there we knew were last, and it was the Detour and when we decided to do the bikes.

When we got on the bikes and we saw that we were passing Kelly and Christy, we could not... Oh, and our clue said that there was a U-Turn coming up, so we knew that we had to get there ahead of Kelly and Christy because, out of pure spite, we were sure that they would have U-Turned us.

Then when we came up to Aja and Ty it was right up at the end of the Detour and I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to pass them.

Nick: We were both, like, in sight of the U-Turn and we weren't sure who was going to get their first.

Starr: Right. So, in the heat of the moment when I said "Please guys, don't U-Turn us. If you're gonna U-Turn somebody U-Turn Kelly and Christy, but please don't do us."   I didn't say "Hey, U-Turn Kelly and Christy."

It wasn't because I was afraid of U-Turning them, it's not because I wanted to U-Turn them, I just didn't want Aja and Ty to U-Turn us! And so the whole situation was just completely misconstrued.

Nick: The audience saw it as "Hey guys, we're already ahead of you, and we're not gonna U-Turn you, so as a favor to us, [U-Turn] Kelly and Christy, and that is absolutely not the intent.

Starr: And the situation was just (pauses) I shouldn't have said it in the first place, but we were in the heat of the moment and we're going down [the street] on these dangerous bikes and I just didn't want Nick and I to get U-Turned, because I knew at that point if we were U-Turned we would have been out.

Nick: The audience I can defend. I mean, watching it back in the episode I can understand how it could come across the other way, but Starr was really just in a panic. (Laughs) You watched the season, you know how frazzled Starr can get at times...

Starr: Hey... (laughs)

Nick: But it came out a little...

Starr: (Interrupting)... And that was right after the sports bra incident, I mean it could not have added more fuel to Kelly and Christy's fire against us.

So needless to say, watching Kelly and Christy go down in that paint challenge in India was kind of rewarding, I'm not gonna lie. (pauses) That was bad, but you know...

Nick: But in all respects, they should have been eliminated in that third leg. They came in last! If it hadn't been for [Mark Yturralde] and [Bill Hahler]'s penalty. You know, that's such a shame, if anybody had U-Turned anybody, Mark and Bill would have been fine.

Reality TV World: When you two did that Fast Forward eating challenge in Kazakhstan, was that as tough to eat as they made it look on TV?

Nick: It was gross.

Starr: The amount of food that we had to eat was ridiculous. We both had these huge platters of food, and the actual taste of it wasn't that bad, but it was just how fast we were eating and how much of it. Sarah and Terrence were right there, [so] we knew we had to eat it faster because we knew whoever lost that and whoever opted out was going to come in last place and gonna get eliminated.

So we didn't read what we were eating. The pieces of fat, we honestly thought they were potatoes and they slid down really easily and we didn't even chew the food, we were swallowing it whole. The taste of it wasn't bad but it was just how much food there was and how quickly we were trying to down it.

Nick: The taste only affected you the next day when you were burping it up for twenty-four hours.

Starr: Ugh, yeah!

Reality TV World: So one last question, what are you both gonna do with the money?

Nick: Well I'm looking into finding an apartment actually. My lease is up on the first of May and New York rents are sky high right now, so I think that I'm gonna look for a place that I can put a down payment on and start putting my money towards owning a place rather than just putting it in somebody else's pocket.
Starr: I'd love to move back to California, which is where I grew up and is where Dallas is, and work out there and get some real estate out there. In these tough times with the economy I think that both of us plan on being smart with it: saving it, keeping it, investing it, and hoping to turn it into more money.

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Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: puddin on December 08, 2008, 10:01:09 PM
I have not caught up on all the interviews, thanks for posting them marigold  :kisses

Nick and Starr on Live With Regis and Kelly thanks to traveler224

Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: TARAsia Fan on December 08, 2008, 11:06:07 PM
Here's a quick transcription of the interview with Regis and Kelly in case you don't have time to watch that clip:

Reege: So today, we get to talk to the winners of The uh ... American Race, Nancy & Starr.
Kelly: That's The Amazing Race, Reege. And the winners are Nick & Starr.
Reege: Oh, she changed her name to Nick?
Kelly: No, Nick is a he and never was a Nancy.
Reege: What are you talking about? Weren't these two sisters? Gelman!
Kelly: Reege, they're brother and sister!
Reege: Oh whatever. Here are the winners, bring them out!
Kelly: Oh boy.
Reege: Hi, is it Nick?
Nick: Yes.
Reege: And from these notes that Gelman gave me, you perform on Broadway.
Nick: Yes.
Reege: Have you ever heard me sing Francis Albert Sinatra?
Nick: Um no.
Starr: I'm over here.
Reege: We'll get to you, sister! I'm talking Sinatra here!
Kelly: Oh boy. That's all the time we have for today. Once again, Reege is living in the past.
Starr: This was a waste of time.
Kelly: This whole show is a waste.
Reege: What?
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: apskip on December 09, 2008, 12:17:39 PM
Ken, your transcript of the Nick/Starr visit to Regis and Kelly seems to bear no similarity to the actual visit. Those who wish to hear about this are advised that Ken's summary is an inventive satire of a bumbling Regis. No such character was seen in the YouTube footage above it, which I urge all to see.
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: marigold on December 09, 2008, 12:56:58 PM
An interview with Nick and Starr:

The Amazing Race's Nick and Starr Make Winning A Million Dollars Look Easy

When they won the first leg of The Amazing Race, Nick and Starr established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Then they kept winning. Having already won enough Travelocity vacations to last a life time along with Dallas's heart, the camouflage loving brother and sister breezed through the final leg to collect a million dollars. These two may just be The Amazing Race's answer to Michael Phelps. They shared the secrets of their success with fancast.

Congratulations! What was it like watching yourselves win a million dollars last night?
Nick: It was crazy. I kept trying to keep a straight face or even a fake morose face. We were sitting with our parents and with my girlfriend and I really wanted to draw it out until the last minute because that episode was so neck and neck and back and forth. I didn't want them to know too early.
Starr: It was really neat. Watching that last challenge with the memory board and all of the clue boxes was intense. I was getting stressed out just watching it and I knew the outcome.

