Corinne, 39, and Eliza, 35 -- who raced as friends and former Survivor castaways from Denver, CO, and New York, NY, respectively -- arrived at the fourth Pit Stop of Season 31 at Tam Vu Park in Vietnam in last place and were therefore ousted from the running to win $1 million.
"[Losing] was definitely worse because it was to [Rachel Reilly] and [Elissa Slater]," Eliza vented following her team's ouster, adding that the sisters were "fake" and she and Corinne never wanted to talk to them again.
Prior to their stint on The Amazing Race, Eliza previously competed on Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands of Fire and Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites.
And Corinne previously competed on Survivor: Gabon as well as Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites.
During a recent exclusive interview with Reality TV World, Corinne and Eliza talked about their time on The Amazing Race. Below is the concluding portion of what they had to say.
Reality TV World: How did your casting on this Amazing Race season come about? And was joining the cast an easy decision for you to make?
Corinne Kaplan: So one day, basically, I had a bunch of missed calls from somebody in casting. It was a number I had in my phone, and I thought, "Ugh, they're going to make me play Survivor again. I don't want to play Survivor."
And I hate having that conversation with them because they're real pushy about it. And I finally call her back and said... "I'm not interested." I said, "I never want to play Survivor again."
And she says, "Well, we don't want you for Survivor! We want you for The Amazing Race." I immediately started yelling, "Yes, yes, of course! Yes." And then probably a good five minutes into the conversation, I said, "Wait, who's my partner?!"
She said, "We've paired you with Eliza Orlins." And I was like, "Wonderful. When do I leave?"
That was kind of it. They called us and about six or seven weeks later, we were on an airplane, heading out. We both instantly wanted to do it.
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Reality TV World: Corinne just mentioned how she'd never want to play Survivor again. Eliza, would you be up for another Survivor season if given the opportunity?
Eliza Orlins: Absolutely! Of course. I love the show Survivor. I've loved the show for 20 years. I would play again in a heartbeat.
Reality TV World: Once you two learned you'd be going on the Race, how did you prepare or train?
Corinne Kaplan: We did a lot! We divvied up every task that we had seen on previous Amazing Race shows and decided which one of us would be the best to do it.
So I was working on learning to sew because we had seen a couple of sewing challenges and I did line-dancing lessons to try to remember how to learn choreography. And I did climbing lessons.
And alternately, she was doing all kinds of other things... And she had me download an app that shows you every country's flag that we were memorizing. I even brushed up on my Spanish.
Eliza Orlins: I was taking stick-shift driving lessons every place I went. I had some pre-arranged travel so I was taking those lessons in Manhattan and in other countries.
In a country where there was no option to take those lessons, I went and pretended like I was maybe buying a car and I was like, "I'm looking for only a manual vehicle." And I drove a stick-shift car from a used car dealership so I'd get to practice.
We were really doing everything we could to divvy up the tasks to figure out who would be doing what. We watched old seasons and prepared in every possible way we could. But yeah, all I had to do was learn how to ride a motorbike! (Laughs)
Corinne Kaplan: And I live right near an REI [camping and hiking] store, so I was going to REI every day, finding a watch that has a compass built into it and finding the right backpack for us. And I was finding, "What are the best sunglasses?" We did everything we could think of.
Reality TV World: Corinne, you mentioned this on Twitter but I'd like you to elaborate. Had you done the motorbike Roadblock task, do you think you could've gotten the job done any quicker than Eliza?
Corinne Kaplan: No, I've seen a million examples of this: I have absolutely no balance. I can't even ride a real bike and I fell off a spin bike once during a spin class.
I tell this story because it's the best way to epitomize it. When you do Survivor, a medic has to check you out right before you go on the show, and there are a few things they do that are just common -- like reflex testing.
And he asked me if I can stand on one foot, close my eyes and touch my nose, and part of this is just standard testing. And I didn't try it; I just said, "Oh, no, I can't do that." And he was like, "You just have to stand on one foot..."
And I was like, "No, I heard you. I can't do that." And he was like, "Okay, well, can you try?" I closed my eyes, I lifted my leg up, and I couldn't even get one arm towards my nose and I fell over.
He was like, "Whoa! I've never seen someone be so bad at that." (Laughs) So as far as questioning whether it was the right choice to have Eliza on that bike -- even knowing the outcome -- she's the right choice for the bike. It's not me. I promise it's not me.
Reality TV World: Would you like to race on the show again if the chance came along? It sounds like you'd be prepared!
Eliza Orlins: Of course we would. We would love another shot. We have so much left to give, so much fight in us. And I think the experience of having done it once would be helpful the next time.
Reality TV World: Eliza, you broke down into tears after losing the Race. Where were those emotions coming from? Were you just mentally and physically exhausted, or were you upset about not winning the money or was it just about your experience being cut short?
Eliza Orlins: I think certainly all of that played a part in how devastated and emotional I was after we were eliminated. I think it just felt like, I mean, Corinne and I have four Survivor seasons between us and we've never, ever, ever performed this badly.
This just felt like such an epic, epic failure, and it was just devastating to feel we had put so much into it and we had given it all we had, and we just weren't enough.
I certainly felt like I let Corinne down. We felt like we let our friends and families down, and our fans, who were rooting for us. And it was just overwhelming emotionally, not to mention the mental and physical exhaustion that had worn me down.
Reality TV World: Corinne, it was nice to see you being so supportive of Eliza in that moment. You two seemed to make great teammates.
Eliza Orlins: She was the best teammate I ever could have asked for.
Corinne Kaplan: See! That's why we should race again! We have that part down.