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[Spoiler Alert: This recap contains spoilers from Episode 1 & 2 of Survivor: Ghost Island .]
Grab a torch and strap on your proton pack for we are about to enter Ghost Island! *Cue spooky music* No, it’s not a Scooby-Doo special, it’s the title of the new season of Survivor , which sees 20 fresh-faced jungle dwellers haunted by the bad decisions of Survivor past.
That’s right; Survivor is resurrecting relics of season’s gone-by—misplayed idols, flawed advantages, perhaps that cowboy hat Jeff Probst wore one season—and giving this new group of castaways a chance to “reverse the curse.” The twist immediately got me thinking about what would be on my island of past mistakes, and I narrowed it down to a selection of Insane Clown Posse CDs, a misguided work romance, and the piece of my eyebrow I shaved off when I was 15-years-old. However, unlike this new crop of players, for me, there is no turning back the clock (though my eyebrow did grow back).
'Survivor: Ghost Island' Castaways and Tribes Revealed (PHOTOS)
As always in Survivor , fire represents your life, and so it does here in our recaps. Each week we’ll be breaking down the episodes into moments and moves worthy of fire , and moments/moves that should be snuffed out . Also, make sure to read to the end of the recap for a special Survivor Brain Buster Trivia question!
Let’s jump aboard the ghost train!
FIRE: A Fun Cast
Wendell Holland, Brendan Shapiro, Chris Noble, Donathan Hurley, James Lim, and the Naviti and Malolo Tribes on ‘Survivor: Ghost Island’
Despite being so young you could mistake them for the stars of a new High School Musical movie, this cast really pops! Survivor lives or dies based on its casting. Behind all the twists, advantages and convoluted themes, it’s the people that are the show’s bread and butter. A strong cast can elevate a weak idea or make it easy to forgive some of the more questionable twists. A dud cast can leave you with Survivor: Nicaragua .
Luckily, Ghost Island, which already has an intriguing theme, boasts an engaging group personalities. The Malolo tribe is perhaps the more intriguing of the two teams off the bat. A colorful combination of jocks and nerds – it truly is like High School Musical . The early stand-out is Donathan, the self-described “only gay man in Kentucky,” who is looking to broaden his horizons and meet new people. His enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder are infectious, and his thick Southern accent is sure to have the subtitlers working over-time. Filling out the Malolo tribe is: Brendan (buff teacher), Jacob (neurotic teacher), Michael (fake 23-year-old), James (business analyst/terrible swimmer), Stephanie (yoga-freak/human traffic light), Gonzalez (self-confessed puzzle master), Laurel (geeky financial consultant), Jenna (advertising exec/Sarah Lacina clone), and Libby (maybe a literal ghost because I didn’t see her all episode).
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Over on Naviti, the majority of air-time is taken up by wise-guy Domenick, a construction supervisor from Long Island, who quickly gets to work digging for idols and butting heads with the fellow alpha males on his tribe. The Naviti tribe feels less fleshed out than Malolo, a result of not attending tribal council, but there are some promising players here. Wendell has a cool and calm approach that serves well in a high-pressure game like Survivor. His on-screen caption says he is a furniture maker, but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t moonlighting as a Childish Gambino look-a-like—if not, he’s missing out on some serious coin! Making up the rest of the tribe is: Sebastian (aka Sea Bass), Chris (inspiration for Blue Steel), Bradley (lying law student), Kellyn (recent divorcee/puzzle killer), Desiree (fashion queen), Angela (badass veteran), Morgan (permanently happy whale trainer), and Chelsea (another ghost?).
FIRE: Marooning Twist
The opening twist—where the tribe leaders could choose to forfeit the challenge in order to keep their fishing gear—was a nice change of pace from the usual ‘jump off the boat and try not to drown these chickens’ style of marooning. It instantly threw a big decision into the game and “decisions” is apparently the thematic thread that Probst is trying to weave through this season. If one of the leaders forfeited the challenge, they would get to keep their fishing gear, but in turn, the winning tribe would receive not only a substantial shelter-building kit, but flint and, randomly, 20 eggs. Why not throw in a tray of bacon and a carton of OJ, too?
The wait is almost over! We’re 30 minutes away from the season premiere of #Survivor : Ghost Island. 🎉 If you haven’t already, get to know the castaways before the fun begins: https://t.co/otvwsJMZ9l pic.twitter.com/TMaGWp9GwR — SURVIVOR (@survivorcbs) March 1, 2018
Chris, Naviti’s designated leader, decided to forfeit, much to the chagrin of Domenick, and thereby provided Malolo with a plentiful bounty that should have seen them living the high life. The consequences of the forfeit didn’t particularly help Malolo—they lost both immunity challenges—but the tension between Chris and Domenick following the decision reverberated back at camp and set up a compelling little rivalry which I suspect will continue in the upcoming weeks.
SNUFFED: Sock Rice
Gotta give Jacob points for creativity. 😂 #Survivor pic.twitter.com/gKQNSpKUqz — SURVIVOR (@survivorcbs) March 1, 2018
Oh, Jacob. There’s something I have to confess. I know Jacob. Kind of. I’ve never met the guy in real life, but I run a Survivor fansite that Jacob once blogged for semi-regularly. He’s a friendly, affable sort of chap and a Survivor superfan, and so understandably, we’ve chatted about the show a lot. During those discussions, we would touch upon Survivor gameplay and how we would approach the game if ever given a chance to play. I’m pretty sure that at no point during our hypothetical musings did either of us suggest it would be a wise idea to pour the tribe’s supply of rice into a dirty sock in the hopes of finding a hidden clue.
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Here’s the thing, talking/writing about Survivor and playing Survivor are very different things. While you may have the best intentions going into the game, I could see how easily that might slip away once your fantasy becomes a reality, especially if that reality doesn’t quite match up with how you pictured it in your mind. Jacob accurately assessed that himself and Donathan were the odd men out on his tribe—evidently the weakest physically and both lacking in the abs department. However, was that the reality? Or was that just how things looked on paper? That’s the big question. Was Jacob legitimately on the outside from the off or did his perception kick his paranoia into overdrive? Perhaps both are true, and that’s what caused him to go idol searching in plain sight on Day 2. Surely number one in the book of Survivor No-Nos.
FIRE: Ghost Island Itself
Jacob Derwin on ‘Survivor: Ghost Island’
Even though there is “idol and advantage” fatigue within the Survivor community, I will admit that Ghost Island as a location is super cool. A creepy mausoleum of mistakes, where torch snuffers from past seasons hang above your head like a nightmarish crib mobile. Probst has previously described Ghost Island as a love letter to Survivor fans, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a Survivor nerd’s dream; a pop-culture paradise populated with artifacts and props from over 35 past seasons. When the show eventually goes off the air (hopefully not for many years), CBS should seriously consider opening it to the public as a legitimate Survivor museum. Perhaps incorporate an amusement park element. I mean, just imagine the potential rides. Rudy’s River Rapids. The Parvati Pendulum. Rupert’s Pirate Ship – “You’ll keep coming back for more.”
