When The Challenge announced it would be implementing a World Championship last year, the entire United States of America was reduced to CBS competitors. We saw people from Big Brother, Survivor, Love Island, and a few from The Amazing Race.
Now, season 2 is on the horizon, and it seems that people from the flagship series have been contacted to compete. And if you’re expecting an exciting return from an old school legend — don’t. It seems Tori has been mentioned as a potential cast members.
Now, before getting outraged here, we need to remember two things. Firstly, CBS competitors did infultrate the main series first. So, it doesn’t seem too ridiculous that cast members would flow from MTV to CBS.
We also need to remember that The Challenge USA 1 would eventually funnel people onto The Challenge: World Championship. In retrospect, it makes sense that we wouldn’t have main series competitors on The Challenge USA 1 because they’d appear as “legends” on the World Championship. But, after the international adaptations flopped, it’s safe to assume we won’t be getting another series of spinoffs culminating into a second World Championship.
So, there’s no real reason to keep the mains series competitors off The Challenge USA. After all, it’s not like they’re infultrating Survivor, they’re going on The Challenge.
But, we also have to look at this from the other perspective. The Challenge USA was an opportunity for new people to dip their toes into the Challenge world. Tori has done seven seasons (eight with World Championship), so her experience will far outweight the level of someone coming off of Big Brother or Love Island. And some people have more experience than her, I’m just using her name because it’s the one currently being tossed around.
Many people complain that the main series has the same people over and over. This is true, and it’s built into the show’s design that people can return for multiple appearances. Now, it seems like the same issue could be migrating over to CBS. The one thing that made The Challenge: USA unique — its fresh cast — could be taken away.
I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing main series competitors on The Challenge USA if it wasn’t the same ones who do every season of the main series. And this isn’t to single out any person, but those people are already getting opportunities. It would be a different story if The Challenge USA provided a space for people to return to The Challenge, but instead, it will just be another source of repetition.