The Challenge: Bloodlines PREVIEW

In case you haven’t heard, the new season of MTV’s The Challenge is called ‘Bloodlines’ and it’s a format that we’ve never seen on the show. Cast members from shows like ‘The Real World’, ‘Road Rules’, ‘Are You The One?’ will be paired up with a family member from back home. There are some major changes this season, opening up the casting to other shows like ‘Are You the One?’ I guess is a move to create a bigger fan base, but it’s usually always been Road Rules and The Real World people. Having watched a ton of Challenge seasons in the past, you definitely get used to seeing the same old people in every season and it makes it that much more entertaining. I have to say, I couldn’t get myself to watch the last season of The Challenge. The MTV show lost two of their cast members, Diem and Knight, and having the show return during that time was just really weird, I couldn’t get myself to watch it.

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But let’s get to the fun part. Here is the list of the contestants for this season: For pictures of the cast click here.

Aneesa and Rianna (Cousins)

Johnny Bananas and Vince (Cousins)

Camila and Larissa (Sisters)

Cara Maria and Jamie (Cousins)

Cohutta and Jill (Cousins)

Leroy and Candice (Cousins)

Nany and Nicole (Cousins)

KellyAnne and Anthony (Cousins)

Christina and Emily (Sisters)

Cory and Mitch (Cousins)

Dario and Raphy (Brothers)

Jenna and Brianna (Cousins)

Tony and Shane (Brothers)

Thomas and Stephen (Brothers)

As you can see some of the teams are mixed genders, male/female vs male/male so I’m wondering how this pair up is going to work. I’m hoping the dynamic of the new cast from Are You the One won’t be as awkward as I’m anticipating it to be. Hopefully TJ can pull this one together.

The Challenge: Bloodlines premieres Wednesday December 2nd on MTV.

Watch the trailer below

The Challenge: Hold That Pose RECAP

We’re past the halfway point of this season’s MTV The Challenge: Free Agents. This season has proved to be a challenging one especially, since every contestant is on their own, being thrown with random teams/pairs every week for different challenges. It might seem like they’re in the safety of a team, but then the weekly challenge finishes and it’s obvious that everyone should be thinking on their own, because ultimately there will only be one winner.

 

Eliminated: Preston & Aneesa

 

If you missed the craziness check out our slideshow from last night’s episode.

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The Challenge: FREE AGENTS (Episode 1)

Ooh ooh! The new season of MTV’s The Challenge premiered last night and O-M-G it was absolutely spine tingling. If you’re not a fan of the popular MTV series (it’s currently in its 25th season) it’s basically a bunch of Real World people mixed with some randoms. Historically, The Challenge was a blend of two shows on MTV, The Real World and Road Rules. Now they usually take people from all seasons of The Real World, and sometimes throw in some randoms they find on the street. Anyways, it’s basically survivor but they live in a gigantic mansion, Jeff Probst isn’t the host, and they’re all 21-35 year old adults or children, depending on the episode.

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So lets get right into this new season. It’s called ‘Free Agents’ because all the contestants are fighting for themselves. Unlike past seasons where contestants are either paired up with their ‘rivals’, ‘exes’ or just put into teams based on their real world season, this one forces the contestants to face each battle on their own. There’s a catch, since they are ‘free agents’ that technically means they can be thrown around anywhere (to any team), so before each challenge, TJ announces what type of challenge they’ll be doing and with whom. It could be a solo mission, an entire team, or just with another female/male.

This week, contestants were separated into two teams (Red vs. Black). It was sort of like a relay race, certain sections of the challenge were given to certain contestants, some players had to run up 42 flights of stairs being chained to one another. The others were waiting at the top of the highest building in Uruguay to get the key from their stair master teammates and solve a puzzle. Once the puzzle was solved, the left over teammates had to walk across a giant beam hanging in mid air. Sounds exhausting right?

