Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce talk 'The Amazing Race': It turns out you can't trust 'Big Brother' people! (Exclusive)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/26/2019
Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce were eliminated from The Amazing Race's 31st season, right before the final leg when one team will win $1 million, during the latest broadcast on CBS.
Becca, 28, and Floyd, 23 -- who raced as friends and former The Amazing Race Racers (Season 29) from Boulder, CO, and Highlands Ranch, CO, respectively -- were ousted from the Race after arriving at the tenth Pit Stop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in last place.
"It sucks to lose, but we have more to be grateful for than to be sad about," Becca said following her team's elimination. "Floyd and I are some of the luckiest people in the world, that we got to live our dream -- not just our dream but our delusional childhood dream."
"Twice," Floyd noted.
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World after the episode aired, Becca and Floyd talked about their The Amazing Race experience. Below is the concluding portion of what they had to say.
Reality TV World: How would you compare your experience on Season 29 of The Amazing Race with this season, and which was more difficult? Because while you were just getting to know each other on your first season in which strangers were paired up, Season 31 seemed much more competitive with all the reality TV teams.
Becca Droz: Definitely more competitive. Much stronger teams. Much more pressure [this time around].
Floyd Pierce: Yeah, I felt the route itself, the course and the challenges kind of felt -- I wouldn't say easier, but I felt like we were more prepared for them or they were just more up our alley than a challenge like riding a shrimp-trap bike. These challenges were probably better. (Laughs) So in that way, it felt easier.
But then I think [this time] was harder mentally, because the first time you're on the Race, you're focusing on the awe of being on the Race and having cameras around you and all this stuff.
And the second time, you're much more used to that, so then you're [feeling] a lot more stress and focusing on all these decisions you have to make vs. the awe of being on TV.
And like Becca said, this season was a lot more competitive than our first time around, so that made it harder in that respect.
Reality TV World: There was quite a bit of drama this season, especially involving your relationship with Rachel Reilly and Elissa Slater. They always seemed to be after you guys. (Laughs) What was your take on the drama this season and did it take away from the fun or enjoyment you had?
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Becca Droz: Yeah, that's a good question. We were really trying to intentionally play a more conscious social game, and we had gotten coaching from [Scott Flanary], who won our Season 29, about how we should have our head in the game more and be more socially aware and socially involved, and all this stuff.
So I think we were really trying to play that side of the game more, especially knowing there were teams from Survivor and Big Brother. We just didn't know how that stuff would affect the game.
And it turns out, like, yeah, you can't trust Big Brother people, (laughs) as much as, like, your The Amazing Raceteams.
Whatever it is, it was like, "Oh wow, just because I thought I connected with you personally, it does not mean anything at all for the Race." It's just a different way of looking at it.
So I think that was surprising, and then yeah, we got caught in it. I think it affected me for a while, Floyd less so. I took the U-Turn pretty personally on Leg 2 because, I mean, that's your worst nightmare.
After you prepare and you dream and you're there and all this stuff, to get out in Leg 2, that would just be devastating. So really, we have a lot of gratitude -- besides that gosh-darn egg -- that we had all the experiences we did.
But yeah, it's hard not to get caught in that drama and then where do you take things? Where do you move, from an emotional level or a strategic level -- or is it strategic to move from an emotional level, because if your emotions are being affected, it messes up your gameplay? So yeah, I think we had a lot of questions there.
Reality TV World: Every team I'm spoken with this season believes the teams who raced on the show before had a hugeadvantage because there's a learning curve to The Amazing Race. Would you two agree with that or would you say the best teams simply made it the furthest? Meaning, maybe you think a team like Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl would've made it as far as they did even if they hadn't raced on the show before?
Floyd Pierce: Good question. My opinion is, yeah, I think there's a learning curve to the Race. There are a lot of minor things in terms of we know what to expect and we also knew how to train for it and what it was actually going to be like.
Things are different obviously between seasons, but we knew how to prepare for it, both physically and mentally. And then we also knew how to handle some minor things like strategy with cab drivers or airport navigation and things like that.
So I think honestly a lot of it is a learning curve. Like I remember [Rupert Boneham], for example, he said in the park in Tokyo when they were trying to find the Roadblock, he was looking for a hidden Immunity Idol but didn't realize he should've been looking for a cluebox at the challenge that was setup.
So he didn't really understand what he should've been looking for. So that's an example of, yeah, there's a learning curve and you have to understand how it's organized and how it's set up.
But then also I think they brought back some good freaking Race teams. But if Tyler and Korey had been on Survivor, would they have done as well this season? I mean, I think so!
I think they are really good dudes who are also good-hearted and also incredibly good Racers. But that's not to say, like, we saw [Nicole Franzel] and [Victor Arroyo] in the game -- and they were getting second place consistently early on, right?
Becca Droz: Mhmm.
Floyd Pierce: So I would say yeah, it's mostly a learning curve, but we're seeing that really good people are still in the game.
Reality TV World: At the time you left the Race, which team were you rooting for to win? And did you think one team in particular had the edge or the best chance to win?
Floyd Pierce: For me, I don't know who we were rooting for! I think that changed as time went on before we ultimately saw what happened. I think, I don't know. I was rooting for -- I think I would've been happy with anyone. We liked all the teams for various reasons, and I thought it would be cool.
Becca Droz: And they're all rich so it doesn't matter.
Floyd Pierce: (Laughs) That too!
Becca Droz: It's like, no one even needs the money, so whatever. I will be happy. (Laughs)