CBS ANNOUNCES THE 20 CASTAWAYS TO COMPETE ON "SURVIVOR: SAMOA"
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?
Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: SAMOA (in alphabetical order):
DAVID BALL BETSY BOLAN
Age: 38 Age: 48
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. Hometown: Campton, N.H.
Occupation: Fitness Instructor Occupation: Police Officer
MIKE BORASSI BEN BROWNING
Age: 62 Age: 28
Hometown: Marina del Rey, Calif. Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Private Chef Occupation: Mixologist
MARISA CALIHAN ERIK CARDONA
Age: 26 Age: 28
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Hometown: Ontario, Calif.
Occupation: Student Occupation: Bartender
BRETT CLOUSER JOHN FINCHER
Age: 23 Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles via Salem, Ore Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: T-shirt Designer Occupation: Rocket Scientist
YASMIN GILES RUSSELL HANTZ
Age: 33 Age: 36
Hometown: Los Angeles via Detroit, Mich. Hometown: Dayton, Texas
Occupation: Hairstylist Occupation: Oil Company Owner
ELIZABETH KIM LAURA MORETT
Age: 33 Age: 39
Hometown: New York, N.Y. Hometown: Salem, Oregon
Occupation: Urban Planner Occupation: Office Manager
MONICA PADILLA JAISON ROBINSON
Age: 25 Age: 28
Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Occupation: Law Student Occupation: Law Student
KELLY SHARBAUGH RUSSELL SWAN
Age: 25 Age: 42
Hometown: Los Angeles via Wilmington, Del. Hometown: Glenside, Pa.
Occupation: Hairstylist Occupation: Attorney
ASHLEY TRAINER MICK TRIMMING
Age: 22 Age: 33
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn. Hometown: Los Angeles via Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Spa Sales Occupation: Doctor
SHANNON WATERS NATALIE WHITE
Age: 45 Age: 26
Hometown: Renton, Wash. Hometown: Van Buren, Ark.
Occupation: Sales Rep. Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
SURVIVOR: SAMOA is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc. Mark Burnett is executive producer and David Burris and Leisa Francis are co-executive producers.
For more detailed information on SURVIVOR: SAMOA and the 20 castaways, log on to www.cbs.com/survivor.