Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst

Host

Jeff Probst is a four-time Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Reality Host.” He has traveled the world serving as both host and executive producer for Survivor . He received an Emmy in 2001 when the show won the first ever Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Special Class) award. In 2015 Survivor celebrated its 30th edition and 15 years since the series premiered on May 31, 2000. Survivor premiered its 34th season in March 2017 and marked the show’s 500th episode. Probst is a New York Times bestselling author of a kid’s adventure series, Stranded. Also, he is a feature film director. In 2002 he wrote and directed Finder’s Fee, starring Ryan Reynolds, James Earl Jones, Robert Forster, and Matthew Lillard. Most recently, he produced and directed the feature film Kiss Me, starring John Corbett, Sarah Bolger, Rita Wilson, Emily Osment, Missy Pyle, and Jenna Fisher. Probst hosts the Howard Stern Celebrity Fan Roundtable for Howard Stern on Sirius/XM radio and previously served as host of VH1’s Rock and Roll Jeopardy. He hosted several programs for FX and traveled around the world as a correspondent for Access Hollywood. In 2001 he was voted one of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful.” He is a proud spokesperson for Taylorsgift.org, whose mission is to re-gift life through organ donation. In addition, Probst is an ordained minister and has served as the officiant at the weddings of several friends. He was ordained by the Universal Life Church of Modesto, California. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Probst lives with his family in Los Angeles when he’s not traveling the world. His birthday is Nov. 4. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jeffprobst.

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Dan

Dan "The Wardog" DaSilva

Manu Tribe

Age: 38
Hometown: Ossining, New York
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Law Student/Former Military

Hobbies: Gym, basketball, and Netflix binging.

Pet peeves: Weakness for sure, but most of all negative energy, that person who just complains constantly that the world never breaks their way.

Three words to describe you: Confident, self-amused, and passionate.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan, close second was being the youngest in my Basic Training company and making it through in a time when 20 percent or so were sent home. It was 1997 pre-war standards.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
The young men and women who joined the Army after the war began, I fought alongside these 19, 20, and 21-year-olds, and they certainly were my heroes.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
Nail clippers: I don’t know why, dirty long nails just strike a chord.
Football: it would be nice to have something to toss around.
Chess Board or deck of cards: sometimes it would be nice to remove your brain from the game but I don’t know if that’s even possible.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
The Wardog is his own blend—I’m not Tony, I’m not the Specialist, I’m not Boston Rob. Whose game did I respect the most? That’s a better question. I thought Yul played great, I thought Mike was a great winner, I loved Parvati’s game, Earl dominated, the third version of Tyson, the first version of Country Bumpkin (J.T).

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
Win the game of games! Also, to go on an adventure that few will ever partake in, and to challenge myself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I bring a certain sex appeal that men my age haven’t had for over a decade or most have never had. But I digress; I also bring a sharp mind, likable joyful personality, one that can be both subservient when I need to be and a leader when there is a vacuum of leadership. I bring a strong set of physical skills, and I won’t be the one whining and complaining. In the end, I’ll make them laugh when we are all having a miserable moment.

Reem Daly

Reem Daly

Manu Tribe

Age: 46
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Current residence: Ashburn, Virginia
Occupation: Sales

Hobbies: Chess, kickball, and neighborhood security.

Pet peeves: Intolerance, humming, bad manners, nose picking, slackers, and snobs.

Three words to describe you: Inquisitive, tenacious, and energetic.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
I don’t mean to sound cheesy, but my kids! They are good, caring people and I am super proud of that!

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
Mom.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
Hat: to stay warm and my hair will be a mess.
Hoodie: comfortable, warm, and good for sleeping.
Pants.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like? 
Stephanie LaGrossa because she does not give up and Rudy Boesch because he just does NOT care.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
I need to challenge myself. Bucket list dream.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?   
My social game is amazing and although I am honest to a fault, I know when to chill. I’ve been watching since 2000—I trust no one. Words mean zero to me. Actions speak louder!

