The Duel II is the 17th season of the MTV reality game show, The Challenge (though at the time, known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge). The season is directly subsequent to The Island. The Duel II is the sequel to the show's 13th season, The Duel, and succeeds The Island season. It took place in Queenstown, New Zealand,[1]with former cast members from MTV's The Real World and Road Rules competing along with several cast members from the Fresh Meat challenge.

The cast departed for Queenstown, New Zealand on October 27, 2008 and filming ran through early December. This season premiered on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 and concluded on June 17, 2009 with the reunion show.


The Duel II follows the same format as the original Duel challenge, with the following differences:

  • The male and female winners of each challenge are both safe from entering the Duel, and have to agree on one person (regardless of gender) to potentially save from the Duel. The first person chosen then selects a player of the opposite gender, and so forth.
  • The last male and female cast member that are not chosen will both compete in the Duel, select a competitor of their respective gender to go against them, and randomly select from one of five cards held by host T. J. Lavin to determine the Duel game, in which the players will compete.
  • Unlike the original Duel season, there is a period of deliberation between the end of the challenge and the selection of the contestants for the elimination game.
  • At the end of the season, there will be six contestants left — three of each gender. For each gender, there will be a first-, second- and third-place finisher. First-place will win $100,000, second-place will win $35,000 and third-place will win $15,000.


Host: T. J. Lavin

Male Players Original Season Finish
Evan Starkman Fresh Meat Winner
Brad Fiorenza RW: San Diego Runner-Up
Mark Long RR: First Adventure 3rd Place
Landon Lueck RW: Philadelphia Episode 10
MJ Garrett RW: Philadelphia Episode 9/10[c]
Derek McCray RR: Viewers' Revenge Episode 8
Dunbar Merrill RW: Sydney Episode 7
Eric Banks Fresh Meat Episode 6
Isaac Stout RW: Sydney Episode 5
Nehemiah Clark RW: Austin Episode 4
Davis Mallory RW: Denver Episode 3
Ryan Kehoe Fresh Meat Episode 2
Nick Brown RW: Hollywood Episode 1
Adam King RW: Paris Episode 1
Chris "CT" Tamburello RW: Paris
Female Players Original Season Finish
Rachel Robinson RR: Campus Crawl Winner
Brittini Sherrod RW: Hollywood Runner-Up
Aneesa Ferreira RW: Chicago 3rd Place
Diem Brown Fresh Meat Episode 10
Tori Hall RR: Viewers' Revenge Episode 9/10
Jenn Grijalva RW: Denver Episode 8
Paula Meronek RW: Key West Episode 7
Kimberly Alexander RW: Hollywood Episode 6
Ruthie Alcaide RW: Hawaii Episode 5
Katie Doyle RR: The Quest Episode 4
Brooke LaBarbera RW: Denver Episode 3
Robin Hibbard RW: San Diego Episode 2
Shauvon Torres RW: Sydney

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Memorable MomentsEdit

  • Before any challenges took place, Adam and CT were both removed from the game for fighting. MJ and Nehemiah were brought in as replacements.