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Cutthroat
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Season 20
Episodes 12 (including reunion and special)
Aired from October 6 – December 22, 2010
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Winners Red Team
Brad Fiorenza
Dunbar Merrill
Tori Fiorenza
Tyler Duckworth
Season guide
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Cutthroat is the 20th season of The Challenge. It premiered on October 6th, 2010 and concluded with the reunion special on December 22nd, 2010.

Description

This season, thirty fan favorites will head to the mysterious city of Prague in the Czech Republic to compete in a bold new Challenge: Cutthroat, where players will discover an exciting new game, filled with twists and surprises. For the first time ever, there will be three teams, chosen by the players themselves. These three teams will battle each other in nine extreme challenges, leading up to a massive and grueling finale. With over $500,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, the Challengers will need to stay true to the name of the game and get cutthroat to secure their share of the prize!

With a whopping thirty players competing, not everyone will make it to the end to vie for the riches. After each challenge, one man and one woman from each losing team will be sent into the "Gulag," a one-on-one battle arena that will test players' mental and physical capacities. Only the strong will survive and proudly return to the game to compete. The weak will leave with nothing. Staying out of the hellish "Gulag" means achieving victory in the challenges. After each challenge, the winning team will be safe from "The Gulag" and bank $20,000 to be shared amongst their final players. These lucky winners will have the pleasure of dining on an elegant feast, while the two losing teams will each be forced to send one male and one female player from their own ranks into "The Gulag." And in one of the biggest shockers of the game, players will enter a shadowy dungeon to cast a secret vote. Lies will be told and hearts will be broken, as these Challengers realize the powerful impact of a secret vote. Once the dust clears and the votes have been cast, the man and woman on each team with the most votes against them will be sentenced to "The Gulag." But these embattled players aren't out of the game just yet. The men will clash in their "Gulag" competition -- and so will the women. The winners will come right back to the very team that just voted against them and the losers will be sent straight home.

With over a half a million dollars in cash and prizes on the line, players will push themselves -- and each other -- past their breaking points. This is the most exciting group of players in years and anything is possible: friendships will be tested, romances will blossom, rivalries will emerge, and blood will be shed. And the greatest shock of all will occur in a jaw-dropping, mid-season twist that is too big to even hint at! These Challengers are in for the fight of their lives in order to win it all and be crowned champions of Cutthroat!

Cast

Red Team
Player Original season Finish
Brad Fiorenza RW: San Diego Winners
Dunbar Merrill RW: Sydney
Tori Fiorenza RR: Viewers' Revenge
Tyler Duckworth RW: Key West
Paula Meronek RW: Key West Episode 9/10
Camila Nakagawa Spring Break Challenge Episode 7
Brandon Nelson Fresh Meat II Episode 6
Melinda Stolp RW: Austin
Chet Cannon RW: Brooklyn
Mandi Moyer Fresh Meat II Episode 2
Grey Team
Player Original season Finish
Abram Boise RR: South Pacific Runners-Up
Cara Maria Sorbello Fresh Meat II
Laurel Stucky Fresh Meat II
Luke Wolfe Fresh Meat II
Sarah Rice RW: Brooklyn
Dan Walsh RR: Viewers' Revenge Episode 7
Ayiiia Elizarraràs RW: Cancun Episode 4
Shauvon Torres RW: Sydney Episode 3
Vinny Foti Fresh Meat II
JD Ordoñez RW: Brooklyn Episode 2
Blue Team
Player Original season Finish
Emily Schromm RW: D.C. Third Place
Jenn Grijalva RW: Denver
Derrick Kosinski RR: X-Treme Episode 9/10
Johnny Devenanzio RW: Key West Episode 8/9
Theresa Gonzalez Fresh Meat II
Katie Doyle RR: The Quest Episode 5
Ty Ruff RW: D.C.
Eric Banks Fresh Meat Episode 4
Emilee Fitzpatrick RW: Cancun Episode 1
Derek Chavez RW: Cancun

