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Survivor: Cagayan Cast Revealed — Meet The 18 New Players!

January 22, 2014 02:30 PM by Ryan Haidet

Who would prevail in a battle of brains vs. brawn vs. beauty?  We’re about to find out when Survivor: Cagayan is unleashed with a two-hour debut on Wednesday, Feb. 26!  CBS has just unveiled the 18 all-new castaways from the show’s 28th cycle.  The cast includes a former NBA star, president of the Miami Marlins, a high-stakes poker player, a former NFL cheerleader and a woman who loves to shake her booty (seriously).  The major twist?  The contestants will be divided into three tribes based on their smarts, strength and stunning bods.  Want to know more about the newbies?  Jump inside the article for full bios and videos with each of the castaways!

The tribes are divided as follows — Luzon (brains), Aparri (brawn) and Solana (beauty).  The average age of all 18 castaways is 32.28.  This is the fourth season in a row that was filmed in the Philippines — the first being season 25.  Unlike last season, Survivor: Cagayan will NOT feature Redemption Island, so when their torch is snuffed, their game is done.

Video introducing the entire cast:

Full castaway bios below…

LUZON (brains)

Overall tribe age stats

  • Youngest: 21
  • Oldest: 45
  • Average age: 33.67

Spencer Bledsoe, 21 years old

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.

Occupation: Economics Student at the University of Chicago

Personal Claim to Fame: Captain of my high school cross country and track teams, Georgia’s 2009-2010 High School Chess Champion, tying for 1st at the World Open Chess tournament for a prize of $6,609 and becoming a U.S. Chess Expert.

Inspiration in Life: The former governor Mitt Romney has been successful in everything he’s ever attempted, be it private equity, business/law school or running the Olympics. He has accumulated enormous wealth in starting several successful business ventures and constitutes the perfect embodiment of capitalism.
Hobbies: Chess, ultimate frisbee and partying.

Pet Peeves: People who are stupid but still voice their opinions, incompetent leaders, those who don’t respect intelligence and those who expect handouts in life. 3 Words to Describe You: Brilliant, competitive and arrogant.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A chess board – with a chess board present, I know I have the ability to impress whoever I’m with. Regular practice is also important. The American Flag – perhaps my biggest source of pride is being an American; and The Economist – This is my preferred news source (despite the fact that it’s perceived as “snobbish”).

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: The cleverness and strategic planning of Stephen, but the personality of Marty. Like Marty, I am a natural leader and can come off as pompous or bombastic. Also, I shared Marty’s disdain for Jane on S21.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The competition. I’m insanely competitive in chess, pursuing a career in investment banking, and everything I do. I want to play the game of Survivor for the challenge, the competition and the chance to prove myself in such an epic game, under such trying circumstances. Also, the money. The expected value of playing Survivor is, monetarily alone, worth more than most peoples’ salaries. I love $1,000,000 almost as much as winning.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a strong leader despite my young age, and have worked well in a team in a number of different academic, athletic and chess-related capacities. I’m also extremely competitive and would be a large asset to a tribe in puzzles and endurance-related challenges, as well as strategic competitions.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’m the chess expert who can plan my victory 10 moves in advance. I can use economic game theory to know the incentives of those around me. I’m the only guy who has these skills and is still personable enough to win. Think of me as a John Cochran who doesn’t suck.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? A Brain, in both life and Survivor super fandom. I’ve seen every episode. I know the game inside and out. I’ll know what I’m doing in camp life; I could probably even build a shelter just using rocks. When my body is withered and I’m left with only my t-shirt and tighty whities, I won’t be a little boy out there. I’ll rely on my mind.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? What type of person excels in Survivor? The person who pushes the game forward strategically – the Rob Cesternino, Yul Kwon or Todd Hertzog. A Parvati or Ozzy may slip through the cracks, but this is a brain game.

David Samson, 45 years 0ld

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Plantation, Fla.

