It may have been a great night in the Okanagan Valley for brothers Gino and Jesse Montani, who reclaimed the top spot (alongside two years of free gas and round-trip tickets to Tokyo) on Wednesday night’s episode of The Amazing Race Canada. But for exes Dujean Williams and Leilani Ross, the episode marked the end of the line when they became the next team eliminated on the race.
The writing was pretty much on the wall when Leilani hit the water for an extreme wakeboarding task that resulted in a banged up leg and dampened spirits. But when the pair found out they had also been U-Turned by the wrestlers, it was game over.
The Loop caught up with the exes to find out how to be friends after the fact, whether they’re still friendly after going through the race, and what really went down behind-the-scenes.
We usually ask contestants what Jon’s poker face is like, but it definitely looked like you guys knew you were done, didn’t you?
Ross: Yeah, we did. Especially with the non-elimination leg the week before, we just knew.
Williams: There was no hope.
We haven’t seen exes race together before. Have people started calling you the next Jerry and Elaine, or do they think it’s weird?
Williams: Oh boy, that’s a good one actually. You’re going to get every single opinion and thought from different people. Everybody has their own ideas. But you just have to do what you do and race your race. You have to live with what you do, but it makes you a better person. With all that stress man… you come back to real life and it’s normal again. It was a good challenge.
Now that you’re back to normal have things settled down and are you able to be friends again?
Williams: Yeahhhh… we are…
Ross: I think we both saw sides of each other during the race that we didn’t especially like. And so we’re both okay with living our lives. We both love Brent and Sean so we’ll all go for coffee. But yeah. We’re okay.
But you don’t hang out on the regular or anything necessarily, correct?
Williams: We didn’t really before either. Everybody wants a beautiful, happy movie ending. I think that’s what everybody’s kind of looking for because it’s TV. But it’s reality, it’s real life.
Are you still in disagreement about who should have done the wakeboarding challenge?
Williams: You can’t admit… it’s hard because you can’t say, ‘coulda woulda shoulda.’ But this is what happened, this is the outcome, this is what was supposed to happen because that’s how life plays.
In that respect Dujean, have you learned to swim at this point — is that on your bucket list?
Williams: It is there… I can’t swim to save my life. The thing is when you read the clue you don’t know what kind of swimming challenge or what kind of water challenge it’s going to be. Because of the fact that Leilani is a better swimmer okay she should do it. If we read it in the sense of, ‘Who wants to wakeboard?’ I would have been like, ‘I’ll do it.’
Ross: But! But, but. You can’t swim though! You can’t swim.
Williams: I would have still…
Ross: Been in water!!!
Leilani how long did it take your leg to heal from that challenge?
Ross: There was plastic in there. After we were eliminated I had to get stitches… But I have a pretty great scar now that people ask me about. So that’s exciting. But yeah, it was pretty brutal.
What went through your heads when you saw your faces at that U-Turn?
Ross: We both kind of expected it because we knew we were last. But it sucked either way. It’s not a fun feeling.
Williams: They knew that we were behind and if the wrestlers U-Turned us they would have been okay and safe. Obviously they just wanted to solidify a spot in the Final 4.
Did you watch Wednesday’s episode together?
Williams: We’ve watched other episodes together but not this one. It’s interesting reliving it. It was pretty intense watching it all over again.
Was there anything positive you guys learned about each other doing this?
Williams: How much we can take, in life… in general.
Ross: I’d agree… we learned different things about each other and I’m sure he learned things about me that he definitely did not like and vice versa. So yeah.
If you guys had one do-over on the race, what would it have been?
Ross: Somehow, Saskatoon was a really fun leg for us. I don’t know if it’s because we took the penalty so quickly, but it was maybe the only leg where we didn’t have any fights at all. It was just a beautiful day in Saskatoon. We might be out, we might not be. We still came in third even taking a penalty. It was a good day for us.
You’re still in the race for Fuel Your Team fan prize race; is there an argument to be made about why people should vote for you?
Williams: At this point, you wanna look at the pack, we are nowhere near who is winning.
Ross: But if you want to vote for us please do!
Williams: I’ll say vote for Dana and Amanda because they went home empty handed. Those ladies deserve some gas. That’s what I feel.