Rumor: Past Survivor Winner To Compete On The Challenge

Could another former castaway be making the jump from CBS to MTV?

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While Survivor production remains at a standstill, other reality TV shows are beginning to start back up, including MTV’s The Challenge, which looks set to bring in a past Survivor champion for its latest season.

According to long-time trusted spoiler source, GamerVev, Survivor: San Juan del Sur winner Natalie Anderson could be competing on the 36th season of The Challenge. The word “could” is crucial here because it all depends on the results of COVID-19 testing.


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The cast, including alternates, is currently quarantining at a hotel in Los Angeles, California, according to GamerVev. Each cast member will have to take a COVID-19 test before leaving to film the season—in an as of yet unknown location. The cast is expected to be quarantined for a week.

If all goes ahead as planned, Natalie will become the second Survivor contestant to compete on The Challenge, following Millennials vs. Gen-X castaway Jay Starrett, who is also rumored to be returning this season. Jay previously competed on season 35, where he survived two eliminations before being medically disqualified in Episode 5 after showing signs of a concussion.

It will also mark Natalie’s third reality TV show overall, having originally competed twice on The Amazing Race (season 21 and All-Stars) with her twin sister Nadiya before making the jump to Survivor.

Natalie most recently finished as runner-up to Tony Vlachos in Survivor: Winners At War. After being eliminated first, she survived on the Edge of Extinction, dominating the physical aspects of the game, which would make her a perfect fit for The Challenge.

The upcoming season will also feature alumni from The Real World, Road Rules, Big Brother US, and Titan Games, and potentially another, currently unnamed, Survivor alumni, according to GamerVev.

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Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

One response to “Rumor: Past Survivor Winner To Compete On The Challenge”

  1. I might just tune in for Natalie! But, they should also PICK upcoming Pro body builder Randy Miles Higgins for The Challenge as well!

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