No matter how hard she tries, drama-magnet Aneesa always gets pulled into the emotional crossfire. Returning to the Challenge after several close brushes with victory, Aneesa brings along her live-wire cousin, Rianna, hoping she can help guide her safely through the precarious minefield of Challenge politics and focused on the competition. Aneesa emphasizes, “We need to take care of each other here and we need to lay as low as possible; we don't need any unnecessary drama or targets on our backs. If somebody messes with her, I’ll handle it.” However, Aneesa breaks her own rules when she catches feelings for a rookie, while Rianna snuggles up with a challenger of her own. Torn between siding with her fellow veterans and indulging in some rookie nookie, Aneesa finds herself once again at the epicenter of explosive drama that she’ll need her and Rianna to settle fast.
Challenge champ, Johnny Bananas, returns to reclaim a victory and prove he still has what it takes to win. With the bitter taste of defeat still in his mouth from his devastating downfall in Battle of the Exes II, Bananas brings his rough and tough cousin, Vince, along to prove that greatness runs in the family. However, Vince’s cocky attitude threatens to ignite political fires, and Bananas struggles to keep up his reputable veteran status as they make enemies quickly. Mindful of their weaknesses, Bananas stresses, “We both have egos that have trouble fitting inside the same room. But as long as we can keep our heads in the game and keep from killing each other, we're gonna work awesome as a team.” Bananas quickly learns he must dig deep into his bag of tricks to keep him and Vince under the radar.
The only thing that can make fierce Brazilian-born vet Camila more explosively volatile is when her feisty, younger sister Larissa joins her in the game. This hotheaded set of South American sisters takes the competition by storm and threatens anyone who stands in their way. When little sister gets into a no-holds-barred scream-fest with another competitor, overprotective Camila is right behind her and twice as angry. Camila warns, “If you want to piss me off, mess with my sister. Anybody that hurts her or tries to hurt her will get hurt by me.” It’ll take extreme willpower for Camila and Larissa to focus their scathing aggression into a win before their tempers implode their chances.
Having never obtained a Challenge victory, fireball Cara Maria is more determined than ever to take home a win. This time around, Cara Maria is bringing her tank-sized cousin, Jamie, to help crush the competition. Counting on Jamie’s experience as a corrections officer to keep their unruly competitors in check, Cara Maria explains, “He's used to dealing with nut bags in the correctional facility and so I feel like he'll be great here. If anything sketchy goes on around here, he'll just zone right in on it and know what's up.” However, it is Cara Maria that Jamie needs to keep an eye on when she starts playing with fire by making dangerous moves on and off the field.
Party girl Christina left a trail of broken hearts behind her on Are You The One?, and now she’s bringing her equally sumptuous sister, Emily, to wreak romantic havoc in the Challenge house. Shortly after arriving at the Challenge, it becomes apparent that Christina has her sights set on one of the not-so-single competitors. Worried that her sister is biting off more than she can chew, Emily cautions, “We already have a target on our back because we're the rookies. Christina needs to cool it and watch herself. I don't want her to get hurt.” With Christina’s risqué behavior, it might be too late for Emily to do some major damage control this time.
Southern charmer Cohutta returns with his countrified cousin Jill, for another shot at Challenge glory. Everyone is quickly intimidated by Jill’s farmhand physique and reveres this team’s versatility. Jill moved heaven and Earth (and her wedding) to support Cohutta and the mounting pressure threatens to take its toll. Cohutta stresses, “Jill's given up a lot for this. She's postponed her wedding and if I lose, we go home with nothing.” Hoping to send his Bloodline back with a healthy dowry, Cohutta works every angle to keep them in the game. These two rough and rowdy competitors learn fast that it’ll take more than politics to plow through the game.
Following his crazy season on The Real World: Explosion, Cory brings his cousin, Mitch, to the Challenge for a shot at the title. This Bloodline duo combines brains and brawn to create an imposing force in the Challenge house. Looking to his older cousin to lead them to victory, Mitch gushes, “I always looked up to Cory. He's definitely been a role model for me in a lot of ways. So I'm really glad that he's here and he's got my best interest at heart.” However, when Cory and Mitch start mixing business and pleasure with ladies on another team, it threatens to land them both in dangerous territory. Cory attempts to use his new love connection with a volatile vet for political leverage, but Mitch worries Cory might end up pissing the wrong people off.
