When it came to anything involving a foot race on The Amazing Race, Blair and Scott Fowler knew that they probably wouldn’t stand a chance. The YouTube star and her father knew they had many strengths going into the social media-influenced season of the show, but running wasn’t one of them.
Sure enough, following the previous week’s non-elimination leg the duo found themselves in a foot race against Tyler and Korey in last Friday’s episode, resulting in a heartbreaking photo finish that effectively eliminated them from the series.
We caught up with the adorable daddy-daughter team to find out what really goes on behind-the-scenes, whether knowing everyone in advance was an advantage, and what they’d do differently if they had a chance to do it all over again.
How frustrating was it to land on the mat just after Tyler and Korey?
Blair: After the previous leg turned out to be a non-elimination we felt like each leg after that turned out to be a kind of bonus. We were just enjoying every leg that we got to experience. But Dad actually arrived at the dance about 10-15 minutes after Korey and ended up completing it before him so I was super proud of him just for that alone, to be able to do that dance and beat out Korey. But in the end we knew that it was probably going to be a foot race and I’m not the fastest.
Scott, were you kicking yourself over picking up the wrong knapsack? That definitely cost you.
Scott: It was a pretty bad oversight on my part. But when I brought it back up I still didn’t know at that moment that Tyler and Korey were finished. I wasn’t 100 per cent sure where we were in the Race but when we saw them I knew for sure it was going to be a foot race. That was a little depressing.
What did you underestimate before starting the Race?
Blair: I needed to train harder and pack lighter. I had so much stuff I needed!
Scott: There are things you learn on this Race and in retrospect both physical and strategic preparation would help people. It’s much more important than people think to not just read the clue, but to realize the options and the possibilities that reading the clue accurately raises. There’s trial and error, and the ability to stay in contact with the teams around you is a critical factor in winning. We thought it was going to be more about doing things well and carefully.
Did anything happen that we didn’t see at home?
Blair: So many things. The biggest thing is during travel time, you see us get on a train and hop off and it’s like, ‘Okay next leg starts now.’ But you have to understand that we were on a rickety train that was stopping and going quickly for 10 hours trying to get broken sleep. We had some 17 hour travel days on three different flights that we were doing. We were all ready for a nap at that point. So the travel, and also when you get to the airport it’s not just sitting around waiting — you’re walking around the plane trying to find a local that also speaks English that’s going back home that can tell you about the city you’re going to and maybe translate some words into your notebook. You never stop.
Was knowing some of the other teams beforehand an advantage?
Blair: It wasn’t as much of an advantage as it was comfort. I enjoyed the fact that I knew some of the other people. Having that there was really nice. We all respect each other so much on a personal and work level that we all knew we were fighting against each other, but we were all trying not to sabotage.
Scott: There was a lot of respect and a sense that how you played the game was valuable too. Some were more aggressive than others and you can pick those teams out, but I think everybody was capable of doing what was necessary to win.
Blair: We all learned so much that there would be a little more strategy going into it if we got to run this Race again.
Blair what’s the status of you and Brody?
Blair: “Blody” decided that when we got back from the Race it was just going to be best to stay friends.
Tell us what Phil is like in a few words.
Blair: He’s funny! He’s quick on his toes too. Sometimes he would say little comebacks I wasn’t expecting from him.
Scott: He’s definitely funny. And able to have a conversation with anybody at anytime, he’s very responsive. He makes everybody feel like they’re the important person who’s there.
What’s next for you guys?
Blair: If Dad and I had the possibility to do this again we would do it in a heartbeat. We’re planning a little trip in October that we can take family and some media and do a scavenger hunt in the city or something and share our experience of what we went through.
Scott: This has brought our relationship to a new level, which we wanted it to do. It’s also something we love doing together. Travelling has always been something we’ve done together, even when she was an itty, bitty girl. It’s unlikely we’ll quit doing that, whether it’s in the format of a game or just travelling together.