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Meet the Castaways of ‘Survivor: Island of the Idols’

CBS announced Monday the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on “Survivor” when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 39th season entitled “Island of the Idols” with a special 90-minute premiere, ‪Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET‬/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
 
This edition features two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who return to the game to serve as mentors to a group of 20 new castaways. Combined, Boston Rob and Sandra have played over 200 days of “Survivor” and plan to share their knowledge with the new castaways, but for the first time, they won’t be competing for the money. During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these “idols.” Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process. Those who can rise up to the challenge will possibly gain an advantage and continue their individual quest for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.
 
The show films in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.
 
The following are the 20 castaways competing this fall.
 

“LAIRO” TRIBE


Ronnie Bardah (35)   
Hometown: Brockton, Mass. 
Current Residence: Henderson, Nev.
Occupation: Pro Poker Player


Elizabeth Beisel (26)  
Hometown: Saunderstown, R.I.
Current Residence: Saunderstown, R.I.
Occupation: Olympic Medalist


Missy Byrd (24)     
Hometown: Decatur, Ga.
Current Residence: Tacoma, Wash.
Occupation: Air Force Veteran


Dean Kowalski (28)  
Hometown: Westfield, N. J.
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Tech Sales


Tom Laidlaw (60)  
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada  
Current Residence: Greenwich, Conn. 
Occupation: Former NHL Player


Aaron Meredith (36)
Hometown: Uncasville, Conn.
Current Residence: Warwick, R.I.
Occupation: Gym Owner


Vince Moua (27)    
Hometown: Merced, Calif.  
Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.
Occupation: Admissions Counselor


Karishma Patel (37)   
Hometown:  Philadelphia
Current Residence: Houston
Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer


Elaine Stott (41)   
Hometown: Woodbine, Ky.
Current Residence: Rockholds, Ky.
Occupation: Factory Worker


Chelsea Walker (26)  
Hometown: Marlton, N.J.
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Digital Content Creator
 

“VOKAI” TRIBE


Lauren Beck (28)   
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif. and Rochester Hills, Mich.
Current Residence: Glendale, Calif.
Occupation: Nanny


Molly Byman (27)    
Hometown: Boston
Current Residence: Durham, N.C.   
Occupation: Law Student 


Janet Carbin (59)    
Hometown: Neptune, N.J.
Current Residence: Palm Bay, Fla.
Occupation: Chief Lifeguard


Kellee Kim (29)    
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Current Residence: Philadelphia
Occupation: MBA Student


Jason Linden (32)    
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current Residence: New York, N.Y. 
Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer


Jack Nichting (23)    
Hometown: Newport News, Va.
Current Residence: Harrisonburg, Va.     
Occupation: Graduate Student


Noura Salman (36)   
Hometown: London, UK / Bethesda, Md.
Current Residence: North Potomac, Md. 
Occupation: Entrepreneur


Tommy Sheehan (26)   
Hometown: Bayville, N.Y.
Current Residence: Long Beach, N.Y.   
Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher


Jamal Shipman (33)   
Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
Current Residence: Providence, R.I.    
Occupation: College Administrator


Dan Spilo (48)
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Talent Manager

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