Occupation: President, Miami Marlins

Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.

Inspiration in Life: My grandfather, who taught me how to both make money and be charitable.

Hobbies: Running, watching movies and traveling.

Pet Peeves: Laziness, entitlement and those who are not charitable.

3 Words to Describe You: Persistent, witty and aggressive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Ambien so I could sleep, lotion/sunblock so I would not burn but tan, and a baseball so I could have a catch.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob. He won the game before others thought it had started.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning! The desire to be extraordinary and doing what all say they could not do.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My persistence in getting tasks done and by leading without actually being a leader.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I always win, because people underestimate me.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I consider myself 60% brain, 35% beauty and 5% brawn. While I have been able to accomplish certain athletic feats like being the only Team President to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, those feats are generally more a test of the mind than the body. The very hardest thing to accomplish is to convince your brain to keep going when your body is telling you to stop. I have been able to control my brain to maximize whatever talents I may have both on and off the field.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I believe Brawn has the best chance because in Survivor, any inkling of a Brain is an automatic target due to the inherent insecurity of Brawn and Beauty.

Garrett Adelstein, 27 years old

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Santa Monica, California. Born, raised and went to college at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Occupation: Pro Poker Player

Personal Claim to Fame: Being valedictorian of my high school class of over 500 students; graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors at The University of Arizona.
Inspiration in Life: No specific inspirations. I try and model my life after people who are willing to dedicate their lives to a skill and thus excel at the highest level in that field.

Hobbies: Bodybuilding, alcohol, psychology and cinema.

Pet Peeves: Dishonesty and lack of ambition.

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, ambitious and confident.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? One big picture of all the people closest to me in my life to prevent loneliness, one long chain email between myself and my four best friends for endless hilarity, and a naked picture of a girl I enjoy hooking up with, in case all the attractive girls get voted off early.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Win enough money to impress girls in LA; self-growth as I will be forced to deal with extreme circumstances in a way I never imagined possible.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Being a math guy, I’m just gonna go with the odds on this one as it would be statistically unlikely for me to be the first American survivor to die on the island. With that said, I’m sure I will be completely miserable.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Dedicated 2,000 hours in preparing for the strategic, social and physical elements of Survivor. Did everything from 50 hours of yoga, to over-analyzing every episode, to mastering slide puzzles to ready myself. I essentially devoted my entire life to preparing for this adventure for the previous 6 months.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn and Why? I’ll go with the modest answer and say all three. I’ll probably be one of the physically strongest, most intelligent and my mom says I’m very handsome to boot.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn and Why? If I’m forced to stereotype, I would say either the Brains or the Beauties. Survivor is first and foremost a game of strategy, so the Brains, which are the most logically inclined, are in the best position there. But people aren’t going to give you a million dollars if they don’t like you, so you can’t count the Beauties out.

J’Tia Taylor, 31 years old

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.

Occupation: Nuclear Engineer

Personal Claim to Fame: Passing my dissertation defense, because I was the expert on the subject matter and held my own against my professors, and being the first black female to successfully defend and receive a PhD from the department.

Inspiration in Life: My mother who is 61 years old and still kicking, running marathons, traveling, and learning new things.

Hobbies: Watching movies, reading and playing strategic games.

Pet Peeves: Ignorant, close-minded people, being late/off schedule, and chunks in food/drinks (e.g. rocky road ice cream).

3 Words to Describe You: Intelligent, adaptable and competitive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? My favorite “I Love Nerds” T-shirt, mint-flavored Mentos, and a really thick intricate novel that I could read repeatedly and find new meanings to.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Richard Hatch. He played the game authentically and originally since he had no precedence, and was true to who he was.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning a million dollars and beating everyone else, while on the adventure of a lifetime.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m very analytical so I’m good at breaking down/solving a problem and I’m also really good at getting people motivated and helping them achieve a goal.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have an irrepressible drive and tenacity.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I’m definitely easy on the eyes but I’m a true Brain at heart. I would say I’m 1/4 Beauty, 3/4 Brain. My answer, in which I give myself a narcissistic compliment and then use fractions, pretty much confirms this. Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Brains always win… “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” –Ghandi

Kassandra “Kass” McQuillen, 41 years old

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Tehachapi, Calif.

