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TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:24:09 PM »
Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher
 
 






Name: Bergen Olson


Age: 23
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Current occupation: Human Resources Project Manager
Describe what you do: I work for a tech start up in the Silicon Valley, leading the implementation of our company's Human Resources Information System.
3 words to describe you: Energetic, driven and empathetic.
Favorite hobbies: Watching and playing sports, especially volleyball. I love to cook and bake - my favorites include chocolate chip cookies, meatballs, pasta and mashed potatoes! So naturally, I love eating all of my favorites! I also love to travel, even though I haven't done much of it!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Not to sound cliché, but coming out and being proud of who I truly am to my friends and family, especially in a conservative Minnesota county, was one of my proudest accomplishments. I’m also really proud of where I am at with my career at only age 23.
What scares you most about traveling? I think what scares me most about traveling is the language barrier, as well as getting lost and not knowing where I am is a little unsettling.
What excites you most about traveling? I can't wait to see different cultures and experience the different ways that people live all over the world! To me that will be truly unforgettable, as it will open my eyes to things I haven't experienced before!
How many serious relationships have you been in? It really depends how you consider "serious." I have been in 5 relationships, but none have gone longer than a year. Hopefully that will change soon!
What are your deal breakers in a relationship? I can't date anyone that smokes, does drugs, has poor personal hygiene or has a tendency to cheat and lie.
What are the top 3 qualities you are looking for in a mate? A good personality, has a good sense of humor and someone who makes me feel special and loved. I love nothing more than for my partner to make me laugh and smile each and every day!
What are 3 turn offs or pet peeves in a mate? Smoking/bad breath, poor personal hygiene and bad kisser.
Who is your celebrity crush? Can't just pick one, so... Channing Tatum, Tom Daley and Zac Efron. I may be gay, but Jennifer Aniston is on the list too!
What famous person reminds you of yourself? A mix between the following: Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and Melissa McCarthy! Just wait till you meet me and the answer will explain itself!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? This is such a hard question, but one that tops the list would be Bergen, Norway! Anywhere in Europe or Australia too!



Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher


Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, KY
Relationship Status: Single
Current occupation: Pageant consultant
Describe what you do: Anything from coaching, directing, judging, hair and managing production! I’ve done it in 8 states now from local, to state, to National Level Pageantry.
3 words to describe you: Gifted, abrasive (sometimes) and funny.
Favorite hobbies: Karaoke, volleyball and pageants.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Honestly, probably coming out as a gay man in high school. I’m from a very small town.
What scares you most about traveling? Flying! What excites you most about traveling? Being somewhere where you have never been before is very exciting. There is a lot of beauty and charm in the world & it's a basic human desire to explore it. Plus, Once your trip is over you get to go back to good ole' home sweet home.
How many serious relationships have you been in? I have actually never been in a relationship. While I am picky, I have not had the best of luck.
What are your deal breakers in a relationship? Controlling and lazy! I want somebody that’s loving and a hard worker.
What are the top 3 qualities you are looking for in a mate? Family oriented, funny and stability.
What are 3 turn offs or pet peeves in a mate? Personal hygiene - stay clean! Being lazy and not motivated. If they care about me, they better show it! Dedication!!
Who is your celebrity crush? Bradley Cooper- yes please!
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Carol Channing
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Rome - "The Eternal City." Not only is it beautiful and has a romantic atmosphere but it's the Capital of Italy & I LOVE Italian Food.

   
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 01:37:24 PM »
Meet BERGEN!
 
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/blgS2TLVYfw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/blgS2TLVYfw</a>


Meet KURT!


<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/2fEI2zUs1_g" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/2fEI2zUs1_g</a>
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 07:46:40 AM »
hellomacklomore but anyoing

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 10:49:55 PM »
Okay, I think they look really cute together. Serious. I think they're going to have the most chemistry of the lot (whether bickering or not) and they give me the vibes of the goat farmers <333

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2015, 10:52:23 PM »
I don't know but I have a feeling that Kurt will be annoying but just my feeling.


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 10:29:10 AM »
I don't know but I have a feeling that Kurt will be annoying but just my feeling.

I actually think it will be the exact opposite! :lol:

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2015, 04:37:57 PM »
From NDSU student to reality TV: Bergen Olson reflects on blind dating, traveling the world in ‘Amazing Race’

By Ryan Johnson Today at 9:47 a.m.



