'The Challenge: USA' on CBS: Who are the reality stars competing as challengers?

'The Challenge: USA' on CBS: Who are the reality stars competing as challengers?
Angela Rummans, Cashel Barnett and Azah Awasum gear up for the ultimate challenge (CBS)

'The Challenge' series, which began as a competition including 'Real World' and 'Road Rules' stars, originally aired in 1998. Since then, the show has included contestants from all around the world, including CBS franchises like 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor'. After 37 seasons on MTV, the show will be moving to CBS for the first time.

'The Challenge: USA,' hosted by TJ Lavin and shot in Buenos Aires, opens with each contender receiving $1,000 in their respective 'challenge accounts'. Throughout the season, players must compete to maintain and grow their prize money by winning challenges or eliminations (in which they steal all of their opponents' money). To make matters worse, an algorithm will partner participants at random for each task, making alliances and plans more difficult to manage than ever before. Scroll down below to read about the whole cast of 'The Challenge: USA,'


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Alyssa Lopez 

Alyssa was a 'Big Brother 23' houseguest. She considers herself to be witty, sarcastic, and outgoing. Her favorite interests include weightlifting, videography and video editing, sailing with friends, going to the dog park with her dogs Jeter and Piper, and watching the sunset at Siesta Key Beach.


Angela Rummans

Angela was a houseguest on Big Brother 20. She describes herself as spontaneous, scheming, and headstrong. Her favorite activities are beach volleyball, spearfishing, and oil painting.



Azah Awasum

Azah was a Big Brother 23 houseguest. Her personality traits include charisma, being crafty, and general clumsiness. Her favorite pastime is cooking! She is also an ardent cyclist (she recently finished a century ride) and a global traveler (26 countries and counting!). She's already proving to the world that she has what it takes to be a worthy competitor, and she's trying to develop a plan powerful enough to see her through to the finish.


Cashay Proudfoot

Cashay Proudfoot was one of the islanders on 'Love Island USA' Season 3.


Ben Driebergen

Benjamin Russell Driebergen is a reality television star and American Marine Corps veteran best known for playing on and winning 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.' He returned in 2020 to compete in the show's 40th season, 'Survivor: Winners at War', finishing fifth.


Cashel Barnett 

On Season 1 of Love Island USA, Cashel Barnett was featured as an islander. Cashel arrived in the villa on Day 1 and left the island on Day 17. He graduated from Fordham University with a degree in English and a minor in Business Administration.


Cayla Platt

Cayla was on the 'Flight Attendants' team on 'The Amazing Race 33.' Her hometown is in Gulf Breeze, Florida.


Cely Vasquez

Cely appeared in Season 2 of 'Love Island.' Cely is a free-spirited Californian who grew up in Manteca, a bright, rural town. She is fluent in Spanish, enjoys singing, plays the guitar, and is quite athletic. 

Cely Vasquez (CBS)

Melvin "Cinco" Holland Jr.

Melvin "Cinco" Holland Jr is a 'Love Island USA' Season 3 islander. He is a fitness trainer and delivery driver from Ashburn, Virginia. Holland grew up in the Northern Virginia/DC region after being born in Tallahassee, Florida. He holds a master's degree in Strategic Business Leadership from Tennessee Technological University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, according to his Linkedin profile.


Danny McCray

Danny McCray hails from Houston, TX Current. He was on 'Survivor 41'. Danny's hobbies are competing, traveling, and cooking. Three words to describe Danny is competitive, charismatic, and optimistic.

Danny McCray (CBS)

David Alexander

David played a decent social game during his brief time on 'Big Brother 21', but he didn't get the full BB experience because his game was cut short due to a surprise opening night twist.



Derek Xiao

Derek Xiao was on 'Big Brother 23'. He hails from Baltimore. Three words that describe Derek are funny, logical, and thoughtful.


Domenick Abbate

Domenick Abbate is a contestant on 'Survivor: Ghost Island'. He hails from Nesconset, New York. Three words to describe Domenick are calculated, intuitive, and empathetic.

Domenick Abbate (CBS)

Desi Williams

Desiree "Desi" Williams is a 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers' contestant. Her hobbies are traveling the world, participating in pageants, and going to the gym.


Enzo Palumbo

Enzo Palumbo is the runner-up of 'Big Brother 22.' He also made an appearance on 'Big Brother 12.'  In 'Big Brother 12', Enzo earned the nickname "the meow-meow" and was a founding member of The Brigade, an alliance that enabled him to reach the final three. He finished third after Hayden Moss delivered the lone vote to evict him, making him the jury's seventh and final member.



James Wallington

The Amazing Race 32's official winners are William Jardell and James Wallington, the dating duo. Will and James entered the race as superfans, essentially gaming the system by forming the Mine Five alliance.


Javonny Vega

Javonny Vega was an islander on Season 3 of 'Love Island USA.'


Justine Ndiba

Justine Ndiba appeared on Season 2 of 'Love Island' USA. Justine joined the villa on Day 1 and won alongside Caleb Corprew on Day 40.


Kyra Green

Kyra Green appeared in the first season of 'Love Island' USA. Kyra arrived in the villa on Day 1 and was sent from the island on Day 24.



Kyland Young

Kyland was a houseguest on 'Big Brother 23'. Three words that describe kyland are Optimistic, dynamic, and engaging.


Sarah Lacina

Sarah Lacina is an American police officer most known for her participation in the reality television show 'Survivor'. In 2014, she finished 11th and was the first jury member on the show's 28th season, 'Survivor: Cagayan.' In 2017, Lacina has crowned the winner of the 34th season of 'Survivor: Game Changers.'


Leo Temory

Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran are a team of Cousins on 'The Amazing Race 23,' 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars,' and 'The Amazing Race 31.'  In The 'Amazing Race 23,' Leo and Jamal, dubbed the "Afghanimals," forged a flirty partnership with Ally and Ashley early on, with the two teams closely working together throughout the race.

Leo Temory (CBS)



Shan Smith

Shan is a contestant from Survivor 41. she hails from Washington, D.C. Three Words to Describe You: Passionate, authentic, resilient

Shan Smith (CBS)

Shannon St. Clair

Shannon St. Clair is an islander on Season 3 of 'Love Island'.


Tasha Fox

Tasha is a reality TV star most recognized for her participation on the 'Survivor' game series. She appeared in the show's Cagayan and Cambodia versions in 2014 and 2015, respectively.


Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell is an American professional basketball player for the Women's National Basketball Association's Indiana Fever. She is also a member of the Women's National Basketball League's Melbourne Boomers. Tiffany is from Detroit and was a Big Brother 23 houseguest.


Tyson Apostol

Tyson Apostol is an American reality television personality best known for his appearances on multiple seasons of CBS's Survivor. Apostol first appeared on 'Survivor: Tocantins' in 2009, finishing in eighth place.


Xavier Prather

Xavier Prather is the winner of 'Big Brother 23'. Xavier, a member of the Kings, knew he was in for a heated game, so he began quietly, pretending to be a bartender and not discussing tactics with anyone. His likeability landed him in numerous major coalitions, the most notable of which being The Cookout.


Watch 'The Challenge: USA' premieres Wednesday, July 6th on CBS

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