Survivor season 32 cast

Elisabeth Markham

Elisabeth Markham

Tribe Designation: Brains

Age: 27

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Quantitative strategist (I write computer programs that forecast stock prices and trade automatically).

Personal Claim to Fame: Building a blackjack card-counting team. We started with 10 people investing $2,500 each and it grew the bankroll to over $500,000 in less than a year.

Inspiration in Life: My badass grandma, who was incredibly smart, social, savvy at business and loved by everyone.

Hobbies: Gambling (for profit), everything outdoorsy, strategic board games and traveling far off the beaten path.

Pet Peeves: Racism, sexism and homophobia. People who refuse to learn from evidence and won’t listen to logical arguments.

3 Words to Describe You: Thoughtful, smart and adventurous.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My Kindle, soap and pen and paper for planning strategy, recording memories and leaving false clues to hidden immunity idols for specific people to find.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati, because she’s great at concealing her intelligence behind her flirty charming side.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I love playing strategic games that I have a decent chance of winning. Wilderness survival and challenges will be really fun. I’m far more excited for the game than the possibility of prizes at the end.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My brain will be an asset to my alliance for strategy and my team for challenges. I’m good at fitting in with different types of people. I have pretty good outdoors skills too. Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am going to be an unusually strategic and clever player. I am also likable. I’m fit so I’ll be good at challenges but not so much I’ll be perceived as threatening.

Peter Baggenstos

Peter Baggenstos

Tribe Designation: Brains

Age: 34

Current Residence: Minneapolis, Minn.

Occupation: ER Doctor

Personal Claim to Fame: I’m multinational! My father is from Switzerland and mother is from Jamaica. I’m a Swiss citizen!

Inspiration in Life: People who live an extraordinary life on a daily basis.

Hobbies: Working out, escaping on an airplane to travel and reading.

Pet Peeves: Bombastic people, “Bros” and know-it-alls.

3 Words to Describe You: Eclectic, tenacious and shameless.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A Kindle that is filled with tons of books, my ukulele and a drone to fly around and get a layout of the land.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Pete from the Philippines. He made clever comments and he was educated, had good insight and appropriately stirred the pot.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I am the most capable. I am smart, athletic and good with words. I want to challenge myself in a new and dynamic environment.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have an uncanny knack for getting a group of people to back me up. I can immediately turn around and blindside them. I can have a pointless conversation with someone and make them feel important

Aubry Braco

Aubry Braco

Tribe designation: Brains

Age: 29

Tribe Designation: Brains

Current Residence: Cambridge, Mass.

Occupation: Social Media Marketer

Personal Claim to Fame: My name (it means "leader of the elves") and the way I pursued my education with my own style. I convinced my advisors at Brown University to let me write a children’s book about a manatee instead of a 50-page thesis and went on to graduate with honors.

Inspiration in Life: My grandmother, Madeline. She dealt with a crazy Brooklyn Italian family and was a hard worker. She was the first Woman of the Year at the New York Daily News and never let anything get her down (she once went back to work the day after a major car accident). She also had a wacky personality -- as kids she told us she didn’t eat chicken because “their legs were too close to their butts."

Hobbies: Crayon art, running, meeting locals in new places and astrology.

Pet Peeves: People who are not self-aware, don’t know how to listen actively or give fake compliments. Close second: scented things covering bad smells.

3 Words to Describe You: Beguiling, intuitive and relentless.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Crayons – (preferably a 64-pack with built-in sharpener) to hold an art therapy session to calm everyone down. Plus, they smell good. 2. Camera – to document the adventure. 3. Astrology books – I want to know who I’m dealing with and what motivates people.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Love child of Sophie and Cochran. Hair of Shambo.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I love SURVIVOR. Since I was 15, I’ve watched. As complicated as the game is, there’s something so simple, authentic and raw. I have deep respect for the timelessness and evolution of the game.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a hard worker who never gives up, and I’d entertain people by pulling a Greg Buis and being a weirdo. People would think I was doing this to be funny and pass time, but I’d actually be extracting key details. After living in Salem, MA during several Halloweens, I’ve learned to embrace my quirkiness and work with outlandish personalities.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’m an expert listener and a journalist at heart so I’m inherently observant and social. I look for the most genuine and self-aware person in the room so I can connect with them, and I'm on the prowl for the most fake person in the room so I know what I’m dealing with. I want to prove to myself that I have what it takes to manage personalities under pressure with $1,000,000 on the line.

