Amazing Race 22 cast spoilers: country singers, hockey players, Hunger Games YouTube music video stars

The Amazing Race‘s twenty-first season concluded tonight, and the twenty-second race concluded on Friday. It won’t air until February 17, but because the race has been in production since Nov. 13, the teams have been unofficially identified, as has the race’s route and several of its challenges.

As always, the spoilers for the cast and locations come from Reality Fan Forum, whose diligent research/stalking provides us with information as the show is in production.

The 11 teams include the usual dating couple and older married couple, but several pairs of minor celebrities, emphasis on the minor: According to the site, teams include hockey players Jonathan “Bates” Battaglia and Anthony Battaglia; Rocky Mountain Rollergirls’ Beth Bandimere and Mona Hinman-Egender; and twin doctors Jamil Abdur-Rahman and Idries Abdur-Rahman.

Also on the race are two members of the country group Stealing Angels, which was formed through a never-aired reality series: Jennifer Wayne (John Wayne’s grandaughter) and Caroline Cutbirth (who’s related to Daniel Boone).

Finally, YouTubers Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena, although they were both on Twitter (Joey, Meghan) during the production, it wouldn’t be a first if someone tweeted for them. They’ve previously starred as Cato and Katniss in a series of music videos for songs on an EP called “Panem’s Best” inspired by The Hunger Games, such as this:

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