The Amazing Race season 31 started today in California, and it features teams and cast members from all three of CBS’ competition reality shows: Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race.
In a video posted to social media from the Hermosa Beach, Calif., starting line (which is just south of LAX), host Phil Keoghan says, “We have a reality clash between fierce competitors from three of your favorite shows: Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race. Trust me, this is going to be crazy time.”
There are five teams from Amazing Race, plus three teams from both Survivor and Big Brother.
Casting for this season has been reported in waves: TMZ said it would be Big Brother teams competing, and then I reported that all-star Amazing Race teams would compete against Big Brother teams.
I also reported that Survivor cast members had been contacted by casting, but at that point—five weeks ago—had not yet been added to the cast. Inside Survivor confirmed that Survivors had been contacted.
It’s typical, especially for all-star seasons, for casting to contact contestants to find out their interest and availability, and also typical to not make final casting decisions until closer to the start of production.
Amazing Race season 31: Reality Clash teams
The Amazing Race tracking site Reality Fan Forum revealed the teams, and is tracking them in real time. They’re heading to Tokyo, Japan, though before heading to the airport, they had to dig for something in the sand at the beach—a very Survivor challenge!
Here are the 11 teams, according to RFF:
- Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce (season 29)
- Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl (season 28)
- Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran (season 23 and all-stars)
- Art Velez and John James “JJ” Carrell (season 20)
- Colin Guinn and Christie Woods (season 5)
- Rachel Reilly (BB12, BB13, TAR 20, and TAR 24) and Elissa Slater (BB15)
- Janelle Pierzina (BB6, BB7, BB14) and Britney Haynes (BB12, BB14)
- Nicole Franzel (BB16 and BB18) and Victor Arroyo (BB18)
- Eliza Orlins (Survivor Vanuatu, Survivor Fans vs. Favorites) and Corrine Kaplan (Survivor Gabon, Survivor Caramoan)
- Rupert Boneham (Survivor Pearl Islands, Survivor All-Stars, Survivor Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor Blood vs. Water) and Laura Boneham (Survivor Blood vs. Water)
- Chris Hammons and Bret LaBelle (Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X)