Eighteen castaways will compete on the 28th season of Survivor, which is themed "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty." The groupings of these tribes, each comprised of six castaways, "reflect the distinguishing qualities that people bring to the game and test whether there is any truth to the pre-conceived notion that particular characteristics impact certain areas of the game," according to CBS.
Probst returns as host and executive producer.
Jeff Probst says producers try to give viewers "what they want." Case in point: This season is a "direct response to the fans," he teases.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have an irrepressible drive and tenacity.
President, Miami Marlins
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I always win, because people underestimate me.
Latasha "Tasha" Fox
St. Louis, Mo.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am equally balanced in both physical ability and social ability.
Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen
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.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Pro Poker Player
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 overanalyzing every episode, to mastering slide puzzles to ready myself. I essentially devoted my entire life to preparing for this adventure for the previous six months.
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 JohnCochran who doesn’t suck.
"How great is it to watch people dropping everything, going off to an island, and building a society where they actually get to wipe the slate clean and start anew?" executive producer Mark Burnettsays "And then in this game you have to build relationships, eliminate those people and then ask those very people for a million dollars."
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.
Jersey City, N.J.
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.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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.
Former NBA All-Star
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.
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.
Yung "Woo" Hwang
Newport Beach, Calif.
Martial Arts Instructor
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!
Jeff Probstsays the ideal castaway is "a three-dimensional person with life experience who's able to tell a story."
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.
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 bitch that will play you before you can play me.
Miss Kentucky Teen USA
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.
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.
San Jose, Calif.
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.
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.
This season -- which was filmed in Cagayan, a province in the Philippines -- debuts with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
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