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Meet the cast of ''Survivor: Vanuatu''

Meet the cast of ”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Here’s the dish on the 18 contestants who are trying to outwit, outplay, and outlast in the show’s ninth season

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An amputee, a sheep farmer, an FBI agent, and a boy named Lea: These are just a few of the unusual suspects you’ll meet on Survivor: Vanuatu — Islands of Fire (premieres on CBS, Thursday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m.). This may also be the most exotic Survivor setting yet. Vanuatu, a country comprising some 80 islands in the South Pacific, is known not only for its volcanoes but also for its history of cannibalism and sorcery. No one’s going to be able to use sex appeal to cast a spell, though — at least not until the merge. The men and women are divided into two tribes, Lopevi and Yasur. Read on and see if you can pick which castaway will be the winner.

Survivor: Vanuatu, Julie Berry
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JULIE BERRY

Julie Berry

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Julie Berry

AGE 23

HOMETOWN Gorham, Maine

OCCUPATION Youth mentor

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN As a Peace Corps alumna, this Native American knows about roughing it. But her interest in counseling (she’s getting a master’s degree in the subject) could be a plus or a minus. Either she’ll have the inside track on psychological manipulation, or she’ll blow her own game because she’s too busy nurturing everyone.

MOST LIKELY TO Sing ”Kumbayah” at the campfire

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Ami Cusack

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Ami Cusack

AGE 31

HOMETOWN Lakewood, Colo.

OCCUPATION Barista/model

MARITAL STATUS Committed

LOWDOWN This coffee-shop worker has a sad story in her past (her brother was killed by a drunk driver). And even though her hot-model status should help her, her sexual orientation may cool the Lopevi tribe’s jets: She’s been dating her partner, Crissy, for three years.

MOST LIKELY TO Suffer from caffeine withdrawal

Image credit: Mia Galeotalanza: Monty Brinton/CBS

Mia Galeotalanza

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Mia Galeotalanza

AGE 30

HOMETOWN Tom’s River, N.J.

OCCUPATION Finance manager

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN The inquisitive former bartender says she likes to play with her dog and ”grill people to death.” Let’s hope she means that she likes to ask a lot of questions.

MOST LIKELY TO Be even more annoying than Jerri Manthey

Lisa Keiffer, Survivor
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Lisa Keiffer

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Lisa Keiffer

AGE 44

HOMETOWN New Orleans

OCCUPATION Real estate agent

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN Alas, the ragin’ Cajun and onetime LSU cheerleader isn’t likely to drop her drawers for peanut butter. She’s a born-again-Christian mother of six.

MOST LIKELY TO Lead the group in a cheer for Jesus

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Scout Cloud Lee

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Scout Cloud Lee

AGE 59

HOMETOWN Stillwater, Okla.

OCCUPATION Rancher/entrepreneur

MARITAL STATUS Committed

LOWDOWN The cancer survivor is a former university professor who has recorded two CDs of original ”country rock gypsy funk.” The feisty iconoclast, who’s been with her partner, Annie, for 26 years, prides herself on bucking societal norms. But will she fit in with her tribe?

MOST LIKELY TO Send the other contestants running into the jungle with her singing

Survivor: Vanuatu, Dolly Neely
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DOLLY NEELY

Dolly Neely

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Dolly Neely

AGE 25

HOMETOWN Mercer, Pa.

OCCUPATION Sheep farmer

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN She loves Jesus, her gun (she’s a member of the NRA), and her flock of 40 sheep. If she doesn’t win the $1 million prize, this cute blonde is a shoo-in for a role in next year’s Dukes of Hazzard movie.

MOST LIKELY TO Offend a Democrat

Eliza Orlins, Survivor
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Eliza Orlins

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Eliza Orlins

AGE 21

HOMETOWN Syracuse, N.Y.

OCCUPATION Prelaw student

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN The marathon runner is used to exotic places (she spent most of her youth in Hong Kong), but how tough can a sorority girl really be?

MOST LIKELY TO Cry

Image credit: Leann Slaby: Monty Brinton/CBS

Leann Slaby

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Leann Slaby

AGE 35

HOMETOWN Kansasville, Wis.

OCCUPATION Research assistant

MARITAL STATUS Divorced

LOWDOWN Forget the boring day job. She’s really a singer-actress with a heart: She gave a kidney to her father in 1998.

MOST LIKELY TO Act like she cares

Twila Tanner, Survivor
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Twila Tanner

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Twila Tanner

AGE 41

HOMETOWN Marshall, Mo.

