Just the Gist:
- Competitors from Big Brother, Survivor, The Amazing Race, and MTV's The Challenge are competing to split a $500,000 prize.
- Season 2 uses "the hopper" to make random decisions.
- Nine competitors have been eliminated so far.
Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of The Challenge: USA.
The second season of The Challenge: USA is underway, and the cast members are now battling it out individually to split the $500,000 prize money—and the title of "America's Best."
Although the CBS series is a spinoff of MTV's The Challenge, there are a few key differences between the two shows. In Season 1, contestants used a bank to determine if they'd make it into the finals, and they were matched with different partners each week with the power of an algorithm. But after Danny McCray and Sarah Lacina's wins, the rules changed.
In Season 2, host T.J. Lavin uses the hopper to make random decisions. The season began with three teams, but after the eighth elimination, the game moved to an individual game.
Who went home on The Challenge: USA Season 2? Keep scrolling to find out all about the eliminations in the series.
1st Eliminated — Ameerah Jones
Ameerah is sadly the first competitor eliminated from The Challenge: USA after Michele's name is pulled out of the hopper. They are forced against one another in a game called "Slam Dunk," in which they have to pull out as many balls from a tank as possible in just 15 dunks. Michele wins with 1,319 balls to Ameerah's 1,301. So, Ameerah is eliminated and Michele is back in the house with a vengeance.
2nd Eliminated — Jonna Manion
After Michele's time in the Losers' Round, she's ready to mix things up. She knows that the veteran Challenge women had it out for her, so she wants to pit Tori against Jonna. After the Green Team wins the main challenge, Michele's allies convince the whole team to nominate Tori and Johnny Bananas. Since Jonna is a two-time The Challenge winner, the losing teams throw five votes her way.
Jonna takes on Tori, who wins "Drop the Ball" with an impressive 29-15 final score, sending Jonna home.
3rd Eliminated — Paulie Calafiore
The Blue Team nominated Johnny Bananas and Amanda to go into the Elimination Round. Most of the secret votes were for Paulie, Josh, and Monte, and unfortunately for Paulie, his name was pulled out of the hopper. He had to go up against Johnny Bananas in the Elimination Round and sadly, Johnny came out on top.
4th Eliminated — Luis Colon
Luis seemed like an early target, mostly because people just didn't know him too well. After the Red Team wins the main challenge (for the first time!) they decide to throw Desi and Luis into the elimination round in a double elimination. It took a lot of deliberation to get to that point and the competitors are not happy. With six votes in the hopper, Chris was thrown into the arena against Luis and came out on top.
5th Eliminated — Amanda Garcia
After Desi found out she'd be going into the elimination round, she did everything she could to get the rest of the votes onto Amanda. Luckily, her engineering worked. With nine votes, Amanda's name came out of the hopper, and she was pitted against Desi in a physical tug of war. Despite doing everything she could, Amanda was taken out by Desi.
6th Eliminated — Alyssa Lopez
It was the Brown Team's turn to win in this episode, but that wasn't enough to save Alyssa. After the team decided to nominate two Survivor alumni, Cassidy and Chris, to compete in the Elimination Round, Survivor got away once again. Most of the hopper's votes were thrown onto Dusty and Tiffany, but with just one rogue hopper ball, Alyssa was put into the final elimination. Up against Cassidy, Alyssa sadly fell short.
7th Eliminated — Dusty Williams
The Challenge's biggest fan went home far too soon. The Amazing Race alum had the most hopper votes behind him after the Blue Team nominated Wes to go into the elimination challenge. Dusty worked hard, but Wes put his Challenge expertise to the test and worked harder. Although Dusty's time on The Challenge: USA is up, we expect all hell to break loose in the coming weeks.
8th Eliminated — Tiffany Mitchell
After the dominant Blue Team won once again, they put Michaela and Tyler up for the Elimination Round. When the boys decide to make it a girls' competition, everyone puts their votes on Tiffany. Going up against Michaela, she barely stands a chance and is eliminated. But instead of getting the option to defect teams, we learn that it's now an individual game. There's nowhere to hide!
9th Eliminated — Monte Taylor
While there are crossed alliances between Big Brother, Survivor, and The Challenge vets, the Survivor folks still hold the majority. After vets Tori and Johnny Bananas took home the individual wins, they chose to ruffle the fewest feathers by nominating Tyler and Alyssa to go into the Elimination Round.
To be Alyssa's knight in shining armor, Tyler convinced everyone to vote for men. Monte and Sebastian got the most votes, but Monte's name came out of the hopper. In a grueling 3-hour challenge, Tyler came out on top.
New episodes of The Challenge: USA air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on CBS. You can also stream the series on Paramount Plus.