The Challenge is back this month. The series is The Challenge: Ride or Dies, and it will have several past stars and some rookies come to the show with the people that they would “ride or die” with. This is the second version of the series this year.
The last version left MTV and was part of CBS, pitting members of reality TV shows like Survivor, Big Brother, and Love Island USA against each other. However, winner Danny McCray has nothing good to say about that version of the show.
Danny McCray blasts The Challenge USA
The Challenge USA was a little different from the MTV version that fans have fallen in love with. While the MTV version, which will return with The Challenge: Ride or Dies, is a competition, The Challenge USA changed that. CBS made it all about the reality TV experience. The only thing they had in common was the cash prize, but even that turned out to be misleading.
The biggest problem, with both fans and competitors, was the rules. No one knew what the rules really were, including who would win the $500,000 grand prize. Former Dallas Cowboys football player Danny McCray was the male winner on the show. He also appeared previously on Survivor. The female winner was fellow Survivor competitor Sarah Lacina.
“We had all assumed that the prize is going to be one winner, $500K, because it’s the ‘Challenge champion’ moving on to another part of a tournament — singular,” McCray told the Reality Rundown podcast. That wasn’t what ended up happening. More than half the competition quit because of rule discrepancies.
McCray said that when he and Sarah reached the end, they thought they would split the winnings. However, producers told them that wasn’t how it worked. Instead, anyone who crossed the finish line would also get prize money — taken from the $500,000. “We come from ‘Survivor,’ where you get $1 million dollars,” McCray said. “I’m like, ‘We did all this for how much?'”
The Challenge: Ride or Dies goes back to the basics
The good news is that the new version of The Challenge on MTV will be back to the basics. Showrunner Emer Harkin told EW that Ride or Dies will be like a mix of Rivals and Exes. Much like Bloodlines, this season will allow partners to bring their loved ones with them to compete.
There will also be lots of familiar faces in the new season, with Fessy Shafaat, Laurel Stucky, Darrell Taylor, Veronica Portillo, Johnny Bananas, Nany Gonzalez, and Jordan Wiseley. With a handful of rookies, fans of the regular Challenge series should love what is coming this month to MTV.
Did you watch The Challenge USA? What were your thoughts on how it all ended? Let us know in the comments below.
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