During the Survivor: Game Changers finale, host Jeff Probst revealed the theme for the next edition of the reality franchise: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. And now the full list of names and photos of the 18 Heroes, Healers, and Hustlers that will be competing when the show premieres Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS has been released as well.
The new faces include everyone from an NFL player, an Olympian, and a Marine to a wilderness therapy guide, a probation officer, and a diversity advocate — see the full list below — and Probst is a fan of both the cast and how they reacted to the designations put on them. “I love this group,” says Probst. “And I love our theme because when you tell somebody they’re something — whether they think it’s true or not — they take it in.”
Probst also outlined what makes the three groups so different. “You have a group of people who are Heroes — a lifeguard, a marine, a super mom, a football player. They’re used to people coming up to them and saying, ‘I really admire what you do. I really admire who you are. I admire your ideas.’ So there’s a certain thing that they carry with them.
“Then you have the Healer tribe. These are people who are used to doing things for other people. ‘I’ll take care of you. I’ll fix your problem. I’ll help you heal.’ They have a different way of looking at the world. And then you have the Hustlers, who typically have nobody. ‘It’s me. If I don’t get it done, it doesn’t get done.’ Those are three very different types. And when you put them in this game of Survivor where they have to work together but vote each other out, it was really interesting to watch how those psychological differences play out.”
Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers was filmed in the spring in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. It marks the third of four straight seasons — including season 36, which will air in 2018 — that have been filmed in the location, a favorite of the cast due to the scenic vistas, gorgeous water, and plentiful fish and wildlife.
It’s also a great location for challenges, and Probst teases that there will be some new wrinkles in those competitions for season 35. “Once again our challenge team has created new fresh challenges that are consistently dramatic,” says Probst. “And I think you’re going to like a lot of the new additions.”
We’ll have plenty more coverage leading up the Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers premiere on Sept 27, so follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss to stay on top of all the latest developments. Also make sure to check out our video chat with Probst from Fiji above, as well our cast photo gallery. And see below for tribe photos and bio information on all the contestants.
Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers cast
Ben Driebergen, Chrissy Hofbeck, Alan Ball, Ashley Nolan, John “JP” Hilsabeck, Katrina Radke
Current Residence: Houston, Texas
Occupation: NFL Player
Current Residence: Satellite Beach, Fla.
Current Residence: Boise, Id.
Current Residence: Glen Gardner, N.J.
Occupation: Financial Analyst
John “JP” Hilsabeck
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Current Residence: Excelsior, Minn.
Joe Mena, Cole Medders, Mike Zahalsky, Jessica Johnston, Desiree Williams, Roark Luskin
Current Residence: Little Rock, Ark.
Occupation: Wilderness Therapy Guide
Desiree “Desi” Williams
Current Residence: Newport News, Va.
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Current Residence: Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Current Residence: Tolland, Conn.
Occupation: Probation Officer
Current Residence: Parkland, Fla.
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Social Worker
Devon Pinto, Lauren Rimmer, Patrick Bolton, Ryan Ulrich, Ali Elliott, Simone Nguyen
Alexandrea “Ali” Elliott
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Celebrity Assistant
Current Residence: Solana Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Surf Instructor
Current Residence: Beaufort, N.C.
Current Residence: Auburn, Ala.
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Current Residence: North Arlington, N.J.
Current Residence: New York City
Occupation: Diversity Advocate