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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Amazing Racers - 12th Edition!

The Amazing Race 12 is ON!!!

"CBS announces the 11 Teams set to compete in THE AMAZING RACE 12. The 11 Teams will travel approximately 30,000 miles, covering five countries never before visited on the Race, including Ireland, Lithuania and Croatia. The five-time Emmy Award-winning reality adventure series premieres Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network."

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order: (I'll add some snapjudgements highlighted in RED, and if I'm not mistaken, seems like the youngest edition to date, plus, why are there so many Californians? Did the casting agents get lazy?) Oh, and one more further spoiler extension at the bottom (and hidden, if you want to know, highlight blank area):

Ronald & Christina

Name: RONALD HSU
Occupation: VP of Sales
Age: 58
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.

Name: CHRISTINA HSU
Occupation: Policy Analyst
Age: 26
Hometown: Washington, D.C. via Tacoma, Wash.
Relationship: FATHER/DAUGHTER

This father/daughter team is certain they can win the Race by relying on their intellect. Christina's main goal on the Race is to have her father, a self-proclaimed workaholic, stop and smell the roses for once in his life.

Chinese people! With the name HSU!
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Kynt & Vyxsin

Name: KYNT COTHRON (MALE)
Occupation: Waiter/Hair Salon Receptionist
Age: 31
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Name: VYXSIN FIALA (FEMALE)
Occupation: Waiter/Hair Salon Receptionist
Age: 29
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Relationship: DATING GOTHS

Representing the "Goth" community in Louisville has embedded a strong sense of "us against the world" mentality in these two Racers. Therefore, don't look for them to fall apart when the chips are down — a trait that will undoubtedly be tested on the Race.

This is kinda cool. I love the outsiders fight for something in the mainstream. It's the Hollywood underdog cliché in me! The fact that they joined this race already is funny to me.
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Lorena & Jason

Name: LORENA SEGURA
Occupation: Bartender
Age: 27
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Name: JASON WIDENER
Occupation: Wedding Videographer/Actor
Age: 33
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Relationship: DATING

This couple met at a bar over three years ago, quickly started dating, and have been trying to figure out if they really belong together even since. Lorena is from Puerto Rico and Jason hails from Arkansas … and the cultural differences between them has often caused friction in their relationship. Both are running the Race to see if they have what it takes to withstand the pressures of traveling around the world in under 30 days.

Why does it feel like we've seen Jason as an extra somewhere? Cute. Non-descript. Could go either way.
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Azaria & Hendekea

Name: AZARIA AZENE (BROTHER)
Occupation: Facilities Engineer
Age: 27
Hometown: New Orleans

Name: HENDEKEA AZENE (SISTER)
Occupation: Aerospace Engineer
Age: 23
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.

Relationship: BROTHER/SISTER

This brother sister team has all the intelligence, wits and skills to win the Race. Although their personality differences could be the X factor. She describes him as confrontational and emotional, while he describes her as irrational. Both are worried that the big brother/little sister power struggle will rear its ugly head on the Race.

Ooh. Engineers! Cool names although I'm never going to remember them. Could be competitive but could also over analyze everything.
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Kate & Pat

Name: KATE LEWIS
Occupation: Episcopal Clergy
Age: 49
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Name: PAT HENDRICKSON
Occupation: Ordained Deacon
Age: 65
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Relationship: MARRIED MINISTERS

These lesbian Episcopal ministers dated for seven years before tying the knot three years ago. Kate and Pat are ready for the adventure of lifetime – but don't let the collars fool you – they can play dirty too.

Lesbians AND religious! What a way to stir up the right!
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Shana & Jennifer

Name: SHANA WALL
Occupation: Actress
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles

Name: JENNIFER Mc CALL
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles

Relationship: FRIENDS

Don't let their good looks fool you — this all-female team is ready to do whatever it takes to bring home the $1 million prize. Shana and Jennifer met six years ago and have been friends ever since. These women are both very competitive and eager to become the first all-female team to win the Race.

One's kinda pretty but the other one looks a bit fake. Or a drag queen or something... They really want an all girls team to win don't they? Or at least men to watch.
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Donald & Nicolas

Name: DONALD JEROUSEK
Occupation: Retired
Age: 68
Hometown: Elkhorn, Wis.

Name: NICOLAS FULKS
Occupation: Pilot
Age: 23
Hometown: Originally from Chicago

Relationship: GRANDFATHER/ GRANDSON

Nicolas started his aviation career at the age of 17 at the University of Illinois and currently works as an airline pilot based out of San Juan. He describes himself as reliable, competitive and goofy. He describes his teammate as rough around the edges and not too accepting of people who go against his advice.

Aw, we've never seen this combo before have we? One that skips a generation? Cute but I don't really see them making it past week 5.
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Jennifer & Nathan

Name: JENNIFER PARKER
Occupation: Student
Age: 23
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Name: NATHAN HAGSTROM
Occupation: Volleyball coach
Age: 24
Hometown: Fountain Valley, Calif.

Relationship: DATING

This athletic couple first met in college while living together with other friends. Both admit they couldn't stand each other at first, but soon grew closer and started dating. Each will tell you that they are soul mates, yet they drive each other crazy.

Something tells me we're either going to love them (or at least love to look at them) or hate them and I'm leaning towards the later. Something in their eyes says evil.
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Rachel & TK

Name: RACHEL ROSALES
Occupation: Florist/Store Owner
Age: 23
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Name: TK ERWIN
Occupation: Substitute Teacher
Age: 22
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Relationship: NEWLY DATING

This eccentric couple has only been dating for close to a year. Their mothers were friends while they were growing up in Huntington Beach, Calif., yet TK and Rachel had never really spent time together until recently. They always seem to be laughing and they're eager to put their carefree relationship to the test while dealing with the rigors of the Race.

Let me guess. The Amazing Race production offices are in Huntington Beach? I have a feeling most people are going to like these to but just for the fact that I can't stand TK's hair already, I won't.
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Marianna & Julia

Name: MARIANNA RUIZ
Occupation: Art Gallery Manager
Age: 25
Hometown: Miami, now residing in Los Angeles

Name: JULIA RUIZ
Occupation: Office Production Assistant
Age: 26
Hometown: Miami, now residing in Los Angeles

Relationship: SISTERS

These feisty sisters describe themselves as best friends and worst enemies, but they're convinced they'll make for an unbeatable team. Julia serves as the problem solver while Marianna is the athlete. Both are super competitive.

Wow. These girls are gorgeous.
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Ari & Staella

Name: ARI BONIAS
Occupation: Waiter
Age: 21
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.

Name: STAELLA GIANAKAKOS
Occupation: Restaurant Manager
Age: 23
Hometown: Fountain Valley, Calif.

Relationship: BEST FRIENDS

These fun-loving friends are all about having a good time. They hope their laid back approach to the Race will result in the $1 million prize. Ari is not afraid to speak his mind, while Staella is prepared to flirt her way to the front of the pack.

I think Ari is the gay boy on the race this year. The picture screams it (plus he's catty and not afraid to speak his mind and talking trash to people? COME ON!)

Spoiler Alert!!! (Highlight below if you want to read more):
My friend who reported back on this spoiler, now is pretty sure Rachel and TK was the couple she saw run past her in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

There is also rumours that The Amazing Race Asia 2 will meet up with The Amazing Race 12 in a combined challenge in Prague which I
reported here. Which is awesome!

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