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Rivals
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Season 21
Episodes 12 (including reunion and special)
Aired from June 22 – September 7, 2011
Location Dominical, Costa Rica
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bariloche, Argentina
Winners Johnny Devenanzio
Tyler Duckworth

Evelyn Smith
Paula Meronek

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Rivals is the 21st season of The Challenge. It premiered on June 22nd, 2011 and concluded with the reunion special on September 11th, 2011. This season marked the first time in which there was a change of location during the competition.

Description

Can you trust your worst enemy? That is the question that twenty-eight vicious competitors will be asking themselves this season as they travel to the lush jungles of Costa Rica to compete in a thrilling new Challenge: Rivals. These fan favorites will receive the shock of their lives when they learn that their one and only teammate will be their biggest rival! In order to win, these arch-enemies must figure out how to overcome their rocky pasts and compete together for a jaw-dropping grand prize. Over $300,000 is at stake, and these bitter rivals will fight tooth and nail in order to get their hands on a cut of the cash!

However, not every rival pair will make it to the end to fight for a share of the wealth. Teams will live in fear of "The Jungle" -- a mentally and physically exhausting elimination round. Avoiding the dreaded "Jungle" will mean that these bitter enemies must learn to work together, despite their ugly pasts, in order to win challenges. Here's how it works: there will be male challenge days and female challenge days. After each challenge, the winning duo will be safe from "The Jungle." However, ranks will be thinned as the last place pair will automatically be sent into "The Jungle." Their opponents will be selected by their peers in a public forum. These two unlucky teams will battle it out in "The Jungle" for survival. The winning pair will stay in the game to pursue their dreams of victory. The losing pair, however, will be sent home in disgrace. Only the pairs that make it to the end will have a chance at the money.

With over $300,000 on the line, these players must quickly learn to bury the hatchet with their rival or risk losing a shot at the cash. Old tensions will arise and new feuds will form. Partnerships will be tested, romances will blossom, hearts will be broken, and punches will be thrown, as battles rage both on and off the playing field. And in a shocking, mid-season twist, players will be sent over 3,000 miles away to a new location! Those who manage to survive until the end will compete in what is undeniably the biggest, baddest, most treacherous finale in Challenge history -- where one male team and one female team will win it all and be crowned champions of Rivals.

Cast

Male contestants
Player Original Season Finish
Johnny Devenanzio RW: Key West Winners
Tyler Duckworth RW: Key West
Kenny Santucci Fresh Meat Runners-Up
Wes Bergmann RW: Austin
Leroy Garrett RW: Las Vegas (2011) Third Place
Michael Ross RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Adam King RW: Paris Episode 8/9
Chris Tamburello RW: Paris
Evan Starkman Fresh Meat Episode 6
Nehemiah Clark RW: Austin
Brandon Nelson Fresh Meat II Episode 4
Ty Ruff RW: D.C.
Davis Mallory RW: Denver Episode 2
Tyrie Ballard RW: Denver
Adam Royer RW: Las Vegas (2011) Episode 1
Female contestants
Player Original Season Finish
Evelyn Smith Fresh Meat Winners
Paula Meronek RW: Key West
Cara Maria Sorbello Fresh Meat II Runners-Up
Laurel Stucky Fresh Meat II
Jenn Grijalva RW: Denver Third Place
Mandi Moyer Fresh Meat II
Jasmine Reynaud RW: Cancun Episode 7
Jonna Mannion RW: Cancun
Katelynn Bald RW: Brooklyn Episode 5
Sarah Rice RW: Brooklyn
Camila Nakagawa Spring Break Challenge Episode 3
Theresa Gonzalez Fresh Meat II
Aneesa Ferreira RW: Chicago Episode 1
Robin Hibbard RW: San Diego

Teams

Partner 1 Partner 2 Gender Team Eliminated
Johnny Devenanzio Tyler Duckworth Male      Johnny & Tyler Winners
Evelyn Smith Paula Meronek Female      Evelyn & Paula
Kenny Santucci Wes Bergmann Male      Kenny & Wes Runners-Up
Cara Maria Sorbello Laurel Stucky Female      Cara Maria & Laurel
Leroy Garrett Michael Ross Male      Leroy & Michael Third Place
Jenn Grijalva Mandi Moyer Female      Jenn & Mandi
Adam King Chris Tamburello Male      Adam K. & CT Episode 8/9
Jasmine Reynaud Jonna Mannion Female      Jasmine & Jonna Episode 7
Evan Starkman Nehemiah Clark Male      Evan & Nehemiah Episode 6
Katelynn Bald Sarah Rice Female      Katelynn & Sarah Episode 5
Brandon Nelson Ty Ruff Male      Brandon & Ty Episode 4
Camila Nakagawa Theresa Gonzalez Female      Camila & Theresa Episode 3
Davis Mallory Tyrie Ballard Male      Davis & Tyrie Episode 2
Aneesa Ferreira Robin Hibbard Female      Aneesa & Robin Episode 1
Adam Royer Leroy Garrett Male      Adam R. & Leroy

Format

Each team will consist of players who will be paired with their "worst enemies," whom they have engaged in bitter feuds, fights and rivalries with in previous Real World and/or Challenge seasons.

