|Brendon & Rachel|
|Members|| Brendon Villegas|
|Birth Dates|| July 2, 1980 (Brendon)|
October 16, 1984 (Rachel)
|Age|| 31, 33 (Brendon)|
27, 29 (Rachel)
|Hometown|| Westwood, CA (Season 20)|
Los Angeles, CA (All-Stars)
|Relation|| Engaged (Season 20)|
Newlyweds (All-Stars (2014))
|Occupation||PhD Student & Event Hostess|
Known collectively as "Brenchel", they met on Big Brother 12 and both returned for Big Brother 13 where Rachel won. Despite having a large fanbase on Big Brother, Rachel's constant whining and crying paired with Brendon's regular belittling made them widely despised by the Amazing Race fans. The engaged couple were also hated by most of the other teams, Vanessa in particular, who regularly exchanged insults with Rachel. They eventually ended up 3rd when they mistakenly jumped in a cab when they were supposed to run to a nearby baseball field to catch a helicopter.
Rachel's temper tantrums helped get them back for All-Stars, where they entered as a more stable and likeable team, with Rachel acting as a calming force, even going out of her way to encourage the frustrated Margie & Luke at the Master Mix Detour, despite being the only two teams left. Despite having won no legs in their original season, they won 3 legs in All-Stars, but were very inconsistent, constantly finding themselves struggling to avoid last place. Rachel's whining and bickering eventually reappeared in the second half, and she was even downright nasty to some of the racers. They U-Turned Dave & Connor who took it very personally and consequently spent the final legs having a feud with Dave & Connor and their "Accidental Alliance" allies Caroline & Jennifer. They lost the final victory when the combination of a bad cab driver and missing the clue at The Mirage doomed them to a 3rd Place finish, yet again.
- Age: 31 (Season 20), 33 (All-Stars)
- Hometown: Westwood, California
- Connection to Teammate: Fiancé
- Current Occupation: Ph.D. student at UCLA
- Met Rachel on Big Brother 12 and finished in 6th Place.
- Reappeared on Big Brother 13 and finished in 9th Place.
- Describe what you do: Cancer research via Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging. I am investigating biological mechanisms in the human brain that may aid in preventing neurodegenerative disease; also involved in proliferation of various types of cancer.
- How will these skills help you win The Race? I am a logical thinker and believe I am fairly proficient at cartography.
- Three words to describe you: Fun, competitive and intellectual.
- Favorite hobbies: Running, reading and swimming.
- What famous person reminds you of yourself? Stephen Colbert
- What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Scarlett Johansson
- What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Working on my PhD. in Biomedical Physics.
- What scares you most about traveling? Nothing.
- What excites you most about traveling? Exploring new places with the love of my life.
- Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together? I am impatient.
- Pet peeve about your teammate: She’s short with me and often doesn’t want to listen to me.
- What country and place would you most like to visit and why? South America, because they are Latin and I feel like I share similarities with them, culturally.
- What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope we are able to enjoy the small moments and not forget to stop and smell the proverbial roses.
- Age: 27 (Season 20), 29 (All-Stars)
- Hometown: Westwood, California
- Connection to Teammate: Fiancée
- Current Occupation: Event Hostess
- Met Brendon on Big Brother 12 and finished in 9th Place
- Reappeared on Big Brother 13 and was the winner of that season.
- Describe what you do: Just got off “Big Brother.”
- How will these skills help you win The Race? We’re very competitive. Brendon and I work very well together: fast, strong, smart. If we can survive “Big Brother,” we can do anything.
- Three words to describe you: Fun, bubbly and effervescent.
- Favorite hobbies: Working out, making clothes with glitter and hiking with my dog.
- What famous person reminds you of yourself? Lucy from “I Love Lucy.”
- What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Ricki from “I Love Lucy.” He’s a fiery Hispanic and I’m the ditsy, flighty redhead.
- What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My B.S. Chem degree. I worked really hard. My magazine cover with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Winning “Big Brother.”
- What scares you most about traveling? I love it.
- What excites you most about traveling? Meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and seeing the world.
- Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together? Brendon is impatient.
- Pet peeve about your teammate: Impatience. He’s always rushing me.
- What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Africa on a Safari. I’d love to go to Egypt and Kenya.
- What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? Traveling around the world, bonding, falling deeper in love and working together as a couple.
