MTV’S “THE CHALLENGE” UPDATE: EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF

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If you have never watched Real World or the departed Road Rules or any of the challenges, which have forced previous contestants on those shows to do ridiculously physical and often times absurd and gross things, then let’s face it…you have done your life wrong.  And, I am fairly certain that we can never be friends.  Now, I don’t watch Real World anymore (and Road Rules doesn’t exist), but that doesn’t mean I don’t continue watching the challenges.  One, because they are awesome, two because I have been watching for some many years that (as sad as it is to say), I am emotionally involved in these people’s lives, and three because of CT.  Plus, who doesn’t want to watch 20 and 30 year olds act absolutely ridiculous and make horrible decisions.

If you have never watched before, then here is the basic premise.  A group of people live together in a house in some awesome location.  Every few days they are forced to do some sort of challenge.  This could involve climbing things, answering trivia questions, eat gross food, etc.  Literally anything.  The whole point is to win the challenge.  Usually there is a guy and a girl winner.  After each challenge, there is an elimination round where two people are forced to compete against each other.  The winner gets to stay and the loser gets sent packing.  In between the challenges, there is a lot of drinking, a lot of arguing, and a lot of inappropriate behavior.  Oh, also, the whole point is to get to the end so that you can win the big prize money.  Are you sold yet?

The challenges have been airing for 16 years and this is the show’s 25th season.  While most seasons involve some sort of team component or partners, this year MTV is switching it up.  There will be no partners and no teams.  Each person is on their own.  Further, unlike previous seasons, each week a random draw will select one male contestant and one female contestant to head into the elimination round against contestants chosen by that week’s winner.  It will be interesting to see how alliances play into this season.

Here are is the list of contestants.  I have highlighted some of my favorites, but I won’t tell you whether I love them or I love to hate them.

THE GUYS:

CT — Real World: Paris (2003)
Swift — The Real World: St. Thomas (2012)
Dustin — The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Johnny Bananas — The Real World: Key West (2006)
Leroy — The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Frank — The Real World: San Diego (2011)
Isaac — The Real World: Sydney (2007)
Zach — The Real World: San Diego (2011)
Cohutta — The Real World: Sydney (2007)
Johnny — The Real World: Portland (2013)
Jordan — The Real World: Portland (2013)
Chet — The Real World: Brooklyn (2009)
Preston — The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
Brandon — The Challenge: Fresh Meat II (2010)

THE GIRLS:

Jemmye — The Real Wold: New Orleans (2010)
Laurel — The Challenge: Fresh Meat II (2010)
Devyn — The Real World: Brooklyn (2009)
Cara Maria — The Challenge: Fresh Meat II (2010)
Nia — The Real World: Portland (2003)
Nany — The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
LaToya — The Real World: St. Thomas (2012)
Emilee — The Real World: Cancun (2009)
Jessica — The Real World: Portland (2013)
Aneesa — The Real World: Chicago (2002)
Camila — Spring Break Challenge (2010)
Jasmine — The Real World: Cancun (2009)
Theresa — The Challenge: Fresh Meat II (2010)
Jonna — The Real World: Cancun (2009)

Buzzfeed has an exclusive first trailer of The Challenge: Free Agents.  You can see it here:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/mtv-the-challenge-free-agents-trailer

The Challenge:  Free Agents premieres on April 10th on MTV.

-LJ

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