It’s not secret that production will spend a pretty penny to get a big name on The Challenge, and atop there list is always Johnny Bananas and CT. Not only will they pay the big bucks for these two, but they make exceptions to fit them into the themes. Take Exes 2 for example. CT & Diem were the only repeat team and Bananas & Nany were the only “exes” with no camera footage supporting their relationship.
For the past 4 years, The Challenge has centered around these two (with the exception of Battle of the Seasons). So, who is more important to the success of the show?
CT seems to be the fan favorite, but it seems his dominance as a Challenge star is more dependent on his relationships. Whether it was his rivalry with Adam or his relationship with Diem, it seemed that one of these two was required for him to get camera time. When he flew solo on Free Agents, he got far less TV time.
On the competitive side, CT tends to dominate. However, he has found himself in a position where he can coast through seasons without seeing eliminations, or at least postponing them until the very end. He even did the unthinkable on Rivals 2 and won. However, CT tends to be a lone ranger. He makes his own decisions and doesn’t require allies to take him to the end.
Bananas on the other hand is hated by many fans, yet always finds himself in some type of trouble on the shows. When he was stripped of all of his primary allies on Free Agents, he found himself going head-to-head with Jordan. It doesn’t seem that his air-time depends on other relationships, but this is because his douchy antics always tend to piss someone off.
On a competitive side, he also tends to dominate. In fact, he has won more than CT. This has placed a target on his back and in the more recent seasons the rookies know that utilize every opportunity to get him out. On the flip side, he also protects himself with his allies every seasons and always musters up some new allies. This often gives him a security blanket and he can coast half way through some seasons untouched.
Whether or not the agree to appear, production will always ask CT and Bananas. If only one showed up, who do you think is more important to the success of the season?