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With such a devious reputation, it's no surprise Ashley enters the game with a perpetual target on her back. Will her team seek to harness her competitive spirit or send her packing early as continued punishment for past behavior? During her recent run of success, Cara Maria heavily leaned on intimidation and savvy politics to coast through games while hardly even sniffing elimination.
Meanwhile, her ongoing relationship with Paulie has turned the two of them into an all-out power couple. As part of a stacked Team U. This military veteran could prove to be a major asset to the American side; she definitely knows a thing or two about working alongside her fellow countrymen. On the other hand, Faith is known to let her aggressive personality get the better of her and is no stranger to making enemies.
Returning to the Challenge Compound, Faith will try to put the drama behind her and focus on her ultimate goal: securing enough money to reunite her family under one roof. Of course, that was before he backstabbed, spurned and feuded with enough of his fellow Challengers to earn the game's biggest target on every season he plays.
It doesn't help he says and does anything to get under the skin of his biggest rivals. With so many longstanding enemies, will Bananas be able to put the bad blood aside and work together with his fellow U. A physical beast in challenges and eliminations, Jordan plays a fearless game, but his attitude sometimes rubs fellow competitors the wrong way. This time around, he'll have a built-in ally as he enters the Challenge Compound alongside long-term love Tori. Will the two dominant Veterans be able to control the game as a power couple, or will their intimidating status put targets on their backs?
Often underestimated, Josh impressed his fellow Challengers by demonstrating determination and heart. Of course, he tends to wear that heart on his sleeve, making him a magnet for explosive confrontations and in-house drama. Will Josh be able to harness his emotions and find success, or will his combativeness be his downfall? Now, she's back and more determined than ever to lock down her first title. To do so, she'll have to forge her own path and likely make some new allies, but rest assured, this cunning strategist always has a plan up her sleeve.
Of course, staying focused might be harder than she thinks with her ex Leroy around. After their romantic drama took Kam out of her best game on "War of the Worlds," she'll have to find a way to work alongside him on Team U. A former Division I athlete, Laurel has solidified her status as one of the most feared competitors "The Challenge" has ever seen with a elimination record including victories over multiple all-time greats. Coming back after so much time off could prove difficult for Laurel because she has never played alongside the game's new international contingent.
Additionally, she'll have to adjust to a reunion with former friend turned bitter rival Cara Maria. Will the two be able to put the past aside and work together, or will their feud threaten to destroy any hope of team unity?
As a fearsome physical presence whose political game has often fallen short, Leroy may need to try a more aggressive strategy to finally reach the winner's circle, but, to do so, he'll have to work alongside former flame Kam, with whom he had a major falling out during "War of the Worlds. To do so, she'll need to step up her political game -- which has often let her down in the past.
As an experienced Vet and formidable competitor, Nany definitely has what it takes to make it far, but will her up-and-down history with big dogs like Cara Maria, Johnny Bananas and Turbo cause friction on her team and lead to yet another untimely departure?
Shrewd and calculated in politicking, he will no doubt be looking to form some fast alliances and control the gameplay from day one. Paulie and long-term love interest Cara Maria have their sights on reaching the Final as a power couple and locking down Paulie's first-ever win. He promises there won't be any gassing out this time around. A well-rounded player with a laid-back personality, she undoubtedly is a major asset for Team U.
Tori and beau Jordan are two formidable competitors who could emerge as a dominant power couple; however, their daunting reputations could put early targets on their backs. Regardless, Tori will have to dig deep and play her own game if she hopes to make her way back to glory. Of course, all his wheeling and dealing has gained him some major baggage as fellow Challengers have grown wise to Wes's manipulative ways. In particular, Wes's nemesis Bananas has sought to stay one step ahead of his rival at every opportunity, forcing Wes to step up his own game.
With so many of his fellow competitors wary of his plotting, will Wes have to find a new strategy, or can he rally his fellow Americans to his side and maneuver his way to yet another Final? Unfortunately, his carelessness with politics sometimes comes back to bite him, as does his insensitivity to his fellow competitors. With plenty of bad blood lingering between him and some of his Veteran teammates, it remains to be seen whether or not Zach can get his mind right, mend old wounds and return to being the dominant competitor of seasons past.
After a breakout season that saw him antagonize just about everyone in the house at one point or another, the "Big Brother" U. He'll especially need to find out where things stand with fellow Brit Georgia given their rocky romantic past together but may find his eyes wandering toward a certain powerhouse Vet in the Compound. With so many nemeses lurking -- Wes, in particular -- Bear would do well to stay under the radar, but as we saw last season, that's just not his style.
Rookie -- As a Rookie member of Team U. This outspoken newbie isn't unafraid to tell it like it is and be herself. Nevertheless, Esther may have to learn to hold her tongue if she hopes to make it far in the game. As a single mother, she has plenty of motivation to win money for her daughter, and she's as determined as anyone to keep her eyes on the prize and help her team to victory.