The fact that Jacob was the first person sent to Ghost Island, chosen by the Naviti tribe after their first Immunity Challenge win, couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only did it give the former blogger a lifeline—he was undoubtedly going to be the first boot—but having such a superfan be the first to witness the spectacle and narrate his findings with such genuine excitement completely sold the concept. Though I will say the “relic” that Jacob won in his Game of Chance was a little underwhelming. Sierra’s misplayed Legacy Advantage from Survivor: Game Changers is a worthy Ghost Island relic, sure, but the Legacy Advantage itself is a somewhat restrictive tool. It provides immunity for the holder, but only at the Final 13 or Final 6, and not just that, but Jacob had to will it to a member of the opposing tribe, so he couldn’t even put this twist to immediate use. He chose to gift it to Morgan and only time will tell if that works out for her – it certainly didn’t for young Jacob, who was swiftly booted in the second episode of the night.
SNUFFED: Speedy Gonzalez
No one wants to see @JeffProbst snuff their flame during the first #TribalCouncil . #Survivor pic.twitter.com/BD07QaDa1D — SURVIVOR (@survivorcbs) March 1, 2018
As the first boot of the season, unfortunately, I have to put Gonzalez in the snuffed section. It’s not as if she did anything particularly detrimental to cause her downfall, other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. With Jacob receiving a stay of execution in the form of a Ghost Island sleepover, it left Gonzalez vulnerable back at camp. The vote was between her or Donathan and came down to challenge strength versus trust. Initially, it looked like the target was on the Kentucky native, though Stephanie brought up a solid point regarding future challenges: “We might need a little person to shove into something.” Also, Gonzalez didn’t help her case when she rose to her feet at tribal council and started whispering in people’s ears; it only served to make her look more of a schemer.
SNUFFED: Fake Idols
Morgan Ricke and Domenick Abbate on ‘Survivor: Ghost Island’
In a season that features Ozzy’s infamous “f**king stick,” these new castaways are certainly giving the Survivor legend a run for his money when it comes to horrible looking fake idols, or at least, the implementation of them. Firstly, Jacob decided to craft a phony idol while on Ghost Island, and upon returning to camp, tried to bluff his tribemates that his idol was the real deal. Jacob was worried for his safety in the game and pretending that he had an idol might have kept the vote off him at the next tribal council. The problem was in execution, namely, not having the note that comes with a legitimate idol. Brendan was quick to ask for receipts and Jacob couldn’t deliver; instead, he had to make up an excuse about accidentally leaving the note back at Ghost Island. As many of his tribemates pointed out, a hardcore fan like Jacob wouldn’t lose the idol note—although, to be fair, he did lose his shoes within minutes of hitting the beach.
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As bad as Jacob’s plan was, I at least understood the logic behind it, which is more than I can say for Domenick over on Naviti. You see, Domenick actually found a real idol, to be specific, he found the idol that Andrea went home with in her pocket in Survivor: Caramoan . Then, for reasons beyond human comprehension, he chose to make what he called a “fugazi idol,” combine it with the real idol’s note, and show it to his enemy Chris, in an attempt to gain his trust. Do you get it? Because I certainly don’t. If you’re going to tell someone you have an idol, and go to the trouble of including the note, then at that point you might as well have just shown them the real one, right? Perhaps Domenick is playing 4D chess, and all will become clear in the future. But right now, Chris, and I, sense that something is off.
Jenna Bowman, Stephanie Johnson, and Donathan Hurley on ‘Survivor: Ghost Island’
If I had to name a player of the week, the honor would go to Stephanie, the triathlete mom, who is wearing an outfit so bright you’ll be reaching to adjust the contrast on your TV. Here’s a little inside baseball, the Survivor casting department often handpicks wardrobe for the castaways that best represents their pre-approved stereotype, see John Cochran’s sweater-vest (nerd) or Ryan Ulrich’s turtleneck (uber-nerd). However, I get the feeling that Stephanie wears these clothes in her everyday life, whether she’s pounding the treadmill at the gym or shopping for kale salad at Whole Foods (she totally eats kale salad).
While her vibrant outfit and bubbly personality should make her stand-out as a clear target, Stephanie has displayed a sort of chameleon effect, blending in with the various subset of alliances forming on Malolo. Based on these opening two episodes, the yoga instructor from Chicago seems to be in everyone’s good graces. She is fit, athletic and attractive, so can fit in easily with the beefcake crew and bikini babes. But she’s also a secret Survivor superfan, so can just as comfortably nerd out with the Jacobs and Donathans of this world. In fact, it’s Stephanie who waves the flag for Donathan in the first episode, and then in Episode 2, she buddies up with Jacob, receiving a bucket load of info for her efforts, including the truth about his “idol” and the whereabouts of the Legacy Advantage. Right now, it certainly seems like Stephanie is the decision-maker on Malolo, but as this premiere taught us, decisions can have consequences and there is a lot of season left to play.
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Before I go, here is the Survivor Brain Buster Trivia question of the week. The premiere opened with clips of bad decisions from past seasons, including Erik giving his individual immunity necklace to Natalie in Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites . Can you name the two other players who have given away individual immunity and in what seasons?
Post your answers in the comments below, and let me know your thoughts on the premiere. Who is impressing you in the early going? Could Gonzalez and Jacob have found a way to save themselves? Do you like the Ghost Island concept? Sound off!
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"Survivors ready? Go!"
Jeff Probst's famous catchphrase is about to be uttered again, as twenty new castaways hit the beach of Fiji for the latest iteration of Survivor , the landmark reality franchise fast approaching its 40th season. For now, we're up to season 36, and it's one that's built on the bones of bad decisions made in seasons past: Survivor: Ghost Island, in which players will be surrounded in the show's extensive lore at all times.
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Throughout the season, the new contestants will contend with the titular Ghost Island, a mysterious place that's covered in remnants of Survivor history, and a place that offers the opportunity to seize cursed relics from the past and use them toward future purposes. Can the players "reverse the curse" on an immunity idol that was previously played poorly? That's one of the many questions Ghost Island puts forth, but certainly not the only one.
While Survivor 's own history is at the heart of the new season, the people actually battling it out for the latest million dollar prize are brand new to the game — at least in terms of playing the game. For the most part, these players are all fans of the show, some of them having watched since the very beginning of the series, others having recently completed deep dives into the archives.
Below, meet the cast of Ghost Island , and stay tuned to THR.com/Survivor in the weeks ahead for even more information about each new castaway.
Listen to the first episode of First One Out: Ghost Zero, our preseason podcast series , for more about Ghost Island , the players, and the start of an unlikely adventure:
The Naviti Tribe
The Naviti tribe, wearing purple, includes the following castaways:
• Angela Perkins (Army Veteran, 42 years old) • Bradley Kleihege (Law Student, 26 years old) • Chelsea Townsend (EMT and Professional Cheerleader, 24 years old) • Chris Noble (Professional Model, 27 years old) • Desiree Afuye (Student, 21 years old) • Domenick Abbate (Construction Supervisor, 38 years old) • Kellyn Bechtold (Career Counselor, 31 years old) • Morgan Ricke (Marine Animal Trainer, 29 years old) • Sebastian Noel (Fishing Guide, 22 years old) • Wendell Holland (Furniture Company Owner, 33 years old)
The 42-year-old army veteran, a self-proclaimed "American badass," enters Ghost Island as the oldest player in the game. Select highlights from Angela's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: Retirement from the U.S. Army. I served over 21 years in the Army and I was an Army officer captain. I served in the transportation unit and in a psychological Operations Battalion as an executive officer and I was the ONLY female officer in the organization, yet still chosen to be second in command. I have been to several countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Dubai, France, Bratislava, Slovakia, Italy and Germany. I was put in the MOST unusual and extreme situations and conditions and survived better than most. I was in isolated conditions where life’s bare necessities were limited. While deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004, I went months with only taking bottle water showers. The supply lines were compromised so often I was forced to make a decision to either wash with my daily bottled water or consume it. I jumped from several different Military aircrafts and did drown-proofing that consisted of water survival. While deployed to Afghanistan, I was put in situations that required me to influence the local “elders” (leaders) of our U.S. missions in their country while at the same time earning their trust. This posed a huge issue because one, I am a FEMALE (and their beliefs with females are VERY different than ours) and two, I was an American. However, I was able to gain the trust of the local people as well as many elders.
