We’re a few months away from Challenge 33 filming, but I wanted to start a wild speculation thread prior to the beginning of the show.
The End of The Challenge As We Know It
This season may be an important turning point for The Challenge. As we know, Final Reckoning will be the end of an era. Though we don’t know what this means, it does lead to some speculations. Most likely, it just means the Dirty Thirty/ Vendettas/ Final Reckoning trilogy. While it could mean someone is leaving the show, both Bananas and TJ have stated they intend on staying on The Challenge.
Some availability calls have been going out, but knowing the final cast may be difficult. More outside shows are going to be contacted, and some people from Survivor have been called. There’s also rumors of Survivor Australia bring integrated into the show. It is also rumored at least one cast member from Asia’s Top Model has been contacted. Jemmye stated on a podcast that she wouldn’t be surprised if people from The Bachelor were on the show.
Kailah has stated she doesn’t expect anyone else from her RW season to be contacted for the show, because they’re irrelevant at this point. Same could be said for RW: Bad Blood.
Don’t expect to see Cory. He is focusing on Teen Mom at this point, and after his “fight” with Cameron on Ex on the Beach, he may be considered a liability.
Nany recently stated on an Instagram Live that she’s open to doing another Challenge, only if Jenna is there. She’s single now, so she might be willing because she doesn’t have a relationship holding her back.
It is heavily rumored that Bananas has some influence over the cast. Namely, he doesn’t want pre-season alliances who are working against him. This may be the reason that the Lavender Ladies and Team Young Bucks seem to be getting cut from this already limited cast.
Rumored to Have Been Contacted
The Real World
Aneesa Ferriera- Contacted, likely to appear
Ashley Mitchell- Contacted, unlikely to appear.
Beth Stolarczyk- Rumored she was contacted. However, this is not for sure. It was rumored she was contacted for Dirty Thirty, but she later stated she was not.
Brad Fiorenza- Contacted, no longer likely to appear.
Christopher “Ammo” Ammon- Contacted, strong possibility.
Frank Sweeney- Contacted and was warming up to the idea of returning. However, he is in a PhD program now so don’t expect him.
Jenna Compono- Contacted, likely to appear.
Johnny “Bananas”- Contacted, and likely guaranteed a spot based on his contract.
Kellyanne Judd- Unlikely to appear
Leroy Garrett- Contacted, likely to appear.
Nany Gonzalez- Contacted, likely to appear.
Nicole Zanatta- Contacted, has insisted she is not on this season. Still possible though. People lie all the time if they don’t want blow their cover.
Tony Raines- Contacted, unlikely to appear.
Wes Bergmann- Contacted, likely to appear
Zach Nichols- Contacted, likely to appear.
Are You the One?
Kam Williams- Contacted, likely to appear
Kenya Scott (AYTO7)- Contacted
Hunter Barfield (AYTO3)- Contacted, likely to appear
Nelson Thomas (AYTO3)- Contacted, likely to appear
Taylor Selfridge (AYTO5/ Ex on the Beach)- Contacted, likely to appear.
Tori Deal- Contacted, unlikely to appear.
Cara Maria Sorbello- Contacted, likely to appear.
Laurel Stucky- Contacted, still possible.
Angela Babicz (Bad Girls Club, Ex on the Beach)- Contacted, strong possibility.
Ashley Cain (Ex on the Beach UK)- Contacted.
Caleb Reynolds (Big Brother 16, Survivor 32&34)- Rumored to have been contacted.
Chantelle Connelly (Geordie Shore)- Pregnant, not going to attend.
Clara Tan (Asia’s Top Model)- Contacted, reason for Asia’s Top Model Rumor. At this point, it is unlikely she will appear.
Da’Vonne Rogers- Says she isn’t going to appear on The Challenge again, but she was asked and probably accepted.
Danielle Maltby (The Bachelor and Paulie’s ex)- Likely contacted.
Elettra Lamborghini (Geordie Shore, Big Brother VIP Spain)- Contacted
Faith Stowers (Vanderpump Rules/ Ex on the Beach)- Contacted, strong possibility.
Hayden Moss (Big Brother 12/ Survivor 27)- Rumored to have been contacted
Jessica Graf (Big Brother 19/ The Amazing Race)- Contacted, but pregnant. Not going to attend.
Josh Martinez (Big Brother 19)- Contracted, likely to appear
Josh Murray (The Bachelorette/ Champs vs. Stars)- Contacted
Jozea Flores (Big Brother 18)- Contacted, not likely to appear.
Kayleigh Morris- Contacted and initially declined. Changed her mind, now she’s likely to appear.
Kyle Mooney (Geordie Shore)- Contacted, likely to appear.
Mark Long (Road Rules: First Adventure)- Contacted, apparently Bananas wants him on the show.
Marnie Simpson (Geordie Shore)- Contacted
Melissa Reeves (Ex On the Beach UK)- Contacted, still possible
Michaela Bradshaw (Survivor 33 & 34)- Rumored to have been contacted, though I’ve heard conflicting things.
Morgan Willet (Big Brother: Over the Top & Ex On the Beach US2)- Contacted, possible.
Natalie Negrotti (Big Brother 18)- Contacted, likely to appear.
Paulie Calafiore (Big Brother 18/ Ex on the Beach)- Contacted, likely to appear.
Shane Landrum (Road Rules Campus Crawl)- Contacted, dropped, not likely to appear.
Victor Arroyo (Big Brother 18)- Contacted
Zach Rance (Big Brother 16)- Contacted
Challenge 33 Format Rumors
Fans would love to see New School vs. Old School, but they’ve been asking for that format for over a decade. I would not expect it. It was the original theme but production scrapped it and the “thanks but no thanks” e-mail to cast members.
This season is expected to have fewer alumni returning, think of a Bloodlines or Fresh Meat style cast. Outside shows will have a big role in the format.
Challenge 33 Filming Dates
Rumored to start filming in late October and end in early December.