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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ “I Want You Back” Comeback Challenge

BENNY AND ROXIE OPENING SHOT

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama and Benny Fielding reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Last night at Rose Ceremony # 4, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama had a phone call from the producers of the show stating that there would be a Comeback Challenge for all the eliminated contestants. What that means is that all 14 eliminated contestants will be competing with each other for the chance to “come back” to the Bachelor in Paradise show. Yes, that’s right! One lucky eliminated contestant will have another chance at winning Rick’s love and possibly becoming his “Somebody to Love.”

naomi and iris at the new house

But before the Comeback Challenge can begin, Iris Costello and Naomi Mahina have been whisked away to Newcrest to join the other eliminated contestants. Because they are new arrivals and still…err…adjusting to the new house, we will start the Comeback Challenge with House #2.

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Now, this is no ordinary challenge. Oh no! We are talking a challenge course, more aptly named “I Want You Back” Comeback Challenge, based on songs through the decades. Are you ready? *(See Author’s Notes below for each challenge station and scoring).        (I Want You Back, Jackson 5, 1969).

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house 2 eliminated contestants arrivalHouse 2 Eliminated Contestants: From Left to Right: Merinda Paewai, Isla Waters, Miriam Epp, Kyra Kealohi, Cinnamon Apple, Lara McGowan, and Charlotte Eclair.

house 1 contestants challenge

House 1 Eliminated Contestants: From Left to Right: Desiree Avalon; Iris Costello; Maegan Franco; Hokulani Kalua; Naomi Mahina; Tabitha Waldron, and Janay Willians.

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Challenge 1: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Rock Climbing

HOUSE 2 START

House 2: Climb Vertical Incline. Everyone is looking very strong. Rock climbing requires the fitness skill. In order on the wall (from left to right), here is the fitness level each contestant started with. Cinnamon-1; Charlotte-1; Miriam-1; Kyra-1; Lara-2; Merinda-2 and Isla-2. Good luck ladies!

lara is the winner of the rock climbing wall

House 2: Lara McGowan climbs to victory as the last of the other contestants fall off. Literally. Poor Charlotte (on the left) and Merinda (on the right). Luckily Benny is our medic for the day, and pronounces them fit to continue. And congratulations are in order for Lara. The first winner in our first challenge. Woot! That Lara can climb!

house 1 rock climb

House 1: Climb Vertical Incline. Everyone is also looking very strong. In order on the wall (from left to right), here is the fitness level each contestant started with. Desiree-1; Iris-1; Maegan-0; Hokulani-1; Naomi-3; Tabitha-1; and Janay-0. (Janay – seriously girl, how can you have 0 fitness when you’re a mermaid?) Good luck ladies!

NAOMI WINS ROCK CLIMBING CHALLENGE

House 1: Naomi Mahina climbs to victory as the last of the other contestants fall off. Splat right on the ground. Poor Maegan (on the left) and Hokulani (on the right). Not only is Naomi great in the water, as she’s a mermaid, she can climb, too! What skills! Congratulations, Naomi!

Rock Climbing Victory Showdown: Lara McGowan vs. Naomi Mahina

looking good on the rock climbing wall

naomi is the rock climbing chamo

Naomi Mahina is the Victory Champ for the Rock Climbing Challenge Category, as Lara slid down the wall. So sorry, Lara. Naomi also receives 5 bonus points. Congratulations Naomi!

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Challenge 2: You Make My Dreams Come True – Yoga (Corpse Pose)

KYRA HAS FALLEN ASLEEP

House 2: Yoga requires the Wellness skill. Surprisingly Lara has a smidgen of skill…she must have been practicing at the house. But, no other contestants in this house have any wellness skill. Kyra has taken a bit of a snooze during the Yoga Challenge.

kyra wins yoga challenge

House 2: This may have helped Kyra Kealohi, as she wins the Yoga Challenge, ousting the last two competitors, Miriam and then Lara. Congratulations, Kyra!

NAOMI FIRST UP

House 1: Both Iris and Naomi had level 2 in the Wellness Skill; however, this doesn’t seem to help Naomi as she is the first one up. Too bad. Umm…who brought the dirty dishes into the yoga area? Sheesh!

TABITHA LAST TO GET UP

House 1: And Tabitha Waldron is the winner as she is the last to get up, ousting Iris and then Maegan. Congratulations, Tabitha!

