This week’s Shanghai Rush elimination interviews is a two-for-one, since we only got around to watching the last two episodes on Youku (sorry, but it loads sooo slow outside of China!). Last last week, mother and son team Norma and David got kicked off after failing the map challenge. Then most recently, Brazilian couple Rodrigo and Fernanda came in last and had to go as well.
Coincidentally, both teams were known for having one particularly strong member – mother dearest in Norma and David’s case, and macho-boyfriend in Rodrigo and Fernanda’s – and only those members of each team answered our questions. Hmmm, we guess reality t.v. isn’t too far from truth after all?
But we digress, on with the questions!
How did you guys decide to join Shanghai Rush?
Norma: My husband saw an ad for it and applied for me. Then I needed a partner and I applied for David (my son). I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d like to be with for that length of time.
Rodrigo: I was looking for a job in enjoyclassifieds.com when I first saw the Shanghai Rush advertising, after 10 days I decided to check it out and then I thought it would be a great experience, so I spoke with Fernanda, she loved the idea and then we decided to give it a try.
So what happened your last challenge that you think made you end up coming in last?
Norma: Well, I was very sick with a fever and chills… I had bronchitis. At that point I didn’t feel like working as hard to continue. David did want to but he knew how ill I was. Also, we started off last, starting off last or next to last is always risky, your chances of moving ahead are slim.
Rodrigo: I think we lost strength after Fernanda’s accident, plus we got the worst taxi driver in Shanghai, who took 1 hour to go to that water city heheh.
If you could do things differently, what would you do?
Norma: I think we would mentally prepare ourselves and push ourselves more. Also, we would go and do a little research on the city.
Rodrigo: I would be more relaxed about everything, I think I was to serious about the competition.
What was the hardest challenge you encountered during the event?
Norma: Probably the last one we were eliminated from, the map.
Rodrigo: Don’t kill few taxi drivers hahaha.
What challenge was your favorite?
Norma: All the challenges were actually fun, and very exciting. But, my favorite was the making of dumplings (second episode).
Rodrigo: Bow and Arrow (first episode), in my opinion was the only one who could really change positions.
So what’s in the cards for you now that Shanghai Rush is over? What are you up to?
Norma: I am getting ready to visit my other children in the USA, and my 6 sisters. David is getting ready to go back to university.
Rodrigo: I would like to work for ICS as a host or maybe reporter, dreams a part I really want to find a good job. I’m starting a Brazilian BBQ company for parties and events, it is called Shanghai Top Grill, it is something that can’t be missed!
Any teams you’re particularly rooting for?
Norma: Justin and Mattie, Richard and Alice, Rodrigo and Fernanda. [Ed note: Yeah, we don’t know why she picked a team that was eliminated before her either. Maybe she didn’t notice?]
Rodrigo: Rooting for? Goooo guys! Hehehe
To be honest we like all the team, we made friends with everybody, so doesn’t matter who win it, we will be happy for them!