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Survivor Samoa Bios

So here are the Survivor-Samoa contenders. In the beginning a lot of this is from official bios, but I’ll add comments on characters as we go along.

[Last updated 10/26/09]

Please feel free to add your own comments on the Survivors below in the comments section.


THE CONTESTANTS



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Brett
Name Brett Clouser, 23
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: T-Shirt Designer

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

Brett Clouser grew up in Salem, Oregon before coming to LA in 2004 to attend Pepperdine University. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Clouser first decided to go the corporate route, only to find his passions were elsewhere. Brett then pursued his dream of launching a cause based clothing company which would soon become, “The Monument of Our Hearts.” An up-and-coming social entrepreneur, Clouser strives to leverage his brand to actively support and advocate for healthy body image.

Brett’s flirtatious behavior with women could be his biggest asset in the game or it could be his biggest hindrance. “I’m going to try and put up the best wall I can, but I feel like I’m going to be a sucker for a couple of them.”

Always a showman, Clouser loves to be in front of people and make them laugh. When he’s not operating his clothing company, Brett can be found in his element, the great outdoors. Never a fan of the gym, Brett enjoys trail running and extreme outdoor activities. His charm and competitive nature will make him a dynamic player and force to be reckoned with on SURVIVOR.

Brett is single and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is December 27th.

Observations:

Not making much of an impact in week 1.



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Dave
Name Dave Ball, 38
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Fitness Instructor

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

"Danger" Dave Ball grew up in a family full of preachers but don't be fooled because he is not your typical "son of a preacher man." After he earned a degree in opera from Oklahoma State, this "rock and roll rebel" took many odd jobs to stay afloat including one as a flight attendant at a major airline.

Although Dave's fiery personality may have gotten him into hot water more than once, he has a knack for reading people which has helped him through the rough spots. His innate intelligence has been honed through years of playing strategy games and his body benefits from the martial arts, biking and hiking he enjoys in his spare time.

Dave is currently teaching fitness and nutrition to people who want to lose weight and improve their health. "It took me a long time to sort out my own health issues and if I can help others get healthy, then it will be worth it." Dave is the most physically fit he has ever been and he is counting on the element of surprise to propel him to the top of this game.

After spending 10 years on the road, this journeyman says, "I've never been terribly concerned with money. I've always been more interested in making my life a rich experience. Having said that, I can do anything for a million dollars because that will set me up for life."

Dave is single and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is August 13th.

Observations:

Doesn't "look the part" of a fitness instructor and was not chosen for any leg of the first challenge.



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Erik
Name Erik Cardona, 28
Hometown: Ontario, CA
Occupation: Bartender

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

Proud womanizer, Erik claims that he can date four to five women at the same time without any issues. He has no qualms about chasing after a taken woman (as long as she is not married) just for the fun of the chase. He says, “There’s nothing sweeter than taking another man’s goods.” His top hobby is skirt chasing. Even though he can be found chasing multiple women at once, he says that he does have a special female in his life … his dog, Adrian.

Erik holds two degrees from Pepperdine University in Psychology and Sociology but has chosen a career as a bartender. When asked why he has chosen that specific career route, he explains that he likes waking up around 10:00 a.m. and running on the beach instead of being stuck pencil-pushing in a cubicle. He says that he enjoys life while the “sell-outs” do not.

He greatly admires his father because he has sacrificed everything in life for him. In raising him, Erik observed his father’s mental and physical strength as well as endurance for raising an active boy. He feels that his father’s example has provided him with tools that will help him win this game. In addition to his father’s influence, Erik is self-motivated by his competitive nature and desire to prove to himself that he has what it takes to be the next Sole Survivor.

Currently, Erik resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is April 13th.

Observations:

Chosen as "strongest" in first challenge and tried hard to live up to it. Derided John for collapsing after swim leg, but seemed to do the same after his.



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Jaison
Name Jaison Robinson, 28
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Law Student

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Both physically and mentally prepared for the game of SURVIVOR, Jaison is a very educated 28-year-old, who is currently working on his law degree from the University of Chicago. Before deciding to obtain his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, this goal-oriented academic was given a congressional nomination to attend both the Air Force and the Naval Academy. Even though Jaison chose a route other than the military, he still contemplates one day working in the armed forces in order to serve his country.