The 2013 NDSU alumnus, now 24, grew up in Danvers, Minn., attending school in nearby Benson, Minn., and said he was a “huge fan” of reality television since childhood.

But he didn’t make the cut for “Big Brother,” and assumed the casting producer was just being nice when she told him to stay positive – he just might get a call back someday.

Last August, that call finally came, and after a quick casting process, Olson was selected to compete on the 26th season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” that premieres Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Olson, who now works for a tech startup in Sunnyvale, Calif., headed overseas last November to film the race.

The premise of the show – teams of two race across the world for the chance to win $1 million – is extreme enough. But the new season has a twist: Five of the teams partnered two complete strangers in what the show bills as “the most extreme blind date ever,” while the other six teams were couples.

Olson met his race partner, Kurt Jordan Belcher, at the starting line. While he can’t discuss how he did in the race – or if there were any sparks with his teammate – he spoke with The Forum about his decision to compete and what he took away from it all.

What makes you a good fit for reality TV?

I’m really critical about myself, and so I actually asked other people to answer the question for me. Their consensus was just my overall personality.

I’m always trying to find the best in every situation, I try to stay positive and upbeat about everything and I’m always smiling, always trying to crack a joke. So I think it was just my carefree attitude and personality, and obviously my love for reality TV.

Part of this season was the blind date, and I’ve been single for about three years now so it was time for me to get back out there and try that. So what better way to do that than going on a reality TV show that I absolutely love and getting a chance at getting paired up in a good relationship?

Was it as intimidating of a blind date as it sounds?

You just never know who you’re going to get partnered with, and especially in a blind date situation, that’s a lot of pressure to be traveling around the world with someone you just literally met. So I knew it would be a challenge.

Even putting myself out there and sharing my ***uality with everyone, because I haven’t come out to some of my family members and friends.

But I was ready to take a step outside of my comfort zone, and that’s what I really took from this experience is just to take a step out and do something that I normally wouldn’t do.

But you had come out to some people?

In 2010 when I was a sophomore in college, I actually came out to my parents, my sister and my brother and most of my close friends who hadn’t already known. So I did come out to a good majority of people.

But this kind of solidified everything. Once you’re out there on a blind date with a guy on national television, that pretty much solidifies it.

One important person in my life is my only grandparent left, my grandpa, and he hadn’t known. I knew that would be a risk going forward, and I wanted to make sure that he was aware and believed in me and supported me.

We actually had a conversation with him, and he’s totally supportive of it. That wasn’t something I was expecting going into this; I was actually expecting the opposite where he wasn’t going to like it and he wasn’t going to accept who I am. It turned out vice versa, so I’m super happy I went forward with it.

What did you take from the race?

I had never traveled outside of the U.S. I’m only used to the U.S. culture and U.S. lifestyle, so I was really, really excited to be given the opportunity to go to these other countries and see the way that they live their lives.

It kind of brings you back home and think how grateful we are here in the U.S. for what we have. I think you take it for granted sometimes that we have running water or we can just hop in our car and drive to the store and get whatever.

And again, just to take that weight off my shoulders of who I am. I put myself out there, and now I don’t really have to worry.

I’m putting myself on national TV being gay, and I don’t have to worry now, “OK, who knows and who doesn’t know?” Now everyone knows, and I can just live my life, because life’s way too short to worry about that kind of stuff.

We’re in 2015 now. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you label yourself as straight, gay, bi, whatever.


http://www.inforum.com/variety/entertainment/3686039-ndsu-student-reality-tv-bergen-olson-reflects-blind-dating-traveling
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2015, 02:40:16 AM »
Bergen crying about not finding love on the Race :lol: <3
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Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2015, 06:02:55 PM »
An interesting tweet/response about Bergen and Kurt:

Kelly ‏@kelbottweets
Did the producers of amazing race think Bergen and Kurt would want to date clones of themselves?
5:52 PM - 6 Mar 2015


I can't copy it directly, but Bergen favorited it.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2015, 08:12:40 PM »
Everybody thought that tbh. I think they tried to throw a spanner in the works with most of the blind daters


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2015, 10:39:17 AM »
Kurt is annoying and he makes me hate the entire team. Pls go home next.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2015, 11:15:19 AM »
Bergen is a star <3

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2015, 11:34:24 AM »
Kurt loves someone like Tyler.
Bergen loves someone who is combination of Matt, Blair & Jeff.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2015, 06:34:50 AM »
Uuuuggh FINALLY they are eliminated, I can't remember a team I HATED so much! Or, to be honest, I just hated Kurt and his attitude :gaah: There are no words to describe it, Bergen is just so unlucky :(


