“Amazing Race”: Coincidence or Sloppy Casting?

Coincidence or just sloppy casting?

A lot of people have commented on just how many SoCal folks are competing in this season’s “Amazing Race” – but the real news comes from Nikki who says that four of the competitors all went to high school together.

Not only are most of them from socal, I went to high school with Nathan, Staella, TK, and Rachel…we all graduated in 2001 (TK in 2002) all from Fountain Valley High school. They all know and have known each other well for the past ten years…it’s kinda odd that the AR went with that dynamic, maybe it will make for some interesting situations/rivalries/alliances…maybe not.

One thing’s for sure, the former high school classmates never let on that they knew each other.

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Teammates Ari Bonias (front) and Staella Gianakakos (back)

Staella and her partner Ari got the bad sport of the night award after they stole the cab that was called by another team. But the two got their come-uppance when they tried to get their donkey moving.

Turns out that Staella and Ari acted like asses, and a fuzzy brown donkey decided to be the instrument of karma.

Nathan also hit the spotlight as the guy who thinks he has the worst partner ever in this race. Although he tried to make it up later to girlfriend Jennifer, it was obvious he thinks she’s a slacker who can cost him the game.
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Jennifer Parker (back) and Nathan Hagstrom (front)

TK and Rachel have been dubbed “The Hippies” for this round, and they seemed to be nice enough people, although they did little to stand out in the first episode.

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TK Erwin (standing) and Rachel Rosales

We’ll never know if Staella would have revealed her connection to TK, Rachel or Nathan, because she and Ari came in dead last and were elminated from “The Amazing Race.”


  1. Rene said,

    November 5, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    what’s with no representation of a traditionally married couple? they’ve always had that dynamic in the past, and for wanting to cast a seemingly wide net for participants, they let slip an obvious choice. disappointing!

  2. Strepsi said,

    November 6, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    The net is not wide at allo. And if you hear from contestants how they were cast, it was not from applying, it was being SCOUTED at LA area watering-holes (I believe Reichen said a casting director approached him in a bar and said “Wanna be on the Amazing Race?” No wonder they’re all from LA… <_<

  3. oaklandtoday said,

    November 7, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    how can people even watch this crap? I read this article hoping for some juicy accusation of racism or something, but god, if you people have nothing better to do…

    wow. I’m really amazed, I just read more about this show. People seriously watch it?

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