Total Madness
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Season Information
Season No. 35
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Central Eastern Alps, Austria
Season Run April 1 – July 22, 2020
Episodes 17 (including reunion)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $1,000,000
Winners Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
Jenny West
Cast
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Season Chronology
Previous War of the Worlds 2
Next Double Agents
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Total Madness is the thirty-fifth season of The Challenge. The season features various reality alumni competing for a share of $1 million. The season was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic and the Austrian Alps from October to December 2019.

Description

The war is over, but the madness is only just beginning. Returning to the solo format in which every man and woman is competing solely for themselves, The Challenge: Total Madness will pit 21 veterans and seven rookies against one another in the most insane challenges ever devised in the show's 22-year history. Who will take home the $1 million prize, and who will succumb to madness?

Cast

Male contestants
Contestant Finish
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Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
The Real World: Key West
Winner
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Kyle Christie
Geordie Shore
Runner-Up
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Cory Wharton
Real World: Ex-Plosion
Third Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Faysal "Fessy" Shafaat
Big Brother 20
Fourth Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Rogan O'Connor
Ex on the Beach UK 2
Fifth Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Nelson Thomas
Are You the One? 3
Eliminated
in Crash Into Me
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Josh Martinez
Big Brother 19
Eliminated
in Your Time is Gonna Come
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Chris "Swaggy C" Williams
Big Brother 20
Eliminated
in Pictures of You
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Wes Bergmann
The Real World: Austin
Eliminated
in The Final Countdown
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Stephen Bear
Shipwrecked: The Island
Eliminated
in Live and Let Die
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Jordan Wiseley
The Real World: Portland
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Jay Starrett
Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
Medically Disqualified
in Love Will Tear Us Apart
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Chris "CT" Tamburello
The Real World: Paris
Eliminated
in A Hard Jay's Night
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Asaf Goren
So You Think You Can Dance 12
Eliminated
in Mad World
Female contestants
Contestant Finish
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Jenny West
Survival of the Fittest
Winner
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Kaycee Clark
Big Brother 20
Runner-Up
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Bayleigh Dayton
Big Brother 20
Third Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Melissa Reeves
Ex on the Beach UK 2
Fourth Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
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Dee Nguyen
Geordie Shore
Eliminated
in Crash Into Me
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Aneesa Ferreira
The Real World: Chicago
Eliminated
in Your Time is Gonna Come
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Nany González
The Real World: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in Victim of Love
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Mattie Lynn Breaux
Party Down South
Eliminated
in You Ain't Right
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Jenna Compono
Real World: Ex-Plosion
Eliminated
in Backstabber
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Kailah Casillas
Real World: Go Big or Go Home
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Tula "Big T" Fazakerley
Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2019)
Medically Disqualified
in Backstabber
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Tori Deal
Are You the One? 4
Eliminated
in Should I Stay or Should I Go?
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Ashley Mitchell
Real World: Ex-Plosion
Eliminated
in Karma Chameleon
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Jenn Lee
The Amazing Race 29
Eliminated
in Sweet Dreams Are Made of Dee

Format

Each challenge will be played in either teams, pairs, or individuals, followed by elimination rounds known as "Purgatory". The winners of the challenge will form a Tribunal, who will be safe from elimination. The rest of the house will vote in one player of the designated gender to go into Purgatory. The Tribunal will then nominate three players as possible opponents. In Purgatory, the Tribunal will vote in one of the three nominees, or one member of the Tribunal can nominate themselves into elimination. The winner stays in the game, while the loser goes home.

Prize money splits as follows

  • First place: $500,000 each

Twists

  • Tribunal: The challenge winners will have power and safety. They will determine the elimination matchup. They can also volunteer themselves into elimination to possibly earn a Red Skull.
    • During individual and pair challenges, the two winning players will pick one other player to be in the Tribunal.
    • During team challenges, the entire team will make up the Tribunal.
  • Brands: Each competitor will have brands on their helmets.
    • Dagger: The player is a Champion.
    • Skulls: Previous elimination wins.
    • Red Skull: The player won an elimination. In order to compete in the Final Challenge, the player must have a Red Skull.

