Challenge 26 Speculation

It’s July. Free Agents is over. The Real World should start filming soon, but there’s nothing new airing. Just because we don’t see something on TV doesn’t mean the cogs aren’t turning.

So I’ve decided to get the speculation started. Keep in mind, this is mere speculation. Nothing is official until filming starts. Even then, the cast can change (like Team Sydney’s mysterious departure on Battle of the Seasons), so don’t get too excited if you see a name you like and don’t get too mad if you see a name you hate. The cast is slated to depart in early August (likely around the 5th).

It is heavily speculated that this season will be Battle of the Exes 2. The cast seemingly knows that it will be Exes 2, and the availability calls seems to support the notion that this is Exes 2.

Also, we’re talking in terms of people who were called by production. Getting a first-round call simply means production was inquiring of your interest in The Challenge. A second round call means production may want to move forward with bringing you onto The Challenge.

I will italicize recent updates.

So without further ado…

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Real World Ex-Plosion

  • Arielle-  Likely declined.
  • Ashley C.-Likely declined.
  • Ashley M. -First and second round calls. Likely declined.
  • Brian- First round call only.
  • Cory- First and second round call. Unlikely to be cast due to lack of interested exes.
  • Hailey- First and second round call. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Jamie- First round call. Does not have an ex so unlikely to be on the cast.
  • Jay- First and second round call. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Jenna- First and second round call. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Jenny- First and second round call. Declined, likely out of respect for Brian (knowing she’d be paired with Cory). Jenny explains why she won’t be on the Challenge starting at about the 2 minute mark on this video.
  • Lauren- Likely declined.
  • Thomas- First and second round call. Likely to be on the cast.

Real World Portland

  • Anastasia- At least got a first round call, but declined.
  • Averey- First and second round calls. Initially declined because she does not want to be paired with Johnny, likely changed her mind. Strong possibility. Was recently in New York, possibly for pre-challenge testing.
  • Jessica- First and second round calls. Strong possibility.
  • Johnny- First and second round calls. Likely accepted. Was recently in New York, possibly for pre-challenge testing
  • Jordan- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Marlon- Likely declined.
  • Nia- First and second round calls. Strong possibility.

Real World St. Thomas

  • LaToya- First and second round call. Possibility.
  • Laura- First and second round call. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Marie- First and second round call. She likely declined.
  • Robb- First and second round calls. A possibility, but may not be on the cast.
  • Swift- First and second round calls. A strong possibility.
  • Trey- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.

Real World San Diego (2011)

  • Ashley- At least received a first call.
  • Frank- Unlikely to be on the cast.
  • Zach- Received a first and second round call. Likely to be on the cast.

Real World Las Vegas (2011)

  • Adam- Though he has been discussed, was not asked.
  • Dustin- First and second round call. Strong possibility.
  • Heather- First and second round call. Likely declined because it was exes.
  • Leroy- First and second round calls. Likely on the cast.
  • Nany- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast, and her partner is already determined.

Real World New Orleans (2010)

  • Eric- Possibility. Was recently in New York, possibly for pre-challenge testing
  • Jemmye- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Knight- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Ryan L.- Likely declined.
  • Sahar- Possibility. Was recently in New York, possibly for pre-challenge testing

Real World Cancun

  • CJ- Likely declined.
  • Emilee- Unlikely to be on the cast.
  • Jasmine- First and second round calls. A strong possibility.
  • Jonna- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.

Real World Brooklyn

  • Chet- Very unlikely to be on the cast due to his upcoming wedding.
  • Devyn- Unlikely to be on the cast.
  • Katelynn- Wants to attend Chet’s wedding, very unlikely.
  • Sarah- First and second round calls. A strong possibility.

Real World Sydney

  • Ashli- Apparently asked. Heavily speculated, but I have not heard any official word on her being asked.
  • Cohutta- First and second round calls. Likely accepted, rumored to be an alternate.
  • Dunbar- First and second round calls. A possibility.
  • Kellyanne- Likely declined.
  • Trisha- Likely declined.

