TYNE VALLEY – Is there something about siblings from P.E.I. that makes them want to participate in national television shows together?
Probably not, but we’ve almost got a trend going at this point.
Tyne Valley-born sisters Rhonda MacArthur and Kristina Ellis are trying to land a spot on CTV’s “The Amazing Race Canada,” joining Cape Traverse twins Arlo and Leon Sutherland, who were profiled by the Journal Pioneer earlier this month.
MacArthur gladly accepts the roll of the instigator of their project, dragging her more reserved sibling along to fame and glory.
It’s always been that way, laughed MacArthur.
Besides, Ellis is too competitive not to participate.
They’re both like that – and more than a little stubborn, they admit.
Which is why they think they’d have a chance on the “Amazing Race.”
“We hate to lose,” said MacArthur.
As for her sister, she’ll come out of her shell once the thrill of the competition kicks-in.
“She’s outgoing – she just doesn’t like being in front of the camera,” said MacArthur.
For her part, Ellis said she had a blast shooting their short pitch video, so even if they don’t get chosen to participate she’ll walk away happy.
“So many people apply that the chances of getting picked a very slim anyway, so let’s go have some fun anyway,” she said regarding the reasoning for letting her sister talk her into participating.
So what’s Ellis going to do if she actually gets picked?
“Just to get the chance to go all across Canada and meet new people and try new things, I’m up for that kind of stuff,” she said.
“Of all the reality shows out there, that’s the only one where I’ve said, ‘gee, that would be fun,’” she said.
For those amongst our readers who are not avid reality television consumers, “The Amazing Race Canada” is a program where teams of two race across the country and finishing various challenges.
Usually “The Amazing Race” is a dash across the world, but the show has branched into several national races in recent years.
It will be filming its first Canadian version later this spring, and will air on CTV this summer.