Jonna Mannion

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Jonna Mannion
Born (1988-11-10) November 10, 1988 (age 30)
Tucson, Arizona
Occupation Reality television personality
Years active 2002–present

Jonna Danielle Mannion (born November 10, 1988) is an American reality TV personality, best known for her appearances on the MTV reality television series The Real World: Cancun, and the Real World spinoff show The Challenge. She has also appeared on other television shows including the reality competition show Endurance which she won,[1] and the docudrama Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel on TruTv.

Personal Life

Mannion was placed into foster care with a very religious family when she was four years old. She was adopted by another family at the age of nine, who she continued to live with until she was 18.[2] Mannion gave birth to her daughter, Naleigh J, in August 2016.[3]



Mannion first started her television career at the age of thirteen competing on the reality competition show Endurance on Discovery Kids[4]. She and her partner Aaron Thornburg won the competition against nine other boy/girl pairs, which earned them a trip to the Amazon, where the reunion was also filmed[1]. Mannion hoped that her reality television debut performance would lead to her getting more time in front of the cameras.[5] Seven years later, this came to fruition.

The Real World

Mannion was a cast member on MTV's The Real World: Cancun, which aired from June to September 2009. Prior to the filming of The Real World she already knew one of her castmates, Derek Chavez, as they worked together as bartenders in Tempe, Arizona.[2] During filming, recording artists LMFAO were a featured story-line during the season and interacted with the cast during their spring break related job. [6][7] Mannion would later be featured as an actress/dancer in the music video for the LMFAO song "La La La."

Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel

Mannion was a featured on the third Season of truTV's Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel as a cocktail waitress in 2010. She would commute from her home in Arizona to Las Vegas every weekend to work at the pool highlighted on the show.[8] She only appeared on one season, as the show was canceled at the end of 2010. [9]

The Challenge

Mannion has been a cast member on five seasons of The Real World spin-off The Challenge. She was a participant on: Rivals[10], Battle of the Seasons[11], Rivals II[12], Free Agents[13], and Battle of the Exes II[14]. For Mannion's first challenge Rivals, she was paired on a team with Real World: Cancun roommate, Jasmine Reynaud. On her following season, she was on a team with three of her Real World roommates, Reynaud once again, along with Derek Chavez and C.J. Koegel. On Rivals II she was paired with The Real World: Las Vegas (2011) alum Nany González. Battle of the Exes II found Mannion paired with her ex-boyfriend Zach Nichols from The Real World: San Diego (2011) whom she had met on Battle of the Seasons.

Mannion's best finish on The Challenge was on Battle of the Seasons where she and Chavez finished the season in fourth place after Reynaud and Koegel were eliminated earlier in the season.


Year Title Network Role Notes
2002 Endurance Discovery Kids Herself 16 Episodes (Winner)
2009 Engaged and Underage MTV Herself - Friend 1 Episode
The Real World: Cancun MTV Herself 13 Episodes
2010 Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel truTV Herself 11 Episodes
2011 The Challenge: Rivals MTV Herself 7 Episodes
2012 The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons MTV Herself 12 Episodes
2013 The Challenge: Rivals II MTV Herself 8 Episodes
2014 The Challenge: Free Agents MTV Herself 7 Episodes
2015 The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II MTV Herself 11 Episodes
Year Title Type of Work Role Description
2009 "La La La" Music Video Love Interest Music Video for artist LMFAO
2015 Reality Television Awards Award Show Presenter Reality TV Award Show
2016 The Challenge: After Show TV Special Herself Special for The Challenge


  1. ^ a b Goodykoontz, Bill. "Chandler's Endurance winner ready for new challenge". Arizona Republic (March 15, 2003). p. 71. Retrieved May 10, 2017 – via
  2. ^ a b "Biography page for Jonna Mannion". MTV - Real World Cancun. Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Ossad, Jordana (August 11, 2016). "Challenge Cutie: Meet Jonna Mannion's Baby Girl". MTV News. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Goodykoontz, Bill. "Valley teens put survival, and social, skills to the test on reality show "Endurance"". Arizona Republic (October 5, 2002). p. 70. Retrieved May 10, 2017 – via
  5. ^ Gossie, Michael. "East Valley girl proves she has stuff for 'Endurance'". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Murray, Nick. "He's Still Here, Bitch: The Bizarre Life of LMFAO's Redfoo". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Roberts, Randall. "Critic's Notebook: LMFAO's brand of party rock uniquely American". L.A. Times. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Rehab: Staff Bios". truTV. Archived from the original on Oct 1, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Green, Steve. "Court filing reveals Rehab reality TV show has been canceled". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Jonna - The Challenge: Rivals". Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Schillaci, Sophie. "MTV's 'The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons' Kicks Off With a Splash". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Galla, Brittany. "Meet the Cast of MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Webber, Stephanie. "The Challenge: Free Agents Season 25 Cast and First Trailer Revealed". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  14. ^ Beard, Lanford. "MTV sets date for new 'Challenge' dedicated to Diem Brown, Ryan Knight". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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