CBS Announces the Cast for the All-Star Edition of 'The Amazing Race'

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January 27th, 2014

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via press release:

CBS ANNOUNCES THE CAST FOR THE ALL-STAR EDITION OF THE

NINE-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES, “THE Amazing Race,”

PREMIERING FEB. 23

 

11 All-Star Teams Including The Globetrotters, The Cowboys, Brendon & Rachel and Dave & Connor Return For Another Chance at $1 Million

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO CATCH-UP WITH THE TEAMS

 

CBS announced today the 11 all-star teams returning for another sprint around the globe and the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE Amazing Race, premiering Sunday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

 

This season, which marks the 24th race around the world for the series, will feature some of the most memorable duos. Eleven all-star teams return for another chance to win THE Amazing Race, but in a dramatic twist one team will not make it to the starting line.  The returning teams include fan favorites The Globetrotters, The Cowboys, Dave & Connor, Brendon & Rachel, and more.

 

Teams will be put to the test as they travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles. The Race will take them on a mission high above the city in Guangzhou, China, rappelling down the roaring rapids of the Kiansom Waterfall in Malaysia, fighting with Gladiators in Rome, Italy and fueling up vehicles in Sri Lanka.

Following are the 11 all-star teams, listed in no particular order:

 

 

Name: Leo Temory
Age: 27
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.
Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur
Follow on twitter: @LeoTemory

 

Name: Jamal Zadran
Age: 26
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Current occupation: Owner, Z.I.G. (Zadran Investment Group)
Follow on twitter: @JamalZadran

 

Connection: Cousins

Nickname: Afghanimals

Previous season: 4th place on season 23

Click here to watch a memorable moment: Competing in the Angklung Detour in Indonesia and coming in first place on the leg.

 

 

 

Name: Brendon Villegas
Age: 33
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: PhD Student in Biomedical Physics at UCLA
Follow on twitter: @brendonvbb12

 

Name: Rachel Reilly
Age: 30
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: TV Personality
Follow on twitter: @RachelEReilly

 

Connection: Newlyweds

Nickname: Brenchel

Previous season: 3rd place on Season 20

Memorable moment: Unable to complete the Fast Forward in leg 10 when Rachel didn’t shave her head.

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Name: Jennifer Wayne
Age: 31
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Current occupation: Songwriter

Follow on twitter: @jenwayne

 

Name: Caroline Cutbirth
Age: 30
Hometown: Waca, Texas
Current occupation: Ramblin’ Music Promoter
Follow on twitter: @txsweetcaroline

 

Connection: Friends

Nickname: The Country Singers. Part of the band Stealing Angels.

Previous season: 4th place in Season 22

Memorable moment: Completed the bog challenge on the penultimate leg in Ireland, though Jen struggled and ultimately led to their demise.

 

 

 

Name: Cord McCoy
Age: 33
Hometown: Tupelo, Okla.
Current occupation: Cowboy

Follow on twitter: @cordmccoy

 

Name: Jet McCoy
Age: 34
Hometown: Ada, Okla.
Current occupation: Rancher

Connection: Brothers

Nickname: The Cowboys

Previous season: 2nd place in Season 16 and 6th

place in Season 18

Memorable moment: The only team to survive a non-elimination, complete a speed bump and place first in a leg following a last place finish.

 

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Name:   David O’Leary
Age: 59
Hometown:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Current occupation:  Real Estate Investor

Follow on twitter: @davidolearyslc

 

Name:  Connor O’Leary
Age: 22
Hometown:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Current occupation:  Student and Professional Cyclist

Follow on twitter: @coleary00

 

Connection: Father/Son Cancer Survivors

Previous season: 8th place Season 22

Memorable moment: Dave ruptured his Achilles tendon and tore his calf muscle at the end of leg two in French Polynesia. Even with Dave’s injury, the team went on to place first in the following two legs. Ultimately, they withdrew due to the injury in leg five.

