New Jersey man gets another shot at reality TV stardom

CBS has put together a new reality show that is bringing back contestants from previous CBS reality shows to battle it out for a $500,000 prize, and a man from New Jersey is one of the contestants.

The show is called ‘Challenge: USA’ and features 28 players who have competed in shows like ‘Survivor’, ‘Big Brother’, ‘The Amazing Race’ and ‘Love Island’.

On the show, contestants are given $1,000 to start their individual challenge accounts, and they quickly find they have to fight to keep and grow their handsome reward.

In each episode, an algorithm matches competitors who will compete to earn money for their accounts by winning challenges or eliminating their opponents.

The point of using the algorithm to match competitors is that it will mean random pairings, so alliances will be harder to establish; alliances are key on most other reality shows like “Survivor” and “Big Brother” (and maybe on “Love Island”, but I don’t know, I’ve never seen it).

New Jersey’s connection to “Challenge: USA” is contestant Enzo Palumbo from Bayonne who appeared on Big Brother 12 and Big Brother 22; he never won.

Enzo is an insurance expert and I love his quote from BB 12 (it’s totally North Jersey): “I’m Italian and I already think I’m a celebrity. His nickname is the Meow Meow.

Enzo Palumbo

His quote from the Challenge trailer: United States, “There is no back door; you are thrown, you must win.

The show will have a 90-minute premiere July 6 on CBS before moving home to MTV for the rest of the run.

In addition to the grand prize of $500,000, the winner will also participate in the Challenge: Global Championship.

If you’re a reality TV fan, you might recognize some of these contestants:

Tyson Apostol… four-time surviving player, season 27 winner

Ben Driebergen….Surviving Season 35 Winner

Sarah Lacina… Winner of Survivor Season 34

Xavier Prater…. Big Brother Season 23 Winner

James Wallington… the winner of the Amazing Race Season 32

Justine Ndiba…. Love Island Season 2 Winner

Like Enzo, the other Challenge contestants didn’t win the show they were on, but either did well enough or were popular enough to return.

The show’s trailer promises “extraordinary athleticism…..high-octane drama….”

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