Twin brothers who are OB/GYNs, father/son cancer survivors, Southern firefighters, roller derby moms and female country singers (one of whom is John Wayne’s granddaughter, and the other of whom is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone) are among the 11 teams that were announced will be competing in The Amazing Race when the hit series embarks upon its 22nd installment Feb. 17 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, with Phil Keoghan returning as host.
The teams will be sprinting around the globe for $1 million, but a new twist will be introduced to The Amazing Race this season. The first team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two Express Passes — one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another team by the end of the fourth leg of the race.
In Season 22 of The Amazing Race, the teams will travel more than 30,000 miles, over five continents and through nine countries, with activities including skydiving in Bora Bora; participating in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand; hunting for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana; and scaling the treacherous north face of the Eiger mountain in Switzerland.
You can check out the video below and meet the new cast of The Amazing Race, including the above mentioned folks, as well as newlyweds who laughingly claim they are “evil” and will be the team you love to hate this season; hockey-playing brothers; YouTube hosts; and a guy who is married to a cosmetologist/hair stylist yet persists in having a perm/mullet look going on. C’mon, man.
The Amazing Race 22 airs Sundays on CBS beginning Feb. 17.
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