|Original Series||The Real World: Paris|
|Born||July 16, 1980|
|Seasons||The Inferno (final)|
The Inferno II (final)
The Inferno 3
The Gauntlet III (final)
The Duel II
Battle of the Exes (final)
Rivals II (won)
Battle of the Exes II
Invasion of the Champions (won)
XXX: Dirty 30 (final)
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds 2 (won)
Double Agents (won)
|Eliminations||11 (6 wins, 5 losses)|
|Spin-offs||Champs vs. Pros|
Champs vs. Stars (2017) (won)
Champs vs. Stars (2018) (won)
Chris "CT" Tamburello is a contestant from The Real World: Paris. He was a winner of Rivals II, Invasion of the Champions, Champs vs. Stars (2017), Champs vs. Stars (2018), War of the Worlds 2, and Double Agents, and a finalist on The Inferno, The Inferno II, The Gauntlet III, Battle of the Exes, and XXX: Dirty 30. He also competed on The Duel, The Inferno 3, The Duel II, Rivals, Free Agents, Battle of the Exes II, Champs vs. Pros, Final Reckoning, War of the Worlds, and Total Madness.
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Hottest Pre-Inferno Moment: Having a hot head, fighting with all of his roommates and nearly burning down the chateau with the straightening iron. Also hot: when he declared roommate Christina's body "on fi-yah."Loose Ends: His past problems with Leah and the rest of his Paris roommates may affect team dynamics if they fight on The Inferno. CT is a big, strong guy, but his personal interactions may turn out to be his downfall.
The Inferno II
The Good: He's a sweet guy under his tough exterior -- he even sent tulips to his Paris roommates for Valentine's Day.
The Bad: Oops, our bad, he took credit for the flowers, when 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.The Ugly: His desire to win overrides any previous friendships he has with teammates - remember him taunting Leah to "step it up" during the last Inferno? Harsh!
The DuelHe'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?
The Inferno 3He'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?
The Gauntlet IIIThere'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.
The Duel IIA 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."
RivalsPerhaps 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.
Battle of the ExesCT 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?
Rivals IIWes 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?
Free AgentsAfter 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?
Battle of the Exes IICT 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."
Invasion of the ChampionsCT 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.
XXX: Dirty 30CT 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?
Champs vs. Stars (2017)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.
Champs vs. Stars (2018)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.
Final ReckoningChallenge 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?
War of the WorldsWith 15 years of Challenge experience under his belt, nobody knows the game quite like CT. No stranger to confrontation, his short fuse was once his Achilles heel, getting him kicked off of multiple Challenges. Now a newlywed and a father, CT has come a long way from his wild past – but his competitive spirit hasn't waned. This season, he returns to the game hoping to bring home the money to support his new family. Will his Veteran savviness keep him a step ahead of the less-seasoned competition, or will his legendary status plant a massive target on his back?
War of the Worlds 2At the peak of his powers, CT was perhaps as feared a competitor as The Challenge has ever seen. Nowadays, the savvy schemer lets his intimidating reputation speak for itself while doing his best to play the middle politically. Still, don't be fooled into thinking that neutrality makes him any less of a threat. Despite disappointing showings in his last two outings, CT is back to regain his glory and remind both Rookies and Vets why he deserves their respect.
Total MadnessNever doubt CT -- the hard lesson learned by Team USA on War of the Worlds 2 as they turned their backs on the legendary Veteran only for him to lead the underdog Team U.K. to Finals glory. Now, the reigning champion and all-time great is back, hoping his usual recipe of intimidation and playing the middle politically is enough to help him defend his crown. Of course, with an epic new game twist, this seasoned Vet may find himself scrambling to come up with an entirely different strategy if he wants to make back-to-back Finals. As daunting as that goal seems, you'd have to be crazy to count him out.
Double AgentsAll-time Challenge legend CT enters this season looking for redemption after an embarrassing elimination upset from Jay, who sent him home early on Total Madness. CT can no longer rely on his usual blend of tricks -- intimidation, playing the middle politically and acting as a lovable sage to younger players -- to coast through the game. This time around, CT is more focused and intent on reminding everyone why he is truly an agent to be feared and respected. Even though he is struggling through a rocky marriage, CT arrives cleared-eyed and determined not to let anyone stand in the way of bringing home the prize to his son CJ. One thing pretty much everyone can agree on is no one wants to see him in a final. Even 18 seasons of The Challenge in, he is still a massive threat to win it all.
|1||Grope the Rope||Real World||SAFE|
|3||Wreck N' Roll||SAFE|
|5||Disco Domino Derby||SAFE|
|7||Ultimate Saturn Road Trip||SAFE|
|8||Don't Yank My Chain||SAFE|
|9||Come Sail Away||SAFE|
|11||Twist and Shoot||SAFE|
|14/15||Saturn Valet Ballet||SAFE|
|18||Seven Deadly Sins||LOSER|
|10||Don't Toss Your Cookies||Shane||WIN|
- CT received $10,000 from the Real World team bank account.
- He received an additional $1,000 for completing the "Twist and Shoot" challenge, bringing his total earnings to $11,000.
The Inferno II
|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|
|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|
|15||Heart Rate Bungee||WIN|
- CT received $10,000 from the Bad Asses team bank account.
|3||Pass With Care||Diem||SAFE|
|9||Pole Dance||Team CT||SAFE|
|14||Around the Block||WIN|
- CT was disqualified from the game during the "Push Me" elimination due to improperly unhooking the flag from the carabiner.
The Inferno 3
- CT was disqualified from the game before any challenges took place due to a physical altercation with Davis.
