Rivals II is the 24th season of The Challenge. This season features alumni from The Real World and The Challenge teaming up with their biggest enemy for a share of $350,000. The season was filmed in Thailand from March to May of 2013. It premiered on July 10th, 2013 and concluded with the live reunion special on September 25th, 2013. It is the sequel to the 2011 season, Rivals.
Imagine being offered a life-changing amount of money. But the only way to get it is to work with someone who has backstabbed you... Or tormented you... Or defeated you... Or humiliated you... Your biggest enemy!
This season on Rivals II, 32 of the most dynamic Challenge competitors ever will enter the tropical depths of exotic Thailand, only to be paired up with their biggest adversary. These sworn enemies must figure out a way to get over their bad blood and work together in order to earn a share of the massive $350,000 prize!
Not only will these teammates need to work through their own issues, but they will also have to battle their competition in a series of heart-pounding challenges. Here's how it works: there will be male challenge days and female challenge days. After each challenge, the winning team will be safe from elimination. However, the last-place team will be forced to compete in the Jungle, the battleground for a mentally and physically severe elimination round. Then, their fellow competitors will publically vote on the team that will go into the Jungle against them. And this time around, an unprecedented twist to the voting system will send shockwaves through the entire game. These two unlucky Jungle-bound teams will then battle for survival. The winners will get to stay in the game and compete for fortune and glory. However, the losers will be sent home with absolutely nothing. The only way to get a cut of the cash is to make it to the very end and compete in an epic final challenge.
With $350,000 on the line, things are certain to get ugly. Some teams may attempt to put their painful past behind them, while others will struggle to deal with their rocky history. These rivals will push themselves -- and each other -- past their breaking points, sparking new feuds that will erupt both on and off the field. Tempers will flare, fists will be raised, and hearts will be on the line -- as there have never been as many steamy hook-ups or controversial romances as there are this season! Those who can last until the end will compete in a shocking finale unlike anything they've ever seen or expected, in the final race to determine which male and female team will claim the first place prize and be crowned champions of Rivals II.
Each team will consist of players who will be paired with their "worst enemies," whom they have engaged in bitter feuds, fights and rivalries with in previous Real World and/or Challenge seasons.
Each team participates in numerous challenges, which are followed by an elimination round called "The Jungle." Each challenge is alternatively designated as either a male or a female challenge day. The winning team of the gender not designated for the Jungle is awarded $1,000. The winning team whose gender is designated for elimination wins immunity from the Jungle, while the team that finishes last is automatically sent to the Jungle. A public vote is cast by teams of the opposite gender to determine which team of the same gender will face the last-place finisher in the Jungle. 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.
At the end of the season, six teams will compete in the final challenge — three of each gender.
Money for finalists is split as follows:
- First Place: $125,000 ($62,500 each)
- Second Place: $35,000 ($17,500 each)
- Third Place: $15,000 ($7,500 each)
|Episode||Gender||Challenge winners||Jungle contestants||Jungle game||Jungle outcome|
|#||Challenge||Won $1,000||Safe from Jungle||Last-place team||Voted for the Jungle||Winning team||Eliminated|
|1||Game of Inches||Male||Emily & Paula||Trey & Zach||Dunbar & Tyrie||Derek & Robb||Last Chance||Derek & Robb||Dunbar & Tyrie|
|2||XXX Games||Female||Trey & Zach||Emily & Paula||Anastasia & Jessica||Cara Maria & Cooke||Hanging by a Thread||Cara Maria & Cooke||Anastasia & Jessica|
|3||Mind Over Splatter||Male||Emily & Paula||Frank & Johnny||Knight & Preston||Derek & Robb||Snapper||Knight & Preston||Derek & Robb|
|4||Stumped||Female||Jordan & Marlon||Emily & Paula||Jasmine & Theresa||Cara Maria & Cooke||Who Can Take It?||N/A|
|5||Frog Smash||Male||Jasmine & Theresa||CT & Wes||Trey & Zach||Leroy & Ty||Breaking on Through||Leroy & Ty||Trey & Zach|
|6||Frenemies||Female||Leroy & Ty||Emily & Paula||Camila & Jemmye||Jasmine & Theresa||Catch-22||Camila & Jemmye||Jasmine & Theresa|
|7||Blind Leading the Blind||Male||Aneesa & Diem||Frank & Johnny||Leroy & Ty||Jordan & Marlon||Last Chance||Jordan & Marlon||Leroy & Ty|
|8||Swingers||Female||CT & Wes||Camila & Jemmye||Cara Maria & Cooke||Jonna & Nany||Snapper||Cara Maria & Cooke||Jonna & Nany|
|9||Rampage||Male||Emily & Paula||CT & Wes||Knight & Preston||Jordan & Marlon||Breaking on Through||Jordan & Marlon||Knight & Preston|
|10/11||Color Correction||Female||N/A||Cara Maria & Cooke||Aneesa & Diem||Camila & Jemmye||Hanging by a Thread||Camila & Jemmye||Aneesa & Diem|
|11/12||Dream Island||N/A||N/A||Third-place Guys: Jordan & Marlon; Third-place Girls: Camila & Jemmye|
|Nightmare Island||CT & Wes||Second-place Guys: Frank & Johnny|
|Emily & Paula||Second-place Girls: Cara Maria & Cooke|
- Cooke's original partner, Naomi, withdrew from the game prior to the first Jungle due to a family emergency back home. Cara Maria was brought in as Cooke's replacement partner prior to the "XXX Games" challenge in Episode 2. Cooke stated that she received a nasty tweet from Cara Maria, prior to Cara Maria's entry into the competition.
