“The Amazing Race” never seems to run out of interesting teams. For the 17th edition, debuting Sept. 26 on CBS, the racers include Home Shopping hosts, an Internet entertainer, a Miss Kentucky, Ivy League a cappella singers (pictured), beach volleyball players and a birth mother/daughter team who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago. The Internet entertainer is 20-year-old Kevin Wu, aka KevJumba, whose YouTube channel has more than a million subscribers. He’s racing with his dad, Michael. Race 17 will hit 30 cities in its 32,000-mile journey, including first-time stops in Ghana, Bangladesh and above the Arctic Circle. CBS says that the team who finishes first in the premiere will get a “surprise, game-changing advantage” that’s never been part of the show before.
Here are the 11 teams:
Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin
Ages: 27, 30
Hometowns: San Diego; Reno, Nev.
Occupations: Home shopping hosts
Relationship: Home shopping hosts
Nick DeCarlo and Vicki Casciola
Ages: both 26
Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
Occupations: Bartender, hairstylist
Ron Kellum and Tony Stovall
Ages: 45, 42
Hometowns: Los Angeles; Tucson, Ariz.
Occupations: Director/choreographer, doctoral student
Relationship: Best friends
Michael Wu and Kevin Wu
Ages: 58, 20
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Occupations: Software engineer/content creator, Internet entertainer
Relationship: Father and son
Chad Waltrip and Stephanie Smith
Ages: 26, 23
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupations: Operations manager, hairstylist
Relationship: Newly dating
Nat Strand and Kat Chang
Ages: 31, 35
Hometowns: Scottsdale, Ariz.; Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupations: both doctors
Gary Ervin and Mallory Ervin
Ages: 53, 24
Hometowns: Morganfield, Ky.; Lexington, Ky.
Occupations: Entrepreneur, Miss Kentucky 2009
Relationship: Father and daughter
Connor Diemand-Yauman and Jonathan Schwartz
Ages: both 22
Hometowns: Chesterland, Ohio; Cranford, N.J.
Occupations: Princeton students
Relationship: A cappella singers
Jill Haney and Thomas Wolfard
Ages: 27, 30
Hometown: Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Occupations: Hairstylist, ad sales director
Andie DeKroon and Jenna Sykes
Ages: 43, 21
Hometowns: Atlanta; Athens, Ga.
Occupations: Stay-at-home mom, University of Georgia student
Relationship: Birth mother and daughter
Katie Seamon and Rachel Johnston
Ages: 23, 24
Hometowns: Rahway, N.J.; Moorestown, N.J.
Occupations: Beach volleyball players
Relationship: Beach volleyball partners