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Coming February 12, 2009 - Survivor - Tocantins ! (Brazillian Highlands)

Stay tuned for a brand new Survivor season!

16 new and mostly buff gluttons for punishment.

The setting is the Brazillian highlands. Not the Amazon rain forest we all think of when we think of Brazil, but an arid semi-desert. However it does have a strong river running through it.

New wrinkles:

There will be two people at exile island.

The immunity winners will pick one from the losing tribe to go.

That exile will then pick one from the winning tribe to accompany him or her.

Each will be given an "egg" with a possible clue to the hidden immunity idol.

One egg will have a real clue, one nothing.

The idols, unknown to everyone but the clue-getters, will be hidden back at camp.

Each exile will have the opportunity to "mutiny" at the end of their exile - i.e. return to the other tribe instead of their own.

Here's the lowdown on the new 16:

Beginning, or so rumor has it, in the Timbira tribe:

Benjamin "Coach" Wade 37 Bolivar, MO
Brendan Synnott 30 New York City, NY
Candace Smith 31 Dayton, OH
Debra "Debbie" Beebe 46 Auburn, AL
Erinn Lobdell 26 Waukesha, WI
Jerry Sims 49 Rock Hill, SC
Sierra Reed 23 Los Angeles, CA
Tyson Apostol 29 Lindon, UT

And in the Jalapao Tribe

Carolina Eastwood 26 West Hollywood, CA
James "JT" Thomas, Jr. 24 Samson, AL
Joe Dowdle 26 Austin, TX
Sandy Burgin 53 Louisville, KY
Spencer Duhm 19 Lakeland, FL
Stephen Fishbach 29 New York City, NY
Sydney Wheeler 24 Raleigh, NC
Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George 37 Nashville, TN

And from watching the preview show, a little scoop on each contestant:

Timbira tribe -

Coach - Womens' college soccer coach and classical composer. Long distance kayaker and river runner. Has been bitten by both a tiger shark and a pirannah. Extremely buff, with upper sleeve tatoos. Probst considers him "almost Richard Hatch level arrogant", and Coach knows it and agrees. Wants to face strong confident competitors.

Brendan - Lives in Vail, loves outdoor sports. Rich, multi-millionaire founder of "Bear Naked" foods (granola, cereal, etc).

Candace - Hot body, lawyer, model. Miss Ohio 2003. Worries about appearing arrogant. Can flirt, if need be.

Debbie - Older but in good shape. Auburn, Alabama, middle school principal to 800 kids. "I'm little, but I'm strong."

Erinn - Reports liking Parvati's perfomance. Uh oh.

Jerry - Army sergeant just back from Afghanistan, doesn't know if he wants the others to know that. Should have good leadership skills, which can be a plus or a minus.

Sierra - Fashion student and model. Says she grew up fast. Likes the guys better than girls. A bit tomboyish, though you wouldn't know if from looking at her.

Tyson - Pro cyclist, should be fit. Mormon from Utah, served two year missionary stint in the Phillipines, which he figures will help - similar climate. Admires the style of Johnny Fairplay. Probst: "He's the type you love to hate." Tyson" "I'm too pretty to hate." I foresee clashes with Coach.

Jalapao Tribe

Carolina - Army brat. Born in Panama. Small but feisty. Bartender in LA.

JT - 'Good ole boy' from Samson, Alabama. Manages a black angus cattle farm. First in his family with a bachelor's degree, used to working outdoors, likes to flirt with pretty girls.

Joe - Texan, doesn't like 'overly dramatic' people. Worries his weaknes is over-confidence. Probst says he has "high hopes" for Joe.

Sandy - Bus driver from Kentucky, oldest of the group at 53, grandmother of two but has own 'tramp stamp'

Spenser - Youngest survivor ever at 19, likes to eat. Outgoing, strong survivor fan, Probst worries he may have a tendency to "overthink" things.

Steven - Yale grad (but he hopes to hide it), self-confessed city boy, wears glasses. (Hope he watched Yau Man.)

