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The Amazing Race kicked off the premier of it’s 16th edition last night, and there to compete for the $1 million grand prize was America’s favorite couple from Big BrotherJordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder.

The duo got off to a great start as they managed to come in first place after the first race to Chile. Though, the winners of the show will not be known for weeks to come, Jeff, 31, and Jordan, 22, open up about their Amazing Race experience in a new interview with PEOPLE.

The best news of all? The couple is still very much together and even credit their time on the Amazing Race for making them “stronger.”

Excerpts from their interview is below -

Were you fans of the Amazing Race before signing on?
Jordan: It’s kind of funny. I’ve been part of two reality shows and I had never watched either one before. I had to YouTube it, just like I did with Big Brother and figure out what everything meant, like ‘detour,’ ‘roadblock’, and all that other stuff.
Jeff: I had watched it a couple of times, but I wasn’t a die-hard fan.

Did your experience together on BB help you, or hurt you?
Jeff: I think it helped us, and played to our strengths. I’m sure that brothers and sisters, or mothers and daughters had issues after a week of being together non-stop. What was a strain on other teams was a positive for us; we didn’t have to worry about being together all of the time, we were already use to it.

Did traveling together put too much strain on you two, or do you think that it actually made you stronger?
Jeff: It was definitely a strain…
Jordan: (interrupting) I think it made us stronger!
Jeff: (laughs) Let me finish. It was definitely a strain on the relationship, but it definitely made us stronger. The fact that we went through the hard times that we did is a testament to our relationship. This show really pushed us to the max, and it was tough, but we’re still a couple, we’re still here, and it show’s a lot that we’re still together.

You two went from being locked in a house for three months with a bunch of lunatics to traversing 5 continents and eight countries in a race against other cutthroat teams. Are you two just gluttons for punishment?
Jeff: (laughs) No, but I look at it as an amazing story, how Jordan and I met, and how things have been working out between us. It’s definitely something to tell the grandkids type of story, and hopefully things keep working out the way they have, because as crazy as it’s been, it’s a serious relationship. I love the way things are and I wouldn’t trade it or change it for anything.

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CBS has finally unveiled the identities of the 11 teams that will be competing of the 16th season of the Amazing Race. And as previously reported, Big Brother’s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd will indeed be on the show as a team.

The new season is set to premier on Sunday, February 14 at 8PM ET/PT. Another surprising cast member is 20-year-old Caite Upton, the former Miss South Carolina Teen USA who made headlines and became infamous when she gave a such as nonsensical answer during the interview portion of the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant.

As always, the members of each team already have a pre-existing relationship of some kind. For this season, five of the teams are couples who are married or dating, while four teams feature family members and two are friends or co-workers.

This season’s cast features the usual assortment of models, actresses and model/actresses, it however also features several contestants with more unusual occupations — including a baseball coach, a bull rider, a cowboy, two (soon-to-be former, apparently) undercover detectives, and a 71-year-old personal trainer.

40,000 miles were covered during this season, including visits to five continents and eight countries. The race which began with public transportation to LAX airport (a first for Amazing Race), consisted of the teams flying to Chile, where they encountered “one of the most daunting Roadblocks in the history of the series,” according to CBS. Sounds fun!

THE CAST PHOTOS OF EACH OF THE 11 TEAMS AND BRIEF BIO IS BELOW! –

amazing-race-16-Jordan-Lloyd-and-Jeff-SchroederDating couple from “Big Brother 11,” Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder. Jordan is a 22-year-old receptionist from North Carolina and Jeff is a 31-year-old advertising salesman from Illinois.

 

amazing-race-16-Steve-Smith-and-Allison-SmithFather & daughter teammates Steve Smith and Allison Smith from Encinitas, California. Steve is a 57-year-old pro baseball coach and Allison, 23, works in marketing and sales.

MORE PHOTOS AND BIOS OF CAST MEMBERS BELOW –

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CBS announces the return of their reality shows- “Survivor” and “The amazing Race”. Both shows will return the middle of February.

Survivor which is in its 20th season will debut a “Heroes vs. Villains” All Star game in its 2 hour premier Thursday, Feb. 11 while the 16th season of “The Amazing Race” will follow three nights later on Sunday, Feb. 14. Great news Big Brother fans, as we reported earlier, both Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd will appear as participants on the next season of The Amazing Race.

CBS also plans to air a special on Feb 4th currently called “Surviving Survivor”. This special will take a look at past contestants and memorable moments on the series.

Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney win Amazing Race

The fifteenth season of the Amazing Race finale aired last night with dating couple Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney emerging as the $1,000,000 winners.

Meghan, a 23-year-old account executive from San Diego, CA, and boyfriend Cheyne, a 23-year-old student also from San Diego, beat two other couples to the finish line by being quickest to count out $1 million worth of chips at a Las Vegas casino. Bickering brothers, Dan and Sam McMillen, who recently revealed to each other that they’re gay, came in second place. Finishing in third place were Ericka Dunlap, former Miss America 2004, and her husband, Brian Kleinschmidt.

“The whole experience in itself was life-changing, and the money is not even as important as what we got to do together. It was the perfect race. It could not have been any better,” said Cheyne.

“This is absolutely a dream come true,” Meghan said of her win.

The new and upcoming season of the Amazing Race started filming last week, and as we reported earlier, Big Brother’s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd will be participating.

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Great news Big Brother fans! Several reports reveal that Jeff Schroeder and Big Brother 11 winner, Jordan Lloyd, will both be appearing on the next season of The Amazing Race.

Witnesses spotted both Jeff and Jordan at the Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday with numerous other teams. Big Brother fan, Danielle Varey, was able to snap a picture of the couple at LAX and posted it to her Twitter account . As you can see, they’re dressed in the familiar Amazing Race uniform of color-coordinated shirts, sweats and backpacks. The photo is below.

Another confirmation is the fact that Jeff has yet to update his twitter account since the 22nd of November. We also reported back in October that both Jeff & Jordan confirmed they were officially a couple. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out on the new season of the Amazing Race.

CBS is not commenting on this story. The network says it will announce the full cast for the new season next year, closer to the show’s airdate.

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