Rick Devens

Rick Devens

Manu Tribe

Wendy Diaz

Wendy Diaz

Manu Tribe

Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current residence: Bell, California
Occupation: Small Business Owner

Hobbies: Swimming, rock climbing, anything active, karaoke, and getting into shenanigans!

Pet peeves: I cannot stand when people don’t carry their weight. I also hate quitters! Find a way to get something done! Don’t just give up when the going gets tough.

Three words to describe you: Idiosyncratic, fun-loving, and spontaneous.

What is your personal claim to fame? 
Starting my own business from the ground up.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
My mom is my greatest inspiration. She worked hard and raised three daughters all by herself.  I don’t know what I would do without her!

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
I would definitely need to take a small jar of Vaseline, my lips get dry!
Hair ties: I cannot stand when my hair is in my face! I need it up to win challenges.
Last but not least, I really want to take Scruffy. Okay context time: I have a stuffed animal that I have had for 20 years and I have never slept without him even to this day. My sister and BF insist I don’t take him because what if I get him sandy or ruin him. I’m conflicted.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
I am a hybrid of many players! I think I would play the game like Sandra, I would be the second Diaz to win! But my attitude towards people would be more like Tai. He is just so full of life and I love his outlooks on things.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor
I would like to be on the show because I want to see how tough it really is. I love putting myself in these kinds of situations and when watching the show, I have a sense that I can do this with ease.

My second motivation would probably be the money. Not in the typical sense. I have always said that I want to be rich just so I am able to help other people. I grew up poor, and I am by no means well off now, but I am content with my life and need nothing more. I could use that money to help people, even in the smallest way. Especially my mom and people like her.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I think I have the agility and the cunningness to win. I love outdoorsy stuff and can’t wait to see what the wilderness throws at me!

Lauren O'Connell

Lauren O'Connell

Manu Tribe

Age: 21
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Current residence: Waco, Texas
Occupation: Student at Baylor University

Hobbies: Binge-watching multiple Netflix series at once, sleeping through my alarm, and eating a party-sized Peanut M&Ms bag in one sitting.

Pet peeves: People who are intolerant of someone else’s personal opinions and beliefs, unnecessary rudeness, and those misguided people who choose Twizzlers over Red Vines.

Three words to describe you: Competitive, committed, and compassionate.

What is your personal claim to fame? 
I believe my claim to fame is my resilience and grit. Throughout my physically demanding career as a collegiate athlete on the Baylor Women’s soccer team, I’ve endured four orthopedic surgeries, rehabilitated physically and emotionally in order to remain an integral part of an Elite 8 team, and will obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Humanities (in four years!) from a phenomenal university while prioritizing service and volunteerism in the community of Waco.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents inspire me. They love passionately: each other, their family, and their friends. They model compassion and selflessness through their daily actions and have taught me to persevere through grief and smile through life’s toughest obstacles. They’ve inspired me to fight for things I believe in and they always remind me that my value is not determined by the perception of others. They love abundantly and without reservation, cheer for others in every circumstance, and model how to reflect Jesus in my life.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 

My Bible to remind me that I can only find my worth in Him.
Sunscreen. But only SPF 25, because a little tan looks good on everyone.
M&Ms.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Parvati Shallow is my spirit animal. Her infectious smile, smart wit, and expertise in using her sexuality has won her a place in my heart and I feel like my gameplay could be similar to hers. I also strongly relate to Kelley Wentworth’s gameplay. She is unapologetically herself, dominates the physical demands of Survivor, and is a threat in any type of challenge. Ideally, I would play the game as a perfect mix of these two powerful females.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
My primary motivation for being on the show is to test my INDIVIDUAL capacity to rise to all the challenges I will face. I have played team sports from the time I was four years old and so have always had teammates to rely on when competition was intense. This game will push me to rely on MYSELF, with no parents or teammates who have my back, nobody to lift me up emotionally, and nobody to help me through the physical demands. It will be a true test of MY strengths, my confidence in my social skills, and my individual ability to build alliances that will benefit me, all in a very short and intense time period. The fierce competition from the starting moment is what draws me to this game. This has always been a dream and goal of mine! I told my family when I was seven years old that I would be on Survivor, and I FINALLY am!

