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Meet the New Cast-aways of Survivor: South Pacific (UPDATED)

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MjL – TwoCents News Editor

CBS today announced 16 of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 23rd season with a special 90-minute edition, Wednesday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.   Two of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former castaways who will return to seek redemption.  

The 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Savaii Tribe and the Upolu Tribe, named after the two islands of Samoa.  The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor.  While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize. The “Redemption Island” twist returns in SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC in which castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. 

Each week at Tribal Council, when a castaway is voted off, they will be sent to live alone on Redemption Island and, in order to stay in the game, will need to compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council. The winner of each duel earns the right to continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game and the chance to compete for the title of Sole Survivor; and the loser is sent home.  Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC (in alphabetical order):

Mark Caruso
Age: 48                                                                       
Current Residence: Forest Hills, N.Y.
Occupation: Retired NYPD Detective

John Cochran                                                            
Age: 24
Current Residence: Washington D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student                               

Whitney Duncan
Age: 27
Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupation: Country Music Singer

Dawn Meehan
Age: 41
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor

Jim Rice
Age: 35
Current Residence: Denver
Occupation: Medical Marijuana Dispenser

Semhar Tadesse
Age: 24
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Spoken Word Artist

Keith Tollefson
Age: 26
Current Residence: Edina, Minn.
Occupation: Water Treatment Tech

Elyse Umemoto
Age: 27
Current Residence: Las Vegas
Occupation: Dance Team Manager

Sophie Clarke
Age: 22
Current Residence: Willsboro, N.Y.
Occupation: Medical Student

Albert Destrade
Age: 26
Current Residence: Plantation, Fla.
Occupation: Baseball/Dating Coach

Brandon Hantz
Age: 19
Current Residence: Katy, Texas 
Occupation: Oil Tanker Crewman

Edna Ma
Age: 35
Current Residence: Los Angeles  
Occupation: Anesthesiologist

Christine Shields Markoski 
Age: 39
Current Residence: Merrick, N.Y. 
Occupation: Teacher

Rick Nelson
Age: 51
Current Residence: Aurora, Utah
Occupation: Rancher

Stacey Powell
Age: 44
Current Residence: Dallas
Occupation: Mortician

Mikayla Wingle
Age: 22
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Lingerie Football Player

Click Here To Meet The Cast

UPDATE:  Coach and Ozzy are the returning castaways for the new season. Coach appeared in Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains, while Ozzy was on Cook Islands and Fans vs. Favorites.  See more details here.

SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc.  Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and Leisa Francis is co-executive producer. For more detailed information about SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC and the castaways, log on to

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