People.com Entertainment TV MTV's 'The Challenge: War of the Worlds' Cast of 34 Includes Fan Favorites — and a Ton of Surprises Season 33 of the hit series brings together tons of favorites — and a bunch of new faces from all over the (reality TV) world By Breanne L. Heldman Breanne L. Heldman Instagram Twitter Breanne L. Heldman is the Senior Editor of TV for PEOPLE. In this role, she oversees all television coverage — and coverage of TV stars — across print and digital. Heldman joined PEOPLE in April 2018 after two years as Senior Editor at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that, she held editorial positions at Yahoo Entertainment, MTV, E!, and the New York Daily News. The Boston University alum and Cincinnati native frequently appears as an entertainment expert on programs such as Good Morning America, Access Hollywood and the People Every Day podcast and has moderated panels at Lincoln Center, 92Y, New York Comic Con and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 16, 2019 09:15 AM Share Tweet Pin Email The world of MTV’s The Challenge is about to get a whole lot bigger for season 33 — and not just because they’re returning to South Africa. The Challenge: War of the Worlds, which premieres Wednesday, Feb. 6, will see fan-favorite veterans like Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, Cara Maria Sorbello, and CT Tamburello team up with rookie prospects from franchises including The Bachelor, Big Brother, Love Island, Survivor, American Ninja Warrior, and international stars across the MTV family, including Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach, and Floribama Shore. In case that’s not enough excitement, a few familiar faces who haven’t competed since Rivals III in 2016 are making their return: Nany Gonzalez and Wes Bergmann. MTV (3) Here’s how MTV is describing this massive season, which follows the trilogy of Dirty 30, Vendettas, and Final Reckoning (which concluded in December): “Thirty-four competitors from around the globe will battle their way through the most grueling, physical and mental challenges for their share of the $1 million prize. New rules will unfold, alliances will be rehashed and surprising twists will arise in the grittiest, most hardcore season ever.” MTV “The grittiest, most hardcore season ever.” Yikes. The Challenge‘s Cara Maria Sorbello Slams Paulie Calafiore for Two-Timing Her & Danielle Maltby Below are is the list of all 34 players who will be experiencing that madness (click here to see photos of them!), hosted, once again, by T.J. Lavin. THE VETERANS: Amanda Garcia – 5 seasons Ashley Mitchell – 4 seasons Cara Maria Sorbello – 13 seasons CT Tamburello – 15 seasons Da’Vonne Rogers – 2 seasons Hunter Barfield – 4 seasons Jenna Compono – 7 seasons Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio – 18 seasons Kam Williams – 3 seasons Kyle Christie – 3 seasons Leroy Garrett – 10 seasons Nany Gonzalez– 7 seasons Natalie Negrotti – 3 seasons Paulie Calafiore – 2 seasons Wes Bergmann – 11 seasons Zach Nichols – 8 seasons THE PROSPECTS: Alan Valdez – Telemundo personalityAshley Cain – Ex on the Beach U.K.Chase McNary – The Bachelorette, Ex on the BeachDee Nguyen – Geordie ShoreGeorgia Harrison – Love IslandGus Smyrnios – Floribama ShoreJoao Paulo Andrade – Ex on the Beach BrazilJosh Martinez – Big BrotherJulia Nolan – Big BrotherLiz Nolan – Big BrotherMattie Lynn Breaux – Party Down SouthMorgan Willett – Big BrotherNatalie Duran – American Ninja WarriorShaleen Sutherland – The Bachelor CanadaStephen Bear – Geordie ShoreTheo Campbell – Love IslandTurabi Camkiran – Survivor TurkeyZahida Allen – Ex on the Beach The Challenge Star Tony Raines Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Alyssa Giacone All those rookies aren’t the only new element to expect this time around. MTV is launching “The Challenge Messenger Bot,” which will include trivia, polls, a meme generator, and so much more. Fans can message The Challenge on Twitter and Facebook for all of their pressing questions in real time. Ahead of the premiere, MTV will air a The Challenge: War of the Worlds: Basic Training launch special on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. ET. Then, season 33, The Challenge: War of the Worlds, premieres Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV, immediately followed by The Challenge: War of the Worlds After the Show, hosted by Justina Valentine, at 10 p.m. ET.