In addition to his current focus on education, this Eagle Scout is extremely active. Named “Mr. California” by Cosmopolitan magazine, Jaison is also an avid sports lover and enjoys basketball, football and hiking – he has even scaled the top of Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. He also feels that one of his greatest achievements is making the U.S. National Water Polo team. In addition to his love for physical activities, Jaison plays both the piano and the cello.

He dreams of waking up to the view a top Mount Everest and boasts that, for a million dollars, he would snowboard all the way down. His favorite board game, “Diplomacy,” gives a bit of insight as to how he plans to play SURVIVOR. Much like SURVIVOR, “Diplomacy” is a strategy game that uses communication, negation and deception in order to win. Even though he plans to use positive elements such as strength and intellect to win, he will not hesitate to betray others if it wins him the title of Sole Survivor.

Jaison resides in Chicago, Ill. His birthday is September 25th.

Observations:

Very athletic, and contra-stereotypically a strong swimmer, another who may go far, if he keeps a low profile which he seems to be doing so far.



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John
Name John Fincher, 25
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Rocket Scientist

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

John Fincher claims “winning” is his favorite hobby, and because of that he should have no problem playing the game of SURVIVOR. Being a rocket scientist probably will not hurt his chances either. This charmingly cocky genius believes he possesses the analytical skills necessary to take him far in the game while helping him create a mastermind strategy. In addition to brains, he is a former semi-pro soccer player, who is also going to pose a physical threat in the game.

Fincher says that he is at his best during high pressure situations and times of complete chaos. He finds idiots or “unskilled” people amusing, and has no problem telling them to their face. John has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, South Africa, and Canada, and he plans to use his experience of dealing with people from diverse backgrounds to his best advantage.

John is no stranger to creating conflict and thinks it could work to his advantage in the game. Although, John also believes his good looks and charm will help even out his aggressive personality, especially with the ladies. He also will not apologize living a privileged life and claims that he will party his way around the world with his winnings.

John resides in Santa Monica, Calif. His birth date is August 16th.

Observations:

Chosen as "swimmer" performed valiantly against a strong opponent. Stamina may have flagged in final sprint, but did pretty well. Betsy worried he over-intellectualizes shelter-building task.



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Kelly
Name Kelly Sharbaugh, 25
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Hairstylist

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

A free-spirit with an edgy twist, Kelly prefers to take life as it comes and embrace the unknown. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, she now lives in Southern California, arriving there after one of many cross-country treks.

Self-described as spontaneous and passionate in her desire to live life to the fullest, Kelly makes her living as a hairstylist, which fuels her creative side.
As homage to her outlook on life, she has chosen to place fairly permanent markings on her body that represent some facets of her personality and life. Among her multiple tattoos are the words “cuidado” (Spanish for “careful”) on her forearm and “trouble” on her left foot.

Her unconventional life experiences and choices have resulted in a positive outlook on life and her belief in the power to change. She feels that making small attainable goals end up contributing to the greater good which is, ultimately, what she wants to do. Her open and straightforward communication style allows her to delve into the deeper meaning of life and provide insight to those closest to her.

With a highly addicting and sociable personality, Kelly is certain she will stand out in the game of SURVIVOR.

Kelly resides in both San Diego and West Hollywood Calif. and her birthday is December 26th.

Observations:

We didn't see too much of Kelly in week 1, which is too bad.



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Laura
Name Laura Morett, 40
Hometown: Salem, OR
Occupation: Office Manager

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

Laura Morett is a 39-year-old Hawaiian mother, wife of 21 years and also a grandmother. Her beauty is complimented by the fact that one of her occupations is fitness instructor, which helps her stay in shape and gives her the energy to keep up with her three kids and two-year-old grandchild. When she is not spending time with her family, working out or riding her Harley, this conservative Christian is running the lobby message center at the Oregon State Capitol building for over 400 lobbyists.

Similar religious and political beliefs, as well as the fact that her daughter had a child at 18, has Laura referring to herself as a, “fit version of Sarah Palin.” Laura enjoys listening to Christian music and is studying women’s ministry. In addition, Laura counsels couples in her church based on her experiences in a long-lasting marriage with a man she describes as her other half.

Determined and competitive, she freely admits that she wants to win SURVIVOR for the money but in doing so claims that she would never do anything to compromise her faith to get it.

