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“We Just Wanted to Have a Good Time and Win” – Reality News Online’s Exclusive Interview with The Amazing Race 20's Joey “Fitness” & Dannyby Teeuwynn Woodruff -- 03/28/2011
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Reality News Online: Hi, Joey “Fitness” & Danny! Thanks for talking to Reality News Online today!
Joey: How you doin’?
RNO: Do people really need to call you Joey “Fitness”?
Joey: People call me Joey when they’re talking to me, but if you read online and on the website, I’m Joey “Fitness.”
RNO: What made you decide to apply for The Amazing Race?
Joey: We’ve known about the show – not that we watched it numerous times, an episode here and there – and then we heard that they were casting. We thought, “You know what? You win a million dollars.” They were looking for a Jersey Shore type team and me and Danny fit the profile perfect.
Then we actually started becoming fans of the show. We watched five full seasons and we really thought we had a shot to win the million dollars.
RNO: You guys really should have been out the very first leg. Did you know Misa & Maiya went the wrong way and hadn’t checked in yet when you got to the mat?
Danny: When we were doing the empanadas I realized when they walked away that they didn’t have their bags with them. The entrances were kind of confusing in that place. When they had to go back to the car to get their bags I told Joey, “Hey, let’s not give up. Let’s keep going.”
When we finished the empanadas and ran outside we literally ran right behind Misa & Maiya. We were wondering what the hell they were doing. When we got to the Pit Stop and Phil said we were in tenth I had to do a double take.
RNO: So you ran right behind them and then they ran somewhere else again without going to the Pit Stop?
Danny: I don’t know what they were doing. They were just standing there and we ran right behind them.
Joey: When we saw them out there we thought maybe they had gone to the Pit Stop and were walking back. We were confused, but we ran there anyway. When Phil told us we were still in it to win a million dollars we were ecstatic. We were like, “Thank you, God!”
RNO: Getting to this past leg, the teams all traveled together this leg and then ended up waiting at the fire temple in Azerbaijan for it to open – what was it like there?
Danny: It was really different than what I’ve ever experienced. I’ve never been out of the United States before. So, going on the show, everything was new to me. Showing up to a place like that was definitely out of the ordinary. It’s not like you see that in the middle of New York City every day.
Joey: We were leaving the last leg in second place so we actually thought we had a jump on the other teams when we got there. We saw the sign that I think said “Opens at Sunrise” and all the teams were able to catch up. We thought we’d have an advantage going into the leg then we saw the other teams coming in and we knew it would be equalized again.
RNO: You and Rachel & Dave both decided to go for the Fast Forward. When you saw another team was going for it did you consider not trying for it – because that was a very risky move?
Danny: We were the first team to leave the temple. When we ripped open the envelope we totally disregarded the Detour. We had no clue what it was – we saw the Fast Forward and we were set on going for that.
We were the first ones out of there heading for the Fast Forward area. We had no clue that there was any other team going for it. Then our cab driver was kind of lost. He couldn’t find the Fast Forward area. I looked back and couldn’t see another team so I told Joey, “It’s alright. We have plenty of time.”
Then suddenly Rachel & Dave’s cab goes flying by us. Then finally our cab followed him. They got there about a minute or two before us.
RNO: Danny, you said you don’t like to read instructions. Do you think not looking carefully at the Fast Forward instructions hurt you at all?
Joey: I yelled at Danny to go look at the diagram and he said, “I don’t read instructions – I’m a guy.” He figured out that you had to stack the hay 10 x 3 x 5 and we had a pretty good work ethic there. We were just tossing the bales down and doing it as fast as we could.
The next thing we know we hear Rachel say she’s done. We heard them screaming and they were all happy. We were totally shocked because, honestly, we thought we were doing it way faster than them. We only had one or two stacks of hay left to do. It was really close.
So we said, “$#*t! What are we going to do?” We climbed down the ladder and had to go back and do the Roadblock.1 2 3 Next-->
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