"The Amazing Race" Cast Announced

The 11 new teams competing in the newest installment of CBS's multi-Emmy Award-winning series, THE AMAZING RACE, which premieres with a special 90 minute debut on Sunday, Sept. 26 (8:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT). Emmy nominee Phil Keoghan is the host. Pictured top row, LtoR: Andie and Jenna, Gary and Mallory, Brook and Claire, Chad and Stephanie, Jill and Thomas, Nat and Kat, Connor and Jonathan; Bottom row, LtoR: Kevin and Michael, Nick and Vicki, Ron and Tony, Katie and Rachel Photo: John P. Filo/CBS

The cast of the 17th season of "The Amazing Race."
CBS/John P. Filo
NEW YORK (CBS) Eleven new teams are set to compete on the 17th season of "The Amazing Race."

CBS announced the lineup Wednesday. It  includes a team of home shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an Internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth mother/daughter team who recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption more than 20 years ago.

Pictures: "The Amazing Race" 17

The racers will travel over 32,000 miles, covering four continents and 30 cities, with first-time visits to Bangladesh, Ghana and the Arctic Circle.

Additionally, for the first time in the history of the show, the team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage, according to a news release from the network.

"The Amazing Race" will premiere with a special 90-minute debut on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Here are the teams:

Brook Roberts
Age: 27
Hometown: San Diego
Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Claire Champlin
Age: 30
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Relationship: Home Shopping Hosts

Nick DeCarlo
Age: 26
Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
Occupation: Bartender

Vicki Casciola
Age: 26
Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
Occupation: Hair Stylist

Relationship: Dating

Ron Kellum
Age: 45
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupation: Director/Choreographer

Tony Stovall
Age: 42
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Occupation: Doctoral Student (University of Arizona)

Relationship: Best Friends

Michael Wu
Age: 58
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Occupation: Software Consultant and Content Creator

Kevin Wu
Age: 20
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Occupation: Student/Internet Entertainer

Relationship: Father/Son

Chad Waltrip
Age: 26
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupation: Operations Manager

Stephanie Smith
Age: 23
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupation: Hair Stylist

Relationship: Newly Dating

Nat Strand
Age: 31
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Doctor

Kat Chang
Age: 35
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Doctor

Relationship: Doctors/Friends

Gary Ervin
Age: 53
Hometown: Morganfield, Ky.
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Mallory Ervin
Age: 24
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
Occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009

Relationship: Father/Daughter

Connor Diemand-Yauman
Age: 22
Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio
Occupation: Student (Princeton University)

Jonathan Schwartz
Age: 22
Hometown: Cranford, N.J.
Occupation: Student (Princeton University)

Relationship: Ivy League A Cappella Singers

Jill Haney
Age: 27
Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif.
Occupation: Hair Stylist

Thomas Wolfard
Age: 30
Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif.
Occupation: Ad Sales Director

Relationship: Dating

Andie DeKroon
Age: 43
Hometown: Atlanta
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Jenna Sykes
Age: 21
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Occupation: Student (University of Georgia)

Relationship: Birth Mother/Daughter

Katie Seamon
Age: 23
Hometown: Rahway, N.J.
Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Rachel Johnston
Age: 24
Hometown: Moorestown, N.J.
Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Relationship: Beach Volleyball Partners

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