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James & Abba
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Team Profile
Members James LoMenzo
Mark "Abba" Abbattista
Age 53 (James)
45 (Abba)
Hometown Scituate, MA (James)
Denver, CO (Abba)
Relation Friends
Occupation Rock Star (James)
Lawyer (Abba)

The Amazing Race 21

Legs Competed 8
Legs Won 3
Placement 6th
Average Position 4.12
Roadblock Count James: 3
Abba: 5
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Indonesia Flag of Bangladesh Flag of Turkey
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James LoMenzo and Mark "Abba" Abbattista are a team of Rock Star/Lawyer on The Amazing Race 21.

Profile

James

  • Age: 53
  • Hometown: Scituate, MA.
  • Connection to your teammate: Friends
  • Current occupation: Professional Musician – former band member of White Lion and Megadeth.
  • Describe what you do: For the past 30 plus years I've been a professional touring musician. I've toured and recorded with some of the most popular, iconic artists, such as White Lion, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, Megadeth, Bobby Brown and DMC (to name more than a few). I'm also founder of Monster House Productions, a video production company geared mostly towards the musical instrument manufacturing sector. We do product demos, instructional videos and just about everything else to help companies promote their products and services.
  • Favorite hobby: Photography
  • Word to describe you: Gregarious and reliable.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: My career as a professional musician.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself: Me
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate: Jack Sparrow
  • What scares you most about traveling: Not much scares me about traveling. I've gotten accustomed to it over the years.
  • What excites you most about traveling: Seeing new places and meeting new people.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: I don't think we will have too many challenges. We work pretty well together.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: He's too handsome.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Africa, because I have never been.

Abba

  • Age: 45
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Connection to your teammate: Friends
  • Current occupation: Entertainment Lawyer
  • Describe what you do: I negotiate and draft various music-related contracts and licenses. I help create and develop business strategies and touring opportunities for music and entertainment clients.
  • Favorite hobbies: Baseball, traveling and photography.
  • Three words to describe you: Charming, funny and sarcastic.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Being with my wife since we were 14 years old and my children.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself: I look like John Lennon or Jesus, but I have the personality of Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz."
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate: James LoMenzo
  • What scares you most about traveling: Foreign medical care being sub par.
  • What excites you most about traveling: New sights, sounds, smells and meeting new people. Plus, I like getting my passport stamped!
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: I don't foresee any.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: His pink suitcase! (He swears it's salmon.)
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Antarctica and the Himalayas – I can't think of anything more spectacular.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to make my children proud of me.

The Amazing Race 21

Race History

James & Abba's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China No Detour James 6 of 11 [1]
Abba
2 2 China → Indonesia Ice-by-the-Pound / Fish-by-the-Barrel James 6 of 10
3 3 Indonesia Lion's Head / Egg Head Abba 4 of 9
4 4 Indonesia → Bangladesh Used Fast Forward 1 of 8
5 5 Bangladesh Straw Dogs / Bamboo Jungle James 1 of 7
6 6 Bangladesh → Turkey Simit / Scrub It Abba 3 of 7
7 7 Turkey → Russia Alphabetized / Synchronized Abba 6 of 6 [2]
8 8 Russia Unknown Abba 6 of 6 [3]
Average 4.12
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: James & Abba initially arrived 4th, but were not allowed to check in because Abba's passport was amongst the items stolen by their cabbie during the Roadblock. As they tried to retrieve the passport, Abbie & Ryan and Josh & Brent checked in during this time, dropping James & Abba to last place. However, Leg 7 was a non-elimination leg and they were allowed to keep racing until they came to a point where they would need to produce their passports for international travel.
3: As they spent much of the Leg trying to retrieve Abba's passport or acquire a new one, James & Abba were only shown retrieving the Speed Bump clue and traveling to the task before arriving at the Pit Stop in last place and being eliminated. On the official website, Abba disclosed that he was able to complete the Roadblock, but it is unknown whether they attempted or completed the Detour.

Post-Race

Trivia

  • First team to run an entire leg without a team member's passport.

Interviews

Season 21

  • Kimberly Nordyke at The Hollywood Reporter (11/19/2012): "James and Abba on Their Stolen Passport and Why They Were in a Limo With a Priest"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (11/19/2012): "We'd Love to Know What the Cabbie Did with Our Bags"
  • Sheldon Sherman at Yakkity Yaks (11/19/2012): "The Amazing Race: The Yak Chats with James and Mark"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (11/19/2012): "Exclusive: James LoMenzo and Mark 'Abba' Abbattista talk The Amazing Race" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Reg Seeton at The Deadbolt (11/19/2012): "I ran the race with two broken legs"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (11/20/2012): "The Amazing Race 21: Exclusive Interview with James LoMenzo and Mark "Abba" Abbattista"
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (11/20/2012): "Elimination Interview: Abba and James"
  • Lindsay Zier-Vogel at CTV.ca (11/21/2012): "When the rockers were handed (passport-less) lemons, they made (vodka-spiked) lemonade"

Post-Show

  • Marah Eakin at A.V. Club (12/06/2013): "What's it like to be a contestant on The Amazing Race?"
  • Rob Cesternino & Jessica Liese (03/10/2014): "Amazing Race All-Stars Episode 3 Recap with Abba from TAR 21"

Social Media Profiles

References

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