Brendon and Rachel met and fell in love on Big Brother 12 in 2010. The two were engaged on Valentine's Day in 2011. Eager to be reality TV stars, the couple also known as Brenchel returned for Big Brother 13 (Rachel won) and ran the Amazing Race 20 (they finished third).
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Next month marks The Amazing Race‘s 20th season as the ultimate competition reality show! Eleven new teams will travel around the globe to 22 cities and nearly 400,000 miles in the hopes of winning the $1 million dollar grand prize!
Among some of the crazy challenges the teams will face is skydiving in Argentina, training with Masai warriors in Tanzania and racing through Africa’s “Garden of Eden.” The teams will also embark on a culinary tour of Italy (color me jealous!) and visit King Ludwig’s quarters in the German castle that served as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the infamous fairytale. Color me jealous, again!
This season’s cast also features Guido best friends and a border patrol team. Meet the eleven new race teams below!
CBS recently released a sneak peak of the upcoming season, which features tons of insane adventures and looks, frankly, amazing.
The Amazing Race premiers Sunday, February 19th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
WILL YOU BE WATCHING?
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CBS loves a reality crossover! Unfortunately for viewers, Survivors turned Survivors turned Amazing Race contestants turned Survivor (you get my drift) Rob and Amber Mariano have been replaced with a new over-exposed celebreality power couple.
Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas were the Big Brother couple many people loved to hate. We watched the pair fall in love on Season 12 of the hit show (who thought that would last?) and get engaged before returning for Round Two on the following season. Season 13 brought more of the same for the hot-and-cold, drama-loving pair when they returned with other former BB twosomes to switch up the show’s dynamic (sound familiar, Survivor?) with Rachel going on to win the $500,000 grand prize after her honey got the boot (yet again).
Well, now it seems the couple will have another chance to win over our hearts as they compete in the twentieth season of Amazing Race. Thanksgiving weekend, there were several reports that the new season was filming at Los Angeles International Airport, and among the traveling partners were Rachel and Brendon. Someone has to fill Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca’s shoes though, right?
Perhaps the pair will be the first CBS power couple to actually win Amazing Race. There have been several past crossover pairs, but only Rob and Amber have come close to taking home the title when they finished second on Season 7… not to be confused with when they traveled the world on the “all-star” edition of the series. If these airport sightings are accurate, maybe the couple will find the popularity needed to have CBS foot the bill for a televised wedding!
The new season of Amazing Race is set to premiere early next year.
DID YOU WATCH RACHEL AND BRENDON ON BIG BROTHER? HOW DO YOU THINK THE PAIR WILL DO IN THE AMAZING RACE? THOUGHTS ON CBS RECYCLING REALITY STARS?
According to TMZ, that answer is no! The reason? Rachel, 27, is hoping to have a
paid made for TV wedding!
Apparently Rachel was drunk when she told TMZ of her plans to wed this weekend. Sources close to Rachel reveal she and Brendon have no plans of a quickie wedding. The couple however plans to settle down in Los Angeles where Brendon is currently enrolled in grad school at UCLA.
Rachel is now planning to use her $500,000 prize money to buy a condo. In addition to that, she also wants to try her hand at the entertainment industry, while pitching her wedding planning as a reality show to various production companies and networks in hopes of having it all paid for.
And immediately following her win on BB, Rachel gave an interview in which she revealed her shock and hurt over Adam Poch not voting for her.
“I was shocked by Adam’s vote. I wasn’t surprised that it was close, I thought it would be 3-3 and Adam would be the tiebreaker, but I was shocked with Adam’s vote,” said Rachel to Zap2It. “Earlier in the week he came in, he’s a super fan, he said he’s going to base all his decisions on game. I was shocked and hurt a little bit because he told me earlier that I earned it and he would vote for me. He said even if I evicted him, he would understand and vote for me and then he votes for Porsche?!”
In other BB news, Shelly Moore also spoke out about Jeff Schroeder in a new interview. If you recall, Shelly famously turned on her alliance member Jeff in the game, leading to some death threats by some deranged fans.
Shelly however assures TMZ that all is well with Jeff today, adding that the threats have also died down. Shelly states: “This is a game … Some fans get really excited, some get really crazy. It is what it is. We are fine. We are wonderful … Jeff and Jordan and all of us, we’re all buddies … LIFE IS GOOD!”
In a separate interview, Jeff stated all is forgiven with Shelly and denounced the death threats. He also apologized for some comments he made in the BB house which some felt were homophobic, stating he’s “totally not that person.”
TELL US – SHOULD ADAM HAVE VOTED FOR RACHEL? WOULD YOU WATCH A REALITY SHOW ABOUT RACHEL’S WEDDING?
A new winner was crowned last night on the finale of CBS’ Big Brother 13. Following a season filled with many twists and turns, the final two came down to a newbie vs. a veteran.
In the end returning veteran Rachel Reilly, a 27-year-old waitress, emerged the winner, leaving the game with both her man and $500,000! Rachel, who won the final HOH thus deciding whom she wanted to go up against, beat runner up Porsche Briggs, 23, in a very close vote.
Rachel ultimately won by a vote of 4 – 3. Shelly Moore ended up being the deciding vote as both Porsche’s and Rachel’s alliances remained loyal to them until the end. But don’t feel too badly for Porsche as she also left the game $50,o00 richer.
America’s Favorite Houseguest was also revealed and CBS might as well rename this the Jeff Schroeder award as the returning vet took home the $25,000 prize for the second time.
As for Rachel, she is planning to use her winnings to plan her wedding and her future together with her fiance Brendon Villegas.
CBS also announced earlier this week that the show will return for a 14th season. Fingers crossed that it’s the highly anticipated return of the all-star season!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE FINALE? YOU HAPPY RACHEL WON?
Brendon, who was voted back into the house by America, was ultimately backdoored by Danielle who was also responsible for his first ousting. In a new interview with Digital Spy, Brendon discusses what it felt like to return to the BB house, the players he thinks are floaters, and whether or not he feels Danielle is playing a smart game. Excerpts are below -
Having just come back in the house last week, how much tougher was it to leave this week in comparison to the first time around?
“Sadly, it was probably easier to leave the second time because I felt more comfortable leaving Rachel in the house. It was just more frustrating because I didn’t have a chance to compete for the Power of Veto.”
Where do you think things went wrong with the veteran alliance?
“Daniele turned on us way too soon and wanted the glory all for herself.”
During your final speech you spoke a lot about the floaters left in the game. Who in particular do you feel isn’t pulling his or her weight?
“Porsche, Shelly and Jordan are definitely at the top of the list followed [closely] by Kalia and Adam.”
Do you believe that Rachel really has a chance to win even though she’s up against a whole house of people who want her out?
“I think that Rachel making it to the final two is more improbable than not, but I have no doubt that she will spend every remaining moment in the house fighting as hard as she can.”
You attempted to make a deal with Daniele, which she seemed to accept. Did you have faith in that arrangement or did you always assume she might back out of it?
“I always thought in the back of my head that if Daniele had the chance to get rid of me she would. I knew that she was always afraid that if I was up on the block that I would be able to win the Power of Veto and be able to pull myself off.”
Besides Rachel, who do you think is playing a smart game in the house?
“I think Daniele is playing a smart game by keeping herself in the middle as much as she can, but she is naive to think that she is not the biggest target in the house as soon as I left.”
In other Big Brother news, Will Kirby, one of the best players to play the game?, is now engaged to his long-term girlfriend!
Will, winner of Big Brother season 2, confirmed his engagement to girlfriend of six years and mother of his 15-month-old son, Erin Brodie (For Love or Money winner). “I’m so fortunate to be in a relationship with Erin,” Will told PEOPLE. “I’m thrilled to now open the next chapter of our lives together.”
Moving on to tonight’s episode of Big Brother in which either Danielle or Kalia will be sent packing. It’s not looking too good for Danielle, who was backdoored by Jeff this week. The live eviction episode airs tonight at 9/8c. And oh yeah, tonight is also a double live eviction! The HGs are not aware of this as they suspect this will happen next week.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BRENDON’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S EPISODE? DO YOU WANT DANIELLE TO STAY OR GO?