Survivor’s 22nd season of the $1-million-prize reality competition will start February 16. This season is called: Redemption Island and this time the game will introduce a new twist aptly called “Redemption Island.” Contestants that are voted off will get a chance at redemption and could end up returning to the show by dueling with another contestant according to host Jeff Probst.
The 18 cast members have been revealed on the CBS website. Previous reports that claimed former Miss California Carrie Prejean and Ultimate Fighter Kimbo Slice would be cast, weren’t correct. The two tribes are named Ometepe and Zapatera, two Nicaraguan islands. The Concepcion Volcano of Ometepe Island is pictured above.
Until January 13, these two mystery cast members had yet to be revealed. Only 16 cast members had been revealed with two mystery Survivors named “Former Castaway 1” and “Former Castaway 2” not yet known. The speculation that these two were Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz who last appeared on Season 20’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains was correct. Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly Magazine that the two will blindly pick the tribe buff that they’ll eventually join, that they will not be immune from being voted off and could be voted off first. This will be the third appearance on Survivor by Hantz and the fourth by Mariano.
Read about the other 16 new Survivor’s below:
Andrea – 21
Student from Random Lake, WI
Blonde Andrea is into sports, theater, horseback riding, hunting and outdoor activities.
Ashley – 25
Nurse from Benton, ME
Blonde Ashley competed in Miss USA and used to play professional basketball.
Francesca – 36
Attorney from Washington, DC
African-American Francesca is inspired by her mom and hates self-delusion.
Grant – 29
Yoga instructor from West Hollywood, CA
Dreadlocked Grant enjoys largemouth bass fishing, surfing and writing but dislikes people who say the word “like” every other second.
Kristina – 46
Law student from Malibu, CA
Kristina has raised an autistic son and describes herself as stubborn, logical and fair.
Matt – 22
Pre-med student from Nashville, TN
Long-haired blonde Matt looks like Survivor: Nicaragua’s winner Jud/Fabio. Matt describes himself as mysterious, impulsive and deep.
Natalie – 19
Professional dancer from Acton, CA
Natalie is the youngest female to compete on Survivor and dislikes when people chomp their food.
Philip – 52
Technology Executive from Santa Monica, CA
African-American Philip enjoys chess, basketball, skating and sport training with weights.
David – 31
Defense Attorney from West Hollywood, CA
Brunette David describes himself as intelligent, thoughtful and sarcastic.
Julie – 50
Firefighter from Oceanside, CA
In 1996 and 1998 Julie won the 41-mile-long Molokai to Oahu World Championship Outrigger Canoe Race.
Krista – 25
Pharmaceutical Rep from Columbia, SC
Light-blonde Krista is inspired by her grandparents and dislikes when people wear sunglasses inside.
Mike – 31
Former Marine from Del Mar, CA
Dark-haired blue-eyed Mike is inspired by his grandfather a WWII fighter-pilot who spent two years in a POW camp.
Ralph – 45
Farmer from Lebanon, VA
Red-goateed Ralph is inspired by farming and enjoys hunting, hiking and traveling.
Sarita – 36
Visual effect producer from Santa Monica, CA
Sarita describes herself as sagacious, wily and influential.
Stephanie – 26
Waitress from Long Beach, CA
This Latina says that if former Survivors Parvati and Russell had a love child, it would be her.
Steve – 51
Former NFL player from Huntington Beach, CA
Silver-fox Steve is inspired by regular people who do extraordinary things and enjoys photography, scuba diving and biking.
Survivor: Redemption Island premieres Wednesday February 16 at 8 pm on CBS