Lisa Whelchel will not be appearing on this upcoming season of Survivor, but when it comes to what the location of Cambodia will be like for the contestants, it appears to be a case of you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have … Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance.
We spoke to host Jeff Probst out on location on day 1 of filming and he told us what Koh Rong has in store for the 20 Second Chancers. “From a production standpoint, beautiful water, and white, just incredible postcard sand, and tough conditions,” says Probst. “This is the rainy season, so it can be very hot and then it can absolutely dump. So they’re going to have to work together to build a shelter while voting each other out. It’s the same premise. It gets me excited every time because no matter how many different ways the game might change — the premise never does. How to work with people and vote them out?”
Probst also told us the thinking behind starting the season with the players taking a tour of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap before making it to the island of Koh Rong where they will begin play. “Cambodia offers a little something for the players, and that’s why we took them on a tour. It put their headspace where we think it should be, which is: This is your one shot to rewrite your history, so get it in there and play that way from the beginning. It’s like to Savage and Deitz and Kelly Wiglesworth and Jeff Varner — pick it up! The game’s fast! You gotta move! That’s what were hoping to get in their head is: This is it and I gotta grab it.”
We’ll find out who grabs it when Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance premieres on Sept. 23. To see Probst chatting about the new season, click on the video at the top of the post. And for more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
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