If he is being painted as the villain of The Amazing Race Australia, Paul Montgomery (pictured, left) has no problem with that.
“I do not deny any of what is shown. It is one side of me but I completely embrace it. That’s how I would be in a competitive environment,” he says.
“I am pretty intense. I do look at myself and think ‘Wow this guy needs to relax a bit.’ But I do understand that’s me trying to perform hard.”
His teammate Steven Scale (pictured, right) acknowledges Paul’s competitive nature.
“Yeah that’s him!” he laughs.
“Paul’s already the villain of the show, but you’ll have to watch to see how it all unfolds.”
Entering the contest as the “Workmates” team, it was Paul’s idea to send in an application despite not having spent much time together as friends.
“I’m a big fan of the show and I feel there hasn’t been anyone who’s played like I have. I wanted to bring a bit of businessman’s perspective and show that you can be really competitive without being a jerk,” Montgomery says.
“I did grow up being bullied and I’m standing up for bullied victims somewhat. I don’t like to be picked on so I want to show that this is a kid who used to be picked on and look how motivated and accomplished I am now.
“So I transformed myself and I wanted to see how good I am. I think I’m good, but am I really as good as I think I am?”
No sign of shyness here either.
Despite ruffling feathers with other contestants both Montgomery and Scale spoke highly of their experience.
“It’s completely different from watching it. It’s great to watch and great to do, it’s the experience of a lifetime and I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” says Scale.
Montgomery agrees, saying “I absolutely loved every part of it. I’d wholeheartedly recommend everyone have a go at it. It’s the best thing I’ve done regardless of the outcomes, regardless of the hardships.”
But is there a risk in being depicted as the bad guy? Online forums can be rife with vitriol. Montgomery isn’t fazed.
“I hope I do become the villain. I love being the bad guy,” he insists.
“I’d be flattered to gain such a reaction from people that they feel so passionately about me.”
Teammate Steve remains supportive to the end.
“I’m not going to back down from who Paul is. He’s very focused and intense. I’m yet to see the other side of him. But he’s not always likeable in the first impression that he gives across,” he says.
The Amazing Race Australia airs 9pm Wednesday on Seven.