'Survivor: Redemption Island' 16 of 18 castaways named (video)


Two Former Castaways (to Be Announced Later this Week) Will Return to Seek Redemption.

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

This edition of SURVIVOR will feature a new twist when, for the first time, castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. 

Each week at Tribal Council when a castaway is voted off, they will be sent to an isolated island called “Redemption Island,” where they will live alone in exile.  

To stay on Redemption Island, they will need to compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council and sent to the Island.  The winner of each duel earns the right to continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game and the chance to compete for the title of Sole Survivor; the loser is sent home.

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The battle unfolds in Nicaragua where the 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe. 

The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor. 

While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption. 


Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND (in alphabetical order):

OMETEPE:                                                                ZAPATERA:

Andrea Boehlke                                                         Mike Chiesl
Age: 21                                                                    Age: 31
Current Residence: Random Lake, Wis.                        Current Residence: Del Mar, Calif.
Occupation: Student                                                   Occupation: Former Marine              

Matt Elrod                                                                  Ralph Kiser
Age: 22                                                                     Age: 44
Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn.                              Current Residence: Lebanon, Va.
Occupation: Pre-Med Student                                       Occupation: Farmer

Francesca Hogi                                                          Krista Klumpp
Age: 36                                                                    Age: 25                                                           
Current Residence: Washington D.C.                            Current Residence: Columbia, S.C. 
Occupation: Attorney                                                  Occupation: Pharmaceutical Rep.

Kristina Kell                                                              David Murphy
Age: 46                                                                    Age: 31
Current Residence: Malibu, Calif.                                 Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.  
Occupation: Law Student                                             Occupation: Defense Attorney

Grant Mattos                                                             Stephanie Valencia 
Age: 29                                                                        Age: 25
Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.                   Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Yoga Instructor                                         Occupation: Waitress

Phillip Sheppard                                                        Sarita White
Age: 52                                                                        Age: 36
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.                       Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Technology Executive                                Occupation: Visual Effects Producer

Natalie Tenerelli                                                        Julie Wolfe
Age: 19                                                                        Age: 50
Current Residence: Acton, Calif.                                   Current Residence: Oceanside, Calif.
Occupation: Professional Dancer                                   Occupation: Firefighter

Ashley Underwood                                                     Steve Wright                                                 
Age: 25                                                                        Age: 51
Current Residence: Benton, Maine                                Current Residence: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Nurse                                                        Occupation: Former NFL Player

Former Castaway (TBA)                                           Former Castaway (TBA)
Age: ??                                                                          Age: ??
Current Residence: ??                                                   Current Residence: ??
Occupation: ??                                                             Occupation: ??

SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc.  Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and Leisa Francis is co-executive producer.

(source: CBS)