[06/10/13 - 10:31 AM]
Enemies Are Reunited When MTV's "The Challenge: Rivals II" Premieres Wednesday, July 10 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Playing in teams of two, Challenge cast favorites are forced to pair with only one person: their bitter rival.

[via press release from MTV]


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Santa Monica, CA (June 10, 2013) - MTV travels to Thailand when 16 men and 16 women return to one of the Challenge's most exciting recent formats. "The Challenge: Rivals II" premieres on MTV Wednesday, July 10 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT. Playing in teams of two, Challenge cast favorites are forced to pair with only one person: their bitter rival. And with more money than ever before at stake, the competition turns explosive.

"The Challenge: Rivals II," hosted by TJ Lavin, pits enemy alongside enemy and asks the question: What do you care about more - old grudges or big money? Some pairs like bad boy CT and master manipulator Wes have been going at each other for years, while others like Frank and Johnny have beef because of a Twitter war! All kinds of rivalries are here, from Challenge veteran Paula, who hooked up with her partner Emily's ex, to Diem and Aneesa, former friends who betrayed each other on a past Challenge. But if you think the drama is in the past for these competitors, think again. The surprises start immediately when a twist sends shockwaves throughout the house, not to mention when a new girl hooks up with CT right under his ex Diem's nose. And that's only the beginning for these Rivals.

A sneak peek of the new season will premiere tonight between 10:00 - 11:00 P.M. ET/PT during MTV's "Teen Wolf." For an advance look, check out the trailer here.

On Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT, MTV will air a "The Challenge: Rivals II" launch special hosted by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Kenny Santucci with commentary by "Challenge" cast favorites and "Girl Code"/ "Guy Code" comedians. The one-hour special previews the new season of "The Challenge" and breaks down some the biggest moments of the show's history.

Meet the 16 teams of "The Challenge: Rivals II" and check out the rivalries that got them here:

CT/Wes: Notable seasons: CT- "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes"/Wes- "The Challenge: Rivals I" Wes and CT have hated each other for years, primarily because Wes always sees CT as a threat. These two power players make it their mission to get each other out of the game. Wes also accused CT of dating Diem just for the show.

Paula/Emily: Notable seasons: Paula and Emily -"The Challenge: Battle of the Exes" Paula hooked up with Emily's ex on "Battle of the Exes," which sets off a chain of events, involving Emily offensively imitating her ex and his involvement with Paula and ending with Emily taking Paula out of the game in an elimination round. Not to mention, the extremely athletic Emily would hate to be paired with the ball-of-nerves, emotional Paula.

Frank /Johnny: Notable seasons: Frank - " The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons"/Johnny-"Challenge: Battle of the Exes" Four-time Challenge Champion Johnny Bananas got into a huge twitter fight with Frank, claiming that rookie Frank's win didn't count since he didn't have to compete against Johnny.

Trishelle /Sarah: Notable seasons: Trishelle - "The Real World: Las Vegas"/Sarah-"The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" Trishelle and Sarah became instant enemies on the last Challenge when Trishelle claimed that sweetheart Sarah was sleeping with her teammate Alton to manipulate team Vegas.

Leroy/Ty: Notable seasons: Leroy:-"The Challenge: Rivals I"/Ty-"The Challenge: Battle of the Exes" After Ty gets Leroy's partner sent home for violence and then sends Leroy home himself in an intense elimination battle, Leroy goes online to trash talk Ty.

Diem/Aneesa: Notable seasons: Diem and Aneesa-"The Challenge: Battle of the Exes" On a Challenge, Aneesa promised her friend Diem that she would never put her up for elimination, but then went back on her word, surprising and hurting Diem and costing her the game.

Knight/Preston: Notable seasons: Knight and Preston -"The Real World: New Orleans" The two clashed on their Real World season over sexual preferences and lifestyle, and their animosity only intensified when they were paired together on a challenge.

Camila/Jemmye: Notable seasons: Camila-"The Challenge: Battle of the Exes"/Jemmye-"The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" When former champion Camila claims that nobody around her on "Battle of the Seasons" is a true competitor, Jemmye gets enraged and the two hotheads engage in a vicious screaming match.

