I love these guys, and really admired how well they worked together! The exact opposite of a "bickering couple" thank goodness!
Fancast Exit Interview:The Amazing Race: Kris and Amanda Would Have Won If It Weren’t For That Meddling Luke
The Amazing Race’s Kris and Amanda seemed to have every possible advantage in the competition. They are young, in fantastic shape, and, perhaps most important, have a healthy, functional relationship. Unfortunately, the other teams felt the same way. So depending on how you look at it, deaf recent college graduate Luke either tarnished his halo or displayed keen strategic instincts by blind U-turning the duo. Kris and Amanda ultimately couldn’t make up for last time. The two chatted with fancast about their regrets and why they’re convinced that, if it weren’t for that U-turn, they’d be a million dollars richer.
How far behind the other teams were you when you got to the Pit Stop?
Amanda: We weren’t ever really sure. We thought that they were way ahead of us when in fact production mentioned that it was a difference of about ten minutes. We’re not sure if that’s accurate but it looks about right. It looks like Michael and Mark got held up because they had to beg for money to pay their taxi. We didn’t know that. Rebuilding the wood stack took more than ten minutes so we definitely wouldn’t have come in last if we didn’t get the U turn.
When did you realize that Luke and Margie were the ones who U-turned you?
Kris: We didn’t find that out until we went to sequester. The team that arrived after us told us. Until that point we were in the dark. We thought it was Kisha and Jen because in Romania we’d gone out to lunch. Afterward Margie came up to us and told us that at her table Kisha and Jen were talking about how if the U turn came up they were definitely going to use it. Margie was telling us they thought they wouldn’t want to use it because it’s a low blow. So we thought it was Kisha and Jen for the longest tome and feel bad now.
Amanda: That’s why Margie and Luke were the last team we assumed would do something like that. Literally the day before she went out of her way to tell us she would never use it. That’s very unnecessary. Why would you go out of your way to make a point then turn around and do the opposite? That was hard for us to grasp. Later on they apologized and she told us that her reasoning was that she was only speaking for herself not Luke.
Why do you think they selected you out of all the teams that were behind them?
Kris: I think they saw us as a threat. When Luke put our picture up there he said that we were strong. I think that was his motivation. Plus for some reason they had this huge alliance with the redheads who were struggling at the wood pile. They thought that by u-tuning us they’d give the red heads a shot at staying in the race.
Amanda: But it turns out the redheads actually finished the task and we didn’t so they really didn’t need to U turn us.
Sounds like you two still harbor a bit of animosity about the U-turn.
Amanda: You try not to take it personally but what you have to realize is we were already in last place. We looked at the board and as soon as we saw our faces we knew there wasn’t a chance. Of course you’re going to be a little bitter in the heat of the moment. This is a race for a million dollars. There are countries we’re missing out on going to. We forgive them but like I said it’s kind of hard to grasp because it cost us so much.
Kris: It sucks losing the race not because of something we did but because we got U turned. I think we would have won the whole thing because we were really getting the ball rolling and working together really well. I think at that point it was a bummer because it’s not like we were making all these huge mistakes.
Amanda, during the wood stacking task, the other teams characterized you as standing around while Kris did all the work. Was that accurate?
Amanda: Absolutely not! I was really bothered by those comments. What happened was we were both stacking but then the wood got to a point where I couldn’t reach the top. Kris is almost a while foot taller than me. So it really was a disadvantage to be short. Then we realized that we had to put certain shaped pieces of wood in certain areas in order to make it work because it had to be perfect. So Kris and I decided together that it would be smartest and fastest if I picked out the specific pieces of wood that we needed and handed them to him. Then he could place them. It just came across as me not doing anything. They shouldn’t have been concerned with what other teams were doing. I thought that was kind of unnecessary.
Kris: For the record, Amanda was kicking ass.
Why was it so hard for everybody to find the house where you were supposed to install the shutters?
Kris: The map that they gave us for that was not every good. It has a little red dot and there were a bunch of lines for little street areas but the street areas weren’t accurate. It was a crapshoot on which street to take a right on so we were walking around going up every street but at the same time we were carrying the ladder and all the shutters. It was a big pain in the butt.
Amanda: It was hard too because Mark and Mike had been there for hours before we got there. So when we arrived Mark and Mike are explaining to all of us that, “We’ve looked everywhere. We don’t know where to go.” We’d be walking and they’d be like, “We already went down that street.” So it was a question of whether we break off and go down that road and try and recheck or do we go to the areas that they haven’t checked yet? It was difficult and the stuff was so heavy and the big boots they provided didn’t even fit. There were so many factors of the confusion there.
What moment of yours on the Race do you wish had made it on to the television show?
Kris: I wish they’d showed more of the interactions between the teams. There was a lot of really cool stuff on train rides and taxis.
Kris: In the very first episode when Kris was getting strapped in to do the bungee jump I couldn’t talk to him at that moment because he was getting lectured by the trainers on what he was supposed to do. Mel came up to me and Preston and Jennifer and asked if he could borrow twenty Swiss francs because they had the money and it was in U.S. dollars. Jennifer and I both said yes because he had the money he just didn’t have it on him. I gave him the francs. Jennifer and Preston didn’t have the change so they couldn’t help him out. Kris and I were the only ones who lent someone money and they never showed it at all. I think that shows a lot about a team. We were trying to help them out. They were nice.
Kris: They also didn’t show that I wasn’t very happy when I got back. I was like, “That’s the dumbest thing you could ever do.” At the end of the leg when we got to the Pit Stop we had run out of money for our taxi. We checked in then went back to beg for money to pay for our taxi.
Who did you consider to be your biggest competition on the Race?
Kris: Before we left L.A. we weren’t allowed to talk to any other teams but we were observing everybody else. We actually thought that Jennifer and Preston were our biggest threat because they were the same type of group as us: the strong male and the girl. We thought we had the best balance because he’s got all the physical assets and I can keep up with him. Also we’re both really smart. We both are natural leaders. For all we knew, they were the same way.
Kris: I never really saw anyone as a threat. I looked at it like, “We’re going to go through and kick butt.” I think the Race is 80% luck based on getting the right taxis and flights.
After you were eliminated, who were you rooting for?
Amanda: We started to root for Mike and Mel just because they’re such good guys. They were so nice to us. At one point on a plane I was sitting next to Mel and I felt really nauseous. He was rubbing my back, trying to give me food and help me out. They were in it to win it like anyone else but they weren’t mean to anyone.
Kris: They were in it for the fun and the adventure. We were too. A lot of the other teams were more cutthroat.
How did going on the Race change your lives?
Amanda: It’s an experience we’ll never forget. It’s something we did together. It will forever be the craziest thing we’ve ever done. It will be something we can tell our children about someday. I think that’s what’s important.
Kris: I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
What advice would you give to future racers?
Kris: Do not trust anything that you hear. There were so many things we heard from people that we believed which is something I am so mad at myself for doing. I should have known better, like with the whole Margie thing. During the beginning of the Race there was a rumor that the blondes were working by themselves. They didn’t want to work with anyone. That was a rumor we heard. It wasn’t true. As a result in the last episode I said they were untrustworthy. I shouldn’t have made those assumptions.
Kris: Stay calm and collected. Sit back and enjoy what’s going on rather than getting annoyed and flustered. A lot of teams get so wrapped up in the moment. One of things we did really well was stay calm.http://www.fancast.com/blogs/the-amazing-race/the-amazing-race-kris-and-amanda-would-have-won-if-it-werent-for-that-meddling-luke/