I already noticed the editing in this first episode was different. I’ve seen a lot of these seasons and this first episode is definitely one that stands out in terms of production value. I loved that slow motion camera they had on the contestants walking across the beam. Amazing. Also, how cool was that lit up Challenge sign at the pit or whatever it’s called this season.TheChallenge

To say this first challenge was uneventful is completely underrated. Blood and sweat weren’t the only things flying around, Swift (Real World: St Thomas) had the great idea of literally flying through the air to save his teammates who were being trapped in the stairwell. He jumps over Johnny or someone and gets the key out from under the carnage. It was amazing. LaToya (Real World: St. Thomas) felt sick after her stair climb, apparently she hit her head and was rushed to the emergency room while everyone commented on how ‘weak’ she was. Oh boy, how quickly they should’ve regretted saying that one.

Meanwhile, the fate of her teams victory lied in Jess’ sturdy legs and when she ran over that log and rung that bell it was like a light went off inside of her and every single bad childhood memory she had playing sports was wiped away clean because she won for her team! She did it! Dreams really do come true!

After the black team wins the challenge, the team is forced to vote in two players from the red team. They choose to vote in Chet (Real World:Brooklyn) and LaToya. It wasn’t over yet, because everyone’s names who had at least 1 vote against them were still in the running to be sent into eliminations. At the pit, the contestants with votes against have to lift a card and if there’s a skull on it that means they have to go into eliminations. This week, the guy and girl who saw the skulls were: Jemmye (Real World: Back to New Orleans) and Frank (Real World: San Diego)

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The elimination game was a simple five rounds of put the ball into the hole. You were either offense or defense…you get the point. Honestly, the guys match up was so anti climatic. After 3 rounds, Chet cut his chin wide open. It was bleeding pretty bad but the medics taped him up and TJ asked him if he wanted to continue and get stitched up later or just forfeit. I really didn’t see it coming, but apparently Chet makes money from his gorgina face and chose to forfeit, he admitted that his face and body were worth more than the idea of a large sum of untaxed money. Is it untaxed though?

The girls on the other hand, went HAM. H. A. M…LaToya definitely put up a fight. I think everyone was expecting her to get blown over by Jemmye, but that first round she literally did a circle around Jemmye and put the ball in the bin. The girls ended up fighting until the last round, but LaToya pulled through and she tossed Jemmye out of the ring ending the match. Jemmye’s a good player though and she gave Toya a huge hug and congratulated her on her well deserved victory. See, this is what all women should aspire to!

In the end, Nany reminds us that last season Jemmye was in the finals and this season she’s going home first. That can only mean this challenge is the biggest and baddest season yet! Stay tuned!

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WHO WON RIVALS II??

For once, we can say Johnny Bananas didn’t win first place…and for that I am grateful. For the girls, I think it was pretty obvious Emily and Paula would come in first place…Cooke and Cara came in second. At the start of the race Cooke and Cara had a good lead…but the powerhouse duo caught up to them midway in the eating portion of the challenge.

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CT and Wes absolutely killed this final race…I had a huge smile on my face watching these two long time rivals battle it out. CT was so supportive of Wes, the entire time he was encouraging him and reminding him why they came all this way. CT might be a crazy maniac but I love watching him in finals…he was so good with Diem last time it’s a shame they didn’t win.

Anyways, CT and Wes won first place…they actually had a huge lead against Frank and Johnny. The horn being blown from the beach could be heard inland where Johnny and Frank were still working on their obstacle. I’m sure it’s a crushing feeling to hear that horn, but I was glad Johnny wasn’t the happy and smug one for once.

Emily and Paula made it back to the boat with Cara and Cooke trailing a ways behind. It looked like Cara and Cooke gave up once Paula and Emily passed them in the carrying obstacle. They just knew there was no way they’d catch up and beat them.

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There has been some crazy ass final challenges in the past few years, and even though this one looked intense…I don’t think it was as crazy as others. I didn’t like how there were only 4 teams in the final race….in the past there were several teams with 4 or 5  people all in the running…bigger teams…bigger suspense…you just have no idea whose going to win. In Rivals II we knew who was going to come in first place…or at least knew who would be winning some money. I was just waiting for it to be over.