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2015, 07:48:48 AM »
Bergen is a star who deserves another chance with a better partner. Honestly one of the most uncomfortable boots of all time. :(
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Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2015, 07:50:20 AM »
Bergen should've tore him apart. The car was another excuse for Kurt. Worse version of Colton. Maybe they'd match :):):):) :res:

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2015, 08:01:11 AM »
^ lol.
I'm also hoping that they just didn't show us how Bergen got mad or sth at Kurt and tore him apart for his attitude and wanting to give up on the race.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2015, 08:04:15 AM »
I don't know but I have a feeling that Kurt will be annoying but just my feeling.

Well, so my feeling pre-race is actually right.

Hope that Bergen has another chance but racing with someone he already know, not blind-date.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2015, 06:10:54 PM »
I never thought they stood a chance at winning, but that's one of the worst ways to go out.  Hopefully Bergen gets another chance.  To lose the way they did is just sad.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2015, 08:02:39 PM »

The stick shift is what got them out. Why didn't the other one drive if he was so desperate to  stay in the race?

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2015, 08:26:04 PM »
Because Kurt probably refused or something. I'd have driven off without him

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2015, 08:59:40 PM »
Bergen is a star but he was paired up with someone almost useless </3
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2015, 12:42:20 PM »

The stick shift is what got them out. Why didn't the other one drive if he was so desperate to  stay in the race?
Bergen was the one you call "desperate to stay" and he was the one trying to drive the car.
Or am I wrong?

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2015, 11:25:44 PM »
You are right, it was Bergen driving. I am surprised he gave in and took the taxi, I guess they were getting tired (of each other mostly).


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2015, 07:35:38 PM »
FROM CBS.COM:
http://www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race/elimination_interviews/1004016/bergen-and-kurt-couldn-t-get-out-of-first-so-they-ended-in-last-what-drove-the-fourth-eliminated-toward-their-dead-end/



Bergen and Kurt Couldn't Get Out of First, So They Ended in Last
What drove the fourth eliminated toward their dead end


Posted on Apr 6, 2015 08:55am


1. Karttie W: Did you guy realize why they gave cars for that leg? And why did you give up when you were doing well for beginners?
Kurt:
There was nothing about being in that car that felt safe. People flying by us and beeping their horns at us, my heart was pounding. I don't look at it as giving up. We both agreed to take another route. I never made Bergen stop driving. It came down to a safety issue and that's what we chose. Bergen told me on the start line that he used to drive a stick on his dad's farm when he was a little boy. A stick shift was gonna come at some point and we were gonna be the comedy of it.
Bergen: Absolutely, I've been a fan of the show ever since Season 1 when I was 10 years old. I knew that a self-driving leg would be coming up soon, especially if we were headed to Europe. I also knew that as soon as we gave up the car, we were going to be eliminated. When you are given a car as part of the leg, 9 times out of 10, you need it for the remainder of the leg, which proved to be the case. As for "giving up", I wanted to respect my partner who didn't feel safe with my driving. This is the one decision I wish I would have pushed him harder on, but when you are in the moment, things are happening so fast and my emotions were a mess!

2. VJ Cole S: You knew you were going to be on the Race, why didn't you learn to drive a stick shift?
Kurt:
I did try to learn, I actually damaged the car I tried practicing with. It was just something I wasn't picking up. One of my biggest fears is a car wreck. After watching one of my best friends almost die from an unfortunate car accident, I'm pretty sure I'm scarred for life. I never feel safe when I'm in a car with somebody else driving.
Bergen: The infamous question... from the time I got the call to starting the race, it was a very short time frame for me! Whereas some teams found out months before the race that they were going to be on, I found out right before the race! I had driven stick shift before so I was confident that I could pick it back up, but knew that I was going to be rough at it. I agree with you all, I should have practiced a lot more, but as you could see, I was making great progress (I drove ~2 miles before we stopped). What was the most difficult for me was trying to navigate us as well as drive us to the Winter Wonderland. I couldn't do both at the same time. I needed help!

