The Amazing Race is going Hollywood and for the first time ever, 13 teams will start the journey of a lifetime at Los Angeles’ very famous white-lettered sign.
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Season 35 is set to premiere Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9:30/8:30c with its first 90-minute entry of the season. (Every episode will, in fact, be super-sized.) The new cast (see photos below) includes a Deaf dad and his son (Rob and Corey), a pair of college besties (Malaina and Andrea), two young veterans (Liam and Yeremi) and more. The show’s new globetrotters will endure a 23,800-mile adventure around the world and visit a new country, Slovenia, known for its beautiful landscape and dramatic scenery. There, teams will fly in a gravity defying glider, 2,000 feet over Lake Bled, cross-country ski indoors and climb 1,110 steps to the top of Planica’s tallest ski jump.
Other locations for the season include Thailand, India, Germany, Sweden, Ireland and Washington state, and by the end of the trek, one team will be awarded the $1 million prize.
The racers are in for plenty of surprises this season when a former team serves as judges at the end of the first Roadblock which sees team members cross a perilous tightrope stretched in between two rooftops. The show is also returning to commercial traveling, and will once again have no non-elimination legs. Plus, the Express Pass is back (!) and a twist on the infamous U-Turn will shake things up and make this season of the Race more competitive than ever.
Want to meet the racers? Scroll down for your first look at the show’s new competitors, then hit the comments to place your early bets.
ROB & COREY
Rob (48) and Corey (25) McArthur
Father and son from Riverside, Calif., and New York, N.Y.
LIAM & YEREMI
Liam (23) and Yeremi (24) Hykel
Brothers from Cheyenne, Wyo., and San Marcos, Texas
JOEL & GARRETT
Joel Strasser (42) and Garrett Smith (43)
Best friends from Kuna, Idaho and Meridian, Idaho
ROBBIN & CHELSEA
Robbin Tomich (41) and Chelsea Day (41)
Best friends from Kirkland, Wa., and Shoreline, Wa.
MORGAN & LENA
Morgan (31) and Lena (29) Franklin
Sisters from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Los Angeles, Calif.
ALEXANDRA & SHERIDAN
Alexandra (34) and Sheridan Lichtor (29)
Siblings from Chicago, Ill.
MALAINA & ANDREA
Malaina Hatcher (45) and Andrea Simpson (44)
Best friends from Philadelphia, Penn.
TODD & ASHLIE
Todd (38) and Ashlie (38) Martin
Married couple from Chino, Calif.
ELIZABETH & ILIANA
Elizabeth (52) and Iliana (27) Rivera
Mother/daughter from Tampa, Fla.
JOE & IAN
Joe Moskowitz (35) and Ian Todd (40)
Engaged couple from New York, N.Y.
STEVE & ANNA LEIGH
Steve Cargile (54) and Anna Leigh Wilson (28)
Father/daughter from Petty, Texas and Royse City, Texas
JOCELYN & VICTOR
Jocelyn Chao (49) and Victor Limary (49)
Married couple from Albuquerque, N.M.
GREG & JOHN
Greg (25) and John Franklin (27)
Brothers from New York, N.Y., and Mountain View, Calif.
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