Joseph Del Campo

Joseph Del Campo

Tribe designation: Brains

Age: 72

Current Residence: Vero Beach, Fla.

Occupation: Former FBI Agent

Inspiration in Life: St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Primarily deal with pediatric cancers, no child is denied treatment on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

Hobbies: Classic car restoration, hiking, backpacking in the mountains, and writing articles about military veterans for a local monthly magazine in Vero Beach, Fla.

Pet Peeves: People who whine!

3 Words to Describe You: Tenacious, daring and vigilant.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A comfortable chair, nice to sit down and rest, and an iPod with earphones to play my favorite music, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tom Westman.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: At my age, I have the mental and physical fortitude to successfully compete for 39 days in whatever challenges I face, in addition to establishing and maintaining successful interpersonal connections with other tribal members. It’s all about the adventure, going to faraway exotic places and living in the mud. Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have the ability to build an “A” frame or a similar shelter with an elevated sleeping platform. I can start a fire with bamboo friction or eyeglass lenses, and prepare meals for fellow tribemates.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’ve trained all my adult life for an ultimate challenge. This is it!

Neal Gottlieb

Neal Gottlieb

Tribe designation: Brains

Age: 38

Current Residence: Sausalito, Calif.

Occupation: Ice Cream Entrepreneur

Personal Claim to Fame: I started Three Twins Ice Cream with my life’s savings of $70,000 in 2005 at age 28 after returning from the Peace Corps. I couldn't afford employees, so I did everything myself at first. I opened another shop, then another and then built a factory in 2010 to start selling pints to grocery stores, and have since opened a second factory. We're now sold in grocery stores in all 50 states, have a team of around 100 and sales this year that will be about 100 times sales from the first year, despite almost going broke during the economic downturn and unrelenting competition. I am proud of the growth, taking on the challenges, being creative, treating employees well, giving a great deal back and inspiring others through my version of the American dream.

Inspiration in Life: I am not much for heroes, but the person who has come closest to obtaining hero status is my Uncle Larry. I admire him for the deep and devoted love that he had for my aunt. Despite being a tough guy, he has never been afraid to cry or share his feelings. I admire him for his larger-than-life deeds, like finding 55 pounds of cocaine off the coast of Florida (he’s a former cop and turned it in). I admired him because of his Popeye-like muscle on his forearm, which I later found out is actually a tumor, but I didn’t know that as a kid. But more than anything, I have always admired him for being himself.

Hobbies: Traveling, indoor rock climbing and one-upmanship.

Pet Peeves: I am not really one to complain and therefore don’t have too many pet peeves but I do have very little patience for whiny people and hypocritical bible thumpers.

3 Words to Describe You: Incorrigible, witty and kind.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? I would take a big comfortable bed with high thread count sheets, a down comforter and lush pillows to facilitate good nights’ sleep and an assortment of fake immunity idols and fake printed clues on convincing paper to fool my fellow contestants into thinking that they have immunity. Lastly, a spy kit so that I can bug camp and listen in on the plotting and scheming of my campmates to give me valuable information.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Erik Reichenbach as my brother in ice cream. I can relate to Rob Mariano because he not only won but he seemed to have more fun than anyone else while doing so. I can relate to Tyson for his priceless, witty commentary on the other players. I relate to Parvarti because I think that I’ll also charm my fellow competitors while I’m busy destroying them. I kind of hate myself for saying this, but I relate to Russell Hantz for his lack of fear and filter.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My primary reason is to win, as is my secondary reason. Winning the money will be amazing but I am more interested in the metaphorical crown, bragging rights and satisfaction that comes with winning than the cash. It is also to have the privilege to compete in what I consider one of the greatest competitions of all. I have watched the show for years and yearn for the chance to be a castaway in a remote locale and compete for 39 days.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I will be the provider for the group and the court jester. I will be a calming force and the one that psyches up the tribe to go into battle. I am a strong swimmer and will be a valuable hunter, fisher and gatherer for the group. I have a tireless work ethic and will contribute more than my fair share towards building a strong shelter, cooking and getting water. I am most often happy, quite witty, never complain and am generally entertaining, which will help to keep the peace during tough and stressful times. I am physically and mentally strong, I was a competitive athlete for years, I am a fast runner and sharp, so I will be strong in challenges.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have been a SURVIVOR fan for years and therefore understand the game, am mentally tough, a physical force, likable and absolutely determined to win. I will excel at both the social and physical game. Much of my life has prepared me to be a great contestant. Being a fan has shown me some brilliant moves and perhaps more importantly, stupid ones to avoid. More than anything, I believe that I will be the sole Survivor because I want to and I usually get what I want, no matter how hard I have to work for it.

