After over 20 years on MTV, The Challenge is now on CBS this year, and for the first time ever, the show will feature CBS reality series personalities competing against one another. Participants will be some fan favorites from Big Brother, Survivor, Amazing Race, and Love Island. Of course, each shows alumni claim they will be the competition’s victor.
The 28 members of The Challenge USA cast include 9 houseguests from past seasons of Big Brother. That is more than any other show represented on The Challenge USA this season. The odds are already stacked in favor of Big Brother!
Legendary host of The Challenge, TJ Lavin, oversaw the first competition between the contestants. The group was permitted to pick their partners before they began their first duo competition. Most of the contestants stayed true to their reality show roots.
One of the couples to pair up together were Kyland Young and Azah Awasum from Big Brother 23. Unfortunately, they were the losing team from the first challenge. They had to repel down the side of a building while completing math problems posted on the building as they fell past them.
In true fashion of The Challenge, the winning duo was tasked with picking who the losing couple would battle in the arena in the final showdown. This competition will dictate which couple is eliminated from the competition each week. The winning couple in week one was Tyson Apostol, former Survivor winner, and Angela Rummans, former Big Brother 20 houseguest.
After deliberation, Tyler and Angela chose Love Island alum, Cely Vazquez and Javonny Vega for the losing couple to faceoff against in the arena. They were not obviously going to choose a Survivor or Big Brother alum to go against. That would jeopardize their game.
The arena competition was called Not So Fast. In the end, Kyland and Azah beat Cely and Javonny. The Big Brother duo will remain in the game while Cely and Javonny were eliminated.
TJ threw a new twist to the contestants before departing in week one. He announced that each week, a computer algorithm will pick the couples randomly. That means the contestants will no longer be able to pick their partners to compete with in the challenges. The computer will handle the task.
TJ went on to say that the contestants will have a new partner each week. Once that becomes impossible, they will not have the same partner two weeks in a row. The twist should make for some interesting gameplay considering Tyson and Angela, this week’s winners, thought they had a clear path to the end of the game.
The Big Brother team is still in full stride going into week two of The Challenge USA. Please join us here next week for updates on how the competition evolves.
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