Yoga (Corpse Pose) Victory Showdown: Kyra Kealohi vs Tabitha Waldron

kyra vs tabitha yoga

tabitha is the first up

Kyra Kealohi is the Victory Champ for the Yoga Challenge Category. So sorry, Tabitha. Kyra also receives 5 bonus points. Congratulations, Kyra! Umm…Kyra you can get up now…the challenge is over…Kyra?

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Challenge 3: You’re The Inspiration – Painting

painting start

House 2: Paint a large classic painting. No contestants in House 2 had any painting skills. I was surprised as there are easels at both Elimination Houses.

A TIE IN THE PAINTING CHALLENGE HOUSE 2

House 2: All paintings came out poor. There is a tie for first place between Cinnamon Apple and Isla Waters. Their paintings are both worth $89 simoleons. Congratulations to both Cinnamon and Isla!

PAINTING HOUSE 2 START

House 1: Paint a large classic painting. Again, no contestants had any painting skills.

HOKULANI WON THE PAINTING CHALLENGE

House 1: All paintings came out poor. Hokulani Kalua is the winner for House 1. Her painting is worth $89 simoleons. Congratulations, Hokulani!

Painting Victory Showdown: Cinnamon Apple vs Isla Waters vs Hokulani Kalua

painting showdown

CINNAMON WINS THE PAINTING CHALLENGE WOOT

Cinnamon Apple is the Victory Champ in the Painting Challenge Category and receives 5 bonus points. Her painting was normal quality worth $178 simoleons. The other paintings were both poor quality with Isla’s worth $144 simoleons and Hokulani’s worth $110 simoleons. Congratulations, Cinnamon!

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Challenge 4: Say You’ll Be There – Bowling

AND THE WILD BOWLING BEGINS

House 2:  Some contestants have some bowling skill already from a Group Bowling Date, so Cinnamon, Miriam and Lara have 3 bowling skill points. To even the playing field somewhat, I had the contestants with no bowling skills, bowl a 3-ball game prior to the 10-pin bowling challenge. The actual challenge starts above.

LARA WINS THE CHALLENGE

House 2: Look at that style! Yes, Lara McGowan wins the tournament with an amazing  score of 256! This is the second challenge that Lara has won today. She is on a “roll”. Congratulations, Lara!

lara's bowling score

THE BOWLERS HOUSE 1

House 1: Some contestants have some bowling skill already from a Group Bowling Date; Iris-1 and Naomi-3. Surprisingly, Janay also has 2 bowling skill points. I left the Bowling Alley build in the game, so maybe Janay joined a bowling league? To even the playing field, I did the same as for House 2 and had those contestants with no bowling skills, bowl a 3-ball game prior to the 10-pin bowling challenge. The actual challenge starts above.

NAOMI ON FIRE

House 1: Strike! Naomi Mahina is on fire and she crushes the competition and wins the challenge. This is the second time that Naomi has won today. In fact her unbelievable score of 285 is the best from both houses. Naomi receives 5 bonus points for being the Victory Champ in the Bowling Challenge Category. Congratulations, Naomi!

naomis bowling score

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BEING CONSIDERATE OF THE MERMAIDS

We are at the halfway point in the challenge, and the contestants head to green up. House 2 mermaids, Isla and Merinda, have a glass of water to stay hydrated. Good thinking ladies!

greening up between challenges

Lots of discussion in House 2 about who will win the Comeback Challenge.

greening up before the next challenge

Who is that sitting on the bench with the House 1 contestants? Is that their butler? Maybe they came to cheer them on. That bowling match must have tired Iris out as she takes a quick nap. And soon everyone is greened up and ready to continue the challenge course.

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Challenge 5: I Want To Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – DJ’ing – SCRAPPED

This challenge was tested by Roxanna and Benny and it worked fine. After a while, they got tips. However, when I used this for the actual challenge, one of the House 2 contestants caused a fire. Yep! Fires can start from a portable DJ booth. Of course, all the contestants had the stressed moodlet about the fire, and thankfully I had done a save after the bowling challenge. So, because I didn’t want the contestants to have those terrible moodlets, I just exited without saving and came back to where it was last saved. However, I wanted to share these screenies with you.

CINNAMON IS BURNING UP THE DANCE FLOOR

OK THAT CHALLENGE IS OVER

Miriam and Isla autonomously rushed to extinguish the fire.

I guess you could say that Cinnamon Apple was “burning” up the dance floor with her DJ mixing skills!

