The finale of this year’s Tori Deal opened up some interesting conversations about queer representation on TV, as well as more positive portrayals for trans people in general. The most important thing that the show did was to finally give a voice to the often-silenced transgender community and make them feel included.

Tori Deal, the runner up of Season 2 of American Idol, recently opened up about her experience on the show and how she was able to place second by ten seconds.

Tori Deal Opens Up About Finale & Placing 2nd by Ten Seconds

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Tori Deal on MTV

This week, the 37th season of “The Challenge” concluded, and fans discovered which male and female contestants were proclaimed “Spies, Lies, and Allies” victors. Chris “CT” Tamburello won for the sixth time in his career in Croatia, while “Big Brother” champion Kaycee Clark won for the first time on the MTV program.

That victory was not easy for them, since the last leg of the competition was incredibly tight, with just 10 seconds separating CT and Kaycee from the second-place duo, Tori Deal and Kyle Christie. Tori and Kyle trailed CT and Kaycee to the last checkpoint and were just a few seconds behind them when it came to inputting the code to access the safe.

However, once the show’s conclusion aired, several viewers said Tori was “robbed” of a win since she dominated the women’s side of the final and aided her cell’s victory. Kaycee was forced into elimination as the losing cell and won, however she was rewarded by being allowed to pick her last leg partner. “It seems like Tori was robbed here since she and CT have had such large leads throughout the final.” “How is this twist fair?” one Twitter user wondered.

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Tori discussed the final, her pride in her performance, and her gratitude to CT and Kaycee for sharing the prize money.

Tori released a video of her recollections before and after shooting “The Challenge” on Instagram after the program aired. “What a fantastic season,” she said in the post. I finished in second place (the highest I’ve ever finished), earned $50,000 (the most I’ve ever won), and then flew to Ibiza with a group of pals to party! I know I’m not quite a champion yet, but I’m getting there.”

Berna Canbeldek, Emanuel Neagu, Nany Gonzalez, Kaycee, Josh Martinez, and Nelson Thomas are among the co-stars featured in the video, and she expressed her gratitude to them. “Special thanks to [Kaycee] and [CT] for the $50,000,” she said. That is something I will never forget. It meant a lot to me, and I can’t express my gratitude enough.”

Berna wrote, “omg I am so Happy to have spent time with you.” Her co-stars were quick to remark on the video, with Berna commenting, “omg I am so Happy to have spent time with you.” Get to know who you are. And I’ll refer to you as my dope a** soulmate and pal. I love you toriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii This is a genuine “Challenge.” Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, the OG, praised Tori for also publishing a children’s book in the meantime.

On ‘MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast,’ Tori discussed the final. But he didn’t say anything about the nail-biting finish.

Some of the comments on Tori’s Instagram post alluded to the tight finish and how Tori’s incredible start to the final may have cost her the victory. “You would’ve won if you were last in the first 80% of the final,” one user wrote.

On “MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast,” where Kaycee appeared as a special guest this week, Tori didn’t mention the format and twist effecting her game, but she was clear in her introduction that CT and Kaycee “earned it, [they] came out on top.”

The reunion of “Spies, Lies, and Allies” will air on MTV on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.

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