You two dominated the race like few teams in race history. What was the secret to your success?
Starr: We worked so well together. Nick and I know each other better than most teams because we grew up together. We knew when the other one was tired or stressed. We knew when and how to back off. Other teams push each other's buttons or they're not sure how their going to react in stressful situations. That little tear in the relationship really can effect how you're going to race. Nick and I never argued. We never fought during the race. We really were able to keep focused on winning the million dollars and coming in first.
Nick: In every race it's just a matter of having everything culminate in your victory. It's luck. It's physical strength. It's mental endurance. So many things come into play. It just so happened that on our race everything came together for me and Starr. Every other team was lacking in just one area of it. Somebody was a little less lucky than us and that put them out of the game. Or they made one faulty decision.

What are you going to do with your winnings?
Starr: Nick and I plan on saving it and investing it and hoping to make more money, especially because the economy is so bad right now.
Nick: We're both looking at possibly buying apartments or putting a down payment on an apartment because we're both kind of sick of paying rent.

Did you realize how close you were to Ken and Tina at the end of the race?
Nick: We knew it the entire time. We had them in eyesight for 90% of that leg.
Starr: We knew that we had distanced ourselves when we'd gotten to downtown Portland after we had gotten the clue at the dinosaur. It was a lot of running to the food court then running to Voodoo Donuts. At some points Nick and I had to walk. we knew that Ken and Tina couldn't run as fast as we could or as long as we could. So at that point we knew that we were ahead of them. But it wasn't until we were running onto that finish line and saw Phil standing by himself that we knew we were first.

Over the entire race, which teams did you consider to be your biggest rivals?
Nick: Definitely Terrance and Sarah. Right before Phil even said go Starr and I sized up Terrance and Sarah and we knew they were going to be competitors. And they proved us right. They were a great, strong consistent team. That's what the race takes, consistency. Our season they were definitely the most consistent team until their one fatal moment. It just happens that Terrance is a vegetarian and that one challenge they tried to do had to do with eating meat. We always knew Ken and Tina were a strong team. Even if they were a half step ahead of us they made the race more fun, whereas other teams it was more negative.
Starr: We loved Toni and Dallas, too. Had it not been for their passport situation, they would have been in the final three. They were a strong team.
Nick: The leg that Toni and Dallas came in first, Starr and I came in third and we were miserable because we had the longest, toughest day. But we were like, "Toni and Dallas came in first? That's awesome!"

Starr, speaking of Dallas, I know the two of you are dating. How did the two of you manage to get to know each other while competing?
Starr: When we were racing, we were very focused. But once we were at the pit stop, or when we were at an airport, and 90% of the race was spent in airports, it was during that time. When we were on a thirteen hour flight, or waiting three hours for a flight, Dallas and I had the time to get to know each other. The more we got to know each other, the more we saw that we had a lot of things in common. We grew up in the same areas. We went to rival high schools. We graduated the same year, knew all the same people. I don't think either one of us went into the race looking for a relationship, but stuff happens and that's how life goes. It was absolutely incredible meeting someone like Dallas. It's been great dating him.
Nick: She never strayed form the race. I wouldn't let her.

What were your best and worst moments during the race?
Starr: Hands down, my worst moment was the first leg in Russia when we were in that cab. I knew I had complained too much, but in my defense, I did this race with a torn ACL. The cab that we were in, the window wouldn't go down, the door wouldn't open and the trunk wouldn't open. Nick and I had our packs on our lap. Our knees were up to our chest. The guy was chainsmoking and this was a two hour cab ride. Because if my injury it was so painful to have knee up to my chest like that. I should have been a little bit more calm.
Nick: The most vivid memory I have is in the first leg when we got to that cargo net and we ran out to that elevator and we knew we were in first place. We scaled that net by ourselves. That was pretty incredible.
Starr: We had helicopters going around us. It was really cool.
Nick: The second leg in Moscow we were coming from behind. We were in third place. We just said let;s buckle down and have a good day.

What inspired the two of you to try out?
Starr; We wanted to race since we were in high school. We knew we would be a great team. I had randomly gone on the website one morning and I saw that applications were sue in a week. and I knew that Nick's show was ending and I was going to be graduating college. I thought, "There's no better time than now. I'm 21. We're qualified by age. Now we can race. I booked a ticket to go see Nick. Then I called him up. I said, "I'm coming to see you. We're making a video and we're doing this. It's now or never." I don't think in a million years Nick thought that we were actually going to get on the race. It was a big surprise for him, but for me it wasn't. I knew that we were going to be a strong team and that CBS was going to be interested in us.

Kynt and Vyxsin are fancast's celebrity Amazing Race bloggers. They have this question for you: Guys! We were lucky enough to meet your parents at the Amazing Race Fancast Party in San Francisco ------ and they were absolutely adorable and seemed to have quite the senses of humor! Did they get to watch the Finale episode WITH you guys last night? Tell us how THEY reacted when they saw you two win the Million Dollars.
Nick: They loved it. They were with us and all the other teams. We all watched it together with out family and friends. My Dad was gripping his seat in crazy anxiety. He didn't know who was going to win until the very end. He looked over at us in shock and disbelief.
Starr: Our parents always believed we could cross it first, but you don't know it until you see it. They were so proud of us. My Mom was screaming. My Dad was crying which was very typical of the two of them.

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Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: marigold on December 09, 2008, 02:12:49 PM
An interesting article:

Off-Broadway star and sis win $1M 'Race' grand prize

Growing up, Nick and Starr Spangler experienced their share of sibling rivalry, but on Sunday, they got to enjoy sibling revelry as they celebrated taking the $1 million-dollar prize in the 13th edition of CBS' "The Amazing Race."

As the first brother-and-sister duo ever to win the popular reality competition series, they beat 10 other teams as they traveled nearly 40,000 miles and raced through five continents, with stops in Bolivia, Cambodia and New Zealand. Their weekly challenges included being pelted with dye in New Delhi and navigating the subway system in Moscow.

Nick, a New York actor and NYU grad, and Starr, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, finished at the front of the pack seven times, but one early stratagem during the first leg bit them in the rear.

"I didn't want any of the teams to know I'm an actor," Nick Spangler told the Daily News. "I didn't want them to see me as someone who could easily put on a facade and lie. But it completely backfired. When [fellow "Racers"] Bill [Yturralde] and Mark [Hahler] asked what I did, I said 'I'm a funeral director,' and our family does run a mortuary. But Bill and Mark Googled me and told all the other teams I lied. We didn't know everyone else knew, so we were the ones who looked stupid."

However, one team that they really got to know were the mother-and-son duo of Toni and Dallas Imbimbo.

