‘Survivor: Cagayan – Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty’ Cast Revealed

by | January 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM | RealityTV, Survivor, TV News

'Survivor: Cagayan' (CBS)

“Survivor” has shown us what happens when heroes square off against villains, when returnees face off with newcomers, and when family members duel with each other. Now for their 28th season (28 seasons?!) they’re taking a page from the “Revenge of the Nerds” playbook with a twist that places smart people on one tribe, strong people on a second tribe, and attractive people on a third tribe.

“Survivor: Cagayan” Premieres Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The cast for this “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” concept was released by CBS this afternoon and includes the president of MLB’s Miami Marlins, a former NBA player, a pair of police officers, and two former NFL cheerleaders…

 Name: Cliff Robinson
Age: 46
Current Residence: Newark, NJ
Occupation: Former NBA All-Star
Personal Claim to Fame: Playing 18 years in the NBA. (Played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, and the New Jersey Nets)
Hobbies: Golf, off roading/camping, and bowling
Pet Peeves: People who chew their food with their mouth open.
Words That Describe You: Adventurous, funny, and loyal
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: “Boston” Rob, because he had a good way of getting people to trust him.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I think I would do well in challenges. I also have a good ability to make people feel comfortable with me.
Name: Lindsey Ogle
Age: 29
Current Residence: Kokomo, IN
Occupation: Hairstylist
Personal Claim to Fame: Rising above all obstacles with a smile, by myself
Hobbies: Camping, recycled art projects, and planning parties
Pet Peeves: Incapable people, party poopers, and when people don’t tell you that you have something in your teeth
Words That Describe You: Random (hilarious), powerful, and tenacious
Reason for Being on “Survivor”: To win money, my daughter and I have been poor for too long.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I have overcome major resistance and challenges by myself. I am a fighter and there’s no limit to what I can do for my baby.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I own a salon so I’m around beauty all day. I’m a smart ass so that’s where I’m considered a brain. And, I’m feisty and strong so ultimately I’m a brawn.
Name: Sarah Lacina
Age: 29
Current Residence: Cedar Rapids, IA
Occupation: Police Officer
Personal Claim to Fame: I’m most proud of graduating college in four years
Hobbies: Boating, working out, golfing, and mixed martial arts
Pet Peeves: I hate when I can hear people chew their food, when people leave me voicemails (I’ll call you back if I don’t answer), and stupid people
Words That Describe You: Witty, competitive, and athletic
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m one of a kind. If I had to pick, I’d say Malcolm. He’s nice, but strategic and tasteful about it.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I have the brains and skills to dominate this game. I’m very strategic and determined. I interview people on a daily basis and get confessions. I will destroy this game.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I would consider myself brain and brawn. I think I will do well in puzzles and dominate physical challenges.
Name: Tony Vlachos
Age:
39
Current Residence:
Jersey City, NJ
Occupation:
Police Officer
Personal Claim to Fame:
Becoming a New Jersey police officer
Hobbies:
Jet skiing, playing pool, and surfing the web
Pet Peeves:
Thugs who wear skinny jeans. Also people who see me speaking on the phone but yet they feel the need to start a conversation with me. Like it’s that urgent for them to know “how’s it going” while I’m speaking on the phone. SO RUDE!!!
Words That Describe You:
Versatile, clever, and competitive
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like:
Russell Hantz, because I can be just as devious. “Boston” Rob because I can be just as slick.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor:
I have been a street cop for 12 years. My experience as a cop gives me a huge advantage going into this game. Being outside my element is my forte. What’s going to be normal for me will be very stressful for the average castaway.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn?
Sounds like a trick question. I’m a beautiful person that has a sharp brain and strong muscles. Based on appearance, I would consider myself a brawn. For the purposes of “Survivor” though, I would consider myself brains. Maybe I wasn’t the smartest in school, but I was always the sharpest!!!
Name: Trish Hegarty
Age: 48
Current Residence: Needham, MA
Occupation: Pilates Trainer
Personal Claim to Fame: My children
Hobbies: Figure skating, writing, and swimming
Pet Peeves: Liars, laziness, manipulators, and arrogance
Words That Describe You: Character, charismatic, and loyal
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Danni Boatwright, She played a true and honest game. She crushed the challenges and her social skills were top notch.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I am a great team player, a very hard worker, a very positive thinker, and an incredible people person. I get along instantly with most people. I am not a control freak and I go with the flow.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I would consider myself a brawn. I was raised in a home with four very tough brothers who were all incredible hockey players. They used to put me in goal and take slap shots off me from about two feet away when I was in kindergarten. Needless to say, they taught me well.
Name: Yung “Woo” Hwang
Age: 29
Current Residence: Newport Beach, CA
Occupation: Martial Arts Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating college
Hobbies: Martial arts, surfing, and sports (basketball, tennis, soccer, golf)
Pet Peeves: Rude and loud people with no manners.
Words That Describe You: Loyal, positive, and ambitious
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: With my martial arts experience, my game is very strong, humble, grateful, and respectful, much like Ozzy.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: This game was made for me! I’m smart and can play a great social game. People tend to like me. I’m fast and agile. I’ll do great in obstacle course challenges. I have undeniable focus and concentration and I’ll smash the competition in balancing challenges. I can swim well and climb coconut trees. I am SURVIVOR!
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I guess I could fall under any of those categories. If I had to choose one I would have to say brawn because of my martial arts background.

