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'Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance': Here's how the season begins and tribes are divided

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We’ve known the cast of Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance since the results of the fan-vote were revealed on live TV back in May. And we already exclusively revealed the big twist regarding immunity idols. Now we have our first official on-location photos of the cast. And check out this fancy group shot right here.

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We can also reveal what tribes everyone will be initially separated into when the season premieres on Sept. 23. In addition, we have scoop on how the season will start, with a scenic tour through Cambodia leading to a scramble for supplies and a race for rice right off the bat.

Before the contestants hit the island, they actually took a tour through Cambodia’s most famous location, footage of which will kick off the season. “First we took the Survivors on a little tour through Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia,” says host Jeff Probst, “to draw a parallel of the history of this place that they’re going to be playing in to their own history and the idea of a second chance and the idea of seizing the moment. If you don’t seize the moment you’ll be the old temple with the trees growing around it. You know, you gotta live!”

From there, the players arrive off the coast of Koh Rong to start the game in a scene reminiscent of how the very first season of Survivor began. “We did something we did 15 years ago,” explains Probst, “which is say, ‘Here’s a big supply boat, board the boat and take as many supplies as you can get.’”

Of course, the game has evolved so much in those 15 years, so naturally it does not end there. “We added a twist,” continues Probst. “And the twist was, there’s another boat 100 yards out with a big bag of rice, so here’s your dilemma: How much time do you want to spend gathering supplies before you split and race for the rice.”

It is chaotic scene with players piling supplies on rafts and then taking off for the rice. “It played wonderfully,” says Probst. “I mean, out of the gate, you have a raft with 9 people paddling, and you have Kelly Wigglesworth swimming ahead of it for a long ways. She swam ahead of it, and then finally Woo jumped in to take over, and then Joe jumped in for the other tribe and it was a swim to the rice. Very exciting way to start.” (We won’t spoil who won the race.)

The breakdown of the two tribes is as follows:

Bayon tribe

Joe Anglim

Survivor: Worlds Apart

Jeremy Collins

Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Ciera Eastin 

Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Stephen Fishbach

Survivor: Tocantins

Tasha Fox

Survivor: Cagayan

Kimmi Kappenberg

Survivor: The Australian Outback 

Kass McQuillen  

Survivor: Cagayan

Keith Nale

Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Monica Padilla

Survivor: Samoa

Andrew Savage

Survivor: Pearl Islands

Takeo tribe

Vytas Baskauskas

Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Spencer Bledsoe

Survivor: Cagayan

Terry Deitz

Survivor: Panama

Abi-Maria Gomes 

Survivor: Philippines

Woo Hwang

Survivor: Cagayan

Peih-Gee Law

Survivor: China

Shirin Oskooi 

Survivor: Worlds Apart

Jeff Varner

Survivor: The Australian Outback

Kelley Wentworth

Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Kelly Wiglesworth

Survivor: Borneo

Watch the video at the top of the post to see footage from Cambodia and hear Probst explain how the season will begin. Also make sure to check out our photo gallery of the entire cast, and check back every day until premiere for an exclusive brand new video. And for more ‘Survivor’ scoop sent right to you, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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