The Gauntlet III
|1||Tug of War||Veterans||WIN|
|Blind Man's Maze||SAFE|
|Walk the Plank||WIN|
|I Dig You||WIN|
|7||Over the Edge||SAFE|
The Duel II
- CT was disqualified from the game before any challenges took place due to a physical altercation with Adam.
|3||Sync or Swim||WIN|
|5||Against the Current||SAFE|
|6||Catch and Release||JUNGLE|
- CT received $1,000 for winning the "Sync or Swim" challenge.
Battle of the Exes
|1||Give Me Some Honey||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|
- CT received $50,000 for finishing the "Viking Quest" Final Challenge in second place.
- He received an additional $2,500 for winning the "Race to the Altar" and "Feel the Burn" challenges, bringing his total earnings to $52,500.
|1||Game of Inches||SAFE|
|3||Mind Over Splatter||SAFE|
|7||Blind Leading the Blind||SAFE|
- CT received $62,500 for winning the "Nightmare Island" Final Challenge.
- He received an additional $500 for winning the "Swingers" challenge, bringing his total earnings to $63,000.
|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|
|8||Hold That Pose||Team Devyn||WIN|
Battle of the Exes II
|1||I Got You Babe||SAFE|
|2||Rounding the Bases||SAFE|
- CT was disqualified from the game prior to the "On Again, Off Again" challenge after Diem was medically disqualified due to illness.
Invasion of the Champions
|7||Roll with the Punches||SAFE|
|12/13||Knot So Fast||WIN|
- CT invaded the game prior to the "Knockout" challenge as part of the season's twist.
- CT received $100,000 for winning the Final Challenge.
- He received an additional $12,500 from the Champions team bank account, bringing his total earnings to $112,500.
Champs vs. Pros
|1||Against the Ropes||Champs||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|
- CT raised $5,000 for the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine for being the winning team captain of the "Over the Line" challenge.
XXX: Dirty 30
|2/3||Cool Under Fire||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||SAFE|
|11/12||Saved by the Bell||Team Hunter||WIN|
|15/16||X Marks the Spot||Cara Maria||WIN|
|Snaking Your Way Back In||SAFE|
|15||The Final Redemption Challenge||WIN|
- 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.
- CT received $15,000 for finishing the Final Challenge in third place.
Champs vs. Stars (2017)
|2/3||Parkour the Course||SAFE|
|7/8||Sink or Swim||SAFE|
- CT raised $50,000 for F.I.G.H.T. for winning the "Championship Series" Final Challenge.
- He raised an additional $5,000 for being the MVP of the "Flag Pole" challenge, bringing his total earnings to $55,000.
Champs vs. Stars (2018)
|1||Stair Down||Red Team||SAFE|
|2||Over the Edge||SAFE|
|3||Release the Rainbow||WIN|
|5||Jumbo Table Hockey||SAFE|
- CT raised $50,000 for F.I.G.H.T. for winning the "Bankroll" Final Challenge.
- He raised an additional $2,950 from his individual bank account, bringing his total earnings to $52,950.
|10||Pyramid Schemers||Not Selected||OUT|
War of the Worlds
|3||Search and Destroy||SAFE|
War of the Worlds 2
|1||Trench Warfare||Team UK||SAFE|
|7||Resilient River Run||SAFE|
|11||Temple Wall Traverse||SAFE|
|12||Escape to Freedom||SAFE|
|14||Mine the Cart||WIN|
- CT entered the game as a Reinforcement and was placed on Team UK following the "Trench Warfare" challenge.
- CT received $250,000 for winning the Final Challenge.
|2||Airdrop Extraction||Team 6||SAFE|
|3||Decode and Detonate||OUT|
|10||Black Sand Ops||SAFE|
|12/13||Survive the Night||
|17||Escape the Volcano||Rogue||SAFE|
- CT received $450,000 for winning the Final Mission.
- CT made a surprise appearance during Episodes 8 and 9 of Cutthroat as a Heavy Hitter. He was brought in to compete in the Gulag against Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio and Tyler Duckworth.
- CT made two surprise appearances during Episodes 8 and 9 of Battle of the Bloodlines. In Episode 8, he was brought in with Diem'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 appeared on the special, The Challenge: CT Gets Married in 2018.
- CT is the second contestant to be disqualified from an elimination, following Beth Stolarczyk and followed by Timmy Beggy, Ty Ruff, Paula Meronek, Trey Weatherholtz, and Zach Nichols.
- CT and Diem Brown, Sarah Rice and Vinny Foti, and Mandi Moyer and Wes Bergmann are the only contestants to compete as teams on two Challenge seasons.
- CT and Abram Boise are the only contestants to compete on all three seasons of The Inferno trilogy.
- CT is the only contestant to be disqualified from two Challenge seasons due to physical violence.
- CT holds the record for the most Challenge seasons before winning by a male contestant, having won on his ninth season.
- CT holds the record for the most Challenge seasons being sent home without formally losing an elimination by a male contestant, with four.
- CT is the only contestant to win two Challenge spinoffs.
- CT's first three Challenge season wins were all in Thailand.
- CT, Cara Maria Sorbello, and Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio share the record for the most appearances in a Final Challenge, with nine each.
|The Duel Contestants|
|The Inferno 3 Contestants|
|The Gauntlet III Contestants|
|The Duel II Contestants|
|Battle of the Exes Contestants|
|Rivals II Contestants|
|Free Agents Contestants|
|Battle of the Exes II Contestants|
|Invasion of the Champions Contestants|
|Champs vs. Pros Contestants|
|XXX: Dirty 30 Contestants|
|Champs vs. Stars (2017) Contestants|
|Champs vs. Stars (2018) Contestants|
|Final Reckoning Contestants|
|War of the Worlds Contestants|
|War of the Worlds 2 Contestants|
|Total Madness Contestants|