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Love Island’s Javonny and Cely Didn’t Talk to Tyson or Angela Before ‘The Challenge: USA’ Elimination: We Were ‘Not Going to Beg’ (Exclusive)

No regrets. Javonny Vega and Cely Vazquez may have been the first ones eliminated on The Challenge: USA, but they seem to be taking it in stride.

The Love Island alums, 27 and 26, respectively, competed against Big Brother 23 houseguests Kyland Young and Azah Awasum, who lost the daily challenge and were immediately sent into the arena.

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Because Survivor winner Tyson Apostol and his Big Brother 20 partner Angela Rummans won the challenge, they got to pick their opponents. While Javonny and Cely’s names were brought up as possibilities, it looked like Amazing Race winner James Wallington and Love Island alum Shannon St. Clair might go in. But, they “were playing hard,” Cely exclusively tells Us Weekly in our exit interview, which you can watch above.

The Challenge USA Exit Interview Javonny Vega Cely Vazquez
Cely Vazquez and Javonny Vega. Laura Barisonzi/Paramount

“I had a feeling,” she says of Tyson and Angela’s decision. “I just knew Kyra [Lizama] had a really good relationship with Angela. So I had a feeling the whole time.” As for them, Javonny says he “didn’t know a soul” on the cast.

Once they did go up against Kyland and Azah, the pair realized they didn’t approach the rope challenge the right way. “Looking back on it, we didn’t start from where the beginning of the rope was,” Javonny explains, adding, “When we finally figured it out, I was like s–t.”

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They did some serious smack-talking before the competition – and ended up losing – but Javonny and Cely both stand by their yelling. “I’ll still talk s–t, f–k y’all,” Javonny says, with Cely in agreement: “You’re in the moment, you gotta talk your s–t. It hypes you up. It’s fine. It’s all love too.”

The Challenge USA Exit Interview Javonny Vega Cely Vazquez
Laura Barisonzi/Paramount

She jokes that they were “sitting around on vacation” while everyone else was strategizing. “I’m not going to beg not to go in,” she says. “I’m not going to beg. I’m not going to be out here looking dumb.”

They didn’t really talk game with Tyson or Angela before the elimination, Cely says, adding “I’m not even a vegan and I ate your vegan food, Angela. Why would you do this to me?”

The Challenge: USA airs on CBS Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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