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'The Amazing Race': Season 22 cast and twist revealed!

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Sitcom star Lisa Whelchel and former baseball MVP Jeff Kent may not be appearing, but The Amazing Race will trot out a few semi-celebrities of its own when the 22nd season of the reality hit premieres Feb. 17 on CBS. And the teams will have a new twist to contend with at the very start.

Headlining the cast are Jennifer Kuhle and Caroline Cutbirth of the country band Stealing Angels. Kuhle is the granddaughter of John Wayne while Cutbirth is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. They will be competing against former NHL player Bates Battaglia and his brother Anthony, as well as YouTube channel hosts Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena. Also among the 11 new teams of two competing is a pair of twin doctors, two roller derby moms, and a father and son who both have survived cancer. (The full cast list is below.)

Teams this season will travel over 30,000 miles through nine countries on five different continents. Along the way they will, according to CBS, “skydive from 10,000 feet in Bora Bora, participate in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand, hunt for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana and scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland.”

They also will have a new twist thrown at them. While in the past the first team to arrive at the initial Pit Stop has earned an Express Pass that allows them to skip any task of their choosing, the team that arrives before all others at this season’s first Pit Stop will receive two Express Passes — one to keep for themselves and another one that must be given to another team of their choosing before the end of the fourth leg. It has the power of making one other team very happy, and several others unhappy over not receiving it.

Here’s the full cast of season 22 of ‘The Amazing Race.’ Also make sure to check out our photo gallery of all the teams. And for more reality ramblings, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

The Amazing Race cast:

Name: Idries Abdur-Rahman

Age: 35

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

Name: Jamil Abdur-Rahman

Age: 35

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

Connection: Twin Doctors

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Name: Max Bichler

Age: 30

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Current occupation: Cigar Sales

Name: Katie Bichler

Age: 24

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Current occupation: Pharmacist

Connection: Newlyweds

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Name: Mona Egender

Age: 33

Hometown: Castle Pines, Colo.

Current occupation: Captioner/Roller Derby Player

Name: Beth Bandimere

Age: 36

Hometown: Arvada, Colo.

Current occupation: Tech Support/Roller Derby Player

Connection: Roller Derby Moms

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Name: Bates Battaglia

Age: 36

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Current occupation: Former Professional Hockey Player

(Played for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs)

Name: Anthony Battaglia

Age: 33

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Current occupation: Professional Hockey Player

(Currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc)

Connection: Hockey Brothers

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Name: Chuck McCall

Age: 46

Hometown: Daphne, Ala.

Current occupation: Retail Manager/Taxidermist

Name: Wynona McCall

Age:  49

Hometown: Daphne, Ala.

Current occupation: Cosmetologist/Hairstylist

Connection: Married

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Name: David O’Leary

Age: 58

Hometown: Salt Lake City

Current occupation: Investment Properties

Name: Connor O’Leary

Age: 21

Hometown:  Salt Lake City

Current occupation: Professional Cyclist

Connection: Father/Son (Both Cancer Survivors)

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Name: Caroline Cutbirth

Age: 29

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current occupation: Singer/Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)

*Caroline is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone

Name: Jennifer Kuhle

Age: 30

Hometown: Nashville

Current occupation: Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)

*Jennifer is the granddaughter of John Wayne

Connection: Friends/Country Singers

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Name: Joey Graceffa

Age: 21

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: YouTube Host

Internet Personality Joey’s YouTube Channel

Name: Meghan Camarena

Age: 25

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: YouTube Host

Internet Personality Meghan’s YouTube Channel

Connection: Friends/YouTube Hosts

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Name: Pamela Chien

Age: 29

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Art Director and Fitness Instructor

Name: Winnie Sung

Age: 29

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Senior Project Manager

Connection: Best Friends

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Name: Jessica Hoel

Age: 26

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Current occupation: Account Manager

Name: John Erck

Age: 27

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Current Occupation: Entrepreneur/Computer Programmer

Connection: Dating

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Name: Matthew Davis

Age: 25

Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.

Current occupation: Firefighter

Name: Daniel Moss

Age: 24

Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.

Current occupation: Firefighter

Connection:  Best Friends/Firefighters