Battle of the Seasons
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Season Information
Season No. 23
Location Bodrum, Turkey
Swakopmund, Namibia
Season Run September 19 – December 19, 2012
No. of Episodes 13 (including reunion)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $340,000
Winners Team San Diego
Ashley Kelsey
Frank Sweeney
Sam McGinn
Zach Nichols
Cast
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Season Chronology
Previous Battle of the Exes
Next Rivals II
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Battle of the Seasons is the 23rd season of The Challenge. This season features various seasons of The Real World reuniting to compete for a share of $350,000. This season was filmed in Turkey and Namibia for the Final Challenge. It premiered on September 19th, 2012 and concluded with the reunion special on December 19th, 2012. It is the sequel to the 2002 season, Battle of the Seasons.

Description

We paired up enemies in "Rivals" and old flames in "Battle of the Exes," now, for the first time ever, it will be an all out battle for Real World supremacy. "The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" reunites cast members from seven of the Real World's most memorable seasons. Within each team, there are exes, rivalries, current romances, best friendships and everything in between that could either help or hurt them in their goal to become the last season standing. And to make matters more intense, in competing for $350,000 in grand prizes, the former roommates may have to turn on each other to secure their own safety in the game. The usual struggles of strength and stamina will remain, but this time, they'll have to sort out their issues from their original season if they want to win it all.

Cast

Teams
Partner 1 Partner 2 Finish
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Ashley Kelsey
The Real World: San Diego (2011)
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Frank Sweeney
The Real World: San Diego (2011)
Winners
in Operation Desert Scorn
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Sam McGinn
The Real World: San Diego (2011)
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Zach Nichols
The Real World: San Diego (2011)
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Dustin Zito
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
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Trishelle Cannatella
The Real World: Las Vegas (2002)
Runners-Up
in Operation Desert Scorn
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Chet Cannon
The Real World: Brooklyn
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Devyn Simone
The Real World: Brooklyn
Third Place
in Operation Desert Scorn
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JD Ordoñez
The Real World: Brooklyn
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Sarah Rice
The Real World: Brooklyn
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Derek Chavez
The Real World: Cancun
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Jonna Mannion
The Real World: Cancun
Eliminated
in I Like to Move It, Move It
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Marie Roda
The Real World: St. Thomas
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Robb Schreiber
The Real World: St. Thomas
Eliminated
in A Woman Scorned
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Alton Williams
The Real World: Las Vegas (2002)
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Nany González
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in The Chronicles of Nanyia
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CJ Koegel
The Real World: Cancun
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Jasmine Reynaud
The Real World: Cancun
Eliminated
in Honey, I'm Homeless
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Jemmye Carroll
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
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Ryan Knight
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
Eliminated
in I Do Not Like You Sam I Am
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Laura Waller
The Real World: St. Thomas
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Trey Weatherholtz
The Real World: St. Thomas
Eliminated
in Going Insane
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McKenzie Coburn
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
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Preston Roberson-Charles
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
Eliminated
in N-A-R-C-I-S-S-I-S-T-I-C
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Camila Nakagawa
Spring Break Challenge
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Eric Banks
Fresh Meat
Quit
in N-A-R-C-I-S-S-I-S-T-I-C
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Brandon Nelson
Fresh Meat II
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Cara Maria Sorbello
Fresh Meat II
Eliminated
in What Happens in Vegas...
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Danny Jamieson
The Real World: Austin
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Melinda Stolp
The Real World: Austin
Eliminated
in The Perks of Being a Rookie
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Lacey Buehler
The Real World: Austin
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Wes Bergmann
The Real World: Austin
Eliminated
in Tis the Season

Format

During each Challenge, teams will compete in order to become the Power Team, who will have the ability to place one team of their decision into the Arena. The other team going into the Arena will be that day's Challenge losers. Once in the Arena, each team must decide one male-female pair to compete, and have the potential to go home with no money. The losing pair in the Arena will go home, and leave their team short two players. Teams can compete with only two players, and have potential to make a greater share of the final's $340,000.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $250,000
  • Second Place: $50,000
  • Third Place: $40,000

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Power team Arena contestants Arena game Arena outcome
# Challenge Last-place team Winners' selection Last-place pair Selected pair Winning pair Losing pair
1 Don't Cross Me Team Cancun Team Fresh Meat Team Austin Cara Maria & Eric Lacey & Wes Hall Brawl Cara Maria & Eric Lacey & Wes
2 Oil Change Team San Diego Team Austin Team Fresh Meat Danny & Melinda Camila & Eric** Balls Out Camila & Eric Danny & Melinda
3 Hook, Line & Sinker Team Las Vegas Team Fresh Meat Team Brooklyn Brandon & Cara Maria** Chet & Sarah Knot So Fast Chet & Sarah Brandon & Cara Maria
4/5 Don't Weigh Me Down Team Cancun Team Brooklyn Team Fresh Meat Devyn & JD Camila & Eric Water Torture Devyn & JD* Camila & Eric
5 Chairman of the Board Team San Diego Team New Orleans Team Brooklyn McKenzie & Preston Chet & Sarah Balls Out Chet & Sarah McKenzie & Preston
6 Insane Games Team New Orleans Team St. Thomas Team Las Vegas Laura & Trey Dustin & Nany Knot So Fast Dustin & Nany Laura & Trey
7 Logged Out Team Brooklyn Team New Orleans Team San Diego Jemmye & Knight Sam & Zach** Water Torture Sam & Zach Jemmye & Knight
8 Hunger Games Team Brooklyn Team San Diego Team Cancun Sam & Zach CJ & Jasmine Hall Brawl Sam & Zach CJ & Jasmine
9 Abandon Ship Team San Diego Team St. Thomas Team Las Vegas Marie & Robb Alton & Nany Balls Out Marie & Robb Alton & Nany
10 Force Field Team San Diego Team Las Vegas Team St. Thomas Dustin & Trishelle Marie & Robb Water Torture Dustin & Trishelle Marie & Robb
11 Sling Shot Team Las Vegas Team Cancun Team San Diego Derek & Jonna Ashley & Frank Knot So Fast Ashley & Frank Derek & Jonna
12 Final Challenge Team San Diego 2nd place: Team Las Vegas; 3rd place: Team Brooklyn

Notes

  • "**" indicates that the team was unable to choose representatives to compete in the Arena, so the Power Team chose those two players to go into the Arena.
  • During the "Water Torture" Arena at the beginning of Episode 5, Eric grew frustrated and quit when he determined that his weight prevented him from competing in the Arena, despite being in the lead. As a result, Team Fresh Meat was disqualified, and Team Brooklyn was declared the winner by default.

Arena Progress

Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4/5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Finale
Ashley SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ARENA WINNER
Frank SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ARENA WINNER
Sam SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE ARENA ARENA WIN WIN SAFE WINNER
Zach SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE ARENA ARENA WIN WIN SAFE WINNER
Dustin SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE ARENA SAFE SAFE SAFE ARENA WIN SECOND
Trishelle SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ARENA WIN SECOND
Chet SAFE SAFE ARENA SAFE ARENA SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Devyn SAFE SAFE SAFE ARENA SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
JD SAFE SAFE SAFE ARENA SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Sarah SAFE SAFE ARENA SAFE ARENA SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Derek WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Jonna WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Marie SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ARENA OUT
Robb SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ARENA OUT
Alton SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Nany SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE ARENA SAFE SAFE OUT
CJ WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Jasmine WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Jemmye SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Knight SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Laura SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Trey SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
McKenzie SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Preston SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Camila SAFE ARENA SAFE DQ
Eric ARENA ARENA SAFE QUIT
Brandon SAFE SAFE OUT
Cara Maria ARENA SAFE OUT
Danny SAFE OUT
Melinda SAFE OUT
Lacey OUT
Wes OUT
Competition
     The contestant's team won the final challenge.
     The contestant's team did not win the final challenge.
     The contestant was a part of the Power Team, was safe from the Arena, and selected a team to compete in the Arena.
     The contestant's team was not selected to go into the Arena.
     The contestant's team was nominated for the Arena, but was not selected to compete.
     The contestant won in the Arena.
     The contestant won in the Arena by default.
     The contestant was eliminated in the Arena.
     The contestant withdrew from the Arena.
     The contestant was forced to leave the competition after their partner quit from the Arena.

Episode guide

Episode Air date Viewers (in millions)
1 "Tis the Season" September 19, 2012 1.15
2 "The Perks of Being a Rookie" Sepetember 26, 2012 1.23
3 "What Happens in Vegas..." October 3, 2012 1.11
4 "The Dark Knight" October 10, 2012 1.06
5 "N-A-R-C-I-S-S-I-S-T-I-C" October 17, 2012 0.91
6 "Going Insane" October 24, 2012 1.16
7 "I Do Not Like You Sam I Am" November 7, 2012 1.10
8 "Honey, I'm Homeless" November 14, 2012 1.07
9 "The Chronicles of Nanyia" November 28, 2012 1.34
10 "A Woman Scorned" December 5, 2012 0.98
11 "I Like to Move It, Move It" December 12, 2012 0.96
12 "Operation Desert Scorn" December 19, 2012 1.01

Trivia

The Challenge Seasons

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 Agents

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