Goths the real deal

Kynt and his ‘lit­tle pink kit­ten’ show they’re lethal, not pushovers, writes Erin McWhirter

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WITH their per­fectly ap­plied eye­liner and freshly dyed black and pink hair­dos, you’d ex­pect gothic cou­ple Kynt Cothron and Vyxsin Fiala to have an aver­sion to get­ting their hands dirty.

It makes you won­der why this ec­cen­tric pair from Louisville in the US would take on one of the most gru­elling phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges in TV — The Amaz­ing Race.

‘‘The other teams un­der­es­ti­mated us from the start be­cause of the way we look,’’ Cothron, 31, who works as a waiter and hair-salon re­cep­tion­ist, says.

‘‘They were say­ing, ‘Look at th­ese ridicu­lous goth kids, they are more con­cerned with their eye­liner than win­ning a road block’.

‘‘But they don’t know how lethal we are. We are miles ahead of them.’’

Both avid view­ers of the show, in which 12 teams must race to lo­ca­tions around the world and meet chal­lenges to avoid elim­i­na­tion, they were at home watch­ing se­ries 11 when an ad popped up ask­ing for ap­pli­cants.

Fiala con­sid­ered they were a long shot to gain en­try but hu­moured her boyfriend by film­ing a video ap­pli­ca­tion.

Four months went by be­fore Fiala got a call from the pro­ducer in Cal­i­for­nia to come for an in­ter­view.

‘‘Some­thing like 50,000 ap­plied for this se­ries, so get­ting on the show is pretty over­whelm­ing,’’ says Fiala, 29, who is also a wait­ress and hair salon re­cep­tion­ist. ‘‘Be­fore they rang say­ing to come for the in­ter­view we had forgotten about it. I couldn’t be­lieve we made it in.’’

Cothron adds: ‘‘I am al­ways a dreamer and the odds never scared me. I told her we would make it through.’’

Watch­ing them at work on the show dis­pels any doubt about their strength as a team.

From Cothron be­ing slung in mud (‘‘I am prissy, that was the tough­est bit of the race’’) to watch­ing how mar­ried min­is­ters Pat and Kate and feud­ing fa­ther/daugh­ter team Ron­ald and Christina re­solve their con­flicts, it’s en­ter­tain­ing view­ing.

CON­TES­TANTS in this race will travel 48,000km in 21 days and visit 10 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ire­land, Lithua­nia, Croa­tia and Tai­wan.

Af­ter hear­ing they had made it into the 12th se­ries of the show hosted by Kiwi Phil Keoghan, Cothron and his ‘‘lit­tle pink kit­ten’’ un­der­went mil­i­tary-style train­ing to get into shape.

‘‘We made a point to re­ally pre­pare af­ter we were ac­cepted be­cause, be­lieve it or not, I am not much of an out­doors man,’’ Cothron jokes. ‘‘Vyxsin took me camp­ing and it was very dif­fi­cult ap­ply­ing mas­cara in a pop-up tent!’’

‘‘That’s right, we were kayak­ing and rock climb­ing,’’ Fiala chimes in.

‘‘We didn’t want to turn up on The Amaz­ing Race and be a joke, a laugh­ing stock.’’

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