There’s very little in common between CBS and iHeartMedia these days. They’re no longer competitors in the radio industry, and that’s perhaps one reason why a pair of up-and-coming air personalities in the nation’s biggest market have been given the all-clear to be one group of contestants on the upcoming season of one of the CBS Television Network’s top reality competition series.
WKTU-FM 103.5 in New York nighttime pair Lulu y Lala — a.k.a. twin sisters Marissa & Marianela Gonzalez — are taking their talents on the road, if you will, by seeking to win “The Amazing Race.”
The Latina air personalities are 10-year veterans of radio and TV, and first found fame at Univision as correspondents on the network entertainment show “El Gordo y La Flaca,” following a stint alongside Luis Jimenez in mornings at WXNY-FM “X96.3” in New York. They then worked as co-hosts on the “Ty Loves NY” morning show on what is today WNYL-FM in New York; at the time, CBS Radio owned it and competed against iHeartRadio’s WKTU and Z100 with a Top 40 format.
In November 2014, the Cuban-Salvadoran pair moved to Miami, where they took afternoon hosting duties at Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” in Miami. Lulu y Lala returned to New York for the WKTU job exactly five years ago.
Viewers to “The Amazing Race” can catch episodes featuring the women starting January 5, 2022. The competition show features pairs of contestants engaging in a series of challenges, both mental and physical, across the globe. The first group to arrive at the final destination will win “The Amazing Race” and the $1 million prize.
The 33rd season will kick off with a special two-hour premiere on January 5, from 8pm-10pm ET/PT. From January 12, it will take the 9pm ET/PT Wednesday time slot. “The Amazing Race” is available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
“I am beyond excited to be part of Season 33 of ‘The Amazing Race’,” said Lala. “I promise you will see a whole new side of Lulu & Lala! It’s a special season for sure!” “She’s right! With Lala’s lack of sense of direction and my OCD on wanting to control everything, this season is one you don’t want to miss,” said Lulu. “We hope we make our family and listeners proud!”
The 33rd iteration of The Amazing Race began production on February 22, 2020. Leg 1 was in London, with social media photos showing contestants at John F. Kennedy International Airport and at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Destinations include Scotland, France, Switzerland and Portugal. After three legs, production was shut down. It resumed in fall 2021, and recently wrapped up production, TVLine reports.
“We implemented many new safety features that made this historic season possible, including having the cast and crew fly by private chartered plane,” co-creator and executive producer Elise Doganieri told TVLine in a statement.
Joining Lulu y Lala are married teachers from New Jersey, a married couple from Charlotte, male childhood friends from Sacramento, best friends from mid-Missouri, a father and daughter from Michigan, a Twentysomething long-distance-dating pair, a pair of female flight attendants, “internet personalities” Kim and Penn Holderness, “YouTube” stars Taylor and Isaiah Green-Jones, and singing police officers from Buffalo.