Chris Tamburello
Challenger Profile
Original Series RW: Paris
Born July 16, 1980 (1980-07-16) (age 38)
Hometown Boston, Massachusetts
Challenge Career
Seasons The Inferno (final)
The Inferno II (final)
The Duel
The Inferno 3
The Gauntlet III (final)
The Duel II
Battle of the Exes (final)
Rivals II (won)
Free Agents
Battle of the Exes II
Invasion of the Champions (won)
XXX: Dirty 30 (final)
Final Reckoning
Challenge Wins 44
Eliminations 8 (5 wins, 3 losses)
Money Won $265,000
Spinoffs Champs vs. Pros
Champs vs. Stars (2017) (won)
Champs vs. Stars (2018) (won)
Challenge Wins 12
Money Raised $112,950
Social Media
Twitter TheOfficial_CT
Instagram _famous4nothing


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He's a sweet guy under his tough exterior -- he even sent tulips to his Paris roommates for Valentine's Day. Oops, our bad: he took credit for the flowers, even though he had nothing to do with the special delivery. If it will help him, he'll tell people what they want to hear even if it's a lie. His desire to win overrides any previous friendships he has with teammates -- remember how he taunted Leah to "step it up" during The Inferno? Harsh! But, he saved hometown friend David by taking his place in the Inferno. Taking a spin after eating a hefty helping of cookies and milk, CT's iron stomach saved him from elimination, but his Bad Guys were beaten in the final mission by the Good Guys. Back after a vacation from the Challenge, will this bad boy's good deed pay off with a big win?

He's a sweet guy under his tough exterior -- he even sent tulips to his Paris roommates for Valentine's Day. Oops, our bad: he took credit for the flowers, even though he had nothing to do with the special delivery. We first saw proof of this softer side when he saved hometown friend David by taking his place in the Inferno. More recently on The Duel, we watched in amazement as romance blossomed between this notorious bad boy and Fresh Meat's Diem. Who could have imagined?! CT is epitome of a Challenge Bad Ass. Has Diem softened up this tough guy or will we see the rough and tough CT we all knew and loved to watch?

There's few who play the game quite like CT. A fast-talker, a notorious schemer, and most of all a loose cannon, CT left The Inferno 3 early after punching Davis in the eye. Before that, he had a vicious meltdown on The Duel after he lost to Brad, and threatened to "murder" Wes. CT's softer side came out on The Duel, when romance blossomed with Diem, making for the most unlikely "teaming" in Challenge history.

A Challenge veteran, CT is no stranger to fans of the series, who know him for being someone who will do anything to win -- including lie, cheat and steal. He's a hard-partier who has been kicked out of past competitions for drinking too much and fighting (remember the black eye he gave Davis before The Inferno 3 even got underway?). Since being on the losing side of the last Gauntlet finale, he's been traveling around the United States. But after finding out he was going to New Zealand for another shot at winning a Challenge, he says he's "been pumping a lot of iron in preparation. I've got more motivation than ever before."

Perhaps the most feared man in Challenge history, sexy bad-boy CT enters Rivals with a new attitude, revealing, "I've been staying out of trouble, surrounding myself with good people, trying to do the right thing and not be a knucklehead." While CT insists that his dark days are behind him, not everyone is buying his "Mr. Nice Guy" attitude makeover. This Challenge goliath's mere presence alone will put a target on his back. The men want CT out of the game. And as far as the women...look for this lady's man to get tangled up in a very messy -- and unexpected -- love triangle.

CT struck up a romance with Diem on The Duel and the relationship blossomed as Diem, a survivor of ovarian cancer, found solace with CT during her difficult recovery process. However, when Diem decided to focus all her energy on her career the two parted ways. Things took a darker turn, when the two exes returned for The Duel II and Adam told Diem that CT had been hooking up with Shauvon and they haven't spoken or seen each other since. News of their partnership has reopened old wounds for Diem who maintains, "I don't know what our dynamic is at this point other than the fact that I'm still angry. Like, I'm pissed." CT remains undeterred by Diem's rage, claiming, "There's no way she can be mad at me cause I won't let her be mad at me." Will bad boy, CT charm his way back into Diem's heart or will their turbulent past prove to be too much to overcome?

