By John Powell – GlobalTV
An ex-NFL player, a neurosurgeon, a stay-at-home mom and a pastor will all be competing the for the title of Sole Survivor and the million dollar prize that goes along with it.
Also along for the ride is Erika Casupanan, a communications manager that is originally from Niagara Falls but now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
She claims to be a master manipulator.
“I’ve been manipulative since before I knew what manipulation was. I relentlessly pursue my dreams. The great thing is no one would expect it because of my youthful face and small stature. I can make it to the end and am confident in my ability to advocate for myself at final tribal,” she says in her bio.
Pastor Shantel Smith, who was born in Toronto but now lives in Washington, will be playing alongside Casupanan.
“I believe I have what it takes to win. I think living on the streets, developing a strong work ethic, practicing excellence in all that I do and put out into the world, having a high threshold for pain and suffering, endurance, perseverance, knowing that nothing comes easily but everything must be earned and worked for, rigorous self-examination, zero entitlement, trusting that self discipline is self love, believing in others and making them feel capable of accomplishing anything, my interpersonal skills, my wit and my grit, my reverence for God in others, my heart to serve, and an attitude of gratefulness and celebration for the small wins all make me believe that I will be the final Survivor,” she said in her bio.
Survivor 41 debuts with 18 new castaway on Global with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).
In something new for this season, host and producer Jeff Probst will take viewers inside the show, addressing the audience directly throughout the season, even letting fans in on some twists before the players are made aware.
Also, junior fans can test their own Survivor skills by playing the new “Game within the Game.” Each week, they’ll have to spot a hidden rebus puzzle within the episode and then solve it.
“I cannot remember a time when I’ve been this excited to launch a new season of SURVIVOR,” said executive producer and host Jeff Probst in a starement.“Survivor 41 features a really likable group of savvy Survivor players and they are in for the most intense, most difficult and most dangerous season we’ve ever done. We know we have the most loyal fans of any show on television and we are pumped to bring them a new, exciting season of Survivor!”
Here are the new contestants: