Survivor Cast - David vs. Goliath [2018] | Season 37 Bios

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.
Natalia Azoqa

Natalia Azoqa

Age: 25
Hometown: Irvine, California
Current residence: Irvine, California
Occupation: Industrial Engineer

Hobbies: Fitness, reading, and game nights with friends and family.

Pet peeves: Number one for me is if people do not clean their teeth properly. It is the first thing I look at when I talk to people and sometimes it looks like a person hasn't brushed their teeth in days. What is that life? 

I also do not like when people stand too close to me in lines and people who tap their feet loudly. If I can feel the table moving because of your foot then there is a problem.
 
Three words to describe you: Confident, charismatic, and blunt.

What's your personal claim to fame? 
I am driven and persistent when I take on a task and those qualities are what helped me pursue my degree in Engineering. It was not an easy path to take and even though I dealt with personal challenges, I continued to stay focused on my goal. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My dad because he left Jordan to come to the U.S. when he was 18 years old with no parents or friends, yet he managed to become very successful for his family. He inspires me to be strong and to always strive to be better.

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
A blanket to keep me warm at night. Binoculars so I could creep on people strategizing out in the ocean. Maybe I'll find out I have a secret talent of reading lips. A toothbrush because whenever I see contestants cleaning their teeth with twigs I cringe. I could care less if I smell nasty. Now, if my teeth aren't clean, I know I will be disgusted.

Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Kelley Wentworth because even though she kept finding herself at the bottom, she took all the necessary steps to get further in the game. I am not your stereotypical engineer and that drives me to prove people wrong and succeed in life.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
To WIN! I love Survivor and I have wanted to be on the show from the moment I saw it as a kid. I've seen every episode and always imagined what it would be like if I was one of the contestants. It wasn't until recently when I saw Jeff at a Survivor event that the opportunity seemed realistic. I got him to take a quick selfie and then told him I would be on the show, and of course I had to make it happen after that. It will be challenging, but that is the best part. It's going to make winning so much more rewarding. 

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I believe I will be the final Survivor because not only am I good at reading people, but I know how to get what I want. I know how to work people into doing things for me and that could help me make big moves in the game. 

Carl Boudreaux

Carl Boudreaux

Age: 41
Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
Current residence: Houston
Occupation: Truck Driver

Hobbies: Fishing, riding horses, and shooting pool.

Pet peeves: When people "smack" gum.
 
Three words to describe you: Objective, tenacious, and adventurous.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Having a successful marriage for 12 years.
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My father has always been a hardworking man and never let anything get in the way of taking care of his family. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
A picture of my family, a prayer card, my pocket Bible.
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Cirie Fields, because she never gave up and she always pushed herself when she felt it was something she couldn't do. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
To win a million dollars to put my family in a better financial situation. I love the show and have always wanted to be a part of it. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I feel that I can outwit, outlast, and outplay everyone else. 

 

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

Age: 56
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Publishing CEO

Hobbies: Roller skating, traveling (live concerts and plays), and creating things (natural skincare, soaps, cleansers).
 
Pet peeves: People who are negative. People who talk too much listen too little and "can't bust a grape." People who tend to say no before they consider "the yes." People who are quitters as they are too lazy, ignorant, or a combination thereof to do better. 

People who lack motivation but want others to make things happen for them. Sagging pants on young men. When my employees make silly errors that cost me revenue and lastly, when people sign up for things and are not fully committed, thereby negatively impacting results. 
 
Three words to describe you: Competitive, decisive, and persistent.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
My family, particularly my children and who they are as human beings, followed by my business and entrepreneurial conquests which include becoming the first African-American in a corporate position at the L.A. Times (LAT) to be a Dual-Director as Director of Inside Sales at LAT and Director of Advertising for the Recycler, a separate L.A. Times-owned media business, and later launching the largest black-owned circulating newspaper on the west coast, Our Weekly, and starting my e-commerce business, a natural and organic skincare line.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My mother. She was an amazing person, incredibly courageous, authentic, striking woman who raised her family in the church and struggled to shield us from gangs, drugs, and violence while living in the heart of South Central LA. She was "Big Momma" to many and transitioned in September 2015. 

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?  
Sunglasses will give me the ability to see things, while hiding my eyes. A body pillow can serve as a mini mattress, warmth, and comfort. A swiss knife; it does it all...right?

Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
It's very hard to pick only one, but I would say Kim Spradlin. I operate a lot like Kim as we are logical, strategic, and calculating but I'd like to think I would bring more excitement to the game than she did that season as it was a bit predictable. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I love to do over-the-top challenging things that are totally outside of my norm, especially if someone says or expects that I cannot do it. I don't want people to ever think that I am predictable or for them to categorize me in restrictive ways. I have accomplished many things in life that my friends and family will not and often cannot do and yet they live vicariously through me and my sharing experiences and that in and of itself is priceless. 

