Ten familiar faces will be among the 20 castaways competing for $1 million on the 27th cycle of CBS' Survivor. Themed "Blood vs. Water," the competition includes 10 previous contestants who will be competing with -- and ultimately against -- their loved ones. The season kicks off with a 90-minute episode at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Returning Player: Rupert Boneham, 49
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind. Occupation: mentor for troubled teens Relationship to Significant Castaway: Laura Boneham's husband Survivor History: Pearl Islands (second jury member); All Stars (sixth jury member, won fan favorite); Heroes vs. Villains (seventh jury member) Remembered For: He kicked off his first time playing Survivor by stealing the opposite tribe's shoes and using them as barter to secure supplies. Why He's Returning to Survivor: Survivor has been one of the most exciting experiences in my life, and to have the chance to share that with my wife is amazing.
Loved One: Laura Boneham, 44
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind. Occupation: merchandiser Relationship to Significant Castaway: Rupert Boneham's Wife Reason for Being on Survivor: Winning $1 million and accomplishing my goal of being on the show. Why She Wants to Play With Rupert: For me to have the opportunity to play the game of Survivor is amazing. To actually play the game of Survivor with my husband, Rupert, by my side is an absolute dream come true.
Returning Player: Tina Wesson, 52
Current Residence: Robbinsville, N.C. Occupation: motivational speaker Relationship to Significant Castaway: Katie Collins' mother Survivor History: Australia (winner); All Stars (first out, non-jury) Remembered For: She beat presumed winner Colby Donaldson on the show's second cycle, which began the tradition of revealing the winner in a live finale. She never had a single vote cast against her. Her second time, she immediately was targeted and was the first to leave. Why She's Returning to Survivor: Survivor gets in your blood. It is a thrill and an honor to get to play.
Loved One: Katie Collins, 25
Current Residence: New York, N.Y. Occupation: hedge fund support Relationship to Significant Castaway: Tina Wesson's daughter Reason for Being on Survivor: Claiming the title of “sole survivor” would be a huge accomplishment. Being able to do this with my mom is the coolest! Why She Wants to Play With Tina: My mom is the single most amazing person I know. To play Survivor together definitely tops any experience we have ever had together. I can't wait to compete with or against this truly amazing woman; as a daughter and a best friend, it's an honor.
Returning Player: Kat Edorsson, 23
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla. Occupation: full-time student/sales Relationship to Significant Castaway: Hayden Moss' girlfriend Survivor History: One World (sixth jury member) Remembered For: Kat was blindsided after proving herself unpredictable.She was the subject of many a tribal council debate over whether she needed more life experience. Why She's Returning to Survivor: Living states away for a year now, winning Survivor would change our lives. Besides, who doesn't want to see what their man is made of!
Loved One: Hayden Moss, 26
Current Residence: Springtown, Texas Occupation: real estate (and winner of Big Brother season 12) Relationship to Significant Castaway: Kat Edorsson's boyfriend Why He'll "Survive" Survivor: I have already played and won a game very similar to Survivor. Why He Wants to Play With Kat: Survivor is the adventure of a lifetime, and being able to share that adventure with someone I love is amazing! I can't wait to compete with or against Kat, and watch our relationship grow!
Returning Player: Gervase Peterson, 43
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa. Occupation: cigar lounge owner Relationship to Significant Castaway: Marissa Peterson's uncle Survivor History: Borneo (third jury member) Remembered For: He competed on the show's first season, where he sometimes appeared lazy due to his strategy of preserving his strength for challenges. Why He's Returning to Survivor: I felt that I could win the game if given another chance.
Loved One: Marissa Peterson, 21
Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C. Occupation: student Relationship to Significant Castaway: Gervase Peterson's niece Reason for Being on Survivor: To win $1 million and to see if I’m really as tough as I think I am. Why She Wants to Play With Gervase: Playing Survivor with Gerv would be the most amazing experience, from watching him on TV in 4th grade, to getting to bond with him in the most intense and competitive setting.
Returning Player: Colton Cumbie, 22
Current Residence: Collinsville, Ala. Occupation: student teacher Relationship to Significant Castaway: Caleb Bankston's fiancé Survivor History: One World (medically evacuated on day 16 due to illness, sixth out) Remembered For: Being one of the most hated contestants in Survivor history due to comments he made that were perceived as bigoted. Despite being medically evacuated, he chose to keep his hidden immunity idol for himself. Why He's Returning to Survivor: I probably wouldn't have said yes to returning if not for this specific twist. Last time ... I was extremely homesick.
Loved One: Caleb Bankston, 26
Current Residence: Collinsville, Ala. Occupation: post office manager/farmer Relationship to Significant Castaway: Colton's fiancé Reason for Being on Survivor: Showing America how farm boys from Alabama do things. Why He Wants to Play With Colton: Survivor made Colton realize a lot of things he didn’t know about himself. Some things were good and some were not so good. He grew so much from that experience and I wish I could have been there to experience it with him.