Real World Denver

  • Jenn- Likely declined.
  • Tyrie- Most likely not on the cast (and not asked).

Real World Key West

  • Johnny Bananas- First and second round calls. A possibility.
  • Paula- Unlikely to be on the cast. She’s super pregnant.
  • Svetlana- Likely declined, but who really knows.

Real World Austin

  • Danny- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Johanna- Likely declined.
  • Melinda- First and second round calls. Likely to be on the cast.
  • Wes- At least a first round call. Up in the air.

Real World San Diego

  • Robin- Unlikely to be on the cast.

Real World Paris

  • CT- First and second round calls. Without a partner available, he is unlikely on this cast.

Real World Las Vegas

  • Alton- First and second round calls. Unlikely at this point.
  • Trishelle- First round call. Unlikely to be part of the cast.

Real World Chicago

  • Aneesa- First round call at least. Up in the air.

Real World Back to New York

  • Coral- Received at least one call. Production wants her to come back (as usual).

Fresh Meat

  • Brandon- Unlikely to be part of the cast.
  • Camila- First and second round calls. Up in the air.
  • Cara Maria- Unlikely to be part of the cast.
  • Casey- First round call at least.
  • Diem- Likely declined.
  • Eric- Unlikely to be part of the cast.
  • Laurel- Likely declined.
  • Theresa- First and second round calls. A strong possibility.

Road Rules

  • Abram- First round call at least.
  • Darrell- First round call. Possibility.
  • Mark- Unlikely to be part of the cast.
  • Rachel R.- First round call. Possibility.
  • Susie- Likely declined.

 

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56 thoughts on “Challenge 26 Speculation

  1. I really hope that Sarah (Brooklyn) is on this season! And yes, CT!

    Does Mark have any Exes besides Robyn? He wants to come out of retirement but I know that Robyn has settled down these days so it makes sense that she would decline. I’m trying to remember if there would be any other possibilities for a partner for Mark…

    I wish that this list skewed older to bring back some of the folks we haven’t seen in a while, especially RR alum.

    I’m sure that the Exes model brought better ratings to the show but I keep hoping that they’ll do another battle of the seasons with older seasons, including RR teams or rookies vs. vets.

    • Also I know that Paula is about to go in to labor any minute now but I *really* hope that she returns to the show in a season or two! She’s been such a constant presence on the show for so long that it just doesn’t feel the same without her.

  2. ahhh I totally want to know more about “Team Sydney’s mysterious departure on Battle of the Seasons”

  3. Not trying to be a debby downer, but would if they do something completely different then Exes 2? Then this whole section wouldn’t be any good. I wouldn’t mind seeing Cutthroat 2 or something like that.

    I know people want older veterans back, but lets be real: they’re not going to cast anyone before the year 2006. A few exceptions maybe.

    And doing a vets vs. rookies challenge would not be that entertaining. As seen with Gauntlet 3 and the ruins, all the vets/champions do is win and makes it look like the rookies/challengers are not very good competitors.

    • If the format isn’t Exes 2, then we will probably still see most of the same people. The only difference is people like Cory (who wants to be on the season but doesn’t have a willing ex) might get on the season.

  4. I’m praying this isn’t Exes 2… Honestly I want them to bring back an old school season! Imagine an “Inferno 4” with new good guys and new bad guys! Or a Cutthroat 2 or The Ruins 2! I want there to be big teams again, we need to give the pairs a break for awhile.

    • I agree with this! An old format like The Inferno or The Gauntlet would be appropiate these days. I would love to see old veterans like Beth, Coral (yes, she needs to comeback at least 1 last time), Evelyn, Susie, Mark, Jenn and others. Even Brad and Tori would be good too.

  5. Something that happened recently that can easily indicate that it’s most likely going to be Exes 2 comes from Ex-Plosion’s Jamie. Jamie and Thomas just broke up, and she has been making tweets, heartbroken seemingly, that indicate something strange happened.

    Thomas and Hailey apparently have been invited to be on the show, she went hyper jealous, and things with Thom suddenly ended. Like boom, bye felicia!

