Ari Bonias and Staella Gianakkos are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 12.

Despite finishing the Roadblock in 5th in Ireland, the donkey on the following task refused to move for them, allowing all of the other teams to pass them up. They are one of the few first outs to establish themselves as "villains" in only one leg, and are widely regarded as the most satisfying first elimination in the series.


These fun-loving friends are all about having a good time. They hope that their carefree approach to the Race will result in the $1 million prize.

These Racers met eight years ago and have been best friends ever since. There is rarely a quiet moment when you put them together. Ari works as a server in a restaurant and currently lives with Staella's family.

Ari is catty and not afraid to speak his mind, while Staella won't hesitate to flirt her way to the front of the pack. Staella describes herself as honest, trustworthy and caring. She enjoys working out and dancing. Ari describes himself as mean, rude and hilarious and enjoys dancing and talking trash to people.

Look for these two Racers to possibly ruffle some feathers of their fellow competitors while racing around the world but one thing is for certain, they'll have a blast doing it.

The Amazing Race 12

Race History

Ari & Staella's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ireland No Detour Staella 11 of 11
Average 11.00
     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 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
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn


  • Staella got married in January 2015, but she and Ari are still best friends.[1]


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