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Challenge 5: It’s Gonna Be Me – Pumpkin Carving – REVISED

I replaced pumpkin carving for the DJ Mixing Challenge. Possibly not the best, as a lot of contestants got the same amount for their pumpkins. With the winner getting 7 points (plus an extra point for winning), I decided that those who tied for 2nd, 3rd etc. place, would just get the same points. So if two sims tied for 2nd, they each got 6 points, for third, they each got 5 points. I didn’t want to have to do a lot of tie-run offs for second and third places.

pumpkin carving house 2

House 2: Pumpkin Carving builds the handiness skill. No contestants had this skill. All pumpkins were normal quality.

miriam wins the pumpkin carving

House 2: Looks like Miriam Epp’s pumpkin has won the challenge. Her pumpkin is worth $16 simoleons. And look, she even lit her pumpkin. Congratulations, Miriam!

pumpkin carding start house 1

House 1: Again, no contestants have any handiness skill, and the pumpkins are normal quality. Pumpkin guts…yuck!

hokulani and janay in tie with miriam

House 1: Hokulani Kalua and Janay Willians tie for first place. Their pumpkins are both worth $16 simoleons. This is the second challenge category that Hokulani has won today. Congratulations to both Hokulani and Janay!

Pumpkin Carving Victory Showdown: Miriam Epp vs Hokulani Kalua vs Janay Willians

PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION FINALE

JANAY CHAMP OF PUMPKIN CARVING

Janay Willians is the Victory Champ in the Pumpkin Carving Challenge Category and will receive 5 bonus points. Her pumpkin was normal quality and was valued at $20 simoleons! Congratulations, Janay!

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Challenge 6: You Belong With Me – Ball Juggling

practice juggling

House 2: Ball juggling builds the Fitness Skill. Each contestant gets two ball attempts and the game automatically gives the score. Here is the wild start of their first ball attempt.

merinda is a clear winner as she hasnt dropped the ball yet

House 2: Merinda Paewai just keeps going on her first ball after everyone else is on their second ball. I can’t wait to see her score! Even after the other contestants have moved on to the next ping pong challenge, Merinda is STILL juggling that first ball!

ball juggling house 1

House 1: Some of the contestants have a bad start on their first ball attempt, but are at it again.

desiree on 2nd ball

House 1: Desiree Avalon wins the Ball Juggling Challenge with an impressive score of 88 (80 on her first ball and 8 on her second ball). Good job! Congratulations, Desiree!

desiree final ball juggle

SHE IS STILL GOING STRONG

House 2: And Merinda Paewai (aka The Energizer Bunny), has an impressive final score of 200 (144 + 56), which is the best from both houses. Amazing score!  Merinda receives 5 bonus points for being the Victory Champ in the Ball Juggling Challenge Category. Congratulations, Merinda! And, yes, you get to keep the soccer ball.

merindas 1st attemptmerindas 2nd attempt

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Challenge 7: Take A Chance On Me – Ping Pong Tournament

ping pong challenge while merinda still is on her 2nd ball

House 2: There is no skill required for ping pong. It is random. All winners receive 7 +1 points and all Losers…err…Non-Winners receive 6 points. The ping pong tournaments: Cinnamon vs Charlotte (Winner Cinnamon 3-1); Isla vs Lara (Winner Isla 3-0); Miriam vs Kyra (winner Miriam 3-2). In the background you can see Merinda still going strong on the ball juggling. Merinda will play ping pong against a contestant in House 1.

ping pong winners

House 2: Cinnamon Apple, Miriam Epp, and Isla Waters are the winners of the ping pong matches. Congratulations, ladies! This is the second challenge category that Cinnamon, Miriam, and Isla have won today. These three contestants will continue to the Ping Pong Victory Showdown to compete against the winners of House 1 in a round-robin tournament.

miriam ping pong scores firstisla cinnamon ping pong scores 1st

ping pong match house 1

House 1: The ping pong tournament: Iris vs Maegan (Winner Maegan 3-2); Naomi vs Hokulani (Winner Hokulani 3-2); Tabitha vs Janay (Winner Tabitha 3-2).

desiree vs merinda ping pong

Desiree (House 1) vs Merinda (House 2) (Winner Desiree 3-2)

the winners ping pong from house 1

House 1: Desiree Avalon, Maegan Franco, Hokulani Kalua, and Tabitha Waldron are the winners of the ping pong matches. This is the second challenge category that both Desiree and Tabitha have won, and the third challenge category that Hokulani has won today. These contestants will compete in a round-robin with the winners of House 2.

