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The Island is the 16th season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. It premiered on September 10th, 2008 and concluded on November 5th, 2008 with the reunion special.


Somewhere off the coast of Panama, 20 former Real Worlders and Road Rulers are dropped into shark-infested waters. After swimming for safety, they come upon The Island. Here, veterans and rookies alike will compete for a share of a $300,000 buried treasure during the latest season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

But this time around, say goodbye to weekly challenges because survival is the only challenge. Gone are the days when a comfy bed and a fully stocked bar greeted the contestants after a difficult day. On The Island, competitors will have to find their own food and shelter. Staying in the game won't be half as hard as staying alive in the harsh jungle wilderness.

And, for the first time ever, there are no predetermined teams going into this Real World/Road Rules Challenge. That means it's up to the contestants to forge their own alliances -- or not. Who will be left out? Who will opt to be a loner? Which alliances will be torn apart by treachery? Only time will tell...

Of course, the social aspect is only one facet of this complex competition. During their time on The Island, contestants must construct two boats that they will eventually use to reach a nearby island. On the other island, $300,000 in gold awaits the first four people to lay claim to it. How will they build these boats? Materials will be air-dropped in every few days, but it's up to the contestants to assemble the pieces and make sure their vessels are seaworthy.

Once the boats are complete, only eight key-holders will be allowed to board. In order to get a key, contestants must risk it all in a three-way face-off. Yup, each week three contestants do battle, and one leaves -- leaves for the other island, that is. After each face-off, the winner receives a key, and one of the losers is voted off The Island. Naturally, the rules can change at any time and no key-holder is ever completely safe.

While friendships and alliances are extremely important in such a cutthroat game, romance just might trump them both. When old flames are reunited and new relationships emerge, anything can happen. Some contestants might let their hearts lead them right out of the game while others might try to charm their way to victory. But no matter what happens, drama is inevitable.

Anything goes in this 20-person melee, but only four will emerge victorious. It's a race for buried treasure unlike any other, where staying alive is just as important as staying ahead of the game. Drama, heartbreak and treachery are all guaranteed, so just one question remains: who will conquer The Island?


Contestant Finish
Derrick Kosinski
Road Rules: X-Treme
in Sailing to Victory
Evelyn Smith
Fresh Meat
Johnny Devenanzio
The Real World: Key West
Kenny Santucci
Fresh Meat
Jenn Grijalva
The Real World: Denver
in Sailing to Victory
Paula Meronek
The Real World: Key West
Robin Hibbard
The Real World: San Diego
Ryan Kehoe
Fresh Meat
Dunbar Merrill
The Real World: Sydney
in Sailing to Victory
Dan Walsh
Road Rules: Viewers' Revenge
in Sailing to Victory
Johanna Botta
The Real World: Austin
KellyAnne Judd
The Real World: Sydney
The Real World: Denver
Voted Off
in Down to the Wire
Cohutta Grindstaff
The Real World: Sydney
Voted Off
in Island King
Tyrie Ballard
The Real World: Denver
Voted Off
in Ev vs. the Island
Ashli Robson
The Real World: Sydney
Voted Off
in Are You a Quitter?
Rachel Robinson
Road Rules: Campus Crawl
Voted Off
in Girl Fight
Abram Boise
Road Rules: South Pacific
Voted Off
in Calling It Quits
Dave Malinosky
The Real World: Hollywood
in Calling It Quits
Tonya Cooley
The Real World: Chicago
Voted Off
in Welcome to the Island

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Face-off
Face-off outcome
# Face-off Face-off winner Stolen Key Saved from Vote Eliminated Vote
1 Leaning Tower Abram Abram
Kenny Tonya 14-3
2* Ring Wrestle Abram Derrick Johnny Abram 9-6
3 The Rack KellyAnne KellyAnne Robin Rachel 8-6
4 Ball Buster Ashli Paula Jenn Ashli 7-0
5 Bridge It Dan Evelyn Johnny Dan Tyrie 9-2
6 Rat in a Cage Cohutta Johnny Evelyn Derrick Cohutta 10-1
7 Timber Colie Ryan KellyAnne Johanna Colie 10-0
8 Water Bound Dan Evelyn Dunbar
Evelyn Dunbar
Johanna Johanna
KellyAnne KellyAnne
Final Challenge Winners:      Derrick, Evelyn, Johnny, Kenny 2nd place:      Jenn, Paula, Robin, Ryan


  • Dave withdrew from the game in Episode 2, after he determined that he wanted to return home to his girlfriend.

Voting Progress

Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Finale
Derrick Kenny WIN Rachel Ashli Tyrie SAFE Colie WINNER
Evelyn Tonya Johnny Robin Ashli WIN Cohutta Colie WIN WINNER
Johnny Tonya SAFE Rachel Ashli Tyrie WIN Colie WINNER
Kenny SAFE Abram Rachel N/A Tyrie Cohutta Colie WINNER
Jenn Kenny Johnny Robin SAFE Dan Cohutta Colie LOSER
Paula Tonya Abram Rachel WIN Tyrie Cohutta Colie LOSER
Robin Tonya Johnny SAFE N/A Tyrie Cohutta Colie LOSER
Ryan Kenny Abram Rachel N/A Tyrie Cohutta WIN LOSER
Dunbar Tonya Abram Rachel N/A Tyrie Cohutta Colie OUT
Johanna Tonya Abram Rachel N/A N/A Cohutta SAFE OUT
KellyAnne Tonya Johnny WIN Ashli Tyrie Derrick Colie OUT
Dan Tonya Abram Rachel Ashli SAFE Cohutta Colie OUT
Colie Tonya Abram Robin N/A Dan Cohutta OUT
Cohutta Tonya Abram Robin Ashli Tyrie OUT
Tyrie Tonya Abram Robin Ashli OUT
Ashli Tonya Johnny Robin OUT
Rachel Tonya Johnny OUT
Dave Tonya QUIT
Tonya OUT
VOTE 14 - 3 9 - 6 8 - 6 7 - 0 9 - 2 10 - 1 10 - 0
     The contestant won the competition.
     The contestant made it to the end of the challenge, but lost in the final.
     The contestant won the face-off and a key.
     The contestant won the face-off and took the key of another contestant.
     The contestant lost the face-off, but was not eliminated and received a key.
     The contestant lost the face-off, but was not eliminated.
     The contestant had their key stolen by the face-off winner.
     The contestant had their key stolen by the face-off winner and was automatically eliminated.
     The contestant lost the face-off and was automatically eliminated.
     The contestant lost the face-off and was voted out.
     The contestant quit the competition.
     The contestant was given a key by an eliminated player.
  • There was no vote in Episode 8 and is indicated with a dash.

Key holders

Episode Key Number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Abram Kenny
2 Dunbar Derrick Johnny
3 KellyAnne Robin
4 Paula Jenn
5 Evelyn
6 Johnny
7 Ryan
8 Evelyn
  • Key Holder at the end of each Episode.

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