"Dallas and I have been dating for six months now," Starr Spangler said yesterday. "It's crazy. We grew up at rival high schools [in Northern California] 10 minutes away and it took the race to bring us together. He's been great, and it's neat and very special to share this with him."

Nick said one of the "pretty weird" tasks was "gulping down huge bowls [of sheep's buttocks] in Kazakhstan. We didn't want to know what we were eating until we got to the pit stop. I told [host] Phil [Keoghan], 'If you tell us, I'm probably gonna ralph on your shoes. Starr threw up a little.'"

What's next? Starr, 22, works at a medical research center for children with autism but would still "love to be in the entertainment industry." And Nick, 23, will return to Off-Broadway, playing Matt in "The Fantasticks," where he's racked up over 800 shows.

Coincidentally, his character also travels the world, visiting exotic places, like India. "I love 'The Fantasticks' and 'The Amazing Race,' but the difference is that Matt gets the crap beat out of him, and I won a million dollars," Nick said.

Even with all his adventures abroad, nothing beats New York, he said.

"New Yorkers are a different breed, and we've all had tough experiences, like moving and carrying things up to a fourth-floor walkup," Nick said. "No task you could do on 'The Amazing Race' is harder than living in New York."

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Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: TARAsia Fan on December 09, 2008, 03:06:00 PM
Ken, your transcript of the Nick/Starr visit to Regis and Kelly seems to bear no similarity to the actual visit. Those who wish to hear about this are advised that Ken's summary is an inventive satire of a bumbling Regis. No such character was seen in the YouTube footage above it, which I urge all to see.
Why ap? I have no idea what you're talking about. That is exactly what transpired!  :cmaslol :cmaslol :cmaslol :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas19 :cmas19 :cmas19 :cmas19
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: puddin on December 09, 2008, 03:20:57 PM
Ken, your transcript of the Nick/Starr visit to Regis and Kelly seems to bear no similarity to the actual visit. Those who wish to hear about this are advised that Ken's summary is an inventive satire of a bumbling Regis. No such character was seen in the YouTube footage above it, which I urge all to see.
Why ap? I have no idea what you're talking about. That is exactly what transpired!  :cmaslol :cmaslol :cmaslol :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas27 :cmas19 :cmas19 :cmas19 :cmas19
Tis true, Ken knows all!  :cmaslol

And omg I am never going to catch up on all these interviews!  :cmas13
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: marigold on December 09, 2008, 03:37:47 PM

And omg I am never going to catch up on all these interviews!  :cmas13

LOL I know

The publicity is awesome for reality and TAR

WTG Bonnie Hunt for promoting and covering this season ( reminds myself to watch Phil on tomorrows show )
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: puddin on December 09, 2008, 05:19:06 PM

And omg I am never going to catch up on all these interviews!  :cmas13

LOL I know

The publicity is awesome for reality and TAR

WTG Bonnie Hunt for promoting and covering this season ( reminds myself to watch Phil on tomorrows show )

I don't think I'll be here when Bonnie comes on but will be sure to set up my DVR.! PHIL! How I miss Phil already!
And as far as catching up with all the interviews, I think I'll just listen to Rob and Trevors podcast tonight, no way I'm ever going to get through all these interviews  :cmaslol
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: TARAsia Fan on December 09, 2008, 05:21:28 PM
And I love the fact my TAR withdrawal is not going to as long this year! February 15 can't come fast enough!
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: marigold on December 11, 2008, 12:04:47 AM
An interview with Nick and Starr:

Interview with Nick and Starr Winners of The Amazing Race 13

Q. Mark, Thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your experience on The Amazing Race. Have you guys been long time fans of The Amazing Race?

A. Starr, The Amazing Race 13: Nick and I have been fans ever since season one. We were too young to apply when it first aired and assumed it wouldn’t be around by the time we were old enough to try out.

A. Nick, The Amazing Race 13: I remember watching it in High School and thinking how cool it was and wanted to try out for it.

Q. Mark, So whose idea was it to apply for the show and win a million bucks?

A. Starr, The Amazing Race: I went online one day and noticed the application for season 13 were due in one week, so I booked a flight to see Nick and we got all the application information together.

Q. Mark, I know we don’t have a ton of time but let’s talk about your cast mates, what did you think of Toni and Dallas?

A. Nick, The Amazing Race 13: Talk about the coolest mom. We loved them both but also knew Toni and our mother would get along and now they hang out all the time.

A. Starr, The Amazing Race 13: Of course we loved Toni and Dallas. I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan so when he introduced himself I was like are you kidding me.

Q. Mark, Starr, give us the good on you and Dallas.

A. Starr, The Amazing Race 13: Dallas and I have been dating for about 6 months now.  I will be headed home for Christmas so I will see him in a couple of weeks. Dallas and I see each other as much as we can.

Q. Mark, You live in New York right?

A. Starr, The Amazing Race 13: Yes, I live in New York and work at a school for autistic children, but planning on moving back to California since I want to live closer to Dallas.

Q. Mark, Nick, I talked with some fellow racers who said a few things about you. They talked about you being two faced or lying and so on. I didn’t catch any of this on the show, can you shed some light?

A. Nick, The Amazing Race 13: The reason some of them felt this way wasn’t due to how I raced, but what I said about my profession on day one.

Q. Mark, What did you say?  I may have missed it or forgotten.

A. Nick, The Amazing Race 13: I told them I worked for my father, I didn’t tell them I was an actor because I didn’t want people to assume I was using this to advance my acting career or have them assume I could lie easily. Mark and Bill then Googled me and found my website, told everyone about it, but no one told me they knew.Throughout the race they would ask me about my job and I answered as if I worked for the family business. I can see why they may have said this, but it really didn’t influence the race.

Q. Mark, Talk to me about what may have surprised you while watching it at home or the videos clips online.

A. Starr, The Amazing Race 13: I don’t want to name names, but lets name names. Christie and Kelly attacked other teams for no reason.

A. Nick, The Amazing Race 13: I was really surprised at some of the videos we watched online. We hadn’t been into the race more then 48 hours and Christie and Kelly started saying Starr was overweight and called me a ballerina. I was shocked and wondered where that all came from. I may have lied during the race but I never attacked anyone like that.

Q. Mark, Toni said 80% of your success depended on the cab drivers. Is that true?

A. Nick, The Amazing Race 13: They did have an impact, but you can help a bit by trying to be calm. It doesn’t help them to have screaming Americans in the car and a camera in their face.

A. Starr, The Amazing Race 13: I agree, on season 13 cab drivers had a much bigger impact on your success.

Thanks for spending time with us today and best of luck to you both.

