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Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers
Meet the 18 players competing for the million dollars when Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers kicks off Sept. 27 on CBS. Here, we present full tribe and individual photos as well as bio information on each contestant.
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Levu Tribe (a.k.a. Heroes)
Ben Driebergen, Chrissy Hofbeck, Alan Ball, Ashley Nolan, John "JP" Hilsabeck, Katrina Radke
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Current Residence: Houston, Texas
Occupation: NFL Player
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a 7th round draft pick and grinding for 9 years in the NFL.
Hobbies: Golf, scuba diving, and riding my motorcycle.
Pet Peeves: I can’t stand liars or people who feel entitled. I also can’t do clutter and people who don’t clean up after themselves.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? Hot sauce because it makes everything better; a picture of my wife because sometimes just looking at her changes my mood and baby wipes!
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I honestly don’t think you will see game-play like mine, one of the only things I have in common with people on past seasons is there was a winner.
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Current Residence: Glen Gardner, N.J.
Occupation: Financial Analyst
Personal Claim to Fame: At Penn graduation, I carried the Penn flag and led the entire graduating class to the ceremony. I walked alongside Hillary Clinton.
Hobbies: Crossword puzzles, walking, and playing Candy Crush.
Pet Peeves: When people don’t know how to hold a fork correctly and eat like a caveman.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? A photo of my kids since they’d get me through the sheer difficult-ness, a blanket because I hate to be cold, and a bottle of vodka because it’s good for making friends, can trade and have fun!
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I’d take off my clothes for chocolate and peanut butter! Go Jenna!
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John "JP" Hilsabeck
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Personal Claim to Fame: Being hired as a firefighter and having a good group of friends that I can count on.
Hobbies: Surfing, hiking, and outdoor activities.
Pet Peeves: People that don’t follow through.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? My dog Thor because he’s my best friend, a GoPro for the adventure photos, and a picture of my family and friends to keep me inspired because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Jay because he was outgoing, fun, and was just down to earth.
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Current Residence: Excelsior, Minn.
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a mother.
Hobbies: Outdoor adventures, martial arts, dancing, meditation, and personal growth work.
Pet Peeves: Whiners.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? A journal so I could write, music to dance, sing, and have fun, and a picture and a letter from my family to feel amazingly loved, as I also send them love daily.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I am a more outgoing, adventurous Denise Stapley. Also, I can relate to the ones who are tough, athletic, and say it like it is, but also have a softness to them.
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Current Residence: Boise, Id.
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good dad and husband.
Hobbies: Circle track car racing, building and shooting guns, and camping with my family.
Pet Peeves: Whining.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? My cowboy hat, my boots, and my running shoes.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m a mix of Russell Hantz, Boston Rob, and Joe Anglim. I’m a little conniving and manipulative like Russell, have the determination and confidence of Boston Rob, and the athletic ability of Joe.
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Current Residence: Satellite Beach, Fla.
Personal Claim to Fame: Just about as well-rounded as any woman could be. I'll be just one of the guys — out saving lives, working out, and cracking jokes all day, and then all of the sudden, I can put myself together into a well-spoken lady who can charm your socks off and still kick butt.
Hobbies: Surfing, working out, training, and eating.
Pet Peeves: Ignorance, laziness, and complainers.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? A surfboard to keep me sane, headphones to tune out other people’s complaining, and a journal to secretly document everything and tactically plan how to use it against others.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Richard Hatch seemed to have the right idea, and because he won. I am a winner.
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Soko Tribe (a.k.a. Healers)
Joe Mena, Cole Medders, Mike Zahalsky, Jessica Johnston, Desiree Williams, Roark Luskin
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Current Residence: Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Personal Claim to Fame: Obtaining my doctorate in Nursing before the age of 28 and creating a health and wellness brand "Belovist."
Hobbies: Personal training and all things outdoors and fun.