Inspiration in Life: My son. He has been braver than he believes, stronger than he seems and smarter than he thinks. I have never met a more amazing person than him.
Pet Peeves: My pet peeves are laziness or unmotivated people when they have the ability and or resources to be and do so much more, and when someone expects someone else to pull their weight. One that believes things are “RIGHTS versus Privileges.” Also, unorganized people or things, close-minded individuals and people who think you “owe” them something.
3 Words to Describe You: Spontaneous, courageous and determined.
Originally from Michigan and currently living in Los Angeles, Bradley is a 26-year-old law student and super fan who was nearly cast on season 28, Survivor: Cagayan . Select highlights from Bradley's CBS bio:
Inspiration in Life: I don’t have a particular source of inspiration in life because I don’t believe in emulating or worshipping anyone. I think that everyone has positive traits to draw from as well as less desirable aspects.
Pet Peeves: Stupid people and people who think they know everything.
3 Words to Describe You: Ambitious, impatient and astute.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? First, a notebook and pen to organize my thoughts and strategy. Second, my retainers because I have had my braces off for over a decade but am still too scared to try not wearing them. What if my pearly whites started moving around? And finally, a bottle of rum because no self-respecting sailor would be caught on a remote island without rum.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I am passionate, competitive and neurotic like Spencer. Also, I have the same penchant as him for making people feel irrelevant and that is something I will have to be very careful not to do during the game.
An EMT and professional cheerleader living in Los Angeles by way of Utah, the 24-year-old Chelsea could have easily qualified for Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers . Select highlights from Chelsea's CBS bio:
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A mattress to get a good night’s rest, a toothbrush because I can’t imagine not brushing my teeth for more than a day, and definitely food because nobody likes starving.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati. I think I could use my charm to build relationships, and I think I have the competitive spirit and wit she had.
Reason for Being on Survivor : It is the experience of a lifetime. You get to push yourself to your absolute limits and challenge yourself in a unique way. I believe I will learn a lot about myself and become a stronger person physically and mentally. The money would of course be helpful as well. I am looking to attend graduate school in the near future and it would be nice to not have any student loans after school.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : I have the traits needed to make me successful. I am a hard worker who is extremely driven to reach my goals. I am agile and athletic from a background in dance and gymnastics. I am personable and get along well with people of all backgrounds and ages. I am a competitor and love a good challenge.
A professional model originally from Florida and currently living in New York, the 27-year-old wants to evolve the game strategically and… romantically? Select highlights from Chris' CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: My greatest accomplishment was being on a 5th Avenue Versace billboard! It was by no means the end all and be all of where I want to be in life, but it was a major accomplishment. To me it was an accumulation of everything I’ve worked hard for finally getting justified. It was a huge symbol of perseverance and it was gratifying. I rely on my own self-motivation and have accomplished stuff that was difficult and took legit perseverance, but winning Survivor will top all that.
Inspiration in Life: My ma is my hero. But it wasn’t always so. Growing up, my mom and I didn’t have the best relationship. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at 27 and had me at 34. God bless her. A lot of side-effects of MS don’t just affect the body, but the brain as well, such as depression. So as a kid, I couldn’t handle or understand what was going on. I look back at my childhood and most memories of my mom and I were difficult. She would have seizures during my baseball games, at my school where she tutored, and the side effects of all the medications made it difficult to have a normal relationship with her. When I was 12, my parents split and the next couple years were even tougher as her disease progressed. If it wasn’t for my father telling me I needed to rise above the past and grow up, I would have continued to struggle. When I was told she had two months to live I decided to become a man at 17, and our past struggles brought us even closer. Through the years, our relationship grew, and our love and respect for each other brought our relationship to all-time highs. None of this would be possible if she hadn’t beat the odds for almost 10 years now. I will always idolize her perseverance, her grit and her faith in God. She is the greatest hero anyone can have and I live through her. She never quit or gave in when she was told she had two months to live, so why should I ever quit or give in when life “gets hard?” Want to talk about a Survivor? That’s my mom.
Pet Peeves: My pet peeves are certain characteristics of people. If you are lazy and also a liar, I won’t like you. In fact, it angers me when people act lazy and try to manipulate everyone around them and ruin everything. Now, those pet peeves are going to be alive and well in the land of Survivor . Good thing I know how to dish it right back. I have been around people like that my whole life and I know how to deal with it. So yeah, my title of Most Dramatic, in the face of a bunch of liars will be, shall we say… interesting.
3 Words to Describe You: Ambitious, charismatic and charming.
The Brooklyn-based 21-year-old was a lapsed Survivor fan, and is now ready to charge into Ghost Island with her eyes fearlessly on the prize. Select highlights from Desiree's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: Getting a place and back on my feet after being homeless. Freshman year when school ended, I didn’t have anywhere to go. My parents were in Nigeria and both my brothers were in the U.S. but not much older than me so they couldn’t help. This resulted in me being homeless for 1-2 months.
Inspiration in Life: Beyoncé . She works so hard and is constantly topping herself. She literally sets the standard for every performer and artist and continues to raise the bar. She had Adele and Kanye West on stage defending her when she didn’t win an award. Who else can do that? She is one of the few super humans to walk this earth.
Hobbies: Traveling, debating and binging on YouTube videos.
Pet Peeves: Complaining.
3 Words to Describe You: Unbreakable, driven and real.
The 38-year-old construction worker from Long Island plans to play like the legendary Tony Vlachos — except he's actually a construction worker. He has a few other players in mind he hopes to channel. Select highlights from Domenick's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: My greatest personal accomplishment came when my first daughter was born in 2008. Before her birth I was very overweight, smoked cigarettes, dabbled quite a bit at the craps table and would most likely be sitting down at the poker table on any given day. I recall a specific moment when my daughter was about a year old and she wanted me to take her outside on the swings. It was chilly that day so I had to dress warm. While putting on my shoes, I recall panting from being out of breath from the simple act of tying my own shoes. It was at that moment that I knew I had to make a change so that I would be around a long time for her and my other children that were soon to come. In the last seven years, I quit smoking, dropped 65 pounds and even though I can still occasionally be found in a poker room, I have dramatically prioritized where my income goes and where most of my money is spent, which is primarily bills and workout clothes for my wife.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I know you are looking for one, but I am going to split this in three. Mostly Cirie , because I think she is masterfully empathetic with other players. She has an amazing ability to disable people. I hope I can do what she has done in the game. Second is Cochran. He wins in the emotional intelligence category that allows him to morph into whatever he needs to at the time. He also understands the importance of stroking other people’s egos when he needs to. This is something I hope I am capable of doing. And finally Rob Mariano, for the simple fact that we both come from Italian families with a background in construction. But more importantly, he sees the game big picture which is critical and I hope I can maintain.