My other motivation is that Survivor is my dream come true adventure that I know I can absolutely win. To have the opportunity to compete and then to become the Sole Survivor and win the money, is like actors who make a living "acting," live glamourous lives and can then be rewarded Best Actress/Actor at the Oscars. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I am analytical, logical, calculating, strategic, and can read people well even when they are not openly sharing. I am a young 56-year-old with great energy and people often guess my age to be 10-15 years younger than I am. I understand the game and have always been a risk taker. I am not afraid to make big moves. I am a strong competitor in all that I do. I got this.

 

Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

Age: 40
Hometown: Clover, South Carolina
Current residence: New York City
Occupation: Attorney

Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, and genealogy.

Pet peeves: Lateness, illogicalness, and entitlement.

Three words to describe you: Funny, logical, and intuitive. 
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Passed the bar in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia on the first try. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
I don't really have a hero, but I admire Oprah's ability to relate to people. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
Photo albums. Life means very little without your memories and the people you love to share them with. Liquor. And a friend, because it's a remote location. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Jeremy Collins. My personality will not allow me to fly under the radar, but I think my honesty and humor can take me for as long as I make a strong partnership. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I've been a fan for so long. I want to have the adventure first hand. I want to become the Sole Survivor and win the money so I can care for my sick father at home. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I believe I have an uncanny ability to read people well and gain their trust. I am also not hindered by what others back home will think of me, so I hopefully won't be afraid to make big moves.

Pat Cusack

Pat Cusack

Age: 40
Hometown: Cohoes, New York
Current residence: Watervliet, New York
Occupation: Maintenance Manager

Hobbies: Hunting, football, and boating.

Pet peeves: Cracking my knuckles.

Three words to describe you: Funny, hard-working, and loving.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Raising my children to be productive and outgoing people. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My dad is my hero. He worked two jobs when we were young to support a family of six, while my mother was confined to a hospital bed from an accident. 
 
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
A picture of my wife and kids. They are what make me tick. That's all I need. They are my everyday motivation. 

Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Cochran because he is a chameleon, like me. Hatch because he's a true-to-life person. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
My primary reason is obviously a million dollars, but being a young parent of three, the excitement of a tropical paradise is a thing I've never experienced. I've never really ever left New York state. 

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
My mental, physical, and emotional skills are unmatched. My dedication and determination are my strongest assets. 

 

John Hennigan

John Hennigan

Age: 38
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Pro Wrestler 

Hobbies: Parkour/MMA, writing, and surfing.

Pet peeves: Unsolicited advice. Delusional people.
 
Three words to describe you: Irreverent, ambitious, and optimistic.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Pro wrestling fans around the world know John Hennigan as The Mayor Of Slamtown, Johnny Nitro, John Morrison, Johnny Mundo, Johnny Impact, the Shaman of Sexy, The Wednesday Night Delight... I've had more epic ring names than most wrestlers have had championships and in addition to those, plenty of other nicknames that aren't so nice.

In addition to being a world famous pro wrestler, I starred in dozens of TV shows, such as GLOW on Netflix, and movies including the award-winning action comedy Boone: The Bounty Hunter, which I also wrote and produced.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My dad is the most authentic, charismatic, well-read human that I know. He has worked tirelessly to provide an amazing life for my sisters, my mother and I, he's the center of every conversation in which he engages, and always has time for family.

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?   
Three ab wheels... in case the first two break. It's important to not underestimate fitness on the island. 

Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Mike Holloway with shades of Cochran—I plan to form alliances early and play a loyal game at first. Play strategically in challenges; dominate when necessary. If it seems strategically wise I'll dominate challenges, but I plan to have more tact than Mike when it comes to publicly putting my desire to win the game over the group's happiness because that kills trust within the group. The way Cochran was there for people as a "therapist" is similar to how Mike stood up to for Shirin, but Cochran seemed to have a more constant relationship with his group than Mike.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I want to win and I want the money. I'm planning on buying a Corvette the size of a Hummer, but as fast as a Corvette. With some of my winnings.
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
My daily life consists of physical training, building relationships, and positioning myself favorably in dozens of wrestling organizations worldwide. I currently consistently work for over 20 different wrestling promotions all over the world. Two years ago, I came to Triple A without speaking fluent Spanish and sat in a locker room full of prideful luchadores, some of whom had worked for that company for over 20 years. Less than one year later, I'm the first non-Mexican Triple Champion of Triple A because I positioned myself strategically within that organization, built a great relationship with the owner, and by kicking ass, like I kick ass in the ring my talent could not be overlooked. I am an English speaking Irish-American who grew up in Palos Verdes, and a multi-million dollar Mexican wrestling company decided that I am the best person to represent their brand. Everywhere I go the challenge is the same. I win because I understand how to play the game. 

