Challenges That Could Have Been

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.

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Challenge 2000- Colin from Real World Hawaii was asked but claimed he was not interested in Challenges.

Extreme Challenge– Kathryn from Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour was contacted but declined. Colin was also asked for this season. Elka was considered.

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. Jo and Puck were considered for RW: San Fran’s team but dropped out or were dropped. Early spoiler sites reported Heather G. to be Norman’s parter and Christina P. to be Chadwick’s partner. Unsure whether or not they were ever asked.

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. Keri from Chicago and Becky from New York were cast at one point but did not make the final 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. Malik and Timmy agreed at one point but were not used.

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. Dan Renzi was initially on the cast but was replaced with Syrus.

Battle of the Sexes 2- Jisela backed out of this season, eventually being replaced with Kina. Beth was cast for this season and dropped, being replaced by Cynthia. 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. Coral and Melissa were in the cast but dropped and were replaced by Rachel and Beth.

The Gauntlet 2– This season was supposed to be Old School vs. New School, explaining why Jamie was on the rookies team despite have two prior Challenge appearances. Eric Nies was heavily pursued for this season, but declined. 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! Trishelle considered doing this show instead because Coral would not be on it, hence why she was a host on BONeRS.. Raquel from Road Rules Campus Crawl, Patrick and Angela from X-treme, and Shavonda from Philly all accepted invitations but later dropped. This season was the start of people dropping out due to casting decisions. Namely, Rachel and Veronica dropped due to Beth and Julie being cast. Then, Tina dropped due to Rachel and Veronica dropping. Irulan dropped due to Alton being cast. Wes, Danny, Melinda, and Johanna were all asked due to the instability of this cast, even though their RW season just finished filming two weeks prior, but were not ultimately 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– Brooke accepted her invitation at first, then dropped. Aneesa was asked to replace her, but declined so Paula was asked. Potential replacements for this season were Kendal, Big Easy and Alton. None were used.

The Duel 2– Despite rumors, Coral was never part of this cast. However, Dan and David L. from Road Rules Viewers Revenge was but he was replaced by Dave M. who then backed out, so 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. Carley was asked and accepted, but was not used.

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. Ayiiia and Cara Maria were an alternate team and LaToya and Laura were another alternate team, ultimately Cara Maria was used as a replacement. Susie, Ruthie 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. Heather Cooke accepted her initial invitation, but had to decline weeks before filming. 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. Heather Marter accepted at first, but declined when she found out Dustin was on the cast. Susie was going to do this season but backed after reading the contract. Tyler dropped out of this cast or was dropped at the last minute, and it is rumored Paula was on the cast but dropped when Tyler dropped. Trey, Nehemiah, Joi, and Averey were all alternates.

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 was 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, however the following people accepted and had willing bloodlines: Brad and his brother, Layton Jones and his cousin, Derek Chavez and his cousin, Mandi and her brother, Britney B. and her brother. Laurel initially accepted the invitation for this show, but later dropped out. Jay, Jessica Andreatta, and Mark Long all accepted initial availability calls but were not cast.

Rivals 3- Hunter Barfield was originally going to be paired with Britni Thornton, but production did not end up using them, they likely would have been alternates instead of Nelson and Amanda. Bruno Bettencourt and Sylvia both initially accepted then later declined, presumably they would have been partners. Derek Chavez and Mandi Moyer accepted invitations but were not cast.

Invasion– Dylan Moore and Emilee Fitzpatrick were alternates and flew to Thailand, but were never used. Sam and Derrick K. were also alternates. Apparently, Ibis also accepted an invite to this show. Dione, Trey, Shane Raines, Averey and Nate S. (AYTO2) accepted invites but were dropped, Nate later being cast for AYTO:Second Chances.

Champs Vs. Pros– Nehamiah was first believed to be on this cast, even doing testing, but was not used. Frank S. and Laurel were invited but declined.

XXX: Dirty ThirtyProduction originally wanted this season to be a season where couples (alumni and significant other) were paired, but there wasn’t enough interest. Jamie L. from Ex-Plosion was considered for this formate as was Beth. Alicia from Are You the One? 5 was invited and initially on the cast but had to back out due to medical issues and was replaced by Jenna. Coral initially accepted her invitation but backed out prior to filming. Averey, Anna Stack, Tyara, and Nate S. accepted an invitation but was not included in the final cast. Jonna and Cara Z. also agreed at one point but were not included in the final cast. Jay was asked and accepted, then had to drop due to prior commitments. Shane L. and Jasmine were asked to be on this cast, both likely declined.

 

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30 thoughts on “Challenges That Could Have Been

  1. Jamie ( RW San Diego) was rumored to be on Gauntlet 2.
    Ruthie was rumored for Freshmeat 1
    David (RR Viewers Revenge) was rumored for Duel 2 but production thought he might reveal spoilers.
    Beth (RW LA) was rumored for Duel 2 but was pregnant
    Mike (RW DC) was rumored for Cutthroat but dropped last minute
    Kellyanne and Cohutta, Knight and Jeymme were speculated for Battle of the Exes but were not used
    Team DC for Battle of the Seasons was supposed to be Ty, Josh, Emily, and Ashley or Callie but Callie was pregnant at the time and Ashley wanted to focus on his career

    • Dan, thank you! I remember Jamie being speculated for Gauntlet 2 now that you mention it. Ruthie was an alternate for Fresh Meat but never ended up needing to be used. I really appreciate you posting though.

