Amazing Race 25 Official Cast List and Photos

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CBS officially released the names of the teams participating in the upcoming season of Amazing Race. The news was spoiled when the race began in Times Square last May.

A few cast notes, to refresh your memory: Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan from Tennessee, were cast members of  Survivor South Pacific.  The two had an affair on the show that ended her marriage. Whitney divorced and now she and Keith are engaged. (Via RealityBlurred)

Also, Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who lost a limb in a shark attack, was immortalized in the movie Soul Surfer, which also featured American Idol alum, Carrie Underwood.

A new twist, called “The Save” will award the team-that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded a pass, which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

The Amazing Race is moving to FRIDAYS. We’ll see how that works out. It premieres September 26 at 8 pm.

Check out the press release and photos below

This Year’s Emmy Award Winner For Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Races To A New Day And Time, Fridays At 8:00 PM This Fall

Series Introduces New Game-Changing Element, “The Save”

CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

The Race kicked off in May with the first ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, “The Save.” The team-that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded “The Save,” which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show’s history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they’ll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

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

soulsurfers

Name: Adam Dirks
Age: 26
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married

Name: Bethany Hamilton
Age: 24
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married
Follow on Twitter: @bethanyhamilton
Follow on YouTube: TheBethanyHamilton

sweetscientists

Name: Maya Warren
Age: 29
Hometown: Madison, Wic.
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @MayaWarren

Name: Amy DeJong
Age: 24
Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @AmyEDeJong

datingcouple

Name: Dennis Hour
Age: 30
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @DennisHour

Name: Isabelle Du
Age: 28
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @isabelledu

thewrestlers

Name: Brooke Adams
Age: 29
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @realbrookeadams

Name: Robbie E. Strauss
Age: 30
Hometown: Woodbridge, N.J.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @robbieeimpact

teamnashville

Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged
Follow on twitter: @whitneyduncan

Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged
Follow on twitter: @keithtollefson

thecyclists

Name: Kym Perfetto
Age: 30
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Follow on twitter: @kymnonstop
Follow on YouTube: KymNonStop

Name: Alli Forsythe
Age: 26
Hometown: New York
Connection to teammate: Friends
Follow on Twitter: @alliforsythe

miamirealtors

Name: Lisa Thomson
Age: 28
Hometown: Miami Beach, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @LisaAThomson

Name: Michelle Thomson
Age: 22
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @IsellMiami

thefirefightors

Name: Michael Ward
Age: 40
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter

Name: Scott Strazzullo
Age: 39
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter

thedentists

Name: Misti Raman
Age: 36
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married

Name: Jim Raman
Age: 37
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married

momdaughter

Name: Shelley Porter
Age: 42
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Connection to teammate: Mother

Name: Nici Porter
Age: 24
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Connection to teammate: Daughter
Follow on Twitter: @PrettyEyesRTB

collegesweethearts

Name: Timothy Tsao
Age: 23
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter:

Name: Te Jay McGrath
Age: 24
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating

 

  • Sassycatz

    I know Friday is considered a dead night for television — although not as much as Saturday is — however, I’m glad the show has moved because Sunday is too darn crowded. When TAR was on Sunday’s, I was constantly behind on one show or the other and had to catch up online. It was a pain and made me less interested.

  • Wfish88

    Also Sunday football always screwed up my DVR when I tapped TAR, it was a mess.

  • Sassycatz

    Exactly! That’s another thing that drove me nuts.

    Now, with TAR on Friday night and Outlander on Saturday, I have something to watch almost every day of the week if I want and everything’s not piled up onto a couple of nights.