3. Tracy R: Were you disappointed or secretly relieved that Phil walked into the train station to put you out of your misery?
Kurt:
Misery? There was no misery in my opinion. I have seen a lot of unfortunate bad things that have happened to people in life. I am healthy, I have a great family, and a lot to be thankful for. So I am not gonna cry over spilled milk. I wasn't exactly jumping for joy when Phil walked in to the train station, but I wasn't surprised either.
Bergen: I think my face told the story – I was EXTREMELY disappointed and very embarrassed that Phil had to come to us, rather than allow us to finish the leg and get eliminated on the mat.

4. Carolyn C: If invited to an All Stars edition, would you race again?
Kurt:
I would compete on an All Star Season if invited back. Why wouldn't you? The most important things I walked away with from the whole experience was seeing new cultures and the new friends I made.
Bergen: Absolutely! I would love nothing more than to race again, whether it be on another blind date (with someone that I'm actually compatible with) or with someone I know! I feel I have something to prove and a redemption race would allow me to show Amazing Race fans that I am a competitor and promise I will prove that I have what it takes to win!

5. Marie C. A: What’s the thing you’ve learned that you value most from this trip?
Kurt:
I wouldn't say I only learned one thing that I value the most. If you're not learning, you are not living. I learned to not let anybody put me down. I learned that you can still be friends with the other racers & still have healthy competition. I learned that I can do anything, because I did TAR.
Bergen: I could write a book with responses to this question, but to sum it up: patience, determination, respect, and appreciation. Patience – you have to have it on the race or you will drive yourself crazy! Things will not always go your way! Determination – you have to have the competitiveness to go far in this race! Respect – every culture is unique and you have to respect their ways of life. Appreciation – sometimes we take life and what we have for granted. This experience opened up my eyes to what is going on around the world in different cultures. I am truly blessed to have experienced what I did!

6. Teonia N: Besides the leg you were eliminated, what was the most difficult leg of the race? And why?
Kurt:
The most difficult leg in my opinion was leg one. The Mud Run was brutal. Following that, a 14 hour flight to Tokyo (which you were still practically dirty from the mud), and then immediately continuing the race after the flight. Then once you got off the mat that night, you slept in a cubby on a couch that I didn't even fit on because I was too tall. And you did all of this with somebody you have never even met before.
Bergen: I would say the 1st leg was the most difficult (besides leg 5), because you are trying to adjust to the start of the race. We went through a gnarly mud obstacle course, then flew to Tokyo, had to navigate in Tokyo, which was extremely difficult, and complete the dance.

7. Suzanne G: Which team was your favorite?
Kurt:
I couldn't pick a favorite team even if I tried. There was a lot of good people from Season 26, and I had the pleasure to meet them all.
Bergen: I honestly can't answer this question. Each and every team is unique in their own ways and I truly enjoy each one of them! I am beyond lucky to call the 20 other racers some of my best friends, and know that when I travel to New York, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, SoCal, Arizona, Las Vegas, Kentucky, etc, I will be able to see these amazing people!!

8. Morgan F: Do you think if the two of you would have met in an environment different from the race, that you would have felt differently towards each other?
Kurt:
After going through the interview process for the show, and being asked several times what I looked for in a partner and what I didn't want... it made no sense to why they put us together. We both kind of asked for the same guy and they gave us the complete opposite. However, after we got eliminated, we were informed that the idea was to put us together as since we were so much alike, we would fight. Bergen Olson is a wonderful man who deserves somebody who is gonna treat him right. Apart from the race, we still wouldn't be each other's cup of tea. But, it was the hand they dealt us, so we played.
Bergen: Unfortunately, I don't. You know that feeling you get when you meet someone you like for the first time, it just didn't happen. We are not meant for each other, so I don't think meeting outside of the race would have been any different. Kurt is a great person and he will find his special someone someday, I know it! As for me, I will too! I'm currently single - so holler at your boy! :) Instagram - bolson2224 Twitter - @bergenolson Facebook - Bergen Olson
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2015, 07:47:59 PM »
FROM TVGUIDE.COM:
http://www.tvguide.com/news/amazing-race-kurt-and-bergen/

Amazing Race's Kurt and Bergen: We Did Not Quit

by Joyce Eng | Apr 6, 2015 5:00 PM EDT

It was anything but a happy ending for Kurt and Bergen on The Amazing Race. The blind date pair, who definitely did not hit it off at the start line, seemingly threw in the towel on Friday's episode when they neither of them could drive stick shift in Bavaria and opted to incur penalties for taking a taxi. Unfortunately, it was a self-driving leg, which essentially guaranteed their elimination. After Phil Keoghan mercy-eliminated them at a train station, they each literally went their separate ways. But to hear the duo tell it, they did not quit the leg at all. Find out why below. Plus: Why didn't they learn to drive stick shift?