Debbie Wanner

Debbie Wanner

Tribe designation: Brains

Age: 49

Current Residence: Reading, Penn.

Occupation: Chemist

Personal Claim to Fame: Being the first in my family to graduate college, learning was always valued, but not formal education. My family was/is dysfunctional, to put it mildly. Inspiration in Life: I just adore Tia Torres of Pit Bulls and Parolees - talk about Survivors!

Hobbies: Working out (hiking and running), flying, snowmobiles, horses, boating, playing piano, rescuing Boston terriers and tortoises, juggling and reading, especially American and Roman history.

Pet Peeves: The idolization of garish, repugnant and supercilious people-like the Kardashians; pets as fashion accessories; apathy-don’t just talk about doing it, do it and help make the world a better place.

3 Words to Describe You: Relentless, erudite and Spartan.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Chanel No. 5 as I know how bad we will all smell, dental floss because I love clean teeth and it has multiple uses and a big stuffed Boston terrier.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Coach. Period.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Money, because poverty sucks and money equals power to a point. Also, I relish an adventure.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have military training in summer and winter survival, shelter building, fire making, food procurement, torture training and a superior will to survive. Plus, I’m fun too! I’m a card carrying member of the Reading Juggler’s club, so I’ll teach them how to juggle.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Like Hannibal Lecter, I have good manners and am pleasant company. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t scramble your brains. One million dollars means freedom, which is priceless to me. I’ll give up, let go, surrender- when I’m dead!

Cydney Gillon

Cydney Gillon

Tribe designation: Brawn

Age: 23

Current Residence: Douglasville, Ga.

Occupation: Body Builder

Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of receiving my International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro card at the National Physique Committee Nationals in 2012. I was a junior at Penn at the time and I’d just turned 20. I had to train 3 times a day, not including track practice, in order to make my dream happen.

Inspiration in Life: My mother. She is the strongest woman I know and her loyalty is forever unwavering. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, and even though she could barely walk from her chemo treatment, she still put me first and flew into support my bodybuilding show.

Hobbies: Sprinting, lifting/weight training and sleeping.

Pet Peeves: Obnoxious criers, bigots, overly weak people and basically anything related to closed-minded mentalities.

3 Words to Describe You: Opinionated, driven and disciplined.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Branch chain amino acids/supplements- I need my vitamins so I hopefully won’t lose all my muscle; a picture of my family and friends for motivation; and tweezers because my eyebrows can get crazy.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tony, because his loyalty to those who really mattered was unwavering. He played the game from the beginning to the end.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My main reason for being on the show is winning the money to pay off medical school and college debt. I also want to be able to help my mother around the house so she doesn’t have to decide which bills need to be paid.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My sense of humor will be most useful. You can’t walk around looking like someone killed your dog all day. I think I will up the team morale. Beyond that, I think my athletic abilities can help win this competition.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I believe that I have the tact and discipline to make it to the end. If I make it to the final 3, I’m confident I would get the needed votes because I will have created relationships and a story that my fellow tribe mates would want to vote for.

Darnell Hamilton

Darnell Hamilton

Tribe designation: Brawn

Age: 27

Current Residence:
Chicago

Occupation: Postal Worker

Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating from college. It has been a long and hard road, but I did it! I was horrible in high school because I didn’t give a damn, not because I wasn’t smart. Now I have finished college and not only that, I did it with a 3.47GPA while working jobs all day and night.

Inspiration in Life: Growing up, I never had a hero, just examples of what not to do. If I had to pick a hero, it would be Jesus, someone who was willing to sacrifice himself for the good of others even when they didn’t deserve it. That’s real.

Hobbies: Gaining knowledge, fishing and working out.

Pet Peeves: People who talk too much and habitual liars.