Congratulations CT and Wes…finally CT wins his first ever Challenge! Emily and Paula absolutely killed the entire season…I don’t think it was a fair pairing…they are two extremely strong contenders and it just doesn’t make sense for those two to be paired together…in comparison to other teams like Cooke and her original partner Naomi.

I am so curious as to what the next Challenge will be…I’m hoping for a Rookies VS Vets…we haven’t seen one in a while and now that we have more rookies it will definitely be a great platform for the drama to unfold.

1st PLACE

       CT and Wes    |    Emily and Paula

2nd PLACE

Johnny and Frank  |  Cooke and Cara

3rd PLACE

Marlon and Jordan   |   Jemmye and Camila

RIVALS II: Who Got Eliminated?

On last night’s episode of MTV’s Rivals II we said goodbye to Real World New Orleans cast members Knight and Preston. After falling into last place…Knight and Preston had no choice but to fight for their lives in the jungle. This was the last elimination for the guys so it was extremely important to win.

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Rookies Marlon and Jordan knew they would be facing Knight and Preston…they ended up ruining them in the final jungle. Great job for the rookies…they just won themselves a ticket to the final race.

The 3 teams for the guys are:
CT and Wes

Johnny and Frank

Marlon and Jordan

Next week is a girls elimination…at this point teams are so close to the final challenge nobody wants to go into a jungle. We’ll see how it goes down.

The 4 teams for the girls are:

Diem and Aneesa

Emily and Paula

Cooke and Cara

Jemmye and Camila

Tune in next week for what’s sure to be one of the best episodes of the season!

RIVALS II: The Couples Quiz

Still recovering from last week’s bizarre elimination round, the roomies have all banded together in their quest to bring down Theresa. When did this girl become Pucket’s most hated?

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By innocently throwing away her vote for LeRoy, Theresa allowed Diem to effortlessly stir the pot, and when Diem’s final vote sent Leroy into eliminations, Theresa decides she can no longer trust ANYONE in the house. Girl, this isn’t a game of friendship, people are ready to attack and the fact that she was so surprised by Diem’s move, proves how little she knows about the challenge.

Moving on!…It’s a girl elimination week, which means the drama meters were boiling, especially because we’re halfway to the final challenge. TJ has a sneaky deaky challenge lined up, one that tests how well the rival teams know each other. One team member is tied up to a rope, suspended over the water ( as usual) and the other teammate has to answer questions, with the same answers their partner gave. Emily and Paula obviously killed the game like they always do, winning first place and winning immunity from eliminations.

Jemmye and Camilla were the first team to go down, so they automatically get sent to eliminations.  This game also added fire to the flame, as some questions asked team members who they thought was the fakest in the house? Or who needed the most attention in the house? The worst part was, if you answered wrong, you would’ve proven to the entire house what you thought of that person, then TJ named who your partner really chose …so now two people hate you in the house! It happened to Jemmye and Jonna, TJ asks Nany who Jonna thinks is fake in the house…and Jonna ends up saying  Jemmye. It was a big surprise for Jemmye, while she’s sitting on the side line, she flashes that ghetto girl grin like s**** about to go down NOLA style!

The guys have a laugh out of it, TJ asks CT which girl in the house is the trashiest…CT opts to not say anyone’s name and basically sends Wes into the waters. It was a very smart move on CT’s part.

Right away, Theresa is putting in work trying to get the rookie guys on her side. She asks them to vote in Diem and Aneesa, Jordan tells her that he has her back and they’re all good. After that, Jordan and Marlon are discussing their decision, when Johnny B overhears and decides to give them some words of advice. Obviously, the smartest choice would be to vote Theresa in because nobody wants her there. When TJ arrives, Jordan admits he promised Theresa one thing, but he’s going back on his word and voting for her anyways. Whatt’ya gonna do Theresa! This one’s for the books. Jasmine stands up before her name is even called…all like she’s ready for the battle, nothing can stop her, she always has the funniest walk when she knows she’s going into eliminations. TJ is quick to notice it and even asks her why she takes on a different attitude when she knows she could be going home. It’s so funny.

