The Amazing Race Australia 2021: meet the cast

10’s Amazing Race Australia once again leads the way in Reality TV diversity.

The casting by Eureka and 10 is varied in gender, race, religion, age, sexuality and a person with disability.

These are the 14 teams who gather in tropical Queensland as host Beau Ryan sets them on a quest for the $250,000 prize.

Travel safe, let the race begin!

Alex & Jack
The Twin Models, New South Wales
Nope you’re not seeing double, just trouble! Identical twin models Alex and Jack are here to shake things up. Self-confessed dark horses of the competition, the Adelaide-born aspiring actors, have modelled for the likes of Mecca Maxima, Hugo Boss, and even appeared in Golden Gaytime and Krispy Kreme commercials. Although they love to bicker endlessly, Jack describes Alex as his ‘favourite human’. They think alike and both love finding opportunities and experiences to satisfy their inner child. Alex’s proudest moment in life was accepting who he is and loving the man he is today, while Jack is proud of the emotional growth he’s achieved. Adonis on the outside, quirky on the inside, one thing’s for sure: no other team know each other better than Alex and Jack!

Ashleigh & Amanda
The Gold Coast Girls, Queensland
Here’s a team we’re certain you’ll like. Influencers Ashleigh and Amanda met by liking and commenting on each other’s Instagram posts, and have been best friends ever since! With close to 150k followers between them, the Gold Coast glamours love all things outdoors, travel and adventure. Two beacons of positivity, personal trainer Ashleigh and Adelaide-born model Amanda, never stray away from a challenge. Together, they can be found making zany plans or going on spontaneous trips. Physically fit and smarter than they let on, Ashleigh and Amanda are looking to challenge themselves like never before and strengthen their friendship along the way.

Brendon & Jackson
The Cowboys, New South Wales
These true-blue cowboys and young dads are saddling up for the adventure of a lifetime! Brendon and Jackson met through rodeoing over 10 years ago and have been friends ever since. While third generation cowboy Brendon is ranked number two in Australia for bareback riding, Jackson has four rodeo championship titles under his belt. Family’s always front and centre for these adrenaline lovers, so it’s no surprise they’d use the $250,000 prize money on their kids… and a new set of teeth for Brendon.

Chris & Aleisha
The Geek & The Princess, Queensland
High school sweethearts and newlyweds Chris and Aleisha, are used to a fairy tale ending. Having spent the last 12 years working as a princess in theme parks around the world, Aleisha is ready to trade her glass slippers for racing boots, with her self proclaimed nerdy husband Chris by her side. Although it may seem like it’s all rainbows and woodland creatures for this team, they’re prepared to do whatever it takes to win – even if it means using their sweetness to sneak past the competition. Highly-driven and competitive, Chris and Aleisha would use the prize money to help them with their future.

Shane & Deb
The Parents, New South Wales
It was an exceptionally tough 2020 for postie Shane and his firefighter wife Deb. But they’re ready to rise from the ashes and prove to their kids that anything is possible! After Shane was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and Deb lost her gym during COVID-19, the couple who have done so much to help those around them, needed to take a step back and help themselves. With Shane’s health taking a positive turn, this outdoor-loving, ultra-competitive team are ready for the race of a lifetime. Throughout Shane’s illness, the couple’s finances took a hit, so the $250,000 grand prize would help them bounce back.

Dwes & Katherine
The Kimberley Cousins, Western Australia
Cousins by blood, friends by choice. Although this deadly duo from The Kimberley’s are known for butting heads, cousins Dwes and Katherine are living proof that opposites work well together. While Katherine is the brawns, Dwes’ confidence and strategic skills will make this team an unstoppable force! Mother of one and AFLW player Katherine is a quiet achiever, who encourages and supports young women in her community to reach for the stars. With an infectious smile, Dwes believes their biggest advantage will be other teams underestimating them. Both Dwes and Katherine are Aboriginal and want to be positive role models for their community. They hope that by running the Race, they’ll inspire their community and young Aboriginal Australians to dream big.

Holly & Dolor
The Power Couple, New South Wales
A true modern love story, it all started when Dolor slid into Holly’s DM’s five years ago, and they’ve been dating ever since! There’s a lot more to lawyer, Holly, than meets the eye. Although she may seem like a living Barbie doll, she’s the youngest internal investment banking lawyer at her workplace, where she works on the stock exchange floor, while cutting down stereotypes. Related to the Nigerian Royal Family, it’s only natural that Dolor chase the crown! A former professional soccer player who grew up in a household with seven siblings, he knows exactly how to sneak his way past the competition. Ambitious, driven, and willing to do anything to win, this high-flying power couple want to be the first interracial couple to win The Amazing Race Australia.

Jaskirat & Anurag
The Super Sikhs, New South Wales
Having met at a Summer Sikh youth camp 10 years ago, best mates Jaskirat and Anurag are extremely proud of their culture and want to show Australia what the Sikh fighting spirit is all about! While Anurag is a gentle giant, Jaskirat is an undercover nerd. They live for adventure, the outdoors and pushing themselves to new limits! From trekking the Inca Trail to an impromptu hike up Mt Agung, Jaskirat and Anurag’s mental and physical strength, as well as their ability to adapt is their biggest advantage. Both men love being the centre of attention and would use the prize money to travel the globe.

