Challenge 37 Cast Details & Insights

On April 11, the potential cast for Season 37 of MTV’s The Challenge started sequestering in hotels before flying to northern Croatia to film.

PinkRose & Gamer are once again posting cast threads on Vevmo & Twitter respectively, & I’m running a spoiler-free megathread with these updates on Reddit. All credit to Pink & Gamer, not me.

This article will feature the cast and their photos, previous seasons, stats, records— all that good stuff, and for the newbies, their ages, original shows, and other notable facts. Trynna give you an idea of who they are before we see them on MTV. Let me know what you think.

Sequestered Cast for Challenge 37

More people are sequestering than will make the final cast — some of these people will be cut, like the Unlucky Eight for Szn 36.

Unless specified, their last appearance is Double Agents. Placements on All Stars are only up to the latest episode.

Amanda Garcia

Last appearance: War of the Worlds 1

Previous seasons: 5

Highest finish: 4th on Invasion

Original show: Are You the One 3

Finals & wins: 0 & 0

Daily wins: 9

Elim record: 1 win — 4 losses

Nany Gonzalez

Previous seasons: 10

Highest finish: 2nd place on Free Agents

Original show: Real World Las Vegas II

Finals & wins: 2 & 0

Daily wins: 24

Elim record: 4–9 + 4 Ex-iled wins

Tori Deal

Previous seasons: 5 + 2 spin-offs + AYTO SC

Highest finish: purged right before winning on War of the Worlds II (& 2nd place on Are You the One Second Chances)

Original show: Are You the One 5

Finals & wins: 2 & 0

Daily wins: 14

Elim record: 3–3 + 1–0 on spin-offs

Ashley Mitchell

Previous seasons: 8 + 3 spin-offs

Highest finish: winner on Invasion & Final Reckoning

Original show: Real World Ex-Plosion

Finals & wins: 3 & 2

Daily wins: 18

Elim record: 3–5 + 2–2 on spin-offs

Big T Fazarkerley

Previous seasons: 3

Highest finish: 5th on Double Agents

Original show: Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2019)

Finals & wins: 0 &0

Daily wins: 3

Elim record: 1–2

Aneesa Ferreira

Previous seasons: 14 + 3 spin-offs

Highest finish: 2nd on Gauntlet II

Original show: Real World Chicago

Finals & wins: 2 & 0

Daily wins: 30

Elim record: 10–11, 0–1 on spin-offs

Kaycee Clark

Previous seasons: 2

Highest finish: 2nd on Total Madness

Original show: Big Brother 20 (winner)

Finals & wins: 2 & 0

Daily wins: 8

Elim record: 2–0

Amber Borzotra

Previous seasons: 1

Highest finish: winner on Double Agents

Original show: Big Brother 16

Finals & wins: 1 & 1

Daily wins: 1

Elim record: 2–0

Emy Alupei — DEBUT

Age: 22

Original show: X Factor & Survivor Romania 2020 (6th place)

Other notable facts: she is a musician

“She is best known for her loud personality, not being afraid to confront fellow tribemates about lies and rumors, especially the two leaders, Cezar and Mihai and having multiple blowups.”

Michele Fitzgerald — DEBUT

Age: 30

Original show: Survivor Kaoh Rong (winner) & Winners at War (3rd place)

Other notable facts: 4 individual immunity wins (2 each season); the only Survivor to last all 39 days every time they played (never got voted out); used to kick it with Wendell

Michaela Bradshaw — DEBUT

Age: 30

Original show: Survivor Millennials vs Gen X (14th place) & Game Changers (7th place)

Other notable facts: she is THAT BITCH; known as a comp beast on Survivor; hot-headed and big-mouthed

Priscilla Anyabu —DEBUT

Age: 25

Original show: Love Island UK 6 (5th place)

Other notable facts: apparently she’s quiet, likable, & already in a relationship. from London and works as a model and operations manager

Lauren Coogan — DEBUT

Age: 30

Original show: Love Island US 2 (moved in Day 10; dumped Day 14)

Other notable facts: born in London but grew up in the States, so her accent comes and goes. Lied about her age to get on Love Island. Is messy as hell and called TMZ on herself after she was eliminated from LI.