Brendon and Rachel met on reality show Big Brother.
|Brendon & Rachel's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Argentina||Brendon||2 of 11|
|2||2||Argentina||Boil My Water / Light my Fire||Rachel||4 of 10|
|3||3||Argentina → Paraguay||Stacked Up / Strung Out||Rachel||2 of 9|
|4||4||Paraguay → Italy||Clean That Statue / Name That Salami||Rachel||6 of 8|
|5||5||Italy → Germany||Fairy Tale / Champion Male||Brendon||5 of 8|
|6||6||Germany → Azerbaijan||Apples / Oil||Brendon||4 of 7|
|7||7||Azerbaijan → Tanzania||Marksmanship / Courtship||4 of 6|
|8||8||Tanzania||Water Supply / Air Supply||Rachel||4 of 6|| 1st U-Turned by Art & JJ|
2nd U-Turned Vanessa & Ralph
|9||9||Tanzania → India||Cricket / Clutch It||Rachel||2 of 5|
|10||10||India||Pachyderm / Pack a Box||Brendon||2 of 5|
|11||11||India → Japan||Photo Cut-Out / Bingo Shout-Out||Brendon||3 of 4|
|12||12||Japan → United States||(1) Brendon|
|3 of 3|
|Brendon & Rachel's Race History|
|1||1||United States → China||Brendon||2 of 11|
|2||2||China||Featherball / China Cup||Brendon||1 of 10|
|3||3||China → Malaysia||River Delivery / Run Through the Jungle||Rachel||8 of 9|
|4||4||Malaysia||Mix Master / Master Mix||Rachel||8 of 8|
|5||5||Malaysia → Sri Lanka||Fishing Pole / Spin Control||Brendon||7 of 8||Performed the Speed Bump|
|6||6||Sri Lanka||Trunks / Sheets||Rachel||5 of 7|
|7||7||Sri Lanka → Italy||Gladiator / Charioteer||Brendon||1 of 7|
|8||8||Italy||Donkey Run / Donkey Build||Rachel||1 of 6||1st U-Turned Dave & Connor|
|9||9||Italy → Switzerland||Brendon||4 of 5|
|10||10||Switzerland → Spain||Spanish Steps / Running of the Ballz||Rachel||2 of 5|
|11||11||Spain → United Kingdom||Boot It / Shoot It||Brendon||3 of 4|
|12||12||United Kingdom → United States||(1) Rachel|
|3 of 3|
- Brendon slipped at the pit stop in leg 5.
- Went for a fast forward in leg 10, which required them to shave their heads, and didn't do it.
- Rivalry with Vanessa & Ralph and Art & JJ.
- Alliance with Bopper & Mark
- Rachel's frequent outbursts and meltdowns.
- Winning a four-team footrace in leg 2 to win $2,500 each and their first leg win.
- Struggling along with Margie & Luke on the detour in leg 4.
- Taking a risk on an earlier flight with only a half hour connection to save themselves from elimination in Leg 5, and making the connection in Singapore, arriving in Colombo, Sri Lanka ahead of the other teams.
- Rivalry with the "Accidental Alliance", primarily Dave & Connor and Caroline & Jennifer.
- Alliance with Joey & Meghan and Jessica & John
- Settled for 3rd place due to a common misunderstanding of where the clue was, and thus they mistakenly searching the inside of the hotel when the clue box was outside the corner. This caused them to lose valuable time and their fate was sealed when they were too far behind to catch up after the light bulb task at The Mirage. Their horrible taxi driver did not do them any good either.
- Disliking the quality of how fast their taxi driver drove, Brendon and Rachel attempted to steal Caroline and Jennifer's taxi. that didn't go out well since the taxi driver kept of refusing.
- Rachel cried after realizing she and Brendon placed 3rd again. The couple agreed to have children after Brendon get graduated.
- Second team of Big Brother following Jordan & Jeff.
- Highest average placing team to finish 3rd without winning any leg at all, 3.42
- Second reality show team to be in an all-star season, following Rob & Amber.
- First all-star team to make the final three in both seasons and by extension not be eliminated (following Eric of Eric & Danielle).
- One of five teams to finish in the same position in two seasons, 3rd place (with Oswald & Danny, 4th, Kent & Vyxsin, 5th, Margie & Luke, 8th and Leo & Jamal, 4th)
- Most legs traveled by a team in two seasons, 24 legs (tied with Dustin & Kandice)
- Most legs traveled by a male/female team in a career, 24 legs
- Most legs traveled by a reality competition team, 24 legs.
- Rachel, the first female to make it to the final three twice.
- One of the few team to have their relationship change between their two run. (Engaged to Newly Weds)
- Highest placing former Big Brother team, 3rd place.
- Only team to finish twice in the same position to make the final.
- Youngest male/female team, 29.
- Youngest team in the Final Three, 29.
- Lowest average placing team in the Final Three, 3.42
- Only team who never got eliminated in their previous season.
- Last male/female team standing.
- First team to win consective legs.
- Last team who made to the Final Three in their last season (Season 20) standing.
- Brendon & Rachel got married on September 8, 2012.
- In both of their seasons, Brendon & Rachel came 2nd in both leg 1 & 10, and came 3rd in both leg 11 & 12.
- In both of their seasons, the winning team (Dave & Rachel from Season 20, Dave & Connor from Season 24) had won at least half of their seasons and won the last four legs.
- Twitter: @brendonvbb12
- Facebook: /bjvillegas
- Website: BrenchelArmy.com
- Instagram /rachelereillyvillegas
- Instagram /brendonvbb12
- Rachel Reilly - Wikipedia
- Rachel Reilly - Big Brother Wiki
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