And we’re back. Earlier I chimed in with my opinions on how I think the guys side of things in the latest season of The Challenge will play out, and now I’m back to give my preview of the girl’s side of things.
Aneesa Ferreira, The Real World Chicago
Physical Game: 6
Mental Game: 6
Social Game: 6.5
I’ve always been an Aneesa fan, but I think we all know this isn’t going to happen for her at this point. Aneesa’s best finish in The Challenge did come in an “every man for himself” duel format, so that gives some hope, but Aneesa just isn’t in good enough shape physically to win a final. (not trying to hate, I couldn’t run that final either, just sayin). That being said, I still like having Aneesa around, she always provides some good soundbites, and it’s been interesting watching her progression over the years from a person in the middle of fights to the person breaking them up. (She did just get in a fight with Trishelle last season, but in her defense Trishelle is crazy, so who can blame her). Aneesa has no chance to win, but she has made quite a few friends through her many years on the show, and I think she has a good chance to make it late in the game. Honestly with how weak these seasons girls are I wouldn’t be shocked to see Aneesa make the final, I just can’t see her winning.
Camila Nakagawa, Spring Break Challenge
Physical Game: 7.5
Mental Game: 5.5
Social Game: 7
Another cast member I have always liked, and this one has a much better chance than Aneesa. Camila may be small, but she is a pit bull, and that has helped her be very successful on these challenges. Camila’s determination, along with her relationship with Johnny Banana’s mean she will probably do well on this show. There are really only two other strong female competitors, (Laurel and Cara Maria) and as long as Camila keeps her patented drunken freak outs to a minimum, I think she has a great shot to make the finals.
Cara Maria Sorbello, The Challenge: Fresh Meat II
Physical Game: 8.5
Mental Game: 5.5
Social Game: 2.5
Moving on from likeable cast members, let’s talk about Cara Maria. I try to feel bad for Cara Maria, as she is frequently the target of harassment from her fellow cast members, but if there is a big group of diverse people and they all don’t like you, there has to be something behind that. I think the tipping point for me was last season when Cara Maria managed to get into it with Emily Schromm, one of the nicest and most likable cast members in this shows history. Also it’s hard to feel bad for Cara Maria when she keeps signing up to come on these shows, if these people really make you so miserable why don’t you avoid them? The good news for Cara Maria is that she has one of her only allies in the history of this show, Laurel, around to help her out during this season. The other good news for Cara Maria is that as I’ve already mentioned, this season has an especially weak group of girls. Even though I find her incredibly annoying, I can’t deny that Cara is a great athlete, although she does have a history of under performing on these shows. The only thing I can see keeping Cara Maria from the final is her being thrown into the elimination round every week, which tends to happen to her on these shows. Cara’s biggest obstacle keeping her from winning for the girls (other than Laurel) is that despite her claims that she has taken lessons, she is a terrible swimmer, and swimming often plays a role in the final challenge (Cara Maria’s swimming is like Shaq’s free throw shooting). Right now I’m feeling a second place finish for Cara Maria, but I could see her going out early if she gets thrown into elimination repeatedly and gets upset.