maegan hokulani ping pong 1desiree tabitha ping pong 1

Ping Pong Victory Round-Robin Tournament Challenge-Cinnamon Apple vs Miriam Epp vs Isla Waters vs Desiree Avalon vs Maegan Franco vs Hokulani Kalua vs Tabitha Waldron

ping pong round robin comtestants

Round 1:

round 1 ping pong

Cinnamon vs Desiree (Winner Cinnamon 3-1); Miriam vs Maegan (Winner Maegan 3-2); Isla vs Hokulani (Winner Isla 3-0), Tabitha not in this round

round 1 scores ping pong

Round 2:

round 2 ping pong

Cinnamon vs Tabitha (Winner Cinnamon 3-2); Isla vs Maegan (Winner Maegan 3-2)

round 2 scores

Round 3 – Finale:

round 3 cinnamon vs maegan

Cinnamon vs Maegan. And Cinnamon beats Maegan 3-2.

einnrt ping pong champ

cinnamon is ping pong champ

Cinnamon Apple is the Victory Champ of the Ping Pong Challenge Category and will receive 5 bonus points. It was very close, Maegan, but Cinnamon was just too spicy for you! This is the second Challenge Category that Cinnamon has won today. Congratulations, Cinnamon!

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Challenge 8: Sugar – Holiday Cracker

holiday cracker surprise

House 2: No skill is required for this challenge. It is all luck. The candy surprise gives different moodlets. When you open a holiday cracker, you can get nothing, some scraps, a plush toy or a candy. (See below for scoring).

charlotte opening a cracker

House 2: Charlotte Eclair wins the Holiday Cracker Challenge with a score of 7 (Candy-3 + Scraps-1 + Candy-3).candy surprise gives different moodlets

house 1 holiday crackers

House 1:  The plushie toy that you can get is part of a Collection. Eight plushies to collect. collection holiday cracker

desiree winner

House 1: Desiree Avalon wins the Holiday Cracker Challenge with a score of 7 (Candy-3 + Scraps-1 + Candy-3). This is the second challenge category that she has won today. Congratulations, Desiree!

Holiday Cracker Victory Showdown: Charlotte Eclair vs Desiree Avalon

holiday cracjer showdown

charlotte is the holiday cracker champ

Charlotte Eclair is the Victory Champ with a score of 7 (Toy-2 + Toy-2 + Candy-3). for the Holiday Cracker Challenge Category and receives 5 extra points. Congratulations, Charlotte!

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WE HAVE A TIE

And that concludes the “I Want You Back” Comeback Challenge. Now, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, have been keeping exact score for all the contestants, and I have to say, it is very, very close. Let me double-check my calculations and I will be right back…

And it seems we have a tie! Yes! I can’t believe it myself! Now, in the event that this should happen, there is a final Tie-Breaker Challenge. The two contestants will battle it out on the guitar, as both have no guitar skills. They will play until one of the contestants can’t play any more. Here is hoping that the contestants “Don’t Stop The Music” on their quest to be back with Rick again. Good luck, Cinnamon and Naomi!

NAOMI VS CINNAMON

THE CHALLENGE COMMENCES

And the challenge starts at 8:06 am. Almost immediately, they both get an embarrassed “Musical Insecurity” and tense “Frayed Nerves” moodlets. Naomi gets a Happy moodlet of “Home Turf” from her Beach Life Aspiration. Cinnamon gets two happy moodlets, one from her “loves outdoors” trait, and the other from her “music lover” trait. They both also have happy moodlets from a “decorated” lot.

LOVE THAT SOUND

OH THAT NOTE

AND SUDDENLY CINNAMON PUTS DOWN HER GUITAR

And suddenly at 12.04 pm, Cinnamon puts her guitar down.

POOR CINNAMON

Poor Cinnamon. I think she realizes what she has just done. She is out. She has lost her chance to be with Rick again. So sorry , Cinnamon.

cinnamon's needs at end of nightnaomi's needs at end of challenge

Cinnamon’s needs at end of challenge (left), and Naomi’s needs at end of challenge (right). It was very close and I thought that because of Naomi’s dehydration level, she wouldn’t make it. I guess that Naomi was very determined to win this challenge and have another chance with Rick.

AND THE WINNER IS…

I WAS ALMOST DEHYDRATED BUT I MADE IT

Naomi Mahina wins the Tie-Breaker Guitar Challenge and, more importantly, wins the “I Want You Back” Comeback Challenge! Naomi is so relieved to stop playing the guitar and gets a glass of water. Thank you to all the contestants who participated in the Comeback Challenge, and good luck in your future. Congratulations, Naomi, you are heading back to the Bachelor House for another chance with Rick!