This elimination looked like fun, the two teams had to run on treadmills while throwing a ball across to their teammate, and then they had to dump the ball into a bin.  Looks easy but when you’re running your ass off..it becomes tricky. Oh and there’s a big muddy hole in the ground so if you fly off the treadmill…it’ll break the fall.

They seem to edit the eliminations the same, at first they make you think one team has it in the bag and then magically the other team wins. Jasmine and Theresa started off good, but when Jasmine takes a tumble…the momentum stops. Jemmye and Camilla end up winning…which is a good thing because we are all Team NOLA. But jasmine, you will be missed.

In the end, Jordan admits whatever feelings he has for Jonna are irrelevant because he’s trying to the win the big money. On the other side of the house, Nany is talking about Jonna and how she always needs a guy’s attention in her life, which sounds about right. Nany admits the reason her and Jonna are rivals are because of Jonna’s ex…Zach. There is a whole lot of drama behind these partners that the show doesn’t even show!

Thought you guys would like this CLICK on CT! 🙂

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RIVALS II: Bad Charades, Sucky Teammates

Last night was another crazy episode of MTV’s The Challenge Rivals II. Right off the start, Marlon’s sexuality is the topic of discussion, with Derek admitting they hooked up the first night in the pool. Derek wasn’t sure if anyone else knew Marlon was gay, so he didn’t want to tell anyone. Jordan, who was on the same season with Marlon, told the other guys, Marlon admitted to them that he was bisexual. This surprises the other guys because Marlon couldn’t be a more Alpha male type. During their charades game, Leroy passes up the opportunity to act out Marlon, because he doesn’t really know the rookie. Knight jumps up and decides to act out Marlon…only nobody finds it funny…and a fight breaks out.

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I love Knight, but sometimes he just acts like a 5-year old and doesn’t realize his actions are hurting other people. I don’t think it’s the right way to play the game, especially when you’re depending on the girls to vote for you. The fight breaks out between Marlon and Knight, and surprisingly Preston jumps in to save the day.

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Trishelle and Aneesa some how get into a verbal argument, Trishelle is literally a nut job and she decides to pack up her bags and leave! I actually didn’t think she would go through with it, but she walks out, doesn’t even say bye to anyone and leaves her partner alone. Sarah…who we love..but hasn’t had the best luck with partners is stuck wondering what her fate will be. TJ shows up, which is always bad news. He tells Sarah they don’t have another partner for her,  therefore she has to leave! How can this happen again!!!

SarahShe really is a great competitor, and it sucks to see her leave because of her partner’s decision, but I don’t think she would’ve made it to the end with Trishelle. Next time she’s on a show, they should have 3 back up partners for her!

Challenge day, and it is another crazy obstacle. Partners have to climb up a shaky ladder, above water, and slide themselves across two ropes. It’s shaky and hard to keep still with your partner moving along with you, if you fall into the water you have to start again.

Ct WesKnight and Preston came in last, they were the only team that couldn’t make it to the end. This time, it was actually Knight’s fault, once he fell, he couldn’t get back onto the rope in time, poor Preston was hanging there the whole damn time!

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No surprise, Emily and Paula came in first, Johnny B and Frank came in first for the guys. The girls ended up voting for Derek and Robb to face Knight and Preston in the elimination round.

Teams had to battle it out with sticks that they had to break on their opponents body. The only thing, they were blindfolded and had to follow the instructions of their teammate from the side line. Robb and Derek won the first round against Preston.

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Knight beat Derek for the second round, tying the game  up. For the final round, it was Robb vs Knight, and Knight came out of the woodwork to win this elimination for his team!

