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The Amazing Race: CBS Announces New Contestants For “Unfinished Business”

January 19, 2011 09:00 AM by Paula_Kosowski

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The Amazing Race is almost back! CBS has released the names of contestants who have some “Unfinished Business” with the show and will return to compete once again to reach the final destination and win the $1 million dollar prize. Keep reading to see who’s returning…

“The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” will premiere next month and CBS has details on which fan favorites will be returning to the show.

“They were the teams that without a doubt have really captivated people’s attention within the last few years,” host Phil Keoghan says. “We’ve gotten them all here and we’ve said, ‘listen, you guys wanted a second chance – no excuses’.”

The eleven former teams set to give it their all again are a diverse group featuring the cowboys, former NFL cheerleaders, Harlem Globetrotters and the Goths.

This season they’ll travel 40,000 miles through five continents and 23 cities. New challenges will include swimming with sharks in Australia, measuring the length of the entire country of Liechtenstein while riding a motorized bicycle, and make it through a Mount Fuji spiritual ritual in Japan which involves freezing cold water.

Here are the teams that will be racing to the finish next season:

Gary Ervin
Age: 53
Occupation: Owner of Ervin Cable Construction

Mallory Ervin
Age: 25
Hometown: Morganfield, Ky.
Occupation: Entertainer

Relationship: Father/Daughter

Previous Season/Result: Season 17/6th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Gary and Mallory were unable to avoid elimination after getting lost in Oman for over nine hours.

LaKisha Hoffman
Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago, Ill., currently residing in Bronx, N.Y.
Occupation: Basketball Coach

Jennifer Hoffman
Age: 26
Hometown: Chicago, Ill., currently residing in Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Assistant Volleyball Coach at the
University of Louisville

Relationship: Sisters

Previous Season/Result: Season 14/4th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: LaKisha and Jennifer missed out on a spot in the final three by minutes after stopping to use the restroom in China.

Jet McCoy
Age: 31
Hometown: Ada, Okla.
Occupation: Cowboy

Cord McCoy
Age: 30
Hometown: Ada, Okla.
Occupation: Cowboy

Relationship: Brothers

Previous Season/Result: Season 16/2nd Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Jet and Cord fell behind during the final leg and couldn’t recover, which ultimately led to a 2nd place finish to winners Dan and Jordan.

Amanda Blackledge
Age: 25
Hometown: Redwood City, Calif., currently residing in Pismo Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Laurus College Admissions

Kris Klicka
Age: 26
Hometown: San Diego, Calif., currently residing in Pismo Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Insurance Agent

Relationship: Fiancée/Fiancé

Previous Season/Result: Season 14/8th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Amanda and Kris were unexpectedly u-turned in Siberia by Margie and Luke and were eliminated from the Race.

Jaime Edmondson
Age: 31
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupation: Playboy Playmate

Cara Rosenthal
Age: 28
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Occupation: Government Relations Consultant/Law Student

Relationship: Former NFL Cheerleaders/Teammates

Previous Season/Result: Season 14/2nd Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: During the final leg, Jaime and Cara fell victim to a bad taxi driver in Hawaii and lost to Tammy and Victor.

Herb Lang
Age: 34
Hometown: Brinkley, Ark.
Occupation: Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Player

Nate Lofton
Age: 29
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Occupation: Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Player

Relationship: Harlem Globetrotters Teammates

Previous Season/Result: Season 15/4th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: The Globetrotters incurred a four hour penalty in Prague after failing to complete a Roadblock, which cost them a spot in the final three.

Ron Hsu
Age: 61
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Occupation: Vice President

Christina Hsu
Age: 29
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Consultant

Relationship: Father/Daughter

Previous Season/Result: Season 12/2nd Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: After struggling during their final leg in Alaska, Ron and Christina finished in 2nd place to TK and Rachel.

Kent Kaliber
Age: 35
Hometown: Louisville, Ky. currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Print and Runway Model

Vyxsin Fiala
Age: 32
Hometown: Louisville, Ky. currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Print and Runway Model

Relationship: Dating/Friends

Previous Season/Result: Season 12/5th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Kent and Vyxsin self-destructed in Italy and were unable to fight back to stay in the game.

Zev Glassenberg
Age: 28
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Occupation: Actor

Justin Kanew
Age: 31
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Film Producer

Relationship: Best friends

Previous Season/Result: Season 15/9th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Zev and Justin finished in 1st place during their Cambodia leg, but quickly discovered that they had lost their passport and would not be able to continue in the Race.

Margie Adams
Age: 53
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Occupation: RN, BSN, Clinical Research Associate

Luke Adams
Age: 25
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Occupation: Motivational Speaker

Relationship: Mother/Son

Previous Season/Result: Season 14/3rd Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Margie and Luke entered the final challenge with a substantial lead, but quickly fell behind and finished in 3rd place.

Mel White
Age: 70
Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Occupation: Writer and activist

Mike White
Age: 40
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Writer

Relationship: Father/Son

Previous Season/Result: Season 14/6th Place

Why they’re returning for “Unfinished Business”: Mike and Mel found themselves lost in Thailand courtesy of a bad taxi driver and were eliminated from the Race.

Did your favorites get a second chance?

“The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” premieres Feb. 20 at 8/9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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