Going from first to last has got to be tough, but that’s the doozy of a situation besties and fitness entrepreneurs Kelly Xu and Kate Pan found themselves in on Tuesday night’s episode of The Amazing Race Canada.
The racers left Vietnam in first place, but they quickly fell behind in Prince Rupert, B.C. thanks to a pretty tricky puzzle. Sadly, even though they pretty much ran a perfect race after that, they still arrived at the mat long after Julie and Lowell, and were subsequently booted from the show.
We caught up with the ladies to discover what went wrong, being the show’s first female Asian team, and their plans for a trip to Los Angeles, which they won for coming in first place last week.
What went wrong?
Xu: We got stuck on that puzzle. It was just our way of thinking; our process of thought. We were good with following instructions, but when it comes to creative thinking, that’s maybe not our forte.
How hard was it to go from first to last?
Pan: It was hard for us. Our whole experience in the race was a crazy roller coaster ride with ups and downs. But we leave with no regrets, we had so many great moments and the experience was amazing.
Xu: It was amazing and unforgettable.
How far behind Julie and Lowell were you?
Pan: We were actually really behind, the puzzle really kept us apart, we were about an hour behind.
Xu: After the puzzle we had to take a water taxi and we had to wait for the scheduled departure.
Pan: Even though we tried to catch up with everyone, because of the nature of the water taxi, we couldn’t. We hoped someone would make a mistake, but they breezed through it all and we weren’t able to catch up.
So we guess it’s fair to say you haven’t done any puzzles since you got home?
Xu: No, puzzles are definitely not our thing! But eating bugs are.
Yes – you guys had no problem at all downing those bugs, what was the trick?
Xu: No problem at all. There are things we obviously struggle with, but eating something we knew was a possibility going into the show. You just can’t think about it.
Pan: We actually really enjoyed the fried bugs, they were yummy.
Was there pressure to represent as the first Asian female team?
Xu: We both felt very honoured to represent our community, but at the same time we were motivated to do our best.
Pan: We wanted to do well and represent ourselves, our friends, family and community.
Xu: It’s not so much pressure but motivation.
What was it like giving up your cell phones and technology to do this thing?
Pan: Honestly it wasn’t as bad as we expected. It’s a blessing because nowadays we’re so addicted to our phones and social media all the time. We always have our heads down. But with the phones taken away you actually get to see all the places and appreciate how beautiful things are. You don’t realize that all the time anymore, especially with things like Pokemon Go.
What’s Jon Montgomery like when the cameras are off?
Pan: Jon is so animated. The way he talks, acts… it’s the exact same as on-camera. He’s well spoken and a charming host. We love him. He’s so fun to be around, like a ball of energy. The room will never be dull.
When are you taking off to L.A.?
Xu: We’ll go in the winter since L.A. has nice weather, and definitely go shopping. We love tanning and we love the beaches. But we’ll wait until it’s colder here so that we can escape.
Any advice for the other teams going forward?
Xu: Every team has their own strategy and every leg they’re doing their best. It is what it is – sometimes you’re lucky and sometimes you’re unlucky. But no one needs advice – they’re all prepared!
The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV.