Exclusive: Trey Wier and Alexis "Lexi" Beerman talk 'The Amazing Race' (Part 1)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/11/2012
"Dating Couple" Trey Wier and Alexis "Lexi" Beerman finished The Amazing Race's 21st season in third place during Sunday night's two-hour finale broadcast of the CBS reality competition.
"Goat Farmers and Life Partners" Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge were crowned the champions when they were the first team to cross the finish line in New York, NY, ultimately claiming the $1 million grand prize.
"Chippendales Dancers and Best Friends" Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis finished second. "Twin Sisters" Natalie Anderson and Nadiya Anderson finished the Race in fourth place, as they had been eliminated just shy of making it to the Final 3. They had arrived at the eleventh leg's Pit Stop in Loire Valley, France, in last place.
In an exclusive interview on Monday, Trey and Lexi talked to Reality TV World about their The Amazing Race experience.
Below is the first half of Trey and Lexi's interview. Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion. Also, to read the first half of our interview with Josh and Brent, click here. The remaining portion of that interview, along with Natalie and Nadiya and Jaymes and James' interviews will also be published this week.
Reality TV World: What's the status of your relationship now? How are things going between you two?
Trey Wier: (Laughs) We're still doing great. We're still dating. We're not engaged yet.
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: (Laughs)
Trey Wier: I love Lexi more than anything in the world, and our plan is for the future, sooner than later, to get married. I want to be able to get her the ring that she deserves and be able to support us. So with football and all that, I haven't had time to get working. But I've got a good job now, so that's the plan for the future.
Reality TV World: How far behind Jaymes and James do you think you finally arrived at the final Pit Stop?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: It was like a good 40 minutes. (Laughs) It was awhile.
Reality TV World: So it sounds like when you left that final flag Roadblock task, you were pretty sure you were in third place, is that accurate?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: Yes, it was.
Reality TV World: Was it a smooth ride to the Pit Stop at least for you guys? (Laughs)
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: Oh yeah, super smooth. It wasn't that far from where we were, so that's why I knew. We had the best taxi driver. He waited all four-and-a-half hours for us. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Oh that's how long the Roadblock took you guys?! Wow. I was just going to ask you about that.
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: Yes, it took awhile!
Reality TV World: Lexi, what did you think was the most complicated part of that final flag Roadblock task for you, and looking back, do you think your emotions played a roll in how long it took you to finish it? Because obviously you had trouble remaining calm and focused, you know what I mean?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: Oh yeah, I mean, my emotions completely took over. I think a big part of it was, throughout the entire Race, I had pretty much for the most part -- we had control over each of our challenges. It was like, if we couldn't move the bamboo fast enough or we couldn't figure out the time zones fast enough, it was on me.
But I felt like there was an advantage, just like travel-wise. The whole time we had raced each leg, the fact that we had never traveled before never hindered us, and it did in the very, very, very last challenge of The Amazing Race. And so, that was frustrating.
And the biggest part of why I felt my emotions took over was because Trey absolutely conquered the Houdini challenge. I mean, I have never been more proud of someone in my entire life. He has the biggest extreme fear of heights, and of course I make him go on The Amazing Race with me.
For him to conquer that fear and just dominate it -- even though it wasn't 100% percent why we didn't win The Amazing Race, I felt like it was on my shoulders and that pressure just kind of took over. And I think, yeah, it did have an effect. But I don't know, everything happens for a reason.
Reality TV World: So based upon what you're saying and how your mutual lack of travel experience definitely played a role in that final task, do both of you think that Trey, had you have done it, you might've done it faster or would it probably have taken you just as long if not longer? (Laughs)
Trey Wier: I think if I had done it, it would've taken us about six hours instead of what it took. I was so proud of Lexi. She's an all-star. She did the best she could. I couldn't be any more proud of her, honestly.
I mean, you know, she gave it her all the whole time, even when we knew that we were the last ones to leave, she still gave it her all just because she's a competitor. She doesn't give up. And I couldn't be any more happy.
Reality TV World: How much studying had you two done before that final leg or throughout the Race in general, because had you really anticipated there being a final memory challenge since there wasn't one last season of The Amazing Race?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: Well, just seeing -- I've watched The Amazing Race since the very first season, so I wish you could see my journal of how many notes I took about what each of the people that checked us in -- what they wore and even just like their accents and that kind of stuff -- little things like that.
[But we] didn't pay attention to the "hello" and "goodbye," like how simple. That's just what everybody said in the world. It's so simple but it just got overlooked. I mean, when you jump on that mat, you're just so thankful to be there. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: That you're not listening, right? (Laughs)
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: Right! You are not listening to a single word. You're trying to catch your breath No. 1. When [The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan] says at the end, "And of course that means goodbye," I'm like, "Oh, that's so sweet of him to remind us" -- not even thinking that he was dropping hints the whole time. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: You guys finished in the Top 3 in the last seven legs of the Race, which is pretty impressive. Knowing how well you two had done, did it frustrate or surprise you that the winning team had never won a prior leg of the Race? Some viewers are arguing that Josh and Brent really didn't deserve to win because they just kept getting lucky, so what are your thoughts on all that?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: To be completely honest, it didn't really surprise me. The Amazing Race, it's anybody's game at any time. I mean, really every single leg, you're just fighting to stay in it. And there's some luck that plays into it. There's a lot of skill, but there's a lot of luck too. I mean, they kept fighting the whole time.
I mean, props to them. But really, every single leg of the Race, we had to remind ourselves -- even after winning three legs -- that it's anybody's game. I kept reminding Trey of that, because just watching previous seasons, it's not always like a race... So, we just tried to not stay complacent and I think not traveling actually helped us do that. But at the end, the traveling part did kind of bite us in the butt.
Reality TV World: It seemed pretty clear throughout the Race that Josh and Brent weren't seen as a threat. So could you explain why you didn't want to align with them instead of two strong teams in Nadiya and Natalie and Jaymes and James? Obviously disregarding the fact Josh and Brent ended up winning the Race, it seemed like a better strategic move at the time to keep them around, no?
Trey Wier: Yeah, I mean, our alliance wasn't really strategic as it was made out [to look]. It was a friendship that kind of turned into an alliance. I mean, we related with Natalie and Nadiya and the "Chippendales" so much that we just wanted to surround ourselves -- we weren't really all thinking about the money aspect as far as alliances.
The money took a backseat to the adventure we were all going through. We wanted to keep that adventure alive, so that's when our friendship had turned into an alliance, and we all just wanted to keep going. It wasn't really an alliance like, "Who's going to win the million dollars?" It was just to get us all to [having] that chance.
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: And to be perfectly honest, I mean, the whole strategic thing about getting [Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz] off the Race, we wanted to Race with really good people.
The winner gets a large sum of money, and they were racing for $2 million. I can't even imagine if they were still on the Race how dirty things could've gotten. But we just wanted to race with really good people and that's what happened. I mean, we were -- I wouldn't have changed anything.
Reality TV World: Just to clarify a little bit, are you saying Abbie and Ryan weren't good people?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: I just felt like they were very, very, very competitive people. I would consider myself a very competitive person, but they take competitiveness to a different level -- to the point where they wouldn't even say "hi" to us in the airports.
I don't know. I just felt like it was unnecessary, in my opinion. Trey and I are nice people. We like talking to people. I don't know. They just were very hostile, and I understand that they were running for $2 million, but I don't feel like you need to be rude to -- I don't know. I just felt like they were burning unnecessary bridges, in my opinion.
Reality TV World: So it sounds like you targeted Abbie and Ryan mainly because of their personalities rather than because they were a threat or had the $2 million on the line when the rest of you didn't, right?
Alexis "Lexi" Beerman: It was definitely a combination of both. I wouldn't say it was just one or the other. They were very competitive, they were very strong, we always said that they were like our -- they've always called us like "their mini-me's," because we're basically a strong couple just 10 years younger.
But I mean, they were very, very strong in everything and we respected that. But when they started being hostile and stuff, I don't know. I just felt like, yes it's a race and everything, but you could still be nice, cordial people at the end of the day. (Laughs)
Above is the first half of Trey and Lexi's interview. Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion. Also, to read the first half of our interview with Josh and Brent, click here. The remaining portion of that interview, along with Natalie and Nadiya and Jaymes and James' interviews, will also be published this week.