 

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Name: Herbert “Flight Time” Lang
Age: 37
Hometown: Brinkley, Ark.
Current occupation: Harlem Globetrotter

Follow on twitter: @datrotter4

 

Name: Nate “Big Easy” Lofton
Age: 32

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

Current occupation: Harlem Globetrotter

Connection: Friends

Nickname: The Globetrotters

Previous seasons: 4th place in Season 15 and 2nd place in Season 18

Memorable moment: In season 15, after taking a four hour penalty in Leg 11 for not completing the Road Block, they were eliminated in the Czech Republic.

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Name: John Erck
Age: 28
Hometown: Mora, Minn.
Current occupation: iOS Developer
Follow on twitter: @johnerck

 

Name: Jessica Hoel
Age: 27
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
Current occupation: Sales
Follow on twitter: @jessicahoel

 

Connection: Engaged

Previous season: 9th place in Season 22

Memorable moment: The only team with an Express Pass ever to be eliminated.

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Name: Margie O’Donnell
Age: 56
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Current occupation: RN and Sr. Clinical Research Associate

 

Name: Luke Adams
Age: 28
Hometown: Philadelphia, Penn.
Current occupation: Advancement Associate/Motivational Speaker

Follow on twitter: @lukeadams14

 

Connection: Mother/Son

Previous seasons: 3rd place in Season 14 and 8th place in Season 18

Memorable moment: Finished in first place in their very first leg in Switzerland where Host Phil Keoghan used sign language to inform them.

 

 

 

Name: Natalie Anderson
Age: 27
Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
Current occupation: Student
Follow on twitter: @natalieeand

 

Name: Nadiya Anderson
Age: 27
Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
Current occupation: Studying to be a CrossFit Instructor

Follow on twitter: @nadiyaaand

 

Connection: Twins

Nickname: Twinnies

Previous season: 4th place in Season 21

Memorable moment: Known for calling each other Twinnies and their exuberant energy.

 

 

Name: Joseph “Joey” Graceffa

Age: 22

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: YouTube Host

http://www.youtube.com/user/JoeyGraceffa

Follow on twitter: @joeygraceffa

 

Name: Meghan Caramena

Age: 26

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: YouTube Host

http://www.youtube.com/user/Strawburry17

Follow on twitter: @strawburry17

 

Connection: Best friends

Previous season: 5th place in Season 22

Memorable moment: U-Turned in leg 10 and ultimately eliminated after struggling to stay ahead of their alliance, Mona & Beth.

 

 

 

Name: William “Bopper” Minton
Age: 43
Hometown: Clay County, Ky.
Current occupation: Unemployed

Follow on twitter: @BopperMinton

 

Name:  Mark Jackson
Age: 47
Hometown: Clay County, Ky.
Current occupation:  Unemployed

 

Connection: Friends

Nickname: Team Kentucky

Previous season: 5th place in Season 20

Memorable moment: Shaved their heads as part of the Fast Forward but ultimately were eliminated in leg 10.

 

 

 

THE Amazing Race sends 11 teams on a trek around the world.  Each Team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another.  At every destination, each Team competes in a series of challenges — some mental and some physical — and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination.  Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1 million.

 

Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo are the executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc. in association with ABC Studios and Amazing Race Productions.  THE AMAZING RACE was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

 
  • John Black

    I was hoping for Charla and Myrna. This will be the 3rd time Luke and his mom are featured. Why 3 times? And the Globetrotters…didn’t like their attitude and didn’t care for them. Brendan and Rachel, again, we have to endure them? Ugh. Not excited in the least bit and very disappointed yet again with Amazing Race’s All Star Team, just as I have been lately when Survivor features past players which is always a huge disappointment featuring people I could care less about and the ones I really want to see never return. Not happy.

  • Wallaby2012

    GO COWBOYS!!!! :-)

  • HitDetector

    Darn it, I didn’t even know this was gonna be an all-star season and then I look at the teams and I’m even more disappointed. Like someone else said – see you in September.

  • Beegun

    No Chippendales?:/

  • AO

    Some of the worst teams ever to play the game all in one Season? No, god no.

  • bill

    Holy Crap! What is this the “The Amazing Race – meet me in hell” edition? These are the most irritating participants from each season. Been watching since season one but I may have to pass on this group. The afganinmals?!!? The deaf kid and his mom? those twin sisters? Rachel the whiner? This is horrible…

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