'Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers' cast announced by CBS
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/30/2017
Survivor's 18 castaways who will compete on this fall's Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers edition have been formally announced.
CBS has revealed the identities of the castaways who will be fighting for $1 million on Season 35, which will premiere with a typical one-hour episode on Wednesday, September 27 at 8PM ET/PT.
The fall edition of Survivor, once again filmed on the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, will feature three tribes, each comprised of six castaways, who possess similar characteristics that represent their profession or reputation, and how they are perceived by others.
The cast includes an Olympian, an NFL player, a bellhop, a diversity advocate, and a urologist.
Longtime Survivorhost Jeff Probst introduced a preview video for Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers in late May -- during the reunion show for last season's Survivor: Game Changers -- that featured glimpses of some of the new castaways as well as an explanation of the significance behind each tribe's label.
"Heroes: They are heralded for their courage, their achievements, and ideals for which they stand," Jeff said.
"[Healers] receive gratitude for their acts of service in helping people heal their emotional and physical pain. [Hustlers] are respected for their work ethic -- 'Get it done, no matter what.' They stop at nothing to achieve their goals."
CBS also teased that Hustlers must earn their respect from others.
The castaways will attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast each other for the title of "Sole Survivor."
Below are the 18 Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers castaways and their respective tribes:
"Levu" Tribe (Heroes)
- Alan Ball, a 31-year-old NFL player from Detroit, MI who currently resides in Houston, TX
- Ben Driebergen, a 34-year-old U.S. Marine from Boise, ID
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- John "JP" Hilsabeck, a 28-year-old firefighter from Los Angeles, CA
- Chrissy Hofbeck, a 46-year-old financial analyst from Glen Gardner, NJ
- Ashley Nolan, a 26-year-old lifeguard from Satellite Beach, FL
- Katrina Radke, a 46-year-old Olympian from Minneapolis, MN
"Soko" Tribe (Healers)
- Jessica Johnston, a 29-year-old nurse practitioner from Cape Girardeau, MO who currently resides in Louisville, KY
- Roark Luskin, a 27-year-old social worker from Palo Alto, CA who currently resides in Santa Monica, CA
- Cole Medders, a 24-year-old wilderness therapy guide from Little Rock, AR
- Joe Mena, a 34-year-old probation officer from Bronx, NY who currently resides in Tolland, CT
- Desiree "Desi" Williams, a 27-year-old physical therapist from Peachtree City, GA who currently resides in Newport News, VA
- Mike Zahalsky, a 43-year-old urologist from Parkland, FL
"Yawa" Tribe (Hustlers)
- Patrick Bolton, a 24-year-old small business owner from Lanett, AL who currently resides in Auburn, AL
- Alexandrea "Ali" Elliott, a 24-year-old celebrity assistant from Eastvale, CA who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA
- Simone Nguyen, a 25-year-old diversity advocate from Worcester, MA who currently resides in New York, NY
- Devon Pinto, a 23-year-old surf instructor from Carlsbad, CA who currently resides in Solana Beach, CA
- Lauren Rimmer, a 35-year-old fisherman from Beaufort, NC
- Ryan Ulrich, a 23-year-old bellhop from North Arlington, NJ