Azaria Azene and Hendekea Azene are a Brother/Sister team on The Amazing Race 12.

They started off the Race as a dominating powerhouse, winning three of the first four legs. However, Azaria's domineering attitude put a strain on their relationship, his control issues reaching their climax as they scrambled around the Vilnius airport, trying to book tickets to Croatia. Said tickets would prove to be their downfall, as the ticketing agent mistakenly printed them business class tickets instead of economy, and they were unable to switch before the plane left. Though delayed flights would put them within striking distance of the other teams, they were never able to catch up, and they went out in 6th.


This brother-sister Team has all the intelligence, wits and skills to win the Race, although their personality differences could be the X factor. She describes him as confrontational and emotional, while he describes her as irrational. Both are worried that the big brother/little sister power struggle will rear its ugly head during the Race.

Azaria lives in New Orleans where he works as a facilities engineer for offshore platforms. He enjoys playing sports, poker and building things. Azaria claims that the biggest difference between the two is he doesn't shy away from strenuous labor, while she is quite dainty. Hendekea moved to California several years ago and currently works as an aerospace engineer. She claims that he picked on her in high school, but now believes it was more of "a love/hate relationship." She describes herself as intelligent and honest.

These siblings just might have what it takes to carry them across the finish line, but they'll need to work together in order to reach that line.

The Amazing Race 12

Race History

Azaria & Hendekea's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ireland No Detour Azaria 1 of 11
2 2 Ireland → The Netherlands Hoist It / Hunt It Hendekea 5 of 10
3 3 The Netherlands → Burkina Faso Teach It / Learn It Azaria 1 of 9
4 4 Burkina Faso Shake Your Pan / Shake Your Booty Azaria 1 of 8
5 5 Burkina Faso → Lithuania Count Down / Step Up Hendekea 4 of 7
6 6 Lithuania → Croatia Short & Long / Long & Short Azaria 6 of 6
Average 3.00
     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


  • In the Unfinished Business premiere, it was revealed that Azaria was engaged to fellow Season 12 racer Christina.
    • They got married in March 2011 and have since had had a child together.


  • Azaria & Hendekea are the first team to be eliminated in Croatia.
  • Highest Average of all teams in Season 12, 3.00.
  • Lowest placing team to have the highest average of all teams in their season, 6th Place.

External links


  • Jed Dreben at (12/10/2007): "Azaria & Hendekea's 'Amazing' Mistake"
  • Christopher Roochio at Reality TV World (12/10/2007): "Interview: The Amazing Race's Azaria and Hendekea Azene dish"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (12/10/2007): "Exclusive Interview: Azaria and Hendekea, From The Amazing Race"
  • Derrik J. Lang at AP (12/101/2007): "Siblings eliminated on Amazing Race"
  • Mark at Reality Wanted (12/12/2007): "Interview with Azaria and Hendekea of The Amazing Race 12"
  • Rochell D. Thomas at TV Guide (12/13/2007): "Forbidden Ticket Landed Them Off the Map"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (12/13/2007): "That was the Leg Where it All Fell Apart"
  • Eric Goldman at (12/20/2007): "Amazing Race Interview - TK & Rachel"

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