CBS has announced the star-studded cast of The Challenge: USA. Let’s take a look at all the Survivor contestants competing this season.
CBS has announced the twenty-eight reality television stars who will be competing on The Challenge: USA and Survivor fans are excited to see so many fan-favorites in the lineup. The Challenge: USA cast also features alumni from Big Brother, The Amazing Race, and Love Island. Even with seasoned competitors playing this season, CBS promises this season will be “the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives.”
The Challenge premiered in 1998 and is the longest running reality series in television history. The Challenge: USA will be hosted by T.J. Lavin who has hosted the series since its eleventh season. The contestants will be pushed to their physical, mental, and emotional limit as they compete in exhilarating challenges for the grand prize of $500,000 and the title of Challenge Champion. Let’s take a look at all of the Survivor contestants competing.
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Ben Driebergen (Season 35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Season 40: Winners at War)
Fans will recognize former Marine Ben Driebergen as the winner of Season 35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers and as the fifth place finisher on the iconic Survivor: Winners at War. In his first season, Ben, who was on the hero tribe, worked harder than anyone to win immunities and find advantages. On Winners at War, he sacrificed himself for his alliance member, Sarah Lacina.
Desi Williams (Season 35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers)
The former beauty queen, turned physical therapist was a tough competitor on the healer tribe when she competed on Survivor 35. Desi won the first individual immunity challenge of her season, but was voted off at the next tribal council for being too big of a threat.
Danny McCray (Season 41)
Danny McCray appeared on Survivor 41 and proved to be a challenge beast. This former NFL player may have only placed sixth, but he credits Survivor for allowing him to have an emotional breakthrough about his father’s passing.
Domenick Abbate (Season 36: Ghost Island)
Domenick was the runner-up on Survivor: Ghost Island after a historic jury tie that forced the third place finisher, Laurel Johnson, to vote between Domenick and Wendell Holland. Dom has incredibly strong social skills as well as being a physical threat.
Sarah Lacina (Season 28: Cagayan, Season 34: Game Changers, Season 40: Winners at War)
Three-time Survivor player Sarah Lacina is best known for being half of the infamous “Cops R Us” alliance card and calling out gender biases during Tribal Councils. In Game Changers, Sarah used her strong social skills to dominate and eventually win the title of Sole Survivor.
Shan Smith (Season 41)
The most talked about player from Survivor 41, Shan Smith will also be appearing on the The Challenge: USA. The Canadian pastor ran the show on her season, but was ultimately blindsided by her own alliances.
Tasha Fox (Season 28: Cagayan, Season 31: Cambodia)
Tasha Fox was originally on the brain tribe in Survivor: Cagayan, but proved she has brawn too by winning three individual immunity challenges in a row. She even made it all the way to the final tribal council in Survivor: Cambodia, but lost to Jeremy Collins.
Tyson Apostol (Season 18: Tocantins, Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains, Season 27: Blood vs. Water, Season 40: Winners at War)
Tyson is a four-time, fan-favorite contestant. He’s only won the game once, but has used his charm and humor as well as his athletic background to make himself a staple in the Survivor fandom. No doubt he’ll bring all of his wits and strength to this season of The Challenge: USA.
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The Challenge: USA debuts on Wednesday, July 6 at 9:30 p.m. EST on CBS
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