Currently, Laura resides in Salem, Ore. and her birthday is July 30th.

Observations:

Another we didn't see too much of in week 1. Appears younger than her 40 (or is it 39, CBS website has it both ways) years.



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Mick
Name Mick Trimming, 33
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Doctor

Standing: Selected leader of Foa Foa.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Smart, funny, charming and a doctor, Mick is every single woman’s dream and every single man’s nightmare. At 33 years old, this Idaho import is a resident anesthesiologist at UCLA who takes great pride in his intense occupation. He is highly motivated to do whatever it takes to win the million dollar prize in order to pay off the hundreds of thousands that he owes in student loans.

Involved in an all consuming residency life, Mick’s pet peeve is when patients, who have neglected their health throughout their whole lives, come to him with extraordinary demands. With all of the stress in his life, he candidly describes his perfect day being one where he is able to sleep in until 7:30 (or maybe 8:00) a.m. In addition to reading trade magazines, he enjoys the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and the ones hidden underneath his mattress.

A man of humor, another one of Mick’s pet peeves is when people cannot admit they are wrong. He also admits that the quickest way to get him angry is to throw dirt clods at him. Definitely a conversationalist, topics that are off limits to Mick are ridiculous situations that people find themselves in, and he absolutely refuses to talk about the sexual escapades of people’s grandparents.

In addition to his desire to pay off student loans, he hopes to buy a vacuum cleaner with the winnings. Oddly enough, the wildest thing he would do to win would be to “give a homeless person a tongue bath” but he would never go as far as disabling someone … well at least not permanently.

Currently, Mick resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birthday is May 10th.

Observations:

Made good choices in picking competitors for first challenge. Taking low key approach to leadership, but hasn't voiced concern at the challenge as has RussellG.



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Monica
Name Monica Padilla, 25
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Law Student

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

Monica Padilla is the first in her family to not only complete her undergraduate degree but also obtain a Juris Doctor. Recently, she graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she perfected, what she describes as, her power of persuasion. She fully intends to use her beauty and the fact that she “can sell ice cubes to an Eskimo” to her advantage in the game.

Exotic looks, in addition to intellect, have landed her a wide range of jobs, such as a clerk position at a well-known investment firm, as well as a position playing a theme park Pocahontas. With the keen ability to change from bookworm to party girl in a matter of moments, she is sure she will be able to adapt to anything she comes across on the island. She says that while in the Samoan wilderness, she will miss partying, clubbing and lunch with friends the most, which was exactly what she did in her free time even as she was in the home-stretch of obtaining her degree.

Much like Parvati and Amanda (from SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA), she plans to be as “sweet as pie,” while subtly using the “flirt card,” in order to come off as endearing rather than overbearing. In addition to killing her fellow castaways with kindness, she has every intention of pulling her own weight around camp while studying their words and actions meticulously to “learn about her enemies before she chooses her weapon.” Confident that she can win the title of Sole Survivor, Monica plans to buy a designer purse as her first selfish purchase.

Monica resides in San Diego, Calif. and her birthday is July 14th.

Observations:

Invisible in week 1.



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Natalie
Name Natalie White, 26
Hometown: Van Buren, AR
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Natalie White is your typical Southern Belle, but she is definitely not afraid to get her hands dirty. “Friendly and savvy” are two of her attributes that her fellow castaways will pick-up on right away.

White plans to bring her background in pharmaceutical sales into the game and knows that if you do not make the cut, you are more than likely going to be cut. You either “make the numbers or go home.”

Natalie’s convinced that her ambitious personality will help her during the game. “I’m literally so competitive and scrappy that I don’t care if I have to dive on the ground and get bruised and scraped up, I’ll do it. I’ll do it to win. I love to compete.” Natalie will not waste any time changing her game plan if needed. “I’m observant and flexible, not to mention smart enough to know how to adapt to my surroundings.”

Currently, Natalie is in a relationship and resides in Van Buren, Ark. Her birth date is April 22nd.

Observations:

Near invisible despite being in the more-featured tribe.



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Russell H
Name Russell Hantz, 36
Hometown: Dayton, TX
Occupation: Oil Company Owner

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Russell Hantz’s personality speaks for itself when he proudly displays a missing tooth that he refuses to fix! This married father of four is visually memorable. Standing tall at only 5’6”, he is built like a brick house with a bald head. At 200 pounds of pure muscle, Russell’s solid figure and sharp tongue has helped him carve out a multi-million dollar business in the oil-tanking industry.