Natacha “Tacha” Akide — DEBUT

Age: 23

Original show: Big Brother Naija (previously Nigeria) 4 (2019) — ejected on day 89 because of a physical assault on Mercy, another houseguest and the winner

Other notable facts: entrepreneur and Instagram influencer “Symply Tacha.” Huge fan base called the Tacha Titans in Nigeria, so Gamer’s tweet announcing her went viral in Nigeria.

Berna Canbeldek — DEBUT

Age: ~31

Original show: Survivor Turkey 8 (2014) & 9 All Stars (2015)

Other notable facts: Turbo was on both of the seasons Berna was. She was disqualified from her first Survivor season on Day 42 (fourth eliminated, from a knee injury I gather) & was 11th place on All Stars (voted out on Day 96). Born in Berlin & studied ballet and acrobatics. She stands 5' 6.5".

Bettina Buchanan — DEBUT

Age: 25

Original shows: Paradise Hotel & Ex on the Beach — both the Swedish & Norwegian versions — seems like she was on four shows

Other notable facts: Is a reality TV celebrity. Won one season of Paradise Hotel and stole some prize money from other winner(s)

Tracy Candela — DEBUT

Age: ~25

Original show: Love Island Germany 2 — winner

Other notable facts: studied law. describes herself as “spirited, crazy and spontaneous.” had a massive crush on Jason Derulo (what?).

Olaoluwa “Esther” Agunbiade — DEBUT

Age: 24

Original show: Big Brother Naija 4 (2019) — 14th place

Other notable facts: she’s a lawyer and was called to the bar at 21. the first woman to win HOH twice on BBN4. is a fashion designer. had a recent row with Tacha

Men

Nelson Thomas

Previous seasons: 7

Highest finish: 2nd place on Invasion

Original show: Are You the One 3

Finals & wins: 1 & 0

Daily wins: 8

Elim record: 9–3–1 (the Redemption Challenge loss doesn’t count)

Nam Vo

Previous seasons: 1

Highest finish: 7th place on Double Agents

Original show: Ultimate Beastmaster 1

Finals & wins: 0 & 0

Daily wins: 0

Elim record: 0–0

Devin Walker

Previous seasons: 5 + 1 spin-off + AYTO SC

Highest finish: 3rd place on Rivals III (& won Are You the One Second Chances)

Original show: Are You the One 3

Finals & wins: 1 & 0

Daily wins: 4

Elim record: 4–2 + 0–1 on spin-offs

Fessy Shafaat

Previous seasons: 2

Highest finish: 4th on Total Madness

Original show: Big Brother 20

Finals & wins: 2 & 0

Daily wins: 4

Elim record: 3–0

Josh Martinez

Previous seasons: 4

Highest finish: last elim before final on War of the Worlds II

Original show: Big Brother US 19 (winner)

Finals & wins: 0 & 0

Daily wins: 15

Elim record: 1–4

Cory Wharton

Previous seasons: 8 + 1 spin-off

Highest finish: 2nd on Bloodlines

Original show: Real World Ex-Plosion

Finals & wins: 4 & 0

Daily wins: 19

Elim record: 7–3 + 0–1 on spin-offs

Kyle Christie

Previous seasons: 6

Highest finish: 2nd on Total Madness

Original show: Geordie Shore 8–11, Big Birthday Battle, & 13

Finals & wins: 2 & 0

Daily wins: 10

Elim record: 4–4 (+ 2 losses in FR Redemption Challenges)

CT Tamburello

Previous seasons: 18 + 3 spin-offs

Highest finish: winner on Rivals II, Invasion, War of the Worlds II, & Double Agents

Original show: Real World Paris

Finals & wins: 9 & 4 + 2 & 2 on spin-offs

Daily wins: 51

Elim record: 6–5

Kelechi “Kelz” Dyke — DEBUT

Age: 27

Original show: Too Hot to Handle (winner)

Other notable facts: he’s 6' 6" and lives in London

Jeremiah White — DEBUT

Age: 22

Original show: Love Island US 2 (dumped 2nd)

Other notable facts: he’s from Mississippi & has a strong accent

Tommy Sheehan — DEBUT

Age: 28

Original show: Survivor Island of the Idols (winner)

Other notable facts: 0 individual immunity wins; he’s 6' 3", engaged, & fourth grade teacher

Emanuel Neagu— DEBUT

Age: ~24

Original show: Survivor Romania 2020 (2nd place)

Other notable facts: he’s a professional dancer (video from his IG) & possibly gay

Gábor “Gabo” Szabó — DEBUT

Age: 25

Original show: Warsaw Shore 12 & 13

Other notable facts: has done gay cam shows before under the name Vincent Maddox, but also likes women. I’m sensing he’s gay for pay, not bi.

