CBS Announces 16 of the 18 Contestants For Survivor: Redemption Island

CBS today announced 16 of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 22nd season, Wednesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Two of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former castaways who will return to seek redemption.

This edition of SURVIVOR will feature a new twist when, for the first time, castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to seek redemption and 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 an isolated island called “Redemption Island,” where they will live alone in exile. To stay on Redemption Island, they will need to compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council and sent to the Island. 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; the loser is sent home.

The battle unfolds in Nicaragua where the 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe. The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor. While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption.

Ometepe tribe:

Andrea Boehlke
Age: 21
From: Random Lake, WI
Occupation: Former Marine

Matt Elrod
Age: 22
From: Nashville, TN
Occupation: Pre-Med Student

Francesca Hogi
Age: 36
From: Washington DC
Occupation: Attorney

Kristina Kell
Age: 46
From: Malibu, CA
Occupation: Law Student

Grant Mattos
Age: 29
From: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Yoga Instructor

Phillip Sheppard
Age: 52
From: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Technology Executive

Natalie Tenerelli
Age: 19
From: Acton, CA
Occupation: Professional Dancer

Ashley Underwood
Age: 25
From: Benton, ME
Occupation: Nurse

Zapatera tribe:

Mike Chiesl
Age: 31
From: Del Mar, CA
Occupation: Student

Ralph Kiser
Age: 44
From: Lebanon, VA
Occupation: Farmer

Krista Klumpp
Age: 25
From: Columbia, SC
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Rep.

David Murphy
Age: 31
From: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Defense Attorney

Stephanie Valencia
Age: 25
From: Long Beach, CA
Occupation: Waitress

Sarita White
Age: 36
From: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Visual Effects Producer

Julie Wolfe
Age: 50
From: Oceanside, CA
Occupation: Firefighter

Steve Wright
Age: 51
From: Huntington Beach, CA
Occupation: Former NFL Player

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