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We lost like four people in one episode, it was cray cray. In the end, Knight apologizes to Marlon for his actions. Marlon forgives him for now…and then hooks up with Nany! Oh Yeah!

 

 

RIVALS 2: 69?

rivalsIIWith the new season of MTV’s The Challenge:Rivals 2, the teams of two are sure to be subjected to some crazy ass challenges. Last night proving to be one of them…titled ’69’ by a few cast mates on Twitter. It started off with a little hip action sawing, working together to cut a piece of wood. Then, partners had to literally carry their other half upside down (69 style) through an obstacle course…grab a ball with their mouth…pass the ball down to the other person…and have them put the tiny ball into the opening of a pipe on the sand. It sounds really difficult, but evidently the biggest challenge was having your teammates crotch in your face…seemed like a few people couldn’t deal with that.

The guys had to be the funniest, for some reason Wes gave up right off the start. It was a girls elimination so he just didn’t feel like doing it. CT, who looked like he was having fun, kept going on with Knight, whose partner Preston quit as well. Knight and CT tried running the course together, until TJ kicked them off.

SawingSpeaking of teams, the pairing of some ‘rival’ teams are questionable…since Naomi had to leave Thailand for personal reasons, we found out Cooke’s new partner is……Cara Maria….?….? Really? I think she’s annoying and are they even rivals?, for Cooke it might be a blessing in red hair. Cooke is a rookie, but she’s strong and smart and with Cara Maria’s experience I think they’ll go far. For the girls, the team to beat right now is Emily and Paula. It seems like they will be the team to beat for the rest of the game, I can’t imagine any other team coming close to them. Maybe Jonna and Nany….or Cooke and Cara but even then E and P seem like a solid team. They came in first place again last night, giving them immunity from the elimination. Rookie team Anastasia and Jessica came in last which automatically puts them in the elimination round.

69Back at the house, the guys decide on who they want to vote for. The final tally goes for Cooke and Cara to battle it out with the rookies. I was pretty confident these two powerhouses would beat the rookies, but ya never know.

This season’s elimination battle looks similar to last season’s. I feel like they copied the same games, just gave them a different name and look. Last night’s game had both teams suspended in the air, above dirty looking water. Each team had to quickly saw away at a rope that would bring down the losing team right into the water. Before the round even started, Anastasia feels sick, she says her head is spinning and she can’t see straight. At this point, everyone is just sick of her and her rookie drama, C & C were waiting in their position, Cooke couldn’t wait any longer so she decided to let it all out and pee in the water below.

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Anastasia pulls it together, they go on with the challenge, a few editing cuts later we feel like Anastasia and Jessica might have a chance, but C & C pull through for the win, eliminating the rookie girls team. Who saw that one coming?

SIDE DRAMA:

Trishelle confronts CT about hooking up with Anastasia, of course CT denies it but everyone knows he’s lying. CT asks her why she’s talking about his sex life, somehow Frank gets involved and him and CT almost end up fighting, thank you God for Knight in shining armour. Frank starts crying, he runs to Johnny and tells him of his findings, Johnny laughs it off, and admits he’s super worried about his team’s fate if his partner is already crying in the first week.

Anastasia realizes she’s ‘that’ girl when Theresa tells her about CT and Diem. Anastasia is stunned at the news, as if she’s never watched The Challenge before! How do you not know about CT and Diem?…it’s like the greatest love story in the history of reality TV. She’s a dumbass and she knows it, CT hooked up with her and now she’s all upset and regretful. Sorry A, that still makes you the rookie ho even if you realize it. It’s time for her to leave when she starts a fight with CT, he fights back by saying he never promised her anything, they just hooked up…but she’s embarrassed so she has to put up a front and act all ‘independent woman’. Waste of time, later girl!

DumbassesJordan proves he’s a real man when he’s able to lift the same weights as Thor. If you don’t know, Jordan doesn’t really have a left hand, it’s more like a wrist, but that doesn’t stop him from challenging himself. A quality Sara really admires, and apparently Jordan has the hots for her as well. They hook up in the closet…it’ll be interesting to see where this one goes.

