Immediately coming off of two stints on Big Brother, Brendon & Rachel again became magnets for conflict in The Amazing Race 20. The engaged couple frequently found themselves in explosive confrontations with Art & JJ and Vanessa & Ralph, who took a great disliking to them due to perceiving them as followers and weak personalities. When not clashing with other teams, Brendon & Rachel often fought with each other, with their trademark arguing and emotional meltdowns from Big Brother again coming to the fore during the Race. Despite all this, they managed to make it to the final leg where, although initially fighting for the win, they made the fatal mistake of misreading a clue, dropping them out of contention, leaving them to finish in 3rd place.
Returning in All-Stars as newlyweds, Brendon & Rachel vowed to run a smarter race, making less mistakes and avoiding emotional breakdowns. This translated to greater success for them, as they won three legs and became the first team to make it to the final three twice. However, they once again made enemies when they used the U-Turn on Dave & Connor in an attempt to secure a first place finish. This turned the other teams against them and made them pariahs for the rest of the race, though the newlyweds fought back with cutthroat tactics. Despite the seeming progress they had made since their previous time on the race, Brendon & Rachel fell apart in the final two legs, reverting to their old selves that were sidetracked by bickering, emotional meltdowns, and avoidable mistakes. Although they had an advantage of being familiar with Las Vegas in the final leg, a bad taxi driver and several mistakes left them to once again finish in 3rd place.
Retrieved from CBS.com
Name: Brendon Villegas
Name: Rachel Reilly
The Amazing Race 20
|Brendon & Rachel's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Argentina||No Detour||Brendon||2 of 11|
|2||2||Argentina||Boil My Water / Light My Fire||Rachel||4 of 10|
|3||3||Argentina → Paraguay||Stacked Up / Strung Out||Rachel||2 of 9|
|4||4||Paraguay → Italy||Clean That Statue / Name That Salami||Rachel||6 of 8|
|5||5||Italy → Germany||Fairy Tale / Champion Male||Brendon||5 of 8|
|6||6||Germany → Azerbaijan||Apples / Oil||Brendon||4 of 7|
|7||7||Azerbaijan → Tanzania||Marksmanship / Courtship||No Roadblock||4 of 6|
|8||8||Tanzania||Water Supply / Air Supply||Rachel||4 of 6⊃⋐|
|9||9||Tanzania → India||Cricket / Clutch It||Rachel||2 of 5|
|10||10||India||Pachyderm / Pack a Box||Brendon||2 of 5|
|11||11||India → Japan||Bingo Shout-Out / Photo Cut-Out||Brendon||3 of 4|
|12||Japan → United States||No Detour||Brendon||3 of 3|||
The Amazing Race: All-Stars
|Brendon & Rachel's Race History|
|1||1||United States → China||No Detour||Brendon||2 of 11|
|2||2||China||Featherball / China Cup||Brendon||1 of 10|
|3||3||China → Malaysia||River Delivery / Run Through the Jungle||Rachel||8 of 9|
|4||4||Malaysia||Mix Master / Master Mix||Rachel||8 of 8|
|5||5||Malaysia → Sri Lanka||Fishing Pole / Spin Control||Brendon||7 of 8|
|6||6||Sri Lanka||Trunk / Sheets||Rachel||5 of 7|
|7||7||Sri Lanka → Italy||Gladiator / Charioteer||Brendon||1 of 7|
|8||8||Italy||Donkey Run / Donkey Build||Rachel||1 of 6⊂|
|9||9||Italy → Switzerland||No Detour||Brendon||4 of 5|
|10||10||Switzerland → Spain||Spanish Steps / Running with the Ballz||Rachel||2 of 5|
|11||11||Spain → United Kingdom||Shoot It / Boot It||Brendon||3 of 4|
|12||12||United Kingdom → United States||No Detour||Rachel||3 of 3|||
- Brendon & Rachel got married on September 8, 2012.
- Brendon & Rachel announced that they were having a baby on the September 16, 2015 episode of Big Brother 17.
- Rachel competed on a Big Brother Primetime special of The Price is Right that aired on May 24, 2016, during her pregnancy. Rachel helped her partner, Lisa, win $3,000 in cash in their pricing game. However, Rachel and Lisa were unable to make it to the Showcase.
- Rachel appeared in the premiere of the US version of Celebrity Big Brother as a part of an opening act.
- Brendon & Rachel appeared on the fifth episode of Celebrity Fear Factor. They competed against Big Brother houseguests Cody Calafiore and Zach Rance, along with Survivor castaways Abi-Maria Gomes and Sierra Dawn Thomas, and Caleb Reynolds and his brother Blake.
- Although they competed on both, Brendon & Rachel represented Big Brother, with no mention of their time on The Amazing Race.
- Rachel gave birth to the couple's second child, a son named Adler Mateo Villegas, on November 11, 2020.
- Brendon & Rachel are the first returning team to never be eliminated, and the second and third people to complete the race twice (after Eric Sanchez). They would be followed by Colin & Christie and Tyler & Korey.
- Among the seven people to complete the race twice, Brendon is one of two to not have competed on The Amazing Race 31, along with Eric Sanchez.
- They are the second reality show team to cross the Finish Line, following Rob & Amber, and followed by Cody & Jessica.
- Fifth of six teams to finish in the same position twice, 3rd place (with Oswald & Danny (4th), Kent & Vyxsin (5th), Margie & Luke (8th), Leo & Jamal (4th), and Becca & Floyd (5th)).
- Rachel would later race in The Amazing Race 31 with her sister Elissa Slater.
- Brendon's Wikipedia page: Brendon Villegas
- Rachel's Wikipedia page: Rachel Reilly
- Catriona Wightman (05/08/2012): "'Amazing Race' Brendon, Rachel Q&A: 'Thank God for waterproof mascara'"
- Joyce Eng at TV Guide (05/09/2012): "Amazing Race's Brendon and Rachel: Vanessa Is Mean Just to Be Mean"
- Gina at Reality Wanted (05/09/2012): "The Amazing Race 20: Exclusive Interview with Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly"
- Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/2012): "Exclusive: Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas talk 'Amazing Race'" (Parts 1 and 2)
- Joyce Eng at TV Guide (01/26/2014): "Excited" to Return for Amazing Race All-Stars"
- Joyce Eng at TV Guide (05/21/2014): "Amazing Race's Brendon and Rachel: We Don't Regret U-Turning Dave and Connor:
- Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/2014): "Exclusive: Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly talk 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'" (Parts 1 and 2)
- Brendon's Facebook: /bjvillegas
- Rachel's Facebook: /rachel.e.reilly
- Brendon's Instagram: /brendonvbb12
- Rachel's Instagram: /rachelereillyvillegas
- Brendon's Twitter: @brendonvbb12
- Rachel's Twitter: @RachelEReilly
- Brendon & Rachel's Website: BrenchelArmy.com
|The Amazing Race 20 Teams|
|The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2014) Teams|