Amazing Race 21: Meet The Cast

CBS has just announced the 11 teams that make up Season 21 of The Amazing Race, and as always hosted by Phil Keoghan.

This season, there is a very interesting new twist. If the team that wins the first leg of the race also wins the final leg of the race, they double their money and win $2 million instead of the standard $1 million. Whoa, there’s major extra motivation to win the first leg for sure.

There’s a great mix of teams once again this year, ranging from sexy Chippendales (Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis who were part of the 2011 Chippendales Calendar), to a gay goat farming couple, to professional monster truck drivers, and more. There’s also a double amputee in one of the pairs as well as a former member of the metal group, Megadeth in another. The season premiere takes place Sunday, September 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meet the teams below!

Dating Divorcees

Name: Abbie Ginsberg
Age: 31
Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.
Current occupation: Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Name: Ryan Danz
Age: 35
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current occupation: Financial Service Company Owner

My Thoughts: They’ve known each other two years, are both athletic and smart, but their emotions may get in the way. They look like they may clash at times, but I think they’ll be an entertaining pair to watch.

Twin Sisters

Name: Natalie Anderson
Age: 26
Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
Current occupation: Physical Therapy Student

Name: Nadiya Anderson
Age: 26
Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
Current occupation: Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace

My Thoughts: First of all, I love their Sri Lankan accents! Since they’re twins, it can be an advantage and disadvantage. Since they grew up outside the U.S., they are more prepared to deal with what they might come across in other countries. They’ll be quite entertaining as well as they both have a bit of sass. Love them!

Married Monster Truckers

Name: Rob French
Age: 46
Hometown: Boston, Ga.
Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck Driver

Name: Kelley Carrington-French
Age: 50
Hometown: Boston, Ga.
Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck Driver

My Thoughts: Such an interesting pair! Rob used to be best friends with Kelley’s husband. Six years ago, her husband was killed and he ended up taking care of her after and fell in love. They are very competitive and I think their story is so sweet. They are used to working under stress so they do have that to their advantage.

Dating On and Off

Name: Amy Purdy
Age: 32
Hometown: Summit County, Colo.
Current occupation: Motivational Speaker/Snowboarder
(Amy is a double amputee)

Name: Daniel Gale
Age: 36
Hometown: Summit County, Colo.
Current occupation: Executive Director

My Thoughts: They met back in 2002 on the ski hill and went the whole day without Daniel even knowing that Amy was a double amputee. Back when she was 19, she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis when she was 19 but that hasn’t stopped her as she is one of the highest ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world. They are going to play hard and I think America will love these two.

Best Friends

Name: Caitlin King
Age: 24
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: Special Ed Teacher

Name: Brittany Fletcher
Age: 25
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current occupation: Medical Device Sales

My Thoughts: They are both very competitive and I think looks may be deceiving with these two. You may think ditzy blondes, but hearing them speak and knowing their occupations, I think they’re going to be a feisty pair and entertaining to watch.


Name: Rob Scheer
Age: 52
Hometown: Ketchikan, Alaska
Current occupation: Lumberjack and Entrepreneur

Name: Sheila Castle
Age: 44
Hometown: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Current occupation: Retail Manager

My Thoughts: They’ve been engaged for 15 months but have been together for several years. It seems like they’ll work together well as they really compliment each other well. They polar opposites, but hopefully that will play to their advantage. They want to be the oldest couple to win The Amazing Race.


Name: Trey Wier
Age: 23
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current occupation: Land Consultant/Former College Athlete

Name: Alexis “Lexi” Beerman
Age: 22
Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
Current occupation: Clothing Designer

My Thoughts: They are very cute (and hot) together and are very athletic/competitive so I think they’ll be a team to watch out for.

Best Friends/Substitute Teachers

Name: Gary Wojnar
Age: 52
Hometown: Livonia, Mich.
Current occupation: Substitute Teacher

Name: Will Chiola
Age: 53
Hometown: Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Current occupation: Substitute Teacher

My Thoughts: They’ve known each other quite well, are very competitive, and are very athletic. I actually think they’ll be a team to watch as they have a good mixture of skills and compliment each other well. They aren’t afraid to be cut-throat to win this game.


Name: James LoMenzo
Age: 53
Hometown: Burbank, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional Musician/Former Band Member of White Lion and Megadeth

Name: Mark “Abba” Abbattista
Age: 45
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Current occupation: Entertainment Lawyer

My Thoughts: I’m not sure how they’ll do with the physical stuff in this game, but they sure as hell are bound to be fun to watch. They get along really well and I think will be able to keep a cool head while competing.

Chippendales Dancers/Best Friends

Name: Jaymes Vaughan
Age: 30
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Current occupation: Chippendales MC

Name: James Davis
Age: 27
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Current occupation: Chippendales Dancer

My Thoughts: They’ve traveled together and known each well for 8 years and I think will work well together. Hopefully they take their shirts off more often then not. They are really up for the adventure and are hoping the other teams underestimate them. They know how not to push each others buttons and don’t ever fight.

Goat Farmers/Life Partners

Name: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Age: 43
Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.
Current occupation: Goat Farmer/Advertising Executive/Author

Name: Brent Ridge
Age: 38
Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.
Current occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Beekman 1802

My Thoughts: They have been together 14 years and are recently engaged. They bicker a lot which could slow them down, but they are very ambitious so I think they’ll put up a big fight. One was a New York Times best seller and they other has worked for Martha Stewart among other notable accomplishments.

  • Brian

    One of the chippendales is openly gay (blonde Jaymes)!! woo hoo, finally a hot gay guy to root for

  • Ooh, thanks for the heads up Brian! 🙂

  • Juan

    Josh & Brent?!?! really? seems kinda beneath them a bit. *shrugs

  • Bobby Cox

    Josh and Brent..they are very annoying..all they do is bicker and argue..the were on the THE FABOULOUS BEECHMAN BOYS on logo i think. it was a reality show and all they did was whine whine whine…very needy very gripey very annoying! 🙁

  • Brian

    Amazing Race beneath Josh and Brent? that’s interesting.
    I never heard of the Beakman boys (must be US stations) but I read Josh’s book about a year ago, about his life in drag. Interesting gay life, think his drag name is/was AquaDisiac.
    Yep, could be our first ex-drag in TAR.
    At least 3 gay racers this season. Amazing Race always represents our community well.

  • czahn

    Those goat herders look like real drama mamas!

  • red

    i wonder if the producers know the real relationship of the two chippendales, yes they are best friends but they have slept together in the past, so i guess you could call them butt buddies instead of best buddies. you didn’t honestly think they were straight, haha. despite the brown haired one, davis, having a girlfriend, he’s an undercover penis lover and sadly his girlfriend knows this. I’m in the gay scene in vegas and i know davis well, he def loves men actually transgender is his preference!