My final motivation is that I will be applying to dental school next year which is an extremely expensive dream, so when I am named Sole Survivor I’ll be able to pay for this dream without incurring more debt. As a dentist, I plan to change lives by instilling confidence through beautiful smiles, and winning this game will help me to achieve this without the burden of debilitating debt.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I have a competitive drive that few people can hope to match. I am a fierce athlete with the ability to endure extreme physical battles coupled with the desire to throw myself wholeheartedly into new adventures and challenging situations. “Surviving” won’t be an issue—I plan to outlast and win. I am brilliantly strategic, but subtly humble about it, so people are not intimidated. In addition, I have a plan for a spectacular social game that cannot be beaten:  allowing people to feel like they are in charge, while ensuring them that they are important, loved, and valued, all while I am masterminding moves in the background. I’ve studied this game for years, my Barbie and Ken doll were named Tina and Colby, and I know exactly how to manipulate if necessary in order to win.

Keith Sowell

Keith Sowell

Manu Tribe

Age: 19
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Current residence: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Pre-Med Student

Hobbies: Writing and performing my poetry, tennis, playing video/board games, and going to the movies.

Pet peeves: When self-absorbed people talk about all the money they have and things they’ve done, and only actively engage in conversations when the topic is about them or their “equals.”

Three words to describe you: Religious, competitive, and creative.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
Getting the Jackie Robinson scholarship because I had never before achieved something on a national level. It still amazes me! They had over 3,500 applicants, gave interviews to 140 and awarded only 63. To be a part of that 63 still leaves me in awe and I know it’s only by God’s grace.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
My inspirations are definitely my mom and grandma! Without them there’s no way I would be the type of person I am today. They taught me morals, values, and how to always have a loving and caring personality. They’ve seen me at my lowest times and have never withheld their love for me. We never had much but my mom always made ends meet for me. My grandma was the one who first started me on my walk in faith, which is my biggest rock in life. They are my heroes!

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
My Bible because it would be a constant reminder for me that God is always watching over me!
My poetry book because my poetry gives me life!
My Black Panther jacket because I’m a Marvel fanatic and it can always bring a smile to my face.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
I relate to Jeremy Collins because that was a family man. He put his family above all else and played solely for them. My family is the only tangible thing I’ve always had since day one! They’re my reason for everything. I also think I’d love to rely more on social gameplay as he did and connect with people for longevity.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor
No doubt my primary motivation for being on the show is my family. Since I was born, we’ve lived in the same trailer without much change. Ever since I was doing well in school, I feel like eyes have been on me to help us out of stagnation. If I can make some things happen to help us go above and beyond, then you can best believe I’m going to be that breakthrough. Survivor may just be that start for me. Secondly, I’m motivated to learn more about myself. I’ve never had to find my food or stay outside, so I’m ready to see what I can do when tested. And of course, I’m a superfan and this has been a dream of mine! I’m already the youngest black castaway to date.  How cool would it be to add being the youngest Sole Survivor onto that?

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?   
I know I can be the Sole Survivor because I’ve already been living against the odds. Me being a lower-class black man, I wasn’t nurtured to be the salutatorian of his class that would be able to afford Duke University of all places. I didn’t have the bloodline of doctors to show me how to succeed or the finances to take prep classes for educational opportunities. I didn’t even know what class rank or GPA meant until junior year. When I took the Pre-SAT, I asked “What class is this for?” I was set at a disadvantage, yet I made things happen. I went against the grain, and did what I needed to do to put myself on a pre-med track. I’m driven, focused, and possess the willpower to make mountains move. Nothing has stopped me thus far, so no 17 or 19, or however many castaways are going to stop me now!