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Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: puddin on December 11, 2008, 04:42:58 PM
thanks to traveler224

Nick/Starr/Phil on Bonnie Hunt

Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: marigold on December 11, 2008, 05:59:04 PM

Omg that episode had me laughing for an hour after it aired

Speaking of Bonnie:

"Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt climbed 13% from its 0.8 premiere to a 0.9."

I hope these were TAR fans  :cmas27

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Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: TARAsia Fan on December 11, 2008, 06:18:43 PM
Having the TAR interviews has to help somewhat.
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: georgiapeach on December 12, 2008, 04:00:10 AM
Posted on Fri, Dec. 12, 2008

Grueling, gross and great: Brother-and-sister 'Amazing Race' winners look back

When Starr Spangler and her brother Nick auditioned for The Amazing Race, Starr was a Texas Christian University student who had been a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for three seasons.

Now the California-raised Spanglers live in New York, but their country-crossing in the States has nothing on their recent journey: traveling around the world and visiting countries in five continents on a nearly 40,000-mile trip that ended with them winning the $1 million first prize on the series’ 13th season.

The Spanglers are the youngest team ever to win the race. Nick, an off-Broadway actor, is 22; Starr, who works with autistic children, is 21. The Star-Telegram chatted with the Spanglers by phone this week about their victory:

Starr, did your experience as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader help you prepare for the race?

Starr: Not only physically, but mentally. The Amazing Race is very challenging in every aspect, and being a cheerleader is extremely challenging in every aspect. The cheerleaders have a reality show [CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team], and I did three seasons of it. I knew what to expect. I know what it’s like to have a camera in your face. And Nick being an actor . . . we really knew what to be prepared for.

Nick: Some of the other contestants, that really threw ’em off in the beginning.

The last flight of the race was from Moscow to Portland, Ore. How does the jet lag affect your performance?

Starr: We had a very short pit stop going from Russia to Portland. I think Nick and I had a total of an hour and a half in a hotel room where we could decently shower and lay down for 45 minutes before we had to get up and go to the airport. So it really was exhausting, and by the time we hit the ground, we were tired. But the adrenalin carries you through, and you just go and you don’t feel the exhaustion till you get to the mat.

Nick: It is really disorienting. On one leg, we flew from Bolivia to New Zealand. We crossed the international date line, and we spent like 45 minutes just trying to figure out what day it was. . . . But everybody’s in the same boat, and seeing the other teams and knowing they’re all going to the same place, that’s what keeps you going.

You worked well as a team, but surely you had some sibling rivalry growing up.

Nick: When we were in elementary and high school, we didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. We argued a lot, pretty bitterly and rudely. But once we both got into college and we were separated by 3,000 miles, we actually started talking to each other on the phone. We were becoming adults at the same time, and we had somebody to go through it with.

Was there any task that made you say, "I can’t believe I have to do this"?

Starr: The only thing that was really difficult for us was in leg four, when we were in New Zealand, we had to crush kiwis with our feet. And Nick and I physically could not do it. Our feet were cut up, and we weren’t getting a drip compared to other teams.

Nick: What always scared me, honestly, was just being dropped in a foreign country not knowing the language. You are truly alone. Starr and I were a 21- and a 22-year-old, alone, dropped in the middle of India. If we get into a confrontation with a local, our camera crew doesn’t say, "Excuse me, sir, could you calm down." They’re not helping us out.

Racers talk about what a blur the race is, and how you don’t really get to enjoy the countries you visit. Where would you like to return?

Starr: For me, it would be New Zealand. We were there for less than 24 hours, and it was just absolutely gorgeous. It was a really tough leg for Nick, but I remember we were up on Mount Eden, and it was raining and there was a beautiful rainbow, and we were in the middle of racing and Nick said, "Starr, stop. Come look at this rainbow." And at the moment, I was like, "No, no, we’ve gotta go, we’ve gotta keep going." I wish I’d taken that minute to enjoy where we were.

Nick: For me, it’s more Cambodia. We actually did get some time to look around and explore there. But that place is just another world.
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: georgiapeach on December 12, 2008, 05:34:54 AM

December 10
Nick and Starr Are Simply 'Amazing'
The two siblings had dominated much of the latest edition of "The Amazing Race," so it wasn't super-surprising when they managed to finish the $1 million leg in front of ex-NFL player Ken and his semi-estranged wife Tina and mistake-prone frat boys Dan and Andrew.

I talked to them earlier in the week about their win, the highs and lows of racing and Star's romance with fellow contestant Dallas. Here are the highlights:

MSN: Guys, congratulations on winning "The Amazing Race" yesterday.

Nick & Starr: Thank you so much.

MSN: What was it like? You'd won five or six legs before the final leg?

Nick: Yeah, six legs before the final leg.

MSN: Does that make it easier or harder for you going into the final leg?

Nick: I would say a little bit harder. There's that saying, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." That's how we saw our success on the Race. Every time we came in first, we were like, "Aw, man! It's going to feel even worse when we do get eliminated." There was that stretch where we came in first four times in a row, and then ... it was like this perfect storm is brewing. Granted, it gave us a little bit of confidence each leg we came in first, but it weighed heavily on my mind.

Starr: Watching the other teams in Russia on the second leg was incredible, because Nick and I -- it was a very challenging leg, a long leg, but Nick and I ran it extremely fluidly. We had no problems. So when Dan and Andrew and Ken and Tina didn't show up until four hours after us, we were just dumbfounded that it had taken everyone so long to get there. And we couldn't believe Dallas and Toni weren't there. But we were in a better place than everyone else starting the next leg, because they were exhausted. We were tired too, but they had had a much more difficult leg in Russia than we did.

Nick: I'd like to revise my answer a little bit. ... After we came in first six times, alright some of that was probably, some of that was most definitely luck on our part. But at a certain point, they can't all be luck. We knew that some of what we were doing was the reason for our success. The final leg, we knew we had what it took.

MSN: What do you think separated you so far from the rest of the contestants on this version of the Race?

Nick: I don't think it was too big a gap. There were incredible competitors on our Race. I still hesitate to call us the best team on our Race, because everybody was great. But one thing we had that most of the other teams didn't have was our team's relationship and that close bond that we share.

Starr: Nick and I know how to deal with each other because we've lived with each other for most of our lives. He knows how to push my buttons and I know how to push his and I know how to calm him down when things are going wrong and he knows how to calm me down. Because we know those things about each other, we're just a great balance and we're able to get through those tough, tough situations where other teams kind of broke down and fell about. You saw Dan and Andrew get upset, Ken and Tina, Sarah and Terence. Toni and Dallas, they're a family team. They're just like us. That really gives you an edge when you're racing.

Nick: There's a subliminal amount of trust that comes with racing with a family member. ... I felt I knew Starr as well as I knew myself. I never had to worry about her.

MSN: One of the things I'd been wondering the entire race is what's up with the camo?

Nick: That's in honor of our brother, Jake.

Starr: Yeah, our brother Jake has been over in Iraq for 18 months, and he actually got home yesterday, which is crazy.

Nick: The day of the finale.

Starr: The day of the finale is the day that he got home. We applied about a year ago and we were e-mailing between our family members and everyone was so involved in it, but it was so difficult because Jake was overseas in a very dangerous place. Our communication with him was spotty. There would be six to eight weeks where we wouldn't hear from him, and you'd think, "Gosh, I hope he's OK." So our camo was in his honor and to have him with us on the Race.

Nick: The best part was we felt like he was racing with us the whole way. The start of the race we wore the camo in honor of him, and then we go to a Brazilian Army camp. And then we go to Moscow and we're marching with the Russian Army in full fatigues. And then we fly to Portland, Oregon and he went to college there.

Starr: It was definitely neat to have him with us. We haven't heard from him yet but we can't wait to talk to him and I'm sure he's going to be so proud of us. It was a shout-out not only to him, but to all the soldiers who are fighting for us and keeping us safe here.

MSN: What was your favorite part of the Race and your least favorite part of the Race, excluding of course your actual winning?

Starr: I think the best part of the Race was just being able to spend time with each other and to see each other in different lights as adults.

Nick: Really it was the stuff we got to do. It was the stuff that makes people want to do the Amazing Race. Starr and I both loved Cambodia like nothing else.

Starr: It was awesome.

Nick: We took that first place after a couple terrible legs on our part, the stuff we did there was the coolest, the locale was the coolest, the people were just awesome.

Starr: It was the first time we looked at each other and just said, "Yeah, this is what 'The Amazing Race' is about." There were boats, and there were trucks and it was just an incredible leg. We were on the other side of the world in a place that people only dream about visiting. ... I would say the best part was getting to see the places we got to visit, which in other terms we never would have seen.

Nick: The toughest stuff was the communication block we had in almost every country. Starr and I really struggled talking to a lot of our cab drivers and the locals. Any time there was a big language barrier, I think we kind of failed. 

MSN: Let's talk about the last leg. I think that final task where you had to put everything in order was one of the hardest things I've seen on the Race.

Nick: It was tough. All those clue boxes were really spread out.

Starr: The running back and forth, you were literally exhausted. It wasn't even the memory game where you could remember where everything was. There were just too many boxes and there was too much distance.

Nick: It was tough to remember what you'd done three weeks prior while you're sprinting amongst all these clue boxes.

MSN: What do you think led to your beating out Ken and Tina on that, because that really seemed to be the turning point?

Nick: I think it was just the running. On their previous leg, it was exhausting for them. It took them over 12 hours to complete the leg. I think they checked into that pit stop four and a half hours behind us. So we had spent that much less time running around Moscow doing stuff and exhausting ourselves. So I think we went into the final leg with a little more vitality.

Starr: Staying back and watching the episodes, I think Ken and Tina were really getting tired. They were a strong team and they played it all the way to the end. But they made a lot of mistakes in India and Kazakhstan, and getting to the second half of the Race, you could tell they were getting tired. I knew once I saw there was so much running that there was no way they could pass us. Nick and I were in better shape than them and we could have run longer than them. When we were going through Portland, it was several blocks between each clue.

Nick: Running to Voodoo Donuts was another long stretch where we knew we could probably gain some time on them.

MSN: What do you guys plan to do with your prizes?

Starr: We plan on saving it and investing it. I know we're looking at real estate. We'd both like to stop paying rent. Nick lives in New York. I'd love to move back to California. Those are two very expensive areas, especially with the tough economy, I think we're going to be smart with our money and hope to  make it into even more money.

MSN: What advice would you have for people who want to be on "The Amazing Race"?

Nick: If you want to be on "The Amazing Race," compete with someone you get along with. That's one of the biggest things working against teams is the fact that they don't see eye-to-eye. It is not a good place to test out your relationship. It is not a good place to bring you together if you're on the outs. I think to be strong competitors, you already have to have an amiable relationship.

Starr: I would say there's a lot of people I've met who said, "I'd love to be on that show, but I don't think they would ever take me," or this or that. Nick and I, we never thought that they'd put us on that show and we'd win that money. But you've got to do it, put your name out there and go for it, because that's the first step. It's really the most incredible experience we've ever had.

Nick: And also just relax. Probably some of the most intense teams make some of the biggest mistakes because they are all go, no quit. But you have to have at least one teammate who can relax and think logically in times of high stress.

MSN: Would you guys go on an All-Star edition if they invited you?

Starr: Absolutely, especially because we did win seven legs, so technically, more than any other racers. I would hope that they would put us on an All-Star team because I'd love to see how we'd do again. When we first got back after we finished racing, we looked at each other and said, "It was the best thing we'll never do again." And then a couple days went by and we said, "Hell yes, we'd do it again!" We had the time of our lives. You're exhausted by the end, but every minute is worth it.

Nick: I want to race with Toni on an All-Star team and have Starr racing with Dallas.

Starr: Yeah, Dallas and I won't get very far.

MSN: Speaking of Dallas, how are things?

Starr: Things are great. We've been together since we've been back from the Race. Our relationship has consisted of skydiving and spelunking. We plan to keep our high adventures going. We plan to go to Africa this summer. We hope to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. It's been great.!DB9D137CC0F754C9!35440.entry
Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: georgiapeach on December 20, 2008, 04:16:27 PM
This one is long but good!

To see the added links and pictures go here:

The 'Fantastick' Nick Spangler And His 'AMAZING' Win

Saturday, December 20, 2008; Posted: 04:12 PM - by Joseph F. Panarello

When a writer has done the number of celebrity interviews that I have, he realizes that there are a handful of celebrities he would never want to meet again. Most, however, are genuinely nice people and enjoyable to work with. There are others who become friends-true and genuine friends. Such is the relationship that has developed between me and Nick Spangler who is currently starring as Matt in the lovely revival of The Fantasticks which is enjoying a healthy run Off Broadway.

