The Amazing Race

Connor and Jonathan

 

Connor Diemand-Yauman 

Age: 22

Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio 

Connection to your Teammate: Best friend 

Current occupation: Student 

Favorite hobbies: Singing in our a cappella group, volunteering, speech/debate, acting and sports 

Achievements: Serving as student body President at Princeton University 

Lifelong to do list: Beat Phil Keoghan in a foot race 

What scares you most about traveling? Getting sick 

What excites you most about traveling? New adventures and the unexpected 

If I could switch places with someone: Shirley Tilghman (President of Princeton) 

Role model/hero: Barack Obama 

What are you passionate about? Show tunes. 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? Withdraw the full amount in one-dollar bills, put it in a kiddie pool, jump in, jump out and take a shower (apparently money is really dirty). 

People would be surprised to learn: Dalmatians are born without spots 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Princeton, N.J. 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Staying in harmony (musically and competitively) 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? An incredible experience and the chance for one last hurrah with Jonathan before we graduate and go off into the real world. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: At times Jonathan can be overly concerned with getting in trouble and he’s often afraid to break any sort of rules. 

 

Jonathan Schwartz 

Age: 22

Hometown: Cranford, N.J. 

Connection to your Teammate: Best friend 

Current occupation: Student 

Favorite hobbies: Singing in our a cappella group, filmmaking and filling out surveys 

Achievements: It’s a three-way tie between getting into Princeton, being cast in a Broadway show and opening up that really tough jar of pickles in the back of my fridge.  

Lifelong to do list: Make a lifelong to do list 

What scares you most about traveling? The fact that other travelers are probably going to pass gas on airplanes without me hearing it  

What excites you most about traveling? The opportunity for me to pass gas on airplanes without anyone hearing it 

If I could switch places with someone: Yanni

Role model/hero: My parents, Mother Theresa and Kenny G (not necessarily in that order). 

What are you passionate about? Tweezin’ the old unibrow 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? If I were to win the million dollars I would buy a pony, but just one. 

People would be surprised to learn: That my name, “Jonathan,” is translated to mean “gift from God.” Coincidence? I think not. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: My podiatrist’s office (bunion surgery – more like “Fun-ion” surgery.) 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Not dying while circling the globe. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? On the Race, I hope to accomplish world peace, eradicate hunger and give Phil Keoghan a buzz cut. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: He’s taller than me.

Andie and Jenna

 

Andie DeKroon 

Age: 43

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. 

Connection to your Teammate: Birth Mother 

Current occupation: Stay at home mom 

Favorite hobbies: Running, hiking, scrapbooking and learning foreign languages  

Achievements: Choosing life when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. More recently, raising a big family. 

Lifelong to do list: Skydive, bungee jump and get a diver’s certification. I’m definitely having a midlife crisis. 

What scares you most about traveling? The fear that something bad will happen while I’m abroad and it will be hard for me to get to my family. 

What excites you most about traveling? Being somewhere totally out of my comfort zone 

If I could switch places with someone: A younger version of myself. I would love to have a do-over knowing what I know now. 

Role model/hero: My husband, Joe, because his strength of character never wavers. He inspires me to be the best person I can be. 

What are you passionate about? My kids! I love every part of being their mother. 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would give at least 10 percent to my children’s school and to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help kids like my sweet nephew, Mateo. The rest would go to raising and education my children. 

People would be surprised to learn: I am an at-home mom of 10 children, ages 18 months to 18 years. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: I visited Rome, Italy when I was 23 years-old.  

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Experiencing all the stresses the other teams are facing, with the added stress that we’ve only just met and are still getting to know each other. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I want to get to know this person I brought into the world. I feel the opportunity of being together 24/7 for a while on the Race would give us the chance to know each other in a deeper way than we would if we met under normal circumstances. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: I don’t know her well enough to have a pet peeve yet!  

 

Jenna Sykes 

Age: 21

Hometown: Athens, Ga. 

Connection to your Teammate: Biological daughter 

Current occupation: Student 

Favorite hobbies: Traveling, movies and enjoying the music and nightlife in Athens excites me. 

