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The Challenge: Rivals Reunion

For the most part, I felt this challenge was pretty weak. Yes, there was drama. Yes, there were exciting challenges. But for whatever reason, I could never really get into it. I guess when I heard MTV was bringing in these big time rivals, I expected more. The interesting thing is, I thought the reunion show was fairly tame too.

Once again hosted by Maria Menounos, we were reunited with teammates Evelyn & Paula, Jenn & Mandi, Laurel & Cara Maria, Leroy & Mike, Tyler & Johnny, Wes & Kenny, and Adam & C.T. The reunion show recapped the season, discussed the fights, explored the romances and left us with new rivals. Here is a rundown of what we learned last night:

Overarching Points

  • Mike and Leroy are rookie superstars
  • After eight long and tumultuous seasons, Paula finally wins one… and was more excited about bragging rights than the money!
  • Mr. Beautiful, Kenny, lost his mojo, yet showed up BIG in the challenge. Thank you, Wes for the best clip in Challenge history.
  • Jenn and Mandi both feel bad for letting the other down
  • All rival teammates were friends at the end… minus maybe Wes & Kenny
  • C.T., the nice guy?
  • Viewers can always count on two things – fights and flings!
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      The Challenge: Rivals – Finale

      This week’s episode is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the final challenge. And leave it to MTV to top themselves once again in what is the longest final in challenge history. Partners had to work their way from check point to check point, slowly creeping up the mountain, until they reach T.J. at the end. To make matters worse, both Jenn and Tyler were suffering from food poisoning – they couldn’t keep anything down, were seriously dehydrated and overall at a huge disadvantage.

      The show picked up right where last week left off with phase 1 of the challenge underway. Teams had to kayak three miles to a beach where they found the next check point. To keep some distance between teams, not crowd the playing field and probably keep things fair, the guys started a little while after the girls.

      Here are the finalists:
      Johnny & Tyler
      Wes & Kenny
      Leroy & Mike
      Jenn & Mandy
      Laurel & Cara Maria
      Evelyn & Paula

      After the kayak race Evelyn & Paula had a slight lead over Laurel & Cara Maria, while Jenn & Mandy weren’t even close. On the boys side of things, Wes & Kenny spent a good portion of the three miles turning in circles, arguing of course. Once getting the kayak under control, they eventually pass Johnny & Tyler. Poor newbies Leroy & Mike don’t stand a chance. After the first phase of the competition it was safe to say who third place was going to be for both the guys and girls…

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      The Challenge: Rivals, Week 8

      Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

      This was quite an episode! And boy, was there drama – from the minute the show began to the minute it ended, the craziness didn’t stop. One by one, cast members literally lost their minds.

      What better way to celebrate a trip to Argentina than a toga party? Like any other Challenge party, there was a LOT of drinking, a LOT of making out and a LOT of… whipping? This would only happen on MTV. The party turned from awesome and fun to weird and miserable really quickly.

      Mike was the first to lose his cool. After the toga party, the boys decide it’s a good idea to throw cookies at Mike while he’s in bed sleeping. He loses it! Yells, screams, storms out of the room, etc. To make matters worse, Mike gets angry at Leroy for not defending him because “they are boys.” Poor Mike sleeps in the pool house.

      The next day, the cast arrives in Argentina and are dropped off at an amazing villa, similar to your typical real world houses. Once again, more people completely lose their minds – Evelyn climbs a pillar inside the house, Paula and Kenny wrestle, Tyler and Cara Maria scream for no reason, pillow fights ensue, mattresses get thrown; basically Argentina is chaos.

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      The Challenge: Rivals, Week 6

      Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

      Last night’s episode of The Challenge was pretty eventful – we saw some drama in the love department and the mob finally begins to crumble. We all knew it was coming. Read on for more.

      The Challenge – “Catch & Release

      It always amazes me how many people on these challenges are afraid of heights – you would think by now they would either have gotten over it or wouldn’t sign up to compete anymore.  With Catch & Release, teammates had to face their fears one more time. One partner was suspended 30 feet above the water. The second partner starts on a platform and had to run and jump to their teammate; grabbing on and swinging across the water. Once they thought they were far enough, they pulled the release. When the team hit the water, they had to swim as fast as possible to the finish buoy. This challenge was all about timing – teams needed to swing far, but not too far.

      Jenn and Mandi get to pick the order since they won the last challenge. And even though Mandi has a thing with C.T. and Jenn has a thing with Adam, they put them first to not mess with their alliance. Mandi is hesitant, but Jenn says they have to do it no matter what. So once again, C.T. & Adam go first, setting the pace for the other teams.

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      The Challenge: Rivals, Week 5

      Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

      It’s interesting how the more I write these blogs, the less enjoyable the challenge has become for me. I’ve spent so much time taking notes and analyzing that the things I’ve always loved about the show has somehow disappeared.

      Anyway this week’s show started out like any other – DRAMA. This was a weird episode with lots of twists and turns. Here is how it all went down:

      The Challenge – “Against the Current”
      Let me start by saying this challenge looks freaking awesome and so much fun; like a ride at an amusement park! I think for the first time this season, this is a legit challenge, but it isn’t scary, just well, challenging.

