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Exclusive Interview with Preston and Jennifer of The Amazing Race

Posted on 02/17/2009 by Gina in The Amazing Race

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Jennifer and Preston went into this season of The Amazing Race thinking that they were the team to beat.  After a series of unfortunate events, though, they ended up being the first team sent home on Sunday night's episode.  The two boarded a taxi that took them 3 hours out of their way in the first leg of the race and the pair ran out of money in a crucial moment.  The couple may have argued along the way but supported each other when it mattered most.  This week, they sat down with RealityWanted to talk about what went wrong, whether or not they want to be on television again, and that damn cheese wheel.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What made you guys want to try out for The Amazing Race?  Is it a show that you've followed over the years?
A. Jennifer: I haven't followed it every year but I know people who have been on it so I watched their episodes.
A. Preston: Who wouldn't want to travel around the world with someone you care about for a million dollars?
A. Jennifer: I actually tried out for Survivor but I got moved over to The Amazing Race.  Yeah, but like he said, who wouldn't want to travel for the chance at a million dollars?
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Did you guys have any reservations about going on the race or anything that you were afraid to do, such as the bungee jump in the first episode?
A. Jennifer: I'm scared of heights but I would've done the bungee jump for a million dollars.  The one thing I didn't want was... I'm not a huge seafood eater, food that's mushy.  I knew there'd be an eating challenge.
A. Preston: I was pretty much game for anything but that bungee jump was scary!
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Based on your first impressions of the other teams, who did you think was going to give you the biggest run for your money?
A. Jennifer: Well, Preston thought Kris, because of his big muscles.  I didn't really think anyone was competition for us but Jen and Tisha were just so tall.  When the race started, they seriously took one step and were at their bags.
A. Preston: I thought that we would be the one to beat but I thought that Nick and Tammy, Jen and Tisha, and Amanda and Kris would be our competition.  I thought we'd have a pretty good shot at winning, though.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Looking back at that first episode, what was the biggest mistake that you made?
A. Preston: I don't think it was a mistake as much as bad luck... taking that taxi the wrong way from Italy to Switzerland.
A. Jennifer: We were first at the airport and we just jumped into the first taxi we saw.  It just happened to be the one without a speed pass and a driver who didn't speak English.  It ended up being a 3 hour delay.
A. Preston: At the pit stop, we had a 30 minute lead on the girls but it was negated because we were short on money for the taxi.  There was nothing we could do.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You two said on the show that you fight a lot.  Did you go into the show attempting not to do that or were you just going to be who you are?
A. Preston: Oh, we never change who we are.  During the race, we were encouraging each other.  The only time we really bickered was at the train station.  We were tired and we had time to settle and be grumpy.
A. Jennifer: We went into it being who we were.  As for the fighting, it was only five minutes but they spread it out throughout the entire episode.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted.com: The cheese wheel challenge looked ridiculously hard.  Did the episode do it justice?
A. Jennifer: It did look hard on tv but it was way harder than you could imagine.  They use really cheap wood and that is not a hill.  That's a cliff.  No matter how hard you tried to stand up, you were bustin' your butt the entire way up. 
A. Preston: I work out and getting up that hill was tough.  It was covered in goat and sheep poo.  You're trying to carry 50 pounds or 100 pounds and you've got your New Balance shoes on.  Those guys kept laughing and I was like, "I'm gonna take half of you guys out."


Q. Gina, RealityWanted.com: What's next in the future for you?  Did you do the show for the experience or are you hoping to get back on tv?
A.  Jennifer: I did this first and foremost for the experience but I grew up in the entertainment industry.  I've modeled and I've acted.  I'd love to pursue it but my first goal is to be a nurse.  Whatever comes my way, though...
A. Preston: I'm a computer geek.  I'm working from home today.  I don't foresee getting back on television.



The Amazing Race airs Sunday nights at 8pm ET on CBS.


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