If you’ve been following the latest information on the upcoming Challenge season, you’ll know that there are some people who were almost a part of the cast, but ended up not showing up. This is common, and it happens every season. Throughout Challenge history there have been people who were part of the cast, but ended up not appearing on the show. Let’s check out some people who were almost on the cast.
Extreme Challenge– Kathryn from Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour was contacted but declined.
Battle of the Seasons (2002)– This is such an old challenge that there’s not too much known about it. Of course, Mike mentioned on the reunion that Lori from Back to new York was originally supposed to be his partner, but her fear of flying after 9/11 prevented her. There’s also rumors that Ruthie and Colin would have represented Hawaii, but Colin backed out.
Battle of the Sexes– Another challenge were there isn’t much known. Cara from Chicago was rumored to be part of the cast but was never actually part of the show.
The Gauntlet– For starters, the season was supposed to be filmed in Rhode Island, but production was unable to settle on a location. Vince from Road Rules Islands was supposed to be part of the cast. Jisela was also supposed to be on the cast and backed out.
The Inferno– It’s a fairly well known fact that Piggy was on this cast, but left early. You can see her in a couple of the opening scenes (Road Rules team on the boat heading to the beach, Dave explaining the rules). Christena replaced her, which is why you can see Syrus helping her with her bags on the first episode. It’s also rumored that Tonya was a replacement for The Real World team, but was never needed.
Battle of the Sexes 2- Jisela backed out of this season, eventually being replaced with Kina. At the time, Beth was a rumored replacement, but that would have created an uneven number of Real World and Road Rules girls (the horror)! Patrick from Road Rules Extreme was supposed to be on the cast, but backed out as well. Donnell from Road Rules South Pacific was rumored to be part of the cast, but was never on the show.
The Inferno 2– The only known information is that Beth was called in as a replacement prior to filming, meaning a girl dropped. Puck was also rumored to be on this cast but was demanding a ridiculous amount of money just to appear and was never cast.
The Gauntlet 2– Coral and Trishelle expressed interest, but never showed up because they were filming a show called Battle of the Network Reality Stars which aired on Bravo! I believe. Raquel from Road Rules Campus Crawl and Jamie from Real World San Diego were also supposed to be on this cast.
The Duel-Julie from Real World New Orleans was going to be on this cast but backed out. Evelyn wanted to do this season but dropped due to illness. Linette from Fresh meat was contacted about this season. Sarah from Real World Philadelphia was also interested, but couldn’t attend due to a family commitment.
The Inferno 3- Rumor has it Johnny from Fresh Meat was going to be on this season, but had to drop.
The Gauntlet 3– Jenn was supposed to be on the cast, but dropped a week before filming. Svetlana was also on the cast, and dropped shortly before departure. Janelle was a replacement, and the other was likely Melinda.
The Island– Potential replacements for this season were Kendal, Aneesa, Big Easy and Alton. None were used.
The Duel 2– Despite rumors, Coral was never part of this cast. However, Dan from Road Rules Viewers Revenge was but he was replaced by Ryan.
The Ruins– Devyn from Brooklyn was briefly supposed to be part of this cast, but dropped. Cara from Road Rules South Pacific was also a part of the cast but was replaced by Susie. Alton was a potential replacement for the guys. It was also rumored that production considered casting CT, but other cast members threatened to drop if he was cast after what he did to Adam on The Duel 2.
Fresh Meat 2– Jonna forgot her passport and was replaced by Evelyn. Ruthie and Cohutta were potential replacements.
Cutthroat– Kenny, Danny J., and Bronne were also part of the cast at one point or another but ended up being replaced. I believe Derrick and Luke were used as replacements.
Rivals– Katie was supposed to be Sarah’s partner, but decided not to go because she had other obligations. Ryan L. and Preston from RW: New Orleans (2010) were rumored, but Ryan didn’t want Preston as a partner.
Battle of the Exes– Casey was supposed to be Johnny’s partner at first, but was replaced by Camila last minute. Ryan and Davis were going to be the same-sex male couple to balance Rachel and Aneesa, but one of them had to drop. Coral was asked and would have been partners with Abe (who was technically was not exes Cara Maria during filming). Adam Royer was supposed to be on the cast with Nany, but he failed his psychological testing. Alton and Irulan were contacted but at least one was not interested. Landon and Shavonda were contacted but at least one was not interested. Cooke was also considered, but was never included in the cast.
Battle of the Seasons (2012)– I think this cast has the most potentials. Real World Las Vegas was supposed to include Frank and Arissa while Vegas 2 would have included Cooke and Leroy. Leroy dropped, and the teams were merged. There was a rumored Road Rules team which would have included any combination of: Katie, Rachel, Susie, Derrick, Shane, and Darrell. There was also a rumored San Diego 1 team which would have included Brad, Robin, Cameran, and Randy. Of course, there’s also the Sydney team that was flown to Turkey and left for unknown complications with one cast member. The team would have been Dunbar, Isaac, Ashli, and Kellyanne. They were replaced with the Fresh Meat team which was going to include Carley and not Cara Maria. Hence why Cara Maria’s jersey in early episode has her name taped onto the back. There were also cast members from represented teams that were tested and could have been alternatives. These people include Emilee and Nehemiah. Additionally, production attempted to form a DC team, which would have included Emily, but there wasn’t enough interest.
Rivals 2– While many were considered, it is known that Averey and Nia were asked to be a part of the cast but Nia was too busy with her book. Tyler was supposed to be Leroy’s partner but production swapped him out for Ty at the last minute because Ty supposedly produces more drama. Susie and Tori mentioned being asked for this Challenge in its early stages of production, likely before the Rivals theme was solidified.
Free Agents– Kellyanne dropped out last minute. Knight was going to be on this Challenge but was dropped because of his antics on the Rivals 2 reunion. Brad was considering doing this Challenge, but did not because he and Tori don’t like the direction MTV is moving toward.
Battle of the Exes 2- Danny and Melinda were asked and initially accepted but had to decline in the weeks leading to the Challenge. Jenny from Real World Ex-Plosion was contacted but declined out of respect to Brian. Cory was asked an accepted, as was Lauren who declined. Brian declined because he was no longer Jenny’s ex. Robb and Marie were asked and while Marie accepted Robb did not want to appear on Exes out of respect to his finance and due to work commitments. Casey, Trisha, and Svetlana were all contacted to be Bananas partner but declined. Frank and Alexandra from Real World San Diego declined their offers. Averey, Diem, and Heather M. were all asked to participate and initially declined. Eventually Diem and Averey changed their minds while Heather never did. Shanley from Are You the One? accepted an invitation to the Challenge but her partner Chris T. declined. Sahar and Erik, Darrell and Rachel R., and Trey and Laura all accepted but were ultimately not used. Trey and Laura were alternates because of the decision to include Are You the One? and because Trey were injured a couple of weeks prior to filming. Cohutta was an alternate, but Nany was paired with Bananas. Brandon Swift agreed to be on the cast, with Jasmine as a partner, but she declined. Cast members have credited her declining as the reason Are You the One? was ultimately cast.
Battle of the Bloodlines: Marie from St. Thomas accepted a spot on the cast, but a change in job caused her to back out. Nia was also on the cast, but production decided to go in a different direction. This resulted in Jenna and Christina being cast. Production also really wanted CT and Faith Brown to be on the cast, but CT declined and Faith has an internship. Emilee Fitzpatrick was close to making the final cut with her biological sister (she’s adopted), but were not cast. Many other people were considered, but bloodlines limited their availability.
If you know any information I didn’t include, please comment below!