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Rivals II
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Season Information
Season No. 24
Location Phuket, Thailand
Season Run July 10 – September 25, 2013
Episodes 15 (including reunion and two specials)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $350,000
Winners Chris "CT" Tamburello
Wes Bergmann

Emily Schromm
Paula Meronek

Cast
Season Chronology
Previous Battle of the Seasons
Next Free Agents
Gallery

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.

Description

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.

Cast

Teams
Partner 1 Partner 2 Finish
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Chris "CT" Tamburello
The Real World: Paris
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Wes Bergmann
The Real World: Austin
Winners
in The Island of Misfit Challengers
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Emily Schromm
The Real World: D.C.
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Paula Meronek
The Real World: Key West
Winners
in The Island of Misfit Challengers
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Frank Sweeney
The Real World: San Diego (2011)
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Johnny Devenanzio
The Real World: Key West
Runners-Up
in The Island of Misfit Challengers
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Cara Maria Sorbello
Fresh Meat II
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Heather Cooke
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Runners-Up
in The Island of Misfit Challengers
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Jordan Wiseley
The Real World: Portland
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Marlon Williams
The Real World: Portland
Third Place
in The Island of Misfit Challengers
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Camila Nakagawa
Spring Break Challenge
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Jemmye Carroll
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
Third Place
in Final Destination
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Aneesa Ferreira
The Real World: Chicago
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Diem Brown
Fresh Meat
Eliminated
in Final Destination
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Preston Roberson-Charles
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
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Ryan Knight
The Real World: New Orleans (2010)
Eliminated
in Diemnesia
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Jonna Mannion
The Real World: Cancun
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Nany González
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in Thrilla in Camila
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Leroy Garrett
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
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Ty Ruff
The Real World: D.C.
Eliminated
in Crossing Jordan
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Jasmine Reynaud
The Real World: Cancun
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Theresa Gonzalez
Fresh Meat II
Eliminated
in Revenge Is a Dish Best Not Serve
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Trey Weatherholtz
The Real World: St. Thomas
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Zach Nichols
The Real World: San Diego (2011)
Disqualified
in What the Phuket?!
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Derek Chavez
The Real World: Cancun
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Robb Schreiber
The Real World: St. Thomas
Eliminated
in The Dark Knight Rises
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Sarah Rice
The Real World: Brooklyn
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Trishelle Cannatella
The Real World: Las Vegas (2002)
Quit
in The Dark Knight Rises
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Anastasia Miller
The Real World: Portland
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Jessica McCain
The Real World: Portland
Eliminated
in New Girl
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Dunbar Merrill
The Real World: Sydney
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Tyrie Ballard
The Real World: Denver
Eliminated
in Rumble in the Jungle
N/A
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Naomi Defensor
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Quit
in Rumble in the Jungle

Format

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)

Game Summary

Elimination chart

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

Notes:

  • 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.

Jungle Progress

Teams Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10/11 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 JUNGLE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE WIN SECOND
Jordan & Marlon SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE JUNGLE N/A THIRD
Camila & Jemmye SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE WIN SAFE JUNGLE THIRD
Aneesa & Diem SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Knight & Preston SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Jonna & Nany SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Leroy & Ty SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE WIN OUT
Jasmine & Theresa SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE WIN OUT
Trey & Zach WIN WIN SAFE SAFE DQ
Derek & Robb JUNGLE SAFE OUT
Sarah & Trishelle SAFE SAFE QUIT
Anastasia & Jessica SAFE OUT
Dunbar & Tyrie OUT
Cooke & Naomi QUIT
Competition
     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, but one partner later received a replacement teammate.
     A contestant withdrew from the competition, and his/her partner was also eliminated.

Episode guide

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


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