Returning Player: Tyson Apostol, 34
Current Residence: Provo, Utah Occupation: former pro cyclist/shop manager Relationship to Significant Castaway: Rachel Foulger's boyfriend Survivor History: Tocantins (second jury member); Heroes vs. Villains (sixth voted out) Remembered For: He changed his vote at tribal council during Heroes vs. Villains, which effectively resulted in his own elimination. Why He's Returning to Survivor: I returned to Survivor to play with my loved one so we could make some sweet cash, have a rad experience and an excuse to take all life’s responsibilities off for a couple months.
Loved One: Rachel Foulger, 33
Current Residence: Provo, Utah Occupation: cocktail waitress/graphic designer Relationship to Significant Castaway: Tyson Apostol's girlfriend Reason for Being on Survivor: Obviously for the money, but also for the challenge. Why She Wants to Play With Tyson: To play Survivor with Tyson is an experience we will remember forever. We both would love to be millionaires and both believe we deserve it.
Returning Player: Aras Baskauskas, 31
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif. Occupation: musician Relationship to Significant Castaway: Vytas Baskauskas' brother Survivor History: Panama – Exile Island (winner) Remembered for: After making the final two, he slipped on a wet rock and fell on day 39, sending shards of glass into his hand and back, requiring stitches. Also, he won. Why He's Returning to Survivor: Early in our lives, [Vytas and I] had a very rocky relationship. Taking on adventures as adults gives us the chance to make up for lost time.
Loved One: Vytas Baskauskas, 33
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif. Occupation: yoga instructor/math professor Relationship to Significant Castaway: Aras Baskauskas' brother Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to be on the show for the experience. I truly believe I can outwit, outplay and outlast. Of course I also want the prize. Why He Wants to Play With Aras: I love my brother very much and this experience will surely bring us closer together. That being said, there can only be one sole survivor. ... Whether I win the game or not, I desperately want to beat my brother.
Returning Player: Candice Cody, 30
Current Residence: Washington, D.C. Occupation: physician, anesthesiology resident Relationship to Significant Castaway: John Cody's wife Survivor History: Cook Islands (13th out, fifth jury member); Heroes vs. Villians (13th out, fifth jury member) Remembered For: After she (along with Jonathan Penner) volunteered to switch tribes, she was considered a traitor and sent to Exile Island four times. Why She Wants to Play with John: I can't think of anybody I would trust more to be on my side as a teammate. I’m very proud of my husband, and I want to show him off!
Loved One: John Cody, 30
Current Residence: Washington, D.C. Occupation: physician, Army orthopedic surgery resident Relationship to Significant Castaway: Candice Cody's husband Reason for Being on Survivor: This is one of the most intense intellectual and physical challenges I can think of, and being able to play with Candice will make it that much more interesting and crazy! Why He Wants to Play With Candice: How many people can say they’ve competed in a game for $1 million with the love of their life? ... And this will be a crazy story for us to tell our kids someday.
Returning Player: Laura Morett, 43
Current Residence: Salem, Ore. Occupation: co-owner of Morett Construction Relationship to Significant Castaway: Ciera Eastin's mother Survivor History: Samoa (third jury member) Remembered For: Laura was voted out after a 5-5 tie between herself and eventual winner Natalie White. Why She's Returning to Survivor: So that Ciera will understand what I went through. Now for the rest of our lives, we'll always have this experience to remember and share.
Loved One: Ciera Eastin, 24
Current Residence: Salem, Ore. Occupation: cosmetology student Relationship to Significant Castaway: Laura Morett's daughter Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to beat my mom. I love her, but you have to have tough skin in my family, and my mom needs to be shown the real Survivor in our family. Why She Wants to Play With Laura: I really would like to show my mom that I can survive and I can do things on my own, and not only can I do them, but I might just even do them better than her!
Returning Player: Monica Culpepper, 42
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla. Occupation: Former NFL wife, homemaker Relationship to Significant Castaway: Brad Culpepper's Wife Survivor History: One World (fifth voted out, non-jury) Remembered For: She got blindsided by Colton Cumbie. Why She's Returning to Survivor: I wanted the chance to redeem myself from my early exit on OneWorld and there is no better way to do that than with the love of my life and lifelong tribe mate, Brad.
Loved One: Brad Culpepper, 44
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla. Occupation: Attorney and retired NFL player. Played for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. Relationship to Significant Castaway: Monica Culpepper's husband Reason for Being on Survivor: Redeem my wife for being blindsided by Colton. Why He Wants to Play With Monica: Monica means more to me than anyone in this world. While this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I will always place her before me as I would never want to jeopardize her Survivor flame.
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