‘The Challenge’ Season 37: Why Are There So Many Rookies in ‘Spies, Lies, and Allies’?

The Challenge season 37 — titled Spies, Lies, and Allies — is coming to MTV in August. The network recently announced the upcoming season will have a spy theme, just like Double Agents.

They also released the cast list, which is one of the most diverse in the series’ lengthy history. Season 37 will feature a 34-person cast that includes 15 vets and a whopping 19 new faces. Why are there so many rookies in Spies, Lies, and Allies?

Chris 'CT' Tamburello (L) and TJ Lavin from MTV's 'The Challenge'
‘The Challenge’ vet Chris ‘CT’ Tamburello and host TJ Lavin return for season 37 | Steven Lawton/WireImage

A number of ‘The Challenge’ vets are returning for season 37

Host TJ Lavin and the season 37 cast filmed Spies, Lies, and Allies in Croatia over the summer. The contestants teamed up to compete for a $1 million prize over the course of 19 episodes, and the cast included a number of familiar faces.

The returning veterans are: Tori Deal, Nany Gonzalez, Aneesa Ferreira, Ashley Mitchell, Kaycee Clark, Amanda Garcia, Big T, Nelson Thomas, Cory Wharton, Josh Martinez, Kyle Christie, Fessy Shafaat, CT Tamburello, Devin Walker, and Nam Vo.

The rookies come from all over the globe

There are 19 rookies competing on The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies, and they come from all over the globe. There are players from Germany, Sweden, Nigeria, Spain, Belgium, Romania, Hungary, the UK, and the United States.

A reliable source for new contestants is Survivor and Big Brother, and not just the US versions. One comes from Survivor Turkey, and another comes from Survivor Spain. There are also two contestants from Survivor Romania, as well as contestants from the Nigerian version of Big Brother, known as Big Brother Naija.

Many of the new faces come from international dating shows. There are competitors from Love Island Germany, Paradise Hotel Sweden, Celeb Get Me Out of Here Hungary, Dancing With the Stars UK, and Ex on the Beach: Double Dutch Belgium.

Why are there so many rookies in ‘The Challenge’ season 37?

The reason that The Challenge decided to bring in so many new faces for season 37 was due to the show’s popularity worldwide. They added more international players to cater to the global audience and teamed them up with vets from America.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the teams won’t stay that way for long. The season begins with the US players or “agents” teamed up with the international agents. But then, the game will evolve as the season unfolds.

10 female rookies are joining the cast

Out of the 19 newbies on The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies, 10 are females. They include a Survivor winner and contestants from three different versions of Love Island.

The female rookies are: Berna Canbeldek (Survivor: Turkey), Bettina Buchanan (Paradise Hotel Sweden, Ex on the Beach Norway), Emy Alupei (X Factor Romania, Survivor Romania), Lauren Coogan (Love Island), Michaela Bradshaw (Survivor), Michele Fitzgerald (Survivor), Tacha Akide (Big Brother Naija), Esther Agunbiade (Big Brother Naija), Priscilla Anyabu (Love Island UK), and Tracy Candela (Love Island Germany).

The nine male rookie contestants on ‘The Challenge’ include a ‘Survivor’ winner

There are nine male rookie contestants competing on The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies. One of the names on the list is a Survivor winner. The male rookies include Corey Lay (12 Dates of Christmas), Emanuel Neagu (Survivor Romania), Gabo Szabó (Warsaw Shore), Jeremiah White (Love Island), and Hughie Maughan (Big Brother UK).

There’s also Kelechi “Kelz” Dyke, the first Challenge contestant from Netflix’s Too Hot to Handle. Logan Sampedro (Survivor Spain), Renan Hellemans (Ex on the Beach: Double Dutch Belgium), and Survivor winner Tommy Sheehan are also competing for the first time.


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The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies will premiere on MTV on Wednesday, August 11, with a sneak peek episode airing Monday, August 9.