A huge SURVIVOR fan, this self-made man built his business from scratch by working hard, speaking his mind and stepping on anyone who got in his way. Russell won’t apologize for his style of game play either saying, “I’m not going out there to make friends. I’m just not doing it. But everybody is going to think I’m their best friend, because I’m just such a lovable character.”

Russell can’t wait to get in the competition and show “these morons how it’s done” and he “plans to play the game dirtier, smarter and more cunning than anyone can imagine.” It is those skills that have allowed him to achieve his biggest accomplishment in life and that is being able to provide for his family.

Russell is married with four children and currently resides in Dayton, Texas. His birth date is October 10th.

Observations:

Working to uphold Jeff's prediction of 'most evil survivor ever'. Actively sabotaging tribe-mates in camp, but gives his all in challenges and puts on a humble act in tribal council. Don't believe a thing he says.



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Shambo
Name Shannon Waters, 45
Hometown: Renton, WA
Occupation: Sales

Standing: Still in the game.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

Shannon Waters is proud to be the first female Marine Sergeant to play the game of SURVIVOR. Although she has completed her military service and is now in the world of sales, Shannon will always remain true to her roots as a second generation Marine.
After serving her country for five years, Shannon went onto become a chef before changing gears to be a sales representative for a food service company. She credits her success to her industry knowledge and people skills. In her sales role, she feels connected to people soon after meeting them and is able to understand how to deliver what they genuinely need. This ability helped her achieve “Salesman of the Year” in 2008, along with the support of a great sales team.

On the weekends, Shannon splits her time between riding her Harley, which she’s affectionately named “Chunky”, enjoying the companionship of her dogs and hanging out with family. As number 8 out of 9 kids, she has plenty of family in close proximity to keep her busy.

Shannon is committed to preparing for the game. She has lost 4 pant sizes and 70 pounds but admits that she may have trouble staying under the radar. “I’m like this ball of energy just ready to explode, because I’m putting it out there and I think that rocks.”

Shannon is a native of Renton, Wash., where she currently resides with her canine kids Bruce and Kali.

Observations:

Seems lots of fun, and enough life experience to have some game smarts.





BOOTED CONTESTANTS


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Liz
Name Elizabeth Kim, 33
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Attorney

Standing: Voted off by 4-1 in week 7, by FoaFoa
Tribe: Foa Foa
Official Survivor Bio:
Elizabeth Kim wasn’t born in this country, but that is not stopping her from living the American dream. “Everything I’ve gotten to this date has been out of pure determination.” Emigrating from South Korea with her parents at age two, Elizabeth grew up in Franklin Lakes, NJ and is the elder of two children. The first in her family to go to college, this Ivy Leaguer's positive outlook combined with her determination has served her well in life helping her to earn degrees from Barnard-Columbia, Princeton, and University of Pennsylvania, Law School, where she served on Law Review.

After several years of practicing litigation at a top New York City law firm, Elizabeth now works as an urban planner in coordinating and managing industrial real estate development projects for New York City government, although just how much she’ll reveal to her fellow tribemates is still up in the air. “I’m not sure I’m going to tell people where I went to school or that I'm an attorney.” A self-described “social butterfly,” Elizabeth sees herself as an “outgoing people person" who is opinionated and passionate about life. She admits that this behavior often leads to her being blunt with others and putting her foot in her mouth, and that her biggest challenge will be “being assertive without being abrasive.”

A runner and avid tennis player, Elizabeth tries to stay active as much as possible. She recently completed training for a marathon, and is looking forward to tackling the game's many physical and mental challenges.

Currently, Elizabeth resides in New York City. Her birth date is November 24th.

Observations:

Wary of negative Asian stereotypes, but willing to take advantage of positive ones - may go far. Liz was clumsy in the social game, bringing her into Russell's sights and sealing her fate in week 7.



