On Battle of the Exes 2, we were introduced to Are You the One cast members. This was the first time production cast people outside of the Real World/Road Rules/ Challenge franchise and it was met with very mixed reactions by fans.
If you didn’t watch Are You the One, you likely had no idea who these people are. In a nutshell, they competed to find their “perfect match” among a group of 20 singles. In reality, they are the same a Fresh Meat… Real World rejects. While they ultimately served a filler to the cast, they were not unnoticed this season.
John & Simone fizzled quickly. Allegedly, Simone tried to stir up a lot of drama this season but no one was taking the bait. Then, the team left third (or fourth, or sixth, depending on how you view it). On the other hand, Adam & Brittany made quite the splash this season and were actually an interesting team to watch. As a team, they: eliminated 3 other teams, argued a lot, and flirted with each other. Somehow, they won the hearts many viewers and were the underdog team to root for.
Despite the successes of Brittany & Adam, most fans do not want to see Are You the One on future Challenges. While they may have fit into the “Exes” theme perfectly, they could appear on future Challenges in floods. By adding the 2 seasons of Are You the One to Challenge pool we have 41 new candidate. For some Challenge fans, this seems overwhelming and a cheap substitute for the Challengers we’ve grown to love.
So this begs the question, should Are You the One continue to appear on The Challenge?