3 Words to Describe You: Confident, anomaly and rebellious.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Sunglasses so I can hide from the ugly contestants; iPod, so I can tune the haters out; pack of cigarettes.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Survivor is all about evaluating your circumstances. I can say I want to play the game like B Rob, Sean Rector, or Tony and be in control the whole time. One thing I would want to do is be likeable, be the JT then cut their throats one by one while they don’t see me. I just have to keep others fighting and I will be fine.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to prove to the world that I can win and be successful in life despite my past. I want to encourage other people who think they’re useless and do something worth value. I also want to become the best survivor ever! I want to be forever remembered as the ultimate Survivor!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have been all around the country, love the outdoors and love to fish. I know CPR first aid because I was a lifeguard. My social game will always be up to par and I am an extremely hard worker.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have been through adversities. I know how it feels to fail. But I also know how to win. Using negative energy to dig deep and win, that’s the mind you have to have coming into this game. I am a hard worker and a great team player. I have done a little of everything and I can say I have a well-rounded skill set. I have a lot to prove, in my eyes, and I won’t let anyone stop me from winning!

Kyle Jason

Kyle Jason

Tribe designation: Brawn

Age: 31

Current Residence: Detroit

Occupation: Bounty Hunter

Personal Claim to Fame: Besides my family, it would be becoming an NCO while in the Army. I worked my ass off to get there and I did it in only 3 years.

Inspiration in Life: I don’t have a hero or an inspiration. I am just me, and everything I have ever wanted, I go for. I won’t stop until I get it and I don’t care what I have to do to get it. Hobbies: Kicking in doors, getting tattoos and riding my motorcycle.

Pet Peeves: There are so many, but if I were to narrow it down, I would have to say dumb people, lazy people and one uppers.

3 Words to Describe You: Loud, blunt and hilarious.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Hair ties, energy drinks and a mini DVD player.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Russell Hantz because he is the only person that has ever truly played the game the way you should. The only difference is that I wouldn’t wait so long making things disappear.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Truthfully, for the money. I have a family that is very important to me and thatis why I work so hard. My youngest daughter has autism and is always in some form of therapy. It costs a lot of money and I make it work, but it would be nice to have some real money in my bank so I don’t worry about her as much. I have been watching this game from Season 1, when Rudy should’ve won until he took his hand off that log. I can play this game and want that Survivor title.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have spent years living in third world countries and war zones- I know how to survive. I can make fire, build shelter, last as long as needed, go days without food and I work extremely hard.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I really do believe I can win this competition. I lie for a living, day in and day out. I have no shame telling people what they want to hear so I can stab them in the back and make it look like someone else. I know this game too well, watching it from the start, and I believe I can play it in the way it should be played and be the first to win in that way.

Jennifer Lanzetti

Jennifer Lanzetti

Tribe designation: Brawn

Age: 38

Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah

Occupation: Contractor

Personal Claim to Fame: Coming back to life after endometriosis, cancer and drug addiction, getting my engineering degree and starting my own construction technology company. Inspiration in Life: Martin Luther King Jr. When he spoke, the whole world stopped to listen, whether they liked him or not. That’s the ticket in the world and in this challenge. Be yourself, don’t worry about who is trying to sabotage you. Just keep moving forward and focus on the goal. It takes confidence and big moves!

Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, eating good food, playing board games and adventure racing.

Pet Peeves: Slow drivers, people who chew with their mouth open, when people end a sentence with a preposition, when girls say the word “like,” and assholes.

3 Words to Describe You: Blunt, not fragile and bad-ass chick.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Metal detector, snuggie and a nut-cracker.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Kim Spradlin. She had strategy: making as many friends as possible, having alliances and sub-alliances. She was just “herself,” which is exactly how I play everyday life. I earn respect, like Kim, by telling you how it is. I’m practical but also love the excitement of making big moves.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: This once in a lifetime chance is filled with challenges and adventure. I want to live 100 years, not 1 year 100 times over. I want tree mail instead of email. I like playing games, getting my hands dirty, causing trouble and getting away with it! Also, for the money. I’m ready to adopt children and start a family.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have construction knowledge, love to cook and play games, I am fun to be around, never quit, can fast for days and I am a hard worker!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Winning Survivor takes practice- practice surviving. I’ve been through hell and back many times. Not saying I never get scared, but I just never let fear stop me. I will be the final survivor because I have prepared physically, mentally and socially! Winning doesn’t take beauty, brains or brawn- it takes heart!

