The British are coming…. at a price. It appears one of the new Challenge competitors was paid a lot just to appear on the show.
If you don’t know who he is, and let’s face it no one in America does, here’s a highlight reel of his appearance on the UK show Celebs Go Dating.
Stephen has a list of reality appearances prior to his US debut. These include Ex on the Beach UK, Celebs Go Dating, and Celebrity Big Brother. He also hosted the UK version of the show Just Tattoo of Us for two seasons.
In the least surprising news of all, he recently broke up with his girlfriend. That means he’ll be single on The Challenge and he’ll have plenty of time to accumulate Vendettas and Exes. Perhaps that’s a good thing, because rumor has it he signed a multi-season contract. This season likely won’t be his last.
The real question is one I can’t answer: why?! Clearly he’s a huge personality on MTV UK, possibly bigger than any other UK Challenger we’ve seen thus far. This would make sense if he was competing on a UK TV show. He’s a complete unknown in the US and making an investment on him is a huge gamble. I’m sure he’ll be dramatic, but dramatic reality stars are a dime a dozen.
Oddly, The Challenge doesn’t even air in the UK. Apparently the first few episodes of Vendettas aired during late night hours but the entire season didn’t finish airing. In Canada The Challenge is aired weekly, so it would make sense to invest in a Canadian Challenge competitor. This guy has me scratching my head.