Game summary

Elimination chart

Episode Challenge Winners Purgatory Contestants Purgatory game Purgatory outcome
# Challenge Winners The Tribunal Gender Voted In Tribunal's pick Winner Loser
1 Battle Lines Rogan Jenny, Rogan, Cory Male Asaf Jay Air Strike Jay Asaf
Jenny
2 Airdrop Extraction Team 1 Cory, Dee, Swaggy C Female Jenn Jenny Flip the Switch Jenny Jenn
3 Decode and Detonate CT Bayleigh, CT, Swaggy C Male Jay N/A Take Shelter Jay CT
Bayleigh
4 Cold War Team 4 Aneesa, Bananas, Bear, Big T, Kaycee Female Ashley Dee Code Breaker Dee Ashley
5/6 Bomb Squad Team 4 Jenny, Josh, Kaycee, Swaggy C Male Jay Rogan Fire Ball Rogan Jay*
6/7 Fast and Furious Jordan & Nany Jordan, Nany, Jenna Female Tori N/A Dust to Dust Jenna Tori
8* Decontamination Mattie Mattie, Wes, Bananas Male Fessy Jordan Pole Wrestle Fessy Jordan
Wes Nelson Bear Nelson Bear
9* Tunnel Rats Team 3 Bayleigh, Cory, Dee, Nany, Wes Female Kaycee Kailah Bombs Out Kaycee Kailah
Aneesa Jenna Aneesa Jenna
10 Throne Off Dee Dee, Wes, Rogan Male Bananas N/A Charge the Wall Bananas Wes
Wes
11 Flag Down Josh Josh, Melissa, Bananas Female Mattie Dee Tunnel Vision Dee Mattie
Melissa
12 Tanks A Lot Team 5 Bayleigh, Dee, Fessy Male Cory Swaggy C Launch Button Cory Swaggy C
13 Bloc'd In Team 1 Aneesa, Bananas, Cory,
Jenny, Josh, Nany, Rogan
Female Melissa N/A Off with Your Heads Melissa Nany
14 Running Out of Time Fessy Fessy, Jenny, Josh Bayleigh Aneesa Knots of War Bayleigh Aneesa
Jenny Kyle N/A Kyle Josh
15 Crash Course Bananas Bananas, Kaycee, Kyle Jenny Dee Hall Brawl Jenny Dee
Kaycee Rogan Nelson Rogan Nelson
16 Final Challenge Bananas 2nd: Kyle, 3rd: Cory, 4th: Fessy, 5th: Rogan
Jenny 2nd: Kaycee, 3rd: Bayleigh, 4th: Melissa

Notes

  • Tribunal players in bold indicate that the player volunteered to compete in Purgatory.
  • Jay was medically disqualified from the "Fire Ball" elimination after taking a hard hit and showing signs of a concussion.
  • Due to the odd number of males during the "Fast and Furious" challenge, Jordan was randomly selected to go twice with Nany and Bayleigh.
  • The "Pole Wrestle", "Bombs Out", "Knots of War", and "Hall Brawl" eliminations were declared double eliminations. As a result, four players were nominated instead of the usual three.
  • Big T was medically disqualified in Episode 9 prior to the "Tunnel Rats" challenge after lacerating her toe the previous episode.
  • Melissa quit the first stage of the Final Challenge after feeling unable to beat Jenny and Kaycee. Bayleigh withdrew after injuring her knee and feeling unable to continue.

Purgatory progress

Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5/6 6/7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale
Bananas SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN WINNER
Jenny WIN ELIM SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ELIM WINNER
Kyle SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SECOND
Kaycee SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SECOND
Cory SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE ELIM WIN SAFE SAFE THIRD
Bayleigh SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM SAFE THIRD
Fessy SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE FOURTH
Melissa SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE FOURTH
Rogan WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM FIFTH
Nelson SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Dee SAFE WIN SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ELIM WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Josh SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN OUT
Aneesa SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Nany SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Swaggy C SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Mattie SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Wes SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN OUT
Jenna SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE OUT
Kailah SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Big T SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Bear SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Jordan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Tori SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Jay ELIM SAFE ELIM SAFE OUT
Ashley SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
CT SAFE SAFE OUT
Jenn SAFE OUT
Asaf OUT
Competition
     The contestant finished the Final Challenge and won.
     The contestant finished the Final Challenge and lost.
     The contestant won the challenge and was part of the Tribunal.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but was selected for the Tribunal.
     The contestant was not selected for Purgatory.
     The contestant was nominated by the Tribunal to go into Purgatory.
     The contestant won in Purgatory and earned a Red Skull.
     The contestant was in the Tribunal, but threw themselves into Purgatory and won.
     The contestant won the elimination by default and won a Red Skull.
     The contestant was eliminated in Purgatory.
     The contestant was in the Tribunal, but threw themselves into Purgatory and lost.
     The contestant was removed from the competition due to injury or illness.
     The contestant withdrew from the game.
     The contestant was eliminated at the Final Challenge.

