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John Vito Pietanza and Jill Aquilino are a Dating team on The Amazing Race 3 and a Formerly Dating team on The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

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Retrieved from CBS.com

We're very competitive, but through it all we're always kind to each other and bring out the best.

John Vito, 28, a Government Bond Trader, and Jill, 24, a business consultant with Cap Gemini Ernest and Young, are both originally from Staten Island, New York. John Vito still lives there, but Jill currently resides in Manhattan. They met three years ago after a group of their friends spent many late summer nights hanging out and going to night clubs. They have been romantically involved for almost a year.

The tragic events of September 11 personally and deeply affected both John Vito and Jill. Her older brother F.T., who was also John Vito's best friend, was working on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center as a Vice President for Cantor Fitzgerald. Jill had applied for the show's first installment with her brother, and after her devastating loss she decided to reapply in tribute to his memory. "After losing him on 9/11, I felt I should apply for the show again, and this time, who should be a better runner up than his best friend?" Their motto is to live life to the fullest, and as John Vito says, "the opportunity of traveling the world with Jill is the greatest reward."

Jill describes herself as spontaneous, intelligent and sensitive, while John Vito describes himself as detail-oriented, decisive and organized. They both love physical activities and spending time with their family and friends. Jill is most looking forward to leaving behind the day-to-day routines of life, her cell phone and email. John Vito is excited to learn about different cultures and people.

They feel that their combination of wits and brawn will help land them the coveted prize of $1 million. Her birth date is November 13. His birth date is August 3.[1]

We're very competitive, but through it all we're always kind to each other and bring out the best.

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • John Vito: My previous travel experience has been for either business or relaxation. The type of adventures we will encounter on this Race will be the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • Jill: My previous travel experience involves traveling to Europe on multiple occasions. During one trip I backpacked with a friend for six weeks and traveled to 14 different cities. On another trip I traveled throughout Europe for three weeks with my sister.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • John Vito: I feel that the most stressful aspect of traveling is the possibility of being lost in a foreign place.
  • Jill: Getting lost in unknown parts of the world.

What is the most important item in your backpack, and why?

  • John Vito: I feel the most important item in my backpack is a compass. We are hoping this will allow us to rely less on luck.
  • Jill: The most important item is not in my backpack, it is on my wrist. A few months after September 11th a charity organization sent family members of victims from the WTC silver bracelets with their loved one's name engraved on it. I've been wearing it ever since receiving it, and it is just one more way I feel close to my brother every day.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • John Vito: THE AMAZING RACE is an exciting opportunity to travel the world and participate in adventures I would otherwise never experience. To experience this opportunity with Jill is the greatest reward.
  • Jill: I applied to the first season of THE AMAZING RACE with my brother, but never heard back. After losing him 9/11 in the WTC, I wanted to do the Race on his behalf and with his best friend. I know the reason JV and I have gotten this far is because we have my brother on our side, making this all possible.

Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?

  • John Vito: Jill & I traveled to Costa Rica this past March. It was our first vacation together and was the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. We hiked to a beautiful waterfall, went canopying across the forest top and spent hours relaxing by the pool.
  • Jill: JV and I traveled to Costa Rica in March. It was our first vacation and also the first time we were able to experience many adventurous act ivies together. We cannot wait to see what is in store for us throughout the entire Race.

What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?

  • John Vito: My biggest fear would be a bad decision that would cause us to be eliminated. We are so excited to travel the world, and would be extremely disappointed if we didn't make it to the finish line.
  • Jill: Losing.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • John Vito: I am generally an organized person in both my actions and thoughts. In a race such as this it can be positive and negative. Being organized will help us to develop a concise plan and avoid careless mistakes. It may also waste valuable time.
  • Jill: I am a quick thinker, can read situations clearly and I am very spontaneous. I feel at times I can be impatient, but hopefully this will turn out to be a strength during the Race.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • John Vito: Jill is the smartest and most energetic person I know. This combination of brains and energy, along with her spontaneity, will lead us to the finish line.
  • Jill: JV is full of strengths. Along with his physical strength, mentally he is extremely intelligent, very organized, responsible and full of patience. I do not think he brings any weaknesses to our Team.

What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?

  • John Vito: Family and friends.
  • Jill: My family and friends.