Fortunately, she recovered and now returns looking to redeem herself and achieve "Challenge" glory. Her Rookie season featured an array of ups and downs, from epic elimination victories to a rollercoaster relationship with Bear that left her in tears on more than one occasion.
With the former lovers returning on uncertain terms, Georgia will have to make sure their drama doesn't get in the way of Team U. Rookie -- Idris will be a force to be reckoned with due to his raw athleticism. The professional boxer and "Love Island" alum joins Team U. Idris will not be one to take his eyes off the prize as he hopes to win enough money to help support his mother, a deeply personal motivation that will not allow him to quit.
Rookie -- When it comes to intimidating Rookie Challengers, Jenny may be at the top of her class. The bodybuilder, personal trainer and "Survival of the Fittest" alum is an all-out physical beast who enters this season looking to dominate her competition.
Of course, there's more to "The Challenge" than just raw athleticism, and Jenny will have to navigate the social aspect of the game if she hopes to make it far. If she can maintain competitive focus, Jenny may be one of the biggest threats to emerge victorious on her first season. Devastated by the loss, Joss is more determined than ever to walk away with some money for his family. Fortunately, he'll be joined in the game by his best friend Rogan and close ally Kayleigh.
Even with those two at his side, Joss will have to rely on more than just charm if he hopes to avoid elimination and make it all the way back to the Final. She's a savvy social player who has learned much from close friend Kam, so look for Kayleigh to be the one pulling the strings when it comes to Team U. Even though drama always seems to find her, Kayleigh is determined not to let it get in the way of her game.
If she can keep her wits about her, she has a very good shot at reaching her first Final. This time around, Kyle will have plenty to overcome if he hopes to make it to his first Final since his Rookie season. With exes and enemies galore, he is sure to have more than a few targets on his back. More importantly, Kyle will have to figure out how to fit in with his U.
This Londoner is hypercompetitive, confrontational and absolutely knows how to get down. Nicole has her eyes set on winning money to help take care of her family. Fortunately, she enters the game alongside her best friend Georgia, but she will have to make a good impression on the rest of her U. Disappointed by his poor showing, this "Ex on the Beach" alum returns to prove he has what it takes to make it deeper into the game.
Fortunately for Rogan, he'll have some friendly faces joining him in the house -- in particular, his best mate Joss. As a newly single man, Rogan will also be on the lookout for more than just alliances and could find himself enticed by a certain charmer. Still, Rogan will have to be strategic about his relationships if he hopes to make it further than he did last time around.
Rookie -- A fiercely competitive fitness freak with a military upbringing, Sean will be a formidable weapon for Team U. As a winner of the U. With his sights set on taking down some "Challenge" alpha dogs, he will have plenty of chances to prove himself, but as a Rookie, he will need to show he's more than just talk.
This time, he may find it more of a challenge, as he no longer has a top Veteran partner Cara Maria at his side. Perhaps Theo's biggest liability is his mouth, which tends to get him into trouble with friends and foes alike. Will the cheeky Brit be able to keep his trash-talking in check and let his athleticism do the talking, or will his button-pressing ways threaten any hope of unifying with his team? Rookie -- Despite her nickname, Big T may not be the most physically imposing competitor, but she more than makes up for it with mental prowess and determination.
Born in Malawi and raised in London, she overcame a challenging upbringing that left her thick-skinned and unafraid to stand up for herself no matter what. She will have to summon that drive if she hopes to make it far on "The Challenge.
Although her game didn't last much longer after that, the outgoing Brit endeared herself to her housemates with her fun-loving spirit and proved a surprisingly adept performer in challenges. With a little experience under her belt, this enthusiastic sophomore hopes to build off last season and maybe even take down some more of the game's top dogs along the way.
Nowadays, the savvy schemer lets his intimidating reputation speak for itself while doing his best to play the middle politically. Still, don't be fooled into thinking that neutrality makes him any less of a threat. Despite disappointing showings in his last two outings, CT is back to regain his glory and remind both Rookies and Vets why he deserves their respect. Along the way, she proved herself to be one of the game's most loyal competitors, navigating the game alongside close-knit allies, particularly Ninja and Wes.
Beyond her loyalty, Dee has demonstrated a willingness to face any and all fears in pursuit of victory. Will her loyalties be tested, or will her drive to win overcome any potential team drama?
A daunting athletic specimen with a degree in neuroscience to boot, Ninja managed to shine in both physical and mental aspects of the game. As a fiercely independent competitor, it will be interesting to see how Ninja gets along with a team. Known for his utter fearlessness and devotion to competition, Turbo's Achilles heel may be his notorious stubbornness and temper.
Regardless of his team, Turbo will have to contend with being a massive target as he looks to lock down unprecedented back-to-back titles. All Rights Reserved. MTV Menu. Ashley Team U. Cara Maria Team U. Faith Team U. Johnny Bananas Team U.