Scot Pollard

Scot Pollard

Tribe designation: Brawn

Age: 40

Current Residence: Carmel, Ind.

Occupation: Former NBA champion. Played for the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

Personal Claim to Fame: Winning an NBA Championship ring and playing in the NBA for 11 years.

Inspiration in Life: My father. He gave me the genetics and the guidance until he died. Roy Williams, my college coach, because he helped me with my work ethic.

Hobbies: Spending time with family, traveling and riding my motorcycle.

Pet Peeves: People who are late and not loyal.

3 Words to Describe You: Driven, fun and loud!

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A phone, so I can talk to my wife and kids; a photo of my family so I have a reminder of why I’m in the competition; and my NBA championship ring, to remind me of what I have accomplished.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: The professional athletes because that was my profession.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My primary reason is for the money, but also the competition itself.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a great teammate and know how to make others better. And, I’m a winner!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Because I’m a great teammate, but ultimately I can outsmart my opponents.

Alecia Holden

Alecia Holden

Tribe designation: Brawn

Age: 24

Current Residence: Dallas

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Personal Claim to Fame: (What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?) I made a bucket list of adventures I wanted to accomplish. I went out and did it; bungee jumping in Indonesia, hang gliding in Rio, skydiving, jumped off the stratosphere in Las Vegas, face to face shark diving in Australia, and interacting with uncaged tigers in Thailand.

Inspiration in Life: My grandpa and grandma are my inspiration in life. My grandparents pastor a Baptist church. Doctors, firefighters, and nurses; they all save lives physically, but my grandparents lead people to be saved eternally. They are my heroes.

Hobbies: I like to seek out and accomplish adventures all over the world.

Pet Peeves: People who lie and can't be straight up. I tell it how it is and expect the same. Also negativity. I’m all about positive vibes and energy.

3 Words to Describe You: Fearless, ambitious and adrenaline junkie.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? I would want a camera, because capturing moments are priceless. A cellphone to call my family. Pizza, because I LOVE pizza.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I'm most like Kass. She was the last woman standing, but she also brought chaos.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: It's the ultimate challenge.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I'm the daughter of a boxing promoter, I'm tough. Don’t let the blonde hair fool you. I won’t cry or back down. No one will break me. I'm not here to make friends, I’m here to win. My ambition and drive to succeed will lead me through.

Michele Fitzgerald

Michele Fitzgerald

Tribe designation: Beauty

Age: 24

Current Residence: Freehold, N.J.

Occupation: Bartender

Personal Claim to Fame: My time at Rock the Earth, where I toured and worked with bands raising money for environmental issues. I was able to travel, listen to amazing music and educate people about important causes.

Inspiration in Life: Harry Potter. His character chose bravery in the face of darkness and adversity. I appreciate anyone who overcomes obstacles without pitying themselves for being dealt a bad hand. Plus, magic.

Hobbies: Travelling, reading and rock climbing.

Pet Peeves: Overpriced alcohol, close talkers and self-important people.

3 Words to Describe You: Quirky, charismatic and adventurous.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My journal to remind myself of my past and to keep track of my future, a Harry Potter book for a little entertainment, and my sister (does she count?).

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati. She was able to read people and form alliances that took the spotlight off of her. She took respectable chances, never silenced herself to get further, and dominated in challenges.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The adventure junky in me wants take myself out of my comfort zone, but ultimately, I'm applying to win. It's all about the money, honey! My car shakes at any speed over 50mph so I desperately need to replace that tin can.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My positivity. I wouldn’t let anything dampen my spirit. Enthusiasm is electric, and that attitude would shape the tone around camp. I may be a Jersey girl, but don't let that fool you. I have no problem roughin' it.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’ve watched every season, so I know what it takes to be successful on this show. Using my charm, I think I can build strong relationships and lead an alliance without being viewed as aggressive. My social awareness will help me understand and use people's strengths, weaknesses and motives to my advantage. I'm not gonna play on the sidelines. I want to make big, badass moves that will get me further in the game, and have fun doing it.