 

Name: David Samson
Age: 45
Current Residence: Plantation, FL
Occupation: President, Miami Marlins
Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.
Hobbies: Running, watching movies, and traveling.
Pet Peeves: Laziness, entitlement, and those who are not charitable
Words That Describe You: Persistent, witty, and aggressive
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: “Boston” Rob, he won the game before others thought it had started.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I always win because people underestimate me.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I consider myself 60% brain, 35% beauty, and 5% brawn. While I have been able to accomplish athletic feats like being the only Team President to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, those feats are generally more a test of the mind than the body. The very hardest thing to accomplish is to convince your brain to keep going when your body is telling you to stop. I have been able to control my brain to maximize whatever talents I have both on and off the field.
Name: Garrett Adelstein
Age: 27
Current Residence: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Pro Poker Player
Personal Claim to Fame: Being valedictorian of my high school class of over 500 students. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors at The University of Arizona.
Hobbies: Bodybuilding, alcohol, psychology, and cinema
Pet Peeves: Dishonesty and lack of ambition
Words That Describe You: Competitive, ambitious, and confident
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: Dedicated 2,000 hours in preparing for the strategic, social, and physical elements of “Survivor.” Did everything from 50 hours of yoga, to over-analyzing every episode, to mastering slide puzzles to ready myself.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I’ll go with the modest answer and say all three. I’ll probably be one of the physically strongest, most intelligent and my mom says I’m very handsome to boot.
Name: J’Tia Taylor
Age: 31
Current Residence: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Nuclear Engineer
Personal Claim to Fame: Passing my dissertation defense, because I was the expert on the subject matter and held my own against my professors. And, being the first black female to successfully defend and receive a PhD from the department.
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading, and playing strategic games
Pet Peeves: Ignorant, close-minded people, being late/off schedule, and chunks in food/drinks.
Words That Describe You: Intelligent, adaptable, and competitive
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: Richard Harch, he played the game authenticallyand originally since he had no precedence, and was true to who he was.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I have an irrepressible drive and tenacity.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I’m definitely easy on the eyes, but I’m a true brain at heart. I would say I’m 1/4 beauty, 3/4 brain. My answer, in which I give myself a narcissistic compliment and then use fractions pretty much confirms this.
Name: Kassandra “Kass” McQuillen
Age: 41
Current Residence: Tehachapi, CA
Occupation: Attorney
Personal Claim to Fame: My daughter, putting myself through law school while working full-time and winning $1.2 million in my first trial with no court experience.
Hobbies: Reading, rabble rousing, and golfing/walking/hiking
Pet Peeves: Stupid people, toilet paper rolls left empty on the roller, laundry outside the basket, and whining/excuses.
Words That Describe You: Resourceful, tenacious, and underestimated
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: Sandra, she didn’t seem to be in it for anything but winning money for her family.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I like to win and always do! Plus, I’m lucky and finagle my way out of situations.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? We all know I’m not here because of how I look in a bikini. I have a tendency to think I’m smarter than a lot of people, but don’t we all? I guess not or you wouldn’t be asking the question. There you have it – those are the analytical skills that prove I must be a brain!
Name: Latasha “Tasha” Fox
Age: 37
Current Residence: St. Louis, MO
Occupation: Accountant
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a former St. Louis Rams cheerleader
Hobbies: Golfing, dancing, and trap/skeet shooting
Pet Peeves: People biting down on forks as it leaves their mouths, bad breath, and panty lines
Words That Describe You: Competitive, spiritual, and “Jack of all trades”
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy, due to his physical play and Sandra who did what she had to do to win and not be apologetic.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I am equally balanced in both physical and social ability.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I consider myself a brainy beauty with a brawny physique because of my intelligence, inner and outer beauty, biceps and physical strength.
  Name: Spencer Bledsoe
Age: 21
Current Residence: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Economics Student at the University of Chicago
Personal Claim to Fame: Captain of my high school cross country and track teams, Georgia’s 2009-2010 High School Chess Champion, tying for 1st at the World Open Chess tournament for a prize of $6,609 and becoming a U.S. Chess Expert
Hobbies: Chess, ultimate frisbee, and partying
Pet Peeves: People who are stupid but still voice their opinions, incompetent leaders, those who don’t respect intelligence, and those who expect handouts in life
Words That Describe You: Brilliant, competitive, and arrogant
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: The cleverness and strategic planning of Stephen, but the personality of Marty. Like Marty, I am a natural leader and can come off as pompous and bombastic. Also, I shared Marty’s disdain for Jane on “Survivor: Nicaragua.”
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I’m the chess expert who can plan my victory 10 moves in advance. I can use economic game theory to know the incentives of those around me. I’m the only guy who has these skills and is still personable enough to win. Think of me as a John Cochran who doesn’t suck.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? A brain, in both life and “Survivor” super fandom. I’ve seen every episode. I know the game inside and out. I’ll know what I’m doing in camp life; I could probably even build a shelter just using rocks.