Christian Hubicki

Christian Hubicki

Age: 32
Hometown: Baltimore
Current residence: Tallahassee, Florida
Occupation: Robotics Scientist

Hobbies: Clarinet, primarily classical. I do gigs and perform in orchestras. Casual coding. I once wrote a computer program to crate train my dog. Success was mixed. Sous chef to my girlfriend—I chop, she cooks. Together, we make some good food. Probably because she handles the more important job.

Pet peeves: Condescension, clichés, and reckless abuse of percentages. 

Three words to describe you: Intellectual, jovial, and driven. 
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Getting my robotics research made fun of on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stephen called me a "nerd" on national television. Bucket list stuff. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents are my heroes. No contest. They toasted my successes, comforted me in failure, and helped me back on my feet. I can't count all the ways they've supported me. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
Binoculars to try "birding." I've never done it, despite writing part of my dissertation on birds. Sounds relaxing. A graphing calculator; a good shelter is grounded in good trigonometry. Also, it should be grounded in dirt. And a thesaurus to give pity names to my strategic game moves. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Stephen Fishbach. He talked about the game as a chaotic whirlpool of alliances, and his nerdy game analysis warms my heart. I don't do poetry, but I wouldn't object to being called a wizard.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
To win and prove I'm not just a diploma or a résumé, that I'm a formidable person, qualifications or no. I also want to make my mark on this game and help innovate the way Survivor is strategically played. I need the game, and the game needs me. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I'll win with my intelligence, kindness, and creativity. I'll be quick to assess threats and avenues of advancement while cultivating positive relationships with everyone. If I'm in a tight spot, I'll adapt and figure a way out. What could go wrong?

 

Kara Kay

Kara Kay

Age: 30
Hometown: San Diego
Current residence: San Diego
Occupation: Realtor 

Hobbies: Friends (not the show, real people). Running/biking/yoga. Dancing/snowboarding.

Pet peeves: Drivers who use their brakes unnecessarily, oblivious people, and when anyone tells someone else how to live their life.
 
Three words to describe you: Energetic, persistent, and passionate.
 
What's your personal claim to fame? 
Making Charger Girls. I was Rookie of the Year, MVP in 2014 and a captain for two years. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My mom always dropped wisdom. She was the epitome of what a mother should be to her kids. She was the perfect role model and practiced what she preached. Not to mention, she was hilarious and opinionated. Other people said she was just the classiest lady who everyone lived. I think she lived life so fully that God decided she was ready for heaven. She'll always be my hero. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
The book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer—it talks a lot about clearing your mind and that could be crucial. A mirror. Sounds vein, but could help make a fire plus it would be interesting to see who insists on looking in it. A deck of cards; can be used for entertainment as well as another form of character judgement. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Parvati Shallow because she's brilliant, she's flirtatious, and she won! Her alliances were well thought out and she made power plays at the right time. I would have a positive attitude and make connections like Figgy except I'd avoid getting into a showmance at all cost. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
To win one million dollars! It would be nice to help my dad get back on his feet for good; he ran a successful business until he lost it all in the recession. I helped support, but I could only do so much. I also want to step outside my comfort zone to prove I can do anything with the right mindset. This would really help carry out my mom's legacy and make her really proud. I would also love to have a down payment for a house. I live in San Diego, one of the hottest real estate markets... and it's expensive! 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I am relentless. I don't give up. I know how to get along and even make friends with all walks of life. I'm kind of a chameleon. I guess I'd consider myself pretty savvy and adept. I observe everything, yet have the ability to keep to myself if need be. I'm strong and focused, therefore could be a threat in challenges. Plus, I am not afraid to be cutthroat if I have to. In today's world, I think you'd call that savage. My social game would be impressive, plus I could win over the jury with game tactics and strategy. 

Angelina Keeley

Angelina Keeley

Age: 28
Hometown: Sparks, Nevada 
Current residence: San Clemente, California
Occupation: Financial Consultant 

Hobbies: Traveling the world, trying new things, political activism, hosting margarita nights, dancing, workout classes, anything involving French bulldogs, and starting my non-profit Ready to Run, which encourages, empowers, and equips middle school and high school aged girls to run for student government positions in their schools.

Pet peeves: Indecisiveness, when people don't vote, and when people don't like dogs.
 
Three words to describe you: Intuitive, persuasive, and loving.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
I was elected to serve over 15,000+ students at Stanford University as Student Body President, and I was the first Latina to hold the position.
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents. They have both worked incredibly hard for everything they have and to make a good life for us kids. Because of them, and their never-ending love and support and belief in me, I have been able to accomplish everything I've ever set my mind to. 