So that was a pretty dramatic exit for you guys. How accurate was that?
Bergen: [Laughs]
It was pretty accurate. We were at different mindsets. I was pretty frustrated. Kurt was a little more OK with the decision. I wouldn't say it was all us, but what you saw definitely portrayed our feelings at the time.

Kurt, you seem mentally checked out. Were you? How much of it was because sparks didn't fly?
Kurt: [Laughs]
It's not that. ... I was very excited about the blind date twist and finding love. Me and Bergen both instantly knew at the start line that nothing was going to happen. Neither of us got what we wanted when we told them what we wanted in a partner. I could've walked away right there and been like, "I'm here for love. I'm not gonna find this now." But I didn't because I still didn't wanted to do the race. Was I disappointed? Yes. But so was Bergen. I wouldn't say I mentally checked out. The race is not easy by any means and it's hard to explain how hard it is, especially with somebody you don't know and you're not on the same page. This last leg, I just kind of knew it was coming. Once the whole stick shift happened, I thought either A) We're gonna get in a car wreck in Germany -- no offense, I don't want to go to a hospitaltonight because of a car accident -- or B) We could take this route and take a cab and take the penalty and see what happens.

Would you say you tanked? It's pretty hard to stay on the show with multiple penalties unless it's a non-elimination leg.
Kurt:
Not that I wish this, [but] let's pretend Laura and Tyler did not find their fanny pack. That could've helped us out had they not found it. We could've beaten them had that happened. You just never know what could happen. I guess I was thinking the worst, being in the car. I was more so thinking we were gonna get in a car accident.

Would you have been excited had it been a non-elimination leg?
Kurt:
Oh, yeah, definitely. Why wouldn't you be happy to continue on? I would've been happy.

Did neither of you learn stick shift before doing the race? That's one of the golden rules of doing the show.
Bergen:
We both tried learning prior to the race, but we didn't have a lot of time to learn it. From the time we got cast until we started, there wasn't a lot of time to learn, unlike some of the other contestants. We were both hoping that the person we would get partnered with would know stick shift. That's one disadvantage of being a blind date couple. The pre-existing couples know each other's strengths and weaknesses. Half the couples had someone who didn't know. It was a crapshoot as a blind date couple. You had to either know everything and be good at everything or pray that your partner will be your better half and know the things that you don't and vice versa. ... I should've learned how to drive stick shift. But I've driven automatic. But I do take responsibility that I should've learned that, especially being a fan since the first season. That's part of The Amazing Race.
Kurt: I tried to learn too. It was something I just didn't pick up. I haven't done it ever in my whole life. But as Bergen said, we were both hoping we would be paired with a guy who would know it and drive us around the world in a stick-shift car.

How did you end up getting cast? Did you want to do it because of the blind date twist?
Bergen:
We were both recruited. I didn't even apply. I was actually a big fan of Big Brother. I had gone through their process three years ago back when I was in North Dakota. I randomly got a call from a producer. And she was like, "Hey, I'm working on Amazing Race. There's a new twist this season and we can pair you up with a blind date." I said, "That's pretty gnarly." I definitely wanted to put my hat in the ring for that. I had been single for three years and what better way than to go on The Amazing Race as a huge fan of the show and have the possibility of ending up in a relationship?
Kurt: I was honest from the beginning that I wasn't a big fan. I didn't watch it a lot. I knew Mallory Ervin, who was on it. I got a phone call one night from someone who was scouting. She had looked at my Facebook page and apparently saw something she liked and called me and asked if I would like to audition. I said sure, because why not? I've never been in a relationship, so I immediately knew I wanted to do it. I've said this before, but I also thought, what a great opportunity to show gay blind dating on TV. What a great opportunity for the gay community because unfortunately society has not yet fully come around to portraying and discussing that.

