Keys to Paradise

This week’s episode of The Challenge went how I predicted. The final four keys were given to the people I expected and MTV didn’t show much of the champs invading until the very end. This really irked me, but I understand MTV edited this episode to keep viewers hungry for more. Congrats MTV because I want to skip the rest of this week just to see next Tuesday’s episode. Too bad my dreams will not come true.

The episode kicks off with Kailah and Cory flirting and romantically making out on the beach. Even though Cory is known to be a player on every challenge he comes on while Kailah is notorious for being a notorious flirt, I still love watching them go at it. Also, Latoya and  Nelson get it on and she drunkly tells him that she wants both of them to get their key to The Oasis, so they can have some “private time”. However, this romance got heated just as it was going to end. Lucky for me, because they were both boring together.

The final challenge for players to earn their key to the Oasis involved the challengers to be caged in. Sylvia, Latoya, Amanda, Shane, Anthony, and Nelson are the only people who didn’t earn their spot in the house. Only two girls and two guys would be able to get a key and I was banking on Shane. Each player started off in a caged box which spun them around circles. After their box hit the ground, the players had to find a way to move their cage down the hill close to the finish line. When the player reached a third of the way, they each had to pull a rope to attain their key, unlock themselves out of the cage, and then run to the finish line. This challenge sounded easy, but it was an endurance based challenge that only Shane and Amanda had heart enough to win.

As for the elimination, if you’re  not a fan of the Stair Master at the gym, you won’t be a fan of this elimination. Thailand stair are no joke and each competitor had to race up the stairs as part of the elimination. Anthony and Latoya lost the race while Nelson and Sylvia got excited about sitting  comfy in The Oasis with their friends.

I’ve watched 16 out of 29 seasons of The Challenge, and never have I ever seen a Challenge house this beautiful. However, I know that this challenge house will be broken into very fast. Smashley Ashley and Hunter were the first couple to put the boom-boom room house to use. Their sweet country love is adorable for now. They have no idea what is in store for them… the champs.

The episode ends with Host TJ Lavin and the challengers standing the next challenge. The Champions invade, leaving the challengers shook. Every guy looks at CT and are surprised. Meanwhile, BarbieBeast Jenna, doesn’t notice any other champ except for her cheating ex Zach. She confides in an interview that she thought she was over him, but as soon as she saw him all her feelings came back. Just like that the episode ended, but MTV graciously provided us with a tease-worthy preview for next week. Which involves Zach who can’t keep his eyes of Jenna, some late night skinny-dipping, and Kailah going all the way with Cory, and the challengers getting their asses handed to them by the champs.

Next Tuesday at 9pm hookups will happen, vets will take over the house, and some alliances will shake.

 

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Earn Your Stripes

Tuesday night, the third episode of The Challenge: Invasion of The Champions premiered and surprisingly it was entertaining. I say surprisingly because they’re few veterans right now in the first few episodes, so they’re are mostly people who haven’t been on the show. However, these new kids are making a name for themselves.

The episode starts off with Smashley, Ashley M.  flirting with newbie AYTO star, Hunter. Which is a bit interesting because Hunter is a real down to earth guy who seems to like good girls. Well Ashley M. may be a good girl this season, but my mind goes back to when she had sex last season, on the first night with the whole house watching. Regardless of her character, this new couple pair up during this week’s challenge and seem to be the dynamic duo.

The  challenge this week, involved everyone except for the people who have a key to The Oasis, to participate. Each pair had to get into a human size shell where one person stood up and paddled while the other person were on their knees paddling. They had to go through four check points to collect a sack of coconuts and then make it back to the beach to shoot them in a basket. Ashley M. and Hunter won this challenge and Hunter was a sore winner and started randomly taking shots at Cory.

Cory is confused on Hunter is talking shit about him because Hunter has never won a challenge besides that day, it’s his first time being on this show, and he hasn’t earned his stripe. Hunter immediately states that he wants Cory to go in the elimination round and Cory takes it like the GOAT he is. However, he confides in his past challenge partner, Ashley M. to let him be the house vote and for her to pick either Shane or Theo to go against. Ashley M. doesn’t make any promises, but ultimately she decided to vote in Theo and let Cory be the house vote.

Theo is ecstatic about going up against Cory. He gets cocky and says how he is a better competitor and can beat him at anything. Theo instantly rubbed me the wrong way when he said this because he hasn’t proved himself yet. Cory has been on three challenges and placed in the top three at least two times. Newbie Anika rubs me the wrong way when she says she wants to take on the BarbieBeast herself, and she implies that Jenna isn’t smart enough to beat her if the elimination round is a puzzle. Which is crazy because Jenna has been on four challenges and placed in the top three each time. Also, Jenna is an elimination queen she’s 8-0. However, I respect Anika because she says she believes to be the best you have to beat the best.

The elimination round starts off with them hiking up two mountains. TJ then states that they will be jumping off the mountain grabbing the most balls as possible. Whoever, has the fastest time, holding the most balls win. Cory and Anika jumps off fast and with ease. BarbieBeast happily jumps off two seconds faster that Anika, sending her home. Ironically, Theo quits immediately and TJ calls him out, telling him that he’s a quitter. I think it’s funny how much shit Theo talked and he couldn’t back it up. He is a pure example of why I firmly believe that rookies need to earn their stripes by going into elimination rounds to prove themselves. Too many rookies talk a lot of smack and never back it up.

Meanwhile on the Champ Cam, we see the veterans leaving their house to meet up with each other at what appears to be a hotel. TJ sends them their jerseys and the vets are off to Thailand. I love that they’re going to be the season twist. They will definitely shake up the house and break up some of the alliances. I’m mostly excited to see vets Laurel and CT because they’re both monsters in this game and haven’t been on the show for a few years. So, hopefully MTV has the vets come wreck things in next week’s episode.

A House Divided

tony_challengeA few days ago, MTV blessed viewers with a TWO-HOUR premiere of The Challenge: Invasion of The Champions. The first two episodes came out with a bang and ended with me itching for more.

The rules of the game are different this season. Instead of living in a luxurious house, the challengers have to earn their stay into the “oasis”. The only way to earn their key to the oasis is to either win a challenge or win an elimination. No one can enter the oasis until all the keys are given, and the number of keys are LIMITED. Until then, the challengers most live in a shelter on the beach. They sleep on a thin mat, bathe in the ocean, and have ZERO privacy.

The first challenge involved the rookies  challengers to find a way to get over a big wall using clay, then find a way to get underneath the second wall, and the finish a physical puzzle. Within just a few moments of the challenge starting alliances were formed. Barbie Beast Jenna, Tony, Kailah, and Cory were against the rest of the rookies. The Challenge ended with Marie and Bruno losing, Nicole and Dario earning a key to the Oasis, and the house completely divided.

Sparks started to fly between to newbie Kailah and Cory which isn’t suprising since Cory is player. Although, they didn’t hook up they discussed about a previous time off the show when they originally wanted to have sex. Marie and AYTO cast member, Anthony connected. They were a complete yawn. Nicole broke down and confided to Bruno that her girlfriend ended their relationship because she wanted to come on the show. Sadly, her girlfriend didn’t realize that Nicole wanted to win the money to put a ring on it.

Snippets of the champions showed throughout the episodes, and the veterans have been putting in work. CT revealed he has a son, Bananas and Cara Maria basically lives in the gym, Ashley believes she’s now a better competitor because she does cross fit, Zach isn’t impressed with the rookie but excited to see his ex, Jenna , and Laurel has been living her life in Montana.

Host TJ Lavin revealed that men vote women into eliminations individually and vice versa for the women. Kailah the most hated girl in the house was voted in by all the men except for Tony. Tony was voted by all the women in house except for his RW cast mate Nicole. What was wrong about this was Tony could’ve had a chance to avoid the elimination, but the deciding vote was left to his fake” friend”/ former RW cast mate Slyvia. Slyvia was weak and decided with her alliance because she was afraid to get voted in the next challenge. She betrayed her friend for girls she just met. All the other girls excluding Jenna, hates on Kailah because she’s a strong competitor who doesn’t take shit from NO ONE.

The elimination round is similar to football except for they’re trying to get four of the opponents 50-pounded bags to their side. Kailah annihilated Marie and Tony killed Bruno as they earned their place in the Oasis. I was happy to see them come back, but most of the cast members won’t. However, they still are unaware that the veterans are coming. Which will be great for Jenna, who has a target on her back for being friends with Kailah. For the other alliance, they’ll have to fight hard because these veterans have a reputation of destroying rookies.

The trailer showed a sneak peek of the champions creating some chaos. The bully, and toughest competitor Laurel is seen getting in a fight with loud mouth rookie Amanda. Zach and Jenna are shown getting cozy, so hopefully they’ll get back together. Newbie Nicole is shown trying to be a player hooking up with both veterans and best friends Laurel and Cara Maria. MTV has gotten me hungry for the next episode and my eyes will definitely be glued to my TV every Tuesday night at 9.

The Return of CT

Only four more days until The Challenge: Invasion of The Champions premieres and MTV is doing a lot of press for this upcoming season. Other than some new rookies, many viewers will tune in just to see some of their favorite vets compete i.e CT Trambruello.

This is the first season that the big-bad wolf CT will officially compete since his on and off again Challenge lover, Diem Brown died of Cancer during his latest season, Battle of the Exes II in 2015. CT is the competitor that we all want to hate, but always love. In the past he’s been a fighter, which has gotten him kicked off of some challenges. He’s a force to be reckon with and definitively  a fan favorite.

MTV has dedicated a tribute to CT that will premiere an hour before the Challenge: Invasion premieres. For serious challenge fans, this is a big deal because we haven’t seen him on a challenge on three years.

Here are some of my top CT moments throughout his challenge history:

  1. CT carries Johnny Bananas as a backpack in an elimination. This elimination is the biggest elimination ever in Challenge history and what started the well-known rivalry between Bananas and CT.
  2. Any moment with CT and Diem. They are beauty and the beast. Whenever they were on a challenge together sparks flew. 6 years with them was not enough!
  3. Adam vs CT rivalry . During the Challenge: Duel II , CT was kicked off for his fight with Adam. The cause of the fight: his on and off challenge girlfriend, Diem.
  4. CT and Wes fight. CT and the snake Wes never got along. Wes it the biggest manipulator in the history of the challenge and CT doesn’t take shit from anyone. Which is why he antagonized Wes for HOURS on Rivals I. This moment was hilarious.
  5. CT and Faith Brown compete. Although Faith was never an official cast member of The Challenge, her sister Diem was. In honor of of Diem’s death, her sister Faith and CT make a short appearance on The Challenge: Bloodlines (CT’s first appearance since the season Diem passed away on) to demonstrate a challenge.

CT seems to be a complete asshole, but he’s an amazing competitor, Also, my favorite guy who’s been on The Challenge because he doesn’t submit to play the game by anyone else’s rules except for his own.

Don’t forget to watch  CT’s tribute episode February 7th, at 8 PM and the premiere of The Challenge: Invasion of The Champions right after! It’s going to be a very interesting season!