“Survivor: Samoa” castaways announced

CBS has announced today the 20 castaways who will compete in the 19th installment of Survivor, which takes place amid Samoa’s white sand beaches, lush green valleys and towering waterfalls. Despite the picturesque landscape, the competitors will face exposure to the elements and wildlife living in the mysterious rainforests that cover rugged volcanic mountain peaks.survivor

From the start of the game, Survivor embraces the culture of the native Samoans by incorporating an ancient tradition of electing an individual leader of the village. Without speaking, both tribes must immediately choose one member of their group to become their sole decision maker — their chief.

Competing castaways are:

David Ball, 38-year-old fitness instructor from Los Angeles

Betsy Bolan, 48-year-old police officer from Campton, New Hampshire

Mike Borassi, 62-year-old private chef from Marina del Rey, California

Ben Browning, 28-year-old mixologist from Los Angeles

Marisa Calihan, 26-year-old student from Cincinnati

Erik Cardona, 28-year-old bartender from Ontario, California

Brett Clouser, 23-year-old T-shirt designer from Los Angeles (originally Salem, Oregon)

John Fincher, 25-year-old rocket scientist from Los Angeles

Yasmin Giles, 33-year-old hairstylist from Los Angeles (originally Detroit)

Russell Hantz, 36-year-old oil company owner from Dayton, Texas

Elizabeth Kim, 33-year-old urban planner from New York City

Laura Morett, 39-year-old office manager from Salem, Oregon

Monica Padilla, 25-year-old law student from San Diego

Jaison Robinson, 28-year-old law student from Chicago

Kelly Sharbaugh, 25-year-old hairstylist from Los Angeles (originally Wilmington, Delaware)

Russell Swan, 42-year-old attorney from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Ashley Trainer, 22-year-old spa salesperson from Maple Grove, Minnesota

Mick Trimming, 33-year-old doctor from Los Angeles (originally Boise)

Shannon Waters, 45-year-old sales rep from Renton, Washington

Natalie White, 26-year-old pharmaceutical salesperson from Van Buren, Arkansas

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