Name: Alexis Maxwell
Age: 21
Current Residence: Addison, IL
Occupation: Student at Northwestern University
Personal Claim to Fame: Studying abroad in Ireland and visiting eight different countries while I was there. It made me more independent, adventurous, and responsible.
Hobbies: Traveling, watching scary movies, and eating.
Pet Peeves: Guys who turn into “stage-five clingers” and people who blow their nose in public.
Words That Describe You: Funny, flirty, and smart.
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: Hopefully Parvati because she combined sex appeal with strategy and intelligence.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I have always been aware of my role in a group and know how to lead in a sneaky way. I will use my education and flirty personality to assure I’m always in a good position.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I would consider myself a brain! I work my butt off at Northwestern and consider this an accomplishment that defines me.
Name: Brice Johnston
Age: 27
Current Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Social Worker
Personal Claim to Fame: Being the only person in my immediate family to graduate college.
Hobbies: Watching reality TV, listening to music, going out to social events and hanging out with loved ones and friends.
Pet Peeves: Bad breath and an insecure person.
Words That Describe You: Competitive, funny, and goal oriented
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: Cirie, Colton, or Ozzy
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: Everyone who meets me loves me! I’m a very loyal person and I keep my word. However, I can turn into a person-eating b*tch that will play you before you play me.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I would consider myself the package deal. I’m very easy on the eyes. I’m college educated, have common sense, am very socially aware and have street smarts. Plus, I consider myself to be physically fit; I’m a natural born runner. So, I’m a three-for-one kind of deal.
Name: Jefra Bland
Age: 22
Current Residence: Campbellsville, KY
Occupation: Miss Kentucky Teen USA
Personal Claim to Fame:  Winning the title of Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2009 and making Top 15 at Miss Teen USA.
Hobbies: Traveling, hunting, and pageants
Pet Peeves: People who have bad teeth and smack their gums.
Words That Describe You: Outspoken, charismatic, and fierce.
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: Chelsea Meissner as far as being a country girl and Kim Spradlin when it comes to being ballsy with big moves.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I have already survived cervical cancer, losing everything financially, the disease of addiction is more. It takes a fighter to survive this world and that’s what I am.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I consider myself a beauty. In my opinion, beauty if far more than just skin deep and true beauty comes from the heart.
Name: Jeremiah Wood
Age:
34
Current Residence:
Dobson, NC
Occupation:
Male Model
Personal Claim to Fame:
Buying my first house on my own.
Hobbies:
Fishing, hunting, and slow-pitch softball
Pet Peeves:
People who are noisy eaters and people who have smart mouths.
Words That Describe You:
Very happy, funny, and outgoing
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like:
JT, because he is a nice ol’ country boy who everybody loved. And Malcolm, because he is strong at challenges and very likable.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor:
I will be very strong at challenges, able to win individual immunity, easily make alliances, and never give up.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn?
I figured brawn. I’m not the smartest or prettiest guy.
Name: LJ McKanas
Age: 34
Current Residence: Boston, MA
Occupation: Horse Trainer
Personal Claim to Fame: Making the Hall of Fame at Northeastern University and my high school.
Hobbies: Horse racing, fishing, and designing
Pet Peeves: Incompetent people, liars, and thieves
Words That Describe You: Competitive, creative, and witty
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: “Boston” Rob, because he has just the right amount of charm, charisma, and looks to persuade anyone to do what he wants.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: My athleticism will carry me through the early stages, my charm through the middle, and smarts to play through to the end.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I’d consider myself a brawn. I’m a down-to-earth, rugged guy who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty.
Name: Morgan McLeod
Age: 21
Current Residence: San Jose, CA
Occupation: Ex-NFL Cheerleader
Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of being selected to the cheerleading squad for the San Francisco 49ers while still in high school.
Hobbies: Interior design, working out, and dancing
Pet Peeves: Slow drivers, guys who leave the toilet seat up, when people fish for compliments, terrible pick-up lines
Words That Describe You: Mature, determined, and attractive
“Survivor” Contestant You Are Most Like: I think I can relate most to Parvati Shallow because she is beautiful and manipulative just like me. She has the ability to make everyone love her but also fear her. That power and confidence is a good quality to have for this show. I can also relate to Natalie Tenerelli because she was a young contestant and also a dancer.
Why You Think You’ll Be the Sole Survivor: I could be the final Survivor because when I want something I get it. I do whatever it takes to get it. I am ambitious and very adaptive. I am never afraid to manipulate and back stab people when it puts me ahead.
Do You Consider Yourself a Beauty, a Brain, or a Brawn? I consider myself all three but if I have to pick, I would say beauty. Who wouldn’t want to be beautiful? When you are beautiful you get what you want and I like getting what I want.

“Survivor: Cagayan” Premieres Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.