On Battle of the Exes 2, Jenna quickly became the new it girl. She won the praise of Zach, got approval from the veterans, and never saw elimination. Half of her success may be attributed to the fact that her and Jay were perceived as a weak team, but she received a lot of approval for her willingness to compete.
With a new Challenge on the horizon, and Jenna as a strong potential cast member, her future success is starting to become a question of debate. On Exes, she was not the strongest physical competitor, but she was also willing to put her best foot forward. She outperformed girls on many of the missions and was able to tolerate Jay as a partner.
While she never went into elimination, she was not considered the weak link on her team. Veterans praised her and even befriended her. Going into future seasons, it seems that she will have allies that are willing to help carry her through the game. It seems that her transition into Challenge life is much easier than the average rookie’s and she will continue to have an easy transition.
Still, she has done little to prove herself as a strong competitor. True, she never finished in last on Battle of the Exes, but she did very little to make herself stand out. Her strategy to fly under the radar worked once, but the more praise she receives, the bigger target she will be. This means that she may have a more difficult time in future seasons. Plus she won’t have Jay to blame for her shortcomings.
What do you think? Can Jenna skate to the end again?