Mirna Hindoyan and Charla Faddoul’s trek during CBS’ “The Amazing Race” ended in tears — from both the contestants and host Phil Keoghan.
“It was really touching,” Hindoyan told The Associated Press Wednesday. “We are a big fan of Phil. At the end of the day, to see him have a tear in his eye when you’re eliminated really means something.”
Keoghan’s eyes welled up when Hindoyan explained her motivation for competing on the show.
“I just wanted to prove to the world how much I can do, and it’s not easy when there’s always people thinking you can’t do it and you have to work extra hard to do it,” the 4-foot-tall Faddoul said. “You have to do it. You have to accomplish your dreams.”
“I’m not an emotional kind of person,” Faddoul told the AP. “I don’t let things get to me. But when it actually hit us the race was over for us, it was hard.”
Five teams are left after this week’s elimination of Hindoyan and Faddoul, with husband-and-wife pair Chip and Kim McAllister in the lead. This edition of “The Amazing Race” concludes Sept 21.
The cousin team of Hindoyan and Faddoul were fierce competitors throughout seven legs of the reality TV adventure race, but were booted after gambling on an earlier flight from Abu Dhabi to Dubai — which was later delayed by three hours — with Nairobi, Kenya, as their final destination.
“That killed our lead,” said Hindoyan.
Since the fifth season of “The Amazing Race” began airing July 6, Hindoyan and Faddoul have been overwhelmed by their newfound popularity.
“People want to take a picture with us,” said Hindoyan. “They tell Charla she’s an inspiration. We never imagined this.”