Jamison Gilkey ate live spiders and gambled on roulette to win a new Mazda RX-8 on the Fear Factor Las Vegas episode!
Why did you want to compete on Fear Factor?
Well, for months before I went on the show it was just a thought. My friend Bill Wells kept telling me, "Aww man, you do all that stuff on there." At that time, he was a bigger fan than I was. Ever since then I'd been watching the show and giving it a lot of thought. Next thing you know, I'm printing out the application and sending my 5-minute interview tape. The week after that I got a second interview and they liked what they saw and the rest is all good. I said, "What do I got to lose?" It was more of a vacation for me.
What was your reaction when you learned you'd be competing in Vegas?
When I learned I would be competing in Vegas, I said "Hell, yeah!" Snap back to reality, I said, "I ain't got no money!" So I started digging in the couch trying to round up some money before I left. I've never been on a plane up until then, so it was cool.
Which stunt freaked you out the most?
None of the stunts freaked me out. I was like Jackie Chan or Vin Diesel in "XXX." I was born for this; you know what I'm saying? No I'm kidding…the first stunt wigged me out because I thought I had all the balance in the world. I guess I don't! Thank God I didn't go first or my a$$ would have been on that long walk of shame all the way back to San Antonio! Luck was on my side because the first two players got the quickest times, but they messed up towards the end. Then the producers threw a twist at us [that Josh or I could win a thousand bucks depending on who got the fastest time]. It didn't matter, I was going to take my time, focus on the flag - maybe even give each flag a name - do some sightseeing while I'm up there, enjoy the view. By the time I got to the last flag, I took my time, looked around and made sure there were no more flags. I said to myself, "This must be the last flag, on to the next round I go!" Pretty much I should've been gone in that first round. Trying to stay on that pole was the hardest.
Did you bond with any of the other players?
Did we bond? No. We had a lot of fun just kickin' it. You had Bobby from Boston. Jenna from Louisiana - she looked good and she was a rowdy chick. Lark, she was in to real estate. She was 31 and looked 20. She was fine. Then there was Krisandra, Minnesota Timberwolves dancer - and I mean dancer! She finally got the Harlem shake down right after I showed it to her. She was a fine chick. Keep on dancing girl! Last but not least, Josh. I thought this guy was so funny because he was so obsessed with his hair and how well he looked. He would stand and strike different poses in the mirror. After a few poses he would look at himself in the mirror and say, "Dude, I am having an awesome hair day." I couldn't help but laugh at that. Every picture in his wallet he was striking a serious pose. Before a stunt we were all blindfolded and the casting associates would come up to Josh and rub his hair while he was blindfolded! He'd start swinging at nothing but air! Now, that was funny! He'd say "Dude, please don't mess up my hair!" After that, during one stunt we gave each other props with a simple hip-hop handshake and hug. During the hug, I rubbed the hair on his head - while we were filming - and turned to me and whispered, "Dude, don't ever touch my hair." It was so funny because he whispered like no one's listening, but our microphones pick up everything!
How would you describe your Fear Factor experience overall?
Fear Factor was a big experience for me because I'd never been on a plane, never been to Los Angeles or Las Vegas. It gave me a chance to meet people with different personalities from across the country. One thing I'm gonna miss is Vegas, because we were all stars there. All the freebies and the hotel Monte Carlo. We didn't even have to wait in long lines at restaurants. [I just want to say] to my casting associates Tom, Zach and especially Fear Factor contestant Josh - who threw a bet at me - I've finally done it! I ate six Saltine crackers in less than one minute and fifty-one seconds! The impossible can be done! Holla!
Where's the first place you'll go in your new Mazda RX-8?
First place is to my friend's customizing garage. Throw a few NOS tanks off in her, put some better wheels on it, give the engine a little tweak. New exhaust, new body kit, etc. After I'm done we're looking at about 600 Horsepower, reaching speeds up to 250 mph. Zoom, zoom! I'll do the impossible. You'll see a blur. Let's break the sound barrier! Faster than a speeding bullet, put on my cape and get right to it. That's tight! Peace. See what happens when they put a broke brotha on the show!