Each team participates in numerous challenges, which are followed by an elimination round called "The Jungle." Each challenge is alternatively designated as either a male or a female challenge day. The winning team of the gender not designated for the Jungle is awarded $2,000. The winning team whose gender is designated for elimination wins immunity from the Jungle, while the team that finishes last is automatically sent to the Jungle. A public vote is cast by teams of the opposite gender to determine which team of the same gender will face the last-place finisher in the Jungle. The team who wins the elimination round returns to the game and has a shot at a $300,000 prize, while the losing team is eliminated from the game.

At the end of the season, six teams will compete in the final challenge — three of each gender.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $100,000 ($50,000 each)
  • Second Place: $50,000 ($25,000 each)
  • Third Place: Walks away empty-handed

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Gender Challenge winners Jungle contestants Jungle game Jungle outcome
# Challenge Won $2,000 Safe from the Jungle Last-place finisher Voted Into Jungle Winning team Eliminated
1 High Dive Female Adam R. & Leroy Jasmine & Jonna Evelyn & Paula Aneesa & Robin Hands On Evelyn & Paula Aneesa & Robin
2 Car Crusher Male Evelyn & Paula Adam K. & CT Kenny & Wes Davis & Tyrie Blast Off Kenny & Wes Davis & Tyrie
3 Sync or Swim Female Adam K. & CT Evelyn & Paula Cara Maria & Laurel Camila & Theresa Door Jam Cara Maria & Laurel Camila & Theresa
4 Hammock Crawl Male
N/A
Johnny & Tyler Kenny & Wes Brandon & Ty Going Up Kenny & Wes Brandon & Ty
5 Against the Current Female Johnny & Tyler Jenn & Mandi Katelynn & Sarah Jasmine & Jonna Unburied Jasmine & Jonna Katelynn & Sarah
6 Catch & Release Male Cara Maria & Laurel Kenny & Wes Evan & Nehemiah Adam K. & CT Rail Slide Adam K. & CT Evan & Nehemiah
7 Sawed Off Female Johnny & Tyler Evelyn & Paula Cara Maria & Laurel Jasmine & Jonna Blast Off Cara Maria & Laurel Jasmine & Jonna
8/9 Bombs Away Male Evelyn & Paula Leroy & Michael Adam K. & CT Johnny & Tyler T-Bone Johnny & Tyler Adam K. & CT
9/10 Final Challenge Evelyn & Paula 2nd place: Cara Maria & Laurel, 3rd place: Jenn & Mandi*
Johnny & Tyler 2nd place: Kenny & Wes, 3rd place: Leroy & Michael*

Notes

  • Leroy's original partner, Adam R., was sent home prior to the first Jungle for punching Ty. His RW: Las Vegas roommate, Michael Ross, was brought in as Leroy's replacement partner. Ironically, due to the theme of Rivals, Leroy & Michael were very good friends on their original season. The "High Dive" challenge was won by the team of Adam R. & Leroy, prior to Adam's disqualification.
  • Episode 4
    • Cara Maria & Laurel were the only two women to complete the "Hammock Crawl" challenge, but were disqualified for going over the 15-minute time limit. Therefore, no female team won any money.
    • Evan & Nehemiah completed the "Hammock Crawl" challenge in the fastest time. However, they were disqualified for touching more than two hammocks at a time, after host T.J. Lavin explained to each team that doing so would result in a DQ. Therefore, the male team with the next fastest time — Johnny & Tyler — was declared the winner by default.
  • Jenn & Mandi and Leroy & Michael were both disqualified during the final challenge, and finished in third by default. Jenn & Mandi were disqualified on day 1, after taking too long to complete the "Pile Up" and "Re-creation Campsite" checkpoints. When daylight ran out, producers informed Jenn & Mandi that advancing to the "Final Feast" checkpoint would be too dangerous to attempt in the dark. (It has been implied, though, at the reunion, that Jenn & Mandi were actually incapable of completing the tent puzzle and were told to move on simply for footage purposes.) Leroy & Michael were disqualified on day 2, after they decided that Michael was too worn out to climb the mountain without injuring himself.

Jungle Progress

Teams Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 Finale
Johnny & Tyler SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN JUNGLE WINNERS
Evelyn & Paula JUNGLE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WINNERS
Kenny & Wes SAFE JUNGLE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SECOND
Cara Maria & Laurel SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE SAFE WIN JUNGLE SAFE SECOND
Leroy & Michael N/A SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN THIRD
Jenn & Mandi SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Adam K. & CT SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE OUT
Jasmine & Jonna WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE OUT
Evan & Nehemiah SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Katelynn & Sarah SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Brandon & Ty SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Camila & Theresa SAFE SAFE OUT
Davis & Tyrie SAFE OUT
Aneesa & Robin OUT
Adam R. & Leroy DQ
Competition
     The team won the competition.
     The team did not win the final challenge.
     The team could not complete the final challenge and was disqualified.
     The team won the mission, and was safe from the Jungle.
     The team won the mission and $2,000.
     The team was not selected for the Jungle.
     The team won in the Jungle.
     The team lost in the Jungle and was eliminated.
     The team won the mission and $2,000, one team member was later disqualified from the competition, and his/her partner later received a replacement teammate.

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