You guys obviously didn't work out, but what do you think of the twist? Do you think it's something the show should do again or was it a bust like the Family Edition?
Kurt:
I like the twist. I think when ... we were asked what we wanted in a partner, we were pretty specific about what we wanted and what we didn't want. And we got the complete opposite of what we asked for. It's not like I'm regretting any of this, but it's a little disappointing. Especially because, like I said, what a cool opportunity for the gay community if we had each gotten somebody we wanted and it had worked out better.
Bergen: I totally agree. It was a little disappointed coming into it. As soon as I got to the start line and was waiting to see who was going to run up the hill, it was the total opposite of the person I described I was looking for. That was a disappointment. But as a huge fan, I actually wouldn't like to the see blind date aspect again. I think it took away a little bit of the show. I like the pre-existing relationships, but I wouldn't be opposed to seeing it again. Maybe a few seasons down the road, but every season shouldn't be a blind date season. I don't want the show to turn into that.

Do you regret quitting?
Bergen:
I wouldn't say that we quit. We went to the Winter Wonderland. After our penalty, we got to Schliersee ... and got the Detour clue, and we were en route to the Stack Detour, but because it was so late, they told us to stop racing. I wouldn't say that we quit. We were at a hindrance because we gave up our car. [Laughs] We walked around a whole village, and I swear it was almost like a deserted town. You didn't see any people, you didn't see any cars, you didn't see any taxis. We only had the train, which comes in intervals of an hour. It was really hard and I totally understand how it was a self-driving leg. You absolutely needed that car the whole entire day.

How long did you wait for Phil at the train station?
Bergen:
It was probably only 45 minutes or so. We got our clue and we were coming back and it was getting dark. It was probably a safety issue. We were waiting for the train and all of the sudden, Phil came in.

It seemed like you guys gave up and sat at the train station waiting for Phil.
Kurt:
I know. We did not quit that show. Quitting is walking completely away from the situation and not even trying. We chose to take a different path on the show, and it just came down to a safety issue. But we were still continuing our journey. It might appear that [we quit], but that's the editing and everything else. But like Bergen said, we got our Detour clue and we still trying to get through the leg.

What are you up to now?
Bergen:
I'm back at my start-up in Mountain View [Calif.]. I got promoted to the HR operations manager, so busy, busy, busy with work. Traveling a lot. I've gone to see family and friends and some of the other racers. Just trying to get back to normal life, if that's such a thing.
Kurt: I'm just continuing with pageantry. I've booked some cool gigs since the show came out. I'm emceeing Miss Indiana United States. Just booking more pageant gigs here and there, and just doing what I'm doing!

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2015, 08:02:45 PM »
Kurt: I was honest from the beginning that I wasn't a big fan. I didn't watch it a lot. I knew Mallory Ervin, who was on it. I got a phone call one night from someone who was scouting

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2015, 09:01:13 PM »
They really did see the problem in the same way, and the explanation about the stick shift issue makes plenty of sense under the circumstances. But this team was put under a lot of disadvantages by casting, in effect, to be a throwaway team that would be eliminated, and it wasn't fair to either Kurt or Bergen. I hope they both get a chance for a redemption race with other partners of their own choosing. And I love the fact that casting didn't get the fighting that they wanted. That's what happens when one screws around too much with the format.
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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2015, 11:38:15 PM »
It is a shame the way the end came.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2015, 04:05:33 PM »


Exclusive: 'The Amazing Race' blind-date couple Bergen Olson and Kurt Jordan Belcher talk (Part 1)



By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/07/2015


The Amazing Race eliminated blind-dating couple Bergen Olson and Kurt Jordan Belcher during the 26th season's fifth episode Friday night on CBS.

Bergen, a 23-year-old human resources project manager from Sunnyvale, CA, and Kurt, a 24-year-old pageant consultant from Butler, KY, were ousted from the race around the world after they finished the fifth leg in last place. They were the first blind-dating couple to be eliminated from this season.

Bergen and Kurt's downfall was the fact neither of them knew how to drive a stick shift in a leg where they were required to drive themselves to every destination.


In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Bergen and Kurt talked about their The Amazing Race experience. Below is the first half. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.

Reality TV World: You both left the show feeling very different emotions -- like Bergen, you seemed pretty pissed off, while Kurt thought everything was fine. Do you guys have any type of relationship now? Did you at least become friends after the show?

Kurt Jordan Belcher: Me and Bergen, I wouldn't call ourselves "best friends." We can both agree on that. I think we both are just going to have a mutual respect for one another that we were selected to be partners and we did race Season 26 of The Amazing Race. And I think that's that!

Bergen Olson: We were both put into an extreme situation and, we did, we raced around the world together. And, you know, even though we both didn't get what we wanted from the adventure, I think we both have an appreciation for each other -- not saying we're best friends or anything -- but we are civil and cordial to each other.

