The Challenge is back for another season of rigorous competition, and one of the participating candidates missed his college graduation to compete in the program. The actor, reality TV celebrity, and Broadway performer are most remembered for his portrayal in Newsies as Spot Conlon. In the next season, Tommy will battle against his closest buddy and Big Brother alum Analyse Talavera.
According to the show’s description:
“The Challenge’s 38th season is titled Ride or Die. The season has several reality alumni battling for a $1 million prize pool alongside their closest friends, connections, and supporters. From May to July 2022, the season was shot in Argentina.”
The Challenge Ride or Dies: Ready to Air, a debut special, will air on October 12, followed by the remainder of the program, which will air on the same day at 8 p.m. ET.
Tommy Bracco, a Challenge contestant, debuted on Broadway in 2011.
The Challenge will return for a second season with some familiar characters. Tommy Bracco, a Big Brother veteran who will compete alongside his closest buddy Analyse, is one of those set to play in season 38. Tommy is described in his Big Brother profile as an optimistic, motivated, and “over-the-top” guy.
The 32-year-old was born on Staten Island, New York, and attended Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. He also attended the dance and acting training, which aided his Broadway debut in 2011. Tommy portrayed Spot Conlon in Newsies, which aired intermittently from 2011 to 2019. In their inaugural video, Team Munchkins said that what they lack in height they make up for by offering humorous relief. Analyse characterized her closest buddy as having “good energy,” and she went on to say that Tommy’s greatest asset in the game would be his social abilities.
She went on to say:
“He has the best social game ever.”
She also remarked that their greatest vulnerability in the game would be their height. Tommy and Analyse have a particular affinity and know each other better than anybody else. Tommy described Talavera as “like family.” On the set of Big Brother season 21, the two became friends and have since relied on one other for support. According to MTV, Tommy isn’t frightened of The Challenge’s violence since he learned a lot from his time on Big Brother.
The program will include 17 additional teams.
The Challenge will include 17 teams playing against one another. Every partnership in the program is made up of individuals who have a particular relationship. Some of the participants have been featured on prominent television series such as Big Brother, Love Island, Ultimate Beastmaster, Survivor, The Real World, and others.
The following people are competing for a $1 million prize in the show:
- Amber and Chauncey
- Aneesa and Jordan
- Faysal and Moriah
- Johnny Bananas and Nany
- Colleen and Kim
- Darrell and Veronica
- Devin and Tori
- Emmy and Nam Vo
- Horacio and Olivia
- Jakk and Laurel
- Jay and Michele
- Johnny and Ravyn
- Kailah and Sam
- Kaycee and Kenny
- Nelson and Nurys
- Tamara and Turbo
The Challenge will debut on MTV on October 12 at 8 p.m. ET.