Despite a lack of experience and four members with zero Challenge experience, the Rookies look to kick some Veteran butt. With two past winners and the best player for the Real World team during the original Gauntlet the males of the Rookies team will try and hold things down.
Adam King (The Real World: Paris)
Challenges Completed: 0
Notes: I never truly hated this guy. I mean, yeah, he did come off as a socially inept putz in his stint in Paris. He dropped some painful raps, which sucks harder when you realize his daddy (William King of the Commodores) wrote “Brick House.” But honestly, if I had to spend time with a guy from that house, it would be Adam (Simon doesn’t count, since he was a hallucination conjured by viewers) ... Remember when CT went nuts on the streets and started that “ONE! ON! ONE! ONEONONE!” crap on Adam? Notice how Adam didn’t run like most of us would have? I’m just sayin’ the guy has potential ... Still feel bad that he got run out of Battle of the Sexes 2 so soon. He ended up talking to fellow newbie Brad about watching out for the veterans. And what happened? Brad got railroaded near the end ... With Ace here, we can continue the “Adam lurves Ace” digs that we started back in 2003. “Baba Booey” quips are no more, since he shaved his head. I think it’s a good look ... Don’t be surprised if he wins a Gauntlet or two.
Alton Williams (RW: Las Vegas)
Challenges Completed: 1
Challenges Won: 0
Notes: This guy was the rock of the Real World team during The Gauntlet. He excelled in most missions, and his humiliation of Laterrian was awesome to watch ... One weak point? Gotta be the temper. After Sarah took out Irulan in the Gauntlet, Theo (and his flopping man-package) yelled for Alton to “help her pack,” which set Alton off. On the other hand, he wasn’t whining after the final mission about how Coral screwed the team over. Of course, that’s because 1. It was his choice to send Theo G. to face Cara in the final Gauntlet, and 2. He knew he’d be coming back to the show, one day, as opposed to Nathan, whom nobody cares about ... I was a bit saddened hearing about the Alton/Irulan breakup. But judging from the trailer, he’s getting hooked up with a new girl. You can take the boy out of Vegas, but you can’t take Vegas out of the boy. At least he’d wear protection, unlike a certain slap-happy ex-cast member.
Danny Dias (Road Rules: X-Treme)
Notes: I know, it’s hard to feel sorry for anybody who was scene in the twilight of Road Rules, but Danny was victimized by Bunim-Murray’s need for eliminating people on reality shows. I mean, isn’t that what the Challenges are for? ... In case you missed it: the X-Treme kids had to eat parts of a cow that aren’t supposed to be consumed, and Danny was gagging on his share. They failed the mission, and when they screwed another one up two weeks later, the others voted him off because he was the only one to have blown a mission ... I vaguely remember being annoyed with Danny back in 2004. But really, what other gay cast member from Road Rules would you want in here? Nick (Danny’s replacement) is too bland and Sophia’s still recovering from BOTS2. As for Rachel and Shane? Do I really need to explain?
Jamie Murray (RW: New Orleans)
Challenges Completed: 2
Challenges Won: 2
Notes: The big question: how the hell is he a “rookie” when he’s won two Challenges? Best guess is that there was a last-minute cancellation, and Jamie got squeezed into the slot ... This guy is a strange cat. First, he was all right-win when he came to New Orleans, referring to interviewer Kameelah as “Shaka Zula” during the casting special. He and Kelley were the least exciting cast members, and Melissa was hanging onto him, which we couldn’t figure out. He did well in Extreme Challenge, but he was overshadowed by Syrus and Dan. Two seasons later, he shows up in Jamaica with a beard, a laid-back personality, and the desire to chill with the Rastafarians. According to his MTV.com bio, he’s living in a monastery. On some levels, I think he’s full of crap. So why can’t I hate him? ... Jamie was the only member of the final men’s team on Battle of the Sexes to win a mission on his own , winning Treehouse with Dan and Stairway To Heaven on his own. However, he almost didn’t make the final team; he got a disqualification on Maximum Velocity, but so did Antoine ... As long as he’s on screen (along with his magnificent mane), this show should be bearable to watch.
Jeremy Blossom (RR: South Pacific)
Challenges Completed: 0
Notes: Presenting the least relevant Roadie ever! ... He got his shot after Donell bounced his fat ass off the show. He competed in two team missions, as well as the “Face Off” against the Campus Crawl kids. He did more missions on Inferno than on his season ... He got picked twice by the Real World team to go into the Inferno. The first time, we saw him stick his head in a box full of bugs. Of course, Ace bailed after ten seconds, so maybe Jeremy isn’t all that great.
Landon Lueck (RW: Philadelphia)
Challenges Completed: 1
Challenges Won: 1
Notes: On the one hand, the guy still reeks of being an ass. He isolated himself from ex-squeeze Shavonda during Inferno II, he got into a fight with Derrick, and he blew the What a Drag mission. On the other hand, he should get the most credit for the Good Guys’ victory in the final mission ... His two Inferno wins seem impressive on the surface. The first win came off Karamo in Knock Your Block Off, who had to leave the show anyway to fulfil a prior obligation. The second time, he barely beat Dan in Pegged. Even though Landon was more muscular, the lanky Dan kept up with him until the end. If Landon loses in the Gauntlet, we’ll know his wins were flukes ... He’s probably a halfway decent guy, until you give him alcohol. Remember when he contemplated stabbing Melanie’s friends, and Karamo had to intercept him? ... On the plus side, Darrell isn’t here. I don’t want anybody to refer to Landon as “Lando Commando.”
MJ Garrett (RW: Philadelphia)
Notes: I’m going to need help from my audience this season. I can never tell when he’s chewing tobacco. Seriously, what twentysomething does that? I want to make jokes about that ... MJ has college football experience, playing as a wide reciever for Vanderbilt University. I found his bio on the web site. He was “known for blonde curls and alternative clothing” and he “[enjoyed] movies, photography, softball, horseshoes, water sports and playing on-line Pictionary.” His gridiron experience could help him out. Then again, Mallory was a soccer player, and she couldn’t standing on a small block longer than Christena in The Inferno. Do you miss “The Miz”? First of all, shame on you. Secondly, MJ’s got this alter ego called “Muja Star.” Apparently, Muja comes out whenever MJ taps the ugly star tattoo on his shoulder. I’m also guessing alcohol brings it out ... He’s on the same team as Landon, which does bring us back to a time when we didn’t know who the real gay guys on the show were.
Randy Barry (RW: San Diego)
Challenges Completed: 0
Notes: Another guy who looks like he’s high. How strict are the drug laws in Trinidad and Tobago? ... Randy does strike me as a cool guy. Not as cool as Jacquese, but more rational than Brad, and more fun to hang with than Charlie. He even took his dismissal from BOTS2 is stride ... According to MTV.com, Randy is dating Kina. I don’t know much about her, but I think she’s the most sane of the X-Treme ladies, so good for him ... It’ll be weird seeing Randy and Brad on opposite teams. On a happy note, they wouldn’t have to face each other in the Gauntlet. It would be as painful as the Rachel/Sarah showdown in Telluride.