Season 31 of “The Amazing Race” began on Sunday, June 10 with 11 teams drawn from previous seasons of “TAR” as well as two other CBS reality competition series: “Survivor” and “Big Brother.” Host Phil Keoghan was on hand at the startling line in Hermosa Beach, California to send these 22 contestants in a race around the world.
Keoghan is confident that fans will like what they see. As he revealed in a recent interview, “we’re absolutely going to be trying some new things.” However, he assures us that “fans will get something of what they want based on the original format, us getting back to our roots.” And this perennial Emmy nominee readily admits, “I’m feeling confident that we have the right ingredients to do something interesting.”
Five of the teams have competed on previous seasons of “The Amazing Race” with varying results:
Colin Guinn and Christie Woods (Season 5: second place);
Art Velez and John James “JJ” Carrell (Season 20: second place);
Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl (Season 28: third place);
Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran (Season 23: fourth place); and
Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce (Season 29: fifth place).
Three teams are drawn from “Big Brother” contestants, with one of those also having competed on “TAR.”
Victor Arroyo (Season 18) and Nicole Franzel (Seasons 16, 18);
Britney Haynes (Seasons 12, 14) and Janelle Pierzina (Seasons 6, 7, 14); and
Rachel Reilly (Seasons 12, 13; TAR Seasons 20 and 24) and Elissa Slater (Season 15);
And another three teams are made up of former “Survivor” contestants:
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, and Blood vs. Water) and Laura Boneham (Blood vs. Water);
Chris Hammons and Bret LaBelle (Millennials vs. Gen X); and
Corinne Kaplan (Gabon, Caramoan) and Eliza Orlins (Vanuatu, Fans vs. Favorites).
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