Jobelle & Rani
The Daughter & Dad, Victoria
Father-daughter team Jobelle and Rani can take the heat in the kitchen of their family’s food truck, but will they swelter on the race of a lifetime? Originally from the Philippines, Rani and Jobelle moved to Australia 13 years ago in search of a brighter future. As a child in the Philippines, Jobelle promised herself that she would one day go on The Amazing Race with her dad. Now, her childhood dream has become a reality, as she prepares to travel the unknown with her hard-working, joke- cracking dad by her side. Rani runs a Filipino food truck with his family, specialising in street food, just like their grandma used to make. Known for spontaneously bursting into song, this dynamic duo would use the prize money for helping others, as well as setting up their futures.

Jordan & Violeta
The Dancing Exes, Victoria
Dance partners turned racers, Jordan and Violeta are ready to waltz ahead of the competition and take out the top prize! Having dated in high school, the pair are now close friends and dance partners who have travelled the globe, representing Australia at the highest level of dance. Passionate, hard-working and ambitious, their physical strength and experience in intense competitions will come in handy on the race. No stranger to the bright lights, Violeta was partnered with Travis Cloke on 10’s Dancing With The Stars.

Jude & Shannon
The Mums, Queensland
Jude and Shannon are best friends who met through their kids, nearly 20 years ago. As devoted mums, running the Race means they’ll finally be able to do something for themselves – with no husband or kids to wrangle! For these outgoing mums, their social game will be their strength. Their warmth and banter are enough to win anyone over. Ultra-competitive, loud, and secret comedians, Jude and Shannon feel they’re often underestimated, but are ready to make their kids proud!

Malaan & Tina
The Childhood Friends, Victoria
After 20 years of friendship, high-achievers Malaan and Tina are gearing up for the trip of a lifetime. Malaan is an international model, studying towards a degree in Business, and Tina is a Senior Policy Advisor, with an interest in politics. Born in South Sudan, they moved to other parts of Africa as refugees before making their way to Australia. Inspired by the United Nations workers in her refugee camp, Tina went on to work for the UN, protecting human rights under international law. While Malaan is a fitness junkie, Tina is ultra- competitive. They’ve travelled internationally together but are excited for the opportunity to explore their backyard on the Race.

Sefa & Jessica
The Besties, New South Wales
Keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer! Sefa and Jessica have been riling each other up for the past 10 years and are ready to take their unfiltered friendship on tour. Determined to win, and mow down anyone in their way, Sefa and Jessica love trash-talk, sarcasm and getting on each other’s nerves. Both are from a Polynesian background and would use the prize money to help support their tight-knit families.

Skye-Blue & Jake
The Siblings, Victoria
Skye-Blue and Jake aren’t just siblings, they’re also friends and experienced travel buddies. While they get along most of the time, they’ve been known to have a squabble or two when Skye-Blue gets hangry. At a towering 6’5”, Jake believes his height will be an asset to them on the race. Skye-Blue was born without a left hand, but doesn’t let that hold her back! After a lifetime of people underestimating her, Skye-Blue has kept her determination to prove she can do absolutely anything she wants. Together, they hope to prove that they can do anything that’s thrown their way, and to inspire people to never give up!

7:30pm Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday on 10.

15 Comments:

  1. Some watchers will find it hard to come back to, after the blatant changes to the game in the last season, to make sure that the stand-out team from the whole season had to be eliminated It seemed evident it was because the show did not want winners who weren’t “diverse” (they were only typical of most of Aus).

  2. Yes last season I had no idea what the hosts claim to fame was, or his experience. Had to google him (me being from a non-NRL state he didn’t get much cut through prior to this show, to me anyway). Not a fan, although he did seem to improve as the series went on….he cut down on the touchy/feely stuff.

  3. Maybe this time around some of the people who aren’t white will be allowed to show some personality. It’d make a difference from last time when the four blandest edits (in an exceptionally bland cast) happened to be given to the Indigenous team, the Asian team, the Black team, and the Muslim team, two of whom were finalists.

  4. Diversity – unless you live in NT, SA, Tas or ACT. Can’t see how it would hurt to have at least 1 team from every state and territory, and then fill the rest up from the usual VIC/NSW.

  5. Love, love, love the cast diversity! One day other reality shows will authentically reflect the Australian community. I hope it’s sooner but this very well could be the cast photo from The Block 2031.

  6. Can’t wait for this to finish, I’m so over the bloody promos. Every ad break has featured this show to the point where I went from wanting to watch this to muting the ads just so I wouldn’t have to suffer through another promo. It’s obviously cost a lot of money to make but I definitely won’t be watching. After I’m a celebrity ends Sunday night I’ll be switching off the TV until big brother starts.

  7. Mostly NSW, Victorians, and QLD centric cast, with a couple from WA.. I wonder if other states of Australia were interested in applying for this show or just mostly the states I’ve mentioned above.. although being a granddad of 3 lovely grandchildren I wonder if I were to go on with my wife, what our grandchildren will think.. but having said that it’s a great diverse cast of different mix of people. Can’t wait to see how it pans out

    • Casting probably happened when hard lockdown was on in Tasmania and South Australia and people were reluctant to leave the State compared to the others. Especially those in Tasmania with it being flight or ferry/boat in and out, given the way the AFL was hubbing in SA may have been tough getting back if it continued like that for them to hub in Qld.

  8. Must admit have been waiting to see this show. The cast is typical aussie population. l feel its a good representation of Australia today. Bring it on…

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