Corey Lay — DEBUT

Age: 30

Original shows: 12 Dates of Christmas (an Xmas-themed dating show on HBO)

Other notable facts: he’s gay. works as a video game developer & personal trainer. Shangela is one of his clients. on the show, he was “a favorite for reasons that included his charming persona, outspokenness and bold and vibrant attitude.”

Hughie Maughan — DEBUT

Age: ~26

Original shows: runner-up Big Brother UK 17 (the fans vote for who is evicted in BBUK)

Other notable facts: he’s bi, from Ireland, has a short temper, & has gotten extensive plastic surgery.

Logan Sampedro — DEBUT

Age: ~29

Original shows: runner-up on Survivor Spain 13 (2018)

Other notable facts: won Mister Global España in 2017. suffered an accident with a drone that almost left him with one eye — which is why his eyes are two different colours.

Renan Hellemans — DEBUT

Age: 22

Original show: Ex on the Beach: Double Dutch (the Netherlands version) szn 4(2018–19) & szn 5 All Stars (2019)

Other notable facts: works as a model & is apparently a certified sex counselor. in an interview previous to EotBDD5, he said he was hoping there’d be an orgy. where’s Amber M when you need her?

Ed Eason — DEBUT

Age: 24

Original show: The Circle US 1 (6th place but entered late)

Other notable facts: his brother Mitchell competed on The Circle US 2, has done softcore gay wrestling p*rn.

Unused Alternates

Mark Byron — DEBUT

Age: 32

Original show: Big Brother UK 15 (8th place); Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2009); & X Factor UK (2011)

Other notable facts: he’s gay & he did blackface for a costume

Liv Jawando

Previous seasons: 1

Highest finish: 14th on Double Agents

Original show: Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2019)

Finals & wins: 0 & 0

Daily wins: 0

Elim record: 0–0

Who Got Cut

Analyse Talavera (Big Brother US 20)

Weston Richey (Love Island US 1)

Jay Starrett

Previous seasons: 2

Highest finish: 11th on Double Agents

Original show: Survivor Millennials vs Gen X (4th place)

Finals & wins: 0 & 0

Daily wins: 1

Elim record: 2–2

Michelle Schubert — DEBUT

Age: 33

Original show: Survivor Millennials vs Gen X (13th place) & America Ninja Warrior 11 (failed on 2nd obstacle)

Other notable facts: believes dragons are real

Marco Ferri — DEBUT

Age: 33

Original shows: Big Brother VIP Spain 5 (6th place), Amor a prueba Chile (similar to Temptation Island; lasted 137 days & got 2nd), L’Isola dei Famosi 13 (similar to Survivor; won power twice & was 6th evicted); Volverias con tu ex Chile (similar to Ex on the Beach but with lil challenges)

Other notable facts: has a master’s degree from London (suggests he is fluent in English). He played soccer for 11 years — including for FC Internazionale and US Pergocrema — and is the son of Italian soccer player Riccardo Ferri (who represented Italy in the 1984 Olympics and 1990 World Cup).

Johnny Middlebrooks

Age: 23

Original shows: runner-up on Love Island US 2

Other notable facts: ran track and field in college

Who Might Not Have Been Sequestering At All

Amin Elkach — DEBUT

Age: 28

Original shows: Love Island Germany 3 (first boot, only lasted 3 days)

Other notable facts: Moroccan ancestry. personal trainer who is 6' 3" and ~250lbs. was a professional footballer for several years and mentions swimming on his website.

Wendell Holland — DEBUT

Age: 37

Original show: Survivor Ghost Island (winner) & Winners at War (13th)

Other notable facts: 2 individual immunity wins on GI; he used to kick it with Michele

Ricarda Raatz — was filming another show

Age: 28

Original show: Love Island Germany 3 (quit)

Other notable facts: chose to leave LI on Day 22; worked as a model; says on her site that “everything that has to do with adrenaline is welcome to me. I am interested in everything that is extraordinary and extreme… I like to be in direct competition with others and I don’t care if I am shot at with paintballs during a paintball battle or in a quad race in the desert sand.”

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