James & Abba

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James & Abba
James & Abba
The Amazing Race 21
Relationship Rock Star/Lawyer
Finishing Position 6th
Legs Completed 8
Legs Won 2
Average Position 4.13
Roadblock Count James 3, Abba 5
Countries raced Flag of China.svg Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Bangladesh.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Russia.svg

James LoMenzo and Mark "Abba" Abbattista are a rock star and lawyer who competed on The Amazing Race 21. They are from Burbank, California and Denver, Colorado, respectively. They came in first for two legs in a row but were eliminated in 6th place on the eighth leg after being robbed of their belongings, including their passports.

Before the Race

Before embarking on the race, James was a professional guitar player and rock musician, and Abba was a entertainment lawyer.

Race Summary

Leg 1 (United States → China)

  • Roadblock.png James: Win a point against a young, professional ping pong player who uses unusual paddles.
  • Roadblock.png Abba: Use chopsticks to eat a hollowed papaya filled with the fatty tissue found near frog fallopian tubes.
  • PitStop.png 6th

James & Abba were the 5th team to depart after the starting line task, and made it onto the first flight to Shanghai, along with other 6 teams. They went to the Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium, and played a table tennis Roadblock. They left the roadblock in 2nd, and found the other Roadblock clue at the Cui Ping Jiu Jia Restaurant in 1st, also finishing it in 1st. They went to The Bund to find the lady with an Abacus, loosing a lot of time serching for her, checking-in to the pit stop in 6th

Leg 2 (China → Indonesia)

  • Roadblock.png James: Power a pedal-operated carousel with four children and make a balloon animal for each.
  • Detour.png Ice-by-the-Pound: Load ten 65lbs blocks of ice onto a truck, travel to a market, and deliver them to a stall.
  • PitStop.png 6th

In Surabaya, Indonesia, James & Abba were in first place after the Alun-Alun bull race. They reached the Roadblock also in 1st, but left in 4th. They arrived to Wijaya Motors in 6th place and completed the Detour in the same position, checking-in for a 6th place finish.

Leg 3 (Indonesia)

  • Roadblock.png Abba: Carry 20 plates of food at once to waiting diners.
  • Detour.png Lion Head: Wear very large lion masks and follow a parade while dancing.
  • PitStop.png 4th

James & Abba departed in 6th, starting the Roadblock in the same position, and finished it in 5th. They made it onto the first train to Bangil, with other 4 teams. They performed the Lion's head side of the Detour. They didn't use the U-Turn and checked-in in 4th place.

Leg 4 (Indonesia → Bangladesh)

  • F-Forward.png Travel to three different locations to collect dead rats.
  • PitStop.png 1stƒ

Teams flew to Dhaka, Bangladesh for this leg. James & Abba arrived in 5th to the Roadblock clue, but decided to go to the Fast Forward instead. They had to collect dead rats from different locations and bring it to another place. After that, they checked-in in 1st place, winning the leg with a trip for two to Antigua.

Leg 5 (Bangladesh)

  • Roadblock.png James: Build a balancing scale from scratch using the provided materials.
  • Detour.png Bamboo Jungle: Load three sets of very large bamboo poles onto a bicycle and deliver them across town.
  • PitStop.png 1st

Before the leg started, James received a call from home. It was his wife, and she told him that his dad had a stage 4 cancer, and there was no chance of remission. James decided to keep on racing. They departed in 1st place, and after performing both Roadblock and Detour, they kept a great lead over all other teams. They then again checked-in 1st, winning a trip for two to Malaysia.

Leg 6 (Bangladesh → Turkey)

  • Detour.png Scrub It: Experience a traditional Turkish Bath.
  • Roadblock.png Abba: Dress in a vendor's outfit and serve 40 glasses of sherbet for 1 lira each.
  • PitStop.png 3rd

James & Abba departed in 1st, and, after having their money lost and taken by Natalie & Nadiya and Trey & Lexi in the travel agency (the money was not returned by the two teams that took it, even if they knew to who it belonged, giving rise to one of the biggest controversies of the race when the episode aired), flew to Istanbul, Turkey. They soon recovered their lead after being alone on the 1st boat to Üsküdar. They started the Detour in 1st, but were passed during the task. Then, they started the Roadblock in 4th place, and recovered from one place to check-in 3rd

Leg 7 (Turkey → Russia)

  • Detour.png Synchronize: Learn and perform a synchronized swimming routine for a judge.
  • Roadblock.png Abba: Unlock a series of locks attached to "The Trees of Love" using a ring of keys.
  • PitStop.png Arrived 4th, turned away for missing their passports - 6th - Non-elimination leg

In Moscow, Russia, James & Abba started the Detour in 1st. They were passed by three teams after changing sides of the Detour. When they arrived to start the Roadblock, their cab driver went off, taking with him their bags and passports. James & Abba still completed the Roadblock and tried to check-in at the pit stop, but couldn't. They had to find at least their passports to check-in. They weren't able to find them, and after all teams finished the leg, they were able to check-in in last place. Phil then told them that they were not eliminated, leg 7 being a non-elimination, and had another chance to find the passport on the other day.

Leg 8 (Russia)

  • Speedbump.png Unknown task involving a priest and a limo.
  • Roadblock.png Abba: Complete a pop quiz involving Russia's time zones.
  • Directed to the Pit Stop
  • PitStop.png 6th - Eliminated

James & Abba started the leg in last place, at 06:05 pm. They completed the Speed Bump and the Roadblock, and go to the Pit Stop to be eliminated in 6th place, where they told Phil that they just found one of the two missing passports.

Leg 12

Per post race interviews, Abba took six days to obtain a visa to exit Russia, where he lost his passport. Hence, they were still able to make it to the finishing line, unlike Toni & Dallas who were unable to do so in The Amazing Race 13.

The Amazing Race 21
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesChinaIndonesiaBangladeshTurkeyRussiaNetherlandsSpainFrance
Teams Abbie & RyanAmy & DanielCaitlin & BrittanyGary & WillJames & AbbaJaymes & JamesJosh & BrentNatalie & NadiyaRob & KelleyRob & SheilaTrey & Lexi