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?  
A copy of Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise," a poem that sums up my mindset for life and Survivor. A radio so I could listen to the news every day. Not knowing what's going on in the world around me is going to be one of the hardest parts of the game for me. And make-up. I'm not going to front, I wear it every day.
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Natalie Anderson for her intellect, sense of timing and character. Parvati for her charm, social awareness and cunningness. And both women for their warrior spirits and overall badassness. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
Survivor is the ultimate challenge of grit, savviness, and strategy. As a naturally competitive person, I want to test myself, my abilities and my limits. As a military spouse, I believe we are most of the strongest and most adaptable people. 

I want to win because my husband will head out on his second deployment this year, and I want to be a source of strength and inspiration for other military families who have endured long months and years away from their soldier. Also, winning a million dollars is obviously a huge motivation--like many Americans I have a lot of student debt from school, and being able to pay that off would be a game changer. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I have always been an extremely optimistic and positive person, I always see the best in everything/everyone and make the most out of even the hardest situations. Even though I'm not super outdoorsy, I'm a quick learner and always down to try something new.

I'm also scrappy, adaptable, smart, fun, and determined as hell. Most importantly though, my love for people, empathy, and emotional awareness are what I credit for much of what I've accomplished in my 28 years of life. I'm able to get along with anyone, and people tend to trust me. 

Lastly, I'm not afraid to take risks and play hard. I will use all of these skills, at the right time with the right people, in order to make it all the way to the end.

 

Alec Merlino

Alec Merlino

Age: 24
Hometown: San Clemente, California
Current residence: San Clemente, California
Occupation: Bartender
 
Hobbies: Surfing, playing guitar, and making travel videos.
 
Pet peeves: Terrible drivers, traffic, and people that exaggerate during a story.
 
Three words to describe you: Charismatic, tenacious, and humorous.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Getting through college and always pushing the boundaries in life by doing things that make me uncomfortable, such as traveling solo, playing guitar, and singing for people. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My mom and dad because they have shown me what love is and what it means to stay positive together through the tough times. My dad has been laid off a time or two, but he's always thinking of creative ways to make money and fighting to make things work. 
 
My mom is a selfless individual, a hard worker in real estate, and someone who's always positive and wants nothing but the best for those around her. They both demonstrate a tremendous amount of courage and I love them.   
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
A picture of my loved ones to keep me motivated, a picture of my bank account statement because it's zero. And a guitar to sing "Kumbaya" by the fire.
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
I relate most to Jay, Joe, and Malcolm. All of those players are charming and likeable individuals. They were also all a dominating force during the challenges and physically fit which made them a useful asset around camp. 
 
What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I've always been a go-getter and someone who doesn't take no for an answer. I want to outwit, outplay, and outlast everyone. I want to prove to myself that I can be that likable, charming and a physical threat player. I also want to be sitting at the final Tribal Council and win the million-dollar prize!
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I have the ability to charm people around me, both guys and girls. I can read people and understand situations better than most. My personality is endearing and I'm able to adapt in different environments. My job is to deal with all walks of life just like Survivor, and for that reason my social game is going to be unstoppable.

Bi Nguyen

Bi Nguyen

Age: 28
Hometown: Houston
Current residence: Houston
Occupation: MMA Fighter

Hobbies: Reading, anything with water, and working out.

Pet peeves: People who complain constantly.
 
Three words to describe you: Strong, smart, and funny.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
If I were to choose one accomplishment I'm most proud of, it would have to be my debut victory. I was the underdog. I took on an opponent much more experienced than I was for my first fight. I beat her and retired her. I also gained my nickname and fan base after that victory. I've had 22 victories after that, but that one I'm most proud of.  
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My sister Twee. She is resilient and hard working. She was in college tutoring calculus while learning English and graduated top of her class. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
I would bring one of my favorite books, probably one about mental strength. I would also bring underwear. Lastly, I would bring a hair tie, because my hair is a pain. 

Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Ben from Season 35. I am physically strong, assertive, but quiet and observant as well. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
My first season I watched was Season 35, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. I thought I could definitely dominate this experience and win. If I would've seen this show earlier, I would've applied years ago.
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I am an elite athlete. I would win many challenges and would be a great asset to the team. I was born and lived in rural Vietnam until I was 9 years old so my natural survival skills are impeccable. I've sold cars for a living and can convince people of what they want and need. 

Being a fighter, I'm a great strategist. Before a fight, besides the physical training, we watch and study film on our opponents to assess and strategize how to defeat them. Most of all, I am adaptable. 

 

Elizabeth Olson

Elizabeth Olson

Age: 31
Hometown: Dallas, Ft. Worth, Texas
Current residence: Longview, Texas
Occupation: Kitchen Staff 

Hobbies: Gardening and growing my own food, horseback riding (haven't had horses for a few years though), and cooking down to earth but fantastic food. 
 
Pet peeves: Oh, I hate lazy people. And people that don't have a lick of common sense—I would call them stupid. Momma always said to use your noodle—God gave it to you for a reason. Boring and dull pisses me off too. Oh and whiners—I can't stand whining!