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Winner Gulag vote Gulag game Gulag
# Challenge Red Grey Blue Winner Loser
1 Gas Problems Grey Team Brandon
N/A
Derek Handcuffs Brandon Derek
Camila Emilee Camila Emilee
2 Brain Buster Blue Team Brandon JD
N/A
Back Up Off Me Brandon JD
Mandi Cara Maria Cara Maria Mandi
3 Bed Head Red Team
N/A
Vinny Eric Die Hard Eric Vinny
Shauvon Katie
N/A
4 Bottleneck Stampede Red Team
N/A
Ayiiia Katie Swat Katie Ayiiia
Luke Eric Luke Eric
5 Surf's Up Grey Team Brandon
N/A
Ty Pole Me Over Brandon Ty*
Camila Katie Camila Katie
6 Sky Hook Grey Team Melinda
N/A
Emily Handcuffs Emily Melinda
Brandon Derrick Derrick Brandon
7 Gimme a Hand Blue Team Dunbar Dan
N/A
Die Hard Dunbar Dan
Camila Laurel Laurel Camila
8/9 High Ball Grey Team Tori
N/A
Theresa Back Up Off Me Tori Theresa
Tyler Johnny Tyler Johnny
9/10 Riot Act Grey Team Tyler
N/A
Derrick Pole Me Over Tyler Derrick
Paula Emily Emily Paula*
10 Czech Point Red Team 2nd place: Grey Team; 3rd place: Blue Team

Notes:

  • Katie and Shauvon were set to compete in the "Die Hard" Gulag in Episode 3; however, Shauvon quit the game out of respect for her teammates. Therefore, no female Gulag was held.
  • Brandon won the "Pole Me Over" Gulag by default, after an exhausted Ty failed to get up midway through the Gulag.
  • Paula was disqualified for repeatedly grabbing the boundary chains in the "Pole Me Over" Gulag, after host T.J. Lavin forewarned her that doing so would result in a disqualification; therefore, Emily was declared the winner by default.
  • Chet was rushed to the hospital after he suffered a concussion at the "Surf's Up" challenge in Episode 5. Prior to the "Sky Hook" challenge in Episode 6, T.J. Lavin delivered the news that Chet was medically prohibited from competing, and he was subsequently removed from the competition.
  • Johnny, Tyler, Theresa and Tori were selected for the Gulag in Episode 8. However, instead of facing off in same-gender Gulags, each player was met with a shocking twist when CT and Tina were brought into the game. Each player was set up in same-gender battles to face CT and Tina, respectively, in the "Back Up Of Me" Gulag, in a competition for who could knock over their own barrel faster.
  • Abram and Sarah were removed from the "Czech Point" final mission, after they both fell severely ill midway through the final race. They both earned a share of the $100,000 that the Grey team earned in the team challenges that they won, with each Grey team player earning $20,000.

Gulag Progress

Males Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 9/10 Finale
Brad SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Dunbar SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE GULAG SAFE SAFE WINNER
Tyler SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE GULAG GULAG WINNER
Luke WIN SAFE SAFE GULAG WIN WIN SAFE WIN WIN SECOND
Abram WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN WIN SECOND
Derrick SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE GULAG WIN SAFE OUT
Johnny SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Dan WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN OUT
Brandon GULAG GULAG WIN WIN GULAG OUT
Chet SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE OUT
Ty SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE DQ
Eric SAFE WIN GULAG OUT
Vinny WIN SAFE OUT
JD WIN OUT
Derek OUT
Females Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 9/10 Finale
Tori SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE GULAG SAFE WINNER
Cara Maria WIN GULAG SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN WIN SECOND
Laurel WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN GULAG WIN WIN SECOND
Sarah WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN WIN SECOND
Emily SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE GULAG WIN SAFE GULAG THIRD
Jenn SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE THIRD
Paula SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE DQ
Theresa SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Camila GULAG SAFE WIN WIN GULAG SAFE OUT
Melinda SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE OUT
Katie SAFE WIN GULAG GULAG OUT
Ayiiia WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Shauvon WIN SAFE QUIT
Mandi SAFE OUT
Emilee OUT
Competition
     The contestant's team won the competition.
     The contestant's team did not win the final challenge.
     The contestant's team won the challenge and was safe from the Gulag.
     The contestant's team lost the challenge, but the contestant was not chosen for the Gulag.
     The contestant was chosen for the Gulag, but did not have to compete.
     The contestant won the Gulag.
     The contestant won the Gulag by default after their opponent was disqualified.
     The contestant lost the Gulag and was eliminated.
     The contestant was disqualified in the Gulag and was eliminated.
     The contestant withdrew from the competition prior to the Gulag.
     The contestant was removed from the competition due to illness/injury.

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