I first encountered Nick at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York. Their 2006 production of The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt was done in a circus-like setting and Nick was a true stand-out as the young hero. A little more than a year later, on a cold March Sunday afternoon, I wandered into the Snapple Theater Center on Broadway and 50st Street to see the more traditional version of The Fantasticks that was playing there and found a slip of paper in my Playbill advising that "At this performance the role of Matt will be played by Nick Spangler". In the intimate setting of this theater, Nick's talents were even more evident. His clean-cut good looks and his clarion singing voice indicated that he was a true leading man in the Rodgers and Hammersetin tradition. A short time later I interviewed him for Broadway World and in the course of that conversation we became friends.

In March, 2008, Nick and I met for lunch and a matinee of Gypsy at the St. James Theater. As usual, the conversation and laughter flowed freely and he brought me up-to-date on his relationship with his girlfriend Monica and other events in his life. As we parted ways, he told me he wouldn't be around for a few weeks because he and his sister were going to be "backpacking through Europe." I was happy for him and asked that he remember to send me a postcard. His response was a simple, "Can do!" We shook hands and parted. The postcard never arrived.

Several months later I received an invitation from Nick inviting me to a special luncheon at the Friar's Club. Obviously he was back in town! The Theater Hall of Fame was inducting legendary actress Frances Sternhagen into their ranks and at the event Nick was to be awarded a Fellowship from the Jerry and Elaine Orbach Foundation.

The luncheon was a splendid event and I mingled freely among such luminaries as Dana Ivey, Marian Seldes, Len Cariou and Karen Ziemba. At the luncheon, I was seated between Nick's father and Burke Moses, who had played El Gallo in The Fantasticks for a lengthy time. I also got to meet Nick's beautiful girlfriend, Monica. In the course of the conversation, Nick mentioned that he had just finished "The Amazing Race" for CBS. As someone who doesn't watch much commercial television, the comment didn't mean much to me. Perhaps it was just another sitcom.

In September of that year, I received an e-mail inviting me to interview both Nick and his sister Starr for Broadway World. Doing my research for the interview I learned what "The Amazing Race" encompassed and the grand prize was one million dollars. Whew! This was much more than a sitcom!

At that particular interview I not only got to meet Starr Spangler, but I learned how arduous the tasks were on "The Amazing Race" I also discovered that the Spangler siblings had signed documents about taking a vow of silence about the race and its outcome. One slip and Nick and Starr would forfeit any of the winnings they'd accrued in the course of the race. As a result, I found that my communications with Nick were unintentionally curtailed. I didn't want to put him or myself in any awkward situation.

This made me wonder how the cast of The Fantasticks were relating to Nick while he was performing with them on stage and his previously taped exploits were being telecast to the nation. Therefore, after a recent matinee of The Fantasticks, I met with several members of the cast and staff of the show to learn how they dealt with watching Nick and Starrs accomplishments on television and what their reactions were like when the Spanglers took home the grand prize of one million dollars. One of the first things I learned was that the cast and crew at the Jerry Orbach Theater (which is part of the Snapple Theater Center) had a small television in what is commonly called "the green room" so they could watch the show when they weren't on stage.

"It was very odd," chuckles John Thomas Waite, who charmingly plays the Old Actor in The Fantasticks. "Nick was just as cool as could be. He was right up front about saying he couldn't talk about it. He told us that he and Starr had signed 27 pages of non-disclosure documents. The cast and I were like little kids on Sunday nights, running to see where they were. It was only after the episode aired that Nick would explain how things seem to go by so swiftly on television but he and his sister were actually in that cab for four hours with a driver who didn't speak English."

On December 7th finale, when the Spangler siblings were the first to cross the finish line, there was quite a bit of celebration backstage. "We were like children," reminisces Waite. "We were all happy and it wasn't because Nick was going to be a millionaire. It was nice to root for him and we were going nuts. However, we were under strict orders that there was to be no screaming or yelling in the green room in the middle of the show!"

Margaret Ann Florence (who actually may be related to TV chef Tyler Florence) plays Luisa in The Fantasticks and imbues the role with much more humor than is usually found in it. Her vivacity came across clearly as she sat in her dressing room talking to me. Has there been any difference in playing tender love scenes with Nick now that he's such a big winner? "I think he's the same person that he was before I knew that he won all that money! But I'm happily married and I know that Nick is happily involved with his girlfriend so there's no yearning now in the love scenes that wasn't there before just because he has money." She laughs and adds, "I'm proud of him and very happy for him." Margaret Ann admits that she tried to coax some sort of vibes about the race from her co-star, but Nick didn't yield any information. "I must say, if I had to play a game of poker with him I'd really worry because he was very, very good about not letting on at all!"

The role of Mortimer (The Man Who Dies) is played to great effect in this production by Michael Nostrand. Michael is a veteran of the original production of The Fantasticks, having appeared in several different roles while the show was in its original run at the Sullivan Street Theater. Michael relates how nervous he became when the last episode of "The Amazing Race" aired.

He was sitting in the green room with the box office manager and the few cast members who weren't on stage when Nick won. They walked up and down the backstage corridor quietly muttering "He won! He won!" and then set about informing the actors who were performing. "When we went out to do ‘Round and Round' we were behind the curtain and gave thumbs up signs to let the other members of the cast know the good news.

John Capo's office is on the top floor of the Snapple Theater Center. John handles the public relations for the show and was in the enviable position of having one of the stars of his show generate real and positive publicity. " For the week leading up to the finale, I had two separate scenarios for Nick. There was one scenario if he won and another if he didn't. It was frustrating but a lot of fun to work on. "Where was he when the world learned that Nick and Starr had won the race? "I was at home. I thought the final episode was edited so brilliantly that it sucked me in from start to finish. I did not know who was going to round that corner. I thought Ken and Tina were going to do it at one point, but the whole season was leading up to the big Nick and Starr win.

At the minute they won I was positioned at my computer because I had my press release ready to go out the second that happened. We had a guy at the New York Times waiting and a whole lot of others. I'd written the press release at about four o'clock on Friday before I left work. I actually held up the press release and brought it to each producer and had them kiss it for good luck. Bringing it home with me, I stowed away in my e-mail. As soon as he won I sent it out and it went from there."

