USA announced today the 28 fan favorites from SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER, THE AMAZING RACE and LOVE ISLAND who will compete in the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives this summer, on THE CHALLENGE: USA, premiering Wednesday, July 6 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Following the Network’s 90-minute premiere, the inaugural broadcast of MTV’s hit reality global franchise will air Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). T.J. Lavin is the host.
The all-star group of players who will take on the new challenge includes SURVIVOR winners Tyson Apostol, Ben Driebergen and Sarah Lacina, BIG BROTHER winner Xavier Prather, THE AMAZING RACE winner James Wallington and LOVE ISLAND winner Justine Ndiba. Players have proven they can “outwit, outlast and outplay” their competition and “expect the unexpected,” but now, for the first time in THE CHALLENGE history, they will compete in the most grueling mental and physical competitions they have ever faced.
Upon arrival, the CBS reality titans are given $1,000 to start their individual challenge accounts, and they quickly discover they must battle to keep and increase their handsome reward. In each episode, an algorithm pairs contestants who will face off to earn money for their accounts by winning challenges or eliminating their opponents. This will not be an easy task, as they will be paired with a randomly selected competitor every episode, making alliances and strategies more difficult than ever. Players must adapt to survive the game and protect their challenge accounts. With the $500,000 grand prize and title of Challenge Champion on the line, players will be in a constant state of paranoia, unable to trust anyone but themselves.
Plus, in addition to the prize money, the cast of THE CHALLENGE: USA will be competing for a spot on THE CHALLENGE: GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP (working title) that will stream exclusively on Paramount+, further highlighting Paramount’s strategy of leveraging its popular franchises across the company’s global platforms.
Following are the players competing on THE CHALLENGE: USA:
Domenick Abbate SURVIVOR 36
Azah Awasum BIG BROTHER 23
David Alexander BIG BROTHER 21, 22
Tasha Fox SURVIVOR 28, 31
Tyson Apostol SURVIVOR 18, 20, 27 Winner, 40
Kyra Green LOVE ISLAND 1
Cashel Barnett LOVE ISLAND 1
Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER 23
Ben Driebergen SURVIVOR 35 Winner, 40
Sarah Lacina SURVIVOR 28, 34 Winner, 40
Melvin “Cinco” Holland Jr. LOVE ISLAND 3
Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER 23
Danny McCray SURVIVOR 41
Justine Ndiba LOVE ISLAND 2 Winner
Enzo Palumbo BIG BROTHER 12, 22
Cayla Platt THE AMAZING RACE 33
Xavier Prather BIG BROTHER 23 Winner
Cashay Proudfoot LOVE ISLAND 3
Leo Temory THE AMAZING RACE 23, 24, 31
Angela Rummans BIG BROTHER 20
Javonny Vega LOVE ISLAND 3
Shannon St. Clair LOVE ISLAND 3
James Wallington THE AMAZING RACE 32 Winner
Shan Smith SURVIVOR 41
Kyland Young BIG BROTHER 23
Desi Williams SURVIVOR 35
Derek Xiao BIG BROTHER 23
Cely Vazquez LOVE ISLAND 2
MTV’s THE CHALLENGE was the very first reality competition series when it launched on June 1, 1998 and is currently the longest-running reality series in the history of television. THE CHALLENGE: USA is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions with Julie Pizzi and Justin Booth serving as executive producers.
*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.
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