'The Amazing Race' premiere preview: Watermelon injury


 
The 17th season of "The Amazing Race" kicks off with a bang, as the racers have to perform a road block where they slingshot watermelons. Unfortunately for home shopping host Claire Champlin, the watermelon comes straight back at her head. Ouch.

These 11 teams of two are racing around the world for a grand prize of $1 million. "The Amazing Race" premieres Sunday (Sept. 26) at 8 p.m. ET on CBS

The teams are as follows:

Relationship: Home Shopping Hosts
Brook Roberts
Age: 27
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Claire Champlin
Age: 30
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
Occupation: Home Shopping Host


Relationship: Dating
Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26
Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
Occupation: Bartender 

Vicki Casciola
Age: 26  
Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
Occupation: Hair Stylist


Relationship: Best Friends
Ron Kellum

Age: 45
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Director/Choreographer

Tony Stovall
Age: 42
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Occupation: Doctoral Student (University of Arizona)  

 
Relationship: Father/Son
Michael Wu

Age:  58
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Occupation: Software Consultant and Content Creator 

Kevin Wu
Age: 20
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Occupation: Student/Internet Entertainer


Relationship: Newly Dating
Chad Waltrip

Age: 26
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupation: Operations Manager

Stephanie Smith
Age: 23
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupation: Hair Stylist  


Relationship: Doctors/Friends
Nat Strand

Age: 31
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Doctor

Kat Chang
Age: 35
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Doctor


Relationship: Father/Daughter
Gary Ervin

Age: 53
Hometown: Morganfield, Ky.
Occupation: Entrepreneur 

Mallory Ervin
Age: 24
Hometown: Lexington, Ky. 
Occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009


Relationship: Ivy League A Cappella Singers
Connor Diemand-Yauman

Age:  22
Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio
Occupation: Student (Princeton)

Jonathan Schwartz
Age: 22
Hometown: Cranford, N.J.
Occupation: Student (Princeton)


Relationship: Dating
Jill Haney

Age: 27
Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif. 
Occupation: Hair Stylist

Thomas Wolfard
Age: 30
Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif.
Occupation: Ad Sales Director


Relationship: Birth Mother/Daughter
Andie DeKroon

Age:  43
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Jenna Sykes
Age: 21
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Occupation: Student (University of Georgia)  


Relationship: Beach Volleyball Partners
Katie Seamon

Age: 23
Hometown: Rahway, N.J.
Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Rachel Johnston
Age: 24
Hometown: Moorestown, N.J
Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

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