Thursday, May 22, 2014

Let's Put Survivors on Survivor!

Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly (Brenchel)
Reality TV Stars from Big Brother and The Amazing Race
Image: CBS
I'll say it now, I'm not a big fan of reality television shows. Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Amish Mafia, Deadliest Catch, overall, I couldn't care less about these types of shows or enjoy them.

However, we all have our guilty pleasures that we have to watch. I have been a longtime fan (since the beginning) of Survivor and Big Brother. I love that these are essentially game shows. They require strategy on the part of contestants. They're a study into human behavior and reaction. They're a lot of fun to watch and not too much different than watching your favorite sport. You begin to root for somebody to win and if they do, it's exciting.

My biggest Survivor moment was the first season when Richard Hatch won. He set the tone of strategy for seasons to come. My wife and I rooted for him to win it and he did. That's a very exciting moment.

Another big moment in reality TV for me was when Rachel Reilly won Big Brother. It was her second time on the show, and like the previous, she faced adversity. She faced what I feel was unjustified ridicule from those she competed with and the public alike. And despite all this, she didn't quit or give in, even when her fiancée Brandon was voted off. She survived the adversity and won the game. My wife and I were really excited to see that win. For me, it's my most favorite and memorable moment of reality TV.

So, it was exciting to hear that my favorite reality couple, Brendon and Rachel (or Brenchel as fans, haters, and they themselves have dubbed), would be on The Amazing Race 20. Ultimately, the couple finished in third place, which was pretty good. Once again, I enjoyed watching the couple's interactions. Rachel breaking down, Brendon building her up. She gets upset with him. He apologizes. They're very entertaining people. Makes me wonder why they don't have their own Kardashian type show.

That was the second time I ever watched The Amazing Race. And the third time was this past season that wrapped up last Sunday. The Amazing Race: All Stars (Season 24). Guess who was on it? That's right, Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly. Yep, Brenchel. This was another intense season with the two. Not only that, as competitors in reality shows, they showed themselves as very seasoned and matured. As a couple, too. All the goo-goo eyed talk was thrown to the wayside. But the two seemed closer than ever and determined to win the race. There was a role reversal, with Rachel keeping Brendon's spirits up more so than he had to for her.

Once again, the couple proved to be entertaining and people to root for. They never quit. And though they came in third place once again, they survived and pushed themselves to make it. They even had some adversity to contend with. (It seems to find them easily.) They've been on The Amazing Race twice and have never been eliminated.

All this fun watching them compete prompted me to tweet out the following to Brenchel:
To which I was surprised when Rachel Reilly not only favorited the tweet but even followed me! AWESOME like The Lego Movie! (I'm no fool. I'm sure there are multiple people running her account, but still.)

See that last part in my tweet? Watching these two compete on Big Brother and The Amazing Race was so much fun. Let's go for the hat trick or trifecta. They should be on Survivor next. That would be so much fun to watch. If not both of them, then at least one of them. Can you imagine a starving Rachel being consoled by a smelly Brendon all while trying to strategize and win the game? Imagine all the other survivors turning on them for one stupid reason or another because they're facing real competitors? Oh boy, the thought of it is reality TV heaven!

This is my call out to CBS, Mark Burnett, and Jeff Probst to make this idea a reality (no pun intended, honestly). Get Brenchel on Survivor. It will be ratings gold. A lot of people love the couple and a lot of people hate them. You'll get those people to watch Survivor. For the people who have no clue who they are, introduce them to this reality couple that they can love or hate. And then bring them back for All Stars! (Yeah, I got this all mapped out.)

It has to happen. These reality TV survivors must be on Survivor! What do you think?

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Mark Burnett
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