Achievements: Testing my fear of heights by going glacier bungee jumping off a 300 foot cliff 

Lifelong to do list: I would like to have a family, be successful and never be afraid to dream bigger than what I thought was ever possible. 

What scares you most about traveling? Absolutely nothing 

What excites you most about traveling? It opens my mind to entirely different perspectives and way of life. I love to see everything I can and be completely in the moment. 

If I could switch places with someone: I wouldn’t because I love my life! But, one Saturday as Uga (Georgia Bulldogs mascot) would be really fun. 

Role model/hero: My parents. I’ll be lucky to be half the person and half the parent that each of them are. 

What are you passionate about? Traveling, seeing the world, writing, reading and loving my friends and family 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would take my parents and friends to Italy and then save the rest.  

People would be surprised to learn: I can rough it. I can’t wait to go without makeup, without showering and without sleep on the Race. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: I love Interlaken, Switzerland. It is the extreme sports capital of the world! 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together:  Since we just met, it will be harder for us to race without knowing one another as well as the other teams do. We have to trust each other way more and have faith in ourselves. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to get to know my birth mother through this incredible opportunity. It is my hope that we will be able to spend a lot of time together and become friends.

Chad and Stephanie

 

Chad Waltrip

Age: 26

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Connection to your Teammate: Boyfriend 

Current occupation: Operations Manager 

Favorite hobbies: Traveling, outdoor sports and cooking 

Achievements: I’ve had a lot of success at my age within the company I work for, IST Management Services. 

Lifelong to do list: Write a novel, complete an Ironman and run my own business 

What scares you most about traveling? The thought of getting arrested while abroad for something I didn’t do and not being able to get out of jail is a little terrifying. 

What excites you most about traveling? The time leading up to the destination and the chance to see a totally different world from mine

If I could switch places with someone: Mathew McConaughey – It would be awesome to star in the movies he has been in as well as live life the way he does. 

Role model/hero: My mom is definitely my biggest hero. She raised my brother and me alone for 11 years until she re-married. She always made sure we never lacked in experiencing life to the fullest or making excuses for why something couldn’t be done. She passed away from cancer when I was 18 and fought until the very end. 

What are you passionate about? I’m very passionate about living life to the fullest and getting to know all walks of life. 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? If we were to win the million dollars, I would do my best to invest it wisely even though I might have to blow a little bit first. 

People would be surprised to learn: I’m a great cook.. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Ochos Rios, Jamaica 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Learning to communicate and take a back seat to each other will be our biggest hurdle on the road. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to grow as a person and as a couple. I really look to gain a whole new perspective on life from the travel and obstacles we will face. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: She has a lot of great ideas, but does not always see them through. 

 

Stephanie Smith

Age: 23

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Connection to your Teammate: Girlfriend 

Current occupation: Hair Stylist 

Favorite hobbies: Singing, swimming and water sports 

Achievements: Biggest achievements include placing in the top 10 at Miss USA 2008 and being ranked nationally as a swimmer at age 14. 

Lifelong to do list: It’s really too long to list everything, but I want to start my own business, record my own CD, host a variety show and have a happy family of my own. To do these things, I have to keep setting goals and going after them with full force.

What scares you most about traveling? Breaking a law that I am unaware of 

What excites you most about traveling? Learning about different cultures, people, religions and styles of clothing is what I look forward to most when traveling.

If I could switch places with someone: Celine Dion. I would love to know how it feels to perform as powerfully as she does. 

Role model/hero: I have a lot of people I look up to for inspiration, my family and friends included. Although I have always been impressed with Kelly Ripa. You can’t help but just love her. 

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about whatever makes me happy. I am an enthusiastic person. If I like something and set out to achieve a goal, I am extremely passionate about that task. 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would try to be a responsible young lady and pay school loans, have a family vacation and invest in another home. Maybe get a new wardrobe too. 

People would be surprised to learn: I can sing. I was in a classic rock band in Charleston, S.C. I would love to start performing again. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: I was a competitive swimmer growing up and was given the opportunity to train at the Colorado Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. It was a gorgeous place and such an exciting trip. 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Chad and I are so much alike. The things we love about each other are the same things we hate. Communication will be our biggest hurdle — and his temper. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? All the positive and negative experiences of traveling with someone you love and then to see how he handles problems we will have to face together. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: He can be inconsiderate of other people’s feelings and he can be very brash.  

