We have been critical of some of the past casts of “The Amazing Race,” mostly because they have become more and more over time about stunt couples rather than real people. For example, just look at all the former beauty queens or retired pro athletes that we have seen — and these stories have all run pretty dry by now.
So for season 21, the show actually did a pretty good job bringing in some new people. Only one pair of people on here (in Josh and Brent) have any familiarity to TV audiences, and they are not reality stars in the same way as Brendon and Rachel. There are also some big challenges planned for this season, including the show visiting one of their most infamous roadblocks all over again.
The twelve teams taking part this season are:
Natalie and Nadiya Anderson – Twin sisters from Edgewater, New Jersey
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge – New York goat farmers otherwise known as the “Fabulous Beekman Boys”
Rob French and Kelley Carrington-French – Married monster truck drivers from Boston, Georgia.
Trey Wier and Lexi Beerman – Two Texans who are one of the token dating couples.
James LoMenzo and Mark “Abba” Abbattista – Friends. (James is a former member of White Lion and Megadeth.)
Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz – Dating divorcees from California.
Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis – Best friends and Chippendales Dancers from Las Vegas
Rob Scheer and Shelia Castle – Engaged couple
Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher – Best friends
Gary Wojnar and Will Chiola – Best friends / substitute teachers
Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale – Dating on and off couple from Colorado. (Amy also happens to be a double amputee.)
Personally, we’re hoping that this season finds a way to come close to the greatness we saw from the Australian version of the show, which introduced some great new twists that do not look like they will be included here (including the Salvage Pass, which gave the winner of the first leg the chance to save the team in last place).
What do you think about this cast? To check out another twist for this season when it comes to prize money, be sure and visit the link here.