Brandon Davidson and Claudia Nicole O'Brian are a team of Dating Models on The Amazing Race 5.

Dedicated Christians, they would repeatedly pray for God to help them win. Despite being solid racers, they were repeatedly overshadowed by the big personalities and storylines that made up the season. They made the Final 3, where they finished third due to being stuck on the same flight with Colin & Christie, but not having an aggressive driver to help them keep pace.


Brandon & Nicole met just over a year ago at a Bridal Extravaganza in Houston, Texas. As reigning Miss Texas, she was there to model a new bridal gown, while Brandon was there as her escort on the runway. Right after the bridal show ended, Brandon got her telephone number, and they've been dating ever since. Both consider themselves very religious and spiritual people and describe their relationship as God-centered.

Brandon, a Texas A&M alum, is now a model and has lived in various big cities, including New York, Miami and Houston, while Nicole currently lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing an acting career. Nicole's proudest accomplishments have been winning Miss Texas USA 2003 and being the second runner up at Miss USA 2003.

Brandon & Nicole's primary motivation for being on THE AMAZING RACE 5 is to win the $1 million prize, but they also look forward to spending more time together, since their careers have kept them apart.

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Brandon & Nicole's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Uruguay Zips / Chips No Roadblock 6 of 11
2 2 Uruguay → Argentina Perro / Tango Brandon 1 of 10
3 3 Argentina Smooth Sailing / Rough Riding Brandon 3 of 9
4 4 Argentina → Russia Block 5 Shots / Drink 1 Shot Nicole 5 of 8
5 5 Russia → Egypt Rock & Roll / Hump & Ride Brandon 3 of 7
6 6 Egypt Herd It / Haul It Brandon 4 of 7
7 7 Egypt → Kenya → Tanzania Buzzing / Busy Brandon 4 of 6
8 8 Tanzania → United Arab Emirates Off Plane / Off Road Brandon 2 of 5 [1]
9 9 United Arab Emirates → India Heavy but Short / Light but Long Brandon 5 of 5
10 10 India → New Zealand Clean / Dirty Brandon 3 of 5
11 11 New Zealand → The Philippines Plow / Fowl Brandon 3 of 4
12 12 The Philippines Unknown Brandon 1 of 4 [2]
13 The Philippines → Canada → United States Slide / Ride Brandon 3 of 3 [3]
Average 3.31
     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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: Leg 8 had an unaired Roadblock that involved buying and delivering nuts. In a post-race interview, fellow Season 5 team Linda & Karen stated that the men in the co-ed teams completed all the Roadblocks following the caviar Roadblock in Leg 4.[1]
2: Leg 12 had a Detour, however all teams were shown performing the same task, and was aired as a miscellaneous task.
3: Leg 13 had a unaired Roadblock that involved pitching a tepee. Brandon has been confirmed to have completed the task.[2]


  • A few years after the race, Brandon & Nicole broke up.
    • Nicole got married in 2014.
    • Brandon is married and has three children.


  • Brandon is tied with Chip for most roadblocks done in a single race with both men doing eleven each.
    • This record is unlikely to be broken due to rule changes forcing each partner to perform at least 5 Roadblocks during the course of the race.

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (09/22/2004): "Race Ends with Proposal"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (09/30/2004): "Pray for TAR's Brandon and Nicole"

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