Gary and Mallory

 

Gary Ervin

Age: 53

Hometown: Morganfield, Ky. 

Connection to your Teammate: Father 

Current occupation: Entrepreneur 

Favorite hobbies: Triathlon, scuba diving and hunting/fishing 

Achievements: Building a company from the ground up with my family to become one of the largest in the industry; getting my commercial pilots license and logging over 5000 hours; and, I wrestled and coached for University of Central Missouri and Union County High School.

Lifelong to do list: Be a better husband, father and friend 

What scares you most about traveling? Being out of the country if something were to happen to my family 

What excites you most about traveling? Learning about different people and cultures 

If I could switch places with someone: No one – I’m not perfect, but I’m happy with who I am. 

Role model/hero: My parents – I still strive to make them proud of me. 

What are you passionate about? My family, work, faith and fitness 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? If I were to win the million dollars I would help as many people with it as I could. 

People would be surprised to learn: I ran 13 marathons and a half Ironman triathlon after I turned 45. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Ngoro Ngoro crater in Tanzania 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: The biggest obstacle of running the Race will be living up to our family’s expectation that we are going to win. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I would like to win for my family and community. I hope to represent both well so that they will be proud of my effort. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: My daughter has a stubborn streak — a lot like me. 

 

Mallory Ervin 

Age: 24

Hometown: Lexington, Ky. 

Connection to your Teammate: Daughter 

Current occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009 

Favorite hobbies: Performing, spending time with my family on our farm and thrill seeking activities like skydiving and bungee jumping 

Achievements: I was very proud of being selected as 4th runner up at Miss America. It was something that I have worked and prepared for my entire life. 

Lifelong to do list: Perform on Broadway! I also love motivational speaking and would love to find a way to continue this throughout my life. Lastly, I want to make my family proud. 

What scares you most about traveling? Being out of the country if something was to happen to my family 

What excites you most about traveling? I love diving blindly into new cultures and cities – the food, the language and the general attitude toward life. I also love that feeling that I have when I return home and realize all the good things that I have right here. 

If I could switch places with someone: Phil, because he gets to do The Amazing Race every season. 

Role model/hero: My dad 

What are you passionate about? My family, singing and helping others find joy in life 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would give some of it to the organizations that helped me along my way to achieve my dreams — the Miss America and Miss Kentucky Organization, Autism Awareness as well as the Catholic grade school and public high school I attended. I would save or invest the rest. My father will probably disagree. 

People would be surprised to learn: I’ve already made a million dollars – for charity. When I was Miss Kentucky I sold a country ham for 1.3 million dollars and all the money went to local charities in my state. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Rome, Italy

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: We’re both very stubborn so we will have to learn how to give a little. We also need to work on trusting each other. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to have the adventure of a lifetime and an experience to share with my Dad. He is a huge fan and has never missed an episode. It would mean a lot to him to be able to run the Race together. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: Biggest pet peeve about my dad is that he never thinks about himself. 

As Premiere Week came to a close Sunday, CTV won the evening for the fifth night in a row when 2.44 million viewers watched the season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE. CTV won every hour from 7-11 p.m., which also saw 1.49 million tune in for the out-of-simulcast CTV premiere of $#*! MY DAD SAYS. Sunday night’s complete lineup is now available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

A ratings snapshot of Sunday:

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Out of simulcast at 7 p.m., DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES returned with 1.28 million viewers to win the timeslot with total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49

35% more viewers than HEARTLAND (CBC; 950,000)

 

THE AMAZING RACE

At a special time at 8:30 p.m., the premiere of Season 17 of THE AMAZING RACE won the night with 2.44 million viewers, becoming #1 program of the day for total viewers and A25-54 and A18-49

From 9-10 p.m., more than doubled the audience of FAMILY GUY (Global/FOX, 1.01 million)

 

UNDERCOVER BOSS

At 10 p.m., the season premiere of UNDERCOVER BOSS was watched by 1.51 million viewers, becoming the #1 program in its hour nationally and in Toronto/Calgary/Vancouver with total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49

Nearly doubled the audience of BROTHERS & SISTERS (Global/ABC; 792,000)

 

Source: BBM Canada

8:30pm – Sunday, September 26 on CTV

Eleven teams begin their trek around the world and 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 Race, the team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.

