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Malcolm Freberg -- 5 things to know about the 'Survivor: Game Changers' castaway


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/06/2017 

Malcolm Freberg is one of the returning castaways to get another chance at winning $1 million on Survivor: Game Changers this spring.

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Malcolm, a 29-year-old from Hermosa Beach, CA, will be playing Survivor for the third time.

This all-stars season, the franchise's 34th edition, will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, March 8 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS. The show's debut marks Survivor's milestone 500th episode.

Survivor: Game Changers, filmed in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji in June and July 2016, will feature 20 castaways who are being billed as having made some of the biggest moves in the history of the game divided into two tribes, Mana and Nuku, that are each comprised of 10 veteran players.

Malcolm will be competing on the "Mana" Tribe with Michaela Bradshaw, Aubry Bracco, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Ciera Eastin, Hali Ford, Caleb Reynolds, Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, Jeff Varner and Tony Vlachos.

Below is a list of five facts Reality TV World has compiled about Malcolm Freberg:

- Malcolm first played the game at age 25 on Season 25, Survivor: Philippines, when he was working as a bartender in 2012.

He finished in fourth place thanks to a plot devised by the Final 3 castaways. Malcolm also missed out on winning the "Player of the Season" home viewer vote, as only 0.7% of the vote separated himself and the $100,000 winner, Lisa Whelchel.

- Malcolm's second time as a castaway was on Season 26, Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites, in 2013 when he placed ninth.

Malcolm was voted out of his tribe at the season's eleventh Tribal Council session. Although he paid $480 at a Survivor auction for an idol clue, he never found the hidden Immunity Idol that could've saved his game. 

Ironically though, Malcolm had found two prior idols.

- He told Reality TV World in a post-Caramoan interview that filming back to back seasons of Survivor was negative for the most part and served as a disadvantage because no one on the beach knew of reputation, and so castaways didn't know what to do with him and whether they could fully trust him.

- Malcolm said one of his personal claims to fame was organizing and running a program as a college student that paired varsity athletes with underprivileged children in a free-to-join sports league.

- Malcolm, who admits he can be cocky at times, said he began dreaming about competing on Survivor when he was only 12-years-old, when most boys dream of playing major league baseball.


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