Chris Underwood

Chris Underwood

Manu Tribe

Age: 25
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Current residence: Greenville, South Carolina
Occupation: District Sales Manager

Hobbies: Surfing, sailing, camping, anything outdoors!

Pet peeves: Laziness, political Facebook posts, people who are all talk and no walk.

Three words to describe you: Personable, hustler, and intuitive.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
My professional career. I went from being a barista to managing the #1 sales team in my solar company within a year.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
The people who have taught me to get back up when I’m knocked down, to fight for the things that matter in life, and to never let my goals get away from me, no matter how big or small.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
A surfboard because Fiji has amazing waves!
A skillet because literally everything tastes better on a skillet.
Scuba gear equipped with a spear gun because I love diving and spearfishing.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Malcolm because of his charm, Rob because he is a leader but also manipulative, Spencer because of how well he understands strategy, and Ozzy because of his skills in the water.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
My primary motivation is to say that I accomplished the goal that I was set out to do—win!  Even if the grand prize was $1,000, if I say I am going to do something, then I am everything in my control to achieve it.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I can make fire, fish, build shelter, and I will most likely be cooking a lot of meals (I’m big into cooking). Also, I’d work hard and won’t lay around camp. I’m a team player in terms of getting a group to work together, I am extremely competitive, and I will do whatever it takes to help my team win!

Kelley Wentworth

Kelley Wentworth

Manu Tribe

Age: 31
Hometown: Ephrata, Washington
Current residence: Seattle
Occupation: Marketing Manager
Previous season: Second Chance, San Juan del Sur

Hobbies: Photography, walking my dogs, and witchcraft on the weekends.

Pet peeves: Unseasoned rice, games involving balls, and people who think they’re basically badasses.

Three words to describe you: Independent, expressive, and stubborn.

What’s your personal claim to fame?

“Wentworth, does not count.” x9

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
Anyone who won Survivor on their first try.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
Amazon Prime Fresh delivery, because… food.
Clothing options that cover all of my body because… weather.
Toiletries, ’cause hygiene is important.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Kelley Wentworth from Survivor: Second Chance and I think she was also on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?
I have one thing left to do in this game: win.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I survived for 38 days last time. I think I can handle one more day.

David Wright

David Wright

Manu Tribe

Age: 44
Hometown: Philadelphia
Current residence: Sherman Oaks, California
Occupation: Television Writer
Previous seasonMillennials vs. Gen-X

Hobbies: Chess, 3D printing/making puzzles, and figuring out how to live forever.

Pet peeves: Sudden loud noises, people who don’t use the turn signal, people who don’t clean the lint trap after using the dryer, people who don’t keep their dog on a leash and then act surprised when it jumps on me, people who believe in ghosts and psychics, and people who incorrectly use the word nonplussed. People.

Three words to describe you: OCD, nervous, and paranoid.

What’s your personal claim to fame?
Lasting 38 days of a 39-day Survivor game.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
Mr. Spock—he’s intelligent, logical, and has trouble fitting in.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?  
Paintbrush.
Paint.
Canvas to make fake advantages, clues, and fake Idols.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
I relate most to David Wright. That bald nerd just needs a hug.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor
The first time I played I got a lot of unexpected growth as a person. This is my second chance and this time I’m going to earn the title of Sole Survivor!

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  

I am going to win Survivor by applying all of the skills and knowledge gained from my first time playing the game in which I lasted 38 days. I’m going to play even harder to outwit, outplay, and outlast!

Joe Anglim

Joe Anglim

Kama Tribe

Age: 29
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Current residence: Ogden, Utah
Occupation: Multimedia Artist
Previous season: Worlds ApartSecond Chance

Hobbies: Filmmaking/videography, art and equine therapy, design, creative art, nature therapies, yoga, and hiking.

Pet peeves: I find it incredibly displeasing when I see someone lose their patience and become aggressive, disrespectful, and rude.

Three words to describe you: Adaptable, adventurous, and able.