One of the most-watched competition shows in Canada, the multiple EMMY AWARD-winning series THE AMAZING RACE returns to CTV with an extended 90-minutes premiere Sunday, September 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

A Top 10 show in Canada which averaged 2.54 million viewers last season, the 17th cycle of THE AMAZING RACE visits new destinations including Bangladesh, Ghana and the Arctic Circle.

THE AMAZING RACE moves to its regular timeslot on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning October 3. New episodes of THE AMAZING RACE are also available on demand the day following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

THE AMAZING RACE sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another. 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 $1 million.

This season’s cast of racers travel over 32,000 miles, covering four continents and 30 cities. Additionally, for the first time in the history of THE AMAZING RACE, the team to finish in first place during the premiere episode is awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.

Season 17 features racers from all walks of life, including a team of home shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth mother/daughter team who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago. 

 

Below are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

 

Team 1:

Brook Roberts

Age: 27

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host

 

Claire Champlin

Age: 30

Hometown: Reno, Nev.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host

 

Relationship: Home Shopping Hosts

 

Team 2: 

Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26

Hometown: Henderson, Nev. 

Occupation: Bartender  

 

Vicki Casciola

Age: 26   

Hometown: Henderson, Nev. 

Occupation: Hair Stylist

 

Relationship: Dating

 

Team 3:

Ron Kellum

Age: 45

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Occupation: Director/Choreographer

 

Tony Stovall

Age: 42

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctoral Student (University of

Arizona)   

 

Relationship: Best Friends

 

Team 4:

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

 

Team 5:

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

 

Team 6:  

Nat Strand

Age: 31

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctor

 

Kat Chang

Age: 35

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif. 

Occupation: Doctor

 

Relationship: Doctors/Friends

 

Team 7: 

Gary Ervin

Age: 53

Hometown: Morganfield, Ky. 

Occupation: Entrepreneur  

 

Mallory Ervin

Age: 24

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.  

Occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009

 

Relationship: Father/Daughter

 

Team 8: 

Connor Diemand-Yauman

Age:  22

Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio

Occupation: Student (Princeton)

 

Jonathan Schwartz

Age: 22

Hometown: Cranford, N.J.

Occupation: Student (Princeton)

 

Relationship: Ivy League a Cappella Singers

 

Team 9:

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

 

Team 10:

Andie DeKroon

Age:  43

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

 

Jenna Sykes

Age: 21 

Hometown: Athens, Ga. 

Occupation: Student (University of Georgia)   

 

Relationship: Birth Mother/Daughter

 

Team 11:

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

8:00pm – Sunday, May 9 on CTV

The end city is in sight for the remaining teams as they make their way from Shanghai to San Francisco. The first team to cross the finish line wins the million dollar prize.

8:00pm – Sunday, April 25 on CTV

After noodling their way through their first Roadblock, teams are forced to complete a second Roadblock, and the fate of two teams lies in the hands of confused cabbies in Shanghai.

CTV hit the jackpot Sunday night as 3.074 million viewers tuned in to watch Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney cross the finish line in Las Vegas in THE AMAZING RACE season finale. Winning the night nationally, the episode becomes the most-watched program of the week in Canada in total viewers and the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Last night’s finale is up 42% from last fall’s season finale and peaked with 3.8 million viewers at 8:54 p.m. as Meghan and Cheyne ran for the finish line. Watch the episode on demand now here.

Up 46% over last fall’s season, THE AMAZING RACE Season 15 averaged 2.68 million viewers, making it the most-watched in eight cycles. This season ranks in the Top 10 Fall 2009 programs nationally with all key demos, ranking at #4 with A25-54 and A18-49.

Production of Season 16 of THE AMAZING RACE is currently underway.