      Teams started out paddling their kayaks upstream as hard as they can, without getting pushed out of the zone. Once out of the zone, the kayak had to be turned around, so teams could then paddle towards the finish line. Calculating the results of this challenge seemed a little tricky to me at first, but basically the time fighting the current was deducted from time spent bobbing the rapids. The team with lowest accumulated time wins the challenge. Players that fell out of the kayak, which was inevitable, had 30 seconds to get back to the boat or they were automatically disqualified. This week the girls faced elimination; guys had $2,000 up for grabs. Since Johnny & Tyler won the last challenge, they get to pick order and obviously put CT & Adam first.

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      The Challenge: Rivals, Week 4

      Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

      This episode picks up right where we left off last week – “The Mob” has the brilliant plan to take C.T. down, or so they think. Since Evelyn & Paula won the girl’s challenge last week, they get to pick this week’s order. As part of the boys’ alliance they agree to make C.T. & Adam go first so they are at a disadvantage and the other guys teams know what time to beat. Evan & Nehemiah will then throw the challenge and lose, automatically sending them into the Jungle. One of the other teams must beat C.T. & Adam, and then the vote will go the way of “The Mob.” Evelyn & Paula don’t think this plan is a good idea and strongly urge the guys to change their minds, but go along with it anyway to keep the peace.

      Challenge – “Hammock Crawl”

      I think the challenges this season are pretty boring and this week’s was no different. I’m worried MTV may be running out of ideas. Anyway, teams had to crawl from one platform to the other as fast as possible, using the hammocks. Only two hammocks could be touched at one time and both players must be on the same hammock before grabbing for the next one. The other key thing to point out is that players had to complete the challenge in 15 minutes or they were disqualified. This week the girls are playing for $2,000 and the guys are playing for their safety from elimination.

      C.T. & Adam went first and flew through the challenge. The guys new they had a tough road ahead of them here. I already agreed with Evelyn & Paula, but at this point I knew “The Mob” was in trouble. Kenny & Wes end up falling immediately, barely even making it to the first hammock, which altered the original plan of attack. Unless another team is disqualified in less time, Kenny & Wes are headed into the elimination round. The guys decide winning is the only option here.

      In the end, the guy’s competition was really close. Evan & Nehemiah end up winning BUT it turns out they accidentally touched a third hammock and are disqualified. The boys get lucky this time around with Johnny & Tyler barely beating C.T. & Adam. All of the girls struggled big time in this challenge – Laurel & Cara Maria were the only team to make it across but don’t meet the limit, so there was no winner. But there was definitely a clear loser – Kenny & Wes must face the Jungle.

      Even though I found the challenge to be boring, it was still extremely tough with six teams disqualified for various reasons: Katelyn refused to go, most of the girls fell and Kenny apparently lost his mojo.

      Jungle – “Going Up”

      The deliberation was pretty simple this week. Kenny & Wes didn’t want to face C.T. so Brandon & Ty were voted in. In true bromance form, Evan wore Kenny’s jersey to cheer him on.

      The game was “Going Up” – each team started on opposite sides of the mud pit and had to run and jump onto their assigned rope, then climb to the top. Both teammates must ring their bell before someone from the opposing team does or it’s a tie. In the event of a tie, the top players from each team compete a second time one-on-one.

      Brandon flies up the rope, beating everyone, but Wes comes in second so they have to compete again. Ty was pretty close behind Wes, but not close enough. And then Kenny didn’t stand a chance. Unfortunately Brandon’s gas tank ran out during the first round and got killed by Wes, sending Brandon & Ty packing. Kenny got lucky and owes Wes for carrying the team this week.


      Surprisingly this week was pretty drama-free. The only real incident was as at the bar when the cast got some free time. As C.T. made pretty clear in the last episode he’s going to flirt with the girls and have some fun, and really get them on his side. Mandi was the first to fall for it, but let’s face it, I’d want to be his friend too. This week Laurel decides she wants some of the attention C.T. was throwing Mandi’s way. At the bar she decides to flirt, and pretty much throws herself at him, clearly trying to get him to kiss her. C.T. backs off and nothing actually happens, but Mandi sees the whole thing, gets annoyed and complains to Paula. Honestly, both girls are pretty gross, so I’m glad C.T. is just leaving it at flirting. He can clearly do better.

      In the end, nothing really came of this other than a little jealousy and small talking behind people’s backs. No big deal. Should be interesting to see how things transpire over the next couple of episodes.

      In more bromance news, C.T. so badly wants Adam to admit that they are getting along and can be friends… it’s kind of cute, actually, and so far from where they once were. Adam is skeptical, as he should be with their history, but I think he should just it. They are working so well together and C.T. is actually playing nice.


