|CT and Johnny get ready to face-off in one of the most memorable eliminations ever.|
1. Focus more on character development, not fights and hook-ups: Part of the reason why Rivals worked so well, was that each of the teams had some history that made good TV. While some teams didn't really hate each other, others provided season-long storylines that encouraged viewers to come back week-after-week. In this season, the fighting and hook-ups were NOT started under a night of drinking and revelry (OK... sometimes they were), but the game forced the castmembers to face their differences because of the game.
2. Don't recycle old, tired formats: I'm not sure why producers choose to do a second and third Inferno or Gauntlet. While Rivals worked extremely well, I don't want to see another season of Rivals right away. Also, it's kind of a cop-out to just recycle old formulas.
3. Keep the rules simple: One of the biggest flaws of the Challenges is that the rules are always so unnecessarily complicated. Remember the Island's wildly weird key-holder, two-round elimination voting process? That season was a cheap imitation of Survivor and should've just copied the full format with one-person, one-vote. Who would've loved to see a weekly Tribal Council headed by TJ Lavin? For the next Challenge, I would love to see girls compete against guys, with a one-person, one-vote elimination.
4. Make sure the rules discourage the veteran alliances: Part of the problem with a one-person, one-vote elimination, which they have done in the past, is that the veteran alliances seem to have the game on-lock from Day 1. For some reason, the Challenges haven't instituted any kind of immunity, at least in recent seasons. It's the worst when the Challengers we see less of are sent home first.
5. Bring back some castmembers who haven't done the last eight Challenges: Going back to character development, fans want to be updated on those castmembers we haven't seen in a while. And I'm not talking about bringing back castmembers from New York and Los Angeles. Although that would be great, I can't see Julie (New York) and Aaron (Los Angeles) agreeing to come back for these Challenges, put some new blood on these casts.
What are your tips? Leave a comment and tell us what you'd like to see in the next season of the Challenge.