Reality TV World: Kurt, after watching the last episode, did you have any idea how frustrated or upset Bergen was with you while racing? Was that kind of news to you? 

Kurt Jordan Belcher: No, I knew Bergen was upset. I think, you know, we're just two different types of people on how we handle things. I remained pretty calm with it. I knew from the start line, I asked Bergen, "Can you drive a stick shift?" And we both kind of figured out that was going to be an issue at some point if that came.

 So, once we got to the car, I wasn't surprised. And I knew Bergen was getting upset and what not, and he was trying, but I just remained more calm. I kind of looked at it as, "Hey, I'm in Germany right now. We've been to a couple other countries. We won the last episode. If we get eliminated, we get eliminated. If we continue on, then let's continue on in the Race."

Reality TV World: The major storyline with you two was that Bergen thought Kurt gave up on the Race upon discovering there was no love connection. Kurt, could you talk about that a little bit? Is that true? Did you only go on the Race to find love -- not for the adventure or money?

Kurt Jordan Belcher: Well, here's the thing. To say that I quit because I didn't find love is irrelevant, because we knew at the starting line we were not a match. We were not at all a match. We asked for something specific and we were given the complete opposite.

 So, if I wanted to quit on the Race because I didn't find love, I would've quit right on the starting line and said, "I don't want to do this." But you know, it was what it was. But I was like, "Alright, let's race on." I think that it kind of appears I did because I talked about love a lot, but hey, I've never had a relationship.

 I don't know the feeling of having somebody love you in that sort of way, and I'm sitting there online and I get a phone call, "You want to go on The Amazing Race? It's going to be a blind date. You might fall in love." And I was just like, "Yeah, sign me up. I want to do it."

Reality TV World: Bergen, how much did competing and winning really mean to you compared to finding love on the show?

Bergen Olson: So, as a huge fan of the Race, you know, the first season came out when I was 10 and I remember sitting in the living room with my family and watching the show religiously. I mean, every single season. And so, getting that call to go on The Amazing Race when I hadn't applied or hadn't even put in an application was so overwhelming, you know?

 And then they mentioned, "Okay, it's a blind date." And then they mentioned, "Since it's a blind-date aspect, you could fall in love. You could get in a relationship," and that was like an added bonus for me.

 So I knew that coming on the Race, that was a possibility, but as you know, in reality TV, things don't always happen. Look at The Bachelor. Look at The Bachelorette, where they go through the whole season and then they propose and then they break up after a month or two months, you know?

 So I know reality and I'm a realist. Coming into it, I was focused on the Race. I am a very, very competitive person, and I think Kurt can back me up on that. He probably got really annoyed with me throughout the Race, but I am really competitive person and I know what I want and I get what I want by working hard.

 And the added pressure of the blind-date aspect was just an added bonus.  So, like Kurt said, at the starting line, we were like, "Okay, we know this isn't going to work out."

 And I do specifically remember Kurt coming over and the first thing that we said on the starting line -- our first words -- were, "You know how to drive a stick shift?" And we both kind of looked at each other and were like, "Oh, this is going to be our Kryptonite."

Reality TV World: So it sounds like you didn't learn how to drive a stick shift because you assumed your partner on the Race would know how?

Kurt Jordan Belcher: Yeah, I mean, we were looking for real, masculine men. So of course we thought he'd be able to in a race around the world. That's ***y.

Reality TV World: When host Phil Keoghan approached you guys, where were you and why were you just sitting there? Did you just get off the train?

Kurt Jordan Belcher: Yeah, we were heading to the beer crates, right Bergen?

Bergen Olson: Yeah the "Stack" Detour.

Kurt Jordan Belcher: We were going to continue the Race... but we missed the train. Was that it, Bergen?

Bergen Olson: Yeah, we made our way back to the train station but we saw that a train wasn't going to come for another -- I want to say, like, 30 to 45 minutes or whatever. And so, we walked around the village trying to find a taxi.

 But (laughs) it was vacant. I mean, there was no one in that town. And then that's when it clicked with me, like, "Oh, no wonder you need a car for this leg of the Race, because you literally can't get around without a car."

 And so, we went back to the train station and we got on it, but then we missed our stop. And so, when we got off at the train station, we were sitting there waiting for the next train, and it was getting dark. And so, we were told to stop racing.