    So yes folks, next season could probably be Exes 2. And I think ratings will go back to Ribals 2 numbers, which were actually pretty good. Free Agents was a fresh season that had a decent performance ratings wise and we needed a revamp to these games. For real.

  6. It’s TOO SOON for exes or rivals! If they want ratings up, bring back an old format. One main reason Exes got so many viewers was because some of the relationships were actually real, now a days they’re mostly stupid hookups that no one really cares about. For example, if C.T. is called no one will really want to see him with Anastasia, Shauvon, etc.

    • I agree with you, but the most recent Real World season was about exes and brought in high ratings. So maybe because of that producers could be reaching for potential former couples.

      But yes, an old format being brought back would be the best case scenario and it would allow more old competitors to be brought back.

      • I didn’t even watch that season so I really can’t say anything about ratings or how it did, so thank you for bringing that to my attention. Only problem is they can’t just bring in a bunch of people from that cast, they still need the main people from over the years, and it’s only been two seasons since the last Exes. I think if they put C.T., Johnny, Camila, etc with strong partners that will keep them around, then the ratings should be decent. Only problem is, they’re running out of exes for some of the big names.

    • For a while people were thinking Nany and Johnny R. We’re going to be partners because Averey wasn’t going to do this Challenge, but Nany already had a partner and her partnership wasn’t going To be changed for Johnny R. Now Averey is on board.

  7. If Averey and Johnny do the Challenge together it will be da bomb! I would totally tune in as I loved them back in Portland. Sadly, Anastasia is not doing this as she’s reportedly done with MTV.

    • Thank the Lord! Not saying I dislike her as a person, I just don’t think she’s cut out for these challenges based on her performance with Rivals II since that’s all we have to base on.

    • From what I’ve heard she BMP convinced her to accept the show and has done testing in NY. So her and Johnny if still not dropped are probably on the next challenge. Nia has also done testing and Jordan is also rumored so this could be one interesting challenge if all 4 are on together.

  8. Just something to consider, with The Challenge anticipated to start filming early August for roughly 6 weeks and the new Real World season to start filming in August for 12 weeks, could we possibly see The Challenge air before the new Real World season since The Challenge will have finished filming 6 weeks earlier and will not feature any of the new Chicago cast?

    • It is very possible that’s what they’re aiming for. It would be the smartest decision for BMP/MTV as well, a lot of casual viewers complained at the lack of Ex-Plosion cast members on Free Agents. Doing the same thing for Challenge 26/RW Chicago will hurt ratings even more.

      • Prepared to be disappointed because Brian declined and Jenny won’t go without Brian. Ashley and Lauren also declined so Cory has no one. Unless the format is not exes then the best were going to get is Tom, Hailey, Jay, and Jenna.

    • I wouldn’t get your hopes up for that … they filmed Free Agents last summer before filming Real World Explosion but then still aired Explosion in the Fall, followed by Free Agents in the Spring.
      I would expect the same thing for this upcoming season

      • Real World Explosion was already filming when they started filming Free Agents… which was why none of the Explosion cast was featured. Had they waited we could’ve gotten better Rookies unlike Swift and Latoya.

  9. I think they could get C.T. on the show by pairing him with Laurel. Yes it was just a hookup, but it was less sleazy than the others. Plus if you paired her current BF Jordan with Sarah, who possibly still has feelings for him, that could cause some entertaining drama.

    • There are a lot of pairings for CT but not a lot got calls or are done.
      Laurel: Probably won’t get enough time off work again so soon.
      Mandi: Her husband/fiance won’t let her do reality TV anymore.
      Ana: Wants nothing to do with the show because of edit.
      Shauvon: Done with challenges.
      Cooke: Focusing on Soccer career.
      Nany: Most likely partner but is rumored to be partnered with Johnny D.
      Diem: Said to be done with challenges.

      It is probably for the best for him and his relationship with Diem to not do this challenge if it is exes.