Wes and CT have one of the most infamous rivalries in Challenge history. Their tumultuous past dates all the way back to The Duel, and most recently flared up on Rivals when Wes tried to take CT out of the game. "I'm paired with someone who's threatened my family's life, who I've gotten in screaming matches with in four or five different countries, that I legitimately am scared of," Wes explains. However, these two savvy players understand they'll need to keep the peace in order to bring home a win. CT promises, "We may not be the best of friends now, and we may not be the best of friends in the end, but we both want to win. We're gonna give everyone a run for their money." Ever the bad-boy Romeo, CT ends up romancing his ex, Diem, but also cozies up to several other girls in the house for political purposes. Wes may finally have a pit bull for a partner, but can he keep him on his leash? Or will CT's impulsive personality send this power team packing?

After ten seasons, Challenge legend CT finally notched a win, taking first place on Rivals II. One of the most respected and feared players in the game, CT is equal parts athlete and politician. While the Free Agents twist sends many of his fellow veterans scrambling, CT is already a step ahead. He cautions, "Sooner or later your number's going to get called. I've always been a free agent and now everybody's gonna have to play my game." Can CT make it two wins in a row? Or will he relinquish his Challenge crown?

CT and Diem hold the record for the longest standing love story in Challenge history. After meeting on The Duel, CT fell for Diem when she bravely removed her wig for a mud challenge, fresh after a battle with ovarian cancer. The two continued their romance off the show and fell deeply in love. However, their relationship hit rocky ground when Diem set her focus on her career. The pair overcame their obstacles and won second place on Battle of the Exes, but their trust was damaged at the end of Rivals II, when Diem felt betrayed by CT's political game. CT admits, "I'm looking forward to redeeming myself with Diem. This is Diem's game. Diem deserves to win." CT and Diem weathered many storms, and their epic on-again, off-again love sustained over the years. Diem explains, "Seeing CT here gives me some sort of relief that somebody is somewhat in my corner. This Challenge will show what type of relationship we have."

CT makes a triumphant return to The Challenge after a three-year absence. Since going off the grid, this reformed Boston bad boy has emerged with a new outlook on life, "I used to have a chip on my shoulder but I'm not that same guy anymore. Life is funny. It's up and down for sure, but right now I'm in a high point in my life and I'm excited to be back." But don’t be fooled, this power player is ready to smash heads on the battlefield and show these new kids why he is a legend. And in a moment that you will never see coming, CT will reveal the shocking reason he needs to win the money and leave viewers speechless.

CT is undeniably The Challenge's number-one bad boy, with seasons worth of arguments under his belt. From being disqualified in the middle of an elimination (The Duel) to getting sent home for fighting (The Duel II), CT is still as dirty as ever. The Invasion of the Champions gold medalist insists he has changed through the years -- but will his past tendencies to throw down emerge because he's surrounded by all of these (fellow) dirty players?

Chris 'CT' Tamburello is the The Challenge's number one bad boy, with seasons full of arguments, fights, finals, and championships under his belt. Known for dominating in every type of competition, 'CT' is equally strong at food and puzzle challenges as well as challenges that require strength and endurance. With a track record full of fist fights and shouting matches, 'CT' has no problem calling people out and telling them to back off – Stars beware.

From bad boy to dad bod, there is no Challenge competitor quite like Chris 'CT' Tamburello. Returning from his last Champs vs. Stars win, CT is back to raise more money for charity, but also to show any Star that this is the Champs game, and no one can take that title away from them. Known for his super human strength, willingness to eat just about anything, and never backing down from a confrontation, there’s not much that CT can't, or won't, do for a win. As long as his temper doesn't get the best of him, CT will always remain a huge force to be reckoned with for any Champ and Star. The charity he'll be playing for is F.I.G.H.T.

Challenge Veterans, CT and Veronica, have competed on their fair share of seasons together. Reuniting on The Challenge: Dirty 30, the pair consistently argued with one another. When CT was given the opportunity, he sent Veronica into elimination, claiming that no one wanted to be on a team with her. After returning from elimination, Veronica earned her revenge by sending CT straight to the Redemption House. Will these two Vets be able to put their differences aside and claim another Challenge victory?

