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
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.
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.
"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."
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.
Cara Maria Sorbello
Jessica Brody — The Bachelor Australia
Berna Canbeldek — Survivor Turkey, The Challenge
Ed Eason — The Circle
“Big T” Fazakerley — Shipwrecked UK, The Challenge)
Michele Fitzgerald — Survivor, The Challenge)
Asaf Goren — Are You the One?
Horacio Gutiérrez — Exatlon: Estados Unidos Telemundo, The Challenge
Callum Izzard — Ibiza Weekender
Moriah Jadea — The Challenge
Jujuy Jiménez — The Challenge: World Championship
Olivia Kaiser — Love Island USA, The Challenge
Corey Lay — 12 Dates of Christmas
Nurys Mateo — Are You the One?, The Challenge
Hughie Maughan — Big Brother UK
Emanuel Neagu — Survivor Romania
Chauncey Palmer — The Challenge
Melissa Reeves — Ex on the Beach UK, The Challenge
Ravyn Rochelle — Seal of Desire
Colleen Schneider — The Mole Germany
Jay Starrett — Survivor, The Challenge
Ciarran Stott —The Bachelorette Australia
Kyland Young — Big Brother, The Challenge USA
Zara Zoffany —The Royal World, The Challenge: World Championship
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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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