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The 18th Season of Survivor Premieres
Thursday, February 12
Red Tribe :
1. Sandy Burgin, 53, bus driver from Louisville - This
hyper, tattooed grandmother knew she was perfect for Survivor,
so she flew to Seattle to be the first to audition. "My
willpower is phenomenal," she says. "On a scale of one
to 10, it's a 12."
2. Stephen Fishbach, 29, corporate consultant from New
York City- Call him a speechwriter, a spam master or a Muppet.
(He thinks he looks like Kermit.) But don't call him
"Fish." "That's my nickname at home," he
says. "I can't [use it] here because when I can't fish, I'm
going to look like an idiot."
3. James Thomas Jr., 24, cattle rancher from Samson,
Ala.- Warning: This cowboy knows how to take down prey.
"Deer, turkey, wild hog, coyote-everything you're allowed
to hunt in Alabama I've hunted," he says. "I'm a
4. Spencer Duhm, 19, college sophomore from Lakeland,
Fla.- Survivor fan Duhm has been studying the game since he was
11. That's why he plans to trust no one, saying, "You have
to assume they're going to screw you before you screw them
5. Sydney Wheeler, 24, model/interior designer from San
Diego.- How will she outlast the competition? "I plan to
make alliances with the athletic guys," she say. "They
are cute and they'll be good at the challenges." And plan
B? :If I've gotta flirt, I'm gonna flirt. Work with what you've
11. Carolina Eastwood, 26, bartender from Los Angeles -
How did this fire-spitting Panamanian-American prep for
Survivor? "I got lasered from head to toe," she says.
"Because I'm ethnic in the hairiest sense of the word. And
I did not want to scare people with my overgrown armpits."
12. Taj Johnson-George, 37, former member of the
Grammy-nominated R&B group SWV from Nashville- "There's
a stigma that comes with being married to an NFL player,"
says the wife of former Tennessee Titan Eddie George.
"People think we're pampered. But I'm not. I'm a 5'9",
190-pound tomboy. I'm gonna tear 'em up when I get out
13. Joe Dowdle, 26, commercial
real-estate broker from Austin- Dowdle's strategy? Persuade and
evade. "If it works, I will have pulled off something
miraculous. If not, I'll get pretty far anyway. I told my mom
before I left. "I'll see you out there."
Black Tribe :
6. Jerry Sims, 49, U.S. Army sergeant from Rock Hill,
S.C.- First Sergeant Sims may have charmed his 100 soldier Army
Reserves company "with a smile and a little
manipulation," but things will be different on Survivor.
"I don't want to be the boss," he says. "The
leader gets axed too early."
7. Candace Smith, 31, lawyer-turned-actress/event planner
from Los Angeles- Fertilized eggs? Insects? "I'll swallow
it," says Smith. "Having to eat something [weird] for
a chance to win a million dollars is nothing to me. I grew up
8. Tyson Apostol, 29, bike-shop manager from Lindon,
Utah- Why do Survivor? "Because I'd be good at it. May as
well go and win," says the former pro cyclist, who rides 31
mph. "And $1 million in two months isn't a bad
paycheck." All he has to do now is perfect his strategy of
"pushing people's buttons."
9. Sierra Reed, 23, model from Los Angeles- Not only did
this beauty not have to try out to get on Survivor ("I was
at a taco stand when the recruiters came up to me," she
says), she doesn't need the prize. "Money comes and
goes," says Reed, who turned down a Tommy Hilfiger campaign
to do the show. "If I'd saved when I was just starting out,
I'd be a multimillionaire by now.
10. Erinn Lobdell, 26, hairstylist from Waukesha, Wis.-
Lobdell says she can get a stranger to trust her within five
minutes. It's a gift she hopes will pay off. "I work at a
nice salon, so if this works out for me, I'll be the new owner
when I get home."
14. Benjamin Wade, 37, soccer coach/part-time orchestra
conductor from Bolivar, Mo.- "I'm in this game because I
want to change it," says Wade, who kayaked 6.132 miles from
Baja, California, to Colombia-alone. "it's become survival
of the weakest. I want the strongest to survive. I want to team
up with worthy opponents. May the best man or woman win."
15. Debra Beebe, 46, middle school principal from Auburn,
Ala.- "The potty thing is freaking me out," says the
self-described adventure seeker, who left the comfort of her
eight bedroom home to rough it. "Digging a hole and going
Big Bathroom in the middle of nowhere...having to wipe with your
hands...Is my body going to shut down because I can't do
16. Brendan Synnot, 30, entrepreneur from NYC.- First he
sold his Bear Naked Granola business to Kellogg's as part of a
$122 million dollar deal. Now Synnott's got to test his mettle.
"I think it's healthy to have everything taken from you and
then have to rebuild" he says/ "That's good character