Voting progress

Voter Episodes Total Votes Received
1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Bananas Jay Big T Jay Dee Jay Tori Jordan Cory Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Dee Kyle N/A Kyle Bayleigh Nelson Dee 20
Jenny Jay Jenn N/A Ashley Rogan Tori N/A Nelson Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Kyle N/A N/A Aneesa Rogan Dee 9
Kaycee Asaf Jenn Nelson Dee Rogan Tori N/A N/A Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Cory Melissa Kyle Bayleigh Nelson Dee 14
Kyle Jay Jenn Jay Ashley Jay Tori Fessy Nelson Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Kyle Melissa Kyle Bayleigh Nelson Dee 14
Cory Jay Jenny Jay N/A Bear Tori N/A Bear Kailah Jenna Bananas Mattie Cory N/A Kyle Bayleigh Rogan Jenny 9
Fessy Asaf Jenn Bananas N/A Bear Tori Bear N/A Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Swaggy C Bayleigh N/A Melissa Rogan Dee 7
Bayleigh Asaf Jenn N/A N/A N/A Tori N/A N/A Kailah Jenna Bananas Mattie Swaggy C Bayleigh Kyle Bayleigh Rogan Melissa 13
Rogan Jay Big T Jay N/A Jay Tori N/A N/A Kaycee Aneesa N/A Mattie Cory N/A N/A N/A Rogan Jenny 12
Melissa Asaf Jenn Jay Ashley Jay Tori N/A Nelson Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Bayleigh Kyle Melissa Kyle Bayleigh Rogan Bayleigh 6
Nelson Asaf Jenn Bananas N/A Bear Tori Bear Bear Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Cory Bayleigh Kyle Bayleigh Rogan Jenny 19
Dee Asaf Jenny Bananas Ashley Jay Tori N/A N/A Kailah Jenna N/A Mattie Kyle Melissa N/A N/A Rogan Jenny 12
Josh Asaf Jenn Nelson N/A Rogan Tori Nelson Nelson Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Dee Cory N/A Josh Aneesa 1
Aneesa Asaf Jenn Jordan Dee N/A Tori Nelson Nelson Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Cory N/A Kyle Bayleigh 16
Nany Jay Jenn Nelson Ashley Jay N/A Fessy N/A Jenny Jenny Bananas Mattie Cory Nany 1
Swaggy C Asaf Jenny N/A N/A Rogan Tori N/A Nelson Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie Cory 2
Mattie Asaf Jenn N/A Ashley Jay Tori Jordan Bear Kaycee Aneesa Bananas Mattie 13
Wes Asaf Jenn Jay N/A Kyle Tori Jordan Bear Kailah Jenna Wes 2
Jenna Jay Jenn Nelson N/A N/A Jenna Fessy N/A Kaycee Aneesa 5
Kailah Jay Jenn Nelson N/A Jay Tori Fessy Nelson Kaycee Aneesa 4
Big T Asaf Jenn Bananas Dee N/A Tori N/A Nelson 4
Bear Asaf Jenn Jay Dee Jay Tori Fessy Nelson 10
Jordan Jay Jenn Jordan N/A Jordan N/A Fessy Jordan 7
Tori Jay Jenn Jay Ashley Jay Tori 20
Jay Asaf Jenn Bananas N/A Bear 30
Ashley Asaf Jenn Bananas N/A 7
CT Jay Big T CT 1
Jenn Jay Big T 21
Asaf Wes 15
  • Bold indicates the contestant was in the Tribunal

Episode guide

Episode Air date Viewers (in millions)
1 "Mad World" April 1, 2020 1.06
2 "Sweet Dreams Are Made of Dee" April 8, 2020 0.93
3 "A Hard Jay's Night" April 15, 2020 0.92
4 "Karma Chameleon" April 22, 2020 1.02
5 "Break Up with Your BF, I'm Bored" April 29, 2020 1.00
6 "Love Will Tear Us Apart" May 6, 2020 0.93
7 "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" May 13, 2020 0.85
8 "Live and Let Die" May 20, 2020 1.02
9 "Backstabber" May 27, 2020 0.93
10 "The Final Countdown" June 3, 2020 0.91
11 "You Ain't Right" June 10, 2020 0.88
12 "Pictures of You" June 17, 2020 0.90
13 "Victim of Love" June 24, 2020 0.94
14 "Your Time is Gonna Come" July 1, 2020 0.85
15 "Crash Into Me" July 8, 2020 0.94
16 "It's the End of the World As We Know It" July 15, 2020 0.98

Trivia

  • The original title for this season was Battle for Independence. The title can be heard during the commercial break of the season premiere.
  • This is the first individual season to feature an uneven amount of finalists (five men and four women).
  • Total Madness is the first season to feature contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor US and The Amazing Race.


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