The Amazing Race premiere for Season 31 has been bumped up sooner, and the lineup of teams who will be trekking around the world have officially been announced!

Season 31 of The Amazing Race will kick off more than a month earlier than initially scheduled.

CBS has announced The Amazing Race's "Reality Clash" season will premiere with a one-hour episode on Wednesday, April 17 at 9PM ET/PT, although the network had previously set the show's debut for May 22.


The premiere is being moved up after LeBron James' new Million Dollar Mile competition series delivered weak ratings for its first two episodes in the Wednesday night time period.

Million Dollar Mile's remaining episodes will now air on Saturday nights, and CBS will air a repeat episode of NCIS in Million Dollar Mile's timeslot this week.

Million Dollar Mile will therefore air its eight remaining episodes on Saturdays beginning May 4 at 8PM ET/PT, ultimately pushing back Ransom an hour later to 9 PM ET/PT.

As previously revealed, Season 31 of The Amazing Race will feature strong competitors from past seasons of The Amazing Race, Big Brother and Survivor racing for the $1 million prize.

The Amazing Race announced in June 2018 it had begun filming its 31st season when the show's official Twitter account posted a video of host Phil Keoghan standing at the starting line in Hermosa Beach, CA.

All 11 of the participating teams had also previously been leaked to Reality Fan Forum's message board by spoiler sleuths and eyewitnesses back in June.

"Will the former Racers' travel experience be the most helpful? Will the former Survivors outwit, outplay and outlast the competition? Or, will the Big Brother players' abilities to adapt and expect the unexpected make the difference?" CBS teased.

The 11 teams will be tasked with completing a series of challenges -- some mental and some physical -- as they retrieve clues and race around the world to different destinations.

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Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the competition progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

Below is the list of 11 teams who will be competing on The Amazing Race's upcoming edition and their prior reality TV appearances:

- Becca Droz, 28, and Floyd Pierce, 23

Friends from Boulder, CO, and Highlands Ranch, CO, who previously competed on Season 29 of The Amazing Race.

- Tyler Oakley, 31, and Korey Kuhl, 33

Friends from Los Angeles, CA, and San Francisco, CA, who previously competed on Season 28 of The Amazing Race.

- Leo Temory, 31, and Jamal Zadran, 30

Cousins from Pasadena, CA, and Houston, TX, who previously competed on Season 23 as well as The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

- Art Velez, 49, and J.J. Carrell, 49

Friends from Temecula, CA, and San Marcos, CA, who previously competed on Season 20 of The Amazing Race.

- Colin Guinn, 38, and Christie Woods, 40

Life partners from Austin, TX, who previously competed on Season 5 of The Amazing Race.

- Rachel Reilly, 34, and Elissa Slater, 32

Sisters from Van Nuys, CA, and Las Vegas, NV.

Rachel previously competed on Seasons 12 and 13 of Big Brother. Rachel, a former Big Brother winner, also competed on Season 20 and 24 (All-Stars) of The Amazing Race.

Elissa previously competed on Season 15 of Big Brother.

- Janelle Pierzina, 38, and Britney Haynes, 30

Friends from Lakeville, MN, and Tulsa, OK

Janelle previously competed on Seasons 6, 7 and 14 of Big Brother, while Britney previously competed on Seasons 12 and 14 of Big Brother.

- Nicole Franzel, 26, and Victor Arroyo, 28

Dating couple from Ubly, MI, who recently got engaged.

Nicole previously competed on Seasons 16 and 18 of Big Brother, while Victor previously competed on Season 18 of Big Brother.

- Eliza Orlins, 35, and Corinne Kaplan, 39

Friends from New York, NY, and Denver, CO

Eliza previously competed on Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands of Fire and Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites.

Corrine previously competed on Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites.

- Rupert Boneham, 54, and Laura Boneham, 49

Married couple from Indianapolis, IN

Rupert previously competed on Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

Laura previously competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

- Chris Hammons, 40, and Bret LaBelle, 44

Friends from Moore, OK, and Dedham, MA.

Both guys previously competed on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
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