Real World, Bloodlines, Fresh Meat, Are You the One, Road Rules… we have a lot of people “eligible” to do The Challenge. Now more than ever, it seems like the pool of candidates is expanding, yet somehow we see a lot of the same faces. Has production spread the net too far, or does this just all use to get the cream of the crop?
Before Battle of the Exes 2, the number of Challenge candidates was dwindling. People like Bananas, CT, and Paula were making their tenth appearance on the show, and the most recent Real World season (Portland) was saturating Challenges with newbies. So, Are You the One was brought onto the show and a whole new can of Challengers were included.
Then, we had Bloodlines. Now, in addition to Are You the One? we have Bloodlines on the cast. While there was a point where we didn’t have a whole lot of fresh faces, production may have over compensated by giving us way too many Challenge contenders.
Here is where the problems begin to arise: Real World Skeletons has been highly ignored on Challenges, even though they were willing to compete. People are hoping to return to The Challenge, but they are passed over and we get people like Vince or Simone instead. People who have invested time into a Challenge are losing the opportunities to compete.
In addition to ignoring new and returning contenders, it seems production i picking the wrong people from their new pools of people to come onto the show. When AYTO was put onto the show, no one asked for John Jacobs to compete on the show. Bloodlines with potential, like Mitch for example, are unlikely to return because they don’t have strong storylines, they’re just good at competitions.
Ultimately, we are moving in a direction where people are cast on the show to fit a theme. Their show of origination does not matter, it only matters if they can fit into a theme. Now, people who don’t fit into these themes are likely to not get the opportunity to compete and their storylines will not develop.