'Survivor: South Pacific': Meet the First 16 Contestants (Video)

CBS announced the first 16 contestants for Survivor: South Pacific. The network has yet to announce two former castaways who will return for redemption on Season 23, which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. with a 90-minute episode.

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Shot in Samoa, the 16 contestants range in age from 19-year-old Brandon Hantz, an oil tanker crewman, to 51 year-old rancher, Rick Nelson. Hantz may be the youngest of the first cast members announced, but he might have an inside edge, as well. Former Samoa and Redemption Island alum,  Russel Hantz, is his uncle.

Also, the show is keeping the Redemption Island twist where eliminated players will go head-to-head for the chance to return to the game and the million dollar prize.

Meet the first 16 contestants, below, and see what they have to say for themselves in the video above.

Albert Destrade
Baseball/Dating Coach
Plantation, Fla.; Age: 26

Brandon Hantz
Oil Tanker Crewman
Katy, Texas; Age: 19

Christine Shields Markoski
Merrick, NY; Age: 39

Dawn Meehan
English Professor
South Jordan, Utah; Age: 41

Edna Ma
Los Angeles, Calif.; Age: 35

Elyse Umemoto
Dance Team Manager
Las Vegas, Nev.; Age: 27

Jim Rice
Medical Marijuana Dispenser
Denver, Colo.; Age: 35

John Cochran
Harvard Law Student
Washington, D.C..; Age: 24

Keith Tollefson
Water Treatment Tech
San Diego, Calif.; Age:26

Mark-Anthony Caruso
Retired NYPD Detective
Forest Hills, NY; Age: 48

Mikayla Wingle
Lingerie Football Player
Tampa, Fla.; Age: 22

Rick Nelson
Aurora, Utah; Age: 51

Semhar Tadesse
Spoken Work Artist
Los Angeles, Calif; Age: 24

Sophie Clarke
Medical Student
Willsboro, NY; Age: 22

Stacey Powell
Grand Prairie, Texas; Age: 44

Whitney Duncan
Country Music Singer
Nashville, Tenn.; Age: 27


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