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Russell S
Name Russell Swan, 42
Hometown: Glenside, PA
Occupation: Attorney

Standing: Removed from the game for medical reasons in week 6.
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

At 5’11” and 220 “semi-solid” pounds, this attorney spends his working hours suing companies and individuals who violate environmental laws. In addition to practicing law, Russell enjoys spending time with his wife and five-year-old daughter and watching independent films.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Russell’s father fell victim to layoffs at a local steel mill and struggled to support his family. Forced to move into Section 8 housing, his parents eventually divorced but the separation did not weaken any of his relationships, including the one he shared with his parents. Russell’s hero is his dad whom he says, “really loved his family and was a perfect example of what a husband should be to his wife, and what a dad should be to his child.”

Despite tumultuous circumstances (or as a result of), Russell has been attracted to jobs with responsibilities ranging from environmental protection, minority youth education advocacy and representation for homeless individuals. He is a dedicated father and a loving husband and describes a perfect day as spending time with his daughter and ending the day by “talking” privately with his wife.

A passionate man, Russell cannot stand hearing over-generalizations about specific groupings of people and avoids discussing topics relating to race and sexuality because he feels that others usually have a hard time dealing with his conversation style.

Always prepared to joke and laugh at himself, Russell is willing to go to drastic lengths for a million dollars in order to win including making a vow to cut off his dreadlocks if he wins the title of sole SURVIVOR.

Currently, Russell resides in Glenside, Pa. His birthday is February 17.

Observations:

Seems a nice guy, worries the 'leader' role puts a target on his back, very supportive of tribe.

Became a very good leader, active and well admired by his tribe and opponents alike. Never shirked a challenge, and always took the most physical tasks. Occasionally irked when his leadership was challenged (as in the ouster of Yasmin), he nevertheless adapted and went along with the sentiment of the tribe.

His one bad decision was, given the choice between comfort items (towels, mats, blankets) and functional items (taps, other camping gear), he went with what he felt was the will of the women members of the tribe and took the comfort items, leading to much misery later on when the rains came.

This may have indirectly contributed to his demise, because Russell worked even harder, almost to the point of exhaustion in attempting to keep the fire burning and the tribe warm. Then in the next immunity challenge, even after several tribe members urged him to sit out the challenge, he instead opted in and took the hardest physical task himself. Midway through the challenge he collapsed, and was evaluated by medical. After a couple of subsequent collapses, and with very low blood pressure and pulse rates, the medics decided he could not continue, and the first ever cancelled challenge took place. Even in leaving the game, Russell performed a service for his tribe, as the scheduled double tribal council was also cancelled, saving Galu (and FoaFoa) from having to vote someone out.



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ASHLEY
Name Ashley Trainer, 22
Hometown: Maple Grove MN
Occupation: Spa Sales

Standing: Voted out by FoaFoa, 5-1, week 5.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

This 22 year-old woman describes herself as funny, outgoing and flirty, with an emphasis on flirty. Ashley once moved to San Diego for a relationship that did not work out, but now this bubbly former competitive cheerleader plans to use her flirty ways to endear herself to and at the same time manipulate the male castaways. Not only relying on her womanly wiles, Ashley feels that her strong determination will get her far in the game. She claims that she usually gets whatever she wants as long as she puts her heart and mind to it.

In her spare time, Ashley loves kickboxing, watching movies, and shopping. She describes her perfect day as sleeping in followed by working out and shopping, then ending her day with a nice dinner and a movie. During her time away from home, she will miss her mother, whom she describes as her best friend. She will also miss her favorite comfort item, which is her pillow.

Ashley works in a very competitive commission based sales job where she can sell almost anything. She has no qualms about selling items that she hates as long as it helps her reach her quota. She hopes that her “get it done” attitude will win her the title of Sole Survivor. Her first purchase, should she take home the grand prize, would be a condo or new house.

Currently, Ashley resides in Maple Grove, Minn. Her birth date is February 27th.

Observations:

Ashley was targeted for elimination by a minority in week 1 and didn't help herself by seeming indifferent at tribal council. She did argue her superior fitness, and she was the sole woman picked by the tribe in the more athletic first leg of the immunity challenge.

Ashley fought back from her targeting in the first week, and was an accepted member of the tribe. RussellE even promised to take her to final two (one of many such promises by RussellE).

In week five, however, in the gross food challenge, after assuring the tribe she could eat anything once, be balked at “sea slug guts” in the last round, after everyone else in her tribe and 5 Galuans had swallowed their revolting entrees, causing her tribe to miss a ‘cookout’ reward that had everyone’s mouth watering, and probably sealing her fate. It looked like it was coming down to Ashley or Liz, but Liz’s heroic efforts in the “hold those coconuts” immunity challenge highlighted differences between the two, and Ashley was voted out in week 5.




