The Almost Cast on Challenge 36 🧊
The 36th season of The Challenge is currently filming in Iceland, called (for now, ’cause it’ll probably change just like happened on seasons 34 and 35) Double Agents.
Because of these ~uNpReCeDeNtEd TiMeS~ with COVID-19, cast members sequestered before flying to location and also quarantined upon arrival. Just like with Big Brother All Stars 2, they contracted more people than they needed to coop up in hotel rooms, so there were alternates in case some tested positive.
In fact, 38 people sequestered with only 30 making the final cast. So these are the people who didn’t make the cut, along with alternates who were close to making it on the show in the past — but still haven’t been on.
The Unlucky Eight
The first Black woman to work on a NASCAR Pit Crew and also a competitor on Season 1 of the Titan Games. She won the event “Uprising” against Gina Policastro.
9th place on Big Brother 19, much-talked-about showmance with Elena Davies that continued after the show, and star of Ex on the Beach US 3 (where he got into a showmance / love triangle with the Aubrey O’day).
Muscular, emotional, goofy, confrontational — an outstanding fit for The Challenge. Great bromance with Devin Walker too, who made the cast. Hopefully we see him in the future — especially since he was cut in Iceland.
9th place on Big Brother 21 and previous college soccer star. Gorgeous and athletic but not that bright or strategic. Will hook up though.
From The Bachelorette 14 and Bachelor in Paradise 5. Obviously fit, total man candy, but he had racially problematic tweets and so he got ✂
Cutie from season 1 of Temptation Island US who apparently wreaked havoc in the house (though I haven’t yet seen it). She was cut before making it into hotel sequester.
First boot of The Challenge: Total Madness, but not before feuding with Wes and romancing Nany. He was on Are You the One 4 with Tori Deal and a litany of other reality shows, including winning Big Brother VIP Israel.
The reigning woman champ of Total Madness who also had a strong showing on War of the Worlds 2. Originally from Survival of the Fittest UK, it’s a total mystery why she didn’t make the final cast. We’ll see her in the future.
From The Challenge: Dirty 30 and Final Reckoning, paired with his ex Tori Deal. Derrick is originally from Are You the One 5 and has also been on AYTO Second Chances and Ex on the Beach US 1. Production absolutely adores him but he was a flop on The Challenge. A total WTF option.
Other Debuts that Production Wanted
Jack Kwan — from Titan Games season 1 (declined)
Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen — from MMA and Survivor: David vs. Goliath
Julia Carter — from Survivor: Edge of Extinction
Kyra Green — from Love Island US season 1 (declined)
Yamen Sanders — from Love Island US season 1 (declined)
Maybe we’ll see these folks in the future since it was (mostly) their decision not to go film S36.
Past Alternates Flown to Location but Not Used
and have not been back since 💔 #Justice4CoreyandDylan
Corey Brooks — from Big Brother US 18 and Ex on the Beach US 2 — flown to Spain for Vendettas
Dylan Moore — from Real World: Go Big or Go Home — flown to Thailand for Invasion
Once Very Likely to Appear on Season 36
but somewhere along the way didn’t make it to sequester or the final cast
Christie Murphy — from Big Brother 21, lesbian woman who proved herself to be a strategic powerhouse, 1 HOH and escaped the block 4 times before being evicted in 6th place. did not sequester for unknown reasons
Sylvia Elsrode — last on Final Reckoning, where she snatched second place with Joss Mooney
Natalie “Ninja” Duran — last on War of the Worlds 2, where she made Top 4 of the US Team but didn’t win
Zahida Allen — last on War of the Worlds 2, but left in episode 2 because her grandfather died
Debuts who were Alternates for Total Madness
#justice for these two as well
Billy Reilich — from What Happens at the Abbey, The Ellen Show, and Ex on the Beach US 3. Pansexual, hugely muscular, messy.
Kayla Fitzgerald — first boot from The Amazing Race 30. Total babe.