Three words to describe you: Hardworking, unique, and crazy.
 
What's your personal claim to fame? 
Being a mom. I pushed two girls out with no pain meds. I was a beast! Also, winning three state championships in Kentucky 4-H with my poor horses. Developing and managing the most successful program at Redcloud, "JAW," which was an intense discipleship program for high schoolers, to teach work ethic, service, Bible, and riding instructing skills. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My brother Josh. He is in the U.S. military. Everything he does is out of love and pride for our country and the people in it. He loves and adores his family and is fiercely loyal to his faith and God. We were best friends growing up and we talked about everything. As we each have our own families now, we don't talk as much, but I love him more than ever. And I literally think of him anytime I am going through a struggle and I remember to keep pushing and don't quit! 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?
My hat. I feel naked without my hat. Like I would wear my genuine wool lined raccoon hat to church when I was 11. My mom would sometimes try to get me to take it off, but it ended in a blow up fight. I wore my hat during labor and delivery for my two daughters, and also during my surgical C section with my son. I sure had to convince the surgeon to allow my hat in that operating room. 

And chocolate. Every girl who has ever had a period needs chocolate. It's also good for sad, or happy, or mad, or hungry. 

Finally, a notebook and a pencil. So I could keep track of my thoughts and plans better. Especially without someone to bounce ideas off of—I would not want to forget something obvious. 

Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Big Tom from Africa. He was a redneck, funny, knows more about farming than current culture. Also, Sandra Diaz-Twine, who was passionate, smart, played the game hard, and objective.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
Being true to who I am and pursuing my dreams. No matter how crazy. It's not crazy if it's something you want to do. I can't stand the idea of living with regrets. I want to LIVE my life. The craziest/stupidest thing someone could do would be to love cautiously and in fear. Pursue your dream, who knows it may come true. 

I can win! Like I believe I will win, if I get to hear Jeff say the words, "Welcome to Survivor, here are your buffs." I watched my first episode during Australia and loved it. Even as a kid, I knew I was made for this show. And that I could win and make all of us southerners proud! 

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I will be liked and needed by all especially at the beginning, the provider role. I will develop relationships with unlikely people and help bring cultures and ages together. I will be competitive in challenges. I am strong and don't quit. I didn't quit through my season of depression. Just kept putting one foot in front of the other. Didn't rely on feelings, but logic. I defend people and injustices. People talk to me because I am trustworthy. I have watched enough of the game to know how it is played, but not so fanatic about it that I am a geek. I just LOVE the show. I love strategy and don't mind cutting ties if it benefits me, even if it is hard. I have moved all over the planet and it all worked out. 

 

Gabby Pascuzzi

Gabby Pascuzzi

Age: 25
Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida 
Current residence: Denver 
Occupation: Technical Writer

Hobbies: Hiking, binge-watching cooking shows but never cooking, reading too many online reviews before I commit to anything.  

Pet peeves: Loud chewers, people who are wrong about facts but think they are right, people who lack self-awareness. 
 
Three words to describe you: Excitable, intelligent, and empathetic. 
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Going from a couch potato to an adventure-seeker who sometimes gets off the couch to hike mountains, including 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet)! 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
Anyone brave enough to: be vulnerable, love with their whole heart, or speak out against injustice. Any anyone brave enough to rock bangs. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?  
A phone to call my family and friends for love and advice. A journal so I could record my thoughts and plot out strategy. A mirror because I'd be scared something would be in my teeth the entire time and no one would tell me. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like?  
I relate to Aubry because she is both smart and emotionally intelligent. I am prone to tear-filled moments like Dawn. And I'm flirty like Parvati... if she were bad at flirting and only nerdy guys liked her. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
Human psychology and social dynamics fascinate me, and I'm excited to insert myself into the craziest experiment out there. I simultaneously love and hate pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I want to see if I can rise above the mental, emotional, and physical turmoil found in this game.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I have the knowledge of the game, but I'm social enough to hide it and not be a (complete) dork. I'm an emotional, empathetic person who happens to have the capacity for analytical thinking. My balance between brain and heart will win me allies and a million dollars.

Jessica Peet

Jessica Peet

Age: 19
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida 
Current residence: Lakeland, Florida 
Occupation: Waitress

Hobbies: Photography, interacting with children, and event planning. 

Pet peeves: Saying "bless you" when someone sneezes.
 
