Luck just wasn’t on Anne Morrone and Tanya Muzzatti‘s side Tuesday night when The Amazing Race Canada headed to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The life-long best friends and single moms had an uphill battle from the start when they were the last to depart, and they never quite caught up despite giving it their all.
Through digestible creepy crawlies, some flair bar-tending and really missing their kids, Anne and Tanya proved that single moms are some of the strongest women around, through their time on The Race. Here they tell us what went wrong, what those bugs really tasted like, and why karaoke wasn’t a Road Block option, despite Anne’s opera background.
What went wrong?
Muzzatti: At the beginning of the leg we started as the last team and we started fairly late. Then we hit some traffic that set us back quite a bit of time. That hurt us for sure in the beginning, but then we did manage to catch up.
Morrone: I did the Road Block with the scooter in the first shot. But then the Detour, the two Detours (minus the bugs!) we didn’t waste that much time even though it was horrible. But when it came to the karaoke or the bartending, both of those options were pretty difficult. They looked easy, but once you got into them they were difficult.
Do you guys regret not doing karaoke? Anne, you sing opera!
Morrone: I know how difficult it is to sing in different languages, I sing in like six languages and I know what it’s like. I was also a little bit worried about Tanya because she doesn’t have that experience. Plus in the past when you look at the race, everyone who does a challenge where they’re a professional they don’t seem to do very well at it! We figured we’re both always in the kitchen, we’re both good at it, we can do this bar-tending thing together.
Tell us about the bugs.
Morrone: It was horrific, it was my absolute worst nightmare. Tanya and I had this big conversation before we left, and I would do all the heights and the jumping and she would do the bug-eating. When it came to it and we both had to do the bugs, we died.
Tanya you have no problems with that kind of stuff?
Muzzatti: I was prepared for it, I can’t say that I didn’t have any problems with it. I was especially caught off guard by what we got for dessert. Those things were moving. Visually all I could imagine at that point was them crawling around in my stomach. It was pretty tough for both of us.
Morrone: And the bat! Like the teeth and the wings… it was all there.
What was it like reuniting with kids?
Muzzatti: It was amazing. Obviously we would have loved to have gone to the end, but we really did miss our kids. It was a long way away, and it was wonderful to see them again.
Morrone: You run the race, it’s really tough and then you go back to your room and your kids aren’t there. Luckily Tanya and I love each other so it was all good, but we definitely really missed them.
What’s the key to such a long friendship? You’ve been besties for 30-plus years!
Morrone: The ups and downs that we’ve been through together and also the honesty that we have. Tanya and I don’t BS. We know each other so well, so just being really honest with each other has kept us going. I know I can get an honest opinion from her.
Muzzatti: And respect — to have respect for one another on things that are unique or can be annoying. Just respect that you’re each different and the support that we give each other is insurmountable.
What’s Jon Montgomery like when the cameras are off?
Morrone: He’s awesome! He is such a nice man. Totally awesome.
Muzzatti: He’s amazing.
Would you travel together again?
Muzzatti: Oh yeah, 100 per cent. We travelled beforehand, we travelled during the race and we’ll definitely continue doing that.
Morrone: We really love Europe, obviously we’d love to go there. Our parents were all born in Italy so we have a root there that we really love to go back and visit. But Tanya and I want to do something fun with the kids. We were hoping that we were going to take them on a safari after this in South Africa, but we’ll just have to figure out another way to do it.
Any advice for the other teams going forward?
Muzzatti: Everyone is actually playing an amazing game, we have a lot of respect for all of the teams. They’re all playing a great game and what we learned is you can start out on top and then somehow find yourself on the bottom.
Morrone: It’s anyone’s game at any point and you have to remember that. You have to just keep racing to the end. Tanya and I saw Jill and Emmett there at the end, but we didn’t know how many other teams were in or out at any point. You have to just keep racing.
Anything to add?
Muzzatti: We hope we encourage all the moms and dads and BFFs out there to go and audition and try the race. It’s awesome.