MTV The Challenge: Vendettas
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From MTV:MTV’s “The Challenge: Vendettas” premieres with a vengeance on Tuesday, January 2 at 9pm ET/PT. Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK’s “Ex on the Beach” and “Geordie Shore” along with contestants from “Big Brother” will join “The Challenge” fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, for the very first time, every player is out solely for themselves not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed $500,000.
Why We Love The Challenge
We are Really excited about this season of MTV The Challenge: Vendettas. While we love a good drama (think, The Crown) & we love a good thriller (think, Riverdale) The Challenge is a great way to relax after a long day. This season sounds particularly promising with the addition of UK cast members. Let’s talk all about it.
MTV The Challenge: Vendettas – New Cast Members
Sarah: I like this new format because I need some new drama-filled cast members. You know Johnny Bananas will be there with his tribe of loyal followers & they will likely run The Challenge. There will be some Fresh Meat this season. Ha! See what I did there?
Derek: I am looking forward to some new faces mixed with some old contestants. With each player on his or her own, I have to wonder how that will affect the big team players. I’m looking at you, Johnny Bananas.
Sarah: While Bananas may falter without his team, I think this format will do Really well for little slick, masterminds like Devin. Remember him from AYTO & AYTO: Second Chances? He’s always trying to find an angle & “play the game”.
Derek: It will definitely be interesting to see how & if alliances fall. I agree. If the game is designed to be a stand-alone competition, that will favor Devin.
MTV The Challenge: Vendettas – Rivalries & Jealousy
Sarah: You remember Kam & Alicia from Season 5 of Are you The One, right? Kam was really feeling Eddie & Alicia came from the side & hooked up with him real quick. Although Kam & Alicia were chill in the AYTO house, things quickly turned due to Alicia’s shady behavior. It will be interesting to see how their relationship plays out on this season of MTV The Challenge: Vendettas.
Derek: I am looking forward to seeing some of my all time favorites compete again. You know I’ve been Really Into The Challenges since Day One. Leroy is one of my top pics to win the final. I think he’s the best athlete in the cast.
Derek: Tony is always great to watch because he’s an idiot. He’s highly emotional, volatile, but he seems to try to better himself every season. So far he hasn’t succeeded, but I’m always pulling for the kid. As we know from Dirty Thirty, he’s got kids & I’m sure they could handle some more cash.
Derek: Brad, has been around for a long time. I remember watching him on The Real World: San Diego. One of my favorite Brad moments is when the Miz was still around. Does anyone remember when The Miz gave Brad a wedgie on an Old Challenge. Brad was pissed.
Sarah: Oh, my God! I remember that. Didn’t Brad say something like, “Congratulations son, you’re a meathead. Don’y ever put your hands down my pants again.” Brad was always a favorite. He can get lit & fire on all cylinders, but he’s a great competitor & always seemed like a chill guy. He’s beefed up this season too.
We are Really Into MTV The Challenge: Vendettas because we’ve been Into every other Challenge, so why stop now? Check back with us for recaps & updates throughout the season.
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EPISODE ONE RECAP
The Cast – Vendettas
Joss & Kayleigh are from Ex on the Beach. We learn Joss chested on her. Rogan is from Ex on the Beach & Kyle is from Geordie Shore. Apparently, Rogan slept with Kyle’s girlfriend. Victor & Natalie are both from Big Brother 18. Natalie evicted Victor from Big Brother house. Melissa & Kayleigh are both from Ex on the Beach. They were best friends, but Melissa went after Kayleigh’s boyfriend on the MTV UK show. Kailah did Cara Maria dirty & Britni & Veronica did Leroy dirty, so you know the drama will ensue. Tony & Nelson have always butted heads, so they’re not on good terms. Nelson feels that Shane made a deal against him on Invasion of the Champions, so he is watching him closely. Sylvia & Nicole have issues as well.