Sydney - Probst declares "the most beautiful of survivors" Hopes to avoid being just another pretty face. Raleigh, North Carolina native. Model and design student. Lost a sister in an auto accident, but they didn't say how recently.

Taj - Grammy nominated singer from Nashville. Husband former pro running back and Heismann trophy winner Eddie George. Says she's a tomboy with "muscles under this fat".


There's the lineup folks.

Think anyone in this group has practiced fire-making?

Or swimming?

Who sounds like the first vote-out?

Probst announces the season will start off with a tough cross-country trek (hard to believe it could be any tougher than the one in, was it Honduras?), before which each tribe will be asked to vote off one person (or at least so they think).

First show next Thursday, February 12, 2009, CBS, 8:00 PM


Posted by Cecil on February 3, 2009 6:06 PM
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Sandy bus driver first one out!

Two people at Exile? I don't know--how much of an exile is that? Though I guess it gives people from opposite tribes time to form a mini alliance/bond etc...

Love the mutiny idea though!

1. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at February 6, 2009 8:59 AM

I believe there was one episode of the most recent Survivor - Gabon where they did precisely that - sent one from each tribe to exile, and it worked out pretty good, I thought.

2. Posted by: Cecil at February 6, 2009 7:56 PM

Sandy's toast. But since Crispy already called it, I'll go with my next choice Candace as first one out. She's way too high-maintenance for Survivor.

So far I like JT/James, Carolina or Jerry (my favorite) for the win. I like Tyson also, but only if he can control his ego.

Game on!!

(Thanks for blogging, Cecil.)

3. Posted by: Clementine at February 6, 2009 9:51 PM

Well, I haven't read up on any of the players anywhere else, but from what Cecil has told us, I'm going with JT for now, and since Sandy is taken, I'll pick Brendan as first one out.

4. Posted by: FenwayBen at February 7, 2009 2:36 AM

Remember, there are going to be two immediate vote-outs, one from each tribe, although Jeff warns there may be a twist involved.

I hate to say it, but Debbie and Sandy would appear the most likely.

5. Posted by: Cecil at February 8, 2009 4:06 AM

Hi Cecil,
I guess I on board for this as we have cut back our TV Dish to the "Family" package. Jeez! This is what's wrong with American families if they watch these channels;) So, being on the political withdraw wagon, I am watching Survivor. I watched all but the last 2.

First observation. Are there no flat chested women on this show? Good Grief!

6. Posted by: berkyo at February 8, 2009 11:00 AM

I once posed the question of why there was never a "Survivor - Arctic Circle" or "Survivor - Himalayan Mountains".

The answer of course is "No babes in bikinis."

7. Posted by: Cecil at February 8, 2009 3:01 PM

If you'd like to watch a little video interview with each new player, and you have a fast connection, go to:

Or just click on my name, below.

8. Posted by: Cecil at February 8, 2009 11:17 PM

What on earth would a grammy nominated singer married to Eddie George need a million dollars for?
I could understand (and was rooting for) Gary Hogeboom back when he was on. He was a guy who would not have made a bunch of money playing football. But Eddie george's wife? She better hope no one finds that out or she's GONE. Same goes for Brendan--can't the multi millionaires let us nobodies have a shot at some money?
You're right Cecil they did have two go to Exile before. I forgot. I try to give them benefit of the doubt with their twists because they're usually on the money.
I definitely wouldn't pick one of the strong young guys to win ala JT, Jerry, Tyson. I think someone like Debbie has a tendency to stick around under the radar for awhile. She fits the Bob mold from last season.
Candace likely won't be first one out. If she's a hottie and likes to flirt, that's usually good to keep you around for awhile. Seems like whoever's oldest and most annoying tends to go first. If anyone starts making the rest of their tribe sing Survivor songs that they made up themselves...

9. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at February 10, 2009 8:45 AM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

10. Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 8:54 PM

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