It’s finally here, season 25 of The Challenge is upon us! If last nights hour and a half premiere taught us one thing, it’s that this will be the hardest season to predict the outcome in the history of The Challenge. I went into this season believing that despite what the previews had said, there was no way this would legitimately be an individual challenge, but after watching the first episode it truly is an every man for themselves format. Each week the contestants will compete in either a group, pair or individual challenge, the winners on that day get to pick one male and female to go into the elimination round. The twist that makes this an individual game is that the selected persons opponent is determined by all other losing players from that day flipping over a card. If the card you flip is blank your safe, but if you get the “kill card” you are heading into the elimination round. This twist proved it was going to stir things up right away when vets Jemmye and Frank were sent into elimination on night one. I think everyone really needs to give kudos to the creative team at Bunim/Murray, they have pulled off legitimate game changing twists two series in a row, first with The Real World Ex-Plosion, and now with this new format for The Challenge. Despite the fact that this twist has the potential to blow up my predictions for this season, I’m still super excited to see this show play out, so let’s get right into and talk about what happened last night.
As always, to kick the show off the entire cast meets up with TJ in the elimination arena to learn what the theme of this season will be. The best part of this is watching all the people who have always used alliances to hide their limited abilities, and seeing how worried they look when they find out this is an individual game. Another highlight from the opening segment of the show was the always entertaining Jasmine declaring that she is single for the first time on The Challenge, and that she wants to be “the whore of the house.” (a title she is trying to steal away from her Real World Cancun cast mate, Jonna. Also doesn’t Jasmine always hook up on The Challenge? Since when does it matter if you’re single on this show?) Now for a few other quick takeaways from this opening segment:
-If this was a basketball competition Theresa would be the favorite, as she almost beat CT in a game of strip bball. Unfortunately for her I don’t think there’s going to be much basketball involved in the actual challenges, so she’s probably in trouble.
-Laurel is back, which is awesome, but she said she was going to be nicer this time around. Who wants a nice Laurel? That sounds like a terrible plan to me.
-Oh Jessica, you are such a crazy b*tch. Jessica declares that she didn’t come on the show to find a boyfriend, but then immediately follows that up by talking about how great Dustin is. Dustin better watch out, his picture could be in a “family” picture frame next to Jessica’s bed any day now.