'Survivor' winners Ethan and Jenna head up new 'Amazing Race' cast. Plus: New twists revealed! -- EXCLUSIVE | EW.com

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'Survivor' winners Ethan and Jenna head up new 'Amazing Race' cast. Plus: New twists revealed! -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Amazing Race has not been shy about having former CBS reality stars on the show. Boston Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich of Survivor fame played twice, while Big Brother’s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, as well as Alison Irwin (and her non-Big Brother boyfriend Donny) all have appeared on the program. But now, for the first time, two winners will team up to compete as Survivor: Africa champ Ethan Zohn and Survivor: The Amazon victor Jenna Morasca head up the cast for the show’s 19th installment (premiering Sept. 25 on CBS), which will also feature some new twists to the game.

For Zohn, racing across the world with his longtime girlfriend is especially sweet considering his recent medical battles after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Last year I was attached to a pump in complete isolation in a f—ing hospital room, and now I’m out traveling the world with the woman I love. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be okay,” Ethan told EW.com just before embarking on the race. “But if she screws up, I’m gonna kill her.”

Among the 10 other teams joining the longtime Survivor couple will be Zac Sunderland — who, at 16, became the youngest person to sail around the world alone — and his dad Laurence, former NFL tight end Marcus Pollard and his wife Amani, and Olympic snowboarders Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin. (A full list of teams is below.) The duos will experience a few new twists this time around, including the show’s first ever double elimination, and something called the Hazard, which is a penalty that one team will incur right at the starting line. And for the first time ever, The Amazing Race will be visiting the countries of Belgium, Denmark, Malawi, and Indonesia.


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Seeing as how Ethan and Jenna both won their seasons of Survivor, which one of them will get to make the big decisions on the race? “We actually made a list of things that each of us is good at and not good at,” Jenna says. “I’m surprisingly more nervous than Ethan so I told him unless it’s a horseback riding, pole dancing, circus, animal, or shopping challenge, that he’s doing the first Roadblock.” But don’t be surprised if nice guy Ethan and his less-helpful partner have their differences along the way. Witness this one exchange:

Ethan: “I played Survivor different than Jenna played Survivor. And if Jenna wants to stab someone in the back and do something evil and mean, it’s going to be tough for me to do that. I’m okay with helping someone fix their flat tire.”

Jenna: “That’s not gonna happen.”

Ethan: “I’m okay giving people food.”

Jenna: “That’s not gonna happen. If we’re racing for first place and the person in front of us has a flat tire, I’m probably going to pass you by without a second thought. I mean, I’m not going to run them over in the process to make sure they’re never going to get up. I’ll safely pass, with my flashers on.”

The full cast list for season 19 of The Amazing Race is below. Also make sure to check out all the team pictures in our Amazing Race cast gallery. And for more reality news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.

The 11 teams competing on season 19 of The Amazing Race:

Ernie Halvorsen

Age: 29

Hometown: Chicago

Current occupation: Project manager

Cindy Chiang

Age: 30

Hometown: Chicago

Current occupation: Brand manager

Connection to Teammate: Engaged

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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