The Amazing Race Season 17 Cast Revealed

The Amazing Race begins its 17th season on Sept. 26 with a chip on its shoulder, as it is coming off its first-ever loss of the Emmy for best reality competition show.

Its new cast might not help matters with the awards folks, but it definitely seems younger and prettier than the average group, even if there's no ready-made celebrity such as an ex-Miss America this time around. And there's the usual novelty act: a birth mother and her daughter given up for adoption, who have barely had any relationship at all.

A rundown of the entire cast:

Brook Roberts

Age: 27

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Claire Champlin

Age: 30

Hometown: Reno, Nev.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Relationship: Home Shopping Hosts

Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26

Hometown: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Bartender

Vicki Casciola

Age: 26

Hometown: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Relationship: Dating

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: Best Friends

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: Father/Son

Chad Waltrip

Age: 26

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Occupation: Operations Manager

Stephanie Smith

Age: 23

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Relationship: Newly Dating

Nat Strand

Age: 31

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctor

Kat Chang

Age: 35

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Doctor

Relationship: Doctors/Friends

Gary Ervin

Age: 53

Hometown: Morganfield, Ky.

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Mallory Ervin

Age: 24

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

Occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009

Relationship: Father/Daughter

Connor Diemand-Yauman

Age: 22

Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio

Occupation: Student (Princeton)

Jonathan Schwartz

Age: 22

Hometown: Cranford, N.J.

Occupation: Student (Princeton)

Relationship: Ivy League A Cappella Singers

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: Dating

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: Birth Mother/Daughter

Katie Seamon

Age: 23

Hometown: Rahway, N.J.

Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Rachel Johnston

Age: 24

Hometown: Moorestown, N.J

Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Relationship: Beach Volleyball Partners