'Amazing Race': 'Big Brother' stars Brendan and Rachel join cast
Alert your fiancés: Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas are going from the Big Brother madhouse to locations like Germany, Paraguay, and Azerbaijan to compete on 20th season of The Amazing Race. (I wonder if Rachel thinks they’ll have to get there by Porsche. Beep beep vroom.)
In case you’re not familiar with the twosome that is Brenchel, here’s the rundown: Rachel emerged the crafty winner of season 13 of Big Brother and is the wearer of many sparkly tank tops, and he is a UCLA medical student and Rachel’s fiancé. Oh, and they are both totally bonkers. That said, they are both tremendously entertaining to watch (and against all logic, actually root for) unlike, say, the genuinely terrible people who appear on MTV’s The Challenge: Battle of the Exes. Brenchel may be annoying and cunning, but they aren’t harmful. Well, maybe just to your ears. Or, all of your senses really. Zzzzzzziiiing!
Still, while their tactics may have worked in the Big Brother house, where fighting and a gradual descent into madness is a legitimate game strategy, can they actually use those skills for good in The Amazing Race and become the most powerful couple in the reality TV stratosphere? Their Big Brother housemates, the arguably more sane (absurd homophobic-wizardphobic comments aside) “Big” Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, didn’t emerge victorious when they participated in season 16 of The Amazing Race, neither did fellow reality couples like Survivor’s Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca or “Boston” Rob Mariano and Amber Mariano.
So will Brenchel be the first reality couple to go from winning one season of one show, only to move on and do the same at another show immediately after? (That’s right, PopWatchers, Rachel Reilly could feasibly win a combined total of $1.5 million from Big Brother and Amazing Race in the span of a year.) Or will their crazy-in-love/plain-crazy dynamic, which played to their benefit in the Big Brother house, simply not translate to a win on The Amazing Race? We’ll find out when the new season kicks off Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. EST.
I’m curious, PopWatchers, do you think Brenchel has what it takes to become Big Brother and Amazing Race champs, not to mention the title of reality TV’s power couple? Or does at least one person in the pairing need to be very likeable for that to happen? (Also, how long until we can get Jersey Shore‘s Ronnie and Sammi to appear on The Amazing Race? Sure, it would certainly sully the Emmy winner’s good name, but imagine the pair who already ruined Italy attempting to read a new map or finding out what unfolds when Ronnie loses his Xenadrine stash.) Share in the comments section below!