Occupation: Attorney

Personal Claim to Fame: My daughter, putting myself through law school while working full-time, and winning $1.2 million in my first trial with no court experience.
Inspiration in Life: Anyone who follows their dreams and doesn’t give up.

Hobbies: Reading, rabble rousing and golfing/walking/hiking.

Pet Peeves: Stupid people, toilet paper rolls left empty on the roller, laundry outside the basket and whining/excuses.

3 Words to Describe You: Resourceful, tenacious and underestimated.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? My daughter’s princess crown towel—I love it and her, a Frisbee to play with and a littlest pet shop from my daughter to keep in my pocket.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Sandra, she didn’t seem to be in it for anything but winning money for her family.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: For the fun, challenge and money.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m pretty resourceful, logical and patient. I can assess a situation quickly and be reasonable.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I like to win and always do! Plus, I’m lucky and can finagle my way out of situations.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? We all know I’m not here because of how I look in a bikini. I have a tendency to think I’m smarter than a lot of people, but don’t we all? I guess not or you wouldn’t be asking the question. There you have it – those are the analytical skills that prove I must be a Brain!

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I’m guessing Brains because I plan to win while not caring how I look and quite possibly sucking at challenges.

Latasha “Tasha” Fox, 37 years old

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: St. Louis, Mo.

Occupation: Accountant

Personal Claim to Fame: Being a former St. Louis Rams cheerleader.

Inspiration in Life: My dad. He is a great example of what a father should be and how to take care of a family.

Hobbies: Golfing, dancing and trap/skeet shooting.

Pet Peeves: People biting down on the fork as it leaves their mouths, bad breath and panty lines.

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, spiritual and “jack-of-all-trades.”

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? The Bible—I am a person of faith and seek God’s guidance on a daily basis; my “Pushing Past Stopping Points” bracelet—I wear this bracelet as a reminder that when my body wants to stop, my mind can will me forward; and a toothbrush—my mom has always said, “If you don’t take care of anything else, take care of your teeth.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy, due to his physical play, and Sandra, who did what she had to do to win and not be apologetic.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To challenge myself and for the money.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I will bring my physical ability, hard workmanship, positive attitude and great spirit to every situation.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am equally balanced in both physical ability and social ability.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I consider myself a Brainy Beauty with a Brawny physique because of my intelligence, inner and outer beauty, biceps and physical strength.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? When they aren’t overthinking, Brains have the best chance in the game because they are strategic, critically evaluate game play scenarios and create compelling arguments to convince cast mates to do what they want them to.

APARRI (brawn)

Overall tribe age stats

  • Youngest: 29 (three castaways)
  • Oldest: 48
  • Average: 36.67

Cliff Robinson, 46 years old

Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe

Current Residence: Newark, N.J.

Occupation: Former NBA All-Star

Personal Claim to Fame: Playing 18 years in the NBA. (Played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets)

Inspiration in Life: Muhammad Ali, because of his strong belief system and what he stood for.

Hobbies: Golf, off roading/camping, and bowling.

Pet Peeves: People who chew their food with their mouth open.

3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, funny and loyal.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A rain coat to keep dry, soap so I can keep myself clean, and a Leatherman because it’s a multi-tool.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob, because he had a good way of getting people to trust him.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The challenge of the show being so tough, and the million dollars.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I know how to fish, cook, and have good athleticism.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I think I would do well in challenges. I also have a good ability to make people feel comfortable with me.

Lindsey Ogle, 29 years old

Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe

Current Residence: Kokomo, Ind.