What’s your personal claim to fame? 
It was a lifelong dream to play Survivor and to get my dad out for the family visit in Survivor: Second Chances. I was also honored to be a part of and win The Price is Right‘s Survivor special with my super fan friend Latrina.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
Sierra Dawn Thomas. I’ve never been more inspired by such a hard-working, beautiful, and caring woman. She inspires me to be the best version of myself every single day.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?  
Picture of my family and girlfriend.
Brushes, paint and a canvas to make some art.
Go-Pro.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Kim Spradlin. Kind and poised, but a gamer and player.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor
To win and have Jeff say the magic words of “Sole Survivor.” Also, to prove that anything is possible and to never quit or give up on a dream.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?   
Hopefully, I’ve gained enough experience from my last two failed attempts and I can take all that I learned and apply it. I know I can get to the end if I’m adaptable enough. I just have to constantly adjust and rely on both my past knowledge of how to interact and motivate others to produce good, positive results. Just going to play “smarter, not harder.”

Aubry Bracco

Aubry Bracco

Kama Tribe

Age: 32
Hometown: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Marketing Director
Previous seasonKaôh RōngGame Changers

Hobbies: Gardening (I live in an indoor jungle), crayon art (melting them on canvas), and astrology (Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon, and Gemini Rising over here).

Pet peeves: Revisionist history.

Three words to describe you: Intuitive, scrappy, and persistent.

What’s your personal claim to fame? 
Neutralizing Kaôh Rōng‘s Super Idol.

Who or what is your 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 are too close to their butts.”

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Astrology Book: best conversation starter ever and personality investigation ever.
Headphones: ’cause it gets really annoying listening to the castaways whine about being hungry.
Not a thing, but the presence of a very dear person: Tai Trang. Finder of all things edible, Survivor soulmate and Idol king.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Aubry Bracco.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor
Primary: I love Survivor, and I don’t want Game Changers to be the end of my story. Season 34 was rough from the moment Queen Sandra said, “thank you, next” to my olive branch offer. Above all, I’m addicted to challenging myself, evolving, and saying “yes” to the experience. Everything in life, good or bad, can be a gift. It’s just a matter of perception.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor
Because I never quit.

Victoria Baamonde

Victoria Baamonde

Kama Tribe

Age: 23
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Current residenceBronx, New York
Occupation: Waitress

Hobbies: Hiking, painting/visual art, cooking.

Pet peeves: Slow walkers, leaving cabinets open, my guinea pig who I named Peeve, and when customers don’t read the menu and then ask dumb questions like, “are there meatballs in the meatball sauce?”

Three words to describe you: Controlling, ambitious, and witty.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
I was valedictorian of my college with a perfect 4.0 and I bring it up in conversation as much as possible.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
This is going to sound nuts, but my guinea pig Scamp. She’s been sick from the moment I got her. She’s had two surgery stints, countless vet visits, and tons of medications, but she’s still the happiest, feistiest, and most amazing little fur-ball. She has such a distinct personality and loves eating so much. I just respect that about her and strive to be that simplistically happy.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
A notebook and pencil (this is one item) to keep track of all my thoughts and to sketch.
Baby pillow: this tiny pillow I’ve had since I was born that I sleep with every night.
A guitar: No clue how to play one, but I figure I’ll have lots of time to learn.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
I relate to Malcolm Freberg. If you read his Wiki Fandom page, he’s described as “likable, strategic, and excels at challenges” and I’d like to think I am the same way.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
My primary motivation is the once in a lifetime adventure! I’ve been watching since I was a little kid, and it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. Every contestant says its life-changing. Secondary: the shot at a million dollars, of course!

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I truly think I have everything it takes to outwit, outplay, and outlast. I am and always have been a hustler. I work hard to achieve my goals. I’m sociable, very smart, strong, and self-aware enough to know when to tone down the quantities that make me a threat. I’m not afraid to lie and backstab, but I’m smart enough to know without alliances and bonds, you will never win.