Reason for Being on Survivor : Obviously this is the opportunity of a lifetime to play this game, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a forced break from real life. And I don’t mean that I am happy to leave my family or my job, but this game will force me to be away from my life for a set period of time which I hope will open my eyes to what’s important when I get home. Oh yeah, and that money is mine!
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor : I grew up in a house with eight siblings. Lack of food, clothes and showers are something I’m accustomed to. This game should be a walk in the park.
The 31-year-old career counselor, residing in Colorado by way of Indiana, enters Survivor with a catchphrase: "Empathy is my superpower." Select highlights from Kellyn's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame : My ever-evolving career. From being a waitress in Indiana, working at a plant nursery in Florida, to a receptionist at a crematory, and eventually working in career services and business consulting with a dual MBA and Master of Public Health.
Inspiration in Life : My parents. My dad is one of the hardest working people I know. My mom tutors incarcerated women, volunteers on Election Day and contributes to our local community in a loving, selfless way.
Hobbies: Travel – I love meeting new people in new places, yoga and meditation and gambling.
Pet Peeves: Ignorance and unwillingness to try and walk in other people’s shoes and being interrupted by a man.
3 Words to Describe You: Empathetic, effervescent and excitable.
The 29-year-old marine animal trainer from Florida thinks she can apply her work with killer whales to the killer game of Survivor . Select highlights from Morgan's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: Accomplishing my childhood dream of becoming a killer whale trainer at SeaWorld Orlando!
Inspiration in Life: My parents. They have been married for 32 years and have raised five successful, happy, and healthy children. They have stuck by each other’s side through all the ups and downs over the years and have never given up on one another!
Hobbies: Sleeping, cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks, and binge watching true crime documentaries.
Pet Peeves: Feet, cold weather, and a shortage of ketchup.
3 Words to Describe You: Bubbly, stubborn, and determined.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Lip balm, I’m addicted, a space heater to keep me warm, and a super comfy pair of sweatpants.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Kelley Wentworth – she was strategic, strong, sneaky and a fighter. She wasn’t afraid to make big moves. She played her own game and didn’t hide in anyone’s shadow.
A fishing guide from Satellite Beach in Florida, the 22-year-old Sebastian is what happens when you gene-splice Ozzy Lusth and Captain Jack Sparrow. Select highlights from Sebastian's CBS bio:
Inspiration in Life: Bob Marley – that man knew how to live life. He understood what living meant and inspired people to love the life you live and live the life you love. I smile just thinking about that beautiful human.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A waterproof camera – life is an adventure. I’m in love with memories. I really enjoy capturing every twist and turn this beautiful life has to offer. A Hawaiian sling – I am a waterman, so being in the water, hunting for food is where I feel the most at home. True peace for my soul. A big bowl of gummy candy – I am absolutely addicted to candy, especially gummys . I can catch the meat, but I can’t catch the candy.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Tyson. He knew how to play the game through laughter, creativity, and good times. A true free spirit.
Reason for Being on Survivor : I’ve been waiting my entire life for an opportunity to show the world the many skills I have to offer. I feel like this is my calling. Also, almost everyone I know literally asks me all the time, “Seb , why are you not on Survivor ?” I just feel like it’s my time to shine.
A 33-year-old furniture company owner from Philadelphia, Wendell is the official pre-game winner pick of executive producer and host Jeff Probst . Select highlights from Wendell's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: I left a comfortable job in the legal field to pursue my dreams.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I think I’d play the game like Jeremy Collins because I’ll always keep my heart in the right place, but I’ll still be a serious competitor and threat.
Reason for Being on Survivor : I’ve been a big fan for a while, and I’ve always wanted to push myself to the limits and see if I can really survive. Oh yeah, I’m playing for the million bucks, too. That would really help things.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : I’m good with people and likable. I’m very diplomatic and can connect with people from different walks of life. I’m also not the biggest and strongest looking person, though I can compete with the best of them. That will get me past the first few votes. Then, my athleticism and skill at puzzles will help me win challenges when it becomes an individual game. Finally, my persuasive skills in front of a jury will win me the million. Boom.
The Malolo Tribe
The Malolo tribe, wearing orange, includes the following castaways:
• Brendan Shapiro (Physical Education Teacher, 41 years old) • Donathan Hurley (Caretaker, 26 years old) • Jacob Derwin (Music Teacher, 22 years old) • James Lim (Business Analyst, 24 years old) • Jenna Bowman (Advertising Account Executive, 23 years old) • Laurel Johnson (Financial Consultant, 29 years old) • Libby Vincek (Social Media Strategist, 24 years old) • Michael Yerger (Real Estate Agent, 18 years old) • Stephanie Gonzalez (Graphic Sales, 26 years old) • Stephanie Johnson (Yoga Instructor, 34 years old)
A 41-year-old husband and father of two, Brendan was almost cast on Survivor during its fourth season — and 15 years later, he's finally getting his shot at the title. Select highlights from Brendan's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: I am not afraid to take risks and make big changes. During the recession, I left a well-paying, but unsatisfying desk job, risking everything I owned to start my own business. After more than a dozen years and at 40 years old, I sold the business to pursue another lifelong interest to become a teacher.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A picture of my wife and kids to keep me tethered to reality, a football to throw on the beach, and bacon jerky because it’s delicious and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Jeremy Collins and Tom Westman because I understand people and know how to unite them behind a common goal. Also, I am pretty athletic for an old guy.
Reason for Being on Survivor : To win.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : I’m strong, fast, tough and good with my hands. I can read a room. I know how to make people feel comfortable and secure. My tribe mates will want to keep me around.
The 26-year-old caretaker and longtime super fan from Eastern Kentucky is not Jonathan, nor is he Donovan; he's Donathan . Select highlights from Donathan's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: I was a part of a national and state level winning dance team. I danced in the hip-hop routine. I am proud of being openly gay and dancing in front of thousands in this area. My goal is always to try to change the opinions of others when it comes to the LGBTQ community and through dancing, I was able to open the arms of many. There will never be another me when it comes to those years and for that impact, I feel very accomplished. Being the only guy to hold a national championship among the basketball, football and baseball guys – yeah, that felt really nice!
Inspiration in Life: My hero is my grandmother, Deloris Bentley. Always has been, always will be. My grandmother had seven children between the years of 1960 – 1968, with my mom being the youngest. She raised them all with very limited food, no power until 1975, no bathrooms, only out houses – all while dealing with the day-to-day struggles of having an alcoholic as a husband. Over the years, things got better for her. She raised her children, divorced and re-married (twice), and ended up being very independent-minded, and open-minded! In 2006, she had a brain aneurism . She flew out to have emergency surgery and you know what saved her that time? Her blood was so thick from smoking three packs a day for so many years, that the aneurism was sealed shut. After her surgery, she was up the next morning eating on some ice. Now if that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is! She has always been the glue in our family. She is such a hero in my eyes because of all the sacrifices, determination and selflessness she has expressed and shown all her life! Many people are probably picking celebrities and all that jazz, but my little ‘ole Maw Maw is my hero.
Hobbies: Discovering new music on Spotify , vinyl record collecting, binge watching SURVIVOR on CBS All Access and photography of nature and portraits.
Pet Peeves: People who think they know it all, people who are disrespectful toward others for no reason, people who judge the book by its cover (people have treated me that way my entire life), people that say “literally” without it being literal, people who aren’t straight forward when they need to be and finally, getting my name wrong. It is D-o-n-a-t-h-a-n, not Jonathan or Donovan.
