Thanks to a very helpful Roundup reader, and the good sleuths over at Vevmo, The Ashley has lots of exclusive details about the upcoming season of MTV’s The Challenge, including the cast and filming location!
The cast members were all spotted boarding a plane at JFK Airport in New York City on May 30. It’s believed that they were headed to Europe, with some or all of the filming being done in the country of Turkey. TJ Lavin will once again act as host of the show.
Below is a list of the new season’s cast members. After reviewing the list, The Ashley was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the “regulars” were not included. It’s been years since we’ve had a ‘Challenge’ that didn’t include degenerates like Paula, Johnny, Jenn and Kenny. (Someone should go do a welfare check on Paula. She’s probably suffering from serious ‘Challenge’ withdrawal. Perhaps she’ll use her time off to go get a real job? Haha, just kidding.)
Anyway, the cast list is full of new or semi-new faces, with 22 rookies participating this time around. There will also be 14 veterans competing. (In creepy ‘Challenge’ speak, a ‘veteran’ is someone who’s competed in at least three ‘Challenges.’)
A very observant fan on Vevmo noticed a distinct pattern in the cast list. There are four cast members from each season of Real World represented, as well as four cast members that would fall into a “miscellaneous” category. This suggests that these players may compete as teams of four.
One thing The Ashley noticed is that there will be quite a few exes competing on this ‘Challenge,’ including Danny and Melinda, who met during ‘Real World: Austin’ and ended up getting married and then divorced. Exes Wes and KellyAnne will also be appearing together. This should spice things up a bit!
Below are the cast members that will appear on the next MTV ‘Challenge!’ The Ashley has grouped them by season.
Alton Williams (Real World Las Vegas): Alton, who originated on the original ‘Las Vegas’ season, hasn’t suited up for a ‘Challenge’ in quite a while, so The Ashley is happy to see him (and his amazing pecs) back in action!
Trishelle Cannatella (Real World Las Vegas): It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been 10 years since the original ‘Las Vegas’ season aired. (Oh my God, I’m old). Trishelle, now 32, is no longer the young hot-tub-hopper she once was so it will be interesting to see if she’s changed since we’ve last seen her.
Dustin Zito (Real World Las Vegas 2.0): He’s the one that did gay porn, member?
Nany Gonzalez (Real World Las Vegas 2.0): From the looks of it, they weren’t able to get four people from the original ‘Las Vegas’ season (because they’re all in the retirement home!) so producers likely will combine two people from the first ‘Vegas’ season and two from the second.
JD Ordonez (Real World Brooklyn): This will mark the first time JD will appear on a ‘Challenge.’ He is one of 22 rookies this season!
Devyn Simone (Real World Brooklyn): If I remember correctly, she’s quite fiesty, which should make for good TV.
CJ Koegel (Real World Cancun): CJ is back for his second ‘Challenge.’
Derek Chavez (Real World Cancun): Why don’t I remember this kid?
Jonna Mannion (Real World Cancun): We last saw her on ‘Rivals,’ competing with her former foe, Jasmine.
Danny Jamieson (Real World Austin): Danny met Melinda on the ‘Austin’ season. They fell in love and got married in 2008. Unfortunately, they’ve divorced since the last time we’ve seen them.
Melinda Stroup (Real World Austin): How they got Melinda to agree to be on a ‘Challenge’ with her ex-husband is beyond me. Maybe they’ll reconcile and get married again!?
Lacey Buehler (Real World Austin): I have no idea who this person is.
Dunbar Merrill (Real World Sydney): This will be the first time ever that Dunbar will be on a ‘Challenge’ without having Paula follow him around screaming that she hates him, when we all know she is totally in love with him.
Isaac Stout (Real World Sydney): This will only be Isaac’s second ‘Challenge.’ I don’t remember him at all from his previous ‘Challenge’ so hopefully he’s more exciting this time.
Ashli Robson (Real World Sydney): She dated Dunbar during the ‘Sydney’ season.
Brandon Nelson (Fresh Meat 2): There appears to be a miscenllanous group of four, in which the members never appeared on a ‘Real World’ series.
Eric “Big EZ” Banks (Fresh Meat): Yay! I love ‘Challenges’ that include Big EZ!
Cara Maria Sorbello (Fresh Meat 2): Another ‘Challenge’ full of Cara Maria crying because Wes hates her? Fantastic.
Also competing on this ‘Challenge’ will be:
Jemmye Carroll (Real World New Orleans 2010)
Mckenzie Coburn (Real World New Orleans 2010)
Ryan Knight (Real World New Orleans 2010)
Preston Roberson-Charles (Real World New Orleans 2010)
Robb Schreiber (Real World St. Thomas)
Trey Weatherholtz (Real World St. Thomas)
Marie Roda (Real World St. Thomas)
Laura Waller (Real World St. Thomas)
Frank Sweeney (Real World San Diego 2.0)
Zack Nichols (Real World San Diego 2.0)
Sam McGinn (Real World San Diego 2.0)
Ashley Kelsey (Real World San Diego 2.0)