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Two Former Castaways (to Be Announced Later this Week) Will Return to Seek Redemption


Hit Television Series, Hosted by Emmy Award Winner Jeff Probst, will Feature a New Format Twist


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CBS today announced 16 of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 22nd season, Wednesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.   Two of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former castaways who will return to seek redemption. 


This edition of SURVIVOR will feature a new twist when, for the first time, castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize.  Each week at Tribal Council when a castaway is voted off, they will be sent to an isolated island called "Redemption Island," where they will live alone in exile.  To stay on Redemption Island, they will need to compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council and sent to the Island.  The winner of each duel earns the right to continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game and the chance to compete for the title of Sole Survivor; the loser is sent home.


The battle unfolds in Nicaragua where the 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe.  The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor.  While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption. 


Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND (in alphabetical order):


OMETEPE:                                                                ZAPATERA:


Andrea Boehlke                                                         Mike Chiesl

Age: 21                                                                        Age: 31

Current Residence: Random Lake, Wis.                        Current Residence: Del Mar, Calif. Occupation: Student                                                            Occupation: Iraq War Veteran


Matt Elrod                                                                  Ralph Kiser

Age: 22                                                                        Age: 44

Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn.                              Current Residence: Lebanon, Va.

Occupation: Pre-Med Student                                      Occupation: Farmer


Francesca Hogi                                                          Krista Klumpp

Age: 36                                                                        Age: 25                                                           

Current Residence: Washington D.C.                            Current Residence: Columbia, S.C. 

Occupation: Attorney                                                    Occupation: Pharmaceutical Rep.


Kristina Kell                                                              David Murphy

Age: 46                                                                        Age: 31

Current Residence: Malibu, Calif.                                  Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.   

Occupation: Law Student                                              Occupation: Defense Attorney


Grant Mattos                                                             Stephanie Valencia 

Age: 29                                                                        Age: 25

Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.                   Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Ex-NFL Player                                         Occupation: Waitress



Phillip Sheppard                                                        Sarita White

Age: 52                                                                        Age: 36

Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.                       Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Former Federal Agent?                             Occupation: Visual Effects Producer


Natalie Tenerelli                                                        Julie Wolfe

Age: 19                                                                        Age: 50

Current Residence: Acton, Calif.                                   Current Residence: Oceanside, Calif.

Occupation: Professional Dancer                                   Occupation: Firefighter


Ashley Underwood                                                     Steve Wright                                                 

Age: 25                                                                        Age: 51

Current Residence: Benton, Maine                                Current Residence: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Nurse                                                        Occupation: Ex-NFL Player


Former Castaway (TBA)                                           Former Castaway (TBA)

Age: ??                                                             Age: ??

Current Residence: ??                                                   Current Residence: ??

Occupation: ??                                                 Occupation: ??


SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc.  Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and Leisa Francis is co-executive producer.


For more detailed information about SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND and the castaways, log on to  Photos are available at


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                                    Katie Barker                818-655-1591   


Photo Contact:             Nancy Eichenbaum       212-975-7627   





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