Survivor: New Millennials vs. Gen X cast and twists revealed
The full cast for season 33 — not a typo — of Survivor can now be officially revealed, along with some fresh intel on twists and what to expect when CBS’ Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X premieres with a special 90-minute edition on Sept. 21.
As for the cast, while six players were already revealed when the first teaser clip was shown at the end of the Kaoh Rong finale, we now have the full list of 20 contestants, which includes a homeless shelter manager, a missionary recruiter, and a high school student who became the youngest Survivor player ever. (See full cast list below).
According to host Jeff Probst, separating the tribes along generational lines will pay huge dramatic dividends. “I found the collision of cultures one of the best themes we’ve ever done,” the host told EW while on location in Fiji after filming ended. “And I do think when you watch it, you’ll relate to somebody and you’ll go, “I would do that,” or “I would hate that guy if he did that to me.”
Of course, the cast is not the only thing that’s different. There will be a new twist in play when it comes to hidden immunity idols that this time will be hidden in plain sight. “One of my favorite twists is what we do with the idols,” says Probst. “Somebody had an idea on how to hide idols in nature and it’s brilliant. And it’s really fun because you’re going to get a clue and it’s gonna say, yes, there’s an idol somewhere down here amongst these shells. Good luck. And you’re gonna look out on a beach full of shells and you will not be able to figure out which one has it. How could a shell possibly have an idol? You just gotta work. You gotta think.”
Probst says it is exactly the type of adventure that should get viewers of all ages excited. “It’s going to be so fun for the audience because it triggers that desire to play. You’re going to find yourself going ‘Oh my God! That looks so fun to do that!’ And that’s what we’re always striving to do — to not only appeal to the 40-year-old dad, but the 10-year-old son who’s going, ‘Dad, do you think it will still be on when I’m 18?’ Maybe.”
And once again, Mother Nature will come into play. While the milder temperatures of Fiji mean you will not have a season-long assault as in Cambodia for Kaoh Rong, expect a big event that Probst is billing as a first for the show. “Fortunately, we do not have the same kind of weather that we had in Cambodia,” says the host. “But I will tease you that early on, believe it or not, weather does play a part in the show, and you will see the part it plays, and it’s a first. And it was scary. But it works out alright.”
Check out the exclusive video above where Probst talks more about the hidden immunity idols and weather, and examine the full cast list below while also perusing our Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X photo gallery. And for more Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
SURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS vs. GEN X CAST
“Vanua” Tribe (Millennials)
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Homeless Shelter Manager
Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif. via Brookline, Mass.
Jessica “Figgy” Figueroa
Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn. via Indianapolis, Ind.
Justin “Jay” Starrett
Current Residence: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Current Residence: Los Angeles via San Francisco
Occupation: Professional Gamer
Current Residence: Fort Worth, Texas
Occupation: Vacation Club Sales
Current Residence: Yakima, Wash.
Occupation: Missionary Recruiter
Taylor Lee Stocker
Current Residence: Postfalls, Idaho via Spokane, Wash.
Occupation: Ski Instructor
Current Residence: Long Valley, N.J.
Occupation: High School Student
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Asset Manager
“Takali” Tribe (Gen X)
Current Residence: Dedham, Mass.
Occupation: Police Sergeant
Current Residence: Moore, Okla.
Occupation: Trial Lawyer
Ciandre “CeCe” Taylor
Current Residence: Granada Hills, Calif. via Buffalo, N.Y.
Occupation: Insurance Adjuster
Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, Calif. via Philadelphia, Penn.
Occupation: Television Writer
Current Residence: Voorheesville, N.Y.
Occupation: Assistant District Attorney
Current Residence: Denver via Hana, Maui
Current Residence: Diamond Bar, Calif.
Current Residence: Sugarloaf Key, Fla. via Long Island
Occupation: Boat Mechanic
Current Residence: Los Angeles. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Occupation: Recruiting Director
Current Residence: Otsego, Minn.
Occupation: Youth Pastor