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Yaz
Name Yasmin Giles
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Hairstylist

Standing: Voted out by Galu 8-2 in week 4
Tribe: Galu

Official Survivor Bio:

Yasmin Giles is nicknamed “Sassy Yassy” and is ready to show everybody how she got this moniker. An opinionated motor mouth from the Motor City, she always speaks her mind.

Growing up in Detroit, Yasmin claims her life experiences have prepared her for anything that comes her way. She is aware that her know-it-all attitude can rub people the wrong way, but she doesn’t care. “If you’re going to give it to somebody straight, real and raw, then a big mouth doesn’t matter, because they are going to think about what I said and realize Yasmin was right!”

Yasmin believes that once you get past her constant chatter, she is likeable, funny and quick-witted. In addition, working in a beauty salon has helped her learn how to hustle because she is constantly competing with the other employees for new clientele in order to earn a living. While she may look feminine, Yasmin insists she’s a tomboy at heart.

A firm believer in the mantra “winners never quit and quitters never win,” Yasmin claims she’s a winner and she’ll never quit SURVIVOR. “I want to do this and I want to take it all the way.”

Yasmin is single and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

Observations:

Chosen as the lone female for her tribe's first more athletic leg of immunity challenge in week one, and did pretty well there. Chosen 'most agile' in first challenge and did pretty well there, too.

In week 2, she was chosen by RussellG to visit the losing tribe. There she promptly annoyed all of FoaFoa with her condescending comments, none more than Ben, who clashed verbally with her repeatedly, leading, due to his over-the-top remarks, in his ouster the following week, week 3.

In her own tribe, however, Yas was gaining a reputation for laziness and lack of work around camp, and in week 4, when Galu finally lost an immunity challenge (stacking blocks) it came down to Yas vs. Monica. Monica was felt to the weaker in challenges, especially by leader RussellG, but the rest of the tribe went with “No help in camp” and ousted Yaz. In the end, even RussellG was persuaded to vote out Yas, leaving Shambo her only supporter, which further isolated Shambo from her tribe.



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Ben
Name Ben Browning, 28
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Bar Manager

Standing: Voted out by FoaFoa 6-1 in week 3.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Ben Browning is a transplanted country boy helping to run some of the most successful bars and restaurants in Los Angeles. A bar manager, Ben is often seen with a girl on each arm and boldly claims he’s never been rejected. “I’m one of those people that just get lucky for some reason, if I want it, I do what I have to do to get it.”

Growing up in Kirksville, Missouri, Ben’s parents raised him with a strict set of morals and instilled in him a strong work ethic. His parents would always be there to whip Ben into shape whenever necessary.

Ben has worked hard for all he has in life and says “I don’t like cry babies, I like people who work their asses off, like people from where I’m from.” He is also quick to admit that the one thing he can’t stand is “whiners and wimps.”

When he is not hunting or fishing, Ben can probably be found on his motorcycle. Despite breaking his leg in a wreck in 2007, he is still an active rider and even part of a motorcycle club called “WhiskyBoys.” Described by friends as “a big hillbilly who will be rich someday,” Ben intends to leave his mark on the game of SURVIVOR.

Ben is single and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is August 28th.

Observations:

Self proclaimed redneck and outdoorsman, took a dislike to Marisa early and was gratified to see her booted first. Adopted a take-charge attitude to shelter building, which Mick was just as happy to let him do. Seemed a little miffed at drawing no leader votes, which may evidence naiveté about the game.

In week 2, Ben got into a verbal confrontation with visiting Galu tribe member Yazzie. She provoked it, but Ben’s rejoinders (and later comments to tribemates) were racially insensitive, which annoyed his teammates, especially Jaison.

In week 3, Jaison called him on his behavior at Tribal Council, and Ben was voted off 6-1.



