He's not big, but he's quick and he's a master strategist. He also won in the final Gauntlet, outlasting Danny to survive as a member of the Rookies that took the prize on a technicality in that Challenge. Since then, he lived in Los Angeles and Boston before settling in Tempe, Arizona, and is bartending in nearby Scottsdale. And since he's living with five roomates, he's got his share of Real World - style parties, excitement and drama. Now he's headed down under to New Zealand to compete for another big prize. But with all of that partying back at home, is he in shape to survive the punishing challenges that await?
Original Series: The Real World: Paris
Past RW/RR Challenges: Battle of the Sexes 2, The Gauntlet III
Hometown: Beverly Hills, California
Definitely no stranger to the Challenge, Brad says The Duel is "the final showdown" for him. Newly engaged (to fellow competitor Tori Hall), Brad has been working on his future, finishing up a masters degree and studying for the LSAT law school entrance exams, with plans to provide for his family. Brad has been close to winning several times, but the prize has ultimately eluded him. This time around, Brad intends to stay cool, "playing the game based on good competition, politics and morals." But this veteran challenger knows that deceit is as much part of the game as brute force can be. Will taking the high road lead Brad to the winner's circle? Or will he have to compromise his values to finally walk away with a win?
Original Series: The Real World: San Diego
Past RW/RR Challenges: Battle of the Sexes 2, Inferno 3, The Duel, The Gauntlet III
Hometown: Orland Park, Illinois
A Challenge veteran, CT is no stranger to fans of the series, who know him for being someone who will do anything to win -- including lie, cheat and steal. He's a hard-partier who has been kicked out of past competitions for drinking too much and fighting (remember the black eye he gave Davis before The Inferno 3 even got underway?). Since being on the losing side of the last Gauntlet finale, he's been traveling around the United States. But after finding out he was going to New Zealand for another shot at winning a Challenge, he says he's "been pumping a lot of iron in preparation. I've got more motivation than ever before."
Original Series: The Real World: Paris
Past RW/RR Challenges: The Inferno, The Inferno II, The Gauntlet III
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
A blonde-haired, blue-eyed Southern boy, Davis used his opportunity on The Real World: Denver to be himself and show the world who he really is. In Africa for The Inferno 3, he was one of the losing Good Guys, who also ended up with a black eye from CT, who got tossed from the game before it started for breaking the rules and throwing a punch. Since then, Davis has been traveling, managing an Atlanta nightclub, learning to DJ, finished his pre-med undergrad studies and getting ready to enter medical school later this year. But before that, he's giving The Duel a shot in New Zealand with his eyes on taking the prize this time out, and with all that medical training, he should be able to heal himself when things get rough.
Original Series: The Real World: Denver
Past RW/RR Challenges: The Inferno 3
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
He was possibly the strongest member of the Rookies team on The Gauntlet II, but Derek didn't survive a puzzling challenge, and got sent packing halfway through to the finale. Since then, he's been bartending, playing poker, golf, football, bowling, waterskiing, playing videogames and partying with friends. He says he's still the same "happy-go-lucky" guy Challenge fans have come to know and love, with a few small business ideas in the works. But those are all on hold as Derek is heading to New Zealand for another shot at the prize. Will he be able to use his nice guy attitude to win over alliances, then use his athleticism to excel in the torturous challenges? If anyone's got a chance, it's Derek.
Original Series: Road Rules: Viewers' Revenge
Past RW/RR Challenges: The Gauntlet III
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
When we met Dunbar in Sydney, we found out fast that he was more than a little opinionated and more than a little hot-headed. He also struggled to with his feelings for his roommate Ashli while trying to stay faithful to his girlfriend back home. But once back home, he and his girlfriend have made a real go at it and are still living together back in his hometown. He general manager of bar and restaurant operations at a casino and is developing a paddle sports-related non-profit organization to help revitalize the New Orleans region. He's also a fierce competitor who wants a shot at winning this time, after losing his chance when Evelyn took his key and locked him out of the final challenge on The Island. Will he manage to survive in New Zealand?
Original Series: Real World Sydney
Past RW/RR Challenges: Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island
Hometown: Natchez, Mississippi
A big guy with an even bigger personality, Eric is widely known as "Big Easy." He's an average guy who believes in working hard and playing hard, perhaps with more emphasis on the latter. He has recorded an album and is working for a marketing company in Chicago, with designs on opening his own company sometime this year. We last saw the Southern charmer on The Gauntlet III, where his team lost because he passed out and was unable to finish the final challenge. Does he have the stuff to last in The Duel?
Original Series: RW/RR Challenge Fresh Meat
Past RW/RR Challenges: Fresh Meat, Gauntlet III
Hometown: Nicholasville, Kentucky
Since taking part in The Gauntlet II, Landon has earned a degree in landscape architecture. While he hopes to head to the West Coast of the U.S. to work and settle down, for now he's racing mountain bikes professionally and working in a bike shop. Pursuing excellence in such a demanding sport and living a healthy lifestyle in the real world will likely help Landon's chances when he's thrown into The Duel. Will his ability to pedal to the front of a field of a thousand racers help him master the insane and backbreaking challenges in New Zealand? Will his success as a solo biker aid in Landon's focus as he chases glory in The Duel?
Original Series: The Real World: Philadelphia
Past RW/RR Challenges: The Inferno 2, The Gauntlet II
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
A self-proclaimed television junkie, Mark has long been involved in the Challenge, participating in the very first, back in 1998, and he's been back several times since. He has also parlayed his stint in the world of MTV reality programming into a career on television, living in Los Angeles and hosting shows on the Game Show Network, Fine Living Network, E!, Fox Reality Network and others. But after about three years away from the Challenge, he's back for another stab. Will Mark's time away from the grueling, backstabbing competition make him vulnerable in New Zealand? Or will his entertainment career be the perfect training for success?
Original Series: Road Rules
Past RW/RR Challenges: Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Battle of the Seasons, Battle of the Sexes, Battle of the Sexes 2, The Gauntlet 2
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
You'll remember Nick as one of the roommates from The Real World: Hollywood. The Jamaican-born ladies' man has been pursuing his career in entertainment since appearing on the show, hosting fashion shows, fundraisers and other events. He also appeared on an episode of of Tyra Banks' Sex in Tyra's City, where he offered a New York bachelor's perspective on New York women. He's in the midst of forming his own production company and developing an online video show. But how does all of this prepare him for The Duel? It's a question time can answer for this Challenge newcomer.
Original Series: The Real World Hollywood
Past RW/RR Challenges: None.
Hometown: New Rochelle, New York
Ryan started out on a challenge, but didn't make it very far in the Fresh Meat season. He also returned for two more, but got bounced from The Gauntlet 3 and was among the runners-up on The Island. He's a manipulator, he's witty and he's got plenty of attitude. And he's back for a fourth run at the money. Will he be able to distance himself from this enormous field of competitors on The Duel? Or will he find himself fulfilling his usual role of walking away empty handed?
Original Series: RW/RR Challenge Fresh Meat
Past RW/RR Challenges: The Gauntlet 3, The Island
Hometown: New York, New York
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