In a first for the CBS reality franchise “The Amazing Race,” the competition’s 29th cycle will feature 22 complete strangers who will be paired up into two-person teams on the show.
The network introduced the competitors in a video released today, which you can watch below. The contestants will meet for the first time on the starting line.
The show is scheduled to premiere Thursday, March 30.
“Before ‘GO,’ Racers will immediately compete in a challenge that will determine the order for picking a Teammate, based on nothing but first impressions,” CBS said in today’s announcement. “These new pairs of Teammates will then have mere moments to learn their traveling companion’s name before beginning a race around the world that will span 9 countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles.”
Said Phil Keoghan, the show’s host: “For years, ‘The Amazing Race’ fans have suggested we line up complete strangers and match them up at the starting line to see what would happen. These newbie racers begin with no pre-existing relationships or emotional baggage, and the excitement of traveling around the world to complete dozens of gut-busting, mind-blowing challenges quickly ignites tension.”
Here’s a clip introducing the new contestants …