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Meet the cast of ''Survivor: The Amazon''

Meet the cast of ”Survivor: The Amazon.” CBS shakes things up with 16 new competitors and a major rule change: boys versus girls

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It’s a battle of the sexes, Brazil-style. This season, ”Survivor” executive producer Mark Burnett has split up the competitors along gender lines. So, starting Thursday, Feb. 13 (CBS, 8 p.m.), eight men (in the Tambaqui tribe) and eight women (in the Jaburu tribe) will make like fifth graders at a Valentine’s Day dance and stick to their own side of the jungle.

The new crew of potential millionaires is as varied as ever (a D.A., a rocket scientist, and a beauty queen). Will the men overpower with brute strength, or will the ”Amazon” women rise up? We have no idea, but we CAN say who’s likely to wet his pants and who’ll look the best in a swimsuit. Here’s the lowdown…

Ryan Aiken, Survivor: The Amazon
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Ryan Aiken

Tambaqui

AGE 23

HOMETOWN Ellicott City, Md.

OCCUPATION Actor, bartender, and model

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN Ahhh, the ol’ actor/bartender/model combo — a promising mix. Models like ”Australia”’s Nick lasted through 10 votes, and an actor (”Thailand”’s Brian Heidik) made it to a big win. As for bartenders, they may not triumph — but a lot of them get on this show.

MOST LIKELY TO… Capitalize on the national exposure, à la Colleen, Gervase, Jerri, Rudy…

Alex Bell, Survivor: The Amazon
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Alex Bell

Tambaqui

AGE 32

HOMETOWN Los Angeles

OCCUPATION Triathlon trainer

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN This former DreamWorks employee knows a good script when he sees one. His current fave: A troubled youth kicks his drug and alcohol habits and wins a million bucks on ”Survivor.” It’s still in development. (On the downside, he says he gets grumpy when he’s hungry.)

MOST LIKELY TO… Uhhh, get grumpy!

Deena Bennett, Survivor: The Amazon
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Deena Bennett

Jaburu

AGE 35

HOMETOWN Riverside, Calif.

OCCUPATION Deputy district attorney

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN ”Criminal prosecution is my game, protecting the innocent is my aim,” she says. But no one, including this mother of two, is REALLY innocent on ”Survivor.” In any case, she’s certainly well traveled, after climbing Ayers Rock in Australia and diving at the Great Barrier Reef.

MOST LIKELY TO… Make good use of her luxury item: water balloons.

Rob Cesternino, Survivor: The Amazon
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Rob Cesternino

Tambaqui

AGE 24

HOMETOWN Wantagh, N.Y.

OCCUPATION Computer projects coordinator

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN This guy’s got us scratching our heads. He scored an impressive 1420 on his SATs, but he still lives with his parents and calls Bob Barker his hero. The good news: ”Survivor”’s last, um, eccentric, Greg, made it through eight rounds.

MOST LIKELY TO… Outsmart the rest. He wrote his college senior thesis on reality TV.

Jeanne Hebert, Survivor: The Amazon
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Jeanne Hebert

Jaburu

AGE 41

HOMETOWN North Attleboro, Mass.

OCCUPATION Director of marketing

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN Winning’s nothing new for this ”Survivor” fan: She once won a $25,000 shopping spree in a radio contest.

MOST LIKELY TO… Be this season’s ”Big Mama.” She has three kids of her own, her slogan is ”Moms don’t quit.”

Dave Johnson, Survivor: The Amazon
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Dave Johnson

Tambaqui

AGE 24

HOMETOWN Pasadena, Calif.

OCCUPATION Rocket scientist

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN This NASA employee biked across the U.S. for two months last summer… and took only three showers along the way, fully preparing himself for ”Survivor”-dom.

MOST LIKELY TO… Put an end to the expression ”It doesn’t take a rocket scientist…”

Janet Koth, Survivor: The Amazon
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Janet Koth

Jaburu

AGE 47

HOMETOWN Manchester, Mo.

OCCUPATION Abstinence counselor and travel agent

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN This self-described ”June Cleaver with a twist” is currently working toward getting her certification as a hypnotist. Coincidentally, she likes to be in control and influence people.

MOST LIKELY TO… Give pre-challenge pep talks. (She’s also a motivational speaker.)

Butch Lockley, Survivor: The Amazon
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Butch Lockley

Tambaqui

AGE 50

HOMETOWN Olney, Ill.