Three words to describe you: Outgoing, motivated, and strategic thinker.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
I was elected as a Senior Class Officer in my school.
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My teacher Mrs. Johnson is the reason I want to become a teacher. She is selfless, humble, and truly just a beautiful person inside and out. She is like a second mother to me and I am thankful for her guidance throughout the years.
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?  
My toothbrush—I love having clean teeth. My pillow for comfort. A paper and pen to write. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
My goal as I go in is to play most like Sarah did in Game Changers. She had a phenomenal social game and I feel as if I can do the same thing because of the relationships I normally build with people. While doing that I can still balance camp life, and hopefully make it as far as she did.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
My motivation is the experience this show brings to travel and be put out of your comfort zone. I also want to prove people wrong and show them that I can do this. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
No one would expect me to know the game like I do. I have the ability to think on my toes and I am a people person. Most of the time everyone likes me and I'm easy to get along with. I can form good relationships so when it comes time for the Final Tribal, I could get many votes or talk them into it. 

 

Alison Raybould

Alison Raybould

Age: 28
Hometown: Leawood, Kansas
Current residence: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Occupation: Physician

Hobbies: Getting to the bottom of bottomless breadsticks at Olive Garden. Working out in any capacity—typically swimming, circuit training, running or hiking. Playing medical "would you rather" with friends.

Pet peeves: A sense of entitlement, when someone eats the last bite of a meal after I have been carefully constructing the perfect final bite, and slow drivers in the left hand lane.
 
Three words to describe you: Hero, healer, and hustler.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Got fifth place in my grade school spelling bee.
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents taught me about work ethic, industry, and perseverance. They made so many sacrifices so that my siblings and I would have every opportunity possible. They pushed me to be the best version of myself. They also demonstrated daily how to lead a purposeful life guided by integrity and morality. 

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
To quote Dwight K. Schrute, "Physician's desk reference. Hollowed out. Inside, waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars and a NASA blanket." The reason seems obvious here. Also, face wash. I appreciate a good skincare regimen. And a Costco pack of Orbitz bubblemint gum for that minty fresh taste. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
Andrea Boehlke, a fellow Midwesterner, who is tough in challenges, hardworking around camp, strategic, and a fierce competitor.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I want to win a million dollars so that I may thank my parents for the endless opportunities that they have given me through the years. I also feel like I have lived an extraordinary life, but I am looking for new, unparalleled adventure. I have been on this well-defined path for ten years, pursuing medicine, and now is the perfect opportunity for me to deviate from the expected and do something totally unpredictable. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
The stakes are higher for me than most as I am acutely aware of what I am giving up (in stepping away from my patients and my program for two months), so I will not be afraid to make big moves. I will fight until the very end, and then when sitting across from the jury at the final Tribal Council, they will all commend the brilliant, strategic game I played. 

 

Dan Rengering

Dan Rengering

Age: 27
Hometown: Lake Butler, Florida
Current Residence: Gainesville, Florida
Occupation: S.W.A.T. Officer

Hobbies: Working out in the gym, running at the stadium, or running the S.W.A.T. obstacle course, playing video games, and having date nights with my daughters. 

Pet peeves: I can't stand people that are lazy. Go out and get what you want! Don't complain about it and do nothing and expect it to happen. I also hate when people cut me off while I'm talking. Please let me finish what I have to say, it may be important. 

Three words to describe you: Determined, athletic, and competitive. 
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
I am extremely proud of making our S.W.A.T. team. I had to work extremely hard to lose a ton of weight to be physically able to even try out, much less do well enough to make the team. I was one of the youngest and least experienced people to ever make our S.W.A.T. team. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My hero is my stepfather, Tim. Tim met my mother shortly after my parents separated. My whole life he has always been a steady father figure and an amazing role model. He taught me the value of hard work and how to be a humble man. When I met Tim at seven years old, he had nothing. My mother and him worked diligently and started a company from nothing and now want for nothing. 

Don't get me wrong, they aren't billionaires, but they pretty much do what they want when they want. Tim works many long hours and long nights to provide an amazing life to our family. The best part about him is you will never hear him brag about it. 

There is a song written by Brad Paisley that makes me think of him and brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. It's called "He Didn't Have to Be." It talks about how his stepfather was a great father to him and he hoped that he can be half the dad that he didn't have to be. That describes how I feel about Tim. 
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?    
A picture of my kids because I will miss them terribly. A Kindle with lots of books for entertainment. A hammock so I can have somewhere comfortable to sleep. 

Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
I feel like I can relate to Malcolm from Season 25 the most. I feel like I'm young and athletic like he is and that I could do well in the challenges, making me an asset to my team in the beginning. I also feel like I can play the game strategically like he did, helping me run deep in the game. 

I work in a profession that requires me to be able to talk to any type of person through all walks of life and be able to relate and convince them to do things that I may need them to do. Malcolm was such a likeable person that he was voted off because three other contestants knew they wouldn't beat him in the final vote. I feel like I'm a very likeable person. I am able to make friends and relate to people anywhere I go. 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
My primary motivation for being on the show is to win. A million dollars would be a great way for me to provide a great life for my children that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise. My secondary motivation is my desire to compete. I love competing and I love winning. I haven't been able to compete at a high level since I played college football and I would love to be able to compete against other gifted men and women. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I believe that I could be the winner for multiple reasons. I have a strong desire to win. I always want to win at absolutely everything I do. Whether it be checkers with my girls or just trying to be the first one to a call for service at work. I always want to be first. 

