Big Brother finally mentioned The Challenge on primetime, and it was at Da’Vonne’s expense. In a recurring segment/ veto game, Zingbot enters the house and roasts each cast member. No one is immune from his jabs. His zing against Da’Vonne: You’ve done three seasons of Big Brother and two seasons of The Challenge. So I’m dying to know which reality show do you plan to… lose … Continue reading Big Brother Finally Mentions The Challenge!
If we look at the history of The Challenge, we see a lot of predictable seasons. We’ve also seen a bunch of random seasons that made no sense in the context of the franchise. Perhaps the oddest seasons of all: Vendettas. I also feel I am in the minority here, I actually loved Vendettas. I rewatched it a second time not too long ago, and … Continue reading Three Years Later: What Was Vendettas?
Thanks in part to CBS All Access, I’ve been watching older seasons of The Challenge. I recently did a list assessing Challengers who retired after The Gauntlet 2. Eleven people retired after that season, but only six retired after Fresh Meat, four after The Duel, and three after The Inferno 3. So, I’m taking all thirteen retirees and consolidating them into one list. Some of … Continue reading Who Should Have Returned? Challengers Who Retired After: Fresh Meat, Inferno 3 & The Duel
2002 was a different time in the world. Road Rules was still making new episode, The Challenge was in its infancy, and infants were on The Challenge. I recently referred to Belou’s story. For those who don’t know, it paints a picture of how different The Challenge was 18 years ago. On Battle of the Seasons, Belou and her partner Chris was representing Road Rules: … Continue reading The Legend of Belou: How a Mother Brought her Baby on The Challenge
After five years away from The Challenge, the surprise return for the next season of The Challenge is Theresa Gonzalez, now Theresa Jones. She’s changed a lot since we last saw her on Battle of the Exes 2. She got married to former NFL wide receiver TJ Jones, and is now a mother of two. Of all the alumni trying to return, why was Theresa … Continue reading Why Did Theresa Get to Return?
Every season has debut competitors. Some go on to become Challenge legends, but other competitors just do one season and move on with their lives. This list is for the one-and-dones. As the show progressed, we saw fewer people fit this criterion, but there still are a lot of notable competitors who made a splash on their only season. Anyone who did a second season is … Continue reading Best One Season Wonder from Each Challenge Season
It seems we might be getting a single CT on Season 36. Rumors have circulated recently stating that CT and Lilianet have broke up, and the source of the rumors are Lili herself. While this does not confirm anything, Lili seems to be implying she felt unworthy and is putting her fate in the hands of the universe. Perhaps these posts point to something else; … Continue reading CT Broken Up with Lilianet Solares?
Season 36 will be the fourth consecutive season where Josh appeared on The Challenge. Of all the rookies who debuted on War of the Worlds, Josh is the only one to do four consecutive seasons. Fans of the show have the same question: why? Josh has been eliminated four times in three seasons. His return after the Impending Dune challenge on War of the Worlds was … Continue reading Does Anyone Understand the Appeal of Josh on The Challenge?
Over the past decade, we’ve seen The Challenge get significantly harder. In 2003, we saw 8 Road Rulers win The Inferno. This was 40% of the competitors that season. Meanwhile, War of the Worlds was won by Turbo: one of the 34 competitors who showed up. This means 2.9% of competitors won that season. Does this make The Inferno the easiest season to win? Perhaps, … Continue reading What Was the Easiest Challenge Season to Win?
A binge of old Challenge seasons has reexposed me to many old Challenge seasons and some of the greatest formats on the show. Some seasons have great formate, but they only worked under certain conditions. Other seasons have awful formats, and they’ve always been awful. It seems we have a lot of people sitting behind keyboards screaming for Fresh Meat 3, The Duel 3, or … Continue reading Which Prior Challenge Formats Could Work in Today’s Challenge Climate?
There’s a history of Challenge competitors who have done many seasons by never secured a win. On Season 36, Cory is officially hitting the 8 season mark. He now joins the ranks of Leroy, Aneesa, and Nany in the “WIN ONE ALREADY” club. Cory has lost a lot of eliminations, but he’s also seen a number of finals: Bloodlines, Invasion, and Total Madness. He’s come … Continue reading Could Cory Win The Challenge?
Once upon a time, The Challenge cared about Are You the One? Dirty Thirty saw a single debut from Are You the One? 5 and it was from Derrick Henry. He was the chosen one, but now he seems to have faded into obscurity. Derrick H. did two seasons, and his appeal on the show was kind of obvious. He’s a hook-up king. He came … Continue reading Does Derrick Henry Deserve Another Shot at The Challenge?