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Betsy
Name Betsy Bolan, 48
Hometown: Campton, NH
Occupation: Police Officer

Standing: Voted off by FoaFoa 7-1 in week 2.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Betsy Bolan dreamed of being a cop her entire life and at age 47 finally turned that dream into a reality. Her friends and family still cannot believe this mother of four is an officer of the law. Even though she is nicknamed “Officer Friendly,” Betsy isn’t naïve and knows that “nice people can be snakes.” She feels her skills as a cop will help her stand up to the possible jerks and alpha-males she could run into during SURVIVOR.

Betsy is happily married with two boys and two girls ranging in age from 8 to 16, but her world almost came apart when her husband was diagnosed with stage-four prostate cancer. Now with his cancer in remission, “all is good” on the home front, but Betsy says the money would mean a lot to her family since her husband does not have health insurance.

After going through a wild time in her youth, this former hippie has now been clean and sober for 21 years. Betsy’s overcome a number of obstacles in her life and is ready to tackle the next one, especially, now that she has become the person “she’s always dreamed of being.”

Currently, Betsy resides in Campton, N.H. Her birth date is March 20th.

Observations:

RussellE is wary of her as older and smarter than the younger women whom he thinks he can manipulate. Her 'cop smarts' may do her well in the game.

In week 2, ‘street smarts’ outmaneuvered ‘cop smarts’ as RussellE organized Betsy’s ouster.



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Mike
Name Mike Borassi, 62
Hometown: Marina del Rey, CA
Occupation: Personal Chef

Standing: Pulled from game by medics in week 2.
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

This California transplant, originally from New York, will do or say anything to become the next SURVIVOR. After a career as a college football coach at Boston University in the 1970’s and over 30 years in the food industry, he currently works as a personal chef.

Married without children, he enjoys gardening, reading, working out and spending time with friends. He is funny, dependable and quiet, yet, he is never afraid to tell it like it is. He can’t stand bad drivers, republicans or bigots and admits that the easiest way to make him angry is to move around his kitchen equipment.

At 62 years old, he has been preparing for his experience on SURVIVOR by working out with a personal trainer on a daily basis and has lost over 30 pounds in preparation for his chance at the million dollar prize. A true SURVIVOR fan, he has watched every single episode from the very beginning and came close to being part of the cast last season. His strategy includes remaining cooperative and low-key so the “stupid, cocky ones self-destruct.” Rather than making aggressive moves, he plans to allow his leadership qualities to emerge naturally which may mask the fact that he can, at times, be competitive and almost predatory.

Mike resides in Marina del Rey, Calif. and his birthday is March 13.

Observations:

Worried his age (oldest in game) may work against him, he's trying to present a strong image, but is also a source of gentle humor for the tribe.

After a strenuous game of rugby-basketball in Week 2, Mike was observed to be in physical difficulty, and medical was called in to evaluate. Based on his heart rate and blood pressure, and the speeds with which he was recovering afterwards, the medics decided to pull him from the game.



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Marisa
Name Marisa Calihan, 26
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Occupation: Student

Standing: Voted off by Foa Foa 7-3 in week 1
Tribe: Foa Foa

Official Survivor Bio:

Marisa Calihan is no stranger to surviving off the land. This 1st generation Appalachian was born on a farm in Ohio and learned many of her survival skills from her father. Growing up with eight siblings, in a blended family with many adopted children, Marisa learned from an early age how to take care of herself. “I am paying my own way through school and have been on my own since I was 17.”

Aside from her early roots in farming, Marisa also has experience working in third world conditions. While abroad, she worked with street children in poor countries with no plumbing or running water and it changed her life. Although after eight years of being a free spirit and living abroad in such places as El Salvador and Spain, Marisa returned home to go back to school and help take care of her family.

For Marisa, the money would go a long way in making her family’s lives better and helping her achieve a few long term goals. “There are so many things I can do if I just had a nest egg to start with. I won’t have to fight tooth and nail for everything, if I just had a little bit of money.”

Resourceful and creative, Marisa believes she has what it takes to persevere and become the sole SURVIVOR.

Marisa is single and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her birth date is July 26th.

Observations:

Seemed a little spacey and new-agey, and once Evil Russell set his sights on her, her goose was cooked.





THE HOST


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Jeff, aka Peachy
Name Jeff Probst
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Occupation: Host
Standing: Never in the game.
Tribe: None

Bio:

Jeffrey Lee Probst, born November 4, 1961 in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Seattle, where he attended Seattle Pacific University. He is best known as the host of the reality television series Survivor, which won him an Emmy award and landed him on People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' list in 2001.

