It’s almost time folks. In just a few short weeks time America’s fifth major sport will be returning for a new season. After several team and partner themed seasons, this year marks the return to an “every man for himself” challenge, similar to The Duel. The two seasons of The Duel are some of my favorite in challenge history so I was excited to see this format return, even if the claim that there is no alliances is total bs. Free Agents is a little different from previous Duel seasons, as there will apparently still be partner and team competitions, even though it is technically still an individual game. This season after each competition the male and female winner will choose a member of each gender to compete about the male and female loser on that day in an elimination round called “The Draw” (possibly the least scary sounding elimination round in challenge history). The show kicks off on Thursday April 10th at 10 pm, and to hold you over until we get to the premiere, I’m going to evaluate all the male and female contestants on their chances of winning this season of The Challenge. I’m going to look at the guys side today, and I’ll be back with a preview of the girls on Friday.
Brandon Nelson, Fresh Meat II
Physical Game: 5
Mental Game: 3
Social Game: 4.5
Overall: Like in every other challenge he has done, Brandon has no chance here (sorry Brandon). He isn’t athletic enough to win any challenges by himself, and he doesn’t ever seem to have a ton of friends in the house. The one area Brandon does a decent job is in elimination rounds, and while he isn’t super popular he isn’t hated either. I see an early to mid show exit for Brandon. While I think he should have a mediocre finish like he always does, based on some Twitter messages it seems like Brandon has been hanging out with Knight a lot, this is something that could hurt him as Knight is not a very popular guy with other challenge contestants, but their bonding may have started after this show filmed.
Brandon Swift aka Swift, The Real World St. Thomas
Physical Game: 7
Mental Game: 5
Social Game: 3
Ok, so confession time, I didn’t watch The Real World St. Thomas so this was a tough one to evaluate. Obviously based on his picture he’s in great shape, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to doing well in the challenges. Also the only person from his season on the show is fellow rookie LaToya, who he apparently was interested in at one point in their season, but ultimately decided he’d rather go after other girls, so I don’t see them being great friends. He also seems a little cocky, which is never good for a rookie. This feels like a classic case of rookies go home first, unless he can find a way to save himself through winning some competitions and stick around long enough to gain some allies.
Chet Cannon, The Real World Brooklyn
Physical Game: 6
Mental Game: 6
Social Game: 7
Chet typically does pretty well in these challenges. Despite his hipster nerd appearance, Chet is solid in physical competition, and his social game is always solid. The only person from his season on this challenge is Devyn, and the two have never really been best friends. I don’t see that hurting Chet much though, as Devyn probably won’t be sticking around too long, based on her weak physical game, and the fact that other than Big Easy, no one ever seems to like her that much. I think it’s possible Chet could make the final, but it’s more likely he will be one of the last people eliminated before the finale. Even if he does make the final I have a hard time seeing Chet beating guys like CT and Zach in a physical competition, so a puzzle would have to seriously come in to play for him to have a shot at winning.