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CBS’ Latest “Amazing” Globetrotters
And they’re off…
CBS has revealed the identities of its latest batch of Amazing Race-rs, including college sweethearts, bohemian best buds and a mother-daughter pairing.
The three-time Emmy-winning reality show will forgo last season’s gimmick of four-member family teams and return to its original format for its ninth season, pitting 11 two-person teams against each other in a race around the world for a million-dollar prize.
Phil Keoghan again hosts the globe-trotting adventure series, which this season will span five continents and include stops in the Middle East, Moscow and Sicily, among other exotic locales, CBS announced Monday.
The 30-day trek requires contestants to compete in a series of mental and physical challenges at each destination, and only when each task is complete do they learn the location of their next mission. Each week, the team that’s made the least amount of progress is eliminated.
Among the 22 contestants for The Amazing Race 9 are Tyler MacNiven, one-half of the self-proclaimed bohemian best-bud pairing, once walked the 2,000-mile length of Japan in order to impress a local woman, while married couple Fran and Barry Lazarus, both in their 60s and the race’s oldest competitors, claim to have traveled to more than 45 countries and climbed all of Colorado’s mountains.
Here’s the complete list of competitors:
BJ Averell, 26, online tutor, Los Angeles; Tyler MacNiven, 25, filmmaker, San Francisco (best friends)
Scott Braginton-Smith, 41, sales rep, West Harwich, Massachusetts; John Lowe, 38, wealth manager, Dorchester, Massachusetts (lifelong friends)
Yolanda Brown-Moore, 27, science teacher, Chicago; Ray Whitty, 31, attorney, Chicago (dating)
Monica Cayce, 23, student, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Joseph Meadows, 23, homebuilder, Fort Smith, Arkansas (dating)
Desiree Cifre, 24, writer, New York; Wanda Lopez-Rochford, 44, corporate trainer, Smyrna, Georgia (mother/daughter)
Michelle Garner, 36, homemaker, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Lake Garner, 37, dentist, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (married parents)
Joni Glaze, 44, children’s minister, Katy, Texas; Lisa Hinds, 48, realtor/artist, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida (sisters)
Barry Lazarus, 63, retired physician, Silverthorne, Colorado; Fran Lazarus, 61, retired accountant, Silverthorne, Colorado (married 40 years)
Jeremy Ryan, 26, valet, Fort Lauderdale; Eric Sanchez, 27, waiter, Fort Lauderdale (friends)
David Spiker, 30, musician, Manhattan, Kansas; Lori Willems, 25, Pizza Hut manager, Manhattan, Kansas (dating)
Dani Torchio, 22, recent college grad, Staten Island; Danielle Turner, 22, recent college grad, Staten Island (childhood friends)