Of course the main reason for this particular visit to The Fantasticks was to see Nick Spangler himself. We'd only communicated by e-mail since "The Amazing Race" began airing and he greeted me with a huge "buddy hug", thanking me for the voice mail I'd left when the final episode aired. I admit I'd gotten chocked up when he and his sister crossed the Finish Line and it was apparent in the message I left. Why not? Shouldn't I take pride in my friend's achievement?

Nick and I sat down to talk right on the stage of the theater. He was so calm and relaxed that I found it hard to believe he'd been making the rounds of talk shows and had come back from Los Angles the day before, where he taped a visit with Bonnie Hunt on her TV show. Michael Nostrand had referred to Nick as a "young Cary Grant" and talking to Nick, I realized how apt that comment was. No matter what is confronting Nick Spangler, he gives the impression of being suave and in control. That's a good quality to have for a young man who would like to make his career in the theater.

Nick commented that when it came to CBS show, "Ninety percent of the race takes place at an airport or on an airplane. All the fun stuff that they show in every episode: the tasks, the roadblocks and those things, they account about ten percent of the time you spend. You can land in a country and two and a half hours later be done. What you have to do is very tiring so it feels a lot longer. When you finally get twelve hours to stay at a hotel you're getting as much sleep as you can!"

When the teams were given "mandatory rest stops, the accommodations could be just as good as they were bad. Every once in a while we'd be driven to a 5 star hotel and every now and then, specifically in Bolivia, Cambodia and Kazakhsthan, we had accommodations that were not so sweet. I think it was Cambodia where we had a teeny little room with no air conditioning and it was a million degrees outside. It was rough, but they called that the ‘cultural experience' of the race!"
As so much of "The Amazing Race" plays out in taxicabs, has Nick had even the thought of hailing a cab now that he's back in New York City? "That's funny," he smiles, "the day I got back to the city, I was walking from my apartment to the subway and I looked up as I was crossing Broadway. There was a cab that was available right there and without even thinking I broke into a run to hail it. At the end of the race, especially in Russia, we always needed cabs. So I stopped about ten steps later and told myself that I didn't need a cab anymore because I travel on the subway! It as very strange."

There's a scene in The Fantasticks where Nick picks up a sword and duels with El Gallo. It's here that Nick displays his agility and theatrical training. Did this training help him in the race? "In hindsight, I feel that my acting training and career helped me because when you're on the race, more than knowing foreign languages or knowing foreign cities, what aids you most is being able to think on your feet and making split second decisions. You never know what's coming and the amount of preparation you can do is teeny because you can study for days and suddenly they'll throw something at you and I'd think, ‘Well how did I know we were gonna do that?' So I really do think that much of the race was like an improve skit. You never knew what was coming at you and you had to be receptive and adapt and respond in a timely manner. I think that's where a lot of the other teams tripped up. They were focused on the goal of being fast and being first, but because they were so focused, they weren't open to their environment. I think if you watch the whole season you see other teams make lots of mistakes reading their clues or looking for something Actually Starr and I made very few mistakes in the course of the race. I think my openness and observation skills really helped."

It was mentioned that at one point in the race Nick was wearing a shirt with his sister's name emblazoned on it and she was wearing his. What was the story behind that? "Starr and I spent most of the race in first place. That's where you can relax a little bit and that helps you to be more observant and note more of what's going on. We'd had this terrible cab driver for four hours and we finally got where we needed to go and realized we weresuddenly in last place. Needless to say, this was a very important leg. We arrived at this army camp and read the clue which stated that ‘you must put on army fatigues'. It didn't say that they were marked and had our names on them, so we ran into the tent and there were only two left because all the other teams had put theirs on already. We were so frantic that we just grabbed the first ones we saw and then we had to put the boots on and stuff. By the time we were actually marching I looked at Starr and saw on her breast ‘Nick' and I realized we were wearing each other's uniforms. At first I thought we were going to get a penalty for it but it really wasn't a big deal. I looked a little silly on television," he comments with a laugh.

None of the tasks the teams were required to perform looked particularly easy, but Nick says that one stood out in its difficulty from the others. Probably the most difficult task we did was the ONE task on the entire race that we had to give up on - The Kiwi Squashing in New Zealand (episode 4) It was incredibly difficult. I still have scars on my feet from that one!"
During the race, there were conversations on various message boards about what was perceived as "unethical actions" that the Spanglers took in the course of the race. Nick carefully explains what happened in several instances:

"I'm not so sure I DID play very unethically... A lot of these situations were depicted in misleading ways. For example, the accusation that Starr had pushed a female player's sports bra off a balcony were false. The incident never happened. As for the ‘stealing' of a taxi from Ken and Tina, well, it was the last hour of the race and the cab had a GPS. You'd have to be crazy not to grab a cab like that under the circumstances."
As millions of television viewers know, during the course of the race, Starr Spangler became romantically involved with one of her competitors, Dallas Imbimbo, whose teammate was his mother Toni. "I've seen Starr go through many relationships down through the years, both in high school and college, It was funny because Starr's not the kind of person who would let that interfere with her race. I never heard anything about it when we were racing. If we were in a country and racing in taxis, she wanted to be in front of Dallas and Toni at every minute. It was only on the airplanes or in the airports that she would and kind of disappear and talk with him. I would hang out with Toni a little bit. To be honest, in the scope of the race, it was nice for her to have some kind of distraction so that she wasn't so focused on the race because as I said, you CAN be too focused and that can be a detriment."

Making the situation more interesting, Dallas and Toni live only a few minutes from where Nick and Starr grew up in Califormia. "Toni is lots of fun and is an awesome mother. As soon as Starr and I met her we thought she'd get along with our Mom. In fact, as soon as the race was over Toni met our Mom and now they go for walks and have lunch together all the time. I like to think Toni is very fond of me and Starr. I think she approves of the relationship."
Along the way, Nick and Starr won several prizes for coming in first place on various episodes. As of our conversation, neither Nick nor Starr have been able to enjoy them. "You're not allowed to take any prizes or prize money until the finale airs," explained Nick. "Since it only aired three days ago, I haven't had the time to go on any of our trips or drive around in one of our cars. Just before today's matinee I got a voicemail and it said,"Hi, this is so-and-so from ‘The Amazing Race'. We're sending out prize checks and I want to make sure I have the right address for you.' It finally dawned on me that they were going to send me a check for five hundred thousand dollars! I still don't know how all the prizes work and how I'm getting them." All together, Nick and Starr won seven legs out of the eleven and won the million dollars, four trips for two, two electric cars and two jet skis.

