The next season of MTV’s The Challenge is on its way—and this season’s theme will be like none before it! The Ashley can confirm that the cast left the country on their way to film next season’s ‘The Challenge: Bloodlines!’
In what will likely be a rip-off of the Survivor “Blood vs. Water” season, ‘Challenge’ participants will bring a family member with them to compete. It is not yet known whether the family members will compete as a duo, or if they will compete against each other.
The Ashley’s source tells her that Bodrum, Turkey, is the location of this ‘Challenge;’ however the source was unable to confirm that detail.
Calls for casting starting going out in March, the source tells The Ashley, and many regular and long-lost cast members were contacted. However, many of them were not cast because they weren’t able to find a suitable “bloodline” to bring along with them. (The “bloodlines” had to go through the same casting process that the ‘Real World’ folks do—applications, Skype interviews, tests, etc.)
As for the cast, MTV has once again dragged out its ‘Challenge’ staples: Johnny Bananas will be back to do his 512th ‘Challenge,’ as will Cara Maria Sorbello. They will once again dip into the Are You The One? cast pool.
The sleuthers over at Vevmo posted a confirmed cast list, and The Ashley’s show source has confirmed that all of the people listed below (and their “Bloodlines”) left Los Angeles earlier this week to film the season.
The ‘Challenge: Bloodlines’ female cast is:
Jenna Compono, ‘Real World: Explosion’ (Bringing her cousin Brianna Julig)
Aneesa Ferreira, ‘Real World: Chicago’ (Bringing her cousin Rianna Polin)
Camila Nakagawa, ‘Spring Break Challenge’ (Bringing her sister Larissa Nakagawa)
Kellyanne Judd, ‘Real World: Sydney’ (Bringing her cousin Anthony Cuomo)
Nany Gonzalez, ‘Real World: Las Vegas 2′ (Bringing her cousin Nicole Ramos)
Cara Maria Sorbello, ‘Fresh Meat 2’ (Bringing her cousin Jamie Banks)
Christina Leblanc, Are You the One? Season 2 (Bringing her sister Emily Reese)
The ‘Challenge: Bloodlines’ male cast is:
Abram Boise, ‘Road Rules: South Pacific’ (Bringing his brother, Michael Boise)
Johnny “Bananas”, ‘Real World: Key West’ (Bringing his cousin, Vinny Gliatta)
Leroy Garret, ‘Real World: Las Vegas 2’ (Bringing his cousin, Candice Fowler)
Cory Wharton, ‘Real World: Explosion’ (Bringing his cousin, Mitch Reid)
Cohutta Grindstaff, ‘Real World: Sydney’ (Bringing his cousin Jill Tuttle)
Dario Medrano, ‘Are You the One?’ Season 2 (Bringing his twin brother Raphy Medrano)
Thomas Buell, ‘Real World: Explosion’ (Bringing his twin brother Stephen Buell)
Tony Raines, ‘Real World: Skeletons’ (Bringing his brother Shane Raines)
Many of the ‘Challengers’ from last season are not appearing this season for various reasons. Last season’s winners, Sarah Rice and Jordan Wiseley have both stated that they have retired from the show, while Theresa Gonzalez is sitting it out because she’s pregnant, as is Paula Meronek. CT Tamburello, who has been a ‘Challenge’ regular for year, has been relatively silent since the death of Diem Brown in November. He has not stated whether or not he will ever return to the show.
One person who is less-than-thrilled with the new theme is Emilee Fitzpatrick. She blasted the show’s new theme with a tweet yesterday.
“It should be THE CHALLENGE,” she wrote. “Stretching so far that it no longer exists. Starring your repetitive cast and the same winner as last.”
Once again, shout out to the folks at Vevmo for the good work they do in regard to ‘Challenge’ sleuthing!
MTV has yet to provide a premiere date for the next season of ‘The Challenge,’ but The Ashley will keep you posted!