CBS officially revealed the roster of ”Survivor II”’s 16 contestants on ”The Early Show” Thursday morning. Of course, anyone following the reality sequel already knew about the Outback survivors, thanks to author Peter Lance, who wrote ”The Sting Ray: Lethal Tactics of the Sole Survivor,” and Tim Gilman, webmaster of Survivornews.net. The duo posted bios of the new castaways on their websites Dec. 22. ”Survivor II: The Australian Outback,” which debuts after the Super Bowl on Jan. 28, will again divide its members into competing tribes: the Kucha and the Ogakor, which are aboriginal words for kangaroo and crocodile, respectively.
”Survivor II” boasts an even younger crowd than the original. The tribe members range from a 22 year old administrative assistant to a 53 year old high school shop teacher. Seven members of the ensemble are under 30, and not one participant qualifies for the early bird special. One thing seems clear — almost everyone will ace the immunity challenges: There’s a fitness instructor, two Army officers, two former cheerleaders, a varsity softball player, and two active runners. At least everyone will look good naked.
Here’s a tentative list of the 16 ”Survivor II” contestants:
AGE Middle aged
OCCUPATION High school industrial arts teacher
STATUS Married with one daughter
HOMETOWN Crittenden, Ky.
FYI Considers himself religious
SOUNDS LIKE Another Bible quoting Midwesterner — it’s the return of Dirk.
OCCUPATION Administrative assistant
HOMETOWN Beaver, Penn.
FYI Was captain of the varsity cheerleading squad in high school
SOUNDS LIKE Jenna with even more pep in her step. Maybe she’ll even wear a teeny weeny bikini, too.
OCCUPATION Harvard Law School student
STATUS Has a girlfriend named Mackenzie
HOMETOWN Steilacoom, Wash.
FYI He?s an Army officer
OCCUPATION Personal trainer in Manhattan
STATUS Has a boyfriend named Thomas
HOMETOWN Fairfield, Conn.
FYI She’s an amateur bodybuilder.
SOUNDS LIKE Tough but beautiful = Sue after major reconstructive cosmetic surgery.
STATUS Custom auto designer
HOMETOWN San Angelo, Tex.
FYI Recently won a Duathlon/10K Run
SOUNDS LIKE He should’ve signed up for ”Junkyard Wars” instead.
OCCUPATION Corrections officer
STATUS Has a fiancé named Robert
HOMETOWN Milan, N.H.
FYI Has police and Marine Corps training
SOUNDS LIKE Someone wants a guest spot on ”Oz.”
OCCUPATION Chef and restaurant owner
STATUS Single with two children
HOMETOWN West Bloomfield, Mich.
FYI Has produced several cooking shows, written a cookbook, and developed his own website.
SOUNDS LIKE Just the kind of media hog Richard Hatch would be proud of. His cooking should put ”Rowdy Rudy’s Diner” to shame.
OCCUPATION Footwear designer
STATUS Her boyfriend Tim Hasselbeck is the quarterback for the BC Eagles
HOMETOWN Providence, R.I.
FYI Former captain of the BC softball team.
SOUNDS LIKE A cross between Colleen’s looks and Jenna’s athleticism — in other words, Playboy material.
OCCUPATION Army intelligence officer in Fort Hood, Tex.
HOMETOWN Murphysboro, Ill.
FYI Went on a mission to Bosnia
SOUNDS LIKE The U.S. Army got the ultimate product placement.
OCCUPATION Former Washington, D.C., cop
HOMETOWN Wakefield, Va.
FYI Is a champion equestrian and has a horse named G-Man
SOUNDS LIKE Sonja with better legs. Plus, she’s a prime candidate to guest star on ”The District.”
OCCUPATIONFreelances in TV commercial production
HOMETOWN Long Island, N.Y.
FYI Like any aspiring actress, Kimmi bartends at a nightclub.
SOUNDS LIKE If she’s like most girls from Long Island, she’ll make Stacey’s rolling eyes look like butterfly kisses.
OCCUPATION Bartender/Actress (as Jerry Lynn London)
STATUS Single with a dog, Gidget, and cat, Kiya
HOMETOWN Los Angeles
FYI Played Vincent D’Onofrio’s wife in Paul Sorvino’s Showtime movie ”That Championship Season” (1999).
SOUNDS LIKE A smart way to jump start her acting career.
OCCUPATION Struggling singer-songwriter in New York City
HOMETOWN Burbank, S.D.
FYI Has a music degree from South Dakota State University. He was on ”The Price Is Right” and won at Barker’s Bargain Barn.
SOUNDS LIKE Since he’s reportedly trying to write a musical, we see the ghost of ”West Side Story” singin’ Greg.
OCCUPATION Software publisher
STATUS Married with three children
HOMETOWN White Lake, Mich.
FYI Is a motivational speaker
SOUNDS LIKE Hmmm, a 38 year old public speaker. Could it be the ghost of Richard Hatch?
OCCUPATION Internet project manager in New York
HOMETOWN Greensboro, N.C.
FYI Was ”yell leader” of the cheerleading squad at the University of North Carolina. Has a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do.
SOUNDS LIKE Joel, complete with the narcissistic ‘tude
STATUS Married with two children
HOMETOWN Knoxville, Tenn.
FYI An active member of the Knoxville Track Club
SOUNDS LIKE Gretchen’s clone