Could Brendon, Rachel & Baby be the next hit reality show? Hold on to your extensions, Kardashians!
"We got married on TV, and who wouldn't want to see a little Rachel baby on TV, right?" asks former Big Brother winner Rachel Reilly.
Unfortunately — or fortunately for Kim & Co. — it's not happening ... yet.
These days Rachel and her husband, fellow reality TV veteran Brendon Villegas — collectively known to fans as Brenchel — are competing once again on The Amazing Race after coming in third during Season 20. "Brendon promised me that if we win a million dollars, we'll have a baby and start a family so [we're] crossing our fingers for that."
Diapers are expensive, after all. Right, Brendon? "Being a husband and eventually being a father, my number one thing is protecting my family," the Big Brother alum said about his future family staying in the TV spotlight. "As long as all that's possible — I can still feel my family is safe at all times and I don't have to worry about people wanting to pop out of the bushes and take a picture of the baby — I'm OK with that."
YourTango: Having been on the show a few seasons ago, what was your strategy going into The Amazing Race this time?
Brendon: Rachel and I did our homework, that's one thing. We watched a lot of seasons. The first time we only had about two months between Big Brother and Amazing Race, so other than watching a couple seasons here and there, we didn't really have time to prepare. We were thrown into it. This time we thought, ya know, let's start preparing, let's start getting in shape, let's watch other episodes … different aspects of each different team, what we thought maybe worked for them or really gave them an advantage in the competition.
Rachel: I call us reality athletes because we literally train so hard for the race and these competition shows; I lost 12 pounds training for the race, between running, everything — every day we were running miles, running with weights in our backpacks — doing yoga and weight lifting. It's crazy the amount of preparation we put into it, training for the race and training for competition shows.
YourTango: Who did you feel would be your biggest competition?
Brendon: We got to see a little bit of last season, and we knew the Afghanimals [Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran] were going to be there. We were thinking that they were definitely going to be a challenge because we looked at them as tough racers ... we thought about The Cowboys [Cord McCoy and Jet McCoy], who have been on two times before and both times have finished pretty strong. The teams that have raced two times before, that are racing for the third time, we were most nervous against them because they've been through it twice already and they know the ins and outs and the little things that might make a difference. Luke [Adams] and Margie [O'Donnell], same thing with them ... it's hard when you see these people, you grow to really like them on the show, but at some point you think, "If it's me or them, it's us."
Rachel: The Globetrotters [Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton] because I feel I got a little star struck around them, like Amazing Race star struck because I was such a huge fan of The Globetrotters; anytime that you see a team that you're a huge fan of anyway, you automatically want to be kind of nicer to them and you want to align with them and talk to them more. I was really nervous about racing against them because I just thought, "Damn, how am I going to race against The Globetrotters? I look up to them so much." KEEP READING OUR INTERVIEW WITH BRENCHEL!
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