Occupation: Hairstylist

Personal Claim to Fame: Rising above all obstacles with a smile, by myself.

Inspiration in Life: Martin Luther King Jr., in a time of struggle he pushed through without violence. A positive movement and true leader.

Hobbies: Camping, recycled art projects and planning parties.

Pet Peeves: Incapable people, party poopers and when people don’t tell you that you have something in your teeth.

3 Words to Describe You: Random (hilarious), powerful and tenacious.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A picture of my loved ones for motivation, a dollar for perspective and a shot of Jack Daniels for a kick.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win money. My daughter and I have been poor for too long.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My brain works better under pressure, I’m athletic, a fighter and “cut the fat” in every situation.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have overcome major resistance and challenges by myself. I am a fighter and there’s no limit to what I can do for my baby.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I own a salon so I’m around beauty all day, I’m a smart ass so that’s where I’m considered a brain, and I’m feisty and strong so ultimately, I think I’m a Brawn.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Challenges go to Brawns. Beauties are better at the social game. Ultimately, it’s a social game, not a physical competition, so unless someone is a master manipulator on the Brawn tribe or is a socio-path, a Brawn will win.

Sarah Lacina, 29 years old

Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe

Current Residence: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Occupation: Police Officer

Personal Claim to Fame: I’m most proud of graduating college in four years.

Inspiration in Life: My mother is amazing. She is the most unselfish person I know. Such a hard worker, and so supportive. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be here.

Hobbies: Boating, working out, golfing and mixed martial arts.

Pet Peeves: I hate when I can hear people chew their food, when people leave me voicemails (I’ll call you back if I don’t answer) and stupid people.

3 Words to Describe You: Witty, competitive and athletic.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A Bible – I’ve always wanted to read the entire Bible. I’m a slow reader, so I would be entertained for quite a while; a toothbrush; and a Surf board – Why not? I’m easily entertained, I don’t need much.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m one of a kind. If I had to pick I’d say Malcom. He’s nice, but very strategic and tasteful about it.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I am never satisfied with what I’ve done. I always add things to my plate. The challenge, experience and opportunity would be gratifying. Second reason: Duh, the money.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m from the Midwest, cornfed! I’m a hard worker. I don’t give up. I motivate people. I learn quickly and I am a master manipulator.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have the brains and skills to dominate this game. I’m very strategic and determined. I interview people on a daily basis and get confessions. I will destroy this game.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I would consider myself Brain and Brawn. I think I will do very well on the puzzles and dominate the physical challenges.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I think a combination of all three characteristics would produce a winning survivor.

Tony Vlachos, 39 years old

Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe

Current Residence: Jersey City, N.J.

Occupation: Police Officer

Personal Claim to Fame: Becoming a Jersey City police officer.

Inspiration in Life: My father for being the dad that he was. He was a great role model and I hope that I can be the same for my children.

Hobbies: Jet skiing, playing pool and surfing the web.

Pet Peeves: Thugs who wear skinny jeans. Also, people who see me speaking on the phone, but yet they feel the need to start a conversation with me. Like it’s that urgent for them to know “how’s it going” while I’m speaking on the phone. SO RUDE!!!

3 Words to Describe You: Versatile, clever and competitive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Cigarettes, coffee and liquor. I don’t smoke or drink coffee or liquor, but I would love to bring those items with me just so that I can barter with my tribemates! You know at some point in the game they would even give up immunity just to have a little taste of these items.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Russell Hantz, because I can be just as devious. Boston Rob, because I can be just as slick.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My main reason: The MILLION DOLLARS of course. There’s no way I would be going out there for half that prize! Secondly, I’m a huge fan of the show and I would love to give the fans a great season to be remembered.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Adapt and overcome! That’s the kind of training I have as a cop and that’s exactly what I’m going to do on that island! Adapt and I will overcome!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have been a street cop for 12 years. My experiences as a cop give me a huge advantage going into this game. Being outside my element is my forte. That’s what I do for a living. What’s going to be normal for me will be very stressful for the average castaway.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? Sounds like a trick question. We’ll let’s see. I’m a beautiful person that has a sharp brain and strong muscles. Based on appearance, I would consider myself “Brawn.” For the purposes of Survivor though, I would consider myself “Brains.” Maybe I wasn’t the smartest in school, but I was always the sharpest!!!