The 22-year-old Survivor blogger turned player, hailing from Long Island, is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. Select highlights from Jacob's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: Nothing feels better than hearing your own music for the millionth time and still enjoy it. And even better, when other people hear your music for the first time and it makes them cry. You can’t fake those kinds of responses. It’s the best. Cheesy? Maybe. True? You bet, man.
Inspiration in Life: I have a few but I suppose Robin Williams is the most well-known one. When I was a little kid, The Genie from “Aladdin” was my entire sense of humor. That wild, a-hundred-jokes-a-minute pacing, all the voices and wackiness completely dazzled me. As I got older, I got to appreciate all his other amazing roles and unabashedly nutty stand-up routines. I’m often told I’m too loud. I blame that entirely on Robin Williams.
Hobbies: Songwriting and performing those songs, telling stories – be that on stage or just to friends – and cooking with my mom. Shut up, it makes me happy. Also, I listen to a ton of podcasts, attend as many concerts as I possibly can, and spend a great deal of time panicking over current political events.
Reason for Being on Survivor : I’ve been dreaming of doing this for well over a decade. At this point, above all else, it’s to prove I can do what I’ve been saying I could do since I was a kid: win Survivor . Part pride, part sticking it to the kids who tortured me growing up. It’s a “what have you accomplished?” kind of thing. I promise I’m not usually so vengeful!
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : This sounds stupid, but I’m really easy to talk to. I want to set up my situation so everyone knows they can come to me to chat and get support despite any problems they’re having personally or socially in the game. I’m a teddy bear, y’know ? On top of that, I’m not a weakling. I can haul firewood and follow instructions when it comes to building shelters. I know how to make fire and untie knots and all that.
The 24-year-old financial analyst is an Ivy League track star whose IQ is so high, according to Probst , that "it's a squiggle!" Select highlights from James' CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: I am a U.S. Presidential Scholar selected by President Obama’s commission, and interned for his White House administration. In college, I was a walk-on sprinter for Harvard Track and Field and, as a senior, was elected team captain by my teammates, becoming the first Asian American captain in program history.
Inspiration in Life: My grandfather came from a rural village in Korea, survived the Korean War, put himself through the best college in the country, and eventually became a successful businessman. He came from nothing to overcome tremendous odds and so much adversity and always exemplified love for family along the way. He passed away a couple of years ago but remains an inspiration in everything I do.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Yul Kwon. Our backgrounds are uncannily similar as Korean American management consultants, and I plan to follow his example in being cool, calm, and collected throughout the game. Yul’s Survivor journey contributed greatly to the positive representation of Asian Americans on TV, and I hope to do the same.
Reason for Being on Survivor : Survivor is an adventure like no other. Everything it presents—the wilderness, the challenges, the fellow castaways from all cross-sections of America—will be a chance for me to break out of the bubble I’ve been a part of for most of my life and push myself physically, emotionally, and mentally like never before. I’ll embrace the challenge and have fun along the way.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : There is no magic formula to winning Survivor . However, there are qualities that will help players get far. I believe I have most of them—I am team-oriented, athletic, outgoing, and tenacious. I will focus on being a helpful, likable asset to those around me, and on the down low strategically pave my path to the very end.
Originally from Michigan and now living in California, the 23-year-old advertising account executive feels she can come across as unfriendly, but insists she's "secretly a softy." Select highlights from Jenna's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: I think I feel the most accomplished when I make someone’s day. It’s important to maintain relationships with family and friends by going above and beyond for them. When you see someone cry happy tears from what you did, it’s extremely rewarding. I think it’s important to not only maintain healthy relationships with friends and family but also to make a difference in a total stranger’s life. I don’t care what type of person you are, seeing someone better off because of something you did changes you for the better. Pay it forward people – even the smallest gesture can make a large impact!
Inspiration in Life: My hero is Shailene Woodley because she uses her platform to make a difference. Her participation in Standing Rock protests is inspiring. I’d say my daily hopes and dreams are inspired by all of the unique creatures, cultures and nature that surrounds us on this planet.
Reason for Being on Survivor : Because why the hell not? Literally can’t think of a single reason why anyone would say no to an experience of a lifetime. Life is too short to not say YES.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : I have been able to manifest anything and everything I’ve ever wanted in my life – it’s pretty cool. Not to brag, but I say I want something and I always get it. So hopefully by saying “I’ll Survive,” I will win or at least come out of the experience with nothing but a profound appreciation of what I just accomplished.
Twenty-nine years old and originally hailing from Philadelphia, this division one athlete and 'Survivor' super fan was almost originally cast on season 33, Millennials vs. Gen X . Select highlights from Laurel's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: My college volleyball team winning our division championship. It’s one thing to compete at the highest level, but it’s another to win and be the best at it.
Inspiration in Life: My parents – for their dedication, support, and all the values they instilled in me.
Hobbies: Watching Survivor , playing beach volleyball and the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.
Pet Peeves: Incompetence, indecisiveness and open-mouth chewers.
3 Words to Describe You: Driven, focused and calculated.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : I’m a triple threat to win this game – I’m a former college athlete, an Ivy League graduate, and I know the game better than anyone else out there. I’m a superfan who knows better than to let the game pass me by and I will always fight for every single inch.
The 24-year-old Texan only started watching Survivor once she was in the casting mix, but she swears by her rigorous research process. Select highlights from Libby's CBS bio:
Inspiration in Life: Elisabeth Filarski-Hasselbeck . I began to look up to Elisabeth when I first saw her on SURVIVOR when I was 9 years old. Even at a young age, I looked up to her not only because of her outer beauty, but her noticeably beautiful heart and work ethic. I continued to follow her in all aspects of life, from standing up for her beliefs to working with people who stand on her same side. I am a strong believer in my faith and when it comes to politics, let’s just say I’m a true southern girl. She is a badass blonde, but shows that her faith and family come first. To be able to balance all of that like she does makes her a hero and a mentor to me.
Hobbies: Working out (boxing, running, weights), traveling and cooking.
Pet Peeves: When people don’t put away simple belongings, loud chewing and slow walkers.
3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, strong and outgoing.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My Bible – because my faith is everything, a baseball hat and a huge bag of my family’s smokehouse Turkey Jerky.
The Los Angeles based model and real estate agent is the youngest player of the season at 18 — but he doesn't plan on letting anyone in on the truth. Select highlights from Michael's CBS bio:
Pet Peeves : Incompetent drivers, negativity and rain/cold.
3 Words to Describe You : Energetic, slick and resilient.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Hot sauce, boomerang, skittles.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Malcolm Freberg — I’d be inwardly strategic and aggressive but outwardly friendly and easy-going.
Reason for Being on Survivor : To become the youngest sole survivor ever.
Why You Think You’ll "Survive" Survivor : Because I’m a people person. I’ve always preferred to spend my time around others over being alone. I feel as though I can relate to those of all ages from all walks of life in some way in order to form common ground.
The 26-year-old hailing from Floriday by way of Puerto Rico is not only one of two Stephanies in the game, but is also one of two Stephanies on her tribe. Select highlights from Stephanie Gonzalez' CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: I was promoted to Senior Surgery Technician after only one year of long hours and sleepless nights of on call emergency surgeries. Meanwhile I was taking care of 14 foaling babies (horses) at home in exchange for rent.
