The Island is the 16th 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 Gauntlet III.

Like previous seasons of The Challenge, The Island featured cast members from various past seasons of The Real World and Road Rules, of which The Challenge was a spun off from, competing along with several cast members from the Fresh Meat challenge. This season featured the contestants "stranded" on an island off the coast of Panama, where the cast competed for a buried treasure chest filled with $300,000 USD in gold. Unlike in previous Challenges, the cast was not housed in a luxurious dwelling, but was "forced" to improvise and "work" for the basic necessities of food and shelter, as on the TV series Survivor. Unlike previous seasons of The Challenge, there were no predetermined teams. Instead, the cast members had to forge their own alliances. Of the twenty cast members, there were only four winners. The Island premiered on September 10, 2008, and concluded on October 29, 2008.
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The contestants are "stranded" on an island, the objective of the challenge is to construct two boats that they will eventually use to reach a nearby island where the buried treasure of $300,000 is actually hidden. Once the boats are complete, only eight key-holders will be allowed to board and compete in a 4-on-4 race to get to the buried treasure.

At the beginning of each episode, materials to build the boats, food, information about the boats and some luxury are air-dropped, it's up to the contestants to decide how the food will be divided and to assemble the pieces and make sure their vessels are seaworthy.

They will then have to choose 3 contestants to go into a face-off. In order to get one of the keys to be in the final race and have a shot for the money, contestants must risk it all in this three-way face-offs. After each face-off, the winner receives a key, the losers get a chance to speak in front of every contestant as should why they should stay in the island, the contestants (except for the winner of the face-off) vote on who should leave the island. In the case of a tie, the winner of the face-off will decide who leaves and who stays.

However, the rules of the challenge are given to the competitors as the challenge advances, and the way to get the keys can change at any moment. At the end of the season, the eight key-holders will have to divide themselves into two teams of four, build their boats and race to the island where the buried treasure of $300,000 is hidden.


Host: T. J. Lavin

Player Original Season Gender Eliminated Placing
Derrick Kosinski RR: X-Treme Male Winner
Evelyn Smith Fresh Meat Female Winner
Johnny Devenanzio RW: Key West Male Winner
Kenny Santucci Fresh Meat Male Winner
Jenn Grijalva RW: Denver Female Episode 8 Runner-Up
Paula Meronek RW: Key West Female Episode 8 Runner-Up
Robin Hibbard RW: San Diego Female Episode 8 Runner-Up
Ryan Kehoe Fresh Meat Male Episode 8 Runner-Up
Dunbar Merrill RW: Sydney Male Episode 8 9th Place
Johanna Botta RW: Austin Female Episode 8 10th Place
KellyAnne Judd RW: Sydney Female Episode 8 11th Place
Dan Walsh RR: Viewers' Revenge Male Episode 8 12th Place
Colie Edison RW: Denver Female Episode 7 13th Place
Cohutta Grindstaff RW: Sydney Male Episode 6 14th Place
Tyrie Ballard RW: Denver Male Episode 5 15th Place
Ashli Robson RW: Sydney Female Episode 4 16th Place
Rachel Robinson RR: Campus Crawl Female Episode 3 17th Place
Abram Boise RR: South Pacific Male Episode 2 18th Place
Dave Malinosky RW: Hollywood Male Episode 2 (quit) 19th Place
Tonya Cooley RW: Chicago Female Episode 1 20th Place