The Amazing Race Season 21 Teams Include Chippendales Dancers, A Rocker And A Double Amputee

CBS has announced the eleven teams that will make up the upcoming 21st season of The Amazing Race. Among them, a heavy metal rocker, a double amputee, and a set of Chippendales dancers. There's also a twist this season that could have a major impact on the grand prize. Details ahead!

On the subject of the twist, CBS announced today that the million dollar grand prize could be doubling:

If the Team that wins the first leg of the season can outrace the other 10 Teams and win the final leg of the Race, they will double their money and win a $2 million grand prize instead of $1 million.

Two million dollars would be a neater split between two people than one! We'll have to see if whichever team wins the first leg manages to hold their lead, or at the very least, stay in the game until the end.

And speaking of teams, this year's set of contestants include a pair of Chippendales dancers, married monster truckers, a world champion lumberjack, a double amputee professional snowboarder, and Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge ("The Fabulous Beekman Boys.") There's also James LoMenzo, the 53-year-old former band member of White Lion and Megadeth. Rock on!

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order: Name: Natalie AndersonAge: 26Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.Current occupation: Physical Therapy StudentName: Nadiya AndersonAge: 26Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.Current occupation: Project Coordinator at Bridge2PeaceConnection: Twin SistersName: Josh Kilmer-PurcellAge: 43Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.Current occupation: Goat Farmer/Advertising Executive/AuthorName: Brent Ridge Age: 38Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.Current occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Beekman 1802Connection: Goat Farmers/Life PartnersName: Rob FrenchAge: 46Hometown: Boston, Ga.Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck DriverName: Kelley Carrington-FrenchAge: 50Hometown: Boston, Ga.Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck DriverConnection: Married Monster TruckersName: Trey WierAge: 23Hometown: Austin, TexasCurrent occupation: Land Consultant/Former College AthleteName: Alexis “Lexi” BeermanAge: 22Hometown: Dripping Springs, TexasCurrent occupation: Clothing DesignerConnection: DatingName: James LoMenzoAge: 53Hometown: Burbank, Calif.Current occupation: Professional Musician/Former Band Member of White Lion and MegadethName: Mark “Abba” AbbattistaAge: 45Hometown: Denver, Colo.Current occupation: Entertainment LawyerConnection: FriendsName: Abbie GinsbergAge: 31Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.Current occupation: Dance Instructor/ChoreographerName: Ryan DanzAge: 35Hometown: San Diego, Calif.Current occupation: Financial Service Company OwnerConnection: Dating DivorceesName: Jaymes VaughanAge: 30Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.Current occupation: Chippendales MCName: James DavisAge: 27Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.Current occupation: Chippendales DancerConnection: Chippendales Dancers/Best FriendsName: Rob ScheerAge: 52Hometown: Ketchikan, AlaskaCurrent occupation: Lumberjack and EntrepreneurName: Sheila CastleAge: 44Hometown: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.Current occupation: Retail ManagerConnection: EngagedName: Caitlin KingAge: 24Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.Current occupation: Special Ed TeacherName: Brittany FletcherAge: 25Hometown: Chicago, Ill.Current occupation: Medical Device SalesConnection: Best FriendsName: Gary WojnarAge: 52Hometown: Livonia, Mich.Current occupation: Substitute TeacherName: Will ChiolaAge: 53Hometown: Dearborn Heights, Mich.Current occupation: Substitute TeacherConnection: Best Friends/Substitute TeachersName: Amy PurdyAge: 32Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.Current occupation: Motivational Speaker/Snowboarder(Amy is a double amputee)Name: Daniel GaleAge: 36Hometown: Crested Butte, Colo.Current occupation: Executive DirectorConnection: Dating On and Off

The Amazing Race Season 21 premieres Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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