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Battle of the Bloodlines
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Season Information
Season No. 27
Location Bodrum, Turkey
Berlin, Germany
Season Run December 2, 2015 – February 17, 2016
No. of Episodes 16 (including reunion and two specials)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $350,000
Winners Cara Maria Sorbello
Jamie Banks
Cast
Bloodlines Cast
Season Chronology
Previous Battle of the Exes II
Next Rivals III
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Battle of the Bloodlines is the 27th season of The Challenge. It premiered on December 2, 2015 and concluded with the "S#!t They Should Have Shown" special on February 17, 2016.

Description

Fourteen players from MTV series will travel to Bodrum, Turkey to join the people who know their toughest strengths, crippling weaknesses, and deepest fears better than anyone -- their own flesh and blood. In this unprecedented format, competitors will battle it out WITH and AGAINST their bloodlines, turning family into foe. This shake-up gets even more twisted when players learn that their fates are combined with their bloodlines’. It’s anyone’s game when family still means everything, because despite strong performances, competitors could still go home if their relatives fall short. With $350,000 on the line and family honor to defend, there will be blood.

Cast

Teams
Alumni Bloodline Finish
Cara MariaBloodlinesIcon
Cara Maria Sorbello
Fresh Meat II
JamieBloodlinesIcon
Jamie Banks
Cousin
Winners
in Family Matters
CoryBloodlinesIcon
Cory Wharton
RW: Ex-Plosion
MitchBloodlinesIcon
Mitch Reid
Cousin
Runners-Up
in Family Matters
JennaBloodlinesIcon
Jenna Compono
RW: Ex-Plosion
BriannaBloodlinesIcon
Brianna Julig
Cousin
Third Place
in Family Matters
AneesaBloodlinesIcon
Aneesa Ferreira
RW: Chicago
RiannaBloodlinesIcon
Rianna Polin
Cousin
Eliminated
in Tear Down This Wall
BananasBloodlinesIcon
Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
RW: Key West
VinceBloodlinesIcon
Vince Gliatta
Cousin
Eliminated
in Out for Blood
AbramExesIcon
Abram Boise
RR: South Pacific
MikeBloodlinesIcon
Mike Boise
Brother
Eliminated
in Blood Versus Love
KellyAnneBloodlinesIcon
KellyAnne Judd
RW: Sydney
AnthonyBloodlinesIcon
Anthony Cuomo
Cousin
Eliminated
in Blood Is Thicker Than Mud
ThomasBloodlinesIcon
Thomas Buell
RW: Ex-Plosion
StephenBloodlinesIcon
Stephen Buell
Twin Brother
Eliminated
in Blood Brothers
NanyBloodlinesIcon
Nany González
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
NicoleBloodlinesIcon
Nicole Ramos
Cousin
Eliminated
in Dirty Little Secret
DarioBloodlinesIcon
Dario Medrano
AYTO? 2
RaphyBloodlinesIcon
Raphy Medrano
Twin Brother
Eliminated
in A House Divided
TonyBloodlinesIcon
Tony Raines
RW: Skeletons
ShaneBloodlinesIcon
Shane Raines
Brother
Medically Removed
in #Corneesa
CamilaBloodlinesIcon
Camila Nakagawa
Spring Break Challenge
LarissaBloodlinesIcon
Larissa Nakagawa
Sister
Eliminated
in #Corneesa
LeroyBloodlinesIcon
Leroy Garrett
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
CandiceBloodlinesIcon
Candice Fowler
Cousin
Medically Removed
in #Corneesa
CohuttaBloodlinesIcon
Cohutta Grindstaff
RW: Sydney
JillBloodlinesIcon
Jill Tuttle
Cousin
Eliminated
in Bad Blood
ChristinaBloodlinesIcon
Christina LeBlanc
AYTO? 2
EmilyBloodlinesIcon
Emily Reese
Stepsister
Eliminated
in There Will Be Blood

Format

Each team participates in numerous challenges which are followed by an elimination round — "The Pit." The winning team of each challenge earns immunity from entering The Pit, while the last-place finisher is automatically sent to The Pit. The winning team also earns the right of choosing the team that will face the last-place finisher in The Pit. There is, however, a condition in which if a same-gender team is automatically sent to The Pit, the winning team is required to send a team that has at least one player of the matching gender to compete in The Pit. The team who wins the elimination round returns to the game and has the opportunity to compete for a share of a $350,000 prize, while the losing team is eliminated from the game.

