The Amazing Race 19: Meet The Cast

Fall is upon us, and with that comes the “Meet The Cast” releases for all of your favorite shows. Next up is The Amazing Race, embarking on its 19th Season of racing around the world with host Phil Keoghan. There are a few familiar faces this season and once again, a great mixture of people. You’ll recognize Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca, two former winners of Survivor. You’ll also meet an Olympic snowboardering pair, twin sisters, an ex-NFL tight end, gay flight attendants (that are domestic partners), and the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone. That’s pretty “amazing” in itself!

This season, teams will face a new penalty called the “Hazard,” which will impact one Team’s future on the Race right from the beginning. Teams will first depart from Southern California onto their first destination, Taipei, Taiwan. Those that make it past the first leg will find themselves in an 8th Century Buddhist temple in Indonesia, riding elephants through the rain forests of Thailand, and racing for their lives when they find out they’ll be facing the series first ever Double Elimination. I love that they’re introducing some new twists!

“The Amazing Race” premieres Sunday, September 25th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Check out the teams below and vote for who your favorite is!

Ernie Halvorsen

Age: 29
Hometown: Chicago
Current occupation: Project manager

Cindy Chiang

Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago
Current occupation: Brand manager
Connection to Teammate: Engaged

I think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Both in shape and one of them is a project manager, so perhaps they’ll be able to apply their works skills & abilities to the tasks they’ll face. Oh, and Ernie is cute!

Justin Young

Age: 31
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Doctor

Jennifer Young

Age: 26
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Special education teacher
Connection to Teammate: Siblings

Also a great pairing I think. A doctor obviously has the smarts and patience. Speaking of patience, Jennifer is a special ed teacher which would also give her a lot of patience as well. Hopefully they aren’t the kind of siblings that fight all the time.

Liz Canavan

Age: 24
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
Current occupation: Marketing Assistant

Marie Canavan

Age: 24
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
Current occupation: Soul searching
Connection to Teammate: Twins

Aww look at these cute twins! Twins always have an advantage because they know each other so well. What each of their skills and abilities are, as well as the second half of their sentences. I should know – my brothers are twins.

Ron Zeitz

Age: 44
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Flight attendant

Bill Smith

Age: 49
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Flight attendant
Connection to Teammate: Domestic Partners

Yay, a gay couple! Not only do I think these guys will have the ambition to get to the end, but their experience in traveling as a profession will certainly help them in making wise decisions with flights, etc. Go team gay!

Ethan Zohn

Age: 37
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current occupation: Change maker

Jenna Morasca

Age: 30
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current occupation: TV host/student
Connection to Teammate: Dating

Who doesn’t love some “celebrity reality stars” to get thrown into the mix. As winners of Survivor, these two are pretty much the biggest threat in the game. These guys need to get U-Turned at the first opportunity!

Bill Alden

Age: 63
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Current occupation: Farmer/rancher

Cathi Alden

Age: 62
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Current occupation: College instructor/retired High School principal
Connection to Teammate: Married for 40 Years/Grandparents

These two are so adorable! Of course they have their age as something that may work against them, but I think they won’t be as high strung as some of the others which is often the downfall of a team. Just two highschool sweethearts embarking on the adventure of a lifetime!

Andy Finch

Age: 30
Hometown: Truckee, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional snowboarder

Tommy Czeschin

Age: 32
Hometown: Crowley Lake, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional snowboarder
Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Olympic Snowboarders

Well these two certainly will have what it takes physically, being former Olympians. Also, I think they have the “chill” factor meaning that I don’t think that they’ll be at each other’s throats either. Whenever you can eliminate that flaw from a team, it’s huge edge for them.

Amani Pollard

Age: 36
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Business owner

Marcus Pollard

Age: 39
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Retired NFL player/football coach
Connection to Teammate: Married

These two seem like they’ll work together well, given their success to date in the NFL and in business. I don’t know much about them otherwise, but they seem pretty gung-ho and perhaps a good team for others to align with.

Kaylani Paliotta

Age: 33
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation:Cocktail waitress

Lisa Tilley

Age: 32
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation: Cocktail waitress
Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Vegas Showgirls

Gotta throw those showgirls & cocktail waitresses in the mix, don’t you CBS! They seem to love this profession when selecting new people for their reality shows. Anyway, they seem pretty in shape and could be a good team as long as they are prepared to face a world outside of the bubble that is Las Vegas.

Laurence Sunderland

Age: 48
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current occupation: Yacht manager

Zac Sunderland

Age: 19
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current occupation: Record setting boat captain (Zac was the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone)
Connection to Teammate: Father/Son Adventurers

I love a father/son team! What a once in a lifetime experience it is go through something like this witha parent or child. I think they could make it far, as they’ll compliment each others’ skills well.

Jeremy Cline

Age: 35
Hometown: Alamo, Calif.
Current occupation: Commercial real estate broker

Sandy Draghi

Age: 33
Hometown: Dublin, Calif.
Current occupation: Nurse practitioner
Connection to Teammate: Dating

I can’t seem to indentify which team will be the one that fights all the time, so I’m going to go with this one. I could be completely wrong, but there has to be one in every cast LOL.

Vote for who you are routing for below!

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