Jour­ney of love

The Amazing Race is speed­ing back with an amazing twist!

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Sea­son 26 Sun­days (from 1 Jan­uary) SONY (*127) 19:35

Sea­son 26 of The Amazing Race (2001- cur­rent) “is the most ex­treme blind date ever,” laughs long-time host Phil Keoghan. Six of the 11 pairs are strangers who’re meet­ing for the first time on the start­ing line. And in a game where know­ing your part­ner means ev­ery­thing, this could be a span­ner in the works. Here’s how the cou­ples are lin­ing up…

IN A RE­LA­TION­SHIP

Med­i­cal sup­port as­sis­tant Le­bya (25) & IT tech­ni­cian CJ (26) have known each other for 13 years and have been dat­ing for 10. But as CJ ad­mits, he isn’t plan­ning on propos­ing any­time soon… which frus­trates Le­bya. Truck stop man­ager and in­de­pen­dent wrestling pro­moter Mike (26) & en­gi­neer Rochelle (29) have been dat­ing for eight months al­ready but he still hasn’t met her son. Rochelle Host Phil Keoghan is ex­cited about this sea­son’s un­pre­dictabil­ity. has a hard ex­te­rior and is eas­ily frus­trated, but Mike says that he can han­dle her emo­tions. Fit­ness trainer Harley (41) & New Kids On The Block singer Jonathan Knight (46) have been to­gether for seven years. They’re used to pri­vate jets and fancy ho­tels, not rough­ing it in “econ­omy”. After the show aired in the US (Feb 2015), Jonathan said that “this was harder than tour­ing with a band”. Olympic speed skater Aly (24) & Olympic bob­sled­der Steve (31) have been dat­ing for seven months and their com­pet­i­tive back­ground means that they’re al­ways in sync and fo­cused on the end goal: get­ting to the fin­ish­ing line first. Pi­lot Jeff (57) & flight at­ten­dant Lyda (49) have known each other for over 20 years and have been a cou­ple for the last four. While they’re older than the rest of the teams, they can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated – their avi­a­tion and travel knowl­edge makes them a firm favourite from the start.

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