‘Race’ couple look to ‘defend’ title
Joyce and Uchenna Agu are the only winners in All-Star version.
By MIKE McDANIEL
Uchenna and Joyce Agu return to prove their “Amazing Race” worth on the “Amazing Race All-Stars” debuting at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
“The Amazing Race: All Stars” premieres Sunday on CBS, and the Houston couple Joyce and Uchenna Agu will be there. Taking care not to reveal the outcome or specific details about the race, they talked a bit about their second experience with the show. Q. Were you surprised you were asked back, especially since you already won? Uchenna.
We were really surprised to be the only winning couple brought back. Joyce made such a splash on the first one (she shaved her head to win one of the challenges), so I wasn’t really surprised that we were picked for all-stars.
I remember after the first edition ended thinking I would never do anything like that again. Then, just like having a baby, you forget about all the pain and think about all the joy and the fun you got out of it.
People always ask us what we did with $1 million. The million helped out with financial things. It saved us from bankruptcy. But it was the experience, the lessons learned on the race, that changed our life. For the all-star edition, did any of your competitors come out and say they were gunning for you? Uchenna.
Some did, depending on their level of frustration. Joyce.
I think we’re going to be surprised how many felt that way, because while you’re filming you really don’t interact with everyone. I’m sure it’s going to come to light. Did you have a flashback moment when you saw Rob and Amber? (The two beat out the “Survivor” couple after a plane was mysteriously held up so the Houston couple could get on board.) Joyce.
The flashback moment came stepping into the room and seeing everybody and having the experience of “Oh my, here we are again.” To top it off, Rob and Amber are there, too. Were you guys recognized everywhere you went? Joyce.
That’s one of the advantages we felt Rob and Amber had in the first race. It was spread out a little more evenly this time. You guys maintained an even keel in the previous show. Was duplicating the effort a burden to you this time?
We couldn’t have planned to be righteous or good or any of that. As you see on this show so many times, whoever you are comes to light. You can’t act that. Uchenna.
You have so many things that take you out of your element: food deprivation, lack of sleep, the stress of competition, navigating in unfamiliar territory. By the time you get through all those things, you have no time to powder up and think, “I’ve got to say the right thing for the cameras.” You forget about the cameras very quickly. Joyce.
When you’re starving, the real you starts to pour out.