In 2001 Jeff wrote and directed an independent film called Finder's Fee. The film starred James Earl Jones and Robert Forster. Probst and his film won awards at two independent film festivals, Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Seattle Film Festival and Breakthrough Director at Sonoma Valley Film Festival.

Prior to hosting Survivor, Jeff hosted two early shows on FX, Backchat and Sound FX, was the voice of Vice Principal Raycliff in the show Fillmore and was involved with Access Hollywood for some time. He was also the host of VH1's Rock and Roll Jeopardy from 1998-2001.

Jeff was married to psychotherapist Shelly Wright for five years until their divorce in 2001. He currently lives in Los Angeles when not on location with his hit show, Survivor.

And from Wikipedia:

Biography

Probst was born in Wichita, Kansas, but grew up primarily in Bellevue, Washington. After graduating Newport High School in 1980, he attended Seattle Pacific University, and worked at Boeing Motion Picture/Television studio as a producer and narrator of marketing videos. Probst was divorced from his wife of five years, Shelley Wright, in 2001. In his spare time, Jeff is active in the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Career

In addition to Survivor, Probst previously hosted the FX network's original half-hour show dedicated to answering viewer letters, Backchat (1996). Probst's second television exposure was that of the host of the VH1 series Rock & Roll Jeopardy!, which he hosted for three seasons (from 1998 to 2001), and was a correspondent for the syndicated program Access Hollywood, during which he traveled a reported 300,000 miles. He has also written the screenplay for and directed an independent film, released in 2001, called Finder's Fee. Jeff also does voice work for the animated television program Fillmore, as Vice-Principal Raycliff. People magazine named Probst one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001. He often contributes to Jeopardy! by giving Survivor related clues from the show's venues, and has twice appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy!, first in 2001 and again in 2003.
He is also a frequent guest star on the sketch show MADtv, guest starring once a season since the show's 9th season.
In May 2008, Probst confirmed that he has signed on to host 4 more seasons of Survivor, putting him through season 20.
On October 20, 2008, TV Guide reported that Probst is developing a new reality TV series for CBS called Live For The Moment [1] that will feature people with terminal illnesses being taken on "the last adventure of their life" before they die.[2]
On April 1, 2009, Probst appeared on the CBS reality television special I Get That a Lot, in which he worked a cash register.

Personal Life

In 2005, Probst began dating 26-year-old Survivor: Vanuatu contestant Julie Berry, an East Carolina University graduate who was an athletic scholarship softball player. In a March 2008 interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jeff revealed that they are no longer together.[3]

Probst was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church in 1999. He remarried his parents for their 35th wedding anniversary.[4]

Probst keeps the snuffer that he uses to snuff the torches when a contestant is voted out of the game and Probst says "The tribe has spoken. It's time for you to go.", or "Per your wishes" (when a contestant chooses to quit) as a souvenir after every season of Survivor. He also says "Come on in Guys" on every challenge and "See ya at Tribal" to the losing team at the end of the immunity challenge.

Jeff Probst is also a Le Cordon Bleu Chef Graduate and cooks in his free time.

Probst has stated that he is a superfan of The Howard Stern Show. He participated in a celebrity superfan trivia contest on Stern's show on Sirius Satellite Radio with Jimmy Kimmel and Jerry O'Connell. Probst lost the contest to Jimmy Kimmel. He has also dated singer, actress Kristin Chenoweth.

Awards/Nominations

On September 21, 2008 Probst won the first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.[5]

Quotations

"Previously on 'Survivor' " (said at the top at each new episode)
"Come on in, guys!" (said before almost every reward or immunity challenge)

"Once again, immunity is back up for grabs." (said before almost every immunity challenge)

"I'll go tally the votes." (said at every tribal council)

"Faceplant!" (said when a survivor falls face first during a challenge)

"Let's get medical in here to take a look." (said when a survivor is injured)

"Wanna know what you're playing for?" (asked before revealing the prize at reward challenges)

"Once the votes are read, the decision is final. The person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I'll read the votes." (said before votes are tallied)

"The tribe has spoken." (the saying survivors dread hearing is said as soon as a castaway has received enough votes to be eliminated from the game)



Video interviews with the new contestants:

CLICK HERE to go to official CBS videos of the contestants.


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