 Ron Clark

Ron Clark

Kama Tribe

Age: 46
Hometown: Chocowinity, North Carolina
Current residence: Atlanta
Occupation: Teacher, Ron Clark Academy

Hobbies: Life doesn’t get any better than giving my Chow Chow pups belly rubs! I also get a kick out of watching the roulette ball spin and land in the single zero, but I think my main hobby is surprising people by making really unique moments for them. When I was a kid my family didn’t have money, but my parents put a lot of effort into making simple moments magical. I now try to follow in their footsteps and try my best to do that for my students, friends, and family. I also like telling stories and participating in anything competitive such as poker, pool, trivia, basketball, tennis and “Bamboo Stick Speller,” a game my friends and I created.

Pet peeves: I’m a sore loser. Like really sore. I’ll stew over a Monopoly loss for weeks, wondering, “just where did I go wrong.” Also, I hate when people slurp food (like soup) or smack chew gum. People, we can hear you!

Three words to describe you: Visionary, compassionate, “mean girl.”

What is your personal claim to fame?  
I co-founded the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta where we teach using passion, innovative strategies, and creative methods to inspire all of our students to reach success. Each week, we also train educators from around the world so that they can incorporate our strategies in their schools. To date, over 50,000 educators have visited RCA to receive training, and we are starting a revolution! I hope that doesn’t overshadow the fact that back in 2002 I won the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
My students inspire me to do more and be a better person! I love the way they forgive easily, laugh heartily and bounce back. They are great role models! Also: Antoni Gaudí gives me life! He is the most creative genius to ever walk the earth!!

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
A recording device that I could leave under the shelter so that I would always be in the know.
A returning player that others would focus on voting out so that the target wouldn’t be on me.
My wedding ring so I’d be inspired by the love waiting for me at home.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
I’m a compassionate person, but everyone who knows me well says that during competitions I turn into a villain. I also over analyze everything. For those reasons, I don’t think there’s a past contestant that is a perfect fit for me, but I think my gameplay will be most like Spencer Bledsoe.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
Since Survivor: Borneo I have been hooked. My friends and I have hung on every episode, pausing constantly to debate moves and re-watching our favorite episodes again and again. I tell my students all the time that life is for living and that they should seek to never have regrets. “Dream Big!”After watching Survivor for most of my adult life, I finally decided to take my own advice and apply. I want to live the experience and share my journey with the ones I love. It would be a monumental moment in my life!

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
My passion for life rubs off on people, and with focus, I can change people’s moods and get them to follow my lead. I’ll use my southern charm to disarm, my big personality to entertain and my loyal nature to disorient.

Julia Carter

Julia Carter

Kama Tribe

Age: 24
Hometown: Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Current residence: Bethesda, Maryland
Occupation: Medical Assistant

Hobbies: Traveling, shopping, and eating.

Pet peeves: Being ignored, loud chewing, and when people document EVERYTHING on social media.

Three words to describe you: Adventurous, resilient, and personable.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
I definitely feel proud to be the first in the family to graduate college and pave the way for my younger sister and family members.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?  
My mom. She has faced some of life’s hardest challenges but she has remained beautiful inside and out and kept her optimism intact. I can only hope to be as strong as she is.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
Pen and paper to document my thoughts, stories, and strategy.
A radio or something to play music because music keeps me going.
Picture of my family. Everything I do is for them. This would help me get through rough times in the game.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Jeremy! He was a physical beast, but he was strategic in his use of Idols, loyal to his alliance, and overall honest and personable in his gameplay. He was a well-rounded player.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
It has been my dream to be on Survivor since I started watching as a kid. It started after the passing of my father, and in a sense, it helped me “survive” my own challenges. I want to prove to myself I can do this. To win a million dollars is also a huge motivation. I have many student loans and I want to be able to help my sister and mother.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I am a team player and an excellent communicator. I have charm and wits and I am not afraid to make risky moves.

Eric Hafemann

Eric Hafemann

Kama Tribe

Age: 34
Hometown: Chicago
Current residence: Livermore, California
Occupation: Firefighter

Hobbies: Backpacking, basketball, woodworking, and pretty much anything outside.