I have a strong work ethic. When I put my mind on something and decide that's what I want, I go and get it. Prime examples would be making our S.W.A.T. team. Prior to trying out, I was a very overweight guy. I decided that I wanted to be more than just a regularly everyday beat cop and I did whatever it took to do it. I changed my diet drastically, I worked out every single day, and I went to the track and ran sprints 2-3 times a week. 

Lastly, I'm very good with people. My career requires me to be able to talk to people all day. Everything I do at work requires interaction with people, and more importantly people who are typically either angry or distressed. I am very good at talking to people and convincing them to do things that they typically wouldn't want to do. I am quite skilled at calming people down when they are upset or angry. 

 

Davie Rickenbacker

Davie Rickenbacker

Age: 30
Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina
Current residence: Atlanta
Occupation: Social Media Manager

Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, biking, fishing—basically any outdoor activity that involves my huskies. Playing Scrabble, cosplaying, and memes!
 
Pet peeves: I don't like people making decisions for me, especially without asking my opinion. Never expect a free ride with me if I see you being complacent. I will push you to get up and show initiative. There's nothing that bothers me more than a lazy person who acts privileged around those who've had to work for things their entire life. Oh, and calling me Dave or David instead of Davie, my momma named me that!

Three words to describe you: Uncommon, adventurous, and calculating.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
My online presence. I've always prided myself on my social media presence via various platforms. I wear my pages on my sleeve so to say that anything a person wants to know about me they can find on my multiple accounts. I've been proclaimed "the social media guru" among my closest friends because I know every trick and trinket to the game. 

Examples: Posting at peak hours to maximize the amount of "likes" you receive, guaranteed responses from females via Direct Messages (how to slide into them DMs), not to mention providing Grade A entertainment via video stories regularly. 

I've often also been told that my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook is "my favorite" from friends and even been called by my Instagram handle in public quite frequently (@iHateDavie) by strangers. Social media is also the reason I became employed with the top agency in the world for Public Health. I can say with confidence that it is my expertise and claim to fame undeniably.
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
Rick Grimes is my hero, though he is a fictional character. I have learned so much from him, from leadership skills to dealing with new people and new surroundings. The lead character in The Walking Dead, Rick leads a group of average individuals who become stronger because of his teachings and experiences.  

He defeats all of his enemies in a strategic and calculating way. Rick is dedicated to the title that his group has given him and is a provider for his family and friends, like myself. He has good days and bad days but never gives up. I channel Rick in a crisis and it helps me stable my mind, while having a little fun in the process.
 
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why?   
My harmonica. I believe in therapy and relaxation and making my own music will do just that. When I am stressed in the game, I can create this escape mentally and physically and maybe even look for idols in the process or entertain a few people and make friends along the way.

My Davy Crockett hat. It's my lucky hat. I have worn it to tests and passed and I have worn it on dates and gotten lucky. When I wear this hat, I channel my best self.

My Bible. I believe that Christ strengthens my being and it's important that I review his teachings, especially in times of chaos and struggle.  
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Jeremy Collins. He was genuinely a good guy that knew when to speak and knew when to observe, that's my Obama! Also, Tony Vlachos, in that he was an innovative thinker to the game. Finally, Adam Klein in that he's a family man with a giddy sense of humor. They are all winners and so am I!

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I was always teased for not playing popular sports like my friends so this would be my ultimate competition. I'm the middle child so almost the black sheep of the family. Both of my brothers are so accomplished so I want to have my own unique medal of self-accomplishment. My secondary motivation is my pack, my huskies. Recently, my beta wolf Luna Moon was hit by a car. I thought she was dead but we were able to save her. However, not without me being in debt. With my winnings, I want to create an insurance company for pet owners so that when things like this happen to us, we won't be faced with the hardest decision of our lives (putting a pet down). 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I understand how packs work. As a Siberian husky breeder, I know that in order to gain the trust of my pups, I have to feed them. I'm a skilled fisherman so as soon as I can get in the water to catch fish for my tribe, I will earn their trust. I also build doghouses and construct kennels for my pups and with my tribe, this would be no different. Creating new innovative, comforting types of shelter will show me as an asset. Lastly, with my pack, I have to be stern with them. I will mingle with the entire tribe, not just a few to show my sociability while also being assertive with them when it's time to put my foot down.

Lyrsa Torres

Lyrsa Torres

Age: 36 
Hometown: Puerto Rico
Current residence: Boston
Occupation: Airline Agent

Hobbies: Kickboxing, writing, and drawing. 

