Friends Cheer Couple on Upcoming Show
Here's an article on Caroline & Ethan on the Courier Post Online. You can see it in its original form here: http://www.courierpostonline.com/new...y/m073103i.htm
Friends cheer couple competing on TV show
Thursday, July 31, 2003
By CHUCK DARROW
The cheers came early and often inside P.J. Whelihan's Pub Wednesday evening as several dozen people gathered to root on South Jersey's latest entry in the reality television sweepstakes.
The objects of their vociferous affection were Haddonfield residents Ethan Langford, 36, and his fiancee Carolyn Daniels, 31, one of the eight engaged couples competing on the new NBC-TV series, Race To the Altar. The pair will also appear on next Wednesday's installment, having survived last night's trials.
As Langford, a chiropractor, accurately described it, Race To the Altar is a combination of Fear Factor, The Newlywed Game and Survivor. The eight couples, culled from a nationwide search, convened in May at Las Vegas' Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino to engage in a series of physical and verbal competitions. Each week, the two couples winning the challenges choose one couple to be eliminated.
The grand prize is a lavish, all-expenses-paid wedding, to be televised live Sept. 24 from an undisclosed location.
According to Daniels, the hardest part of competing was having to surrender control of their lives during the time in Vegas.
"We're . . . control freaks," said Daniels, a 31-year-old urology resident at Kennedy Health Systems in Stratford. "Now our lives were in the hands of somebody else."
Wednesday, the tension was high at the popular Haddon Avenue saloon throughout the hourlong telecast. Things looked bleak for the local favorites as they were the second couple to drop out (literally) of the physical challenge: Holding onto each other while suspended 100 feet above Las Vegas. The contestants were tethered by ropes, on which they swung once they let go of each other.
Nor did the couple fare particularly well in the show's second event, a take-off on The Newlywed Game in which the participants had to match answers to questions about their relationships.
Things got more tense as the surviving contestants were announced. The final spot came down to Langford and Daniels and Scott Milner and Jessica Coughlin, two attorneys from King of Prussia, Pa., who were also watching the broadcast at Whelihan's.
Although she was happy her friends had endured the first round, the result of the seven-week contest is irrelevant, according to Patti Reilly, a 45-year-old nurse from Stratford.
"No matter what the outcome of the games," said Reilly, "they're still winners in all of their friends' eyes."