Anna Khait

Anna Khait

Tribe designation: Beauty

Age: 26

Current Residence: Brooklyn, NY.

Occupation: Pro Poker Player

Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of participating in the World Games last summer in Jamundi, Colombia for frontball [handball]. I recently started working with the mayor on a scholarship program for kids out there in Colombia.

Inspiration in Life: Princess Diana because of all the love she had for people. She touched and helped anyone she could. She is my biggest inspiration.

Hobbies: Handball, reading, singing and playing piano.

Pet Peeves: Arrogance, ignorance and when someone picks on someone less fortunate.

3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, kind-hearted and perfectionist.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A razor because I hate hair; a deck of cards because I love card games; and a toothbrush because who loves bad breath?

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati. I can be charming and would play up my innocent side so I could trick some males and wrap them around my finger.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I am a huge fan of Survivor and I have studied it for a long time. I’m clever enough to play this game well and win. My biggest inspiration to win is my mother. She is currently unemployed and I am supporting her so winning that money would help me buy a house for her.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I will be great outdoors. I'm not a girly girl so the dirty, smelly, sleep- depriving environment won’t be so hard for me. I'm not lazy and would help the tribe tremendously in anything that would need to be done. I can catch fish, and I eat small portions. I am physically capable of kickin' butt out there. I have tons of energy which will help me last throughout the game.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I know I will be the sole Survivor because I am extremely good with people and I would form great relationships that could help me from getting voted out. I would make it to the end because I am not afraid to make moves. I will do what it takes to win.

Nick Maiorano

Nick Maiorano

Tribe designation: Beauty

Age: 30

Current Residence: Redondo Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Personal Claim to Fame: I’ll always be a better listener than you. Meaning, I listen to people better than you do, I’m more interested in people than you are, and I accept people more than you do. And yes, sometimes I pretend to do these things, but at least I pretend, whereas you just check out and are narcissistic.

Inspiration in Life: I didn’t have a hero last time I applied and still don’t. No human is a hero. I’m my own hero because I love the person I am.

Hobbies: Writing, exercising and managing web projects.

Pet Peeves: These aren’t necessarily pet peeves, but angry, loud and rude people who don’t know how to hold a conversation.

3 Words to Describe You: Obsessive-compulsive, receptive and contrarian.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Alcohol. There’s nothing like a truth serum to give the other contestants. A picture of other contestant’s loved ones to negotiate with. A vacuum, so people think I’m dumber than they initially thought.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Courtney Yates and Jonathan Penner, personality wise. But I’m much more socially intelligent than they are.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning a million dollars and showing the other contestants that signing up for my season of Survivor was a bad idea.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m athletic, but the most useful skill is my positive nature. Other members of the group will feed off my positive demeanor and remain upbeat or at least feel better once they have a conversation with me. Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: It’s simple. I’m charismatic and manipulative. This isn’t something I’m proud to admit, but it’s true.

Caleb Reynolds

Caleb Reynolds

Tribe designation: Beauty

Age: 28

Current Residence: Hopkinsville, Ky.

Occupation: Army Veteran

Personal Claim to Fame: Defending my country in war and bringing my troops home safely to their families.

Inspiration in Life: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Hobbies: Working out, competing, hunting and riding horses.

Pet Peeves: Texting while driving and nose picking.

3 Words to Describe You: Gregarious, spontaneous and hilarious.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My phone because it has my music and pictures; my bible so I can stay in the word and be in touch with God through scripture; and pen and paper so I can write my thoughts down.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Hayden because I really loved him on the show and he was athletic. He knows when to be a beast and how to play.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning the money to better life financing. Also, I love the woods and anything survival related. I feel I can survive anything, so I want to be put to the test!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I am an ex-military man and very well trained in survival. I’m a tough competitor and can make fire out of nothing, build shelter, create insulation, help catch and kill food. I’m the die-hard outdoors man that can and will survive!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have the skills it takes to get through the tough situations of little to no water, or little to no food and I make things happen. If I made it through a war zone for 11 months, I can make it through a jungle for 39 days!

Julia Sokolowski

Julia Sokolowski

Tribe designation: Beauty

Age: 19

Current Residence: Boston, Mass.

