Survivor: Edge of Extinction
Meet the 18 players competing for the million dollars when Survivor: Edge of Extinction kicks off Feb. 20 on CBS. Here, we present full tribe and individual photos as well as bio information on each contestant.
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Residence: Bell, California
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Personal Claim to Fame: Starting my own business from the ground up.
Hobbies: Swimming, rock climbing, anything active, karaoke and getting into shenanigans!
Pet Peeves: I cannot stand when people don’t carry their weight. I also hate quitters! Find a way to get something done! Don’t just give up when the going gets tough.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? I would definitely need to take a small jar of Vaseline, my lips get dry! Hair ties: I cannot stand when my hair is in my face! I need it up to win challenges. Last but not least, I really want to take Scruffy. Okay context time: I have a stuffed animal that I have had for 20 years and I have never slept without him even to this day. My sister and BF insist I don’t take him because what if I get him sandy or ruin him. I’m conflicted.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I am a hybrid of many players! I think I would play the game like Sandra, I would be the second ‘Diaz’ to win! But my attitude towards people would be more like Tai. He is just so full of life and I love his outlooks on things.
Dan "The Wardog" DaSilva
Hometown: Ossining, New York
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Law Student/Former Military
Personal Claim to Fame: Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan, close second was being the youngest in my Basic Training company and making it through in a time when 20 percent or so were sent home. It was 1997 pre-war standards.
Hobbies: Gym, basketball, and Netflix binging.
Pet Peeves: Weakness for sure, but most of all negative energy, that person who just complains constantly and the world never breaks their way.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Nail clippers – I don’t know why dirty long nails just strike a chord. Football – it would be nice to have something to toss around. Chess Board or deck of cards – sometimes it would be nice to remove your brain from the game but I don’t know if that’s even possible.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: The Wardog is his own blend – I’m not Tony, I’m not the Specialist, I’m not Boston Rob. Whose game did I respect the most? That’s a better question. I thought Yul played great, I thought Mike was a great winner, I loved Parvati’s game, Earl dominated, 3rd version of Tyson, 1st version of County Bumpkin (J.T).
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Current Residence: Orlando, Florida
Occupation: Divorce Lawyer
Personal Claim to Fame: Having my mom tell me she was proud of who I became before she died. We were polar opposites and did not get along, but in the end she was proud of me.
Inspiration in Life: My brother Shane. We went into the foster care system after being taken away from our biological mother. Shane wouldn’t leave my side and always protected me and made me feel normal. He made sure I wouldn’t grow up with negative memories or scars and allowed me to become the person I am today.
Hobbies: Rock climbing, adventure racing and brunch!
Pet Peeves: Know-it-alls, ignorance, playing the victim card, any noise coming from the mouth, the easily offended, slow walkers, and people who are homophobic.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Gum – I have an addiction and I don’t just chew, I chomp! Sunglasses – I cannot hide my facial reactions and roll my eyes constantly. Earplugs – I’m an extroverted introvert so the fact that I am surrounded by people and can’t get away is going to drive me crazy.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tyson for being a manipulative, mischievous prankster, Ciera for her attitude and foot in the mouth moments, and Michaela for her die hard competiveness.
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Current Residence: Greenville, South Carolina
Occupation: District Sales Manager
Personal Claim to Fame: My professional career. I went from being a barista to managing the #1 sales team in my solar company within a year.
Hobbies: Surfing, sailing, camping, anything outdoors!
Pet Peeves: Laziness, political Facebook posts, people who are all talk and no walk.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A surfboard, because Fiji has amazing waves! A skillet, because literally everything tastes better on a skillet. Scuba gear, equipped with a spear gun because I love diving and spearfishing.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Malcolm because of his charm, Rob because he is a leader but also manipulative, Spencer because of how well he understands strategy, and Ozzy because of his skills in the water.
