Season 31 of "The Amazing Race" is now underway — and it's filled with an all-star CBS reality TV cast! This season tapped former "Survivor," "Big Brother" and "Amazing Race" stars to create teams of veteran reality competitors, giving viewers a treat. But where, exactly, have you seen these familiar faces before? Keep reading as Wonderwall.com breaks down the teams!
In the "Big Brother" world, you can't get much bigger than Rachel Reilly (left). She's one of the franchise's most famous faces. She won Season 13 in 2011, setting a record in the process as she was nominated for eviction five separate times yet managed to stick around. She also found love in the "Big Brother" house during her first run on the show, Season 12 in 2010, and ultimately married fellow contestant Brendon Villegas. The couple welcomed the first baby born from the "Big Brother" franchise, daughter Adora, in 2016. Rachel is also a big deal in "The Amazing Race" world: She competed on Season 20 and Season 24 with husband Brendon, finishing in third place both times. Rachel's sister Elissa joined in the fun this time around — she's also a "Big Brother" veteran who competed on Season 15 and came in sixth.
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Tyler Oakley (left) is a superstar in the YouTube world, having been active on the platform since 2007. But his first foray into reality television came in 2016 when he competed on "The Amazing Race" Season 28. That year's competitors were all renowned social media personalities, and Tyler teamed up with best friend Korey Kuhl. The YouTubers are back again for Season 31, ready to try for that top title. They previously came in third on their season of the reality competition series.
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This team of cousins is back for a third round of "The Amazing Race"! Leo Temory (left) and Jamal Zadran previously competed on 2013's "The Amazing Race" Season 23 and the following season, 2014's "The Amazing Race: All-Stars." They finished in fourth place both times. Maybe the third time's the charm?
Nicole Franzel is a favorite in the "Big Brother" world. Fans first met her in 2014 when she competed on Season 16. She then came back for Season 18, returning with three other veterans to compete once more in 2016. She ended up winning the top prize during her most recent appearance and also went home with an added bonus — a fiancé! She started dating fellow houseguest Victor Arroyo after leaving the show and the two got engaged in September 2018. Now the "Big Brother" alums are competing for the first time on "The Amazing Race."
Chris Hammons was a lawyer and a die-hard "Survivor" fan before he decided to apply to be a contestant on the CBS show. His dream came true when he was cast on Season 33, "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X," which debuted in 2016. It was there that he met his future "The Amazing Race" teammate, fellow Gen Xer Bret LaBelle. Both men didn't fare too well during their first reality TV venture — Chris was the 10th voted out, while Bret was the 16th. Here's hoping they do better this time!
#TeamFun is ready to run again! "The Amazing Race" Season 29 vets Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce are back for more after previously competing on the show in 2017. That year, the teams were made up of complete strangers who met and formed teams at the Starting Line, but they quickly got to know each other and even competed well enough to get to fifth place.
Janelle Pierzina (left) is no stranger to the small screen. She's competed on not one, not two, but three (!!!) seasons of "Big Brother" — Season 6 in 2005, Season 7 (better known as "Big Brother: All-Stars") in 2006 and Season 14 in 2012. The fan favorite and mother of three never won the CBS show, though she did come in third on her first two seasons, so she definitely has something to prove on "The Amazing Race." She met her teammate, Britney Hayes, on Season 14 of "Big Brother" when the ladies were two of four "coaches" tapped to guide the new houseguests on the show. Britney's no reality newbie either — she previously competed on Season 12 of "Big Brother," where she came in fourth and charmed viewers with her quick wit and banter.
"The Amazing Race" fans first met Colin Guinn and Christie Woods back in 2004 when they competed on Season 5 of the series. They came in second that year. Now the parents of two boys are back to try to take the top spot.
When it comes to reality television, Rupert Boneham and Laura Boneham know a thing or two — or five! We first met Rupert in 2003 when he joined the cast of "Survivor: Pearl Islands," which was the show's seventh season. Though he came in eighth, it didn't discourage him from trying again. He was back for Season 8, better known as "Survivor: All-Stars," the following year and came in fourth. He came in sixth on "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" — the show's 20th season — in 2010. On the 27th season of the show, "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he competed alongside wife Laura, who made her first reality TV appearance that year (the two finished dead last).
Pals Corinne Kaplan (left) and Eliza Orlins are both former "Survivor" castaways who both returned to do a "Fans vs. Favorites" season of the series. Corinne is known from her stints on 2008's "Survivor: Gabon" and 2013's "Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites." Eliza competed on 2004's "Survivor: Vanuatu," the show's ninth season, and then returned for Season 16, "Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites."
Border Patrol agents Art Velez (left) and JJ Carrell are "The Amazing Race" veterans. The men previously competed on Season 20 of the show, where they nearly won but ultimately came in second.