Another season of Survivor gets underway tonight with an intriguing array of characters including a Harvard Law School student, a mortician and the nephew of former Survivor villain Russell Hantz.
The 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine — the Savaii Tribe and the Upolu Tribe — named after the two islands of Samoa. While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, the two former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize are Benjamin “Coach” Wade and Ozzy Lusth. This will mark the third appearance for each of the returning Survivors.
Here’s a list of the 16 new Survivor: South Pacific castaways:
Mark Caruso, 48; a retired NYPD detective from Forest Hills, NY
John Cochran, 24; a Harvard Law School student from Washington D.C.
Whitney Duncan, 27; a country music singer and former Nashville Star finalist from Nashville, TN.
Dawn Meehan, 41; an English professor from South Jordan, UT
Jim Rice, 35; a medical marijuana dispenser from Denver, CO
Semhar Tadesse , 24; a spoken word artist from Los Angeles, CA
Keith Tollefson, 26; a water treatment tech from Edina, MN
Elyse Umemoto, 27; a dance team manager and former Miss Washington from Las Vegas, NV
Sophie Clarke, 22; a medical student from Willsboro, N.Y.
Albert Destrade, 26; a baseball/dating coach from Plantation, FL.
Brandon Hantz, 19; an oil tanker crewman from Katy, TX
Edna Ma, 35; an anesthesiologist from Los Angeles, CA
Christine Shields Markoski, 39; a teacher from Merrick, N.Y.
Rick Nelson, 51; a rancher from Aurora, UT
Stacey Powell, 44; a mortician from Dallas, TX
Mikayla Wingle, 22; a Lingerie Football Player from Tampa, FL
Survivor: South Pacific will again feature the Redemption Island Twist in which castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. Each week at Tribal Council, when a castaway is voted off, they will be sent to live alone on Redemption Island. In order to stay in the game, they will compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council. The winner of each duel earns the right to continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game and the chance to compete for the title of Sole Survivor; and the loser is sent home.
Survivor: South Pacific is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst. The show’s premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. tonight on CBS.