Well, we’re sorry to say it (how Canadian of us), but it looks like sometimes, the good guys really do finish last. We’re talking about fan-favourite team Aarthy and Thinesh on The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET, CTV) of course.
The couple had the worst luck in the second part of that Keep-On-Racing leg, despite finishing in first-place last week. First they stumbled looking for clues at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (luckily for them, Sarah shared the answer to the stamp-word-scramble, much to Sam’s chagrin). Then they rolled in last to the Face Off challenge, ultimately blowing an air hockey lead against sisters Lauren and Joanne. That meant they had to wait out a time penalty and then cut cheese instead of flying a drone in the Detour (the drone stations were full). In the end they just got so far behind that they couldn’t catch up.
And to think their biggest rivals, Dave and Irina, secured another first-place finish (and a trip to Venice). But, that’s the way the cookie crumbles on TARC: one minute you’re first, the next you’re last.
We caught up with Aarthy and Thinesh the morning after their elimination to get all of their thoughts on the race, discuss this year’s “villains” and to find out if we can expect a wedding in the near future.
How tough was it going from first to last?
Thinesh: It was brutal. But it’s part of the race and there’s a lot of luck involved.
Aarthy: One bad cab and it was a series of just never being able to catch up from that. It just is what it is. That’s life. You win some and you lose some. It was our time to lose and it was someone else’s time to win.
Almost every other team we’ve spoken with so far has said they wanted you to win. Do you feel like you let your fans down?
Aarthy: It was a little heartbreaking because surprisingly we were one of the fan favourites and we had moments like with Anthony and James at the clam-digging where we were like, “Oh my God, we’re becoming a fan-favourite.” But it was also a lot of pressure because the way we played the race all our fans and the racers were like, “You guys definitely won!” And then to not win was a little heartbreaking for sure.
Did you learn anything about yourselves watching yourself on the show?
Thinesh: I mean for me it just reaffirms some of the things I already knew, that I’m a super patient person and I usually stay calm and collected.
Aarthy: I know I always cry, I do. I cry under pressure. But man! I thought I was better than that. But the race will do that to you.
Let’s talk about Dave and Irina. Why was there so much friction with them on the show?
Aarthy: Personally, I think that what the viewers saw of them was a very pretty version of them. They aren’t as nice as they seem on TV, believe it or not. It was just hard to race with people who were constantly negative. There’s being competitors and then there’s being negative. It just really wasn’t fun to race with people who were constantly bashing other teams and people in general. It was negative. If you’re going to be that negative you’re going to get called out.
Have you spoken with them since doing the series?
Aarthy: No. We tried. All of us racers tried to reconcile but then something happened and it was one of those things where it was like, nope. We don’t need these people in our lives, they’re just toxic. That’s just how Thinesh and I are moving forward. With Dave and Irina you just have to decide if you need that in your life or not. We had enough on the race. We’re good.
How does that relationship compare with Sam and Sarah, who essentially kept you in the race by sharing an answer?
Aarthy: It’s so crazy because all the rest of us racers are one big family and I think we’ll be friends for a very long time. We all shared this crazy human experiment together and only us racers can really talk about what it was. You can’t really talk about it with your family or whoever you’d normally talk to so we’re bonded for life. We obviously bonded with Anthony and James and Sarah and Sam the most.
Does that make it hard to pick who you’re rooting for at the finish line?
Aarthy: It does. When me and Thinesh were sitting in our hotel room we were like, ‘Man.’ Between them, if we really had to pick, it really is hard. They really are the exact same team. They’re all amazing Canadians, they help their communities, they do so much work with kids… they’re the exact same team so we can’t pick!
Thinesh, during the diamond challenge earlier this season you told viewers Aarthy might be expecting a rock sometime soon. Any updates to share?
Thinesh: In terms of that, we’re still going with the tagline “Dating Couple.” So that hasn’t changed but perhaps someday in the near future it might…
Has doing this race together made you stronger as a couple?
Thinesh: Definitely. This race puts you through so many high-stress situations. Things you probably wouldn’t experience normally in a relationship, so just being able to get through all that I believe it’s definitely made us a lot stronger.