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Current Residence: Waco, Texas
Occupation: Student at Baylor University
Personal Claim to Fame: I believe my claim to fame is my resilience and grit. Throughout my physically demanding career as a collegiate athlete on the Baylor Women’s soccer team, I’ve endured four orthopedic surgeries, rehabilitated physically and emotionally in order to remain an integral part of an Elite 8 team, and will obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Humanities (in 4 years!) from a phenomenal university while prioritizing service and volunteerism in the community of Waco.
Hobbies: Binge-watching multiple Netflix series at once, sleeping through my alarm and eating a party-sized peanut M&Ms bag in one sitting.
Pet Peeves: People who are intolerant of someone else’s personal opinions and beliefs, unnecessary rudeness, and those misguided people who choose Twizzlers over Redvines.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My Bible to remind me that I can only find my worth in HIM. Sunscreen. But only SPF 25, because a little tan looks good on everyone. M&Ms.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow is my spirit animal. Her infectious smile, smart wit, and expertise in using her sexuality has won her a place in my heart and I feel like my gameplay could be similar to hers. I also strongly relate to Kelley Wentworth’s gameplay. She is unapologetically herself, dominates the physical demands of Survivor, and is a threat in any type of challenge. Ideally, I would play the game as a perfect mix of these two powerful females.
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Current Residence: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Pre-Med Student
Personal Claim to Fame: Getting the Jackie Robinson scholarship, because I had never before achieved something on a national level. It still amazes me! They had over 3,500 applicants, gave interviews to 140 and awarded only 63. To be a part of that 63 still leaves me in awe and I know it’s only by God’s grace.
Hobbies: Writing and performing my poetry, tennis, playing video/board games, and going to the movies.
Pet Peeves: When self-absorbed people talk about all the money they have and things they’ve done, and only actively engage in conversations when the topic is about them or their “equals.”
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My Bible, because it would be a constant reminder for me that God is always watching over me! My poetry book because my poetry gives me life! My Black Panther jacket because I’m a Marvel fanatic and it can always bring a smile to my face.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Jeremy Collins because that was a family man. He put his family above all else and played solely for them. My family is the only tangible thing I’ve always had since day one! They’re my reason for everything. I also think I’d love to rely more on social gameplay as he did and connect with people for longevity.
Current Residence: New York
Personal Claim to Fame: Raising my two kids who impress me every day with their intelligence, strength, humor and resilience. I hope I can make them as proud of me as I am of them.
Hobbies: Psychological thrillers, hot yoga classes, escape rooms, and spending way too much time online researching gluten-free recipes that I never end up making.
Pet Peeves: Hoarders, people who invade my personal space, and anything that’s floral scented.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My iPhone for its playlist of my favorite songs to keep me motivated when things get tough. A picture of my husband, kids and two Bernese mountain dogs to remember that they are back home rooting for me. Milk chocolate. That’s self-explanatory.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: A combo of Stephenie for her tenacity, Cirie for her humor and fun-spirit, and Dawn for her propensity to have some emotional moments.
Hometown: Erwin, Tennessee
Current Residence: Erwin, Tennessee
Occupation: YMCA Program Director
Personal Claim to Fame: Five years ago, I asked a girl to go out with me and she said no. One year later I asked again and she said yes. Now we are engaged and I couldn’t be happier. She is also lucky because I am a catch! It’s really an accomplishment for both of us.
Hobbies: Going to Disney World, binge watching The Office – I can quote every episode, eating Texas Roadhouse fried pickles. I might need to rethink my life based on my hobbies…
Pet Peeves: Holding the door for someone and they don’t say thank you, people who vape, people asking me if I am still in high school, slow texters, other people touching the radio in my car, and parents yelling at their kids in youth sporting events.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Xbox – I can pass the time watching Netflix or playing Fortnite. A mirror – gotta make sure I am looking sharp for everyone at home. Mint chocolate chip ice cream – do I really need to explain?
