Who will be the last one standing?! Tonight marks the Season 30 premiere of MTV’s long-running reality series The Challenge — this year, the show is aptly titled The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 — and we can hardly wait to find out who comes out on top.
Everything about this season is bigger and better than ever. Not only is the largest cash prize ever (a whopping one million dollars!) being given to the winner, but MTV has brought back some of the most celebrated faces in the history of The Challenge for this special season set in South America.
While we have weeks to wait until a winner is crowned, Life & Style has rounded up our favorite contestants to be named this year’s victor. From reigning champ Chris “CT” Tamburello to the always entertaining Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, check out our top picks below!
Chris “CT” Tamburello
We wouldn’t mind seeing CT win the Dirty 30 — especially because he just won The Challenge: Invasion of the Champs, which wrapped in May. A back-to-back win would just be epic! Plus, it would be the cherry on top of a milestone year for the hunky reality star, 37, who recently welcomed his first child, a son named Christopher, with girlfriend Lilianet Solares.
After taking several years off from the show following his late ex-girlfriend Diem Brown’s third ovarian cancer diagnosis, CT is more than ready to reclaim his position among The Challenge crew. "I just took a couple of years off and I missed it, my dysfunctional family that I live with abroad,” he joked to E! News in May.
The 35-year-old – whose years on The Challenge have surpassed every other contestant’s in the history of the show — began her journey on 2003's Battle of the Sexes. With so many years under her belt, we think Aneesa (who has yet to win a Challenge) finally deserves a full-fledged victory.
Back in 2012, the Real World: Chicago alum explained how the show has evolved over her many years of participating. “They’ve become more physically demanding and when you’re there it feels like you’re at some training facility. It’s weird because everybody’s working out. And like, now that’s part of my everyday life so it’s OK, but when people started bringing their protein and their weights and doing all this stupid stuff, I was like, ‘What are you guys doing!?’” she told After Ellen. “Because the show used to be a lot of fun! We’ve always done ridiculous s--t on these shows but now it’s become like all-out, run 13,000 miles and climb this mountain and dig this hole and do these problems in between.”
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio
If Johnny won the next installment of The Challenge, well, that would just be bananas! The 35-year-old California native — who has won six Challenges, including 2016’s The Challenge: Rivals III — is known for his ruthless approach to the game.
While he can be cutthroat at times (remember how he took that $275,000 prize solely for himself and left his fellow first-place finisher and frenemy Sarah Rice with nothing?), we have to applaud Mr. Bananas for his fiercely competitive spirit. "I love the competition,” Johnny has said. “I love having something to train for and be ready for, but also...look at the opportunities we get."
Unlike her fellow competitors, Camila, 28, has never appeared on a regular season of Road Rules or The Real World prior to making a name for herself on The Challenge. She was discovered by MTV producers while partying in Acapulco, Mexico, during spring break in 2010, and was asked to appear on Spring Break Challenge. Subsequently, she has appeared on eight other seasons, including 2012’s Battle of the Exes, which she won — and we bet she can do it again!
Plus, Camila only wants to make a difference with any money she makes from her time on MTV. “After I won my first Challenge, I wanted to invest my money in something that I really believed in. I want to help people cleanse their bodies and minds. It’s all about starting over and caring for yourself, so you can help others,” the Brazilian-born beauty has said. “I’ve struggled a lot in my life. I grew up with a single mom, and moving to a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language. I just learned to deal with my own problems. Helping other people is like therapy for me.”
The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 airs on MTV Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST.