If at first you don't succeed, race, race again. That's the unofficial motto for the 18th season of CBS' The Amazing Race, which features the return of 11 teams that weren't able to take home the $1 million prize their first times around. "We're giving people a second chance," says executive producer Bertram van Munster. "It's the American way." Here's a look at some returning Racers to keep an eye on.
Since Harlem Globetrotters Herb "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton were booted from Season 15, "we hear a lot of stories from people telling us their kids cried that night we were eliminated," Lang says. Lofton promises more crying this time around, but "we're going to make it tears of joy." Do these fan favorites famous for their niceness plan on getting meaner this time around? Not a chance. Explains Lofton: "We'd rather be liked than hated. I guess it's just part of who we are."
Just before professional bull riders and brothers Jet and Cord McCoy started Season 16, Cord got engaged. Days before heading out on this second chance, he got married. "I guess when he calls me up and says his wife is pregnant, I better start packing my bag," Jet says. Until that happens, though, they plan on navigating what Cord expects will be a Race to remember because "the producers know we've done this before, so to stump us all, this is going to be one for the record books.
Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal are well aware that in Season 14, as Cara puts it, "we were definitely on the villain side." If people thought they were aggressive, assertive and competitive before, just wait until these former NFL cheerleaders get into the Race this time. Their psychological evaluation, done for all contestants before every show, "shows that we've jumped 10 points since the last one on the aggressive scale," says Jaime.
The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business premieres Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.