What languages do you speak?

  • John Vito: I speak a limited amount of Spanish. I studied Spanish in high school and practiced the language on my vacation to Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Jill: I understand and speak a limited amount of Italian.

What destination are you hoping to visit?

What country do you feel best prepared for?

  • John Vito: I don't feel best prepared for any specific country. I am prepared to take this Race one leg at a time and will give it my all.
  • Jill: Mentally, I am prepared for all countries; however, having traveled to various cities in Italy, I feel I am the best prepared for that country.[2]

Season 3's John Vito and Jill are back for another chance at winning the million dollar prize. What's different this time around? These former lovebirds are no longer romantically involved. Changing the dynamic of their relationship allows them to focus all of their efforts on running the best Race possible. Both individuals are fierce competitors and know they have the skills and experience necessary to win.

John Vito, a trader in New York City, and Jill, a product controller, both originally from Staten Island, New York, currently reside in Manhattan. Jill describes herself as spontaneous, intelligent and sensitive, while John Vito describes himself as detail-oriented, decisive and organized. They both love physical activities and spending time with their family and friends.

Both John Vito and Jill share the tragic memory from the loss of Jill's older brother F.T., who was also John Vito's best friend. F.T. was working on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center as a Vice President for Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2001. Jill had originally applied for the show's first installment with her brother, and after her devastating loss she decided to reapply in tribute to his memory and ran the Race in Season 3 with his best friend John Vito.

This time around they mean business and are back to prove that that they can Race with the best of them. Both are driven, competitive and motivated. They feel that this combination along with their wits and brawn will help land them the coveted prize of $1 million.[3]

The Amazing Race 3

Race History

John Vito & Jill's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Mexico Wings / Wheels No Roadblock 5 of 12
2 2 Mexico Man Power / Horse Power John Vito 7 of 11 [1]
3 3 Mexico → United Kingdom Punt / Bike Jill 7 of 10
4 4 United Kingdom → Portugal Old School / New School John Vito 6 of 9
5 5 Portugal → Spain → Morocco Ropes / Slopes John Vito 4 of 8
6 6 Morocco Now You See It / Now You Don't Jill 5 of 7
7 7 Morocco → Germany → Austria → Germany Sled / Skate Jill 3 of 6
8 8 Germany → Switzerland Count the Money / Run the Numbers John Vito 5 of 5
9 9 Switzerland Used Fast Forward 1 of 5
10 Switzerland → Malaysia → Singapore Dry / Wet John Vito 5 of 5
Average 4.80
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 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

Notes:
1: John Vito & Jill attempted Man Power for the Detour before switching to Horse Power.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Race History

John Vito & Jill's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ecuador Wrangle It / Recover It No Roadblock 11 of 11
Average 11.00
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 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

Post-Race

  • In post-game interviews after All-Stars, John Vito and Jill stated they had broken up a couple of years prior to returning.
    • They never started dating again after All-Stars but remain friends.
  • Jill is now married to David Walton.
    • In September 2013, she gave birth to their first child - son Maddox.

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • John Vito & Jill are the first team to be eliminated in Singapore and the first team to be eliminated in Ecuador.
  • First team of Exes to compete on a returning racers season.
  • First team eliminated on a returning racers season.
  • First team to be eliminated twice in their career.

External links

Interviews

Season 3

  • Donna Petrozzello at New York Daily News (09/09/2002): "Path to reality show 'Amazing' & tragic"
  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (12/05/2002): "Jill And John Vito Lost And Out"
  • FansOfRealityTV (12/05/2002): "Our Interview with John Vito & Jill"
  • CBS.com (2002): "After the Race"
  • Phil Kural at RealityNewsOnline (01/09/2003): "The Amazing 3: Interview with John Vito & Jill"

All-Stars

  • Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (02/20/2007): "INTERVIEW: John Vito and Jill talk about their Amazing adventure"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (02/20/2007): "Exclusive Interview: John Vito & Jill, First Team Eliminated on The Amazing Race All-Stars"
  • Eric Goldman at IGN (02/21/2007): "Amazing Race: All-Stars Interview: John Vito and Jill"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff on RealityNewsOnline (02/21/2007): "We Gave It Our All"

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