'The Amazing Race': Rachel and Brendon from 'Big Brother' head up new cast

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They’re baaaaaaaaaack! That’s right, Big Brother repeat offenders Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas have become the latest pair of CBS reality stars to try their hand at sprinting across the globe for a million dollars when season 20 of The Amazing Race kicks off on Feb. 19 at 8pm.  The engaged couple will be following in the frequent flier footsteps of Big Brother’s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, Survivor’s Boston Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich (who played twice), Survivor’s Ethan John and Jenna Morasca, as well as Big Brother’s Alison Irwin (and her out of house boyfriend Donny Patrick).

Rachel and Brendon will be competing against 10 other teams, including married clowns, federal agents, border patrol agents, dating divorcees, and, naturally, twins.  (The full cast list is below.) Along the way, players will be forced to skydive, train with Massai warriors in Tanzania, and visit the German castle that served as the inspiration for the one in Sleeping Beauty. The show will also be traveling for the first time ever to Paraguay and Azerbaijan.

What say you? Will you be rooting for or against Rachel and Brendon? Check out all the new teams in our Amazing Race photo gallery. And for more reality news and views, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

The 11 teams competing on season 20 of The Amazing Race:

Dave Brown Jr.

Age: 33

Hometown: Madison, Wis.

Current occupation: U.S. Army Officer

Rachel Brown

Age: 30

Hometown: Madison, Wis.

Current occupation: Project Manager

Connection to Teammate: Married

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William “Bopper” Minton

Age: 41

Hometown: Manchester, KY.

Current occupation: Motorcycle Mechanic

Mark Jackson

Age: 45

Hometown: Manchester, Ky.

Occupation: Former State Inspector

Connection to Teammate: Best Friends

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Nary Ebeid

Age: 32

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Federal Agent

Jamie Graetz

Age: 33

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Federal Agent

Connection to Teammate: Federal Agents/Friends

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Brendon Villegas

Age: 31

Hometown: Westwood, Calif.

Current occupation: PhD Student

Rachel Reilly

Age: 27

Hometown: Westwood, Calif.

Current occupation: Event Hostess

Connection to Teammate: Engaged

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Joey “Fitness” Lasalla

Age: 29

Hometown: Whitestone, N.Y.

Current occupation: Trainer/Supplement

Company Owner

Danny Horal

Age: 27

Hometown: Holbrook, N.Y.

Current occupation: Nightclub Promoter

Connection to Teammate: Friends

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Misa Tanaka

Age: 27

Hometown: San Diego

Current occupation: Car Buyer

Maiya Tanaka

Age: 25

Hometown: San Diego

Current occupation: Professional Golfer

Connection to Teammate: Sisters

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Dave Gregg

Age: 44

Hometown: New Port Richey, Fla.

Current occupation: “Ambassador of Laughter”

Cherie Gregg

Age: 44

Hometown: New Port Richey, Fla.

Current occupation: “Ambassador of Laughter”

Connection to Teammate: Married Clowns

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Elliot Weber

Age: 28

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Current occupation: Musician

Andrew Weber

Age: 28

Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.

Current occupation:  Professional Soccer Player

Connection to Teammate: Twins

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Kerri Paul

Age: 30

Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.

Current occupation: Program Coordinator

Stacy Bowers

Age: 30

Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.

Current occupation:  Self Employed / “Basketball” Wife

Connection to Teammate: Cousins

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Vanessa Macias

Age: 31

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Current occupation: Freelance Writer

Ralph Kelley

Age: 36

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Current occupation: Bar Owner

Connection to Teammate: Dating Divorcees

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Art Velez

Age: 43

Hometown: Temecula, Calif.

Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent

J.J. Carrell

Age: 42

Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.

Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent

Connection to Teammate: Border Patrol Agents/Friends


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