Pet peeves: My biggest pet peeve is people taking themselves too seriously. Come on, relax people. I try to remember that 99.9 percent of the time I am NOT the smartest, coolest, most interesting, deserving, or important person in the room.

Three words to describe you: Enthusiastic, outgoing, and spontaneous.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
I am extremely proud of my profession. It was a lot of hard work and took some serious grit to get where I am. I’m proud of that, and what I am now a part of. Good people! I’m also very proud of being a good dad! I had one of the best fathers on the planet, so I have big shoes to fill.  So far, it’s going pretty good.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
The first person that comes to mind is my older son Levi. Levi is an amazing kid. A couple months before he turned two, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Simply put, he has some challenges that most kids don’t and yet he is the most joy-filled, free-spirited, hard working kid I know. He really is a special human and I get to be his dad. How rad is that! He is all the motivation I need!

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
A picture of my family to remind me why I am playing and why I need to play so hard.
A book. Something to feed my mind and something to keep me grounded. Most likely my Bible.
A surfboard.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
I have to say Tony Vlachos. I don’t think we are very similar people but I think we agree fundamentally on how you play the game. Tony was a grinder from start to finish. He understands that EVERY piece of the game, EVERY moment, EVERY situation has value and can be used to influence your outcome. I think most players only identify the most obvious parts of Survivor as pieces on the board when in reality, every last detail is a movable piece. It’s going to be my goal to be “ON” all the time in the game. In other words, to never stop playing. I plan to work angles everywhere and with everyone… all the time. I think this is how you win, by paying attention to the details and then playing off of them. Tony did that I think, and so will I.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
My primary goal of being on the show is for the adventure of it! Adventure is something that is important to me, and something I think I will always pursue. But this adventure is a unique opportunity to practice the things I preach to my sons. The show will give me an opportunity to show them that hard work pays off and that pipe dreams are absolutely worth chasing! This show is a special platform to tell a really good story!

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I think I have a lot of skills that serve a team well. I have a strong work ethic, I’m good with my hands, I’m strong and physical, and I think I’m good at making people feel valued. Another thing I am good at is keeping/bringing people together. I think I have the gift of mediation, which will be HUGE in Survivor! Someone has to keep the alliance glue sticky… I just might be that guy.

Aurora McCreary

Aurora McCreary

Kama Tribe

Age: 32
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Current residence: Orlando, Florida
Occupation: Divorce Lawyer

Hobbies: Rock climbing, adventure racing, and brunch!

Pet peeves: Know-it-alls, ignorance, playing the victim card, any noise coming from the mouth, the easily offended, slow walkers, and people who are homophobic.

Three words to describe you: Direct, ruthless, and athletic.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
Having my mom tell me she was proud of who I became before she died. We were polar opposites and did not get along, but in the end, she was proud of me.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My brother Shane. We went into the foster care system after being taken away from our biological mother. Shane wouldn’t leave my side and always protected me and made me feel normal. He made sure I wouldn’t grow up with negative memories or scars and allowed me to become the person I am today.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Gum: I have an addiction and I don’t just chew, I chomp!
Sunglasses: I cannot hide my facial reactions and roll my eyes constantly.
Earplugs: I’m an extroverted introvert so the fact that I am surrounded by people and can’t get away is going to drive me crazy.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Tyson for being a manipulative, mischievous prankster, Ciera for her attitude and foot in the mouth moments, and Michaela for her die-hard competitiveness.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor
I love the show and have been obsessed with it since the beginning. I want to be in the depths of the conversations, manipulations, and absolute psychological warfare. Also, the competitions look like so much fun. Oh no, I have to stand in the middle of the blue ocean and prove I’m a badass—GAME ON!

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
I will bring my analytical skills. I’m good at going into a situation knowing what I want, reading others, and finding out what drives them, manipulating the situation to make them think my goal is theirs. I have the ability to take the personal side out and bring forth the cutthroat side.

