There has been a lot of chatter about the new MTV show “Stranded With a Million Dollars” among Challenge fans. Mostly, this is due to the fact that MTV has been running a poll to allow viewers to select which cast members from the show should be featured on the next Challenge.
I admit, I have not watched the show despite the fact that it airs directly after The Challenge. However, I do understand the basic premise of the show: ten people are placed on an island with a $1,000,000 prize. They must survive 40 days, but every luxury they purchase (such as food, shelter, or living supplies) will be purchased with their prize money. The only way to win is to survive the whole experience, but cast members can end their experience at any time if they feel they cannot continue on the island.
Based on the reactions of people who have watched the show, there are some people who show promise and could be an asset to The Challenge. However, most people don’t want these people on The Challenge because we’re already getting AYTO kids in addition to Real World alum, random cousins for cast members (bloodlines), Fresh Meat, some old Roadies, and Camila. This should give us a big enough pool of cast members to make a strong cast for each season.
Unlike Are You the One alumni, the Stranded With a Million Dollars are kind of bred for the the hardships of The Challenge. They weren’t given the glamorous experience of living in Hawaii or a huge house, and survival is a key element of winning a Challenge. While ratings from Stranded are not the strongest, they’re on par with Real World: Bad Blood. These are probably the biggest arguments you could make as to why Stranded alum would make suitable Challenge competitors.
There’s a stronger case to be made as to why the Stranded kids shouldn’t be on The Challenge. They certainly could become strong Challenge competitors, but we don’t really need more people on the show. As I said, there are many sources feeding into The Challenge and there’s a lot of untapped potential. While Are You the One Season 1 had strong ratings, and AYTO season 5 had stronger ratings than RW: Bad Blood, Stranded doesn’t have these ratings. Plus, it comes on right after The Challenge meaning the bulk of Stranded viewers are going to already be Challenge fans. For this reason, adding Stranded cast members will not attract more viewership.
I’m not a fan of including these people on The Challenge… but I usually drag my feet when it comes to changes on the show. What do you guys think?