      Neither of my favorites to win got the top spots this week, but I still stand by my picks of C.T. & Adam and Evelyn & Paula. I think Brandon & Ty’s loss really hurt C.T. & Adam’s chances because of “The Mob,” but I think the rest of the guys are scared and will come up with another bad plan to take down C.T. Just too bad their “friend” Adam gets stuck in the middle. Clearly they don’t consider you that good a friend Adam – should probably watch your back and stop fraternizing with the enemy! What do you guys think? Vote here for your favorites to win and comment below:



      Next week looks to be another crazy one. How come all of the veteran rivals have managed to work together and almost become friends, yet Jonna and Jasmine haven’t figured it out yet? Obviously we don’t know what happens, but the scenes for next week show another fight between the two of them. I’m pretty sure Jasmine is a lunatic — not that Jonna is much better — but they need to grow up, get over it, and leave the house. I’m over their drama!

      The Challenge: Rivals, Week 3

      Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

      Challenge – “Sync or Swim”

      Each team started in a container filled with 1,000 pounds of sand. In order to get to the next stage of the challenge, teammates must dump the sand, which will in turn make the container lighter and rise to the platform. Once on the platform, teammates must jump in sync with one another to grabthe zip line. The key here is that you absolutely cannot touch the zip line without simply jumping to it. Teams then took the zip line as far as possible, and then swim the rest of the way. The farther teams were able to go on the zip line, the less they would have to swim.

      With the challenge, the girls faced elimination and the guys had $2,000 up for grabs. Since C.T. & Adam won last week, they got to determine the order. To make things interesting, they started with Jasmine & Jonna vs. Theresa & Camilla. If you remember from last week, these girls hate each other. And instead of focusing on winning, they threw the sand in each other’s containers. Nice work.

      On a more serious note, Mike Mike had to go to the hospital after Leroy accidentally falls on top of him while they are jumping into the water. It was pretty scary for a second there… Mike Mike was coughing up blood, looked like he was in agony and mumbled/screamed to himself. Somehow he managed to swim the rest of the way and finish the challenge like a champ. In true bromance form, Mike Mike was getting into the ambulance and asked if Leroy could go with him… awwww how cute! Luckily Mike Mike turned out to be okay, just got hit really, really hard.

      I sense a theme going on here – C.T. & Adam win amongst the guys and Evelyn & Paula win for the girls. Cara Maria & Laurel were disqualified for grabbing the zip line while still standing on the platform, and lost the challenge, which automatically sends them into elimination.

      Jungle – “Door Jam”

      The boys’ alliance tends to run the show and take over the game, and therefore the voting. This time around is no different. The boys happen to be friends with Theresa & Camilla so they decide that everyone should vote for Jasmine & Jonna. This decision was made without even consulting Evelyn & Paula who had other plans in mind, which was vote in Theresa & Camilla so at least one powerful team will go home. During the deliberation, the girls spoke up and got their wish.

      Theresa & Camilla acted like the biggest cry babies when they were voted in. They were mad at their friends and very bitter… or so we thought. They made up this whole ploy where they would pretend like they were going to quit and not fight in the jungle, only to make Cara Maria & Laurel let their guard down. Ohh but it was only a hoax!

      I also want to point out that I can’t stand any of these four girls. They forget that not that long ago they were fresh meat. One challenge doesn’t make you a veteran; try winning first, or at least being likable. So the fact that two of them will go home tonight is fantastic. It doesn’t even matter to me which team it is.

      The game is “Door Jam.” There is a wall with 48 rotating doors with the rivals logo on them, 24 facing each team. Cara Maria & Laurel and Theresa & Camilla have five minutes to turn as many doors towards them as possible. The competition looks pretty close throughout the allotted time, but in the end Cara Maria & Laurel pull out the win.


      The Challenge wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of drama. This season the guys are out to get C.T., but I agree with Mandy on this one – they are clearly threatened by how good he is. In the most recent challenges where C.T. hasn’t been competing, Kenny, Evan and Johnny Bananas take their alliance to the end. The three of them, along with Wes, have teamed up this time to take C.T. out of the game… if that’s possible.

      Wes thought if he got inside C.T.’s head a little bit, he would throw him off his game. Wrong answer! Did C.T. get worked up when Wes started talking trash? Of course, but it definitely didn’t change his game. Wes even went as far as to throw C.T.’s mattress out the window. Talk about stirring the pot! At this point, I thought Wes was just trying to make a scene on purpose… until he revealed he was legitimately scared of having C.T. sleep in the same room as him… which I still don’t necessarily believe. Is someone trying to get more camera time, perhaps? And to take it a step further and get C.T. from all sides, Wes advises Mandy to stay away from C.T. because he’s trouble. She’s a big girl; I think she can handle it.

      But the drama doesn’t stop there. The episode ends with Evan letting his alliance know that he and Nehemiah are going to throw the next challenge so they are automatically sent to the elimination round in the jungle. It is up to the rest of the teams to beat C.T. and Adam, and then vote them in. Evan seems pretty confident that he and Nehemiah are they only team that’s able to take C.T. down. Not sure if Nehemiah had a say here, but this should be interesting… personally, my vote is with C.T. Good luck, boys!


      Based on performance week after week, my favorites to win haven’t changed – C.T. & Adam for the guys and Evelyn & Paula for the girls. Both teams seem to be unstoppable right now. Just have to wait and see what happens next week!