OCCUPATION Highway repair

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN The mother of a 23-year-old son, she isn’t afraid of hard labor: She runs heavy equipment and works as a custodian. She’s also a John Wayne fan who says she doesn’t take crap from anyone.

MOST LIKELY TO Build an excellent base camp out of sand, spit, and two palm tree fronds

Chad Crittenden, Survivor: Vanuatu
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Chad Crittenden

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Chad Crittenden

AGE 35

HOMETOWN Oakland

OCCUPATION Teacher

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN Don’t call it a disability. After losing a leg to cancer, the father of two ran a triathlon just nine months later.

MOST LIKELY TO Surprise everyone

Chris Daugherty, Survivor: Vanuatu
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Chris Daugherty

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Chris Daugherty

AGE 34

HOMETOWN South Vienna, Ohio

OCCUPATION Highway construction

MARITAL STATUS Engaged

LOWDOWN He looks a little soft around the middle to us, and his vital statistics are equally unpromising: He dreams of being a teacher, likes Frosted Flakes and going to NASCAR races, and loves the smell of his mother’s cooking.

MOST LIKELY TO Miss his mommy

Brady Finta, Survivor
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Brady Finta

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Brady Finta

AGE 33

HOMETOWN Huntington Beach, Calif.

OCCUPATION FBI agent

MARITAL STATUS Engaged

LOWDOWN He’s on the bureau’s Los Angeles SWAT team, is being trained in counterterrorism, and is a former Marine. If anyone has a target on his back for elimination, it’s this guy.

MOST LIKELY TO Make everyone else look like major sissies

Rory Freeman, Survivor
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Rory Freeman

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Rory Freeman

AGE 35

HOMETOWN Des Moines

OCCUPATION Housing case manager

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN The devoted Baptist has been a television reporter in Nigeria and a substance-abuse counselor in Des Moines’ prison system. If he can calm down crackheads, tribal politics should be a breeze.

MOST LIKELY TO Talk his way into the final three

Brook Geraghty
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Brook Geraghty

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Brook Geraghty

AGE 27

HOMETOWN Winthrop, Mass.

OCCUPATION Project manager

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN A hockey- and soccer-loving jock, Geraghty might excel because of his slavish devotion to watching the show. He also says he loves the scent of a woman, but we’ll see if he changes his mind after the Yasur tribe goes a few days without a bath.

MOST LIKELY TO Quote Boston Rob

John Kenney, Survivor
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John Kenney

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet John Kenney

AGE 22

HOMETOWN Los Angeles

OCCUPATION Mechanical-bull operator/model

MARITAL STATUS Single

LOWDOWN In addition to his current jobs, Kenney has worked as an X-ray technician and a construction worker. But mostly he considers himself an artist. That should come in handy. Just not on this show.

MOST LIKELY TO Be called a pretty boy

Survivor
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Lea ”Sarge” Masters

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Lea ”Sarge” Masters

AGE 40

HOMETOWN Columbia, S.C.

OCCUPATION Drill sergeant

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN You didn’t think a guy named Lea would be a weakling, did you? Masters has served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. He’s also the most likely person to figure out how to start a fire on the island: He’s been a chief of firing battery (also known as a chief of smoke). Not that he’s too gruff. He likes the smell of cookie dough and has a cat named Fluffy. Awww.

MOST LIKELY TO Make his tribe drop and give him 20

John Palyok, Survivor
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John Palyok

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet John Palyok

AGE 31

HOMETOWN Los Angeles

OCCUPATION Home Depot sales manager

MARITAL STATUS Committed

LOWDOWN The former frat boy and MBA grad has more useful skills than you might expect. When he isn’t running a mammoth Home Depot store, he’s a bow hunter who recently bagged one of the largest deer ever recorded in the state of California.

MOST LIKELY TO Smuggle a tool kit into camp

Travis ''Bubba'' Sampson, Survivor
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Travis ”Bubba” Sampson

”Survivor: Vanuatu”: Meet Travis ”Bubba” Sampson

AGE 33

HOMETOWN Blountville, Tenn.

OCCUPATION Loss prevention

MARITAL STATUS Married

LOWDOWN The former wrestler (pro name: Romeo Bliss) works at Wal-Mart in loss prevention (that’s a security guard to you and me) and loves his guns, his church, and his four kids. A background in taking down shoplifters and wrestlers could give him an edge in physical challenges.

MOST LIKELY TO Get his tribemates in a headlock

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