The 34th running of the The Amazing Race will feature several franchise firsts — beginning with the introduction of an international starting line.
When the veteran CBS reality competition returns on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (now airing at a later time, 10/9c) with its milestone 400th episode, 12 globe-trotting teams will travel to Munich, Germany to begin the race.
Season 34 is also doing away with non-elimination legs. “With one team being eliminated at the end of every leg, it will be one of the most grueling races in the show’s history,” according to the official release. Additionally, “teams will be in for a surprise when host Phil Keoghan teases a game-changing element in the first leg of the race.”
Featured locations this season include Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Iceland and Nashville. Racers will also visit the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, “where teams will ride a train and experience a scene reminiscent of the 1963 Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia, perform a Jordanian folk dance and learn the Arabic alphabet.”
The cast, which was first revealed Wednesday, includes Big Brother 23 couple Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss, New York Jets head coach-turned-ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, and a pair of long-lost twins. Scroll down for a closer look at the new Racers — and be sure to press PLAY on each to watch their intro clips — then tell us who you’ll be rooting for in the Comments.