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Survivor is definitely a game of all-around strategy. Brawn and beauty can fight over silver, but Brains would surely bring home the gold!

Trish Hegarty, 48 years old

Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe

Current Residence: Needham, Mass.

Occupation: Pilates Trainer

Personal Claim to Fame: My children

Inspiration in Life: Helen Keller was an Earth Angel that taught the world a whole new language in touch and opened our eyes to the power of sense and created the gateway to what we now call special needs.

Hobbies: Figure skating, writing and swimming.

Pet Peeves: Liars, laziness, manipulators and arrogance.

3 Words to Describe You: Character, charismatic and loyal.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Toothbrush (I do not want hard woven sweaters on my teeth), my thought for the day book to keep me spiritually grounded, and a picture of my girls to remind me why I was willing to leave them for so long in hopes to win money for a better future for both of them.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Danni Boatwright. She played a true and honest game. She crushed the challenges and her social skills were top notch.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: From the birth of Survivor, everyone has told me I would be the best survivor “Survivor” ever had. I have diligently put tapes in when I thought the tape was the right time, and I believe years of manifesting and believing in myself and my girls at ages they are at, that this was the time to prove to not only myself but all the thousands of people I know DREAMS COME TRUE! Trick is you have to make them happen and never lose sight of your dreams. Dream Big!!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I am a great team player, a very hard worker, a very positive thinker and an incredible people person. I get along instantly with most people. I am not a control freak and I go with the flow.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: My greatest strength is my intuition and my people skills. I am a chameleon with people and have an ability to read people and situations with great strength. On top of that, I have a lot of charisma and positive energy, and I am likeable, incredibly agile and a good athlete.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I would consider myself a Brawn. I was raised in a home with four very tough brothers who were all incredible hockey players. They used to put me in goal and take slap shots off me from about two feet away when I was in kindergarten. Needless to say, they taught me well. I grew up athletic, tough and confident in the defense of myself and others. My life has been very difficult with many ugly and unpredictable obstacles and I made a conscious choice to never give up on myself or my dreams. I believe it is my God given tenacity and spirit that I was born with that gives me the title: Brawn. As my brother Mark always said so well, I am a TOUGHY TIGER!!

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I think that the Brawns will win without question as long as they do not allow their egos to take over. I think common sense in the game of Survivor is essential and often times really smart people lack that. I also think it is one thing to be able to build a spaceship and whole different story when it comes to building a shelter and toughing it out in the woods. Beauty is just beauty. How do you build shelter, fires and boil your own water on your looks? I think a Brawn will win.

Yung “Woo” Hwang, 29 years old

Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe

Current Residence: Newport Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Martial Arts Instructor

Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating College

Inspiration in Life: My parents. They taught me the meaning of hard work and commitment.

Hobbies: Martial arts, surfing and sports (Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf).

Pet Peeves: Rude and loud people with no manners.

3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, positive and ambitious.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A surfboard to surf remote untouched waves in an empty lineup all to myself; A football to pass some time; and a martial art weapon (nunchaku, bo staff or katana): practicing weapons makes me feel alive!

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: With my martial arts experience, my game is very strong, humble, grateful and respectful, much like Ozzy.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Adventure of a life time. It’s a great opportunity to test myself both physically and mentally. Also, it’s a great chance to participate in an amazing game for the chance to be crowned the Sole Survivor and win a million stacks!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have both the physical and social game to make it to the end. More importantly, I think it’s my instincts and ability to adapt to my surroundings that will allow me to “survive” in this game.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: This game was made for me! I’m smart and can play a great social game. People tend to like me. I’m fast and agile. I’ll do great in obstacle course challenges. I have undeniable focus and concentration and I’ll smash the competition in balancing challenges. I can swim well and climb coconut trees. I am SURVIVOR!

