'The Amazing Race's twentieth-season cast announced by CBS
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/25/2012
CBS has announced the identities of the 11 teams who will be competing on the twentieth season of The Amazing Race, which will premiere Sunday, February 19 at 8PM ET/PT.
Like prior The Amazing Race editions, the members of the 11 teams competing on the show's twentieth installment have a pre-existing relationship with one another. One pair is an engaged couple, one team is comprised of dating divorcees, two teams are married couples, three consist of family members, and four feature friends.
Reilly and Villegas first met when they competed on Big Brother's twelfth season in 2010. After beginning a "showmance" during the competition, Reilly and Villegas continued dating and got engaged on Valentine's Day before returning to Big Brother as part of this past summer's thirteenth season "duos" twist in which three pairs of former houseguests were given a second chance to compete on the show.
While Villegas was evicted -- twice -- from the Big Brother house midway through the competition, Reilly made it to the thirteenth-season finale, where she took home the show's $500,000 grand prize after winning a 4-3 jury vote over fellow contestant Porsche Briggs.
Reports of Reilly and Villegas' The Amazing Race participation had previously surfaced in late November when airport patrons spotted the couple being filmed by camera crews as they waited to board departing flights at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA, and posted photos of teams on Twitter.
The Amazing Race's twentieth season covered 40,000 miles and included visits to five continents and 22 cities, according to CBS. Several locations were visited for the first time in the reality franchise's history -- including Paraguay and Azerbaijan.
In addition, the season will feature the teams taking on tasks such as skydiving in Argentina, training with the Masai warriors in Tanzania, racing through Africa's "Garden of Eden," and searching for King Ludwig's quarters in the German castle that served as the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty, according to the network.
The 11 teams competing on The Amazing Race's twentieth season -- and their CBS-released bio information -- are: