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'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' cast formally announced by CBS

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/11/2013 

Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' cast is now official. 

CBS has formally revealed the identities of the 20 castaways who will be competing on Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites, the 26th Survivor edition which will premiere Wednesday, February 13 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour episode.

As CBS previously announced, Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' 20-person cast will feature 10 new castaways and 10 returning players from previous seasons in the franchise's second "Fans vs. Favorites" edition (Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites, which aired back in Spring 2008, was the first).

In addition to the usual assortment of former beauty queens and students, Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' 10 first-time castaways also includes Edward "Eddie" Fox, a fireman and EMT; Julia Landauer, a racecar driver; Shamar Thomas, an Iraq war veteran; and Sherri Biethman, a fast food franchisee.

While CBS has just announced the 10 new castaways dubbed the "fans", the identities of the 10 returning players have circulated online for months via Internet spoilers given the season was filmed last summer.

The 10 returning Survivor "favorites" are Andrea Boehlke, John Cochran, Malcolm Freberg, Brandon Hantz, Francesca Hogi, Corinne Kaplan, Brenda Lowe, Dawn Meehan, Erik Reichenbach, and Phillip Sheppard.

Freberg originally competed on Survivor: Philippines, the most recent Survivor edition that aired this past fall. He finished in fourth place.

Cochran, Hantz and Meehan all appeared on Survivor: South Pacific, which aired in Fall 2011. Meehan finished in tenth place, Cochran finished in eighth and Hantz claimed sixth place. 

Boehlke, Hogi and Sheppard all originally competed on Survivor: Redemption Island, which aired in early 2011. Boehlke finished in fifth place. Hogi was the first contestant voted off of the season and finished last. Sheppard made it to the Final 3 and finished as the runner-up.

Lowe initially appeared on Survivor: Nicaragua, which aired in Fall 2010, and she finished in tenth place.

Kaplan competed on Survivor: Gabon, which aired in Fall 2008, and finished seventh.

Reichenbach originally appeared on Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites, which aired in early 2008. He finished in fifth place.

Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' initial two tribes will be called Bikal, which will be comprised of the 10 former players deemed "favorites," and Gota, which will feature the 10 newbie castaways.

The 10 new castaways to be featured on the Gota tribe are:

- Laura Alexander, a 23-year-old administrative officer from Washington, DC

- Sherri Biethman, a 41-year-old fast food franchisee from Boise, ID

- Matt Bischoff, a 38-year-old in BMX bike sales from Cincinnati, OH

- Hope Driskill, a 23-year-old pre-law student from Jefferson City, MO

- Edward "Eddie" Fox, a 23-year-old fireman and EMT from East Brunswick, NJ

- Julia Landauer, a 21-year-old racecar driver from Stanford, CA

- Alexandra "Allie" Pohevitz, a 25-year-old bartender from Oceanside, NY

- Michael Snow, a 44-year-old event planner from New York

- Shamar Thomas, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran from Brooklyn, NY

- Reynold Toepfer, a 30-year-old in real estate sales from San Francisco, CA

Below is the biographical information of the 10 returning castaways to be featured on the Bikal tribe:

- Andrea Boehlke, a 23-year-old entertainment host and writer from New York

- Brandon Hantz, a 21-year-old in chemical disposal from Katy, TX

- Brenda Lowe, a 30-year-old paddleboard company owner from Miami, FL     

- Corinne Kaplan, a 33-year-old clinical consultant from Los Angeles   

- Dawn Meehan, a 42-year-old English professor from South Jordan, UT    

- Erik Reichenbach, a 27-year-old comic book artist from Santa Clarita, CA

- Francesca Hogi, a 38-year-old attorney from Brooklyn, NY

- John Cochran, a 25-year-old law student from Washington, DC

- Phillip Sheppard, a 54-year-old in software sales from Santa Monica, CA

- Malcolm Freberg, a 25-year-old bartender from Hermosa Beach, CA

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