On their popular Vine videos, Cameron and Darius Benson find it pretty easy to blow away the competition with their hilarious antics and fun commentary. When it came to participating in this year’s The Amazing Race however, it was a whole other “Snapchat” for the brothers.
From the beginning, thanks to an airport snafu, they found themselves at the back of the pack, and failed to catch up on last Friday’s episode, resulting in them being the second team eliminated from the Race.
We caught up with the duo, who were home-schooled by their Harvard mom, to find out whether it takes book smarts or street smarts to win this thing, who is the most likely team to sabotage in the coming weeks, and why host Phil Keoghan is like the cool “granddad” of the show.
What went through your heads when you reached that mat and realized you were the last team?
Cameron: When we got up there I knew we were last place, so the only thing you can hope for is that it’s going to be a non-elimination leg.
Darius: It was pretty solid in my mind. Until Phil tells you you’re eliminated, you’ve got to keep hope alive. But that was pretty much it. We did have some time to come to terms with it since we filmed it in November.
Would you say you over-thought some of those clues?
Darius: Oh absolutely, that’s the thing. That’s what led us to getting eliminated. I read too much into the clue and I should have been looking at what’s going on around me a little bit more.
Cameron: The Race is all about the clues. On TV it looks like it’s more about the challenges, but the clues are cryptic, they don’t really tell you everything you need to know. You have to figure it out and wing it and experiment and you can’t really ask questions. You only find out what you should have done when you’ve done it wrong. The teams are just running around doing their own thing because you don’t know the solid answer to each challenge.
Does it take book smarts or street smarts to win this thing?
Darius: I’d say it’s not necessarily either. Our book smarts helped us get where we were, just reading the clues and figuring out the challenges. We were pretty much in last place thanks to a ticketing issue and we stayed in the back because there was no real way for us to catch up with flights or a stop where everyone has to wait. I definitely think our ability to read the clues was our strong suit, but it was also our downfall because really the clues are the hardest part.
Cameron: Another third of that is luck. We had some good luck and a lot of bad luck. The combination of some of the mistakes that we made and the luck that we had ended up with that result.
Are there any teams left you’d say would sabotage another to win?
Cameron: Based on what we saw I’d say Zach and Rachel and Scott and Blair, just because they were the first teams to actively not help another team and cause their elimination. But other than that there were no arguments or scuffles or anything between the teams.
How would you describe Phil in one sentence?
Darius: Phil is like the coolest guy. I don’t know how old he is, but he reminds me of my granddad. Just a really cool, smooth world traveler.
Cameron: He’s a very laid back person in a chaotic situation. He looks well rested, well fed, and we’re here killing ourselves running around in airports, jumping in mud. You end up at the pitstop and there’s Phil looking good. This guy is pretty much the chillest person on the race. I’d love to hang out with him.
Anything you’d like to add?
Cameron: Anyone thinking about being on the Race should know that it’s a lot different being out there, opening up the clues and stuff. It’s not like Phil’s explaining the challenges to you like they do at home. So anybody out there who’s about to apply for The Amazing Race or The Amazing Race Canada just go in with an open mind because you don’t really know what you’re up against until they put the clue in your hands.