'Survivor: Island of the Idols' castaways cast formally announced by CBS
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/09/2019
Survivor: Island of the Idols' cast of 20 castaways has formally been announced by CBS.
The lineup of castaways who will be competing to win $1 million this fall whenSurvivor premieres on Wednesday, September 25 include a pro poker player, an Olympic medalist, an Air Force veteran, a former NHL player, a factory worker, a nanny, two personal injury lawyers and more.
Boston Rob and Sandra, who have played over 200 days of Survivorcombined, will not be competing for the money. Instead, they'll share their knowledge of the game with the new castaways to help them get a step closer to achieving their goal.
"During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these 'idols,'" CBS teased in a press release announcing the cast.
"Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process."
Those who choose to take a risk may gain an advantage in their individual quest to win $1 million and the title of "Sole Survivor."
"For our 39th season, we are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways," Survivor executive producer and host Jeff Probst said in a statement.
"It's aSurvivor boot camp where each week, players will be instructed on a different facet of the game and then have a chance to test what they've learned for a shot at an advantage."
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"We've both won the game [and] Sandra's the only contestant to ever win twice. We know everything there is to know about Survivor. I mean I wrote a book on it!" Boston Rob said in the promo. "Survivorschool is in session!"
"If they can take what Rob can teach them and what I can teach them and put it all together, they can take home the million dollars -- that's it, all they got to do is listen!," Sandra added. "[But] we're not giving you anything for free."
Debbie -- who got sent to Exile Island, which was more like a luxury vacation for its inhabitants -- was able to choose one of three possible advantages: A stellar kit to construct a perfect-looking fake hidden Immunity Idol, an extra vote at Tribal Council, or an Immunity Challenge advantage for her tribe.
Debbie selected the extra vote and attempted to play it correctly during the rest of her time in the game.