The Inferno

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Grope the Rope Real World SAFE
2 Bird Feeder SAFE
3 Wreck N' Roll SAFE
4 Climbing Wall WIN
5 Disco Domino Derby SAFE
6 Balls Out WIN
7 Ultimate Saturn Road Trip SAFE
8 Don't Yank My Chain SAFE
9 Come Sail Away SAFE
10 Bungee Bound INFERNO
11 Twist and Shoot SAFE
12 Balcony Swing WIN
13 Fallen Angels SAFE
14/15 Saturn Valet Ballet SAFE
15/17 Window Washing SAFE
18 Seven Deadly Sins LOSER

Money Won: $11,000

Elimination History

Episode Inferno Opponent Result
10 Don't Toss Your Cookies Shane WIN

The Inferno II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Surf Torture Bad Asses SAFE
2 Juice It Up WIN
3 X Marks the Spot SAFE
4 Run For Your Money SAFE
5 Shirt Off My Back SAFE
6 Dodge Yer Balls WIN
7 Fill in the Gaps SAFE
8 Zip Up WIN
9 Never Ending Climb SAFE
10 What a Drag WIN
11 Riddle Me This SAFE
12 Time to Ride SAFE
13 If Memory Serves SAFE
14 Crab Grab WIN
15 Heart Rate Bungee WIN
16 Montezuma's Revenge LOSER

Money Won: $10,000

The Duel

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Reaching Out N/A SAFE
2/3 Ring Toss SAFE
3 Pass With Care Diem SAFE
4 Roller Derby N/A SAFE
5 Push Over SAFE
6 Flying Leap WIN
7 Throwback Diem SAFE
8 Rafty Race N/A WIN
9 Pole Dance Team CT SAFE
10 Dine-N-Dash Team Diem SAFE
11 Stacking Stairs Diem SAFE
12 Ice Breakers N/A SAFE
13 Sunken Treasure Diem DUEL
14 Around the Block N/A WIN
15 Paddle Me Jodi DQ

Elimination History

Episode Duel Opponent Result
13 Ascender EvanDuelIcon
15 Push Me BradDuelIcon


  • CT was disqualified from the "Push Me" duel after improperly unhooking the flag from the carabiner.

The Inferno 3

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 N/A Bad Asses DQ


  • Before any challenges took place, CT was removed from the game for drunkenly punching Davis.

The Gauntlet III

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Piñata Pit Veterans WIN
2 Screw You WIN
Roped In WIN
3 Wring Out WIN
Blind Man's Maze SAFE
4 Push It WIN
Man Overboard WIN
5 Assembly Required SAFE
Walk the Plank WIN
6 Pole Push WIN
I Dig You WIN
7 Over the Edge SAFE
Mexican Blanket WIN
8/9 Chill Out SAFE
Well-Balanced SAFE
9 Army Strong LOSER

The Duel II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 N/A DQ


  • Before any challenges took place, CT and Adam were both disqualified from the competition after they engaged in an ugly brawl.


Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive SAFE
2 Car Crusher WIN
3 Sync or Swim WIN
4 Hammock Crawl SAFE
5 Against the Current SAFE
6 Catch and Release JUNGLE
7 Sawed Off SAFE
8/9 Bombs Away OUT

Money Won: $1,000

Elimination History

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
6 Rail Slide WIN
8/9 T-Bone OUT

Battle of the Exes

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Give Me Some Honey SAFE
2 Hook Up SAFE
3 Mental Connection SAFE
4 Rolling in the Deep SAFE
5 Don't Rock the Boat SAFE
6 Lube Me Up SAFE
7/8 Race to the Altar WIN
8/9 Feel the Burn WIN
9/10 Viking Quest SECOND

Money Won: $52,500

Rivals II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Game of Inches SAFE
2 XXX Games SAFE
3 Mind Over Splatter SAFE
4 Stumped SAFE
5 Frog Smash WIN
6 Frenemies SAFE
7 Blind Leading the Blind SAFE
8 Swingers WIN
9 Rampage WIN
10/11 Color Correction N/A
11/12 Dream Island WINNER
Nightmare Island

Money Won: $63,000

Free Agents

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Out on a Ledge Team Black WIN
2 Auto Body Rally Emilee SAFE
3 Bar Crawl Team Cara Maria SAFE
4 Bounce Out Team Red WIN
5 Piggy Back Team Yellow SAFE
6 Smarty Pants N/A SAFE
7 Sausage Party SAFE
8 Hold That Pose Team Devyn WIN
9 Dug Out Zach WIN
10/11 Crossover Cara Maria ELIM
11 N/A OUT

Elimination History

Episode Elimination Opponent Result
11 Wrecking Wall WIN
Puzzle Pyramid OUT

Battle of the Exes II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 I Got You Babe SAFE
2 Rounding the Bases SAFE
3 N/A DQ


  • Diem fell severely ill following the "Rounding the Bases" challenge. TJ later delivered the news that Diem was medically unable to continue competing. CT was sent home as a result of being partnered with Diem.

