'Amazing Race Canada' Season 3 winners give tips on applying for Season 4
By Jim Slotek, Postmedia Network
First posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:03 AM EST | Updated: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:26 AM EST
They’d already been rejected once for Season 1. So Gino and Jesse Montani – the reigning champions on The Amazing Race Canada – were less than confident about their second audition.
“I remember submitting the tape, just having the fingers crossed,” Gino recalls. “And you’re like, ‘You never know, I think we might have a good chance.’”
“But then we were looking at the audition tapes for the American Amazing Race,” Jesse adds, “and we were looking at guys jumping out of planes and doing these crazy things. And we looked at our audition tape and said, ‘We suck!’”
“But then you get past the first few stages and you say, ‘Hey, we actually have a shot at getting on this show!’” Gino says. “That’s when the excitement just skyrockets.”
With Monday’s approaching deadline for Season 4 of The Amazing Race Canada, the Hamilton brothers are looking back on experiences that feel like a long time ago. They’re back at their old jobs – Jesse’s a steelworker and Gino is a community centre worker/Zamboni driver. And ironically enough for winners of a hyper-charged travel show – a journey that took them to India, South America and across Canada –they invested the money in a home. “Jesse and I just bought a house together. I guess we can’t get enough of each other, so we’re going to live together,” Gino says.
And then there’s the crazy travel opportunities that come with first place – a year of free business class travel anywhere in the world Air Canada flies. “We were actually going to try and jam one in before Christmas,” Gino says. “But it was like, ‘Y’know what? We just got a house, it’s Christmas, we’ll wait until January.’ January comes, we’re going to be like boom, boom, boom.”
“We have a list of places we want to go,” Jesse adds. “Monaco, France, Australia, Spain, Italy – and maybe just do some random places.”
“Hawaii, South Africa,” Gino continues.
All this from a second try in the audition process. “We were way too scripted when we applied for Season 1,” Jesse recalls. “We tried way too hard to make a perfect tape. Season 3 we just relaxed and focused on being ourselves. We just kind of had fun with it, went with the flow and submitted the first one we did.
“When you think you’re giving the perfect answer, it’s actually, like, the wrong answer,” says Gino. “It isn’t a test that you pass or fail. They want to see who you are, what’s different about you, what’s your story? Your three-minute audition tape is your chance to show who you are as individuals and as a team.”
From a pre-race interview I did with them, I sensed Gino and Jesse were determined. But they weren’t one of the teams bragging about having a plan that was definitely going to win it for them.
“We’re modest guys, so that wasn’t our style,” says Gino. “But this is the truth. Everybody always says, ‘We wanted it.’ But anybody who was on that show would know, Jesse and I just wanted it that much more. Honestly, like we didn’t let our guards down for one second. We had our eye on the prize the entire time and we weren’t going to let anyone get in the way of that.”
They still keep in touch with their fellow competitors, and have gotten together with the Toronto-area teams. “There were never any hard feelings, and you can appreciate good competition,” Gino says. “Us, Nick and Matt, Brent and Sean, nothing was malicious. We know and they know everything was done to get ahead in the race, and we shared an experience.”
Gino admits the looming new season makes him a little wistful. “We’re hoping there’s a Canadian All-Stars season down the road, that’s how much we enjoyed it.”
“It was a great experience,” adds Jesse. “That’s why everybody should get their audition tapes in.”
Online videos and applications can be submitted at CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada until Monday, Nov. 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Prospective racers must prepare a short introduction video, a close-up picture of the team and of each individual and fill out an online application. http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/20/amazing-race-canada-season-3-winners-give-tips-on-applying-for-season-4