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The water challenge proved to be the downfall for The Amazing Race competitors Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman in Sunday night’s episode.
The Chicago-based brothers, 35, were eliminated in the second leg of the CBS reality competition’s 22th cycle. The leg included a detour that called for the teams to harvest pearls from oysters or dive to the ocean floor to collect a trunk and use the contents inside to construct an underwater picnic table.
Idries and Jamil, who initially chose the pearl harvesting, admitted that water challenges were not their strong suit and even debated taking a penalty and forgoing the challenge. Instead, they eventually gave up on the pearls and decided to take a try at the treasure chests. While they found that much easier, they had lost too much time and came in last place.
On Monday, the duo talked with The Hollywood Reporter about their struggles with the challenges and whether they should have taken the penalty.
The Hollywood Reporter: It looked like you debated taking the penalty for some time [Idries didn’t want to, while Jamil did]. How long were actually talking about it?
Idries Abdur-Rahman: It wasn’t too long. It took at the most maybe five minutes. It was a quick back and forth and then we decided, “Let’s get going.”
Jamil Abdur-Rahman: We spent more time after we decided to do [the challenge] just getting in the water and doing it.
THR: Why did you want to take the penalty so badly, Jamil?
Jamil: My concern was I just didn’t know if [the challenge] was something we were capable of doing, and we didn’t want to spend a couple of hours doing something and realizing we couldn’t do it and then having to take the penalty. I would be better to recognize our limitations right away. I didn’t think about the fact that we could just do the other detour at that time.
THR: It looked like the other detour ended up being a lot easier for you.
Idries: It definitely was a lot easier for us. In retrospect, we’d do that one over again.
Jamil: And I think if we had taken the penalty, we’d have been further behind than we ended up being, so I’m not sure that would have been the best approach. Moving on to the other detour would have definitely been to our advantage.
THR: When did you finally get the idea to do the other detour?
Idries: We had [opened all the oysters] but only found one red pearl. We realized we must have dropped the other one [the teams needed to find two to get their next clue and move on] and then realized we could do the other detour.
THR: Would you go back on The Amazing Race if asked?
Jamil: We would do it again in a heartbeat. For the first 24 to 48 hours after we got home, that’s all I was thinking about.
Idries: [We’re moving, so] I didn’t even unpack my bag, and I told my mom I was going to leave it packed so one day I could do it again and redeem myself.
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