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I guess I could fall under any of those categories. If I had to choose one I would have to say Brawn cause of my Martial Arts Background.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? That’s a tough question… I would say you want to possess all those qualities in order to win Survivor. If I had to choose one, I would say Brawn because as sports athletes they understand pressure situations of competition (composure). They have the where with all of team play, and with the structure of the game of survivor in order to advance in the game you need the help of your teammates (supportive). Brain’s would fail because of their know-it-all attitudes (conflicting). The Beauties would fail because they will sit back and expect everything to be handed to them.

SOLANA (beauty)

Overall tribe age stats

  • Youngest: 21 (two castaways)
  • Oldest: 34 (two castaways)
  • Average: 26.5

Alexis Maxwell, 21 years old

Tribe Designation: Beauty Tribe

Current Residence: Addison, Ill.

Occupation: Student at Northwestern University

Personal Claim to Fame: Studying abroad in Ireland and visiting eight different countries while I was there. It made me more independent, adventurous and responsible.

Inspiration in Life: My mom, because she is a fearless and confident woman. My Dad, because he is smart and hardworking, and my brother, because he is my role model and pushes me to be better.

Hobbies: Traveling, watching scary movies and eating.

Pet Peeves: Guys who turn into “Stage five clingers” and people who blow their nose in public. 3 Words to Describe You: Funny, flirty and smart.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? More than one bikini– I like to change it up; hair ties—I have a lot of hair and need to put it up for challenges, and a blanket.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Hopefully Parvati, because she combined sex appeal with strategy and intelligence.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My dad! He loves the show so much and would kill to be on it. I’m playing for both of us.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My strongest asset is my background in psychology. I have studied and experimented with group dynamics and understand how to play a specific role in a group. I will also use sex appeal and flirting as a means of disguising my intelligence.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have always been aware of my role in a group and know how to lead in a sneaky way. I will use my education and flirty personality to assure I’m always in a good position.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I would consider myself a brain! I work my butt off at Northwestern and consider this an accomplishment that defines me.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I would say beauties for the mere fact that they possess the least threatening label. No one would expect a beauty to be a challenge threat or a strategic player, so they enter the game with the smallest target on their back.

Brice Johnston, 27 years old

Tribe Designation: Beauty Tribe

Current Residence: Philadelphia, Penn.

Occupation: Social Worker

Personal Claim to Fame: Being the only person from my immediate family to graduate college.

Inspiration in Life: My mother who is a single parent of four and worked two jobs at a time to ensure her children had everything they need and more. There isn’t anything in the world my mom wouldn’t do for her children.

Hobbies: Watching reality TV, listening to music, going out to social events and hanging out with loved ones and friends.

Pet Peeves: Bad breath and an insecure person.

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, funny and goal-oriented.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Body spray—I’m obsessed with smelling good; lip balm—I wouldn’t want my big lips to get crusty and pictures of my family to remind me why I’m going so hard to win Survivor.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Cirie, Colton and Ozzy.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I love the show and I’ve been watching it for years. It has been a lifelong dream to be on Survivor. Also, to be the sole survivor and win the million dollars!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have the ability to read people so I’ll know if I can trust them after only a couple minutes of meeting them, and how to also be fake with people I don’t like. I can be very shady if I need to be!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Everyone who meets me loves me! I’m a very loyal person and I keep my word. However, I can turn into a person eating b*tch that will play you before you can play me.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I would consider myself the package deal. I’m very easy on the eyes (beauty). I’m college educated, have common sense, am very socially aware and have street smarts (brains). Plus, I consider myself to be physically fit; I’m a natural born runner (brawn). So I’m a three for one kind of deal.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I think someone with the package deal like myself that encompasses brains, beauty and brawn. So basically, I have the best chance at winning the million dollars.

