Tasha Fox and James Wallington had been paired up for the third episode on The Problem: USA, and though they acquired alongside higher than a number of the different pairs, their chemistry did not assist them within the challenges. An unlucky fall on a steadiness beam despatched the randomly paired Survivor and Wonderful Race duo tumbling into the elimination problem the place they had been matched up in opposition to Domenick Abbate and Cashay Proudfoot.
Regardless of the stress between them, Domenick and Cashay prevailed, sending Tasha and James, two self-professed followers of The Problem house earlier than both of them had been able to say goodbye. James had narrowly escaped elimination in episode two, however the Wonderful Race winner’s luck ran out when he was pressured to confront a second consecutive elimination problem.
In an interview with Display Rant, James reveals how he first met Tasha and whether or not he and the Survivor contestants had one another of their long-term plans. Every of them describe how being on their respective earlier CBS exhibits helped put together them for a sport that mixes social, strategic and bodily parts on a forged with a number of the hardest actuality TV rivals.
Display Rant: First off, I believed you each had been going to win the elimination problem. The edit made it seem to be Domenick was being means too cocky for his personal good. How shut was it there on the finish?
James: From what we noticed, I might inform the water was draining. I might inform he wasn’t clogging the pipe in any respect, so there was a little bit little bit of hope there that possibly they had been simply going to lose due to the drain. If Cashay’s tower would’ve fallen, we might’ve received simply due to the drain. I didn’t notice how shut the water was with the road. It made for an thrilling elimination to observe.
Tasha: From my perspective, my again was to Money and Dom, however I had principally all the different challengers yelling issues like, “Do that! Transfer this! Put this there!” and it was actually, actually distracting. However it was tremendous, tremendous shut. And poor James, he did his factor with the pipe. He sacrificed his physique for that pipe.
It regarded like a troublesome problem! Within the first problem, would you will have carried out something otherwise? Was there a method you’d have modified, or had been you simply unfortunate falling off the steadiness beam?
James: I feel communication was key. There’s so many parts occurring with this every day problem. You are working, you are grabbing issues, you are fixing puzzles, simply plenty of totally different parts at play that I undoubtedly rushed the transition placing the sandbag on Tasha’s pole, and I feel as a result of I used to be too fast at letting go, it wasn’t sufficient time to really transition and alter the burden, so it was only a communication subject sadly.
Tasha: I heard myself say, “Let me know when you are going to let it go” so I feel I used to be attempting to overcompensate for the burden however not figuring out when the burden was really going to hit my shoulders and we have talked about this so many instances, like what might we have now carried out otherwise and on the finish of the day I feel it was simply communication, however you are so pumped within the problem. Adrenaline’s going. It wasn’t a fail, like I could not steadiness or I could not maintain a 10-pound weight. That is light-weight, so it is simply communication, sadly.
Tasha, you had been a problem beast on Survivor. James, you received The Wonderful Race. How did every of these exhibits put together you to achieve success on The Problem?
James: I feel Wonderful Racers are essentially the most geared up going into The Problem over some other present. With The Wonderful Race, each leg of the race is designed virtually like a closing of The Problem. You may have one thing bodily you must overcome. A puzzle. There’s a little bit little bit of technique, a little bit little bit of luck concerned. So you will have all these parts mixed that going into The Problem, it made a few of these challenges really feel like a stroll within the park, virtually. Positive, there’s form of an excessive stunt to the challenges themselves, however I feel with The Wonderful Race, you get every thing that The Problem already has, if that is smart.
Tasha: The challenges on The Problem had been totally different from Survivor however simply as strenuous. With Survivor, you aren’t getting to eat, although, so at the least with The Problem, we acquired to eat. We really had a mattress, so in that sense it was simpler. I feel what was tougher on The Problem was there was the equalizer which was the board that picked your accomplice. So in Survivor, you may strategically place your self to get additional within the sport primarily based on relationships and we could not try this. It was primarily based on the energy of your accomplice for that specific problem. The primary problem of the season, for those who could not do math, you had a nasty accomplice. However then, on the following problem, that accomplice might be an excellent swimmer, and so, there was an excellent equalizer which stored a little bit of the sport out of our management.
James, you had been aligned with the 2 different Wonderful Racers and Tasha you had been aligned with the Survivors. What did not we see about every of your methods that may have concerned different contestants from different exhibits?
James: Survivor and Wonderful Race really conjoined. We had been working actually, very well collectively. Night time one, Tasha and Sarah pulled Cayla and I apart and stated, “For those who want a house, you will have a house with Survivor.” And I had met Tasha and Sarah beforehand at their Survivor: Cagayan finale again in 2014, so there was a little bit little bit of familiarity there. And going into it, I really like Survivor a lot so I used to be so excited to work with a few of my Survivor favorites.
Tasha: Low-key, it was Survivor and Wonderful Race, however everyone on the opposite exhibits are such wonderful individuals that you just could not actually hate individuals as a result of they had been all so candy. I keep in mind staying up at evening speaking to Kyra and Justine from Love Island and actually loving them as individuals, however then attempting to navigate the sport and staying Survivor sturdy. However I feel that was my favourite a part of The Problem, simply hanging out with the individuals.
James: I agree. That was the toughest half about being eradicated was the FOMO and figuring out that we had been going to overlook out on extra of these moments that everybody else goes to get to have.
What’s the greatest factor you felt you proved to your self or the viewers throughout your time on The Problem?
James: After I was on The Wonderful Race, I used to be both cherished or actually hated due to the social sport that I carried out, and with the ability to be in The Problem setting and play a full-on social and strategic sport, I used to be very excited. I used to be residing out this childhood dream that I by no means knew I wanted or wished. Having the ability to showcase that I’ve realized a lot from watching actuality TV after which with the ability to implement methods and construct these relationships, which is actually enjoyable and thrilling to me. I am not a quitter. I do not quit, and I am all the time going to combat, so I am extra of a fighter than I feel I noticed.
Tasha: I’ve all the time watched The Problem. It was one among my favourite exhibits once I was youthful, so to be on that present was a childhood reminiscence come true. After which, I really like the truth that there was no drama. I used to be chilling, having time. I did not annoy individuals. So, as a competitor on a present like this, you wish to know that your abilities are transferrable whatever the present, so I feel I proved that whether or not it is Survivor, The Problem, or no matter could be subsequent, I really feel like I can move out and in of no matter sport it’s and be genuine, and nonetheless be competitor.
James: I really like Tasha’s reply. She articulated what I want I stated.
You had been each plenty of enjoyable to observe since you’re such big followers of all these exhibits. We hope to see you once more on one other present on CBS, Paramount Plus, or someplace on our TVs.
Tasha: Fingers crossed.
James: Yeah, fingers crossed!
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The Problem: USA airs Wednesdays at 9pm EST on CBS.
This interview has been edited for size and readability.
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