Preparation is important. large Brother 23 alums Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss, who Us Weekly solely revealed have been courting simply a few months after their stint on the CBS actuality collection final summer season, have been critical about making ready earlier than they headed off to compete on The great Race.
regardless that the product supervisor, 24, and the AI engineer, 25, have been each fan favorites on their first actuality rivals current, they are saying they “misplaced it” and “have been in tears” as quickly as they actually obtained forged for the Phil Keoghan-hosted race throughout the globe.
“Her mom and father gave us, like, a whole great Race bootcamp,” Derek solely tells Us Weekly about what they did to prep. “They taught us the becoming possibility to drive stick shift. We had a rented car. they’d actually blindfold us, put us behind their truck, drive us off to a random location, after which give us a map and be like, ‘okay, now you guys should make your methodology again house.’”
Derek had been chosen to compete on The problem: USA, a CBS spinoff of the prolonged-working MTV collection, so he wasn’t constructive he may do each. in the end, he did – however that decrease into their prep time for the race.
“I had such formidable look,” he explains. “i am a very studious particular person so The great Race, this typically is a sport that virtually is completely in your arms. utterly different than, like, a taxi every so often, you will current you with the selection to do tangible issues to overview for it. There’s no house vote. There’s no politick-ing. It’s actually, like, are you able to converse amongst the numerous languages?”
Claire chimes in, “are you able to be taught a map? are you able to make the most of a compass?” with Derek including, “are you able to drive stick shift? There are an unbelievable deal of issues. I had a whole sport plan. i used to be like, ‘I’m gonna be taught Arabic.’”
She says she “made a very prolonged prep itemizing after which Derek was like, ‘Oh, truly I’m taking place this utterly different current.’”
fortunately, all of it labored out for the pair, who now stay collectively in l. a., as they spent the one month they did have between reveals as “a whole crash course.” really, Derek was making an try to observe even whereas he was in Argentina filming The problem: USA. “i used to be like, ‘i truly want to be taught Spanish,’” he says. “Any time i used to be talking to a neighborhood manufacturing particular person, i used to be like, ‘So i do know that is the way you say it in English, however would you thoughts simply, like, translating that in Spanish? I’m simply curious for myself.’ and that i might always write down the interpretation.”
As for the methodology they’ll fare on The great Race, the couple “complement every utterly different” and went into it acknowledging each their strengths and weaknesses. “The joke I always make was me and Claire solely had one bag and that i carried it,” Derek says. “So I always informed people, ‘I carried the bag, however Claire carried me.’ i really feel it was my bodily endurance on amongst the numerous challenges. however then Claire has prime-of-the-line reminiscences of anyone i do know. She has good consideration to element and there are so many challenges the place it actually is simply consideration to element.”
Claire provides, “Derek’s weirdly good at an unbelievable deal of issues. in case you watch large Brother, he could be great at random challenges. … I do assume that we complement every utterly different pretty properly.”
The great Race premieres on CBS Wednesday, September 21, at 10 p.m. ET.