All of this success hasn't kept Nick Spangler from being one of the most grounded young man in New York's theater community. Contract negotiations for The Fantasticks are coming up and he plans to stay with the show. "It's a great show and it's lots of fun. There's a reason why it's the longest running show in the world. I love doing it and have every intention of staying here."
He's handsome, he's talented, he's articulate and he's rich. It seems that Nick Spangler has it all. Just don't expect him to send you any postcards from Europe!

THE FANTASTICKS is playing at the Jerry Orbach Theater, which is located in the Snapple Theater Center (50st Street and Broadway). Tickets can be obtained at

Nick's website is located at

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Post by: georgiapeach on January 17, 2009, 05:34:22 AM
Nice article:

Fortune a reality for alumna after winning "The Amazing Race"

As a teenager, TCU alumna Starr Spangler and her brother Nick Spangler would watch every episode of the CBS reality show "The Amazing Race" together. Now 22 years old, Starr Spangler has competed in and won the race, and had viewers just like her hanging on the edge of their seats.

Starr Spangler said, like many things she does in life, applying for the race was quite spontaneous. When Starr Spangler turned 21, the minimum age required for the show, she looked online and the applications were due in a week.

Starr Spangler said she thought to herself, "Hey, it's now or never." She said she called Nick, who she knew would be a fantastic teammate, and they got their application and video together within the week.

After several callbacks and rounds of application processes, they were in.

But with a torn MCL, a major ligament of the knee, Starr Spangler said she could not prepare physically for the race as much as she wanted. However, she said she could mentally prepare by doing things from studying languages and currencies of different countries to basic geography.

The first leg of the race brought them to Brazil, where Starr Spangler said she recalls the most physically daunting task of the entire race: moving an 800-pound boat from one side of the beach into the water by rolling it on logs.

The brother and sister duo won this contest as well as six others challenges, including the finale in Portland, Oregon. Starr Spangler said she remembers being in the taxi on the way to the finish line and knowing they were going to win.

"You are racing for a million dollars so it's very stressful," Starr Spangler said. "The luck that occurs in the race is incredible. A lot of it is skill and doing what you can do to move forward, but then there comes a point where you can't do anything."

In addition to luck, Starr Spangler said her and her brother's relationship as siblings is what gave them an advantage over the other teams.

"We are best friends," she said. "We really balance each other out. Our characteristics are very different. It definitely gave us the edge because we are brother and sister and didn't fight once on the race. Family going in and family going out."

Their father, Jim Spangler, said watching his children compete was nerve-racking, but he was proud of how well they worked together and what they were able to accomplish at such a young age.

While attending TCU, Starr Spangler was also a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys. She said cheerleading was something she wanted to do since she was a young girl, and it became her social atmosphere in place of a sorority.

Jessica Skillman, a fellow education major who graduated in the same class as Starr Spangler, said she remembers her practicing with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders until 10 or 11 at night and still being prepared for class the next day without complaints.

"I've never met anybody as determined as her," Skillman said. "If she wanted to do something, she would just do it."

Starr Spangler said she is currently working at a medical research center for children as an analytical behavior analyst in Manhattan, New York. As for the million dollars, she said she is waiting until she finds a project she would like to spend the money on. She said she would also like to continue traveling and seeing more of the sites she only raced by in the contest.

Out of all her experiences, from balancing school and cheerleading to racing around the world with her brother, Starr Spangler said the most important thing she learned was to try.

"Nothing is unattainable," she said,"If you apply yourself, you can do whatever you want to."

Title: Re: ♥ TAR13 ♥ *WINNERS* Nick Spangler & Starr Spangler!!
Post by: redskevin88 on September 22, 2010, 03:10:15 AM
Hey guys, I saw Nick Spangler's Facebook page, and it shows he is married to a Monica Spangler  :partie:
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Post by: georgiapeach on September 22, 2010, 03:15:41 AM
He is indeed, and she is a doll!!
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Post by: kittygoesmeow on November 22, 2010, 07:01:23 PM
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Starr is battling lymphoma...she has started a blog to keep updates.
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Post by: AmazingRace on November 22, 2010, 07:05:34 PM
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Starr is battling lymphoma...she has started a blog to keep updates.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( Will be praying for her and her family!  :'( :'(
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Post by: georgiapeach on November 22, 2010, 09:30:02 PM
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Starr is battling lymphoma...she has started a blog to keep updates.

Thank you for sharing this. I know we all send her and her family all the love. support, and prayers possible.

Will be hoping for the best possible news from her tests.

Love you Starr! :kuss:
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Post by: michael on November 22, 2010, 09:37:34 PM
That's so sad. Stay strong.
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Post by: Jobby on November 23, 2010, 10:25:54 AM
Prayers are with you Starr! Stay strong! :hugs:
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Post by: Zvarri on November 23, 2010, 11:15:18 AM
Starr, please get better soon  :'(
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Post by: georgiapeach on November 23, 2010, 11:24:35 AM
I have started a new thread where we can all send Starr our messages of love and encouragement here:,23829.0.html
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Post by: Peace, Love, TAR! :D on December 01, 2010, 03:25:43 PM
Get better Starr!! I have a question for anyone who can answer it. Are Starr and Dallas still dating? Just wondering...
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Post by: Jobby on December 01, 2011, 01:19:33 PM
An interview by Toni (TAR 13) I stumbled upon. Reveals something we've never known about Nick and Starr... :lol:

Really interesting, how TAR doesn't show you these stuff.

The Biggest Blunder in Race History: When Dallas lost the team’s Fanny Pack (which contained all of their money, maps, and even their US Passports), their demise was set in stone. “Well it was a biggee and it will certainly be remembered for a long time. The thing about the Race is that it absolutely is reality. People lose their passports while traveling all the time. To be traveling in the Race environment and all that entails is tough enough. There were at least two other times on the Race where racers had lost passports or fanny packs, but fortunately they were able to recover them. I’m sure it actually happens a lot, we just did a more thorough job of it. Starr had actually left her passport in the airport in Singapore while she was changing clothes. We were getting ready to get on the plane and she was asking Nick if he had it. They went back and forth and I finally told her I’d wait with her stuff while she ran back to the bathroom to see if she left it there. Fortunately it was still there. Also, when Nick and Starr did the fast forward in Kazakhstan they left their fanny pack at the restaurant. They were almost all the way to the pit stop and noticed they didn’t have it. They had to turn around and go back and again fortunately it was there. Actually at this point we kind of hope no one else loses theirs – we kind of like going out big.”