Rachel Eileen Reilly Villegas and Elissa Slater are a team of Sisters on The Amazing Race 31.
Rachel returned for her third chance in season 31, but this time with her sister Elissa instead of her husband Brendon Villegas. After placing in the top four in the first two legs, the two experienced bad luck, struggling in challenges and with directions on one occasion, causing them to finish in the bottom three in four legs in a row, even placing last in a Non-Elimination Leg. They made several enemies after their attempt to warn Nicole & Victor about being a U-Turn target backfired. In leg 8, after being the victims of the very first U-Turn vote alongside Colin & Christie, they completed the task first, but Rachel mistakenly left the clue behind and put them at a disadvantage in the Detour, allowing Colin & Christie to pass them. Despite arriving at the Roadblock before Leo & Jamal, Rachel struggled with the task, allowing Jamal to finish before Rachel, causing Rachel & Elissa to arrive at the Pit Stop last where host Phil Keoghan eliminated them from the competition.
By completing leg 8 in season 31 despite being eliminated, Rachel broke fellow The Amazing Race: All-Stars racers Jet & Cord and Flight Time & Big Easy's record for most legs run in the show's history, at 32. Her record, however, has been surpassed by season 24 and 31 castmates Leo & Jamal. Rachel still holds the distinction of completing the most legs among any other female contestant.
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Instagram and Twitter: @rachelereillyvillegas
Hometown: Van Nuys, California
Current occupation: Student, PT tech, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, casting, mom, entertainment, and blogger.
Three words to describe you: Loyal, fierce/competitive, and courageous.
Favorite hobbies: Hiking, camping, and art.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My education, becoming a mom, and winning Big Brother!
What scares you most about traveling? Missing my daughter.
What excites you most about traveling? This is my third Race and my first two I did with Brendon, my husband. It was really fun to race with him but this Race is really exciting because I get to do this with my sister. Growing up, Elissa and I moved a lot. I think I went to three middle schools and two high schools. Moving and only having your sister as a constant made us super close, then we went to college, got married, and didn't live together anymore. We still love to do everything together. Elissa was on Big Brother after I was, we got engaged the same weekend, we got married the same year, and we had babies together! So for us, doing the Race together is a dream come true! SISTER BONDING!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Africa Safari again. It’s amazing, I mean who gets to do that? But excited for everywhere.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Bonding time and building memories. Time with my sister is so valuable since we are both so busy with life. This is an opportunity to make some memories as sisters! We didn't get to do BB together so this will be really fun and exciting! We get to make memories, go on a crazy adventure and try to make better lives for our families.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? I think the biggest threats are the Racers. The Race teams know what to expect and even though I have raced twice, my partner has never raced so this will be totally new to her. It's probably good to have a new set of eyes on something I feel so confident about, but I also hope that she listens to me because after all, I've done this twice before and NEVER BEEN ELIMINATED. This also adds pressure on both of us, but I mean I'm Rachel Reilly, I've won two reality shows. I’ve got this in the bag ;)
Do you think Big Brother prepared you for The Amazing Race? Do you think you learned anything on BB that will help you on the Race? I think being on The Amazing Race prepared me more for this than Big Brother. The Amazing Race isn't usually as strategic with the other Racers, but I think since we have Racers, Houseguests, and Castaways we are going to really see more of a social game being played. I am totally prepared to make alliances on this race and use my race experience and my BB experience.
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation: Founder, CEO Drop Method® App
Describe what you do: Rachel and I recently launched a comprehensive fitness and nutrition app, Drop Method®. We are the most comprehensive app on the market and offer everything you need to drop weight, stress, and excuses! Programs designed by specialists and nutrition products designed by a team of physicians and chemists (Rachel and myself)! We have all your needs in one convenient app to help you finally reach your goals and maintain them—permanently! We have a meal delivery program specifically designed for weight loss with the drop method meal programs that delivers all across North America (some small cities may not have service available).
Three words to describe you: Go-getter, focused, and determined.
Favorite hobbies: Yoga, tennis, travel, and making a difference!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My children and graduating college Summa Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar. Also, proud of working on my Masters and the Drop Method® App is HUGE. Obviously being on Big Brother and The Amazing Race are once in a lifetime opportunities.
What scares you most about traveling? Diseases and flying. Also safety of food, activities, and travel.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the world—especially with my sister, meeting new people and cultures, realizing the infinite possibilities of our world.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Africa—to see all the animals.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to overcome my fear of flying!
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Definitely the Racers.
Do you think Survivor prepared you for The Amazing Race? Do you think you learned anything on BB that will help you on the Race? I think we learned that the Big Brother casts are groups of pathological liars and never under any circumstances to trust any of them. Actually, literally, so don’t trust Big Brother Houseguests ever, ever, except me. You can trust me with your health in particular.
The Amazing Race 31
|Rachel & Elissa's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Japan||No Detour||Elissa||4 of 11|||
|2||2||Japan → Laos||ABC / BBQ||Elissa||3 of 10⊂|
|3||3||Laos → Vietnam||Reel It In / Light It Up||Rachel||7 of 9|
|4||4||Vietnam||Irritation / Irrigation||Elissa||8 of 9|
|5||5||Vietnam → United Arab Emirates||Fall / Find||Rachel||8 of 8|
|6||6||United Arab Emirates → Uganda||Salty Roll / Move the Pole||Elissa||7 of 8|
|7||7||Uganda → Switzerland||Water Power / Water Down||Elissa||5 of 7|
|8||8||Switzerland||Make Hay / Cow Festival||Rachel||7 of 7⋑|
- On November 11, 2020, Rachel gave birth to her second child with Brendon. A son named Adler Mateo Villegas.
- Rachel previously competed in two seasons of the race with her husband Brendon Villegas.
- Rachel has completed the most legs out of any woman in The Amazing Race history, having completed 32 legs.
- Rachel has U-Turned three teams in The Amazing Race, one in every season. However every team survived the U-Turn.
- Rachel & Elissa are the only Big Brother team who never competed on a Big Brother season together.
- The Amazing Race 31 marks the first time Rachel has been eliminated from The Amazing Race.
- Most legs run by a 7th place team in a single season, with 8.
- One of the first two teams to be U-Turned by vote, alongside Colin & Christie.
- Rachel's Wikipedia page: Rachel Reilly
- Mike Bloom at Parade (06/06/2019): "The Amazing Race 31: Rachel Reilly and Elissa Slater Draw Fire and Miss the Mark"
- Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (06/2019): "" Parts 1 and 2
Social Media Profiles
- Rachel's Instagram: /rachelereillyvillegas
- Elissa's Instagram: /ELISSAREILLYS
- Rachel's Twitter: @rachelereillyvillegas
- Elissa's Twitter: @ELISSERCISE
|The Amazing Race 31 Teams|