'Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites' Cast Revealed

The 26th season kicks off with a two-hour premiere Feb. 13.
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"Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites": The Favorites

CBS has announced the cast for Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites.

Twenty castaways will compete on the 26th season of the reality series, which kicks off with a two-hour premiere Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.

"Favorites" like Brandon Hantz (South Pacific), Brenda Lowe (Nicaragua), John Cochran (South Pacific) and Malcolm Freberg, who placed fourth on season 25, are among the 10 returning players competing in the spring edition. It's notable that all of the returning players are from relatively recent seasons and were not among the cast in the first 15 Survivor installments.

Here's how it's going to work: The Favorites will make up the Bikal Tribe, while 10 "ultimate fans" will make up the Gota Tribe. While the Favorites may have an edge with their prior knowledge of the game, they may be bigger targets than the Fans, whose extensive knowledge of the game may be an advantage.

This is the second time Survivor has done a Fans vs. Favorites season. In Micronesia (season 16), veteran Parvati Shallow was crowned sole survivor. (Shallow recaps Survivor for THR.) Erik Reichenbach, who was eliminated after giving up his immunity necklace in that season, will be a Favorite.

Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers with Leisa Francis co-executive producer.

Below is the official cast list, in alphabetical order, for Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites (the Favorites are in the above photo, with Fans below):

BIKAL (FAVORITES)                                          
Andrea Boehlke
Age: 23
New York                                                                                                                 
Entertainment Host and Writer                                
Survivor: Redemption Island
Brandon Hantz                                                        
Age: 21                                                                     
Katy, Texas                                                               
Chemical Disposal                                                    
Survivor: South Pacific
Brenda Lowe                                                           
Age: 30                                                                     
Miami, Fla.                                                                
Paddleboard Co. Owner                                           
Survivor: Nicaragua
Corinne Kaplan                                                      
Age: 33                                                                     
Los Angeles                                                              
Clinical Consultant                                                   
Survivor: Gabon
Dawn Meehan                                                         
Age: 42                                                                     
South Jordan, Utah                                                   
English Professor                                                      
Survivor: South Pacific
Erik Reichenbach                                                   
Age: 27                                                                     
Santa Clarita, Calif.                                                  
Comic Book Artist                                                    
Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites
Francesca Hogi                                                        
Age: 38                                                                     
Brooklyn, N.Y.                                                         
Survivor: Redemption Island
John Cochran                                                          
Age: 25                                                                     
Washington D.C.                                                      
Law Student                                                             
Survivor: South Pacific
Phillip Sheppard                                                     
Age: 54                                                                     
Santa Monica, Calif.                                                 
Software Sales                                                                      
Survivor: Redemption Island
Malcolm Freberg                                                     
Age: 25                                                                     
Hermosa Beach, Calif.                                              
Survivor: Philippines
Laura Alexander
Age: 23
Washington, D.C.
Administrative Officer
Sherri Biethman
Age: 41
Boise, Idaho
Fast Food Franchisee
Matt Bischoff
Age: 38
Cincinnati, Ohio
BMX Bike Sales
Hope Driskill
Age: 23
Jefferson City, Mo.
Pre-Law Student
Edward “Eddie” Fox
Age: 23
East Brunswick, N.J.
Julia Landauer
Age: 21
Stanford, Calif.
Racecar Driver
Alexandra “Allie” Pohevitz
Age: 25
Oceanside, N.Y.
Michael Snow
Age: 44
New York
Event Planner
Shamar Thomas
Age: 27
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Iraq War Veteran
Reynold Toepfer
Age: 30
San Francisco
Real Estate Sales

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