Jonathan Knight’s Amazing Race debut is on a good start as he is taking his relationship step by step around the world with his boyfriend. Jonathan Knight and Harley Rodriguez have joined the cast of the CBS reality show for Season 26. The new Amazing Race season is the first ever all-dating couples season, with five of the teams actually going on blind dates, and the former New Kids on the Block singer thanked fans for watching last night.
Thank you all who tuned in tonight! So much fun for me! Tune in again Friday for some more "Amazing" times!
— Jonathan Knight (@JonathanRKnight) February 26, 2021
Jonathan Knight told People that it’ll be interesting doing the competition with Rodriguez.
“This is probably going to be the most time that we’ve been together continually … I don’t know if I am looking forward to that much time together with him. It’s going to be interesting.”
Star Pulse shared that 46-year-old Knight was a member of New Kids on the Block until he decided to leave the band in 1994. He reunited with the group upon its reformation in 2008. That same year, the singer met Rodriguez in Los Angeles while working on a reunion tour.
Rodriguez admits that the couple have come to relish their time apart.
“He travels a lot, so I say it’s more like we’ve been together for three years rather than six … I think that space has been good for us. I think every couple need space or you can get on each other’s nerves. Then we come back together and it is awesome.”
There are 11 couples racing around the world and competing for the $1 million prize. “The Amazing Race” started Wednesday night and the show has already shown a few surprises, with one elimination. Bertram van Munster, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, told CBS News that going on a blind date around the world has already been a challenge.
“Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates … Going on a blind date to a restaurant is one thing, but going on a blind date around the world is like rolling the dice in a big way.”
As previously reported by NewsOXY, singer Tiffany apologized for outing Knight as gay, a decision that she still regrets. There were rumors going around about his sexual preference for almost 20 years. Jonathan finally came clean about it in 2011 during a reality show on Bravo.
Jonathan Knight is doing well on The Amazing Race, thus far. He is working quite well with Harley Rodriguez. It’s only the first episode of a long series, but time will tell if Knight can continue to work as a team player.