 And at that point, that's kind of when we knew, like, "Yup, they are coming to eliminate us. We can't even go finish this leg." So, yeah, reality hit home pretty quick... So we were en route to the "Stack" Detour and we weren't allowed to continue.

Reality TV World: Did you have any hope the leg might be a non-elimination?

Kurt Jordan Belcher: I was confident that that was not going to happen.

Bergen Olson: Yeah, same here. As a fan of the show, you don't see two non-elims [close to one another]. So I wasn't hopeful. And even if it was a non-elim, we would've been hours and hours and hours behind for the penalties of not using the car.

Reality TV World: Any idea how far behind Michael Dombrowski and Rochelle Nevedal you were?

Kurt Jordan Belcher: We were waiting at Winter Wonderland, waiting out our penalty, and I think we had like 45 minutes left in the penalty and Mike and Rochelle still hadn't gotten there.

 And so, we hid next to the polar bear and when they backed up, we were in the Winter Wonderland. They were so confused, like, "What are you guys doing?!" So when they left, we probably only had, like, 30 minutes left to wait. So we weren't that far behind at all.

Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion of Bergen and Kurt's exclusive interview.
Read more at http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/exclusive-the-amazing-race-blind-date-couple-bergen-olson-and-kurt-jordan-belcher-talk-(part-1)-17726.php#jdZ4ZhYKhO7yVDsg.99
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2015, 05:07:39 AM »


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2015, 06:22:17 AM »
For f*cking real? WTF!?

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2015, 06:28:25 AM »
OMG. I would be less shocked if Blair & Hayley getting engaged than these two.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2015, 06:35:08 AM »
holy crap?!!?!?!? Congrats to Bergen & Kurt!
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2015, 06:50:42 AM »
What? How? Why? Is this a joke?  :iok

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #36 on: May 17, 2015, 06:54:42 AM »
This has to be a joke. There's no indication of them being in a date or anything and now they're engaged? Something's off.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2015, 07:07:22 AM »
Pardon my language but

What in f**ken hell happened for this to happen?

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2015, 07:31:47 AM »
Pardon my language but

What in f**ken hell happened for this to happen?

I'm thinking the very same thing...

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2015, 07:33:45 AM »
WTF :lol:

I think this is like what Tim & Marie did, no way in HELL is this true :lol:
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2015, 07:57:37 AM »
WTF :lol:

I think this is like what Tim & Marie did, no way in HELL is this true :lol:

LOL!
I am one of the people who believed Timreally proposed Maria back then.

Looking at Hayley expression in the picture. I am pretty sure this is real. But, IDK. It could be a joke too.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2015, 08:10:56 AM »
If it was a joke then I would think that they would have posted that it was a few hours after this post.

Maybe they are proposing to never meet each other again. That seams more probable then this newfound romantic relationship they would have for each other.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #42 on: May 17, 2015, 08:23:10 AM »
:lol:

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #44 on: May 17, 2015, 10:10:36 AM »
Guys, the engagement is a PRANK! Kurt's mom commented on FB that they were joking.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2015, 10:12:57 AM »
ewww attention whoresssss

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2015, 10:42:32 AM »
Well, at least they are on better terms now.

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« Reply #47 on: May 17, 2015, 11:22:39 AM »
ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #48 on: May 17, 2015, 11:38:36 AM »
awk :lol:
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #49 on: May 17, 2015, 04:57:37 PM »
Ok so he'll hasn't frozen over.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #50 on: May 17, 2015, 08:16:09 PM »
Didn't think they would eve talk to each other after the show O_o

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #51 on: May 17, 2015, 08:41:22 PM »
Didn't think they would eve talk to each other after the show O_o
I know, but they probably settled their disagreements post-Race.

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« Reply #52 on: May 17, 2015, 11:00:33 PM »
My girlfriend woke me up telling me this, today. I couldn't believe it.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #53 on: May 17, 2015, 11:14:22 PM »
 :haha
 
Joke guys....JOKE.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #54 on: October 16, 2017, 02:33:56 PM »
This is old, but a bit of a life update I see hasn't been shared in the thread. It's :( yet somewhat :lol: at the same time

Clearly that did not go over so well with one of them. Ever since that "engagement" prank, Bergen has actually been blocked by Kurt on social media - https://twitter.com/bergenolson/status/620378560260247552

And he re-iterated this past June that this is still the case - https://twitter.com/bergenolson/status/871233836150996992

I feel bad for the guy.

 

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