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Total Madness
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Season Information
Season No. 35
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Season Run April 1 – July 22, 2020
No. of Episodes 17 (including reunion)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $1,000,000
Winners Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
Jenny West
Cast
Total Madness Cast
Season Chronology
Previous War of the Worlds 2
Next Season 36
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Total Madness is the thirty-fifth season of The Challenge.

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
BananasTMIcon
Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
RW: Key West
Winner
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
KyleTMIcon
Kyle Christie
Geordie Shore
Runner-Up
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
CoryTMIcon
Cory Wharton
RW: Ex-Plosion
Third Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
FessyTMIcon
Faysal "Fessy" Shafaat
Big Brother 20
Fourth Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
RoganTMIcon
Rogan O'Connor
Ex on the Beach UK 2
Fifth Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
NelsonTMIcon
Nelson Thomas
AYTO? 3
Eliminated
in Crash Into Me
JoshTMIcon
Josh Martinez
Big Brother 19
Eliminated
in Your Time is Gonna Come
SwaggyCTMIcon
Chris "Swaggy C" Williams
Big Brother 20
Eliminated
in Pictures of You
WesTMIcon
Wes Bergmann
RW: Austin
Eliminated
in The Final Countdown
BearTMIcon
Stephen Bear
Shipwrecked: The Island
Eliminated
in Live and Let Die
JordanTMIcon
Jordan Wiseley
RW: Portland
JayTMIcon
Jay Starrett
Survivor: Millennialls vs. Gen X
Medically Disqualified
in Love Will Tear Us Apart
CTTMIcon
Chris "CT" Tamburello
RW: Paris
Eliminated
in A Hard Jay's Night
AsafTMIcon
Asaf Goren
SYTYCD 12
Eliminated
in Mad World
Female contestants
Contestant Finish
JennyTMIcon
Jenny West
Survival of the Fittest
Winner
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
KayceeTMIcon
Kaycee Clark
Big Brother 20
Runner-Up
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
BayleighTMIcon
Bayleigh Dayton
Big Brother 20
Third Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
MelissaTMIcon
Melissa Reeves
Ex on the Beach UK 2
Fourth Place
in It's the End of the World As We Know It
DeeTMIcon
Dee Nguyen
Geordie Shore
Eliminated
in Crash Into Me
AneesaTMIcon
Aneesa Ferreira
RW: Chicago
Eliminated
in Your Time is Gonna Come
NanyTMIcon
Nany González
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in Victim of Love
MattieTMIcon
Mattie Lynn Breaux
Party Down South
Eliminated
in You Ain't Right
JennaTMIcon
Jenna Compono
RW: Ex-Plosion
Eliminated
in Backstabber
KailahTMIcon
Kailah Casillas
RW: Go Big or Go Home
BigTTMIcon
Tula "Big T" Fazakerley
Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2019)
Medically Disqualified
in Backstabber
ToriTMIcon
Tori Deal
AYTO? 4
Eliminated
in Should I Stay or Should I Go?
AshleyTMIcon
Ashley Mitchell
RW: Ex-Plosion
Eliminated
in Karma Chameleon
JennTMIcon
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: 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 Breakers 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 Wes Mattie, Wes, Bananas Male Fessy Jordan Pole Wrestle Fessy Jordan
Mattie 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 Flagged 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 Blocc'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 Jenny Fessy, Jenny, Josh N/A Bayleigh Aneesa Knots of War Bayleigh Aneesa
Fessy Kyle N/A Kyle Josh
15 Crash Course Kaycee Bananas, Kaycee, Kyle Jenny Dee Hall Brawl Jenny Dee
Bananas Rogan Nelson Rogan Nelson
16 Final Challenge Jenny 2nd: Kaycee, 3rd: Bayleigh, 4th: Melissa
Bananas 2nd: Kyle, 3rd: Cory, 4th: Fessy, 5th: Rogan

Notes

  • Tribunal players in italics indicate that the player threw themselves into 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.

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.


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 Madness

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