      • Hmm…I just assumed CT would be on because he’s their golden goose but if your analysis of his Ex’s is true then sounds like he won’t be there … I’ve heard that Nany + Bananas are pretty close to a sure thing to be as a team so you can probably rule her off … I had assumed he’d wind up with Mandi or Ana … I never thought Diem as they were already a pair on the first Battle of the Exes and I can’t see them using any of the same pairings twice

  10. Dunbar and Ashli (RW Sydney) are a rumored team. If they are in fact going that would mean the cast member responsible for team Sydney not being on Battle of the Seasons 2012 was Kellyanne.

      • From what I’ve read the Sydney team was supposed to be Dunbar, Isaac, KellyAnne and Ashli but that at the last minute Isaac had some heart troubles and they had to pull the team due to his health … (yes I know he was just on Free Agents, the issues may have been resolved though in the time before that was filmed…or this may be just another rumor)

    • Isaac has said on twitter the sydney team was never given an explanation as to why they were pulled and some on the team are still mad about it.

  11. I would like to see Kina and Randy, Alton and Jodi, or Alton and Sarah. I think Sarah and Jordan could be on it as well, unless he and Laurel break up.

    • Both Jordan/Laurel and Thomas/Jamie broken up in the last week or two. Jordan was speculated and got a second call to be on the cast when he was still in a relationship with Laurel.

      • Thank God! haah I think they should put Jordan and Sarah should be a team so Sarah has a partner who wants to win. He could also be paired up with Jonna. I think Laurel and C.T. should be a team, even though I don’t think they had anything, but that way C.T. has a better chance of winning.

  12. To piggy back the Battle of The Exes Skepticism my prediction is as follows:

    Dustin/Jessica
    Leroy/Nia
    Jordan/Sarah
    Johnny R/Avery
    Bananas/Nani
    Jasmine/Swift
    Zach/Joanna
    Knight/Jemmye

    I know there will be more but these are the exes I am most confident with.

  13. Priscilla/Nate?

    Tom/Jamie?

    Ct/ Laurel?

    Marlon/Derrick?

    Jenn/Rachel?

    Who is everyone rooting for?? I am hoping NIA comes back with some determination. She has the most potential in my eyes! I love Johnny Bananas too.

  14. I have been googling, looking for an answer, but cant find one… Can someone tell me why Bananas/Nany are exes?

  15. Off camera hookup? Also an excuse to pair two strong competitors. MTV LOVES bananas and his dynasty. They don’t want it t end, and hey, neither do I!

  16. Most likely confirmed

    Danny Melinda
    Johnny D and Nany
    Knight and Jeymme
    Dustin and Jessica
    Zach and Jonna
    Johnny R and Averey
    Jay and Jenna
    Thomas and Hailey

    Mixture of teams (Wes not 100% confirmed)

    Leroy and Theresa/Nia
    Jordan and Sarah/Nia
    Wes and Theresa

    Up in the air teams

    Trey and Laura
    Swift and Latoya
    Robb and Marie
    Eric and Sahar
    Dunbar and Ashli
    Darrell and Rachel

    • Where did Leroy/Nia come from? As well as Jordan/Sarah?

      Eric and Sahar would be a great change from the other New Orleans cast members (Jemmye and Knight).

      • Leroy & Joi is another possibility. They’ve hooked up in Vegas several times. BMP is intending to use Bananas & Nany’s outside hook-up as a pairing, and Leroy & Joi would be no different.

  17. Leroy and Nia hooked up on Free Agents. Apparently when the cameras were off. Jordan and Sarah had a steady hookup on Rivals II.

  18. Based off social media these people have been seen at airports or have had good lucks or see you soon from other people.

    Zach and Jonna
    Jay and Jenna
    Knight and Jeymme
    Dustin and Jessica
    Johnny R and Averey
    Tom and Hailey
    Nia

    Theresa, Melinda, Sarah and Jordan have had interesting posts.

    CT might be on this challenge after all not. No clue on partner.

    Trey and Laura have sent good luck posts to others but seem to be a alternate team based off one of Laura’s tweets.

    Darrell, Rachel, Robb, Marie, Eric, Sahar are no’s based off tweets.

    • CT might be on this challenge after all. No clue on partner. I do not know how the word “not” got in that part. He is still not 100%.

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