Occupation: College Student

Personal Claim to Fame: My trip to Tanzania. I taught English to a class of 83 third graders and rebuilt and restored classrooms. I also hiked the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Inspiration in Life: My 17-year-old brother, Eric. He was born with a heart defect called hypo-plastic left heart syndrome and has undergone a series of 4 open heart surgeries. He is a fighter and my inspiration every day.

Hobbies: Skiing, hip hop & contemporary dancing and flirting.

Pet Peeves: Really slow walkers and entitled people.

3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, driven and versatile.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A photo of my family because they’re my rock! A camera because I love taking pictures to document memories and for Instagram! An iPod because a girl’s gotta jam out!

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Natalie Tenerelli because she was a young, female player, Jenna Morasca and Parvati Shallow because of their ability to strategically combine sex appeal and intelligence, and Andrea Boehlke because she is a wholesome farm girl with big dreams.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win the million dollars and also pay off my college tuition! I want to prove to everyone who ever doubted me that I am strong, strategic and intelligent, not just some Barbie princess, dumb blonde.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I would be a huge asset on camp. I have done Habitat for Humanity so I know how to build shelter. I have killed cows in Africa, worked on a farm, and know how to make fire. I’m also quick, excellent at puzzles, and have strong social skills from job experience and being a college student.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have amazing social skills, because I’m majoring in PR, so I’m studying strategic ways to persuade and manipulate people. I have strong instincts and I am very athletic. I’ve always been competitive and I am a hard working, smart girl.

Tai Trang

Tai Trang

Tribe designation: Beauty

Age: 51

Current Residence: San Francisco

Occupation: Gardener

Personal Claim to Fame: Being a part of the AIDS Life Cycle ride for the past 13 years. A 545-miles, 7-day camping and bicycle ride from SF to LA to benefit HIV and AIDS services. In total, I’ve raised over $75,000 for the LA LGBT Center and SF AIDS Foundation. I love this grueling, but fun, mental and physical challenging experience.

Inspiration in Life: My parents. They worked so hard to provide for 11 of my siblings. During and after the Vietnam war, we were so poor, we had to eat plain rice with soy sauce for months. Somehow they managed to get us all on a fishing boat to escape Communism and luckily we all survived 11 days on the open ocean. In an Indonesian refugee camp, my mom made and sold one cookie at a time to earn extra money for her children. They are the ones that taught me self-reliance and my mom always reminds me “If you have health and both hands, you can never go to sleep cold or hungry.”

Hobbies: Planning dinner parties, cooking for friends and keeping bees. I am fascinated by the colony’s social structures. I also enjoy reading and discussing fiction in our book club.

Pet Peeves: Foodies, double parked cars and lazy people.

3 Words to Describe You: Energetic, resourceful and competitive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Coffee - my life necessity, I grew up loving Vietnamese coffee since I was 3 years old; a razor - I like to shave my head and face to feel young (a survival must) and clean; “The Windup Bird Chronicle,” it’s a surreal Japanese fiction that would relax me.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Spencer, I like his positive spirit and determination to survive in given situations, and Bob Crowley, because we’re both older, nice, likable players with non-threatening demeanors who work hard.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Definitely, the fun of testing my ability to survive in harsh conditions, pushing my body physically and mentally to the fullest. I would love to compete in challenges against younger, stronger or bigger players to prove that size and age does not matter in this game. I believe in playing a good social game, and the nice guy always can win in the end. Also, to win the million dollars!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: As a gardener and fishermen, I have the outdoor skills to build shelter, climb trees, forage for food, fish and dive. I am a vegetarian but I will harvest sea life for the tribe if it keeps me in the game. I will be useful and work hard at camp. I’m physically fit and will help win challenges. Being the middle child of 11 kids, I know how to get along and be the peacemaker. I can share my childhood war stories to pass time and charm people while bringing good spirit and harmony to the tribe.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Growing up poor and without many of life’s comforts, I have the physical and mental stamina to survive in harsh environments. I’m determined and never give up till I get what I’m after. I am short and non-threatening, most people seem to like me and often are drawn to me for whatever reason. I am genuinely nice and will treat everyone well (but don’t cross me, not even once). I will do whatever it takes to become the Sole Survivor. Even though it’ll be difficult and devastating to betray my alliance, my ultimate goal is to win. I want to be a winner that everyone thinks is a little odd, but endearing, who plays a smart and interesting game with some spicy drama.

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