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The Amazing Race S26

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The Amazing Race returns with another season on SABC3

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07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

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For the first time ever on this edition of The Amazing Race which will be broadcast on Mondays at 19h30 from 14th May on SABC 3, the Emmy Award-Winning series will feature …

All Dating Duos - Existing Couples and Singles Set Up On “Blind Dates”. Racers include New Kids on the Block Member Jonathan Knight and Olympic Medallists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton and a New “Date Night” Reward Is Introduced.

This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are pre-existing couples and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever.

“Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates,” said Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of The Amazing Race. “Going on a blind date to a restaurant is one thing, but going on a blind date around the world is like rolling the dice in a big way.”

The pre-existing dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.

The couple’s relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles.

The dating teams will also have an opportunity throughout the race to win the all-new “Date Night” reward. This allows one lucky couple to enjoy a one-on-one romantic activity, such as a steamy evening at a hot springs resort in Nagano, Japan, or star-gazing at the Bavarian Public Observatory in Munich, Germany.

 

The Pre-existing Dating Couples:

 

Name: Aly Dudek

Age: 24

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Olympic Athlete

*won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating

 

Name: Steven Langton

Age: 31

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Olympic Athlete

*won 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding

 

Length of relationship: 7 months

 

Name: Harley Rodriguez

Age: 41

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Group Fitness Trainer

 

Name: Jonathan Knight (@JonathanRKnight)

Age: 46

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Entertainer (New Kids on the Block member)

 

Length of relationship: 7 years

 

Name: Jeff Magee

Age: 57

Hometown: McCall, Idaho

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Airline Pilot

 

Name: Lyda Grawn

Age: 49

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Flight Attendant

 

Length of relationship: Known 20 years, dating 4 years

 

Name: C.J. Harris

Age: 26

Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: IT Technician

 

Name: Lebya Simpson

Age: 25

Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Medical Support Assistant

 

Length of Relationship: Known for 15 years, dating for 10

 

Name: Matt Cucolo

Age: 30

Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Hairstylist

 

Name: Ashley Gordon

Age: 28

Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.

Connection to your teammate: Dating

Occupation: Hairstylist

 

Length of Relationship: Known 10 years, dating 3 years

 

Name: Rochelle Nevedal

Age: 29

Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Contract Engineer

 

Name: Michael Dombrowski

Age: 26

Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.

Relationship Status: Dating

Occupation: Truck Stop Manager/Pro Wrestling Promoter

 

Length of Relationship: 2 years

 

The Blind Date Couples:

 

Name: Hayley Keel

Age: 28

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Registered Nurse

 

Name: Blair Townsend

Age: 31

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Navy Physician

 

Name: Jackie Ibarra

Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Professional Dancer

 

Name: Jeffrey Weldon

Age: 26

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Account Executive/Sales

 

Name: Laura Pierson

Age: 29

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Talent Booker

 

Name: Tyler Adams

Age: 26

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Mobile App Developer

 

Name: Jenny Wu

Age: 32

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Relationship Status: Single­­

Occupation: Blogger and Lawyer

 

Name: Jelani Roy

Age: 32

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Lawyer

 

Name: Bergen Olson

Age: 23

Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Human Resources Project Manager

 

Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher

Age: 24

Hometown: Butler, Ky.

Relationship Status: Single

Occupation: Pageant Consultant

 

The Amazing Race, Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Reality-Competition Series, sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges - some mental and some physical and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1 million.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo are the executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc. in association with ABC Studios and Amazing Race Productions. The Amazing Race was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

 

Which couple will be the first to cross the winning line to walk away with One Million Dollars? Stay tuned to The Amazing Race every Monday at 19:30 on SABC3 “The Stage Is Your”.

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