Never having been any farther than the submit a tape to the powers that be phase of The Amazing Race/Survivor selection process, I need a question answered by someone who may be in the know. Is there a time when your "fears" come out in interviews? If so, do producers normally ask about how intense that fear is?
Jamil and Idris both, unequivocally, admitted that the were afraid of water. Not just afraid, but deathly afraid, of it. I understand having fears and that part of the lure of TAR and Survivor and other reality shows is being able to face those fears and conquer them but when does that fear become too much of a fear for producers to say to prospective contestants that they cannot be on the show. It seemed that Jamil and Idris' fear was so much that some other team that could have made the cut (and didn't show as much fear of water, in this case) should have went in their place. It just seemed like a wasted spot.
Do not get me wrong. In the end, I loved the message that the twins were giving by attempting the challenge and giving it over 100% but as soon as we (the viewers who haven't looked at the spoilers
)knew what the detour was the rest of the show (no matter how good the editing) was academic. We knew they were going to be eliminated. Just in my opinion, their spot should have been given to a team without the object terror that Jamil and Idris had.