CT Tamburello, Cara Maria Sorbello and More Vets Return for 'The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion'

Season 39 of the 'The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion' premieres Oct. 25 on MTV and will see contestants seeking their first 'Challenge' win go up against vets of the show

The Challenge: USA season 2 may still be underway, but fans of the competition can already look forward to The Challenge season 39.

On Tuesday, MTV declared "a new era" of The Challenge kicking off with its next season, Battle for a New Champion, premiering Oct. 25.

The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion, hosted by TJ Lavin, will feature 24 competitors seeking their first Challenge victory. They’ll have to face not only each other, but a rotating lineup of Challenge vets in surprise eliminations in order to snag their first title.

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The lineup of Challenge vets appearing on Battle for a New Champion includes Brad Fiorenza, Cara Maria Sorbello, Laurel Stucky, CT Tamburello and Darrell Taylor.

Fiorenza, 42, returns to the MTV competition show for the first time since 2018’s Final Reckoning, though he appeared on All Stars 2 and All Stars 3 on Paramount+. Sorbello’s appearance marks the 37-year-old first since 2019’s War of the Worlds 2.

A series of 2021 Instagram posts featuring a page from her diary and her horse Garnett made fans think Sorbello decided to retire from The Challenge, but she clarified to E! News that she didn’t plan to stop competing on the show.

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"In short: I am not retiring," she said. "The post was sparked from visiting home and reading old diaries from the beginning of my Challenge journey. I was reminiscing and my heart was heavy over the loss of my Garnett. She was a huge part of keeping my spirit alive during my Challenge career on and off the field."

<p>MTV</p> 'The Challenge' season 39's Jay Starrett


'The Challenge' season 39's Jay Starrett
<p>MTV</p> 'The Challenge' season 39's Horacio Gutiérrez


'The Challenge' season 39's Horacio Gutiérrez

The group of contenders seeking their first championship includes "Big T" Fazakerley, Jay Starrett, Melissa Reeves, who learned she was pregnant during the Total Madness final, and Horacio Gutiérrez and Olivia Kaiser, who made it to the final on their first season, Ride or Dies, earlier this year.

Read on for the full cast list.

Challenge champions:

<p>MTV</p> 'The Challenge' season 39's Jordan Wiseley


'The Challenge' season 39's Jordan Wiseley


  • Jessica BrodyThe Bachelor Australia

  • Berna CanbeldekSurvivor Turkey, The Challenge

  • Ed EasonThe Circle

  • “Big T” FazakerleyShipwrecked UK, The Challenge)

  • Michele FitzgeraldSurvivor, The Challenge)

  • Asaf GorenAre You the One?

  • Horacio GutiérrezExatlon: Estados Unidos Telemundo, The Challenge

  • Callum Izzard Ibiza Weekender

  • Moriah JadeaThe Challenge

  • Jujuy JiménezThe Challenge: World Championship

  • Olivia KaiserLove Island USA, The Challenge

  • Corey Lay12 Dates of Christmas

  • James Lock

  • Nurys MateoAre You the One?, The Challenge

  • Hughie MaughanBig Brother UK

  • Emanuel NeaguSurvivor Romania

  • Chauncey PalmerThe Challenge

  • Melissa ReevesEx on the Beach UK, The Challenge

  • Ravyn RochelleSeal of Desire

  • Colleen SchneiderThe Mole Germany

  • Jay Starrett Survivor, The Challenge

  • Ciarran StottThe Bachelorette Australia

  • Kyland YoungBig Brother, The Challenge USA

  • Zara ZoffanyThe Royal World, The Challenge: World Championship

<p>Courtesy of MTV</p> 'The Challenge' season 39 key art

Courtesy of MTV

'The Challenge' season 39 key art

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The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion: Countdown Begins airs Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, with season 39 premiere kicking off Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

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