Pet peeves: I can't stand a dirty kitchen, people that won't stop talking about themselves, and unnecessary continuous noises.
 
Three words to describe you: Overachiever, funny, and resourceful.
 
What's your personal claim to fame?
Going back to school and making it to grad school. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My hero is my mom, but please don't tell her! She went back to college after 40 years, completed her undergrad with a dual concentration and graduated Cum Laude way before I did. I saw her overcoming her fears and school struggles. She never gave up and we even took classes together! 

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
My sketch book with a pencil for drawing and writing. The book 100 Years of Solitude because it's one of my favorites. My kickboxing gloves to practice. 
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Probably Sandra. Her first two seasons with the "as long as it's not me' and playing low key until the end was good. I would also have eaten that goat if possible on Game Changers. It's food! 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I want to prove to myself and my friends that I can do this. I've been a fan of the show since the first season, although sometimes I forget some details. My friends think that just because I don't go camping, I can't do it. This is also a social game, not just physical, and I think I can outwit and outlast just being me and using my brains. I also have student loans and a Ph.D to pay. I would also like to win the game for parents and friends. After Hurricane Maria, things got very hectic back home in Puerto Rico, and I would love to be able to help them.
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I might not be a physical threat, although I have been doing kickboxing for about four months, but I think studying other contestants, using their weaknesses to my advantage and keeping a good social game, I would win. I am mostly relying on my social game. I will vote off people but my relationships with them would be real. I am a very loyal, honest person, so I would try not to backstab people, but it's a game and I want to win.

 

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson

Age: 27
Hometown: Williamsburg, Kentucky
Current residence: Williamsburg, Kentucky
Occupation: Public Defender 

Hobbies: Boating on the lake, four-wheeler riding, and tailgating football games and Keeneland horse races.

Pet peeves: People getting offended over every little thing and know-it-alls.
 
Three words to describe you: Charming, outgoing, and intelligent.

What's your personal claim to fame?
Becoming a Redneck Lawyer! I am a first generation college student and the first in my family to get a bachelor degree. I am also proud of myself for being a public defender to help people instead of chasing money—especially because money and the thought of being rich motivated me in school. 
 
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
Mamaw Joan—my grandma. She is the most selfless person I've ever met. When my mom and dad got divorced she raised me and my four siblings while we stayed with my dad. She taught me life-changing lessons like the value of hard work and the importance of helping others. She also taught me how to enjoy a beer and some bluegrass music. Work hard, play hard, love hard. Her favorite quote was, "If you don't use it, you lose it!" 
 
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
A cooler, beer, and a radio. Nothing beats being outdoors and putting a few back. As great as it is at a tailgate, on the lake, or at a bonfire, I bet it would be even more enjoyable on the beaches of Fiji. 

Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
J.T. from TocantinsHeroes vs. Villains, and Game Changers. I've got that Southern charm. I can be hard headed when in the heat of a competition. I'll either win or get myself sent home with a massive swing for the fences. No regrets! 

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
I think there are three reasons people play Survivor: adventure, money, and fame. My primary motivation is the experience and adventure! It has been my dream to play this game since I was a little kid. I want to push myself even further in life then I already have and test myself. 

My secondary motivation is the money. If I had a million dollars, I could pay off my student loans, which would open up my career options a little more. Money is not my primary motivation, because I anticipate I will make a million dollars in my career at some point. 

I do not care about fame. These days, Survivor contestants are only famous for about six months, anyways. 
 
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I know I could be the final Survivor because I am the total package for this game, First, I am an adamant, hard-working son of a gun. I have chased my dreams my whole life and achieved those, despite humble beginnings.

Second, I am a likeable, social guy. Third, I am physically fit and stronger than I look. I will do great in the challenges—tribal and individual, physical and puzzle. Fourth, I am very smart and it is hidden well behind my accent and appreciation for small town life. I will definitely be underestimated.

Finally, I am a Survivor strategy expert. I am a super fan who has analyzed every season and every move. As I said, I am the Survivor total package.

Mike White

Mike White

Age: 47
Hometown: San Diego
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Filmmaker 

Hobbies: Travel, wine enthusiast, and water sports.

Pet peeves: I'm impatient with bigots. 

Three words to describe you: Curious/ funny, dynamic, and imaginative.
 
What's your personal claim to fame? 
I've accomplished a lot in my career and was able to make a lot of movies.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
I think of George Plimpton, a great writer who also wanted to experience the things he was writing about. He was fearless, inquisitive and enlightened.

If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? 
An eye mask to sleep. A good book; something fat. A SeaBob for the ocean!
 
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? 
Johnathan Penner was a good storyteller and Rob from Amazon had a good read on people.

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
My primary motivation is playing the game. I've always, always wanted to play and see how I would do. Secondary is the absurd challenge of it all. 

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor
I have the desire. I know the game. I am a student of human psychology, like what people say and how they behave. 

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