A sense of direction is everything on The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET, CTV). Just ask this season’s Canada’s Choice team Jet Black and Dave Schram, whose little detour on the seventh season premiere essentially cost them the race.
Sure, the duo came out strong in the episode, running at full throttle through a Lion King-inspired challenge and whizzing through a task at the Ontario Food Terminal to land the first flight of the season to Kamloops, B.C. Things went downhill from there, when Schram failed on his first try to drop his ball into a target while ziplining across the Ajax Copper Mine, and then again when the team went 80 kilometres in the wrong direction while heading to the Circle Creek Ranch for their next task. Maps are important, people.
Their snafu was one they just couldn’t recover from. And so while Dave and Irina, who had been basically neck-in-neck with the guys the whole episode, got first place (along with a trip to South Africa, an Express Pass for themselves and one to give away to another team by episode three), the guys fell all the way to last place. In the end, they couldn’t catch up with Gilles and Sean, and host Jon Montgomery eliminated them at the mat.
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All of that fanfare to become the first ever “all-star” team on the show, only to be eliminated first. As it turns out, the pressure is real.
We caught up with the Black the morning following his and Dave’s elimination to chat about bad directions, the pain of being eliminated first, and the upside of eating your feelings.
We know Dave isn’t here right now, but is he okay? Have you been in contact with him?
Oh yeah, he’s just having a diva moment I’m sure. He’ll come strolling in at any second.
So in your own words, what happened?
Everything was going swell. The sky was blue, the birds were chirping, we stopped for directions and no one in the gas station had a phone or had ever heard of this ranch that we were looking for. Or had heard of the highway 5A we were looking for. Except for this one gentleman who gave us exquisite directions that we followed to a tee. Technically they did lead to highway 5A, it was just the on-ramp an hour down the road. We weren’t super confident but we weren’t really doubting it either because everything this gentleman had told us was happening in terms of landmarks, etc. Once we found 5A we truly believed we were in the right place so we spent an enormous amount of time looking for that ranch before we righted the ship and came into port.
You probably have mixed feelings over taking directions from that gentleman this morning.
We trusted some inaccurate directions because we’re trusting guys. We see the good in people and we didn’t believe that anyone would dare lie to us or sabotage us. He seemed quite confident and we believed that, at the end of the day, humanity is good and that gentleman wanted to help us, and wow—what a reality check. I see life differently now.
How do you eat a loss like that, being Canada’s Choice and then being eliminated first?
Ouch. Ouch. Yeah, I suppose we could use the word “humbling” although I’m still the obnoxious, overconfident guy that was at the starting line. A lot of that is in good fun. Anyone who knows us knows we’re just out there trying to have a good time. I talk a big game but, yeah, it doesn’t look good when you fall on your face, first eliminated. Although if it makes great TV we’re happy to do our part.
Before this, what was the worst time you’ve ever gotten lost?
That was the first time I’ve ever been lost, and I vowed it would be my last. Unfortunately, Dave didn’t make that same vow, so he’s still circling the parking lot trying to make it in time for this interview.
What did you do with all the extra snacks you told us you packed at the beginning of the race?
Have you ever heard of eating your feelings? Shortly after Jon said goodbye at the mat, I had an entire race-worth of protein bars to eat my feelings. I can’t say that it didn’t help.
Would you do another reality show, or this show a third time around if you had the chance?
I just got a Tweet from Dave actually, and he wants to make sure that he is quoted as saying, “Third time’s a charm, we’ll get ’em next time.” Seriously.
Who would you put money on to win this thing?
Truth be told we didn’t really get to know the other teams so well. I really liked Lauren and Joanne on the flight from Toronto to Vancouver. We kept the entire airplane up by giggling away. They’re fun and I really like them and want them to do well. But it’s tough to deny Irina and Dave’s ability. They were trash-talking us from the get go, but I like their style, especially as a big mouth myself. They bested us that day, so more power to them.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
We are collectively very thankful to Canada for the opportunity. Sorry to disappoint, and whether you love us or you hate us, we’ll see you next time.