Pet Peeves: Any and all can openers — they just don't work.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? First it would be baby powder because it makes my hair do incredible things and brightens up the face. It’s like taking a powder bath! Next would be a Swiss Army knife so I can cut things like wood, food, and clothes. Finally, a fishing pole because this girl likes to eat!
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Probably Andrea Boehlke. One of my biggest personality strengths is being likable and able to entertain a crowd! I can relate to thinking that the world is at my fingertips, but really I don’t like to compare myself to others. I just try to be my best self!
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Current Residence: Little Rock, Ark.
Occupation: Wilderness Therapy Guide
Personal Claim to Fame: I have climbed the two tallest peaks in the western hemisphere: Denali and Acacongua.
Hobbies: Rock climbing, mountaineering, and backpacking.
Pet Peeves: I can’t stand lazy people who shirk responsibility.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? Weights to work out every day, a giant box of LEGOs for endless possibilities of fun, and a beach volleyball set because I could destroy everyone at it.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Spencer from season 28. He came across as a nerd or just a little awkward but he ended up being really dominant in challenges and in the mental/social game, and that’s how I see myself.
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Desiree "Desi" Williams
Current Residence: Newport News, Va.
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Personal Claim to Fame: I became an assistant professor at the age of 26 and a program director at the age of 27. They don’t just hand out those titles to anyone.
Hobbies: Traveling the world, participating in pageants, and going to the gym.
Pet Peeves: I can’t stand people who are all talk. I work my butt off every day so I have little patience for laziness. I expect to see results and have no problem calling someone out if they don’t deliver.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? First would be Chapstick because there’s nothing sexy or seductive about cracked lips (arguably, this could be survival related since it would hinder my ability to seduce the opposite sex). Second would be an unlimited supply of food because I’ve seen the show and those people get hangry quick! Finally, a masseuse because I love being pampered.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Tasha from season 28. Though Tasha was cast for the “brains” tribe, she had the social skills of the beauty tribe and certainly the strength of the brawn tribe. She played a good game and was undoubtedly a fierce, physical competitor. I was able to relate to Tasha because I also think I’ll be a physical, social, and cognitive threat.
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Current Residence: Tolland, Conn.
Occupation: Probation Officer
Personal Claim to Fame: Obtaining my degree. This is something I’m proud of because it has given me the opportunity to secure my career and that has given me the lifestyle where I have the ability to provide my children with their wants, needs, and a lovely home that they can call their own. Without my degree, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this.
Hobbies: Working out, playing video games (fantasy football), and playing sports (flag football).
Pet Peeves: My biggest pet peeve is that fake energetic, fake smile person that we all know. Also, someone who does not take responsibility for their actions, and is constantly giving excuses. Let’s not forget that individual that must have one up on you.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? Me, myself, and a picture of my children. I don’t think I would need anything but a picture of my children. A picture would provide me with a tangible image of them instead of just a mental image.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Tony Vlachos’ understanding of how to manipulate others, Mike Holloway’s “ball to the walls” attitude, and Jeremy Collins’ ability to stay true to himself.
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Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Social Worker
Personal Claim to Fame: I’ve had a photo taken of me every single day of my life.
Hobbies: Falling into Bachelor social media black holes, listening to the Uhh Yeah Dude podcast, reading Yelp reviews of generic businesses, like my local Starbucks.
Pet Peeves: Name something. It probably peeves me.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? Toilet paper, because duh, Kalteen bars, because butter isn’t a carb, and moisturizer because my skin has a tendency to get dry.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: If Sophie Clarke and Courtney Yates found a way to have a child, I would be the result.
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Current Residence: Parkland, Fla.
Hobbies: Archery, watching Game of Thrones, and fishing.
Pet Peeves: "Double dipping" because I am a germophobe.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? A photo of my kids because I love them, a deck of cards to play with, and an extra pair of underwear.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob — because he was smart and socially strategic.
