MTV revealed the new players who will join The Challenge: Vendettas when the show returns for season 31 on January 2.
Stars from MTV’s U.K. series Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore, along with contestants from Big Brother will join The Challenge cast, which includes familiar faces such as Johnny
Bananas” Devenanzio and Cara Maria Sorbello, as they travel to Spain “to pursue their personal vendettas against one another.”
This season, each of the 28 players are out solely for themselves, not their team, with only one winner competing for a final prize that may exceed $500,000. The winners of each challenge will receive money for their individual bank accounts, but once players are eliminated, their money is added to the final prize pot.
In a twist, “grenades” will be awarded to players surviving grueling elimination rounds, giving them a chance to get back at anyone else in the house they may have a vendetta against, MTV says. With everyone out for themselves, players will be able to shake up the drama, doubt and deception with tactics such as stealing an entire bank account from another player, forcing players to be shackled together during another challenge or selecting players to stay up the entire night before a challenge.
The Challenge: Vendettas was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth serve as executive producers, and Jack Reifert and Danny Wascou serve as co-executive producers.
Here are the 28 cast members as described by MTV, who will compete against one another when The Challenge:Vendettas premieres.
Brad Fiorenza – Twitter: @BradFiorenza
Original The Challenge veteran, Brad has his eyes set on another championship after winning The Challenge: Cutthroat 11 seasons ago.
Cory Wharton – Twitter: @MTVCoryWharton
After a questionable strategy that involved declaring a hit list against the vets at the beginning of Dirty 30, Cory created a vendetta with the most notorious vet in the house, Johnny Bananas. With both of them returning to face each other this season, who will fall first?
Devin Walker – Twitter: @MTVDevinWalker
This Are You The One? alum has made a name for himself by being consistently witty and always telling it how it is. Devin is the first to admit he’s not the fastest or physically strongest player in the house but instead boasts that his ability to manipulate and politic will lead a path to victory.
Eddie Williams – Twitter: @mr_ewilliams23
After being a part of the first season to unsuccessfully find their perfect match on, Are You The One? Eddie is eager to get some money in his pocket. Will Eddie be able to use his charm and stripper background to woo the competition?
Johnny Bananas – Twitter: @MTVBananas
The manipulative mastermind Johnny Bananas continues to hold the record for most The Challenge wins ever.
Joss Mooney – Twitter: @joss_mooney
Joss Mooney, a fitness instructor, and model from the UK, joins his rookie season of The Challenge, without knowing what he’s about to step into.
Kyle Christie – Twitter: @KyleCGShore
Loud and outlandish British personality, Kyle Christie, is prepared to dominate the competition, while also getting with all the ladies in the house.
Leroy Garrett – Twitter: @Bruce_Lee85
If there was one person who is most universally loved in The Challenge house, Leroy would be it. Always cracking jokes, Leroy is known to smile and ride coattails to the top.
Nelson Thomas – Twitter: @MTV_NellyT
This daffy Are You The One? alum is determined to prove that someone from his original show is capable of winning The Challenge.
Rogan O’Connor – Twitter: @Rogan_OConner
Brit Rogan joins The Challenge after being stuck in a house with his exes on Ex on the Beach. Rogan is used to getting his way with the ladies, but will his twitter beef with fellow Brit Kyle prove to be his demise? Or will he flex and smile his way to a final?
Shane Lundrum – Twitter: @shannanity
This Road Rules veteran has seen his fair share of competition, and when it comes to The Challenge, Shane is not afraid to stir the pot and cause the most drama.
Tony Raines – Twitter: @t_raines33
Eliminated just short of the finale on Dirty 30,Tony intends to change people’s minds about him and score his first victory. Will there be a new Tony? Or will his Twitter drama with Brad boil over and tear his game apart?
Victor Arroyo – Twitter: @elfitvic
Best known for scoring “America’s Favorite Player” during Big Brother Season 18, Victor is used to having to get his hands dirty in order to win.
Zach Nicols – Twitter: @ZNichols15
Unfiltered and unafraid, Zach is amped to get a chance at another The Challenge championship. Will Zach be able to power through the competition? Or will he be left in the dust with no chance of making it to the top?
Alicia Wright – Instagram: Lavida.Alicia
Not only is Alicia entering The Challenge house as a rookie, but she is also entering with a strong vendetta on her back.
Britni Thornton – Twitter: @BritniNicol
Eager to shed her reputation as a rookie, Britni blazes into this season firing on all cylinders. Not afraid to flirt with her roommates, Britni has her eyes on one returning vet, but their relationship will make some waves in the game.
Cara Maria Sorbello – Twitter: @CaraMariaMTV
With eleven seasons under her belt, Cara Maria is a force to be reckoned with. However, her admirable second place finish on Dirty 30 meant making some enemies on the way.
Jemmye Carroll –Twitter: @JustJem24
With a loud mouth, big personality, and no The Challenge wins under her belt, Jemmye is antsy to get her first victory.
Kailah Casillas – Twitter: @kailah_casillas
Certainly no stranger to conflict, Kailah enters the house this season with perhaps more vendettas than anyone else. Will all the bridges Kailah has burned in her political game create vendettas too difficult to overcome?
Kam Williams – Twitter: @iamkamiam_
This outspoken Are You The One? alum enters her freshman season of The Challenge ready to leave her mark and shake things up.
Kayleigh Morris – Twitter: @Kmorrisx
Kayleigh may be new to the US audience, but she’s a familiar face in the UK. Will her bullying ways get her in deep trouble early on, or will she be able to make friends and a lasting impression?
Marie Roda – Twitter: @MarieeTBD
Behind Marie’s girl-next-door charm is a devious and cunning competitor. Will Marie use her smarts to politic her way to the end of the game, or will heavy-hitting vendettas eliminate her at their first chance?
Melissa Reeves – Twitter: @DJMelReeves
Melissa, a former pageant queen, has a hard time keeping drama out of her life. Will Melissa be able to use her DJ skills to pump up The Challenge house up and keep herself in the game? Or will her cheating and devious ways make her an instant target and an early boot?
Natalie Negrotti – Twitter: @NataliaNegrotti
Natalie, a former NFL Cheerleader with a background in event coordinating, knows how to entertain and schmooze her way to the top.
Nicole Ramos – Twitter: @NicolexoRamos
Don’t let her small stature fool you - Nicole R. is just as feisty and headstrong as any other competitor.
Nicole Zanatta – Twitter: @n_zanattaMTV
She may only be in her sophomore season, but Nicole Z. has already made it to a final and established herself as one of the strongest girls in The Challenge house.
Sylvia Elsrode – Twitter: @SylviaMTV
Both scrappy and sexy, Sylvia has proven she has what it takes to win but has yet to make it to a final.
Veronica Portillo – Twitter: @v_cakes
After many years away from the series, the legendary Veronica returned to Dirty 30 and reminded us all how she earned her reputation as one of the original “bad girls.”