The cast is racing 1400 feet to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. They start at by running through the city, then running through tunnels & eventually making heir way to the top. The winner will get $25,000. The twist is the race occurs at night. The entire cast has a pit stop where they have to hold a case for 6 hours. During this 6 hours, the cast is sizing each other up. We learn Bananas is now single & Britni is liking the look of Brad. This must mean she’s not with Chuck from her season of AYTO, right? The all make it through the 6 hours & start to head back up the Rock in the order in which they arrived. Joss was in the lead the entire race & he finished first with Zach 2nd & Shane 3rd. Nicole is the first finisher for the Ladies. Rogan calls for a medic because his back is hurting and his right leg is going numb. Rogan finishes last along with Nicole & they are both eliminated. TJ tells the cast they are headed to a villa in Marbella, Spain.
Britni & Brad made out & hooked up the first night. We also learn Cory & Alicia are kind of together. Bananas is feeling Natalie. Marie & Kyle make out in the house. That’s about it. Cory is trying to figure out some sort of strategy, so that’s funny to watch.
“I’m here to win & if I have to snake, I’ll snake.” Shane
EPISODE TWO RECAP
The Cast – Vendettas
During a previous Challenge, Brad didn’t like the way Tony was talking to Cara Maria. Evidently, he sent out a tweet saying he would send Tony home at the next MTV Challenge. Bananas is taking inventory of all the competitors because he knows these folks will be gunning for him. Bananas is still feeling Natalie & they are flirting poolside. Victor is thinking he needs to stay on Natalie & Bananas good side to stay in the game even though she is his Vendetta.
All the girls are swooning over Joss & I can’t say I blame them. Nelsan & Cory make their alliance known to the cameras. No surprise there. After the Challenge, Cara Maria is feeling Kyle & they are chatting it up when the cast hits up a nightclub. He asks her if she’d like to partake in “sexual intercourse”. Back at the house, they hook-up on a top bunk- sexy!
The Challenge “Who’s Got Balls?”
The Challenge takes place around a giant pit & the First Place Guy & Girl get to split $25,000. The competitors slide down into a pit of foam & soapy water, grab a ball & use a rope to pull themselves to the top. Then they must place the ball in their basket. Whoever gets three balls in the basket first is the winner.
Britni finishes first, Cara Maria second & Kam third for the Women. Bananas finishes first, Kyle second & Brad third for the Men. Nelson comes in last place & he is headed to the Elimination Round. Despite Britni finishing in first place for the Women, she did not beat Brad’s time, so Brad, Bananas & Kyle make-up the Troika this week.
TJ tells us the Troika is made up of the top three finishers. The Troika will decide who enters the elimination round with the last place finisher.This week’s troika is Bananas, Kyle & Brad. Bananas wants to put Cory into the Elimination, and Brad wants to vote for Tony & as a group they add in Victor.
The Troika meets with the three competitors who were voted in over a Mafia Style dinner. Cory lists a fake alliance between Victor, Shane, Devin & Brad. Victor calls him out on it & no way is Bananas buying this stunt from him. Cory basically looks like a fool.
Elimination at ‘The Ring’
At The Ring, Bananas & Kyle vote Cory into the Elimination with Nelsan. TJ tells us the winner of the Elimination will receive a Grenade that may be used to get back at each competitor’s Vendetta. This is where the episode ends. No elimination, but buddies Nelsan & Cory will face-off next week.
“The eyeballs the size of a full moon.” – Tony talking about Brad.
EPISODE 3 RECAP
The Cast – Vendettas
Melissa does a gymnastic move in the house & cuts the top of her foot. Of course, Nicole rushes over to help her. It’s not a bad cut, but the TV docs say that she cannot compete in a challenge this week. This means she forfeits & immediately goes to the Elimination.
Elimination at ‘The Ring’
Nelson & Cory are basically trying to score a soccer goal with a flaming ball. The problem is that they both suck at soccer. Basically, they both suck so bad that TJ removes them as goalies & give them another chance. The challenge becomes Sudden Death. Nelson is able to score a goal, but Cory didn’t even come close. Cory is eliminated & Alicia is sad.