- Prior to the "Mind Over Splatter" challenge in Episode 3, Trishelle quit the game after she got into a verbal scuffle with Aneesa and became fed up with the conditions in the house. Sarah was sent home because she was left without a partner.
- The "Who Can Take It?" Jungle in Episode 4 was not played and both teams were saved, likely as the result of Team Sarah & Trishelle's withdrawal from the game during the previous episode.
- Trey & Zach finished the "Breaking on Through" Jungle before Leroy & Ty, but were disqualified for failing to alternate breaking through each floor. Prior to the elimination round, host T.J. Lavin stated in the rules that each partner was required to alternate breaking through floors; however, Zach broke through the first two floors. Therefore, Leroy & Ty were declared the winners by default.
- Only the female teams were shown competing in the "Color Correction" challenge as all of the remaining guys teams have already advanced to the finale.
|CT & Wes||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||WIN||N/A||WINNERS|
|Emily & Paula||WIN||WIN||WIN||WIN||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||WINNERS|
|Frank & Johnny||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||N/A||SECOND|
|Cara Maria & Cooke||N/A||ELIM||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||SAFE||WIN||SECOND|
|Jordan & Marlon||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||SAFE||ELIM||N/A||THIRD|
|Camila & Jemmye||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||ELIM||THIRD|
|Aneesa & Diem||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||OUT|
|Knight & Preston||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||OUT|
|Jonna & Nany||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||OUT|
|Leroy & Ty||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM||WIN||OUT|
|Jasmine & Theresa||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||WIN||OUT|
|Trey & Zach||WIN||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||DQ|
|Derek & Robb||ELIM||SAFE||OUT|
|Sarah & Trishelle||SAFE||SAFE||QUIT|
|Anastasia & Jessica||SAFE||OUT|
|Dunbar & Tyrie||OUT|
- The team won the competition.
- The team finished second in the final challenge.
- The team finished in third place, after being eliminated on Day 1 of the final challenge.
- The team won the challenge, and was safe from the Jungle.
- The team won the challenge and $1,000.
- The team was not selected for the Jungle.
- The team was selected for the Jungle, but did not have to compete.
- The team won in the Jungle.
- The team won the Jungle by default.
- The team lost in the Jungle and was eliminated.
- The team was disqualified in the Jungle and was eliminated.
- A contestant withdrew from the competition, and his/her partner was also eliminated.
|Episode||Air date||Viewers (in millions)|
|1||"Rumble in the Jungle"||July 10, 2013||1.57|
|2||"New Girl"||July 17, 2013||1.40|
|3||"The Dark Knight Rises"||July 24, 2013||1.61|
|4||"Mortuusequusphobia"||July 31, 2013||1.78|
|5||"What the Phuket?!"||August 7, 2013||1.48|
|6||"Revenge is a Dish Best Not Serve"||August 14, 2013||1.34|
|7||"Crossing Jordan"||August 21, 2013||1.34|
|8||"Thrilla in Camila"||August 28, 2013||1.36|
|9||"Diemnesia"||September 4, 2013||1.54|
|10||"True Colors"||September 11, 2013||1.34|
|11||"Final Destination"||September 18, 2013||1.27|
|12||"The Island of Misfit Challengers"||September 25, 2013||1.61|
The live reunion was filmed in New York City, New York, and was hosted by Jonny Moseley. The contestants who attended the reunion were: Aneesa, Camila, Cara Maria, CT, Diem, Emily, Frank, Jemmye, Johnny, Jordan, Preston, Knight, Marlon, Paula, and Wes.
|The Challenge Series|
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 • War of the Worlds • War of the Worlds 2 • Total Madness • Double Agents • Spies, Lies & Allies