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THE AMAZING RACE Season 26 Cast Announced

THE AMAZING RACE Season 26 Cast Announced

THE AMAZING RACE Season 26 Cast Announced

CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on a special season of THE AMAZING RACE. This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever. THE AMAZING RACE rounds out a night of reality television when it premieres with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT), following the premiere of SURVIVOR (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Race moves to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

“Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates,” said Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of THE AMAZING RACE. “Going on a blind date to a restaurant is one thing, but going on a blind date around the world is like rolling the dice in a big way,”

The preexisting dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.

The couple’s relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles.

The dating teams will also have an opportunity throughout the race to win the all-new “Date Night” reward. This allows one lucky couple to enjoy a one-on-one romantic activity, such as a steamy evening at a hot springs resort in Nagano, Japan, or star-gazing at the Bavarian Public Observatory in Munich, Germany.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

Aly Dudek & Steve Langton of THE AMAZING RACE

Aly Dudek & Steve Langton of THE AMAZING RACE

Name: Aly Dudek
Age: 24
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Olympic Athlete
*won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating

Name: Steven Langton
Age: 31
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Olympic Athlete
*won 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding

Length of relationship: 7 months

Harley Rodriguez & Jonathan Knight of THE AMAZING RACE

Harley Rodriguez & Jonathan Knight of THE AMAZING RACE

Name: Harley Rodriguez
Age: 41
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Group Fitness Trainer

Name: Jonathan Knight (@JonathanRKnight)
Age: 46
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Entertainer (New Kids on the Block member)

Length of relationship: 7 years

Jeff Magee & Lyda Grawn of THE AMAZING RACE

Jeff Magee & Lyda Grawn of THE AMAZING RACE

Name: Jeff Magee
Age: 57
Hometown: McCall, Idaho
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Airline Pilot

Name:  Lyda Grawn
Age: 49
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Flight Attendant

Length of relationship: Known 20 years, dating 4 years

Lebya Simpson & CJ Harris of THE AMAZING RACE

Lebya Simpson & CJ Harris of THE AMAZING RACE

Name: C.J. Harris
Age: 26
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: IT Technician

Name: Lebya Simpson
Age: 25
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Medical Support Assistant

Length of Relationship: Known for 15 years, dating for 10

Matt Cucolo & Ashley Gordon of THE AMAZING RACE

Matt Cucolo & Ashley Gordon of THE AMAZING RACE

Name: Matt Cucolo
Age: 30
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Hairstylist

Name: Ashley Gordon
Age: 28
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Connection to your teammate: Dating
Occupation: Hairstylist

Length of Relationship: Known 10 years, dating 3 years

Mike Dombrowski & Rochelle Nevedal of THE AMAZING RACE

Mike Dombrowski & Rochelle Nevedal of THE AMAZING RACE

Name: Rochelle Nevedal
Age: 29
Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Contract Engineer

Name: Michael Dombrowski
Age: 26
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Truck Stop Manager/Pro Wrestling Promoter

Length of Relationship: 2 years

 

The Blind Date Couples:

 

Name: Hayley Keel

Age: 28

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Name: Blair Townsend

Age: 31

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Navy Physician

 

Name: Jackie Ibarra

Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Professional Dancer

Name: Jeffrey Weldon
Age: 26
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Account Executive/Sales

 

Name: Laura Pierson
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Talent Booker

Name: Tyler Adams
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Mobile App Developer

 

Name: Jenny Wu

Age: 32

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Blogger and Lawyer

Name: Jelani Roy
Age: 32
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Lawyer

 

Name: Bergen Olsen

Age: 23

Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Human Resources Project Manager

Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher
Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, Ky.
Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Pageant Consultant

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