Nelson Thomas is a contestant from Are You the One? 3. He was a finalist on Invasion of the Champions and Spies, Lies & Allies. He also competed on Rivals III, XXX: Dirty 30, Vendettas, Final Reckoning, Total Madness, and Double Agents.
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Invasion of the ChampionsWith one season and one devastating loss under his belt, tough as nails Nelson is ready to take the reins and steer himself to victory. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Nelson desperately hopes to prove that an inner city kid can rise above and shape his own destiny. He explains, "I came from poverty, I didn't think I was going to college. I fought every day. I did not give up, and I turned my life around. I'm here to win. Point blank." Roaring and ready to go, Nelson vows to take on anyone and anything in order to be the best. But when tensions rise and another Underdog's game backs Nelson into a corner, his red-hot temper will flare. Will Nelson be able to put his pride aside and let sleeping dogs lie? Or will this cocky competitor blow his chances by biting off more than he can chew?
XXX: Dirty 30Throughout Invasion of the Champions, Nelson touted his loyalty to his alliance. But as the number of folks from his inner circle dwindled, so did Nelson's devotion. In a three-way elimination, Nelson made a secret double deal: one with his best friend Cory and another with Shane. The knife in Cory's back was just what Nelson needed to propel himself into the Final.
VendettasNelson is determined to prove that someone from his original MTV show (aka Are You the One?) is capable of winning The Challenge. On Invasion of the Champions, he made it to the Final and captured an impressive second place (only seconds behind CT). Like his pal Cory, Nelson is determined to knock out Veterans like Bananas. Will he make history and finally prove Are You the One? folks can be champions? Or will the old guard come together to knock down this emerging threat?
Final ReckoningShane and Nelson competed alongside one another as Underdogs on The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions. Shane made backdoor deals with numerous people on his team and when Nelson caught wind of it, he lashed out at him. Will their history of anger be kicked to the curb to earn each of them their first Challenge win?
Total MadnessVeteran powerhouse Nelson returns to the game hungry as ever for his first-ever Finals win after multiple close calls and disappointing exits. As an elimination beast, Nelson is perfectly suited for the game's latest twist and is utterly fearless when it comes to stepping down onto the elimination floor. Of course, he may find himself there quite often if he doesn't learn to keep his notorious ability to stick his foot in his mouth in check, which has been his downfall on more than one occasion. Hopefully, his best friend Cory can help keep Nelson under control. If he can rein in his hotheadedness, Nelson has a great shot at claiming his long-awaited Challenge crown.
Double AgentsNelson made one of the most unprecedented and selfless moves in Challenge history, volunteering himself for elimination to ensure his best friend Cory a spot in the Final. Ultimately, this cost Nelson his own chance at the Final, and now, he returns hungrier than ever to lock down his first ever Challenge win. With one of the best elimination records in Challenge history, Nelson stands a good chance to make it far. With renewed focus and a never-back-down attitude, this may be Nelson's time to finally take home the crown.
Spies, Lies & AlliesAfter being blindsided by his supposed bro Fessy on The Challenge: Double Agents, the fiercely loyal Nelson plans to play his most cutthroat game ever and will run over anyone who stands in his way. As ever, he'll be bolstered by fighting alongside his bestie, Cory, who has often helped to temper Nelson's wild ways. With the motivation of winning money to care for his mother, Nelson has enough passion and drive to make this season his for the taking.
|4/5||Out on a Limb||JUNGLE|
|6||Laps of Judgement||SAFE|
|7||Road to Nowhere||OUT|
|5||Weight For Me||WIN|
- Nelson & Amanda were brought into the game prior to the "Dirty Laundry" challenge as replacements for Leroy & Averey.
Invasion of the Champions
|1/2||The Over Under||SAFE|
|4||Caged and Confused||FORTRESS|
|7||Roll with the Punches||SAFE|
|14/15||Final Challenge||Ashley M.||SECOND|
- Nelson received $15,000 for finishing the Final Challenge in second place.
- He received an additional $21,250 from the Underdogs team bank account, bringing his total earnings to $36,250.
XXX: Dirty 30
|2/3||Cool Under Fire||WIN|
|3/4||Battle Royale||Blue Team||XX|
|7/8||Ups and Downs||Green Team||SAFE|
|8/9||Talk Thirty to Me||PRESIDIO|
|11||Saved by the Bell||Team Nelson||DQ|
- Nelson was disqualified from the game following the "Saved by the Bell" challenge due to a physical altercation with Derrick K.
|1||Get Off the Rock||SAFE|
|2/3||Who’s Got Balls?||RING|
|4/5||Food Wars||Team 7||SAFE|
|6/7||Gasping for Air||Team 1||SAFE|
|7/8||Puppet Master||Blue Team||SAFE|
|8/9||Car Crash||Team 1||WIN|
|9/10||Kickin' Ass||Green Team||SAFE|
|11||This Land is My Land||Red Team||RING|
|12||Spanish Treasure||Team 2||SAFE|
|12/13||Help Me, Rhonda||SAFE|
|13||Outside the Box||OUT|
|3||Balls of Fire||WIN|
|11||Yankin' My Chain||DRAW|
|6/7||Off the Rails||SAFE|
|8/9||Don't Push Me Around||SAFE|
|10/11||Dunking for Dinner||SAFE|
|14/15||What Goes Up Must Come Down||ARMAGEDDON|
|17||Heads Will Roll||OUT|
|15||Meet Me Halfway||
Cara Maria & Marie
|18||King of the Ring||OUT|
|2||Airdrop Extraction||Team 8||SAFE|
|3||Decode and Detonate||SAFE|
|4||Cold War||Team 2||SAFE|
|5/6||Bomb Squad||Team 3||SAFE|
|6/7||Fast & Furious||Aneesa||SAFE|
|9||Tunnel Rats||Team 1||SAFE|
|12||Tanks-A Lot||Team 4||SAFE|
|13||Bloc'd In||Team 2||SAFE|
|14||Running Out of Time||SAFE|
Spies, Lies & Allies
|3||Sea Cave Recon||SAFE|
|9||Bombshell Battle||Big T||SAFE|
|10||Diamond Dash||Sapphire Cell||SAFE|
|12||Brush Contact||Ruby Cell||SAFE|
|16||Million Dollar Heist||SAFE|
|18/19||Final Mission||Orange Cell||FOURTH|
|19||Back Me Up||
- Nelson appeared on Ex on the Beach 2 as Nurys Mateo's ex. He arrived at the beach in Episode 4 and temporarily left in Episode 11. He returned to the beach in Episode 13.
- Nelson appeared on Ex on the Beach UK 10 as Kayleigh Morris's ex, though the series was never broadcast.
- Nelson is the first contestant to compete in an elimination that was declared a draw.
- Nelson holds the record for the most consecutive daily challenge losses by a male contestant, with 51.
- Nelson, Cheyenne Floyd, Devin Walker, Jenn Grijalva, Kenny Santucci, and Robin Hibbard are the only contestants to reach a Final Challenge without winning a daily challenge or elimination during the season.
- Nelson is the third contestant to lose an elimination during a Final Challenge, following Hunter Barfield and Rogan O'Connor, and followed by Nany González.
|Rivals III Contestants|
|Invasion of the Champions Contestants|
|XXX: Dirty 30 Contestants|
|Final Reckoning Contestants|
|Total Madness Contestants|
|Double Agents Contestants|
|Spies, Lies & Allies Contestants|