You never know what’s going to take you down on The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET, CTV). Sometimes it’s bad directions (just ask Jet and Dave, or Aisha Bentham and Nicki Lee), sometimes it’s the inability to complete a challenge and sometimes, it’s just bad luck.
Well we’d say it was definitely a case of misfortune when grandfather-grandson duo Gilles and Sean Miron were eliminated from the race on Tuesday night. The Sunderland, Ont. team proved to be strong competitors early on in the race, prompting Olympians Sarah Wells and Sam Effah to use the show’s first ever double-blind One Way on them. As a result, they had to compete in a singing and dancing challenge with the Kokopelli Choir rather than the easier puzzle challenge at the 100 Street Funicular. (All of the other teams except moms Trisha Omeri and Amy De Demenico, who were also targeted in the One Way by sisters Lauren and Joanne Lavoie, definitely chose that latter task.)
In the end, a couple of left feet and many complex moves just put Gilles and Sean so far behind that there was no making up for it, and they arrived at the mat in last place—well behind this week’s repeat winners, Dave Leduc and Irina Terehova, who also won a trip to Morocco.
We caught up with Gilles and Sean the morning after their elimination to get their take on the show’s newest challenge and to spill some secrets about what really goes on during the race.
So what did you think of the double-blind One Way?
Sean: Oh, it’s my favourite thing ever! Honestly, it’s a great strategic move so we applaud who used it on us, but at the same time… it sucked. We’re not happy about it because it really ruined our race. I have nothing good to say about it, really! It was rough. It was sad because we did not expect to be on it. It made me question all of our relationships and it threw us out.
Gilles: Especially when we saw what the other side of the detour was—puzzles. That was right up our alley.
Is there an upside, knowing Olympians felt threatened enough to use it against you?
Gilles: Exactly, I was honoured. When Olympians think a 65-year-old is a threat, wow! That’s awesome.
Sean: 2020 Olympics, here we come!
Gilles: I’m going to sign up for hurdles.
At what point did you learn they were the ones who used it on you?
Sean: We found out at a later date, but quickly on the show we saw them run past and they were like, “Sorry guys!” So we figured they either felt bad that we were behind or they did something. So that’s what we think, but honestly we found out later on, we reconnected with them after the race.
So no hard feelings?
Gilles: It was well-played. It was within the game and they played the game.
Sean: No, it’s all good. I would have done the same thing in their shoes.
Gilles, do you feel more confident in your dancing moves now?
Gilles: No, not at all. Put me in a canoe. There I can dance. But out here? I can’t dance. I knew that was going to be my weak spot.
Sean: We should have gone in saying he was an ex-dance instructor because then they wouldn’t have sent us here. But we didn’t do that.
What was the coolest thing you got to do during the race?
Gilles: Probably the ziplining for me, but I did it way too many times.
Sean: For me it was the dirt-biking, although again I had to showboat a bit and I fell off it, so that sucked. But overall it was a great experience. The best thing though was just sharing it with my grandfather. That was the best thing.
Was there anything that was completely different than you expected?
Sean: For me it was the travelling. I was quite confused because on the show everyone gets around and you always wonder how the travelling works, and then to actually be told to go somewhere but there’s no direction at all? I was very surprised. It threw me for a loop.
Gilles: Everything! I should have watched the show more. [Laughs.]
Which team are you now rooting for?
Sean: I cannot pick favourites on this; we wish everyone the best of luck. We had a bit of a relationship with Dave and Irina, but we honestly wish everyone the best of luck. We’re not here to pick a favourite. No matter who wins we will be happy.
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