Inspiration in Life: Not to be the cliché but my mother, reasons being I would not be here if she decided to abort (which was highly recommended by her doctors due to health issues when pregnant with me), Thanks for rebelling Mom! I am grateful for the woman she is and instilling in me the fighter I’ve become. She recently overcame skin cancer with a smile on her face. She’s had to work hard and reconstruct her life after some health issues and losing close family members. She is a genuinely kind, graceful woman with fire in her heart. She works with handicapped children which has been a dream of hers. She reminds me I have a bigger purpose in life. I’ve always really appreciated her strong support in my way of thinking and encouraged me to keep being an extraordinary human being. In other words having a strong personality and being weird is cool in her book. That normal is boring and with that, normal woman rarely go down in history. To always do everything in life wholeheartedly. It’s an “all or nothing” kind of life in my mom’s eyes. I couldn’t agree more with that woman.
Reason for Being on Survivor : One million dollars is a huge motivating factor for me. The bragging right of forever being a Legendary Sole Survivor and being 1 of 16 women to win will be nothing short of amazing, but a million dollars is life changing! It would give me the freedom to be able to have a home and not continue to move from crappy apartment to crappy apartment. It would allow me to pursue investing and financial growth which I can turn into my lifelong goal of living a philanthropic life.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor : Because of my hell-bent determination and strong will to win. I put my heart into everything I do. I wanted to go to school, so I worked three jobs to pay for it, along with 1,000 hours of internships to graduate. In business I wanted to help my brother, and we grew the business from one store to three stores. I know in my heart that I can win. I welcome all challenges with open arms and can read people really well. Socially it’ll be fun to test waters on how diverse I can be in order to really connect with people. After all, I have to cater to peoples’ personalities so they’ll feel comfortable doing what I need. Once my heart is set I will stop at nothing until I’ve achieved my goal even through blood, sweat, and tears. I’ve studied Survivor well enough to understand how to manipulate the numbers, play idols how they should be played and hustle the social game. I will go into this with focus, agility, and perseverance.
The second Stephanie of the season is a yoga instructor, a travel writer, a single mother of two, and a longtime fan of Survivor with no designs on pulling any punches. Select highlights from Stephanie Johnson's CBS bio:
Personal Claim to Fame: Ironman. I’m most proud of not just the finish line at the event but the dedication to the training as a working single mom that went behind it. It made me a better human and changed my kids and my life. My racing is always a family affair and I couldn’t do it without my two little cheerleaders. Also, I’ve done a lot of solo traveling. I’ve been to 24 countries and six continents. Backpacking and trekking solo is a massive passion of mine and feeds my wanderlust soul. It is adventurous and crazy at times but it’s shaped me more than anything else in life.
Inspiration in Life: Bob Scott. 87 years old. He is my angel. I met him the week of my divorce and two weeks after his wife passed away. I like to think his angel wife brought us together. He taught me to swim shortly after we met because he wanted me to be a “happy and fit mom” for my boys. He helped me learn to ride a triathlon bike. He introduced me to the world of triathlon, which changed my world. He competed alongside me at my first half Ironman and full Ironman and still competes to this day. Bob taught me the sport is about fun, fitness, and friends and that to do this for life and be just like him, I had to keep this mentality. We still train together each week as well as compete alongside each other.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: A combo of Parvati for her heart and inner strength, Tyson for his sarcasm, Ozzy for his love of adventure, Courtney for her sass and Mama C for being a strong and fierce mom.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor : Because every day for the past 10 years, I have looked at a sticker on my mirror – “Outwit, Outlast, Outplay. Survivor .” I never once have stopped believing that this dream would come true. I can have all the strategy in the world and I will! But if I have learned anything from watching the show, participating in endurance events, raising children, working in a fast paced finance position, studying in an ashram, being an entrepreneur or all my other adventures is that nothing turns out like you expect. I am really good at adapting to circumstances, to people and to unlikely situations. Plan A quickly becomes Plan C and it doesn’t shake me up. I can endure pain both mental and physical with a smile on my face. Adaptation. A sense of humor. Dreaming Big. That embodies who I am and why I will win!
"Massively important," Probst tells THR about the cast, when asked how important it was to fill the season with as many fans of the show as possible. "It was really the only criteria, that they had to be super fans, or they have a really good knowledge of the game. They don't have to be super fans. But that was fun. It's who I prefer. I prefer people who know how to play Survivor. I'm not one of the people who thinks it's interesting to have somebody who doesn't get the game. It does makes for interesting gameplay, so sometimes we'll do that, but personally, I would rather play with players every season. That would be my choice."
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Survivor: Ghost Island : Meet Stephanie Johnson in 60 seconds
California Dreams was better than Saved by the Bell. There, I said it.
Stephanie Johnson has big hair. And a big personality to match. You are sure to notice that — as well as her very bright clothes — soon after making her acquaintance. And the time for you to make her acquaintance is right now.
But time was short since Stephanie was getting ready to compete on Survivor: Ghost Island (which premieres Feb. 28 on CBS), so we tasked her with telling us everything anyone could possibly want to know about her in one minute flat. So that’s what she did.
Lo and behold, everyone bear witness to Stephanie Johnson’s 60-Second Introduction. This will be different from Stephanie Gonzalez’s 60-Second Introduction, because Stephanie Gonzalez is a completely different Stephanie who happens to not only be on the same season, but the same tribe. (Confusing!) Sorry, Stephanie Gonzalez, but today is not your day. This day belongs to Stephanie Johnson! At least the next 60 seconds of the day do.
So be a doll and spend the next 60 seconds of your life watching Stephanie telling you about hers in the video at the top of the post, won’t you? And then if you would like to know more — Starship Troopers reference! — feel free to peruse her official bio below. Okay, take it away, Stephanie.
Name: Stephanie Johnson Age: 34 Hometown: Boise, Idaho Current Residence: Chicago, Ill. Occupation: Yoga Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: Ironman. I’m most proud of not just the finish line at the event but the dedication to the training as a working single mom that went behind it. It made me a better human and changed my kids and my life. My racing is always a family affair and I couldn’t do it without my two little cheerleaders. Also, I’ve done a lot of solo traveling. I’ve been to 24 countries and six continents. Backpacking and trekking solo is a massive passion of mine and feeds my wanderlust soul. It is adventurous and crazy at times but it’s shaped me more than anything else in life.
Inspiration in Life: Bob Scott. 87 years old. He is my angel. I met him the week of my divorce and two weeks after his wife passed away. I like to think his angel wife brought us together. He taught me to swim shortly after we met because he wanted me to be a “happy and fit mom” for my boys. He helped me learn to ride a triathlon bike. He introduced me to the world of triathlon, which changed my world. He competed alongside me at my first half Ironman and full Ironman and still competes to this day. Bob taught me the sport is about fun, fitness, and friends and that to do this for LIFE and be just like him, I had to keep this mentality. We still train together each week as well as compete alongside each other.
Hobbies: Triathlon, running, yoga, meditation, climbing mountains and trekking, travel and writing. Is wine considered a hobby too?
Pet Peeves: When I run out of wine.
3 Words to Describe You: Wild, determined, and passionate.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Lipstick! Because I even wear it when I do my Ironman races! Next would be earplugs because I’m an insanely light sleeper and hate snorers, and a piece of Rose Quartz because it’s my favorite stone and would remind me to follow my heart and trust my intuition.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: A combo of Parvati for her heart and inner strength, Tyson for his sarcasm, Ozzy for his love of adventure, Courtney for her sass, and Mama C for being a strong and fierce mom.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The adventure. I’ve watched every single episode of SURVIVOR since it began 18 years ago and the adventure of the show keeps me coming back for more and applying over and over and over!
