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Tony Paolo, Marion Paolo, DJ Paolo, and Brian Paolo are a team of Dad, Mom and Kids on The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

Though the Paolo Family constantly fought and bickered amongst themselves, particularly Marion and DJ, they nevertheless emerged as a strong team after initially struggling in the first few legs. On the eighth leg, however, they made the fatal mistake of not stopping to ask for directions to the Grand Canyon, not knowing that they took a longer route than the other teams to get there, while getting stuck in traffic along the way, causing them to fall to the back of the pack and resulting in their elimination in 5th place.


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Tony and Marion Paolo, from Carmel, New York, are the proud parents of two sons, DJ and Brian. The bickering is constant for these lovable New Yorkers.

Tony, 52, is a sanitation worker in New York City. He describes himself as hardworking and charismatic and says the most exciting moment of his life was coming to the United States from Italy. Marion, 52, is a proud homemaker who considers herself to be persevering and hard-headed. Marion's pet peeve about Tony is that he lets his sons get away with too much.

DJ, 24, works in the title report production. Spontaneous and stubborn, DJ admits to having a fear of heights as well as a big mouth. His brother, Brian, 16, is entering his senior year of high school. Brian is painfully embarrassed by his family and is convinced he's the only sane one in the bunch. Neither son thinks their mother will be able to last long on the Race.

No matter how much picking and nagging goes on amongst this foursome, the Paolos are ready to put all that aside for the chance to win $1 million.[1]

The Amazing Race: Family Edition

Race History

The Paolo Family's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania Build It / Buggy It No Roadblock 6 of 10
2 2 Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia Heat of the Battle / Heat of the Night DJ 8 of 9
3 3 Virginia → South Carolina → Alabama Forrest Gump / Muddy Waters Tony & Brian 6 of 8
4 4 Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana Work / Play DJ 2 of 7
5 5 Louisiana → Panama Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
6 6 Panama → Costa Rica Relic / Ripe Marion 1 of 6>
7 7 Costa Rica → Arizona Brush / Barrel DJ 4 of 5
8 Arizona Bearing / Bailing Brian 5 of 5
Average 4.13
     The team keep racing
     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 or keep racing on a No-Rest 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


  • In March 2011, Brian and Marion appeared on an episode of House Hunters to help Brian find a condominium unit after graduating from college.[2]


External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (11/09/2005): "Feisty Paolos Lost The Race"
  • Jenn Brasler at RealityNewsOnline (11/10/2005): "We are Fighting in a Nicer Way"
  • Rochelle D. Thomas on TV Guide Online (11/14/2005): "Amazing Race's Paolo Clan Peters Out"

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