The upcoming installment of the CBS reality competition show will double the $1 million grand prize if the team, which wins the first leg, can go on and win the final race.
The eleven teams that will compete in the upcoming 21th season of "The Amazing Race" have been announced. Those who will travel in three continents and nine countries include heavy metal rocker James LoMenzo, who was a member of White Lion and Megadeth. He'll team up with his entertainment lawyer friend Mark Abbattista.
Also signing up for the journey, which spans 25,000 miles and includes visits to Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Netherlands, are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, who are known for their reality show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys", Chippendales dancers Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis, as well as a double-amputee snowboarder Amy Purdy.
"Amazing Race" will kick off the new season Sunday, September 30 at 8 P.M. ET on CBS with Phil Keoghan returning as the host. It offers a new twist by doubling the standard $1 million prize to $2 million if the team which wins the first leg eventually wins the final leg.
- Natalie Anderson, 26, physical therapy student; Nadiya Anderson, 26, project coordinator at Bridge2Peace (twin sisters)
- Josh Kilmer-Purcell, 42, goat farmer/advertising executive/author; Brent Ridge, 38, CEO of Beekman 1802 (life partners)
- Rob French, 46, professional monster truck driver; Kelley Carrington-French, 50, professional monster truck driver (married)
- Trey Wier, 23, land consultant/former college athlete; Alexis "Lexi" Beerman, 22, clothing designer (dating)
- James LoMenzo, 53, professional musician/former band member of White Lion and Megadeth; Mark "Abba" Abbattista, 45, entertainment lawyer (friends)
- Abbie Ginsberg, 31, dance instructor/choreographer; Ryan Danz, 35, financial service company owner (dating divorcees)
- Jaymes Vaughan, 30, Chippendales emcee; James Davis, 27, Chippendales dancer (best friends)
- Rob Scheer, 52, lumberjack and entrepreneur; Sheila Castle, 44, retail manager (engaged)
- Caitlin King, 24, special ed teacher; Brittany Fletcher, 25, medical device sales (best friends)
- Gary Wojnar, 52, substitute teacher; Will Chiola, 53, substitute teacher (best friends)
- Amy Purdy, 32, motivational speaker/snowboarder; Daniel Gale, 36, executive director (dating on and off)