The social game! I have wanted to play the social game since the first season. Ever since I taught English in Russia in college and was dropped into Siberia with a random mix of girls I have loved the social game of learning to get along with people in a group setting and finding out what makes people tick. That’s why I love traveling solo too, because I like to meet and connect with other people from different beliefs and backgrounds.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Because every day for the past 10 years, I have looked at a sticker on my mirror – “Outwit, Outlast, Outplay. SURVIVOR.” I never once have stopped believing that this dream would come true. I can have all the strategy in the world and I will! BUT if I have learned anything from watching the show, participating in endurance events, raising children, working in a fast-paced finance position, studying in an ashram, being an entrepreneur, or all my other adventures, it’s that NOTHING turns out like you expect. I am really good at adapting to circumstances, to people and to unlikely situations. Plan A quickly becomes Plan C and it doesn’t shake me up. I can endure pain both mental and physical with a smile on my face. Adaptation. A sense of humor. Dreaming Big. That embodies who I am and why I will win!
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Stephanie Gonzalez (‘Survivor: Ghost Island’) exit interview: ‘I was scared’ of the pressure of this ‘epic theme’ [PODCAST]
- March 1, 2018 12:05PM
“My first reaction was, this is an epic theme and probably has been in the works for a long time,” Stephanie Gonzalez tells us after being the first person voted out of “ Survivor : Ghost Island.” ( Read our live blog recap of the season premiere .) “There’s been so many mistakes and idols played wrong and fake idols that were terrible and idols taken home. I was excited, but I was scared. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ Now you’ve gotta really bring your A-game. You really have to correct what past players have done, and that’s a lot of pressure.” Listen to our “Survivor” exit interview podcast above.
“You don’t want to be that girl that went home with James’ idol,” Gonzalez adds about the immense pressure she felt about the Ghost Island twist for Season 36 of CBS’s landmark reality TV show. “Talking about it has chills on my arms. It’s still such an incredible concept and so well thought-out. This game just got amped up by like 100.”
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At tribal council Gonzalez made the bold move of getting up from her seat and whispering with many of her Malolo alliance members. What were they all chatting about? “There’s gonna be eight votes against me, I already know it. So I need to intervene,” Gonzalez explains. “I got up, I spoke to Brendan Shapiro , I spoke to Michael Yerger , I realized that they didn’t orchestrate their lie. Michael told me we were supposed to vote for Jenna Bowman . Brendan told me we were gonna vote for Donathan Hurley . And then I realized, they can’t even get their lies straight.”
Also in our “Survivor: Ghost Island” exit interview, Gonzalez recalls her absolute favorite moment from her three days on the show, what she thinks of 18-year-old Michael lying about his age, who she sees as playing the smartest game, and who she wants to go home next. In the two-hour season premiere Jacob Derwin was the second person eliminated, meaning only 18 players are left in the game . Who do you think has the best shot at winning “Survivor: Ghost Island”?
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Reality TV history was made on Wednesday night’s finale of Survivor: Ghost Island as the jury recorded its first-ever tie vote for the million dollar prize.
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Former Survivor Castaways to Star In New Roku Reality Series
Which Survivors are taking part?
The Roku Channel is teaming up with The CW for a brand new survival-based reality show, and a handful of former Survivor castaways are participating among other ex-reality stars.
Hosted by American Ninja Warrior ‘s Akbar Gbajabiamila, Fight To Survive is described as a “social experiment” that pits 17 competitors against one another in an attempt to survive 25 days on a remote tropical island while facing brutal conditions to win $250,000.
Exact details of the format, including how players are eliminated, have yet to be revealed. However, according to Variety , the contestants will battle each other for essential tools and resources in a fight to survive.
The Survivor alum taking part are Stephanie Gonzalez and Libby Vincek, both of whom appeared on Survivor: Ghost Island , and Missy Byrd, who featured on Survivor: Island of the Idols .
From “Survivor” to “Naked and Afraid,” it’s their biggest challenge yet. #FightToSurvive , hosted by @Akbar_Gbaja , premieres August 10 on The CW! pic.twitter.com/ZkMUIB8Ig3 — The CW (@TheCW) July 27, 2023
Other cast members include Naked and Afraid alum Yuda Abitbol, Nathaniel Allenby, Amal Alyassiri, Dani Beau, Robby Canton, Matthew Clarke, Sarah Danser, Afften DeShazer, Christina McQueen, Jonathan Monroe, and Makani Nalu.
Rounding out the cast are Keali’i “K” Ka’apana ( Called to the Wild ), Zane Kraetsch ( Alone: The Beast ), and J Ruiz ( American Ninja Warrior/Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge ).
“By bringing together the best of The CW and the best of The Roku Channel, Fight to Survive will be able to reach the largest audience possible across both broadcast and streaming,” Brad Schwartz (CW’s President of Entertainment) and Brian Tannenbaum (Roku’s Head of Originals) said in a statement (per Variety ).
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We speak with 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Marione Ingram, who has been protesting outside the White House calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Ingram says experiencing anti-Jewish hate, losing family members to the Nazi killing machine and surviving the Allied bombing of Hamburg as a child all inspire her to speak out for peace. “What Israel is doing will not end this conflict. It will only exacerbate it,” says Ingram. She calls the vote to censure Palestinian American Congressmember Rashida Tlaib “shameful” and describes her as a “hero.” We also hear from leading Holocaust scholar Omer Bartov, who recently signed an open letter warning of the potential for genocide in Israel’s assault on Gaza. “The refusal of the Israeli government to find any kind of compromise with the Palestinians … is what led and keeps leading to this ongoing and increasingly violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians,” says Bartov.
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- Part 1: “Stop This Madness”: Holocaust Survivor Marione Ingram, 87, Condemns Israeli Assault & Calls for Peace
- Part 2: Never Again: Holocaust Survivor Marione Ingram on Israel’s Assault on Gaza & Her Decades of Activism
AMY GOODMAN : This is Democracy Now! , democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.
As we continue to cover Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, we’re joined by two guests: one, a Holocaust survivor, the other, one of the world’s leading genocide scholars. Omer Bartov is a professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Brown University. He’s the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Genocide, the Holocaust and Israel-Palestine: First-Person History in Times of Crisis . He is an Israeli American scholar who’s been described by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as one of the world’s leading specialists on the subject of genocide. He recently signed an open letter warning of Israel committing a potential genocide in Gaza.
We’re also joined by Marione Ingram. She’s an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor who’s been protesting outside the White House calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, longtime activist who was an organizer with SNCC , the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in the 1960s. She’s the author of The Hands of War: A Tale of Endurance and Hope from a Survivor of the Holocaust and Hands of Peace: A Holocaust Survivor’s Fight for Civil Rights in the American South .
We welcome you both to Democracy Now! We’re going to begin with Marione Ingram. Before we talk about the ceasefire in Gaza, I’d like you to respond to the censuring of the only Palestinian American member of Congress, Rashida Tlaib, whose speech we just played.
MARIONE INGRAM : I totally support her comments. And I think it is, on top of that, shameful that her justified defense of human lives is considered antisemitic. It is pro-human beings. I find it horrific that the politicians have the nerve to censure righteous voices for peace and for the lives of Gazans, who are being murdered. It is slaughter that is happening. And Rashida Tlaib is, in my eyes, a hero.
