Fresh off a successful season, hit MTV reality competition series The Challenge wrapped up filming in late October. Hosted by T.J. Lavin, the contestants compete in male and female duos and must maneuver a few new twists that should make for another exciting season. Who won The Challenge 36?
[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for The Challenge 36.]
Starting competing pairs on ‘The Challenge 36’
Tentatively titled Double Agents, the contestants compete in male-female teams. According to popular The Challenge spoiler, PinkRose, the players immediately had to choose their partners. The starting teams are:
Natalie Anderson (The Amazing Race and Survivor winner) and Wes Bergmann (13 seasons, 2 wins)
CT Tamburello (17 seasons, 3 wins) and Ashley Mitchell (7 seasons, 2 wins)
Kaycee Clark (1 season, 0 wins) and Leroy Garrett (11 seasons, 0 wins)
Josh Martinez (3 seasons, 0 wins) and Kam Williams (4 seasons, 0 wins)
Lori “LoLo” Jones (Olympian, The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros) and Nam Vo (Ultimate BeastMaster)
Darrell Taylor (8 seasons, 4 wins) and Amber Borzotra (Big Brother 16)
Theresa Jones (Gonzalez) (6 seasons, 0 wins) and Jay Starrett (1 season, 0 wins)
Devin Walker (4 seasons, 0 wins) and Nicole Zanatta (2 seasons, 0 wins)
Nany González (9 seasons, 0 wins) and Kyle Christie (5 seasons, 0 wins)
Lionel “Lio Rush” Green (WWE) and Gabriella “Gabby” Allen (Love Island UK and Celebrity Big Brother)
Tori Deal (4 seasons, 0 wins) and Cory Wharton (7 seasons, 0 wins)
Demetrius “Mechie” Harris (Ex on the Beach 3) and Olivia “Liv” Jawando (Shipwrecked UK)
Aneesa Ferreira (13 seasons, 0 wins) and Fessy Shafaat (1 season, 0 wins)
Nelson Thomas (6 seasons, 0 wins) and Amber Martinez (Are You the One? 8)
Tula “Big T” Fazakerley (2 seasons, 0 wins) and Joseph Allen (America’s Got Talent 14)
New twists for ‘The Challenge 36’
Last season, the show introduced a Red Skull twist in which the players had to win an elimination to compete in the finals.
Season 36 upped the ante by replacing them with Gold Skulls and giving elimination winners the option to switch partners, including stealing someone else’s.
If one’s partner goes home, that competitor has become a “rogue agent” and cannot compete in an elimination until they have acquired another partner.
Finally, the house vote for a competitor to go into elimination is anonymous instead of a public discussion featured in previous seasons. However, the daily challenge winner has the power to see who everyone voted into the elimination round.
While the following are the elimination matchups according to the spoiler page, it doesn’t necessarily mean the contestants were eliminated in the exact listed order.
Ashley eliminated by Natalie in a competition similar to “Hog Tie/Strung Out”
Nicole Z and Liv were disqualified due to injuries.
Ashley returned to the competition, likely due to the number of disqualifications.
Tori eliminated by Aneesa
Natalie quit due to personal reasons; many believe she had an urgent family matter.
Ashley eliminated by Kam
Amber M eliminated by Amber B in Hall Brawl
Lolo was removed by producers for an unknown reason.
Gabby eliminated by Nany in a competition similar to “Oh Ring”
Theresa eliminated by Kaycee
Aneesa eliminated by Big T
Big T eliminated by Amber B
Joseph eliminated by Kyle in a competition similar to “Ring Wrestle”
Wes eliminated by Devin in a competition similar to “Reverse Tug of War”
Nelson eliminated by Fessy in a competition similar to “Hall Brawl”
Lio quit the game for mental health reasons.
Mechie eliminated by Josh in a puzzle-based competition
Jay eliminated by Leroy in a variation of “Hog Tie/Strung Out”
Josh eliminated by CT
Devin eliminated by Darrell
Darrell eliminated by Cory in a competition similar to “Reverse Tug of War”
Who won ‘The Challenge 36?’
Fessy and Kaycee, the latter of which suffered an injury during the finals, placed fourth, with Nany and Leroy finishing in third place. The second-place finishers, Kam and Cory, received some money, with Amber B. and CT taking home the grand prize.
Amber, a rookie, is the first Big Brother player to win The Challenge and the first Black woman to win the series since 2007. It also marks CT’s fourth victory. The Challenge 36 airs in 2021.
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