From Croatia, 17 American players battle it out against 17 international competitors in cutthroat challenges and brutal eliminations for a share of the $1 million prize.
With over a dozen Challenge seasons of down-and-dirty game tactics under his belt, veteran CT has developed a reputation as one of the game's grittiest players. Even though he has become a master of manipulation and intimidation, CT tends to rely on playing the middle politically, which doesn't always work to his advantage.
Longtime Challenge veteran Aneesa has sharpened her social tactics in the game over the years, forming strong alliances with other veterans along the way. With a solid political game and finely tuned puzzle skills, Aneesa may have what it takes to bring home a win.
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Cara Maria has established herself as one of the top competitors in Challenge history. She doesn't shy away from confrontation or feuds with players like Marie and Laurel. If she can keep her infamous temper under control, there's little that stands between her and the final.
Diem became a fan favorite and role model for her courage and positivity both in front of, and away from, the cameras. Her on-off relationship with longtime love CT will forever be a part of Challenge lore. Diem sadly passed away on November 14, 2014, following a decade-long battle with cancer. Her final season, Battle of the Exes II, was dedicated to her and fellow competitor Ryan Knight.
Dunbar was introduced to viewers on The Real World: Sydney and has been in plenty of competitions since. He has the experience, having competed on six seasons of The Challenge, and has proven he has what it takes to win. He also knows what it takes to get into some romantic tangles after proving to be a total flirt during his past stints on the show.
Emily is a tough competitor and shouldn't be taken lightly. This Missouri lady has the grit and tenacity needed to excel in athletics. She takes on The Challenge with enthusiasm and energy, and anyone who gets in her way may find themselves in trouble. Emily's physical fitness and determination make her a strong competitor and asset to any team she's on.
Don't be fooled by the small package, petite Jasmine makes up for her small stature with her larger-than-life personality. Despite her hard edge, she wears her heart on her sleeve. This former competitive cheerleader will stop at nothing to reach the top of the Challenge pyramid and won't let anyone stand in her way.
An undeniable fan favorite, Leroy has won the hearts of fans and his housemates alike with his laid-back personality. Beginning on Rivals, the Challenge veteran has proven he can go far in the game, but his passive political approach could stand in the way of a victory.
Slow and steady wins the race is the philosophy for Quinnipiac University graduate Paula. Some say Paula's weakness is her misplaced loyalty to her shady friends. Others say it's her tendency to crack under pressure. She has competed on two editions of Rivals, the first with Evelyn, and with Emily on Rivals II.
Sarah is a longtime competitor on The Challenge, having participated on seasons including Rivals, Cutthroat and Battle of the Exes. She's had her eyes on the prize from the beginning, joining The Real World for the express purpose of getting on the game. She's got brains and brawn, having an athletic build and time at Oxford University under her belt. Will her super-sweet personality be another advantage for her?
Former BMX rider and X Games gold medalist TJ Lavin assumed his Challenge hosting duties during The Gauntlet 2 in 2005. With over two dozen seasons under his belt, the host has made his expectations of the contestants clear -- quitting is not an option.
Tyrie had a strict upbringing from his military father in Omaha and left Nebraska to pursue new career goals in California. He was on The Inferno 3, participated on the first edition of Rivals -- paired with Davis -- and partnered up with Dunbar for Rivals II. Tyrie is known for his sense of humor and quick wit, and his personable nature makes him a valuable member of any team.
Perhaps one of the most political players in the game, Wes has all but perfected his ability to manipulate his fellow contestants. The veteran has spent his Challenge career strengthening his alliances and working on his seedy game-play tactics. Even though he possesses the strength and determination to win, the reputation he's built throughout his tenure has made him an easy target for elimination.