Until tomorrow, Wikii Wikii Wii from Sulani.

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Author’s Notes:

It was certainly great to see all the eliminated contestants again, and quite a few surprised me with their wins. But in the end, only one eliminated contestant can comeback. And even after all these challenges, which I thought would give a clear winner, we had a tie. Congratulations to Naomi Mahina, who I am sure never wants to play the guitar again. But, even if your sim didn’t win, I hope that you had fun and got some challenge ideas for your own gameplay.

house 1 challenge results

house 2 challenge results

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I thought it would be fun to do this challenge based on songs from the decades that would correspond to an item in Sims 4. Because of a current bug in the game, however, I had to change some challenges. Each challenge earns a contestant points. Hope you like what I came up with. Click on the song title to listen to the song.

  • Challenge 1: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967) – Rock Climbing (Fitness-1-7 points per house based on when they fall or stop. An extra point to the winner. House 1 winner will then compete with House 2 winner for Victory Champ.)
  • Challenge 2: Take a Chance on Me – Abba (1977) – Ping Pong Tournament (Random-Score) Because there are 7 contestants in each house, 1 randomly selected sim from House 1 will play against 1 sim in House 2 to get that score. There will therefore be 7 initial winners. These 7 winners will then compete in a round robin style until there is an individual Victory Champ.
  • Challenge 3: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates (1980) – Yoga (Corpse Pose)(Wellness- 1-7 pts per house based on when sim gets up. An extra point to the winner. House 1 winner will then compete with House 2 winner for Victory Champ.)
  • Challenge 4:  You’re the Inspiration – Chicago (1984) – Painting (quality & amount) Individual challenge for both houses. If more than one painting with top amount in both houses, will have paint-off challenge for Victory Champ.
  • Challenge 5: Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls (1996) – Bowling (Bowl 10-pin-score) Top score from both houses wins the challenge and becomes Victory Champ.
  • Challenge 6: It’s Gonna Be Me – NSYNC (2000) – Pumpkin Carving (Handiness-quality & amount) Individual challenge for both houses. If more than one pumpkin with top amount in both houses, will have pumpkin carving showdown for Victory Champ.
  • Challenge 7: You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift (2009) – Ball Juggling (Fitness-2x-total score) I have found that sometimes a sim gets 0 on their first try. They will then autonomously try again to get a better score. So, the combined score of both tries will be the final score. Winner with best score from both houses wins the challenge and becomes Victory Champ.
  • Challenge 8: Sugar – Maroon 5 (2015) – Holiday Cracker (Random-3 holiday crackers to open): To get the top score, “surprises” have been given values: 0 coins-nothing inside; 1 coin-bits & pieces; 2 coins-toy; 3 coins-candy – Max is 9 coins) Winner with best score from both houses wins the challenge and becomes the Victory Champ. If a tie, there will be a holiday cracker showdown. I got this idea from Stugaming’s Elimination Challenge. (He is currently doing a Big Brother Challenge, and my sim, Gem Stone is in it).
  • Once all the individual scores are tabulated, if there is a Tie-Breaker for the Comeback Contestant, there will be a Guitar challenge where the contestants will play until one contestant can’t play any more. So, “Don’t Stop The Music” if you want to win the challenge. Who will make it to the end? (Don’t Stop The Music, Rihanna, 2007).

Final Scoring Explanation:

Because I don’t use mods to have all 14 contestants compete at the same time, this is how the scoring worked: There are 7 points per category. The contestant in each house who is the winner in a challenge category will be awarded 1 extra point, for a total score of 8 points per category. In the case of Rock Climbing and Yoga, the winner from House 1 and the winner from House 2 will compete in a Challenge Showdown. The contestant who wins this showdown is the Victory Champ for that challenge category and will receive an additional 5 points.

Per house, in cases of ties for first place in other challenges (ball juggling, holiday crackers, etc.), each contestant will be awarded 1 extra point. All contestants from both houses who are tied for first place will then compete in a Challenge Showdown. The contestant who wins is the Victory Champ for that challenge category will receive an additional 5 points.

If a contestant has the highest score from both houses combined, they will automatically be declared the Victory Champ and receive an additional 5 points. No Challenge Showdown will be required.

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7 thoughts on “Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ “I Want You Back” Comeback Challenge

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! It was rather tense towards the end because I really didn’t know who would win. I like your idea in the forums about a guitar hero showdown. lol That would be fun!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. I have several other ideas for future chapters. I couldn’t believe with all those challenges that there was still a tie. lol I think I added everything up 3x to make sure.

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