Two teams have disappeared from the Rivals 3 house, and as a result we got Amanda and Nelson in the house. Now that the second team is gone, TJ announced that we have a replacement: Devin and Cheyenne. This team lost in the first Jungle, and for some reason they are getting a second chance.
This marks the third time an eliminated cast member has been invited to return to The Challenge. In 2003’s Battle of the Sexes Dan was invited to return after Puck left. Dan was eliminated the prior week because he had the lowest score, and because his score remained at the bottom, he was eliminated just as quickly as he was brought back. The second person to get a second chance was Theresa on Battle of the Exes 2. She was only brought back to keep Leroy around after Nia was ejected from the game. Because Nia was ejected right before the final elimination, the final episodes of the show would have been ruined if Leroy didn’t have a replacement.
This brings us to Devin and Cheyenne. Were they really needed? It’s kind of hard to say really, because it depends on how many episodes production wants this season to be. But let’s look at the facts.
- We’d already lost one more team than we’ve replaced, so this would likely reduce the number of challenges in the season.
- Clearly production has no problem stretching out challenges and eliminations, so not replacing Brandon and Briana would result in more episodes with just a challenge or just an elimination.
- If production brought in a new team, it would likely be from AYTO. If production could have gotten CT, or Zach, or Abram, or Aneesa, or even Marie, they would have. We wouldn’t have seen Nelson and Amanda as the original replacements.
So do we need Devin and Cheyenne? Well, at this point in the season I think it makes the most sense. Fans clearly don’t want more new AYTO faces, nor do they want drawn out episodes. Given these points, I endorse brining in Devin and Cheyenne even though I would have loved to see someone whose been trying to get on The Challenge for a couple of seasons now.