Very exciting day Survivor fans... we've got our cast! This time around it's 20 new tribe members. 20! Damn, that's a lot of names to learn. CBS has officially released the following statement:
19th Installment of the Hit Television Series Premieres on Thursday, Sept. 17th
CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete on SURVIVOR: SAMOA, when the 19th installment of the Emmy Award-winning series premieres Thursday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In one of the most beautiful Survivor locations yet, 20 castaways will be left to fend for themselves among Samoa's white sand beaches, lush green valleys and towering waterfalls. Despite the picturesque landscape, the castaways will face exposure to elements and wildlife living in the mysterious rainforests that cover rugged volcanic mountain peaks. For 39 days, they will endeavor to outwit, outplay and outlast one another in order to win the title of Sole Survivor.
Surrounded by coconut palms in a land steeped in tradition, the Samoans who inhabit this island have a proud history and strong sense of community that has enabled their own survival. From the start of the game, Survivor embraces this Samoan culture by incorporating an ancient tradition of electing an individual leader of the village. Without speaking, both tribes must immediately choose one member of their group to become their sole decision maker, their chief. How important will the role of tribal chief be in determining the fate of each tribe?
The castaways are:
David Ball, 38, fitness instructor
Besty Bolan, 48, police officer
Mike Borassi, 62, private chef
Ben Browning, 28, mixologist
Marisa Calihan, 26, student
Erik Cardona, 28, bartender
Brett Clouser, 23, t-shirt designer
John Fincher, 25, rocket scientist
Yasmin Giles, 33, hairstylist
Russell Hantz, 36, oil company owner
Elizabeth Kim, 33, urban planner
Laura Morett, 39, office manager
Monica Padilla, 25, law student
Jaison Robinson, 28, law student
Kelly Sharbaugh, 25, hairstylist
Russell Swan, 42, attorney
Ashley Trainer, 22, spa sales
Mick Trimming, 33, doctor
Shannon Waters, 45, sales rep
Natalie White, 26, pharmaceutical sales
Check out this new video just released introducing the cast:
Let the bitchiness commence! My first impressions are notoriously ALWAYS wrong, but let's do them anyways.
Elizabeth... bleh, cute, whatever.
Erik... Tool. Now go make me a margarita.
Russell... LOVE that he immediately makes fun of Dave. A man after my own heart.
Dave... totally trying to be Coach. Douchebag, shall we say?
Betsy... I kind of like her. She could be a little bad ass. The accent annoys the shit out of me, but I'll keep my eye on her.
John... pretty boy. I hate you already.
Shannon... bless your mulleted heart! You're gonna be a ton of laughs. I can already tell.
Russell... seriously? We have another bald meat head named Russell? You've got to be shitting me!
Mike... The Ragamuffin's dad on an off day. Thinks he's a bad ass, but he's probably a pussy.
Ashley... I can tell already. You will annoy me.
Laura... another stuck up brunette thinking she's all that and telling everyone how smart she is.
Ben... I can see him being America's favorite. The next J.P.
Yasmin... Sassy Yasy! I like you so far. Now don't piss me off.
Brett... young kid thinking he's smarter than he is. You suck.
Monica... so-so looking chick thinking she's hot shit. I hate you.
Kelly... I love you! You're too cute for words. Eccentric and cool. Please don't disappoint me!
Jaison... arrogant tight ass.
Natalie... country bumpkin, stupid, annoying. Can't wait to see her bitch about being dirty and getting bitten by bugs.
Mick... America will like him too. Too bad everyone will turn against him early on.
Marisa... I'm on the fence with her. I could really like her or I could really hate her. Love that she'll flirt with the chicks.
What do you guys think? Pick one you person you like immediately and tell me who it is in the comments. Just one! I pick Kelly.
Survivor Samoa premieres Thursday, September 17 at 8 p.m. EST.