OCCUPATION Middle school principal

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN Principal Skinner meets John Deere. His leadership skills (19 years as a high school teacher, athletic director, and coach) and Midwestern grit (he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and playing hunting videogames) may keep him in the running with these young’uns.

MOST LIKELY TO… Admit he misunderstood the luxury item assignment. He brought a school banner.

Daniel Lue, Survivor: The Amazon
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Daniel Lue

Tambaqui

AGE 27

HOMETOWN Houston

OCCUPATION Tax accountant

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN Considering that he has a black belt in Wu Shu kung fu and a penchant for bodybuilding and wrestling (not to mention an avowed admiration for the bristly Bill O’Reilly and Charles Barkley), the other campers should make nice with this innocent-looking Texan.

MOST LIKELY TO… Wet his pants. He’s afraid to pee in public places and, last we checked, there are no outhouses on ”Survivor.”

Shawna Mitchell, Survivor: The Amazon
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Shawna Mitchell

Jaburu

AGE 23

HOMETOWN Redwood City, Calif.

OCCUPATION Retail clothing sales

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN An avid soccer player who even brought a ball along as her luxury item, she’s of the Ethan Zohn mold (not a bad plan, considering that he passed and kicked his way to victory in ”Africa”).

MOST LIKELY TO… Make friends when the boys and girls merge — she’s a total tomboy.

Jenna Morasca, Survivor: The Amazon
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Jenna Morasca

Jaburu

AGE 21

HOMETOWN Pittsburgh

OCCUPATION Beauty pageant contestant, college student, and swimsuit model

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN With the sexes separated by tribe, this second runner-up in the 2001 Miss Pennsylvania competition may have a struggle ahead of her. Tough girls tend not to like beauty queens who bring their sorority crown (her luxury item) on a camping trip.

MOST LIKELY TO… Win the swimsuit competition immunity challenge. Oh, wait…

Roger Sexton, Survivor: The Amazon
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Roger Sexton

Tambaqui

AGE 56

HOMETOWN Valencia, Calif.

OCCUPATION Construction executive and Vietnam vet

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN At his age, he’s considered a dinosaur — especially among this relatively young crowd (in fact, he’s ”Amazon”’s eldest camper). Still, military experience has proven a valuable commodity in the past.

MOST LIKELY TO… Draw comparisons to original ”Survivor” and ex-Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, a quarter-finalist in his day.

Christy Smith, Survivor: The Amazon
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Christy Smith

Jaburu

AGE 24

HOMETOWN Basalt, Colo.

OCCUPATION Children’s adventure guide for the deaf

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN She’s deaf and can read lips, but that won’t help once her competitors start talking behind her back, as they always do. She recently partook in a 50-day Outward Bound trip to Alaska — the next best thing to ”Survivor.”

MOST LIKELY TO… Spot the ”rats.” She’s got a degree in criminology.

Heidi Strobel, Survivor: The Amazon
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Heidi Strobel

Jaburu

AGE 24

HOMETOWN Buffalo, Mo.

OCCUPATION Gym teacher

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN She has sold lingerie and fireworks in the past, but these days she gets her kicks out of dancing and keeping fit.

MOST LIKELY TO… Annoy others with her luxury item: a guitar and songbook. Does anyone remember Sonja’s ukulele? (Not likely. She was booted in ”Survivor”’s debut episode.)

Matthew Von Ertfelda, Survivor: The Amazon
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Matthew Von Ertfelda

Tambaqui

AGE 33

HOMETOWN Washington, D.C.

OCCUPATION Restaurant designer

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN He led expeditions through the jungles of Colombia and Panama, went diving for sunken treasure, and tracked cannibals in New Guinea. And he even made PEOPLE magazine’s list of Top 50 Bachelors in 2002.

MOST LIKELY TO… Make the ladies swoon. Despite his manly passions (”The Man Show,” triathlons, football), he’s got a soft side (”Sex and the City” — AND he’s a trained cook!).

JoAnna Ward, Survivor: The Amazon
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JoAnna Ward

Jaburu

AGE 31

HOMETOWN Orangeburg, S.C.

OCCUPATION School guidance counselor

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN This athlete, who’s an impressive 5 foot 10, exercises her body as an aerobics instructor and exercises her faith as a born-again Christian. A former scholarship hoopster, she may look familiar from a recent appearance on court — in 2002’s movie ”Juwanna Mann.”

MOST LIKELY TO… Get voted off for being a physical overachiever.

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