The cast list for the 26th (26th?!) edition of “Survivor” was announced by CBS early this morning. The new season, which premieres Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8 pm ET, will feature a tribe of ten fans squaring off against ten of the show’s recent favorites. Included in this list are…
• Two players from “Survivor: Redemption Island” who have a major grudge.
• Two players who paid the price for giving away immunity at Tribal Council.
• One of the show’s most notorious female villains.
• Three former “Survivor” Power Rankers.
Quick Note: I had a chance to sit down with all twenty of this season’s competitors the day before they left for the Caramoan Islands. Starting next Monday I’ll be posting exclusive interviews with each of them. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for tons of updates.
|Name: Andrea Boehlke
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer
Previous Finish: Andrea came in 5th place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Andrea is the only woman to ever come back from Redemption Island.
Fun Fact: Andrea loves unicorns more than you love anything.
|Name: Brandon Hantz
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Occupation: Chemical Disposal
Previous Finish: Brandon came in 6th place in “Survivor: South Pacific”
Memorable Moment: Brandon was voted out immediately after giving his immunity idol to Albert Destrade.
Fun Fact: A Hantz has appeared in five of the last eight seasons of “Survivor.”
|Name: Brenda Lowe
Hometown: Miami, FL
Occupation: Paddleboard Company Owner
Previous Finish: Brenda came in 10th place in “Survivor: Nicaragua”
Memorable Moment: Brenda is the very first person to wield the awesome responsibility of the Medallion of Power.
Fun Fact: Brenda choreographed the dance the La Flor tribe did on their way to their first immunity challenge.
|Name: Corinne Kaplan
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Previous Finish: Corinne came in 7th place in “Survivor: Gabon”
Memorable Moment: Corinne’s final Tribal Council speech to Jessica “Sugar” Kiper is a close second to Sue Hawk on the list of all-time most shocking finals moments.
Fun Fact: Corinne Kaplan was my original pick for the dream returnee “Survivor” Question of the Week. But, I didn’t want to ruin the surprise.
| Name: Dawn Meehan
Hometown: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor
Previous Finish: Dawn came in 10th place in “Survivor: South Pacific”
Memorable Moment: Dawn won an immunity challenge for the Savaii tribe by outlasting Stacey Powell in an impressive weight-holding challenge.
|Name: Erik Reichenbach
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Occupation: Comic Book Artist
Previous Finish: Erik came in 5th place in “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites”
Memorable Moment: Erik was voted out shortly after giving his immunity idol to Natalie Bolton.
Fun Fact: Erik is the only person to ever go from being a “fan” to being a “favorite.”
|Name: Francesca Hogi
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Previous Finish: Francesca came in 18th place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Francesca’s opening-scene comment that the returning players were “sizing us up like prey” may have led to her early elimination
Fun Fact: Francesca is the first person to return to the show after being voted out first.
|Name: John Cochran
Hometown: Washington, DC
Occupation: Harvard Law Student
Previous Finish: Cochran came in 8th place in “Survivor: South Pacific”
Memorable Moment: Cochran’s jump from Savaii to Upolu was his season’s pivotal event.
Fun Fact: Cochran is the only person in the history of the world to successfully give himself a nickname.
|Name: Malcolm Freberg
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA
Previous Finish: Malcolm came in 4th place in “Survivor: Philippines”
Memorable Moment: Malcolm allowed Lisa Whelchel’s brother to visit the tribe’s camp. Lisa’s brother promptly told her to vote Malcolm out.
Fun Fact: Since the other Favorites hadn’t seen “Survivor: Philippines” before they left for “Survivor: Caramoan,” none of them knew who Malcolm was. One of them even thought that he was a lighting grip or a camera man.
Another Fun Fact: Before “Survivor: Philippines,” Malcolm told me that the former Survivor he’d most like to align with is Corinne Kaplan.
|Name: Phillip Sheppard
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Enter Software Sales
Previous Finish: Phillip came in 2nd place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Phillip’s feud with Steve Wright made for some uncomfortable times around the Murlonio campfire.
Fun Fact: Phillip listed Cochran and Andrea as two of the players he is most like.