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Exclusive: Leo Temory talks 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/14/2014 

The Amazing Race: All-Stars eliminated Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran during Sunday night's eleventh episode of the CBS reality competition's 24th overall season and third all-stars edition.
 
"The Afghanimals" became the eighth team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's eleventh Pit Stop at Peckforton Castle in London, England in last place. Leo and Jamal, who are usually very good with directions, got lost twice during the leg.

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In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World via email, Leo talked about his The Amazing Race experience. Below is what he had to say. To begin reading our interview with Jamal, click here.

Reality TV World: You guys slowly walked up to The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan at the Pit Stop looking pretty defeated. Was that because you were fairly certain you were in last place?

Leo Temory: Yea we were quite certain we were in last place all the cars were gone at the detour and when we got to the pitstop all the cars were there, it was a horrible feeling. 

Reality TV World: I'm sure you guys are shocked you finished in fourth place again. How frustrating is that? It's like bad karma or something.

Leo Temory: It was really shocking especially knowing how well we started the leg. We were in first place up until the road block for about 20 hours and then ironically our "excellent" navigation skills were nowhere to be found, and a couple of bad directions and there you have it. Same thing happened to [John Erck and Jessica Hoel], so they could relate.

Reality TV World: During the drive from Anfield Stadium to the aqueduct. You stopped at a gas station and asked multiple people for directions and then you followed Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly but they faked you out and sent you in the wrong direction. Did anything else happen that viewers didn't get to see and did Rachel and Brendon's move impress you?

Leo Temory: We also got directions at the gas station from a customer there and unfortunately it was the wrong directions. We planned  on making that turn based off the directions we got, but it seemed like they faked us out, but in the end they had the right directions and we didn't. Up until then we had the best navigational skills and it got to us when it mattered the most, it sucks.

Reality TV World: How much time do you think you lost driving around trying to get the aqueduct?

Leo Temory: I think we lost about thirty minutes, because we went from being first to tied for last place.              

Reality TV World: And how about the drive from the Roadblock task to Bolesworth Estate? It looked like you just got lost again? What happened and for how long?

Leo Temory: The drive to Bolesworth Estate was tough, we just had the worst luck. Everyone we were asking had [no] clue where to go and when someone finally had an idea, we followed it and trusted his directions. Then along the way, more people were giving us bad directions so we kept going, until we needed gasoline.

The gas station is where the tenant said with confidence that we were now really far away and it was then that it sunk in. We probably drove for an extra hour, hour and a half. We had to stop and get gasoline, all the other teams made it to the pitstop with the same tank of gas, so it was bad, really bad.

Reality TV World: Why do you think those navigation skills of yours failed you in this leg? Do you think you were just overly stressed or lacked focus because you feared getting eliminated at the same fourth-place point as last season?

Leo Temory: We were just so confident with our navigating that we didn't bother to stop at a computer and get real directions. We stopped at a hotel at one point but this UPS driver came in and gave us wrong directions and we took them.

We should have stayed at that computer and printed out the directions, because it had said we were about 8 minutes away. 8 mins away turned into an hour. I would say yes we were really tired, cold, hungry, thirsty and that probably had a little to do with our judgement, but we were never fearful of coming in fourth place again. We run every leg independently and only look ahead.

Reality TV World: It seemed like you both got through the shooting Detour task fairly quickly. Is that accurate to say? Did you find that pretty easy?

Leo Temory: Yes, we were natural shooters! It was a ton of fun, if we had waited for [David O'Leary and Connor O'Leary] and followed them, I would guarantee our accidental alliance would have been in the final three!

But we [were] too confident with our driving and felt that we could do it on our own and faster. Not the case, especially with that being the second to last leg and being the second to last team, we should have kept our eyes on another team.

Reality TV World: I have to ask you guys your thoughts on Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne being in the Final 3. Some teams have clearly underestimated them while other teams told me earlier this season they got this far because they always sought so much help from other teams. Did it surprise you the girls made it that far or do you think they deserve to be there?

Leo Temory: It didn't surprise me at all. They are smart tough girls and if anyone deserves to be in the final three, they deserve it hands down. There is a lot more to the teams than what is seen on TV. They are underestimated, yea, they might use their charm to receive help, but they also have helped everyone in return.

Reality TV World: Do you think Caroline and Jennifer have a good shot to beat Dave and Connor and Brendon and Rachel in the final leg?

Leo Temory: Caroline and Jen have a great shot, they could have won that episode if they made a left instead of right. I am rooting for them to win it all!

Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion of Jamal's interview. Click here to read the first half.



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