Netanyahu’s government, Israel’s policies for decades has been the suppression of Palestinians, land grabs, deprivation of Palestinians. It is painful for me, as someone who has experienced all of the terrors that Gazans are experiencing, and even the horrific attacks in Israel by Hamas. But Hamas’s attack on Israel does not justify the slaughter of women and children, especially children. I was a child of war. I have experienced all of these things. I have also known for a fact that what Israel is doing will not end this conflict. It will only exacerbate it. It will increase resistance to anything.
I think that Biden needs to defund all of the money that is given to Israel. I think he should not only call for a ceasefire; I think he needs to start thinking about peace. We cannot continue to make wars and then call for ceasefires, only to have wars start again after the ceasefire ends. We’ve experienced this over and over and over again. I am so tired of having to protest everything — wars, gun violence, the war against women. It is ridiculous that we are not able to think clearly.
My husband has an expression, and that is, “all about the Benjis.” I think that the happiest people in the universe must be the manufacturers of armaments, and probably are also complicit in the promotion. The fact that the United States is complicit in this murder of children is, to me, a horrific indictment of inhumanity. And I applaud Rashida Tlaib with all of my heart, with all of my being. I think she’s fantastic. I just wish that there were more voices to join her in the House.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Marione Ingram, I wanted to ask you — you grew up in Hamburg, Germany, in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Could you tell us and to our audience some of your experiences that shaped and determined and made you want to participate in these protests in Washington against the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza?
MARIONE INGRAM : Because I am a Jew, my mother was a Jew, my family was murdered in 1941. My Jewish family was murdered in 1941. Hamburg Jews were sent to Minsk in Belarusia. Upon arrival, they were stripped and then shot and dumped into a mass grave. My grandmother was taken by two Gestapo who came to my mother’s apartment and took her away the night before I turned 6 years old. From about the time I was 3 years old, I was aware that I was the object of hate of the German government, the German country. It was made clear by a playmate who told me that she wouldn’t play with me because I was a dirty Jew pig. I had no idea what she was talking about.
This horrific war against Jews and Germans who protested the Nazi regime progressed. It got worse. My mother had to go to the Gestapo every week. The only reason we were not taken in 1941 was because my mother had married a non-Jew. And this saved us in 1941. But in 1943, the Nazis said that all Jewish spouses were to be exterminated, as well. And in 1943, in the summer of 1943, my mother got our deportation order to Theresienstadt.
My mother tried to commit suicide, in the hopes that my father’s relatives would take in her children, in the hope that she would be able to save her three daughters. She had sent me off to one of the relatives, who was instrumental in helping us. And I had not been allowed to be outside since the Nazis came to power, and it struck me as very odd — I was seven-and-a-half — that she let me take my baby sister to my father’s cousin. And I turned around, and I found my mother with her head in the gas oven, and I pulled her out. And my mother lived and never had another such moment and was horrifically strong.
Right after that, the Allies bombed the city of Hamburg. It was called Operation Gomorrah. The Brits bombed at night. The Americans bombed during the day. It was a 10-day and 10-night uninterrupted bombing. My mother and I were not allowed in a bomb shelter. We were forced to run through flaming streets. The Allies dropped phosphorus, and I saw human beings jumping into the lake, in the canals, and coming up. They were like human candles. Their bodies were in flame. And every time they jumped into the canals and lakes, the flames would be doused, but the minute they came up for air, they would be in flames. As a seven-and-a-half-year-old, I saw more dead bodies burned to a crisp.
Two things: I’m a pacifist, and it is ironic that this horrific revenge attack on civilians — it was entirely targeted on civilians — saved my life, because there were so many burned bodies that could not be identified that I was able to go into — we were able to go into hiding. This was arranged. My father was in the underground. He had managed to arrange for us to be hidden in a sort of exurban farm outside the city of Hamburg by communist underground members. The elderly couple who hid us were not pro-Semitic, but they were virulently anti-Nazi.
And we were in hiding in a tar paper shack, when there were no people around. When there were people around, we had to go hide in an earthen dugout. And on my eighth birthday, on 19th November, 1943, in the earthen dugout, I told my mother that if I lived, I would never, ever be quiet, and that I wanted to become a peacemaker. Well, I’ve never — I’ve kept that promise. I have not been able to figure out how I can get governments to make peace, but I continue to battle on all fronts. I have battled — when I came to America as a 17-year-old, I saw that America was a racist country, and I became active in the civil rights movement. I thought —
AMY GOODMAN : Marione, in Part 2 —
MARIONE INGRAM : Yes, sorry.
AMY GOODMAN : — of our conversation, we’re going to talk about your history in the civil rights movement. But just before we go to the Israeli American genocide historian, Omer Bartov, just if you could share a message to the world about what “never again” means to you?
MARIONE INGRAM : To me, it would mean never again to repeat the horrors that we have committed throughout my lifetime, and certainly before that. Nothing has been learned from the atrocities of the mid-20th century, the continued atrocities in Vietnam, Iraq, in Afghanistan.
AMY GOODMAN : We’ve been holding signs of you calling for a ceasefire.
MARIONE INGRAM : Yeah, I want more than that. I want peace. I’m disgusted at the fact that not a single nation, not a single leader has even mentioned that word, as though that is a word of — a dangerous word. There has to be a way of bringing together warring parties. When the Allies attacked Hamburg, Germany, thinking that that would weaken the military conflict, it only strengthened it. What Israel is doing in Gaza, in the West Bank, and has been doing, is only going to strengthen the attack on Israel. You cannot expect that people will be quiet after what we’ve all witnessed. I say stop, stop this madness.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Yeah, I’d like to bring in professor Omer Bartov, one of the most prominent scholars of Holocaust and genocide studies. Your sense, Professor Bartov, of what Israel is doing right now in Gaza?
OMER BARTOV : Well, good morning, and thank you for having me.
Look, what Israel is doing right now, according to its own political leaders and military commanders, is attempting to destroy Hamas, which is the hegemonic power in Gaza at the moment. And it claims to be doing it, A, as retaliation for the heinous attack on October 7th, where over a thousand civilians were butchered and 240 people were kidnapped and are still kept in Gaza. But it claims to be doing it also because it feels that without doing that, it would be permanently under threat from that organization. So, that’s its own position.
The problem with this position is not only is there massive and excessive and disproportionate killing of civilians, of Palestinian civilians, in Gaza during this operation, but also that it doesn’t have any clear political horizon. It is not clear what the day after would look like. And the reason the Israeli government does not want to talk about that is that it does not want to have any sort of compromise with the Palestinians. And that has been the policy of the Netanyahu administration, or many administrations, for decades now.
And Netanyahu actually kept Hamas quite strong and kept the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank quite weak, so that he could say that he could not find any representative of the Palestinians who would be willing to sit down and find a compromise, while at the same time he was busy — he and, of course, the settlers, who are now heavily represented in his government, could keep settling in the West Bank. So, the larger context of this is that the refusal of the Israeli government to find any kind of compromise with the Palestinians, and, frankly, the indifference of the large part, the majority of the Israeli population to the occupation, is what led and keeps leading to this ongoing and increasingly violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians.
AMY GOODMAN : Professor Omer Bartov, we’re going to continue with Part 2 of our conversation and post it at democracynow.org, Brown University professor of Holocaust and genocide studies, called by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum one of the world’s leading specialists on the subject of genocide. And Marione Ingram, 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, about to turn 88. We thank you for sharing your experience. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.
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