Goths the real deal
Kynt and his ‘little pink kitten’ show they’re lethal, not pushovers, writes Erin McWhirter
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.’’