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Battle of the Exes II
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Season Information
Season No. 26
Location Pedasí, Panama
Ørsta, Norway
Season Run January 6 – March 24, 2015
Episodes 16 (including reunion and three specials)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $350,000
Winners Jordan Wiseley
Sarah Rice
Cast
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Season Chronology
Previous Free Agents
Next Battle of the Bloodlines
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Battle of the Exes II is the 26th season of The Challenge. This season features alumni from The Real World, The Challenge, and Are You the One? teaming up with their exes for a share of $350,000. This season was filmed in Panama and Norway for the Final Challenge. It premiered on January 6th, 2015 and concluded with the reunion special on March 24th, 2015. It is the sequel to the 2012 season, Battle of the Exes. This season marks the final television appearances of Diem Brown and Ryan Knight.

Description

Battle of the Exes II takes twenty-six of the most infamous former flames, recent splits, and fresh faces from other MTV reality series, to Panama for one of the most explosive Challenge formats yet. Once paired up with their exes, these competitors must overcome their past in order to face the present, if they want a shot at claiming their share of the $350,000 grand prize. Will romances be rekindled or will unresolved issues ruin these pairs? Between the bitter rivalries, jealous lovers, and demanding challenges, it’ll take the ultimate couple to withstand the pressures of the game. And with a brand new, mid-season twist that will shock the cast like never before, the stakes have never been higher for these exes to work as teams.

Cast

Teams
Male partner Female partner Finish
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Jordan Wiseley
The Real World: Portland
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Sarah Rice
The Real World: Brooklyn
Winners
in The Greatest Love of All
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Leroy Garrett
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
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Theresa Gonzalez
Fresh Meat II
Runners-Up
in The Greatest Love of All
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Jay Mitchell
Real World: Ex-Plosion
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Jenna Compono
Real World: Ex-Plosion
Third Place
in The Greatest Love of All
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Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
The Real World: Key West
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Nany González
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in Bye Bye, Love
N/A
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Nia Moore
The Real World: Portland
Disqualified
in Bye Bye, Love
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Wes Bergmann
The Real World: Austin
N/A Eliminated
in Lovers in the Dark
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Zach Nichols
The Real World: San Diego (2010)
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Jonna Mannion
The Real World: Cancun
Eliminated
in You've Lost That Loving Feeling
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Johnny Reilly
The Real World: Portland
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Averey Tressler
The Real World: Portland
Eliminated
in That's the Way Love Goes
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Adam Kuhn
Are You the One? 1
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Brittany Baldassari
Are You the One? 1
Eliminated
in That's the Way Love Goes
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Ryan Knight
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
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Jemmye Carroll
The Real World: New Orleans (2011)
Eliminated
in Crazy Stupid Love
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John Jacobs
Are You the One? 1
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Simone Kelly
Are You the One? 1
Eliminated
in Love Sick
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Chris "CT" Tamburello
The Real World: Paris
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Diem Brown
Fresh Meat
Medically Disqualified
in Love Sick
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Thomas Buell
Real World: Ex-Plosion
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Hailey Chivers
Real World: Ex-Plosion
Eliminated
in I Will Always Hate You
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Dustin Zito
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
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Jessica McCain
The Real World: Portland
Eliminated
in Where Is the Love?

Format

Each team participates in numerous challenges, which are followed by an elimination round — "The Dome." The winning team of each challenge earns the title of "Power Couple," as well as immunity from entering The Dome, while the last-place finisher is automatically sent to The Dome. The "Power Couple" also earns the right of choosing the team that will face the last-place finisher in The Dome. The team who wins the elimination round returns to the game and has a shot at a $350,000 prize, while the losing team is eliminated from the game.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $250,000 ($125,000 each)
  • Second Place: $70,000 ($35,000 each)
  • Third Place: $30,000 ($15,000 each)

Twists

  • Battle of the EX-iled: After the first eight "Dome" games, a losing team will have a chance to re-join the competition in "Battle of the EX-iled," which will pit a newly-eliminated couple against the winner of the previous week's "Ex-iled" winner.

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Power Couple Dome contestants Dome game Dome outcome
# Challenge Last-place team Winners' selection Winning team Losing team
1 I Got You Babe Wes & Theresa Adam & Brittany Dustin & Jessica Pole Position Adam & Brittany Dustin & Jessica
2 Rounding the Bases Bananas & Nany Johnny & Averey Thomas & Hailey Banded Together Johnny & Averey Thomas & Hailey
3 On Again, Off Again Jordan & Sarah John & Simone Adam & Brittany He Said, She Said Adam & Brittany John & Simone
4 The Brush Off Zach & Jonna Knight & Jemmye Adam & Brittany Breaking Up Adam & Brittany Knight & Jemmye
5 Open Arms Wes & Theresa Leroy & Nia Bananas & Nany Strung Out Leroy & Nia Bananas & Nany
6/7 Don't Forget About Me Wes & Theresa Adam & Brittany Johnny & Averey Stacking Up Johnny & Averey Adam & Brittany
7 Are You the One? Jay & Jenna Johnny & Averey Leroy & Nia Hooking Up Leroy & Nia Johnny & Averey
8 Speed Dating Leroy & Nia Jordan & Sarah Zach & Jonna Hammer It Home Jordan & Sarah Zach & Jonna
9/10 Wrecking Ball Jordan & Sarah Wes & Theresa Leroy & Nia Hall Brawl Leroy & Nia Wes & Theresa
10/11 Don't Let Me Down Jordan & Sarah Leroy & Nia Bananas & Nany X Battle Leroy & Theresa* Bananas & Nany
11/12 Final Challenge Jordan & Sarah 2nd place: Leroy & Theresa; 3rd place: Jay & Jenna*

