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EXCLUSIVE! 'Amazing Race' Cast-Offs Andie & Jenna Tell Us How The Experience Brought Them Closer Together!

Mon, October 4, 2010 6:47pm EST by HL Intern Add first Comment

Courtesy of CBS

The Oct. 3 episode of Amazing Race has come and gone, and so has mother-daughter team Andie DeKroon and Jenna Sykes. They were the second pair eliminated!

But for these ladies, it wasn’t just about winning – it was the first time they had ever met face-to-face! And unfortunately for Andie and Jenna, their loss wasn’t even really their fault. The first two cabs they got into that day to take them where they needed to be got the team lost – despite the fact that the ladies had maps. “He told us he knew the way, but in actuality took us all over the city,” Andie tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “By the time we realized he would never get us there and switched cabs, it was too late.”

“It was the definition of bad luck,” Andie says. “And it was unfortunate, because we were working really well together.”

The mother-daughter duo still managed to have a positive experience — going on the show brought them closer together. They had been writing letters to each other for almost two years, when Andie saw a tweet from Jenna stating how much she loved The Amazing Race.

“We just wanted to get to know each other in the best way possible – take off the makeup, get underneath, and see each other for who we really are,” Jenna says. They make sure that they still keep in contact. “We talk a lot, and text each other.”

And Jenna has some advice for anyone hoping to be on the shows someday: “Be yourself, and stick to that. Don’t try to fit a stereotype.” Also, you’ll never know what could happen if don’t try.

“Don’t be afraid to go for it,” Andie adds. “Dream big, because you never know.”

— Jessica Booth