      David, thank you for posting as well. Never heard that about Evan but it wouldn’t surprise me.

      • You’re welcome! I think a lot of these challenges might of been different if some of these people or teams were on these challenges. Especially if a team DC was on Battle of the Seasons 2.

  2. Also Preston and Ryan (RW Back to New Orleans) were supposed to be on Rivals 1 but were dropped for Leroy and Adam then Mike because Ryan dropped out.

  3. Evan was rumored to be a replacement cast member on ‘The Island’ after Dave (RW: Hollywood) quit in the second episode.

  4. Here are a few extras that I always seem to forget.

    Danny and Melinda both agreed to Battle of the Exes but Melinda dropped out because of her job.
    Brad and Tori were both contacted for Battle of the Exes but both declined because of their jobs.
    Tori was also contacted and agreed to Rivals 2 but was dropped for Jeymme.
    Johnnie (Freshmeat 1) was rumored of being on Inferno 3 instead of Kenny.

      • Yeah really, I wonder if it’s because of the Road Rules shutout. No Road Rules alum has appear since Mark and Rachel did on the first exes. Also in the Battle of the Seasons 2012, The producers could have put a Road Rules Campus Crawl team together with Rachel, Darrell, Shane (as you listed), and maybe Kendall if she was willing.

    • I’m so happy Johnnie never appeared on another Challenge after Fresh Meat. He was a terrible competitor who barely tried and then had the nerve to use Tonya as a scapegoat for daring to select him (when she would have been much better off with almost all of the guys she passed on to take his bloated corpse); when he said he wished he’d had another partner, I said right away “He’ll never appear in a Challenge again” and so far, so good.

      • Clearly you never had Tonya as a partner 2. Outside of the Austin kids she was the marked person on the show not to mention Tonya shot her and Johnnie in the foot when she told everybody about Wes’ plan and ruining her and Johnnie’s chance in allies. I doubt anyone would have any success with Tonya (or any of the Austin kids outside of Wes). I wonder if he heard Tonya was also going to be there and said Nope not doing it anymore. Castmates said the casting director calls and doesn’t tell who going to be with but it doesn’t stop the castmates from contacting each other. I would have like to see how he would have been maybe better, worse, or the same as his Fresh Meat performance. I guess we’re never know.

  5. Susie was also thinking about doing Rivals 2 but ended up being dropped, as well as Ruthie. They were initially casting for another format, although Ruthie could have (and likely would have) been partnered up with Anessa had Diem not finished her chemo.

    KA dropped out of Exes, and Cohutta was also contacted. Ayiiia/Cara Maria were a team for Rivals 2, and Laura Waller and Ashley Kelsey were alternates.

  6. There was also a rumor that Battle of the seasons was originally going to be 12 teams of Real World

    Las Vegas: Alton, Arissa, Frank (Backed out), Trishelle
    San Diego: Brad, Cameron, Randy (Back out), Robin
    Austin: Danny, Lacey, Melinda, Wes, (Alternate Nehemiah)
    Denver: Colie(Declined), Davis, Jenn(Declined), Tyrie
    Sydney: Ashli, Dunbar, Issac, Kellyanne
    Brooklyn: Chet, Devyn, JD, Sarah
    Cancun: CJ, Derek, Jasmine, Jonna, (Alternate Emilee)
    DC: Ashley (Backed Out or Callie (Backed out), Emily, Josh, Ty (Alternate Mike)
    Back to New Orleans: Jeymme, Knight, Mckenzie, Preston, (Alternate Ashlee)
    Back to Las Vegas: Cooke, Dustin, Leroy, Nany
    Back to San Diego: Ashley, Frank, Sam, Zach, (Alternate Nate)
    St Thomas: Laura, Marie, Robb, Trey, (Alternates Latoya and Swift)

  7. It would make sense that Ryan was the one who dropped on Exes 1. If it was Davis, Tyler could’ve been brought in as a replacement. Really wish they competed though. 😦

  8. I think Toyna should have replaced Julie after Julie nearly killed Veronica in the Inferno and Raquel or Jamie should have replaced Jo. I also heard Michelle from RR:Europe was called on Battle of the Seasons but declined and either Mallory from Paris or Jamie from San Diego was suppose to do Battle of the Sexes 2 but got a call from their agent about a gig. Also David should have done Rivals 2.

  9. Svetlana called for Banana’s EX Really? Also Trisha as in Real World Sydney and she was also a Banana EX? Man he gets around.

  10. Wow, thanks for the credit guys! This is totally a list that I have compiled that was ripped off of the websites I’ve so kindly shared it on. In the future please give credit where credit is due because compiling this information took me hours upon hours.

  11. Laurel was supposed to be on bloodlines with her cousin but declines last minute due to a new medical clause in the contract. Then comes Christina and Emily

  12. “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. ”

    This is not true. Nia has said on Twitter that she accepted but Averey declined since Averey didn’t want to be with Nia.

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