“Survivor: Tocantins” Cast Announced

We now know a little about the 16 castaways who will battle the heat, rain, wildlife and, most likely, each other’s personalities on Survivor: Tocantins: The Brazilian Highlands.

CBS says that before the castaways speak their first words to each other, one person from each tribe will be chosen to remain behind and won’t continue the journey with their group. What exactly does this mean? We’ll have to tune in Thursday, Feb. 12 to find out.

Here are the contestants’ names, ages, occupations, and a tidbit I found interesting about each one:
JALAPAO TRIBE

SANDY BURGIN
Age: 53
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Bus driver
Tidbit: She was the state champion of the School Bus Rodeo.

JOE DOWDLE
Age: 26
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Occupation: Real estate sales
Tidbit: I think he looks a little like that guy who plays John Casey on the NBC show Chuck. Check it out:

Survivor Joe
Survivor Joe
Guy from "Chuck"
Guy from "Chuck"

SPENCER DUHM
Age: 19
Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.
Occupation: Student
Tidbit: He’s been a Survivor fan since grade school, and fears snakes.

CAROLINA EASTWOOD
Age: 26
Hometown: West Hollywood, Calif.
Occupation: Bartender
Tidbit: The CBS website calls her a “trash-talking firecracker.”

STEPHEN FISHBACH
Age: 29
Hometown: New York
Occupation: Corporate consultant
Tidbit: He participates in the Idiotarod. No, it’s not a typo — he describes it as a great event where “five idiots drag a shopping cart from Brooklyn to Manhattan.”

TAJ JOHNSON-GEORGE
Age: 37
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupation: Former pop star
Tidbit: She’s the wife of former NFL running back Eddie George.

JAMES “JT” THOMAS JR.
Age: 24
Hometown: Samson, Ala.
Occupation: Cattle rancher
Tidbit: He asserts on the CBS website: “I’m not a dumb hillbilly, so don’t think it!”

SYDNEY WHEELER
Age: 24
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Occupation: Model
Tidbit: The CBS site calls her “the girl next door.” This assumes you live next door to a model who relocated from North Carolina to San Diego.

TIMBIRA TRIBE
TYSON APOSTOL
Age: 29
Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Occupation: Professional cyclist
Tidbit: His favorite movie is The Jerk, and one of his hobbies is “looking awesome.”

DEBRA “DEBBIE” BEEBE
Age: 46
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.
Occupation: School principal
Tidbit: Also known as “Bubbles,” Debra won Alabama’s Principal of the Year award.

ERINN LOBDELL
Age: 26
Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
Occupation: Hairstylist
Tidbit: She’s from Waukesha! I went to school in Waukesha! W-A-U-K, E-S-H-A! (The only thing I learned from cheerleaders was how to spell my town more rhythmically.)

SIERRA REED
Age: 23
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupation: Model
Tidbit: I get kind of a Season 17 Sugar/Portia de Rossi vibe from her picture:

JERRY SIMS
Age: 49
Hometown: Rock Hill, S.C.
Occupation: Sergeant, U.S. Army
Tidbit: On his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Jerry was in charge of 100 men. He says, “With this big smile and this convincing attitude, I get them to do exactly what I want them to do!”

CANDACE SMITH
Age: 31
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Occupation: Attorney
Tidbit: This former Miss Ohio USA is described as resilient, funny and positive, but admits that her brutal honesty can make her “come across as a bitch.”

BRENDAN SYNNOTT
Age: 30
Hometown: New York
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Tidbit: He was co-founder and CEO of Bear Naked, a natural food brand.

BENJAMIN “Coach” WADE
Age: 37
Hometown: Bolivar, Mo.
Occupation: Soccer coach
Tidbit: He set the world record for the longest solo kayak expedition on the ocean (6,132 miles).

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Survivor: Photos: Monty Brinton/CBS © 2008 CBS BROADCASTING INC.
Chuck: © NBC Universal Inc.

2 Comments

  1. Hi, Sharon! Yup, it looks like Jerry’s got a lot of good attributes, with physical strength and leadership qualities. The CBS site says he’s a “self-proclaimed jokester” who was raised on a chicken farm and “knows how to live off the land and involve everyone in the daily chores.”

    It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll be the lovable older guy who pulls his tribe together, or if the younger folks won’t connect with his humor and will see him as bossy.

  2. My husband and I LOVE Survivor and can’t wait for the next season to kick off.

    And just because I’m a real estate agent from Rock Hill, SC I think our early favorite is JERRY SIMS. I’m sure his Army background will help too! Well, assuming he doesn’t come on too strong right from the get-go.

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