Eric Banks from "The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" is one of the contestants on Season 23 of the MTV reality competition series in fall 2012. Eric ("Real World Challenge") is teamed up with his fellow cast member Camila Nakagawa from "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat," as well as and Cara Maria Sorbello and Brandon Nelson from "Fresh Meat 2."

Battle of the Seasons

Eric, Cara Maria, Brandon and Camila bring toughness and experience to the table, but could their late entrance to the game be a disadvantage? Eric went a long way toward shedding his "Big Easy" nickname, losing 70 lbs. since his last "Challenge" appearance. "People wanted to use my size against me, and let's just see what people want to say about me now," he boasts. Armed with newfound confidence, Eric unexpectedly finds love with one of the game's biggest divas.

Real World Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat

Things have changed for Eric Banks in a big way since we last saw him on "The Duel 2." He proudly states, "I wanted to do a healthy weight loss, but for me it had to be a full-out lifestyle change." Successfully shedding 35 pounds hasn't stopped this lovable guy from going by his old nickname, "Big Easy." Even so, Eric is looking to be known for more than his size and infamous collapse during the "Gauntlet 3" finale. This time around, Eric is playing to change minds and secure a win.

Real World Road Rules Challenge: The Duel 2

A big guy with an even bigger personality, Eric is widely known as "Big Easy." He's an average guy who believes in working hard and playing hard, perhaps with more emphasis on the latter. He has recorded an album and is working for a marketing company in Chicago, with designs on opening his own company sometime this year. We last saw the Southern charmer on "The Gauntlet III," where his team lost because he passed out and was unable to finish the final challenge. Does he have the stuff to last in "The Duel"?

Original Series: "RW/RR Challenge: Fresh Meat"

Past RW/RR Challenges: " Fresh Meat," "Gauntlet III," "The Duel 2"

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Hometown: Nicholasville, KY

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misstephanie22 says:
I love Eric.. super fun loving typical cool guy!!! Why did that dumb girl Laurel have to say anything !!If I was there I would not have stayed quiet for one second! Who is she to judge !!!She just made herself look like a complete idiot on the show! Im sorry,but I love Eric an his red hair!!!!!! :) You go ERIC ! LOL way to act mature in that situation!! AN FAT?? WTF You look good Eric!That girl obviously has issues!!!!! Well had to throw my input in ! LOL Take care!!! :D

Who is he dating? What do you think of him?

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