Running in The Amazing Race had long been a dream for YouTube host Joslyn Davis. So when she landed the opportunity to travel the world and compete for a million bucks alongside her co-host and best friend Erin White Robinson, she was quick to hop on board.
Unfortunately for the duo, it wasn’t meant to be and they became the fourth team eliminated from the Race in last Friday night’s episode, after the wind failed to pick up for Erin during a particularly tough Road Block challenge in France.
We caught up with Davis to get her take on Phil Keoghan, what she underestimated about the show as a longtime fan, and what actually went wrong during that Road Block.
What went through your head when you found out you were for sure eliminated?
Davis: I’m a huge fan of the show so obviously you know that throughout the Race there are probably going to be a few non-elimination legs or a continuation leg. By then we’d already had one with the first episode. So we assumed one was coming up in the near future and so we kept running and racing until we got to the mat. It wasn’t until Phil uttered the words, ‘You have been eliminated’ that we knew. It was such a surreal experience for someone who has watched the show for so many seasons — it was like an out of body experience. This last leg was the coolest, probably the coolest leg you’ll see this whole season.
What is Phil like in real life versus how you pictured him?
Davis: He’s so down to earth. His job is not a joke. The things he has to do and the capacity for travelling so quickly… you can’t be a diva and have that kind of job. He’s so friendly too, when he wasn’t working he would chat with us, interact with us and engage with us in a real way. He wasn’t one of these people with an entourage — he’s very approachable.
Is there anything you underestimated going in?
Davis: We were pretty prepared for anything; we watched a ton of episodes. The No. 1 thing that we underestimated though was the amount of running. We physically trained and did a lot of other training exercises like outdoor activities and stuff before we were up for the Race, but I didn’t realize how much we’d be running and more specifically full-on sprinting. A lot of that doesn’t get shown on TV because it’s kind of boring to watch people run for hours.
What was it like for you waiting for Erin down at the bottom of that Road Block?
Davis: I knew based on the other teams that we would have trouble also. I wasn’t surprised that Erin had trouble because everyone did. But I didn’t know what was going on and at one point when I was the last person waiting and production had left, I got really worried. I thought maybe she’d been injured or something like that. I had one of the guys at the bottom walkie-talkie up just to confirm that she was okay and it was the wind not blowing.
What you don’t see in the episode is that ultimately they moved her to a completely different spot, the spot where Ashley took off from because the wind never ended up coming up from where she was. She said her pilot was pretty conservative. After 30 minutes of waiting he finally moved her down to a separate spot on the mountain where she was then able to take off.
What are some other frustrating/difficult things like that we don’t see at home?
Davis: As a viewer of the show you can be so critical, like, ‘You’re not reading the clues correctly!’ The clues aren’t necessarily as clear as you might imagine. Sometimes they’re quite confusing. And you’re tired and haven’t slept, or maybe you’re hungry and just trying to do your best but there’s so much going through your mind. The other big challenge on the show you don’t see is the travel. That is what’s most important. This is really a race around the world and I think people do mess up on their Road Blocks and Detours, but if you mess up on booking a flight and you’re five or six hours later you’re definitely out. So the most important part of the Race is the travel part.
Looking forward, who would you deem the team most likely to sabotage another?
Davis: That’s tough. Because of the theme of the season and all of us coming from the same world, there’s been a lot of teams helping each other. You haven’t seen the end of that. That’s maybe why people haven’t been as quick to (sabotage) one another. There was a U-Turn earlier in the season that wasn’t even shown because no one used it. So right now any of the teams would. I know that’s kind of a copout, but these teams are smart and all so strong that anyone who is in the back of the pack would be crazy to not U-Turn the team behind them.
Now that the Race is done are you hoping to parlay this into anything?
Davis: That would be amazing. This has been such a great experience. As far as anything specific I can’t say I have anything in mind unless Phil wants me to co-host The Amazing Race with him. I’d be totally game for that. That said, if CBS wants to give us a morning show or something I’m also totally game. Or hey — a redo on The Amazing Race. That’s on the top of my list, I would love a redo.