‘Amazing Race’ Casts Tyler Oakley, Other YouTube, Social Media Stars

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The Amazing Race” is embracing the social revolution.

The CBS competition has cast social media mavens for its upcoming 28th season. YouTube stars Tyler Oakley, Burnie Burns and Blair Fowler; Vine celebrities Zach King and Cole LaBrant; Instagram sensations Jessica Versteeg and
Brittany Oldehoff; and gamers Burnie Burns and Ashley Jenkins are among the contestants who will journey around the world.

Host Phil Keoghan will also for the first time stream live video on Facebook from the race’s first destination on Nov. 15 at approximately 7:30 p.m. PT.

Below are the 11 teams:

Social media influencers Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl
YouTube stars Burnie Burns and Ashley Jenkins
YouTube hosts Erin White Robinson and Joslyn Davis
Vine star Cole LaBrant and mom Sheri LaBrant
Viner Zach King and wife Rachel King
YouTube sensations Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina
Instagram models Jessica Versteeg and Brittany Oldehoff
Viral video sensation Marty Cobb and daughter Hagan Parkman
Beauty YouTuber Blair Fowler and dad Scott Fowler
Vine aficionados Cameron Benson and Darius Benson
Pro frisbee players Kurt Gibson and Brodie Smith

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  1. Me says:

    The future of entertainment. Old Hollywood is dead as tonight’s Oscars will show us.

  2. Chloe says:


  3. Well will be like every other season of Amazing Race for me a bunch of people that I do not know!

  4. Quigz2 says:

    Completely uninteresting and NOT a season I will watch. TAR is not what is used to be,

  5. Gary Berger says:

    Looks a season I will not watch…who cares about these semi-pseudo reality start, I have a novel idea….what about a race with normal people?

  6. H.M. says:

    Well, at least no Shane Dawson! Although I thought this series always needed a castmate on the egomaniacal, know-it-all douche & just plain annoying side ala Richard Hatch.

  7. mo says:

    my guess is the winner will be donating the prize money since the ones on the list that I know of are already making millions.

    for those who are dismissing these people, these people are pulling in viewership numbers that most tv series can hope for.

  8. Ena says:

    All these people who’ve never even watched the show saying it’s horrible, meanwhile they’ve probably checked out the Kardashians before. This is one of the few reality shows that’s perfectly family friendly, and it’s pretty interesting. I only know Tyler and Zach out of the bunch though

  9. Jay says:

    The only people I recognize on this list are Tyler and Brodie. I’ve never watched this show before though. And I don’t plan on watching any time soon.

  10. Rex says:

    I never thought I’d see the day when I had LESS of a reason to watch a horrible TV show I’ve never actually watched, but apparently that day has come.

    YouTube And social media “stars”. Yep, ok then . . .

    • Lisa says:

      Oh Rex. Tyler has more than 7 million followers on YouTube and has accomplished many things in his lifetime. Look him up on google. Pretty sure I’d know since I’m his sister.

      • Leo Sigh says:

        So weird that people are making nasty comments here about people they know nothing about, and a show they have never watched. Some of these YouTubers, Tyler included, have more viewers than many TV series and are stars that are bigger than a hell of a lot of so-called ‘TV stars’ simply due to the number of fans they have.

        People who dismiss YouTubers as ‘pseudo-celebrities’ are so behind the times :) These people are just as big of a celebrity as anyone on TV or in the movies and, in many cases, are as talented or more talented. Many of them are also incredibly nice people.

        Would be great if fools wouldn’t waste their time leaving comments about people they know nothing about. And, yes, I’ll be watching TAR. This one should be a great season!

  11. The streaming live thing is kind of silly since the race was already recorded and won months ago. So basically, they are streaming a pre-recorded segment.

  12. Alex says:

    Seems a little desperate

    • dryedmangoez says:

      They ARE desperate though. =( TAR has been valiantly fighting on Friday nights, always just staying above a 1.0 in the demo since moving there. But it’s definitely on its last legs, sadly, unless they do something huge to jumpstart the franchise. I don’t know if this internet celebrity gimmick is it though.

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