Host T. J. Lavin initially did not reveal any twists to the gameplay, however, beginning in Episode 3, a twist to the game occurred when players were forced to compete against their bloodlines. From then on, the two teams would compete against each other so that the winning team of a challenge was safe from elimination and could nominate one player from the losing team for "The Pit." The losing team is also required to nominate one of their players for "The Pit." Whichever player wins the elimination round returns to the game while the other is sent home along with their bloodline from the opposing team.

In Episode 10, the families were brought back together and competed as pairs for the remainder of the season.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $250,000 ($125,000 each)
  • Second Place: $75,000 ($37,500 each)
  • Third Place: $25,000 ($12,500 each)

Twists

  • Red vs Blue: A Red and Blue Team were formed, chosen by Cara Maria and Jamie respectively, and were picked by alternating between the alumni and bloodline players so that the initial pairings were divided. Players fate in the game remained the same. The losing player of the elimination and their bloodline on the opposite team will be eliminated. The twist ended in Episode 10 and the game returned to its original format.

Game summary

Elimination chart

Episode Gender Challenge winners Pit contestants Pit game Pit outcome
# Challenge Last-place team Winners' selection Last-place player Selected player Winner Loser Eliminated
1 Water Battle Female Cohutta & Jill Jenna & Brianna Christina & Emily Jenna Christina End Of My Rope Jenna Christina Christina & Emily
2 Family Dinner Male Cara Maria & Jamie Cohutta & Jill Thomas & Stephen Cohutta Thomas Squaring Off Thomas Cohutta Cohutta & Jill
Challenge Gender Winners N/A Losers' pick Winners' pick Pit game Winner Loser Eliminated
3/4 Meet Me Halfway Female Red Team Larissa Jenna Door Slammer Jenna Larissa Camila & Larissa
4/5 Air To The Throne Male Red Team Raphy Mitch My Way or the Highway Mitch Raphy Dario & Raphy
6 Family Connection Female Red Team KellyAnne Nany Ring My Bell KellyAnne Nany Nany & Nicole
7 Hand Me Down Male Red Team Mike Stephen Home Wrecker Mike Stephen Thomas & Stephen
8 Too Clingy Female Red Team Jenna KellyAnne Spun Out Jenna KellyAnne KellyAnne & Anthony
9 Air Pockets Male Red Team Mike Jamie Hand it Over Jamie Mike Abram & Mike
Challenge Gender Winners Last-place team Winners' selection Last-place player Selected player Pit game Winner Loser Eliminated
10 Weight for Me
N/A
Cory & Mitch Cara Maria & Jamie Bananas & Vince
N/A
Through Thick and Thin Cara Maria & Jamie Bananas & Vince Bananas & Vince
11 Truck Crossing Female Cory & Mitch Aneesa & Rianna Cara Maria & Jamie Aneesa Cara Maria Mine Not Yours Cara Maria Aneesa Aneesa & Rianna
12/13 Final Challenge
N/A
Cara Maria & Jamie 2nd place: Cory & Mitch; 3rd place: Jenna & Brianna

Notes:

  • Candice initially suffered a busted lip at the "Meet Me Halfway" challenge in Episode 3, and when she returned to the house, she revealed that she also suffered a fractured toe. Prior to the third Pit elimination at the beginning of Episode 4, host T. J. Lavin delivered the news that Candice was medically unable to continue competing. Leroy was sent home as the result of being Candice's bloodline.
  • Tony was sent to the hospital after he initially thought he suffered a back injury during the "Meet Me Halfway" challenge. When he returned to the house, he declined additional medical attention when producers and fellow contestants noticed that he appeared pale. As the cast and crew were headed to the third Pit elimination at the end of Episode 3, Tony fainted, and was rushed back to the hospital, where his bloodline Shane was summoned to be by Tony's side. Prior to the "Air To The Throne" challenge in Episode 4, T.J. Lavin announced that Tony & Shane were removed from the competition, with Abram and his brother Mike being brought into the competition as replacement players. It was later revealed during the aftershow that Tony suffered a ruptured spleen as well as internal bleeding, and underwent emergency surgery.
  • Jamie and Mike were selected for The Pit in Episode 9. However, instead of facing each other, each player was met with a shocking twist when CT and Zach were brought into the game. Following a coin flip by T.J., each player was set up to face either CT or Zach in the "Hand it Over" pit elimination, in an endurance competition.

