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Battle of the Exes
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Season 22
Episodes 13 (including reunion and two specials)
Aired from January 25 – April 4, 2012
Location Sosúa, Dominican Republic
Reykjavík, Iceland
Winners Johnny Devenanzio
Camila Nakagawa
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Battle of the Exes is the 22nd season of The Challenge. It premiered on January 25th, 2012 and concluded with the reunion special on April 4th, 2012.

Description

Some of them have dated. Some of them were in long-term relationships. Some of them have just hooked up. But they've gone their separate ways...until now.

What happens when former lovers are reunited? That is the terrifying question that twenty-six competitors will be asking themselves this season during the most intense Challenge yet, Battle Of The Exes. Set against the exotic backdrop of the Dominican Republic, each former lover will be partnered with their ex -- as their one and only teammate for the entire game. In order to claim their share of a massive $300,000 prize, these brokenhearted exes must find a way to make their failed relationships succeed -- or at least until they cross the finish line.

However, not every pair of exes will make it to the Finals to compete for a cut of the cash. Teams will do whatever it takes to avoid being sent into "The Dome" - a physically and mentally demanding elimination round. Here's how it works: after each challenge, the team that performs the worst will automatically be sent into the dreaded "Dome." And the team that performs the best will become the Power Couple. The Power Couple will be safe from elimination and have the unprecedented advantage of casting the one and only vote for a team to face off against the worst in "The Dome." No more alliances. No more bandwagon votes. The two unlucky teams will battle it out in "The Dome" for survival. The winners will remain in the game. The losers will be eliminated.

Along the way, the past will come back to haunt these former couples. Some exes will struggle to deal with painful grudges and broken hearts that have never been mended. And, for some, old feelings of love will be reignited. The stakes have never been this high, emotions have never been this raw, and the competition has never been this fierce, as these ex-lovers put their hearts on the line and battle for their share of the winnings. In the end, the teams that make it to the Finals will be sent to a shocking location 4,000 miles away where they will compete in one of the most epic finales in Challenge history -- and only one pair of former lovers will be crowned champions of Battle Of The Exes.

Cast

Male contestants
Player Original Season Finish
Johnny Devenanzio RW: Key West Winner
Chris Tamburello RW: Paris Runner-Up
Ty Ruff RW: D.C. Third Place
Mark Long RR: First Adventure Episode 8/9
Dunbar Merrill RW: Sydney Episode 7/8
Abram Boise RR: South Pacific Episode 5
Tyrie Ballard RW: Denver Episode 4
Leroy Garrett RW: Las Vegas (2011) Episode 3
Dustin Zito RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Wes Bergmann RW: Austin Episode 2
Vinny Foti Fresh Meat II
Nate Stodghill RW: San Diego (2011) Episode 1
Female contestants
Player Original Season Finish
Camila Nakagawa Spring Break Challenge Winner
Diem Brown Fresh Meat Runner-Up
Emily Schromm RW: D.C. Third Place
Robin Hibbard RW: San Diego (2004) Episode 8/9
Paula Meronek RW: Key West Episode 7/8
Aneesa Ferreira RW: Chicago Episode 6
Rachel Robinson RR: Campus Crawl
Cara Maria Sorbello Fresh Meat II Episode 5
Jasmine Reynaud RW: Cancun Episode 4
Naomi Defensor RW: Las Vegas (2011) Episode 3
Heather Marter RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Mandi Moyer Fresh Meat II Episode 2
Sarah Rice RW: Brooklyn
Priscilla Mendez RW: San Diego (2011) Episode 1

Teams

Male partner Female partner Team Finish
Johnny Devenanzio Camila Nakagawa      Johnny & Camila Winners
Chris Tamburello Diem Brown      CT & Diem Runners-Up
Ty Ruff Emily Schromm      Ty & Emily Third Place
Mark Long Robin Hibbard      Mark & Robin Episode 8/9
Dunbar Merrill Paula Meronek      Dunbar & Paula Episode 7/8
Aneesa Ferreira      Aneesa & Rachel Episode 6
Rachel Robinson
Abram Boise Cara Maria Sorbello      Abram & Cara Maria Episode 5
Tyrie Ballard Jasmine Reynaud      Tyrie & Jasmine Episode 4
Leroy Garrett Naomi Defensor      Leroy & Naomi Episode 3
Dustin Zito Heather Marter      Dustin & Heather
Wes Bergmann Mandi Moyer      Wes & Mandi Episode 2
Vinny Foti Sarah Rice      Vinny & Sarah
Nate Stodghill Priscilla Mendez      Nate & Priscilla Episode 1

