The thirty-third season of the hit CBS reality TV show, Survivor, will return on September 14. The new season will feature two returning castaways, each of whom have played twice before. We have more details on that, and other spoilers here, so read them at your own peril!
Benjamin Wade and Ozzy Lusth will be placed in different tribes, either Savaii or Upolu, when they arrive in Samoa in the first episode. Wade appeared on Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, while Lusth played on Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia.
Other castaways to appear more than twice on Survivor include Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano and Russell Hantz who returned to Survivor for last season’s Survivor: Redemption Island, with Boston Rob eventually winning the $1 million.
Also among the new castaways is Hantz’s nephew Brandon (19). He will be up against Wade and Lusth and others for the cash prize and title of Sole Survivor this season.
Among the players joining them is a former Miss America contestant, a country music singer called Whitney Duncan who came fifth in the fifth season of Nashville Star, a Lingerie Football League player, and a medical marijuana dispensary owner. There is also former Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto who appeared on Miss America: Reality Check, TLC’s reality show that accompanied the 2008 Miss America pageant, in which Umemoto was the second runner-up. She later had to deal with a bit of controversy after photos surfaced of Umemoto partying and making sexually suggestive poses.
However viewers will no doubt be focused on Brandon Hantz but apparently he is nothing like Russell. Host Jeff Probst said “he appears to be a pretty nice guy — a young kid who’s certainly a little rough around the edges, but well mannered, pretty good thinker.” He changed his mind on choosing Russell as his loved one because he realized that disclosing their family connection may not be the smartest idea.
The upcoming Survivor season is filmed in Samoa (the same location as for seasons 19 and 20).
Survivor: South Pacific will also feature a few twists to the format. The first involves the hidden immunity idols, for which the clues would be hidden. Once they find the clue, then they have to find the idol. The Redemption Island twist is back, but with one major change. There will be no group duels, so each competition will truly be a win-or-go-home situation. Loser’s out, winner stays.
Survivor: South Pacific premieres Wednesday, September 14 at 8/7c on CBS.