Invasion of the Champions

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
5/6 Knockout Champions SAFE
7 Roll with the Punches SAFE
8 Curry Up SAFE
9/10 Fallout WIN
10 Crossover SAFE
11/12 X-It SAFE
12/13 Caved In FORTRESS
14/15 Final Challenge Camila WINNER
Ashley M.

Money Won: $112,500


  • CT invaded the competition prior to the "Knockout" challenge as part of a season twist.

Elimination History

Episode Fortress Opponent Result
12/13 Knot So Fast WIN

Champs vs. Pros

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Against the Ropes Champs SAFE
2 Tailgate BBQ SAFE
3/4 Out of Bounds SAFE
4 Keep Your Eye on the Prize SAFE
5 Over the Line WIN
6 No Guts, No Glory OUT

Money Raised: $5,000

XXX: Dirty 30

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
2/3 Cool Under Fire N/A WIN
3/4 Battle Royale Green Team WIN
6/7 Pirates' Treasure Cara Maria WIN
7/8 Ups and Downs Dark Blue Team WIN
8/9 Talk Thirty to Me N/A SAFE
11/12 Saved by the Bell Team Hunter WIN
12/13 Blackout Pink Team OUT
15/16 X Marks the Spot Cara Maria WIN
Snaking Your Way Back In N/A SAFE
16/17 Final Challenge Tori THIRD
Cara Maria

Money Won: $15,000


  • CT was unable to arrive with the rest of his castmates due to passport issues and joined the game prior to the "Cool Under Fire" challenge.

Redemption History

Episode Challenge Opponents Result
15 The Final Redemption Challenge WIN

Champs vs. Stars (2017)

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Tow Truck Champs SAFE
2/3 Parkour the Course SAFE
3/4 Slam Ball SAFE
4 Push Ball SAFE
5 Jumbo Foosball SAFE
6 Flag Pole WIN
7/8 Sink or Swim SAFE
8 Championship Series WINNER

Money Raised: $55,000

Champs vs. Stars (2018)

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Stair Down Red Team SAFE
2 Over the Edge SAFE
3 Release the Rainbow WIN
4 Face Off SAFE
5 Jumbo Table Hockey SAFE
6 Cross Fire SAFE
7/8 Go Deep SAFE
8 Spot On SAFE
9/10 Text Tile WIN
10 Bankroll WINNER

Money Raised: $52,950

Final Reckoning

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Opening Challenge SAFE
2/3 Wreck Yourself SAFE
5 Shark Bait OUT