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Yawa Tribe (a.k.a. Hustlers)
Devon Pinto, Lauren Rimmer, Patrick Bolton, Ryan Ulrich, Ali Elliott, Simone Nguyen
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Current Residence: North Arlington, N.J.
Personal Claim to Fame: I’ve worked a lot of jobs, but I am most proud of my internships with both houses of Congress and the British Consulate. I also aspire to attend law school.
Hobbies: Watching sports, karaoke, and playing harmonica.
Pet Peeves: Smoking, political correctness, and people who lack passion.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? First I would bring a sports visor which will block out the sun as well as allow the top of my head to get an Island breeze; a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake because they are seasonal so any opportunity I have to get one, I have to take; and a podium so I could give press conferences to pretend people care about what I have to say.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Todd Herzog, on Survivor China: He had tremendous social skills and charisma, he was incredibly well-spoken, and he was relatable enough to build bonds that lasted until the end. Similar to Todd, I think some of my abilities are underestimated by others.
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Current Residence: New York City
Occupation: Diversity Advocate
Personal Claim to Fame: I don't really have one, but I'm proud of the fact that I earned full rides to Columbia, Harvard, and Tufts.
Hobbies: Volunteering, yoga, and complaining.
Pet Peeves: I dislike people who lack self-awareness.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? I would bring a journal, my red Vietnamese blanket, and Chapstick.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Tai from Kaoh Rong, because I'm like bamboo in the wind, and Michaela from Millennials vs. Gen-X, because I enjoy judging everyone.
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Current Residence: Solana Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Surf Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of the man I have become today from being on my own since graduating high school, accomplishing the things I have, and living wild experiences.
Hobbies: Surfing, yoga, and playing music.
Pet Peeves: Selfishness, complaining, and narrow mindedness.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? My guitar so I can serenade everyone, my surfboard so I can pass the time riding perfect untouched waves, and champagne to celebrate all the Immunity challenges I’m going to win for my tribe.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy and Malcolm. I’m just another lovable guy!
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Alexandrea “Ali” Elliott
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Celebrity Assistant
Personal Claim to Fame: I would say my diploma.
Hobbies: Working out, shopping, and sharing cool photos on social media.
Pet Peeves: I have tons of pet peeves. I hate busy parking lots and I also despise traffic. Living in L.A. has raised my blood pressure to all of this.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? A mirror, of course, to see if I was looking good and I could possibly use the reflection to help make fire; my bible since it would help keep me sane; and tampons – they never bring up periods on Survivor but I do believe that would be an issue I wouldn’t want to deal with.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I would say Andrea, because I know I will be a competition beast.
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Current Residence: Auburn, Ala.
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Personal Claim to Fame: Sustaining our business, Bolt Movers, and my sanity even through its tough times. Starting and running a new business puts you through stressful situations, but my family and friends have always kept me going strong.
Hobbies: Traveling to new places, snow and water skiing, and fishing.
Pet Peeves: Don’t leave dishes in the sink. Pay me my money when it is due.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? Teriyaki sauce. Everything tastes better with teriyaki sauce. Next would be Takis (hot chili and lime flavor) because they are amazing. And finally. a pen and pad to document each play that made me Sole Survivor.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Joe from season 30. He was a nice guy and knew how to use his social skills to make friends in the game. When he was backed against a wall, he fought as hard as he could to win every individual immunity and save himself. He wasn’t a quitter and neither am I!
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Current Residence: Beaufort, N.C.
Personal Claim to Fame: My daughter. She is determined, smart, and my driving force.
Hobbies: Softball, traveling, and gardening. And anything to do with a boat.
Pet Peeves: Laziness, low work ethic, and people who are not organized.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? First would be a picture of my daughter to have determination every day. Next would be a toothbrush because I want clean teeth. And finally, sunglasses, for comfort since I wear them every day. I am in the sun all day and my eyes cannot take the constant exposure.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: None of them. I always try to do things differently than other people.