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MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals II

Nothing tops off a new season of MTV’s The Challenge, and this season is no different with cast mates being paired up with their ‘enemies’. It’s the second season of ‘Rivals’ in the past three years…and I’ll admit I was hoping for a Vet VS Rookie matchup instead. But whatevs, the season was off to a great start last night, we got see a lot of fake shocked faces when they realized who they’d be paired up against.

What do you guys think of the teams? I would’ve liked to see a Johnny/Wes match up, I think they have more drama than CT/Wes. Poor Dunbar, he’s had no luck the last few times he’s been out to play and you can tell he’s already given up when he finds out he’s paired up with Tyrie. Tyrie looks like he’d be a good competitor, but he usually fails at everything, and proves muscles don’t mean squat. Derek/Robb, I really like them both, separately..I don’t know how far they will last, they just don’t seem like a strong team. Okay, Knight/Preston- I’m so sick of these two being paired together, like we get it, we know Knight gets annoyed atPreston, I love Preston but gawd! He’s really bad in these challenges! I would’ve liked to see Knight with the other kid he hated from his season…what was his name?

Let me just say from now, Emily and Paula will win it for the girls. It will be a clean sweep, they are by far the strongest team, they have experience and strength…and compared to the other girls they’re just on another level. I think Jonna and Nany will go far…I hope Naomi/Cooke can figure their s*** out because Naomi is flipping’ entertaining to watch. Diem/Aneesa is a tricky one, I like them both, I hope they get far, I think the fact that they know most of the guys will keep them around for long. I’m honestly just happy Jasmine is back, when she gets in her ‘moods’ she has me on the floor dying of laughter.

For the guys, I’m hoping CT can finally win one, but in the past Wes is known to do some stupid s***…on the flip side he has won a challenge so maybe that’ll help. Zach and Trey are looking good so far, they won last night’s Challenge, giving them immunity for the elimination. They look good, Trey is super optimistic, he wants to prove himself and Zach just needs to make sure his hair doesn’t get in the way.

Last night’s episode ended off with a big bombshell, TJ tells the house that the girls will be deciding who goes into elimination for the guys, and the guys will decide for the girls. AKA all the alliances the guys/girls made with each other, are pointless. The girls decide on Robb and Derek against the last place Dunbar and Tyrie.

The best part of last night’s episode was CT and Diem, and I’m sure everyone felt the same. Even you Aneesa!! They’re like the ultimate love story that ever came out of one of these challenges, and hopefully this season we’ll get to see more of them.

Talk to me, Tweet to me what did you guys think of last night’s premiere?

BATTLE OF THE EXES: WHO WON?

Last night’s episode of the Exes was quite disappointing. It seems every time Johnny is in one of these challenges, he walks away as the winner. Coming in first place, him and Camilla make a cool $150,000 between themselves, CT and Diem fall in second place…and Ty and Emily finish in third.

At least all the teams finished, at one point it looked like CT was going to collapse and die. Him and Diem had a good lead on Johnny and Camilla. I don’t know what got into CT, he just broke down and ran out of gas. Diem was hustling through the snow, and if he had kept up with her they would’ve won.

I have to say, I’m most proud of Ty and Emily who definitely earned their spot on top of the mountain. They went through like 4 or 5 DOME elimination rounds, won each and every one of them, and then fought their way to the finish line. Considering nobody thought they’d be in the final 3…they did amazing.

It looked like the girls were whooping a** last night, Diem was on a roll…her partner CT could barely keep up with her. And Emily was using those long legs to climb through the snow…seriously I thought at one point she would win it all, but her partner Ty was definitely holding her back.

I think if Johnny and Emily were partnered together…they would’ve won the race before any other team even got to the halfway checkpoint.

That’s it for this season,  check out The S**t They Should’ve Shown on http://www.mtv.ca or http://www.mtv.com- it was actually really funny.

Until next time! xo