Pit progress

Alumni Episodes
1 2 3/4 4/5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Finale
Cara Maria SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN PIT PIT WINNER
Cory SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN SECOND
Jenna PIT SAFE PIT SAFE SAFE SAFE PIT SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Aneesa SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Bananas SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
Abram WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
KellyAnne SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE PIT SAFE OUT
Thomas SAFE PIT WIN WIN WIN OUT
Nany SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Dario SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Tony SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Camila SAFE SAFE OUT
Leroy SAFE SAFE DQ
Cohutta WIN OUT
Christina OUT
Bloodlines Episodes
1 2 3/4 4/5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Finale
Jamie SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE PIT PIT SAFE WINNER
Mitch SAFE SAFE SAFE PIT SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SECOND
Brianna SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN SAFE SAFE THIRD
Rianna SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN SAFE OUT
Vince SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Mike SAFE SAFE PIT SAFE OUT
Anthony SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
Stephen SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Nicole SAFE SAFE WIN WIN OUT
Raphy SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Shane SAFE SAFE SAFE DQ
Larissa SAFE SAFE OUT
Candice SAFE SAFE OUT
Jill WIN OUT
Emily OUT
Competition
     The contestant's team won the final challenge.
     The contestant's team lost the final challenge.
     The contestant's team won the mission and was safe.
     The contestant was safe from the Pit.
     The contestant was placed into the Pit and won.
     The contestant was placed into the Pit, and their bloodline won.
     The contestant's team won the mission and was safe, but their bloodline was placed into the Pit and won.
     The contestant was placed into the Pit and was eliminated.
     The contestant wasn't part of the elimination round, but got sent home due to their bloodline's loss.
     The contestant's team won the mission and was safe, but their bloodline was placed into the Pit and lost.
     The contestant was removed from the competition due to injury.
     The contestant was forced to leave the competition after their teammate was removed due to an injury.

Episode guide

Episode Air date Viewers (in millions)
1 "There Will Be Blood" December 2, 2015 0.55
2 "Bad Blood" December 9, 2015 0.56
3 "Camilanator: Judgement Day" December 16, 2015 0.68
4 "#Corneesa" December 23, 2015 0.69
5 "A House Divided" December 30, 2015 0.84
6 "Dirty Little Secret" December 30, 2015 0.79
7 "Blood Brothers" January 6, 2016 0.76
8 "Blood Is Thicker Than Mud" January 13, 2016 0.88
9 "Blood Versus Love" January 20, 2016 0.93
10 "Out for Blood" January 27, 2016 0.72
11 "Tear Down This Wall" February 3, 2016 0.79
12 "True Blood" February 10, 2016 0.73
13 "Family Matters" February 17, 2016 0.88


The Challenge Seasons

Road Rules: All Stars · Real World/Road Rules Challenge · Challenge 2000 · Extreme Challenge · Battle of the Seasons (2002)
Battle of the Sexes · The Gauntlet · The Inferno · Battle of the Sexes 2 · The Inferno II · The Gauntlet 2 · Fresh Meat · The Duel · The Inferno 3 · The Gauntlet III · The Island · The Duel II · The Ruins · Fresh Meat II · Cutthroat · Rivals · Battle of the Exes · Battle of the Seasons (2012) · Rivals II · Free Agents · Battle of the Exes II · Battle of the Bloodlines · Rivals III · Invasion of the Champions · XXX: Dirty 30 · Vendettas · Final Reckoning