Dennis Frentsos and Erika Shay are a Once Engaged team on The Amazing Race 5.

In reaction to a confrontation with the other teams at LAX, Dennis tried to show that he wasn't a scumbag by giving up their cab to Colin & Christie outside the meat warehouse, allowing the latter team to survive and thrive but dooming them to an 11th place finish.


Dennis & Erika met while they were in college at New York University. She was the Resident Assistant in charge of his floor, and it was completely against the rules for her to date the dorm residents. They found their way around this by booking a trip to Italy together, even though they barely knew each other. Their relationship progressed and they eventually got engaged, but Dennis broke off the engagement after Erika went skydiving naked. As Dennis describes it, "I thought I was dreaming, but no, here comes my future wife floating through the air with nothing on but socks and sneakers and a naked instructor strapped to her back."

Dennis & Erika's relationship has been through a lot. Six months after they started dating, Dennis saved Erika's life by pulling her free from a vicious dog attack. After that, Erika knew that she was in love.

In order to prepare for THE AMAZING RACE 5, Dennis & Erika worked out and trained by running in low-oxygen chambers. They say despite their broken engagement, they teamed up to do the Race "to see if we could handle the pressure of high-stress, intense situations." Erika says they are the perfect Team because "we know how to play a cutthroat game fairly and ethically."

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Dennis & Erika's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Uruguay Zips / Chips No Roadblock 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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield


  • The couple broke-up sometime in the early 2010s.
  • After the season, Erika has been a casting director for both this show and Survivor.
  • Erika co-owns the gym business ESP Wellness with Survivor contestant Parvati Shallow.[1]


External links


  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide (07/12/2004): "Amazing Race's First Losers"
  • Phil Kural at RealityNewsOnline (07/13/2004): "It's so much harder than it looks!"

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