Redemption History

Episode Apocalypse Partner Opponents Result
10 Pyramid Schemers Not Selected OUT



  • CT made a surprise appearance during Episodes 8 and 9 of Cutthroat as a heavy hitter to compete against Johnny Devenanzio and Tyler Duckworth in the Gulag. The two players would each face CT in the "Back Up Off Me" elimination in an attempt to outlast the other.
  • CT made two surprise appearances during Episodes 8 and 9 of Battle of the Bloodlines. In Episode 8, he was brought in with Diem Brown's younger sister, Faith, to demonstrate the "Too Clingy" challenge as a tribute to Diem. In Episode 9, he was brought back again as a 'heavy hitter' to compete against Jamie Banks in the Pit.
  • CT and Camila Nakagawa share the record for most Challenge seasons being sent home without formally losing an elimination round, with three each.
  • CT holds the record for most Challenges seasons before winning, with eight.
  • CT holds the record for most Daily Challenge wins, with forty.
  • CT is the only cast member to be disqualified from two Challenge seasons due to physical violence.
  • CT is the only cast member to win more than one spin-off season.
The Duel Cast Members
The Inferno 3 Cast Members
Rivals Cast Members
JohnnyRivalsIcon TylerRivalsIcon
EvelynRivalsIcon PaulaRivalsIcon
KennyRivalsIcon WesRivalsIcon
CaraMariaRivalsIcon LaurelRivalsIcon
LeroyRivalsIcon MichaelRivalsIcon
JennRivalsIcon MandiRivalsIcon
AdamKRivalsIcon CTRivalsIcon
Adam K. & CT
JasmineRivalsIcon JonnaRivalsIcon
EvanRivalsIcon NehemiahRivalsIcon
KatelynnRivalsIcon SarahRivalsIcon
BrandonRivalsIcon TyRivalsIcon
CamilaRivalsIcon TheresaRivalsIcon
DavisRivalsIcon TyrieRivalsIcon
AneesaRivalsIcon RobinRivalsIcon
Finalist (Disqualified)
Battle of the Exes Cast Members
JohnnyExesIcon CamilaExesIcon
CTExesIcon DiemExesIcon
CT & Diem
TyExesIcon EmilyExesIcon
MarkExesIcon RobinExesIcon
DunbarExesIcon PaulaExesIcon
AneesaExesIcon RachelExesIcon
AbramExesIcon CaraMariaExesIcon
TyrieExesIcon JasmineExesIcon
LeroyExesIcon NaomiExesIcon
DustinExesIcon HeatherExesIcon
WesExesIcon MandiExesIcon
VinnyExesIcon SarahExesIcon
NateExesIcon PriscillaExesIcon
Medically Removed
Rivals II Cast Members
CTRivals2Icon WesRivals2Icon
CT & Wes
EmilyRivals2Icon PaulaRivals2Icon
FrankRivals2Icon JohnnyRivals2Icon
CaraMariaExesIcon CookeRivals2Icon
JordanRivals2Icon MarlonRivals2Icon
CamilaRivals2Icon JemmyeRivals2Icon
AneesaRivals2Icon DiemRivals2Icon
KnightRivals2Icon PrestonRivals2Icon
JonnaRivals2Icon NanyRivals2Icon
LeroyRivals2Icon TyRivals2Icon
JasmineRivals2Icon TheresaRivals2Icon
TreyRivals2Icon ZachRivals2Icon
DerekRivals2Icon RobbRivals2Icon
SarahRivals2Icon TrishelleRivals2Icon
AnastasiaRivals2Icon JessicaRivals2Icon
DunbarRivals2Icon TyrieRivals2Icon
Third Place
Battle of the Exes II Cast Members
JordanExes2Icon SarahExes2Icon
LeroyExes2Icon TheresaExes2Icon
JayExes2Icon JennaExes2Icon
BananasExes2Icon NanyExes2Icon
ZachExes2Icon JonnaExes2Icon
JohnnyExes2Icon AvereyExes2Icon
AdamExes2Icon BrittanyExes2Icon
KnightExes2Icon JemmyeExes2Icon
JohnExes2Icon SimoneExes2Icon
CTExes2Icon DiemExes2Icon
CT & Diem
ThomasExes2Icon HaileyExes2Icon
DustinExes2Icon JessicaExes2Icon
Finalist (Quit)
Medically Removed
Champs vs. Pros Cast Members
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KamerionCvPIcon LindseyCvPIcon
CamilaCvPIcon WesCvPIcon
Eliminated at Challenge
Champs vs. Stars (2017) Cast Members
Riff RaffCvSIcon
Eliminated at Challenge
Medically Removed
Champs vs. Stars (2018) Cast Members
CTCvS2Icon TonyCvS2Icon
CT & Tony
CasperCvS2Icon LouiseCvS2Icon
DanielCvS2Icon WesCvS2Icon
DrakeCvS2Icon KailahCvS2Icon
LilMamaCvS2Icon ToriCvS2Icon
BrookeCvS2Icon ShaneCvS2Icon
JozeaCvS2Icon SelitaCvS2Icon
Eliminated at Challenge
Medically Removed
Final Reckoning Cast Members
AshleyFRIcon HunterFRIcon
JossFRIcon SylviaFRIcon
NatalieFRIcon PaulieFRIcon
CaraMariaFRIcon MarieFRIcon
BananasFRIcon TonyFRIcon
KamFRIcon KayleighFRIcon
NelsonFRIcon ShaneFRIcon
CoryFRIcon DevinFRIcon
DaVonneFRIcon JozeaFRIcon
AmandaFRIcon ZachFRIcon
BradFRIcon KyleFRIcon
AngelaFRIcon FaithFRIcon
DerrickFRIcon ToriFRIcon
CTFRIcon VeronicaFRIcon
BritniFRIcon ChuckFRIcon
JemmyeFRIcon JennaFRIcon
Eliminated by Mercenaries
Eliminated at Challenge