Robb/Derek: Notable seasons: Robb and Derek - "The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" Robb's girlfriend gets into a fight with Derek, leading Robb to come to her rescue---ripping off his shirt and getting in Derek's face.

Naomi/Cooke: Notable seasons: Naomi and Cooke- "The Real World: Las Vegas" When new girl Cooke joined "The Real World: Las Vegas", Naomi felt that Cooke was trying to steal her man and the tension culminated when a pissed off Naomi woke up Cooke in the middle of the night to scream at her.

Jordan/Marlon: Notable seasons: Jordan and Marlon - "The Real World: Portland" When Jordan got into a heated and racially-charged fight with one of his female cast mates on "The Real World: Portland," Marlon was incredibly offended at the things Jordan did and said, and a fight erupted between the two. Marlon despises Jordan's know-it-all personality.

Jonna/Nany: Notable seasons: Jonna-"/the Challenge: Battle of the Seasons"/Nany- "The Real World: Las Vegas" When Jonna and Zach broke up after "Battle of the Seasons," she felt that her former friend Jonna chose Zach's side over hers.

Dunbar/Tyrie: Notable seasons: Dunbar and Tyrie -"The Challenge: Battle of the Exes" Tyrie has never liked Dunbar, thinking he is an undeserving player in the game. Dunbar was completely oblivious to the fact that Tyrie hated him and was on a vendetta to eliminate him.

Anastasia /Jessica: Notable seasons: Anastasia and Jessica- "The Real World: Portland" On "The Real World: Portland," Anastasia thought that Jessica was annoying, entitled, and immature and even coldly told Jessica, who only wanted her friendship, that she simply does not like her and does not want to be her friend.

Zach/Trey: Notable seasons: Zach and Trey - "The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" Zach claims Trey is full of shit and despises his personality. The two intensely hate each other and have even blocked each other on Twitter.

Jasmine/Theresa: Notable seasons: Jasmine- "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes"/Theresa-"The Challenge: Rivals I" After Theresa kept forgetting Jasmine's name, Jasmine and Theresa got into a shoving match that got Jasmine so angry she punched and shattered a mirror.

"The Challenge: Rivals II," is the only destination to watch full episodes, check out cast photos, bios, sneak peeks and more!

To sound off on Twitter and Facebook, use the official hashtag #rivals2 and visit the "The Challenge" Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/mtvthechallenge

"The Challenge: Rivals II," was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth serve as Executive Producers. Jacquelyn French is the MTV Executive in charge of production.

To follow the cast on Twitter you can find them @:
CT: @The Official_CT Wes: @WesMTV
Paula: @paulawalnuts Emily: @EmFitMTV
Frank: @MTVFrankSweeney Johnny: @MTVBananas
Trishelle: @TrishelleC Sarah: @SarahRiceMTV
Leroy: @RoyLee25MTV Ty: @Ty_Ruff_MTV
Deim: @DiemBrownMTV Aneesa: @AneesaMTV
Knight: @Knight_mtv Preston: @PrestoMagicmtv
Camila: @CamilaMTV Jemmye: @JemmyeMTV
Robb: @RobbMTV Derek: @MTVDerek
Naomi: @NaomiMTV Cooke: @CookeMTV
Jordan: @JordanWiseley Marlon: @JDeezyMTV
Jonna : @jonnamtv Nany: @NanyMTV
Dunbar: @DunbarMerrill Tyrie: @TyrieBMTV
Anastasia: @QueenBirdness Jessica: @MTVJess
Zach: @ZachMTV Trey: @MTVtrey
Jasmine: @JazMTV Theresa: @TheresaMTV

About MTV:

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy(R), Grammy(R) and Peabody(R) award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

About Bunim/Murray Productions:

Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (28 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim-Murray's current programming includes The Bad Girls Club, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kim and Kourtney Take New York, Khloe and Lamar and Mrs. Eastwood & Company (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.

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