I was reading the D&J and R&C interviews when I came across these lines:
R&C's interview:Whose idea was it to apply for the race?
Jeff: Casting agents.
David: We were in a bar in Santa Monica, and these two girls came up to us and asked us if we'd like to be on a reality television show. We were like "maybe, but we're kind of busy." But we decided to go through the casting process, which involved meeting almost everyone at CBS in one day, and long story short, they chose us to do the race.
That caught me off-guard. I can't recall any of the TAR 3 teams saying that casting agents had been used. Did TAR start using casting agents to look actively for contestants with this season, or had they done it before?Whose idea was it to apply for the Race?
Reichen: We didn't apply. Chip and I were in Colorado Springs for the Air Force football game against Notre Dame. We had flown out there just for that game, because we're both pretty big fans of college ball. I had bought us hats and myself an AFA jersey. Chip had left to Connecticut for business, and I went back to LA. My best friend called, and wanted to take me out for a drink and to get some food, but I didn't want to go. He finally talked me into it, and it was just the right place at the right time. Two minutes after I walked into the restaurant, I'm in my AFA jersey and cap, and this guy walks up to me and says "you're exactly what I'm looking for. I'm a casting agent for The Amazing Race, and would you PLEASE come in to CBS and interview for it?" I said yeah, and he said "do you have a father, brother, friend that can do it with you?" I told him I had a husband, and he said "oh my god, this is great!" I called Chip, he flew back into town, and we went in the next day to start interviewing, and before I knew it, we were getting our vaccinations for a race around the world.
If it is new, I'm not entirely sure it's a good thing.