Jefra Bland, 22 years old

Tribe Designation: Beauty Tribe

Current Residence: Campbellsville, Ky.

Occupation: Miss Kentucky Teen USA

Personal Claim to Fame: Winning the title of Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2009 and making the Top 15 at Miss Teen USA.

Inspiration in Life: My dad, Jeff Bland, who overcame his 20 year prescription drug addiction and turned his life around into helping sponsor other recovering men and women.

Hobbies: Traveling, hunting and pageants.

Pet Peeves: People who have bad teeth and smack their gum.

3 Words to Describe You: Outspoken, charismatic and fierce.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A disposable toothbrush, leather journal for writing and a photo of my family because they are the toughest people I know.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Chelsea Meissner as far as being a country girl and Kim Spradlin when it comes to being ballsy with big moves.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The million dollar prize—I’m a broke college girl who is tired of eating Ramen noodles and wants to pay off my student loans and to open up a drug rehab with my dad. Also, to prove that pageant girls aren’t just cute faces, we are also smart.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m in shape and can last in challenges.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: In my 22 years of life, I have already survived cervical cancer, losing everything financially, the disease of addiction and more. It takes a fighter to survive this world and that’s what I am.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I consider myself a Beauty. In my opinion, beauty is far more than just skin deep and true beauty comes from the heart.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I think to win the game of survivor, you have to have a combination of all three. It takes a well-rounded person, who is quick to react in situations, can strategize and form alliances and can handle the physical endurance of the game.

Jeremiah Wood, 34 years old

Tribe Designation: Beauty Tribe

Current Residence: Dobson, N.C.

Occupation: Male Model

Personal Claim to Fame: Buying my first house on my own.

Inspiration in Life: My mother, she is strong-willed and never gives up.

Hobbies: Fishing, hunting and slow-pitch softball.

Pet Peeves: People who are noisy eaters and people who are smart mouths.

3 Words to Describe You: Very happy, funny and outgoing.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A North Carolina flag—it’s where I was born and raised and is the greatest state; my softball jersey—the name of the team is my brother’s nickname and he is the one who taught me to be a strong competitor and never quit; and a letter from my mom—she is my hero and has taught me to be the person I am today.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: JT, because he is nice ol’ country boy who everybody loved, and Malcolm, because he is strong at challenges and very likeable.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to prove to the world that a country boy can survive and win the million dollars.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I know how to build, fish, hunt, build a fire, and am very strong at challenges.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I will be very strong at challenges, able to win individual immunity, easily make alliances and never give up.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I figured Brawn. I’m not the smartest or prettiest guy.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Honestly any tribe could win. If a Brain, they know how to talk and how to present the game in different ways to change people’s thoughts and decisions. If a Beauty, looks and flirting sometimes goes a long way. Most of the time a girl can change a guy’s mind easy with looks and flirting. If a Brawn, being strong and winning most challenges can put you in the final three easy!! My answer would be any tribe. It is just who is coming to really wanting to win the million.

LJ McKanas, 34 years old

Tribe Designation: Beauty Tribe

Current Residence: Boston, Mass.

Occupation: Horse Trainer Personal Claim to Fame: Making the Hall of Fame at Northeastern University and my high school.

Inspiration in Life: My mom because she beat cancer.

Hobbies: Horse racing, fishing and designing.

Pet Peeves: Incompetent people, liars and thieves.

