|Survivor Cast Announcement|
The TV network named 15 of the 18 castaways vying to outwit, outplay and outlast one another including former National League MVP Jeff Kent (San Francisco Giants), and ‘80s television star Lisa Whelchel ("The Facts of Life"). Three of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former players who were medically evacuated from the game and are returning to finish what they started.
For the first time in eight years, "Survivor: Philippines" will be comprised of three tribes named after animals in the region: Kalabaw ("Water Buffalo"), Tandang ("Rooster") and Matsing ("Monkey"). The tribes feature individuals from different backgrounds competing for the same ultimate goal: to be Sole Survivor.
Surrounded by water, "Survivor Philippines" will prominently feature marine-based challenges where the three tribes will battle for first and second place in order to be granted immunity, while the third-place tribe will head to Tribal Council and face elimination.
Below are the names of the 15 of the 18 castaways this season:
Sarah Dawson, 28, Silver Spring, Md., Insurance Sales
Katie Hanson, 22, Newark, Del., Former Miss Delaware 2011
Jeff Kent, 44, Austin, Texas, Retired MLB Player
Dana Lambert, 32, Winston-Salem, N.C., Cosmetologist
Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kan., Track Coach
Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, Los Angele, Business Student
Roberta “RC” Saint-Amour, 27, New York, Investment Banker
Artis Silvester, 53, Terry Town, La., Computer Engineer
Lisa Whelchel, 49, Dallas, Tx, Former TV Teen Star ("The Facts of Life")
Peter “Pete” Yurkowski, 24, Holmdel, N.J., Engineering Graduate
Malcolm Freberg, 25, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Bartender
Zane Knight, 28, Danville, Va., Tire Repairman
Angie Layto, 20, Provo, Utah, Model/Student
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris, 28, Brooklyn, N.Y., Seminary Student
Denise Stapley, 41, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sex Therapist
The Emmy Award-winning series will return for its 25th season with a special 90-minute edition, Wednesday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Photo courtesy of CBS, Minty Brinton