Notes:

  • Diem fell severely ill following the "Rounding the Bases" challenge in Episode 2. At the beginning of Episode 3, T. J. Lavin delivered the news that Diem was medically unable to continue competing. CT was sent home as a result of being partnered with Diem.
  • In the "Speed Dating" challenge, Zach & Jonna transferred the highest amount of balls from one tractor trailer to another. However, their eleventh and winning ball was not counted due to Zach jumping from one trailer to another before Jonna had returned to the starting position of one trailer, which had been explained in the rules by T. J. Lavin. Therefore, Zach & Jonna, Leroy & Nia and Wes & Theresa finished in a three-way tie, and the team with their balls transferred in the fastest time — Leroy & Nia — were declared the winners.
  • Prior to the final Dome elimination in Episode 11, Nia was sent home following an incident in which she verbally and physically assaulted Jordan, temporarily leaving Leroy without a female partner. After Wes & Theresa were eliminated by Leroy & Nia in Episode 9, Theresa was subsequently brought back to the competition as Leroy's replacement partner for the "X-Battle" Dome. Leroy & Theresa hooked up and had sex during Rivals II. The relationship caused waves due to the Wes, Leroy, and Theresa love triangle and for the infamous Jungle voting in Episode 5 of Rivals II.
  • Jay & Jenna were disqualified during the Final Challenge, after they failed to complete the third checkpoint. Prior to the Final Challenge, host T. J. Lavin explained that a team was required to complete the final challenge in order to earn any money.

Dome Progress

Teams Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6/7 7 8 9/10 10/11 Finale
Jordan & Sarah SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE DOME WIN WIN WINNERS
Leroy & Theresa N/A DOME SECOND
Jay & Jenna SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Bananas & Nany SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT SAFE OUT
Leroy & Nia SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE DOME SAFE DOME WIN DOME DQ
Wes & Theresa WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Zach & Jonna SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Johnny & Averey SAFE DOME SAFE SAFE SAFE DOME' OUT
Adam & Brittany DOME SAFE DOME DOME SAFE OUT
Knight & Jemmye SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
John & Simone SAFE SAFE OUT
CT & Diem SAFE SAFE OUT
Thomas & Hailey SAFE OUT
Dustin & Jessica OUT
Competition
     The team won the competition.
     The team did not win the final challenge.
     The team could not finish the final challenge and received third place but were disqualified and received no money since they did not finish.
     The team won the "Power Couple" mission and put another team into the Dome.
     The team was not selected to go into the Dome.
     The team won in the Dome.
     The team lost in the Dome, was sent to "Battle of the EX-iled," and was later permanently eliminated during "Battle of the EX-iled."
     A contestant was removed from the competition due to illness, so his/her partner was also eliminated.
     A contestant was disqualified from the competition, but his/her partner later received a replacement teammate in the Dome.
     The team withdrew from the competition.

Battle of the EX-iled

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6/7 7 8 9
Bananas & Nany EX-ILE EX-ILE EX-ILE EX-ILE RETURNED
Zach & Jonna OUT
Johnny & Averey OUT
Adam & Brittany OUT
John & Simone EX-ILE EX-ILE OUT
Knight & Jemmye OUT
Dustin & Jessica EX-ILE EX-ILE OUT
Thomas & Hailey OUT
Competition
     The team won the Ex-ile competition, and returned to the actual game.
     The team won in the Ex-ile.
     The team was in the Ex-ile, but did not compete against any team.
     The team wasn't in the "Battle of the EX-iled" competition.
     The team lost the Ex-iled match, and was permanently eliminated from the game.
     A contestant was removed from the competition due to injury, so his/her partner was also eliminated.

Episode guide

Episode Air date Viewers (in millions)
1 "Where Is the Love?" January 6, 2015 0.78
2 "I Will Always Hate You" January 13, 2015 0.91
3 "Love Sick" January 20, 2015 0.84
4 "Crazy Stupid Love" January 27, 2015 1.01
5 "Love, Sweat, and Tears" February 3, 2015 0.99
6 "Love Hurts" February 10, 2015 0.75
7 "That's the Way Love Goes" February 11, 2015 0.83
8 "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" February 24, 2015 0.76
9 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" March 3, 2015 0.83
10 "Lovers in the Dark" March 10, 2015 1.03
11 "Bye Bye, Love" March 17, 2015 1.01
12 "The Greatest Love of All" March 24, 2015 1.03

Trivia

  • Battle of the Exes II is the first season to cast contestants from a show that is not produced by Bunim/Murray Productions.


The Challenge Series

Road Rules: All StarsReal World/Road Rules ChallengeChallenge 2000Extreme ChallengeBattle of the Seasons (2002)Battle of the SexesThe GauntletThe InfernoBattle of the Sexes 2The Inferno IIThe Gauntlet 2Fresh MeatThe DuelThe Inferno 3The Gauntlet IIIThe IslandThe Duel IIThe RuinsFresh Meat IICutthroatRivalsBattle of the ExesBattle of the Seasons (2012)Rivals IIFree AgentsBattle of the Exes IIBattle of the BloodlinesRivals IIIInvasion of the ChampionsXXX: Dirty 30VendettasFinal ReckoningWar of the WorldsWar of the Worlds 2Total MadnessDouble AgentsSpies, Lies & Allies

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