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, creative and witty.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Starburst and an iPad.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob, because he has just the right amount of charm, charisma and looks to persuade anyone to do what he wants.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The challenging adventure and the money.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My puzzle skills, athletic ability, my wittiness and logical thinking.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: My athleticism will carry me through the early stages, my charm through the middle, and smarts to play through to the end.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I’d consider myself a Brawn. I’m a down-to-earth, rugged guy who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and brains seem to be smarts lacking the physical abilities. You can be brawny and good-looking and we have a brain.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Brawn have the best chance. Perception is they are big, competitive athletes lacking the mental fortitude to go on. After dominating early physical challenges they present little mental risk for further advance in the game. Egos left aside, they have the best chance to win the game.

Morgan McLeod, 21 years old

Tribe Designation: Beauty Tribe

Current Residence: San Jose, Calif.

Occupation: Ex-NFL Cheerleader

Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of being selected to the cheerleading squad for the San Francisco 49ers while still in high school.

Inspiration in Life: My dad is my hero because he has worked so hard and sacrificed so much in his life to make mine the best it could possibly be. He is the funniest and most handsome man I know.

Hobbies: Interior design, working out and dancing.

Pet Peeves: Slow drivers, guys leaving the toilet seat up, when people fish for compliments, terrible pickup lines.

3 Words to Describe You: Mature, determined and attractive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A razor because hairy legs are not cute, a camera to document my adventure, and my iPhone so I can Instagram and Facebook when I am bored.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I think I can relate most to Parvati Shallow because she is beautiful and manipulative just like me. She has the ability to make everyone love her but also fear her. That power and confidence is a good quality to have for this show. I can also relate to Natalie Tenerelli because she was a young contestant and also a dancer.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The chance to experience a once in a lifetime journey and to show everyone that just because I have huge boobs and a pretty face does not mean I am dumb, it just means I look better when I am winning.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have great leadership skills when working in a group. I also am quite handy when it comes to building things such as shelter. I am the daughter of a contractor, so he taught me well.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I could be the final Survivor because when I want something I get it. I do whatever it takes to get it. I am ambitious and very adaptive. I am never afraid to manipulate and back stab people when it puts me ahead. These qualities will be essential to me being the final Survivor.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I consider myself all three but if I have to pick, I would pick Beauty. Who wouldn’t want to be beautiful? When you are beautiful you get what you want and I like getting what I want.

Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Most people would assume the Brain and Brawn would have the best chance but I think Beauty actually has the best chance. Usually if you are beautiful you have a great body which is “brawn.” Also, most people who are beautiful have a stereotype of being dumb. Beauties could fly under the radar as a non-threat because they are stereotypically dumb and weak. I’m rooting for the beauties.

What are your overall thoughts on the new cast?  Based on first impressions alone, which tribe are you rooting for the most?  Who is your favorite castaway?  Who do you think could win the game?  Who do you predict will be the first castaway voted out of the game?  Sound off and leave a comment in the section below!

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4 Responses to “Survivor: Cagayan Cast Revealed — Meet The 18 New Players!”

  1. Tracy Says:
    January 23rd, 2014 at 7:43 am

    They need to start putting people on who NEED THE MONEY! An attorney, an ex-NFL and pro-cheerleader,the Marlins President, a nuclear engineer and a pro-poker player??
    Let me see a small town farmer, a grocery store cashier, a fast food worker, the attorney’s secretary, a construction worker and a waitress. At least I would want to see them win. Come on Survivor, bring on the average person in America…broke.

  2. Jean Says:
    January 23rd, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Morgan – voted off first. I’m beautiful–how arrogant!

  3. joceyline jaundoo Says:
    January 26th, 2014 at 1:28 am

    wow like this group…as a faithful addicted survivor viewer I am looking forward to this battle…any group can win and I will make sure my parties are filled..

  4. Kathy Says:
    February 5th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    the last survivor was boring, first time I did not watch all the way through. With all the changes over the years, seems the only thing there is to survive is maybe a broken nail. What happened to the folks that really wanted or needed the money. I wish they would go back to the original game plan where they had nothing until they earned it. I guess survivor show has gone the way of the ENTITLED generation, too bad but we can always watch infomercials.

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