Local radio DJs and Japanese-Singaporean siblings to compete in new season of The Amazing Race Asia

Two teams from Singapore will be competing in Season 5 of The Amazing Race Asia.

Power 98 DJs Jerald Justin Ko, 29, and Michael Tan, 33, are one team. The other comprises Japanese Singaporean entrepreneur Rei Umehara, 30, and her brother, freelance videographer Keiji Umehara, 26.

The two radio DJs shared that even though they are "sheer polar opposites", they can take on any challange as they had gone skydiving together and jointly completed the Internet ice bucket challenge, among many other things.

Keiji Umehara, who was born and raised in Singapore like his sister, said: "It is a time for the two of us to catch up since time together has come at a premium after Rei moved out of the house since she got married.

"Of course the cash prize of USD$100,000 itself is the icing on the cake."

The two Singapore teams will be joined by nine other teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. A cash prize of US$100,000 awaits the winner.

The race will start next week and the show is slated to premiere in October.

Asian-American actor Allan Wu, who hosted the previous four seasons of the reality show from 2006 to 2010, returns to the same role. Indonesian movie actress Tara Basro will be his co-host.

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