You’re not seeing double! Bad boy Dario, from Are You The One?, brings along his twin brother, Raphy, to show they can win Challenges as well as hearts. These two boys from Boston make a strong entrance flexing their biceps and their skills in the Challenge. Determined not to let the veterans control the game, this devious duo threatens to be twice as difficult to eliminate. Dario warns, “If someone gets on my brother’s case, you're getting on my case. You got one problem with him, you got two problems. You don't mess with the twins!” However, when an unpredictable Challenge vet swoons for Dario, he sees an opportunity to woo his way to a win, but it could ultimately send the brothers packing.
Jenna hopes to gain some Challenge luck by bringing her close cousin Brianna along to prove she can finish a final with someone she can trust. This backfires quickly when Jenna and Brianna’s relationship is put to the test as they air their family’s dirty laundry in front of everyone in the house. Brianna admits, “This whole experience is just so overwhelming. But if I go, she goes, so I'm trying to stick it out for Jenna.” Last season, Jenna dodged eliminations left and right, but this time she and Brianna will have to fight tooth and nail if they want to stay in the game and not let their family baggage get in the way.
Veteran KellyAnne returns to the Challenge as a formidable wildcard, and arrives with her athletic-powerhouse cousin, Anthony. KellyAnne proves that when it comes to partying, drama, and challenges, she only has two speeds: 0 and 100. Anthony has his work is cut out for him trying to maneuver his unpredictable cousin through the competition. Anthony fears, “KellyAnne's making enemies in this game. She's a black sheep and that's just what she does. I'm going to make sure that she's not doing anything that she would regret.” KellyAnne earns her wildcard reputation fast with a down and dirty rookie romance, flying drinks, and a kamikaze attitude, so Anthony better have enough cards up his sleeve to tame her.
Fan-favorite Leroy returns to the Challenge with his witty humor and deadpan determination. Arriving with his young and impressionable cousin, Candice, Leroy will have to give her a crash course in Challenge survival if he wants to stay on top of the game. However, Leroy’s no-nonsense competitive attitude takes its toll on Candice, who worries, “I look at Leroy as my older brother. I don't want to ever disappoint him in The Challenge or period. Quitting is not an option!” But when the Challenge inevitably throws obstacles on their road to victory, Leroy will be forced to balance his first-place aspirations with family responsibility.
Bold and brazen Nany is back and she is more fired up than ever. This time around, she’s teaming up with her spitfire cousin, Nicole, to turn the heat up on the competition. No stranger to Challenge drama, Nany enters the race with her eyes on the prize and determined to keep things strictly business. However, this proves difficult when she finds herself surrounded by old flames with questionable intentions. Looking to her cousin for support, Nany explains, “In the past, it’s been difficult to find people that I can actually trust. The fact that I have Nicole here with me, that’s all I need.” But Nany quickly realizes the tables have turned when Nicole proves to be a hell-raising handful and it is up to Nany to tone things down.
After a disappointing debut on Battle of the Exes II, Thomas returns for redemption and this time he brings along his twin brother, Stephen, to double down on their chances at victory. These charming look-alikes are both Division I tennis champs, but they will have to combine forces to translate their athletic acumen into Challenge wins. Thomas states confidently, “Being twins, it's really cool because we always have each other's back. We are athletic and we are super competitive and it's gonna bring us to the top for sure.” This competitive pair is renowned for their way with the ladies, but when Thomas lands him a steamy undercover hookup, it could threaten to upend every alliance in the house.
After his dramatic debut on Real World: Skeletons, fidelity-impaired Tony teams up with his sassy little bro, Shane, for an opportunity to win big. With a serious girlfriend back home, Tony attempts to keep his head in the game and his hands to himself, but his addiction to blondes quickly sidetracks their game. Shane worries, “I have to watch my brother. He loves women, so if he can keep the right head in the game, then I think we'll do fine.” As Shane struggles to put out his brother’s romantic fires left and right, he soon finds himself the target of his brother’s unpredictable antics.