But to tide you over till the next episode, here's an interview with America's favorite ousted racing Goths, Kynt Cothron and Vyxsin Fiala. Alternately called the Pinks, Team Goth or "the Freaks," the heavily eyelinered pair gave us a bright glimpse of the Goth side — until they got lost in Italy and were forced to face a new race penalty the speed bump in India.
But like the "Goth Energizer Bunnies" they like to call themselves, Kynt and Vyxsin kept going and going. And just when it looked like they might pull off one mother of a comeback, they U-turned the wrong team, then forgot to grab all their gas-delivery receipts. Like Kynt would say, "Oh my Goth," that sucks. You two rocked the yoga speed bump but then you blew the U-turn. How the heck did you pick Gramps and Nick over Nate and Jen?
It seems so easy when you see it on TV. You get to see where everybody is. But remember, we were the very first team to get out of there. When we got to the flower detour, it was the first time we made visual contact with another team, Nate and Jen.
And they finished the challenge at least 10 minutes before we did. So then it was just rolling the dice — like pick a card, any card. May as well be them. Especially since, by that point, weren't you two working off, what, two seconds of sleep?
But to be honest, we could have stayed at the U-turn for six hours with wonderful, restful sleep and still not have come to the right conclusion because, from my point of view, it was a bit of a guessing game. It seemed unlikely that the teams would have been behind us, but it also seemed extremely unlikely that all the teams would have gone by and not U-turned anyone. It doesn't really make a lot of sense, strategically.
Well, we were working on very [little] sleep. If you noticed, we had to spend the night on the street in India. When we got there, it was evening and the newspaper stand didn't open until 6 am. And there were rather large bugs and rather large rats. I'm not against rats at all. I used to have pet rats. But if you're a little concerned that they might pounce you, it keeps you from getting a deep, restful sleep.
All the teams ended up huddled in this room that was an entrance to a bank. Rats, bugs, sleeping on benches. With all that, was the race still fun? Obviously a million dollars is a million dollars, and we would have loved that money.
But, barring that, we got to have the adventure of a lifetime. Have you gone back to your regular jobs? Yeah, we're back to waiting tables. Only now people will say, "Can I have your autograph? It's a bizarre sort of fame. Are the tips better?
When did you go Goth? My dad was in the Army, so we moved all the time and I was perpetually the new kid. For a long time I really did try my hardest to fit in and be normal. I just failed miserably. And I realized I could either spend the rest of my life striving to be something that I'm not, failing and feeling bad about who I am, or I could celebrate the fact that, for whatever reason, I'm different, and just enjoy that.
For me, I always loved Halloween and scary movies. When I was a teenager, I started getting into fashion and music, and all of these things just came together. On the ferry to Italy, you were shown reapplying your makeup. It must have been hard to keep up your look while racing. But we got very adept at applying symmetrical eyebrows in airplane bathrooms when the plane was in turbulence.
But if we feel aesthetically put together, it helps our morale. When we look our best, we play our best. Just like football players before a big game when they get their shoulder pads and their helmet on.
How long on average did it take to put on your game face? Never more than 30 minutes. But that would include getting dressed. And the stuff we do on the show is pretty streamlined — like "Kynt and Vyxsin Light.
Kynt, you said all the costumed villagers in Lithuania made you feel normal. Funny, since you guys go out of your way to be different. He wasn't saying, "Oh, at last, I feel normal! We were surrounded by elves, dwarves, fairies and little critters. When we got there, it was like we were almost hypnotized by it. We started playing around with all the little creatures and dancing.
One of them invited us into their home and we had a biscuit and some tea. That was our favorite moment. Then we looked at each other and we were like What are we doing? We've got to get back to racing! Thankfully, we did not have any items explode or break, believe it or not. But packing was difficult, because we had so many things we wanted to bring: You did not bring a flatiron on The Amazing Race!
I've got a little bit of wave. And I like it to be kind of straight and pointy. I was the first person [on the series] to bring a flatiron. Phil did name us the most fashionable team in Amazing Race history. So we were happy to win something. Too bad it wasn't one of the legs of the race. We came in second three times. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. This whole experience has just been such a blessing.
I wake up every morning and wonder if it really happened. It feels like a crazy, wonderful dream. But then you watch the tape. What's it been like to see the comments the other teams made about you? It gives us a giggle. Looking how Kynt and I do, I can't say we haven't been called names before, and sometimes they've been quite a bit harsher and meaner than those. It's unfortunate when people resort to that What kind of reception but did you generally get?
Our look is different, but it's not intimidating, you know? We give off a very friendly vibe. And I think people could pick up on that. Also, I found that because we were something different, usually it was an advantage for us when dealing with people. We weren't the strongest team, the most athletic or the smartest. But we were stubborn. We would never stop. Like Vyxsin said on the first episode, "We were like Gothic Energizer bunnies. Ah, your famous line. A couple of weeks ago, Azaria and Hendekea told me they felt like you two turned it on for the camera.
How do you react to that? I don't think that's accurate because they never saw us when cameras weren't around. We were followed by a camera crew 24 hours a day. And I would say that of the other teams, too. We never saw any of them not being filmed. I don't feel like we really know the other teams very well outside of the context of The Amazing Race.