And for the first time anywhere, The Early Show introduced the new castaways. The latest group of liars, cheaters and back-stabbers will try to outwit and outplay each other to win $1 million and the right to the title of "Sole Survivor."
"Survivor: Palau" premieres on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 8 to 9 p.m. with the first to get kicked off joining The Early Show the following morning.
Palau is yet another remote sanctuary situated in the South Pacific, where natives make their living mostly from fishing and agriculture (mainly coconuts, copra, cassava and sweet potatoes). And then there are, of course, the beautiful surroundings that attract tourists, particularly from its neighbor, East Asia.
But while the scenery may remind you of past installments of "Survivor," this new cast promises to be something very different
The 20 castaways, the most ever, will begin the season as one tribe. They are:
- Wanda Shirk, a 55-year-old English teacher from Ulysses, Pa.;
- Coby Archa, 32, a hairdresser from Athens, Texas;
- Ashlee Ashby, a 22-year-old fitness counselor from South Carolina;
- Jonathan Libby, 23, who is in sales and marketing and hails from Dallas, Texas;
- Gregg Carey, 27, a business consultant from Chicago;
- Katie Gallagher, 29, an ad executive from Merced, Calif.;
- James Miller, a 33-year-old steel worker from Mobile, Ala.;
- Caryn Groedel, 46, is a lawyer from Ohio.
- Jolanda Jones, a 39-year-old lawyer from Houston, Texas;
- Willard Smith from Bellevue, Wash., a 57-year-old lawyer;
- Stephenie LaGrossa, 25, a pharmaceutical sales rep from Philadelphia;
- Angie Jakusz, a 24-year-old bartender from New Orleans;
- Ian Rosenberger, 23, a dolphin trainer from Key Largo, Fla.;
- Kimberly Mullen, 25, is a graduate student and former Miss Ohio USA from Huber Heights, Ohio;
- Bobby Jon Drinkard, 27 and a waiter from Troy, Ala.;
- Ibrehem Rahman, another 27-year-old waiter from Alabama;
- Jennifer Lyon, 32, a nanny from Encino, Calif.
- Janu Tornell, 39, a Las Vegas show girl;
- Jeff Wilson, 22, a personal trainer from Ventura, Calif.;
- Tom Westman, a 41-year-old New York City firefighter.
Similarly, Smith, one of three lawyers in the cast, thinks his experiences will help. "If you get me in front of a jury, I'll win a million dollars," he says.
Libby, the Texas marketing man, is looking to the ego factor. He says, "My family told me right off the bat that if I'm the first one voted off, don't come home."
Several women will use feminine wiles.
Mullen, the beauy queen, says: "Unless I can get a boy I can fall in love with me and use that to my advantage, then my luck can play a factor because there are some hot boys."
Lyon, the nanny, adds, "Being one of the more attractive people, I think it's going to be a challenge to do just the right amount of flirting and just not doing it and stepping on other people's toes."
Jakusz, the Big Easy bartender, doesn't have those worries. Showing off her body covered with tattoos, the bespectacled Jakusz says, "I have the freak factor working for me. Like, I'm the only woman who's ever looked like this on 'Survivor.' "
Miller, the steelworker, has no doubts. "I'm going to be the first redneck to win $1 million on this show," he declares.