Next Crop of Survivor Players Named
Forget those early reports of the ninth season of Survivor taking place in Canada's frozen north.
Survivor: Vanuatu – Islands of Fire, set to premiere on CBS Sept. 16, will find 18 new castaways just west of Fiji in the warm, volcanic climes of the South Pacific – which makes it all the better to show some skin.
Those who will compete for the $1 million prize were introduced Tuesday on The Early Show:
The women, who will form the yellow Yasur team, are: Julie Berry, 23, a youth mentor from Gorham, Maine ; Ami Cusack, 31, a coffee server and model from Lakewood, Colo.; Scout Cloud Lee, 59, a rancher and entrepreneur from Stillwater, Okla.; Mia Galeotalanza, 30, a finance manager from Tom's River, N.J.; Lisa Keiffer, 44, a real estate agent from New Orleans; Dolly Neely, 25, a sheep farmer from Mercer, Pa.; Eliza Orlins, 21, a pre-law student from Syracuse, N.Y; Leann Slaby, 35, a research assistant from Kansasville, Wis.; and Twila Tanner, 41, of Marshall, Mo., who works in highway repair.
The men, who comprise the red Lopevi team, are: Chad Crittenden, 35, a teacher (and amputee) from Oakland, Calif.; Chris Daugherty, 33, who works in highway construction, from South Vienna, Ohio; Brady Finta, 33, an FBI agent who was formerly in the military service, from Huntington Beach, Calif.; Brook Geraghty, 27, a project manager from Winthrop, Mass.; John Kenney, 22, a mechanical bull operator and model from Los Angeles; Rory Freeman, 35, a housing case manager from Des Moines, Iowa; Lea "Sarge" Masters, 40, a drill sergeant who lives in Columbia, S.C.; John Palyok, 31, a Home Depot sales manager from Los Angeles; and Travis "Bubba" Sampson, 33, of Johnson City, Tenn., works in loss prevention.
On Tuesday's Early Show, Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano, the two top finishers (now engaged) from last season's Survivor: All-Stars, also gave their critique of the latest castaways. Mariano professed that he's partial to "the kid from Boston," Brook Geraghty, because, "He seems to know it's a game, as they all said. But he seems to do what it's gonna take to win."
Brkich narrowed her favorites down to two choices: "The girl, Julie (Berry). I like Julie. And for a guy, I like Chris (Daugherty), the guy from Ohio. They seem like they're not there for the experience. They seem like they're there for the game. They're not worried about how they're going to come off on TV. ... Their goal is the million dollars."
As for Rob and Amber's wedding plans, while no date is set, there's "a big possibility" that the occasion will be televised, CBS reports.
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