Format

Each team participates in numerous challenges, which are followed by an elimination round — "The Dome." The winning team of each challenge earns the title of "Power Couple," as well as immunity from entering The Dome, while the last-place finisher is automatically sent to The Dome. The "Power Couple" also earns the right of choosing the team that will face the last-place finisher in The Dome. The team who wins the elimination round returns to the game and has a shot at a $290,000 prize, while the losing team is eliminated from the game.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $150,000 ($75,000 each)
  • Second Place: $100,000 ($50,000 each)
  • Third Place: $40,000 ($20,000 each)

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Power Couple Dome contestants Dome game Dome outcome
# Challenge Last-place team Winners' selection Winning team Losing team
1 Give Me Some Honey Johnny & Camila Nate & Priscilla Wes & Mandi X Knocks the Spot Wes & Mandi Nate & Priscilla
2 Hook Up Vinny & Sarah Leroy & Naomi Wes & Mandi X Battle Leroy & Naomi Wes & Mandi
3 Mental Connection Dunbar & Paula Leroy & Naomi Ty & Emily Banded Together Ty & Emily Leroy & Naomi
4 Rolling in the Deep Johnny & Camila Tyrie & Jasmine Aneesa & Rachel X Knocks the Spot Aneesa & Rachel Tyrie & Jasmine
5 Don't Rock the Boat Mark & Robin Abram & Cara Maria Ty & Emily X Battle Ty & Emily Abram & Cara Maria
6 Lube Me Up Johnny & Camila Dunbar & Paula Aneesa & Rachel Banded Together Dunbar & Paula Aneesa & Rachel
7/8 Race to the Altar CT & Diem Ty & Emily Dunbar & Paula Hall Pass Ty & Emily Dunbar & Paula
8/9 Feel the Burn CT & Diem Johnny & Camila Mark & Robin X Battle Johnny & Camila Mark & Robin
9/10 Viking Quest Johnny & Camila 2nd place: CT & Diem; 3rd place: Ty & Emily

Notes:

  • Vinny & Sarah won the "Hook Up" challenge in Episode 2. However, they were both later disqualified from the competition, following an incident at a nightclub in which Vinny ripped off Mandi's dress in public, exposing her breasts. Sarah was sent home as well because she was Vinny's partner, and also because she did not have any other Exes who could have taken Vinny's place. Because they were the Power Couple at the time of their disqualification, the winning couple of the Dome elimination round became the new Power Couple.
  • In Episode 3, Dustin suffered a knee injury at the house that required stitches. When he arrived at the "Mental Connection" challenge, host T. J. Lavin delivered the news that Dustin was medically prohibited from competing. Heather was sent home as well because she was Dustin's partner; like Sarah, she did not have any other Exes who could have stepped in.

Dome Progress

Teams Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7/8 8/9 Finale
Johnny & Camila WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE DOME WINNERS
CT & Diem SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SECOND
Ty & Emily SAFE SAFE DOME SAFE DOME SAFE DOME SAFE THIRD
Mark & Robin SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Dunbar & Paula SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE DOME OUT
Aneesa & Rachel SAFE SAFE SAFE DOME SAFE OUT
Abram & Cara Maria SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Tyrie & Jasmine SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Leroy & Naomi SAFE DOME OUT
Dustin & Heather SAFE SAFE OUT
Wes & Mandi DOME OUT
Vinny & Sarah SAFE DQ
Nate & Priscilla OUT
Competition
     The team won the competition.
     The team did not win the final challenge.
     The team won the "Power Couple" mission and put another team into the Dome.
     The team was not selected to go into the Dome.
     The team won in the Dome.
     The team lost in the Dome and was eliminated.
     The team won the "Power Couple" mission and put another team into the Dome, but one contestant's actions later disqualified the team from the competition.
     A contestant was removed from the competition due to injury, so his/her partner was also eliminated.

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