Julie Rosenberg

Julie Rosenberg

Kama Tribe

Age: 46
Hometown: Baltimore
Current Residence: New York City
Occupation: Toymaker

Hobbies: Psychological thrillers, hot yoga classes, escape rooms, and spending way too much time online researching gluten-free recipes that I never end up making.

Pet peeves: Hoarders, people who invade my personal space, and anything that’s floral scented.

Three words to describe you: Underestimated, determined, and maybe a little neurotic. Okay, I’m definitelyneurotic.

What is your personal claim to fame?
Raising my two kids who impress me every day with their intelligence, strength, humor, and resilience. I hope I can make them as proud of me as I am of them.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
My husband. He is incredibly smart, caring, and selfless. He has always been there for me and supports me in everything I do. Every time I watch him with our children, it reminds me that he is the best example of what a parent should be and inspires me to be a better parent myself.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 
My iPhone for its playlist of my favorite songs to keep me motivated when things get tough.
A picture of my husband, kids, and two Bernese mountain dogs to remember that they are back home rooting for me.
Milk chocolate. That’s self-explanatory.

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
A combo of Stephanie for her tenacity, Cirie for her humor and fun-spirit, and Dawn for her propensity to have some emotional moments.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
The challenge. I have wanted to play this insane game since I saw the very first episode. Something about pushing myself to the absolute physical and mental limit possible has always appealed to me. It’s about proving to myself and to those that know me that I can actually do this!.

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
There is no doubt that I will be out of my comfort zone every step of the way, but when I set out to do something I become laser focused and I never give up. While I may not be the strongest physical player out there, I am smart, social, and will play the game with both my brain and my heart. I have waited 18 years to do this and nothing is going to stop me from winning. No other outcome is even an option!

Gavin Whitson

Gavin Whitson

Kama Tribe

Age: 23
Hometown: Erwin, Tennessee
Current residence: Erwin, Tennessee
Occupation: YMCA Program Director

Hobbies: Going to Disney World, binge-watching The Office (I can quote every episode), eating Texas Roadhouse fried pickles. I might need to rethink my life based on my hobbies…

Pet peeves: Holding the door for someone and they don’t say thank you, people who vape, people asking me if I am still in high school, slow texters, other people touching the radio in my car, and parents yelling at their kids in youth sporting events.

Three words to describe you: Sarcastic, hungry, and a dreamer.

What is your personal claim to fame?  
Five years ago I asked a girl to go out with me and she said no. One year later I asked again and she said yes. Now we are engaged and I couldn’t be happier. She is also lucky because I am a catch! It’s really an accomplishment for both of us.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? 
My mom and dad. They have been my support system for the past 23 years and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. They have taught me to always show kindness, no matter the situation. They have also taught me that if you truly want something in this life, you will do everything you can to get it, no matter what it takes. I am going to use the values and lessons they have taught me to play this game.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Xbox: I can pass the time watching Netflix or playing Fortnite.
A mirror: gotta make sure I am looking sharp for everyone at home.
Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream: do I really need to explain?

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  
Keith Nale. Everyone loves Keith! I would just play more socially aware. He’s the only guy that could compete with Joe Anglim. I want to be the guy everyone is pulling for back home.

What’s your reason for being on Survivor?  
I have this internal drive to win the show. I listen to the theme song when I shower and I dream of winning Immunity. It’s just a burning desire I have always had. I love this show. Also, to prove to my mom I won’t be voted out first. She about died when I showed her the application.  She said I would embarrass myself or pass out when I got hungry. You just wait, Mom…

Why do you think you’ll “survive” Survivor?  
First off, if I can survive running a summer camp with 100 crazy kids, I know I can survive on an island with 20 crazy people. That’s 80 less crazies to deal with! I’m from the south, so being outdoors is in my blood. I also bring the mindset where if you want something, you get off your ass and go get it. Nothing will be handed to you. I will earn my spot in the group.