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:
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Bus driver
Tidbit: She was the state champion of the School Bus Rodeo.
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:
Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.
Tidbit: He’s been a Survivor fan since grade school, and fears snakes.
Hometown: West Hollywood, Calif.
Tidbit: The CBS website calls her a “trash-talking firecracker.”
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.”
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupation: Former pop star
Tidbit: She’s the wife of former NFL running back Eddie George.
JAMES “JT” THOMAS JR.
Hometown: Samson, Ala.
Occupation: Cattle rancher
Tidbit: He asserts on the CBS website: “I’m not a dumb hillbilly, so don’t think it!”
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
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.
Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Occupation: Professional cyclist
Tidbit: His favorite movie is The Jerk, and one of his hobbies is “looking awesome.”
DEBRA “DEBBIE” BEEBE
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.
Occupation: School principal
Tidbit: Also known as “Bubbles,” Debra won Alabama’s Principal of the Year award.
Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
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.)
Hometown: Los Angeles
Tidbit: I get kind of a Season 17 Sugar/Portia de Rossi vibe from her picture:
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!”
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
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.”
Hometown: New York
Tidbit: He was co-founder and CEO of Bear Naked, a natural food brand.
BENJAMIN “Coach” WADE
Hometown: Bolivar, Mo.
Occupation: Soccer coach
Tidbit: He set the world record for the longest solo kayak expedition on the ocean (6,132 miles).
Survivor: Photos: Monty Brinton/CBS © 2008 CBS BROADCASTING INC.
Chuck: © NBC Universal Inc.