The info and intel you need for when the show's 20th season begins on Feb. 11

By Dalton Ross
Updated February 05, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
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Here’s the vital info and intel you need for when Survivor‘s 20th season kicks off Feb. 11.

1. Who’s on it?
The cast is heavy on recent players, with nine people competing for the third time.

Heroes
Rupert Boneham
(Pearl Islands, All-Stars)

James Clement
(China, Micronesia)

Colby Donaldson
(Australian Outback, All-Stars)

Cirie Fields
(Panama, Micronesia)

Amanda Kimmel
(China, Micronesia)

Jessica ”Sugar” Kiper
(Gabon)

Stephenie LaGrossa
(Palau, Guatemala)

James ”J.T.” Thomas
(Tocantins)

Tom Westman
(Palau)

Candice Woodcock
(Cook Islands)

Villains
Tyson Apostol
(Tocantins)

Randy Bailey
(Gabon)

Sandra Diaz-Twine
(Pearl Islands)

Danielle DiLorenzo
(Panama)

Russell Hantz
(Samoa)

Jerri Manthey
(Australian Outback, All-Stars)

”Boston” Rob Mariano
(Marquesas, All-Stars)

Parvati Shallow
(Cook Islands, Micronesia)

”Coach” Benjamin Wade
(Tocantins)

Courtney Yates
(China)

2. The Russell Factor
Because Heroes vs. Villains filmed before the Samoa season started airing, the other contestants never saw Russell making and breaking alliances willy-nilly, or finding hidden immunity idols with no clues, or burning tribemates’ socks — so they could be in for a rude awakening. But if his depressed scowl at the Samoa reunion is any indicator, Russell won’t turn up a winner here, either.

3. The injury bug will bite…hard
The contestants are immediately greeted with a brutal first reward challenge that claims two victims: Stephenie dislocates her shoulder, and Rupert breaks his toe. (Another player livens up the contest by giving the finger — while topless. Good stuff all around!) How will these injuries affect two players who pride themselves on their toughness? Stay tuned…

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