'The Amazing Race' Season 34 cast, including 'Big Brother' couple Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss, and franchise "firsts" announced by CBS
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/26/2022
The Amazing Race cast of 12 new teams and two surprising twists for Season 34 have been unveiled by CBS.
CBS has revealed the identities of the 24 Racers who will be racing around the world in pairs for $1 million when the show's 34th season premieres Wednesday, September 21 in its new time period of 10PM ET/PT.
The cast includes Big Brother couple Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss, who began dating in the jury house during their season last summer.
The Amazing Race, which will be celebrating 400 episodes, is doing away with non-elimination legs next season. No team will therefore be afforded a second chance if they arrive at a Pit Stop in last place.
One team will definitely be eliminated at the end of every leg.
And in another first for the show, The Amazing Race's starting line for Season 34 will be outside of the United States.
Racers will gather in Munich, Germany for the start of the Race, and they will also visit the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, where teams will ride a train, perform a Jordanian folk dance, and learn the Arabic alphabet.
Teams will also touch down in Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Iceland, and finally Nashville, TN.
"It will be one of the most grueling races in the show's history and teams will be in for a surprise when host Phil Keoghan teases a game-changing element in the first leg of the Race," teased CBS.
CBS announced back in late May that The Amazing Race and Survivor will both be returning and airing back-to-back on Wednesday nights this Fall.
The Amazing Race's 33rd season debuted in early January and concluded with "Internet Personalities" Kim Holderness and Penn Holderness crossing the finish line in Los Angeles, CA, in first place and winning the $1 million grand prize.
The season took longer than usual to film due to a COVID-19 break, and once filming resumed, several teams dropped out of the running.
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