Evan Starkman
Challenger Profile
Original Series Fresh Meat
Born December 18, 1984 (1984-12-18) (age 33)
Hometown Ontario, Canada
Challenge Career
Seasons Fresh Meat
The Duel
The Gauntlet III (final)
The Duel II (won)
The Ruins (won)
Challenge Wins 31
Eliminations 6 (4 wins, 2 losses)
Money Won $151,293
Social Media
Instagram theevanstarkman


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For those who think Canadians are boring, meet Evan. He loves to provoke people and, despite being infamously cocky, is well-liked by his peers. Evan is a natural flirt and can't seem to help himself when it comes to sweet-talking the ladies, despite the fact that he has a girlfriend (yet another way he seems to constantly get himself into trouble). A dominating force on the playing field with an over-the-top winning personality, Evan is determined to plant a Canadian flag for Challenge victory.

So, you think Canadians are boring? Meet Evan. He loves to provoke people and, despite being infamously cocky, is well-liked by his peers. A natural flirt, Evan can't seem to help himself when it comes to sweet-talking the ladies -- more specifically, his Fresh Meat partner, Coral. She believes that if God were to have another son, it would be Evan. Is he really that heavenly? Despite being sent home with a hernia, he was a dominating force on the playing field. Will a healthy Evan be able to claim victory for the Great White North?

Another Fresh Meat alum, Evan may be in the best shape to make it to the finish line. His athleticism is only rivaled by CT (who beat him at The Duel) and his alliances run strong, dating back to his partnership with Coral at Fresh Meat as well as his BFF, Kenny.

A cocky Canadian, Evan is a sweet-talking flirt whose bigger-than-life personality wins over friends easily. He's also a strong athlete who is an attractive alliance partner by just about anyone who is in The Challenge. Since being part of the losing team on The Gauntlet III -- where a technicality (Eric passed out and didn't cross the finish line) kept the Veterans from taking the prize -- Evan has "been trying to get laid as much as possible." In New Zealand, though, this aggressive competitor will be trying to do just one thing: win. Will he survive The Duel II?

He took home the $100,000 grand prize on The Duel II and now Evan will try and do it once again on The Ruins. A master strategist, this charming Canadian has perfected the art of smiling in your face, while stabbing you in the back. Not only is Evan smart, but he is a beast during competitions, able to muscle through his opponents. After getting his start on Fresh Meat, where he was paired with Coral, Evan tends to balance more alliances than anyone can keep track of in the game. Will Evan be able to pull everyone's strings once again in Thailand? Or will his multiple manipulations finally catch up to him in The Ruins?

Famous for snatching the championship belt away from Brad by mere seconds on The Duel II, Evan marks his return to The Challenge claiming to be, "A little older and a little wiser." But this veteran competitor has made more than his share of enemies during his dominance on multiple Challenges and there are many players who would consider Evan a rival. So what is Evan's reaction when he discovers who his rival partner is? Evan confesses, "If he were to fall off a tall building and I was the only one to see it, I wouldn't tell anyone." Despite his less-than-thrilled reaction to his partner, never underestimate this Fresh Meat master manipulator.

Fresh Meat

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Stuck On Me WIN
2 Bush Whacked WIN
3 Hang On WIN
4 Jail Break SAFE
5 Climber's Paradise WIN
6 Rollin' in Oats WIN
7 Crossed Paths SAFE
8 Incredible Deflating Kayak SAFE
9 Swimming With Sharks SAFE
10 Human Ox Pull SAFE
11 N/A OUT


  • Prior to the "Batten Down the Hatches" challenge, Evan & Coral were removed from the competition due to their injuries. Evan initially suffered a ruptured hernia in Episode 7, and defied doctor's orders throughout the next three episodes.

The Duel

Challenge History

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

Elimination History

Episode Duel Opponent Result
13 Ascender CTDuelIcon

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 GAUNTLET
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

Elimination History

Episode Gauntlet Opponent Result
3 Sliders WIN

The Duel II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1/2 Last Man Standing Team Colors WIN
2 Freezing as Puck Paula SAFE
3 All Shook Up N/A DUEL
4 Luging My Mind Diem DUEL
5 Don't Let Go SAFE
6 Dangle Duo SAFE
7 Burnt N/A SAFE
8 Upside Downer DUEL
9/10 Spelling Air WIN
Final Challenge Brittini WINNER

Money Won: $100,000

Elimination History

Episode Duel Opponent Result
3 Spot On WIN
4 The Elevator WIN
8 Spot On WIN

The Ruins

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Chain Gang Champions SAFE
2 Swing On By SAFE
3 Repo Race SAFE
4 Burning Bridge SAFE
5 Block Party SAFE
6 Fruits of Your Labor SAFE
7 Rotary Club SAFE
8/9 On the Fence SAFE
9 Wall Walker SAFE
10 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $51,293


Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive SAFE
2 Car Crusher SAFE
3 Sync or Swim SAFE
4 Hammock Crawl SAFE
5 Against the Current SAFE
6 Catch and Release OUT

Elimination History

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
6 Rail Slide OUT



  • Evan and Coral Smith were the first cast members to be deemed unable to continue on a Challenge season due to injury.
  • Evan and Paula Meronek served as announcers for the Spring Break Challenge.
  • In October 2011 Tonya Cooley filed charges that she was raped with a toothbrush while passed out by Evan and Kenny Santucci during filming of The Ruins. The case was settled in an out of court settlement on October 24, 2012. The details of the settlement have not been made public.
Fresh Meat Cast Members
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TinaFMIcon KennyFMIcon
WesFMIcon CaseyFMIcon
DerrickFMIcon DiemFMIcon
TheoFMIcon ChandaFMIcon
ShaneFMIcon LinetteFMIcon
CoralFMIcon EvanFMIcon
Coral & Evan
KatieFMIcon EricFMIcon
TonyaFMIcon JohnnieFMIcon
JohannaFMIcon JesseFMIcon
MelindaFMIcon RyanFMIcon
DannyFMIcon EvelynFMIcon
Medically Removed
The Duel Cast Members
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Evan & Nehemiah
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Finalist (Disqualified)