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Keith Nale. Everyone loves Keith! I would just play more socially aware. He’s the only guy that could compete with Joe Anglim. I want to be the guy everyone is pulling for back home.
Hometown: Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Current Residence: Bethesda, Maryland
Occupation: Medical Assistant
Personal Claim to Fame: I definitely feel proud to be the first in the family to graduate college and pave the way for my younger sister and family members.
Hobbies: Traveling, shopping, and eating.
Pet Peeves: Being ignored, loud chewing, and when people document EVERYTHING on social media.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Pen and paper to document my thoughts, stories and strategy. A radio or something to play music because music keep my going. Picture of my family. Everything I do is for them. This would help me get through rough times in the game.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Jeremy! He was a physical beast, but he was strategic in his use of idols, loyal to his alliance and overall honest and personable in his gameplay. He was a well-rounded player.
Current Residence: Livermore, California
Personal Claim to Fame: I am extremely proud of my profession. It was a lot of hard work and took some serious grit to get where I am. I’m proud of that, and what I am now a part of. Good people! I’m also very proud of being a good dad! I had one of the best father’s on the planet, so I have big shoes to fill. So far…it’s going pretty good.
Hobbies: Backpacking, basketball, wood working, and pretty much anything outside.
Pet Peeves: My biggest pet peeve is people taking themselves too seriously…come on, relax people. I try to remember that 99.9 percent of the time I am NOT the smartest, coolest, most interesting, deserving, or important person in the room.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A picture of my family to remind me why I am playing and why I need to play so hard. A book – something to feed my mind and something to keep me grounded. Most likely my Bible. A surfboard.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I have to say Tony Vlachos. I don’t think we are very similar people but I think we agree fundamentally on how you play the game. Tony was a grinder from start to finish. He understands that EVERY piece of the game, EVERY moment, EVERY situation has value and can be used to influence your outcome. I think most players only identify the most obvious parts of Survivor as pieces on the board, when in reality, every last detail is a movable piece. It’s going to be my goal to be “ON” all the time in the game. In other words, to never stop playing. I plan to work angles everywhere and with everyone…all the time. I think this is how you win, by paying attention to the details and then playing off of them. Tony did that I think, and so will I.
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Current Residence: Ashburn, Virginia
Personal Claim to Fame: Don’t mean to sound cheesy, but my kids! They are good, caring people and I am super proud of that!
Hobbies: Chess, kickball, and neighborhood security.
Pet Peeves: Intolerance, humming, bad manners, nose picking, slackers and snobs.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Hat – to stay warm and hair will be a mess. Hoodie – comfortable, warm and good for sleeping. Pants.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Stephenie LaGrossa, because she does not give up, and Rudy Boesch, because he just does NOT care.
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Current Residence: Macon, Georgia
Occupation: Morning News Anchor
Personal Claim to Fame: My kids, BUT one time there was a cat stuck high (very high) up in a tree for days and may have died but I did a news story and contacted folks and got him rescued. So I have that going for me.
Hobbies: Basketball, hiking/playing with the kids and dogs, and video games.
Pet Peeves: Not taking ownership of actions, over explainers, waiting in line, and people not using coasters.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? The Stand by Stephen King. A great book and long so it’ll entertain me for a while. A Lego figure. My son always asks me to keep his Lego men safe. A picture of my family, dogs and cats included.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Cochran. He’s a strategist. He was also a genuinely nice guy but he was there to PLAY!
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Current Residence: Bronx, New York
Personal Claim to Fame: I was valedictorian of my college with a perfect 4.0 and I bring it up in conversation as much as possible.
Hobbies: Hiking, painting/visual art, cooking.
Pet Peeves: Slow walkers, leaving cabinets open, my guinea pig who I named Peeve, and when customers don’t read the menu and then ask dumb questions like, “are there meatballs in the meatball sauce?”
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A notebook and pencil (this is one item) to keep track of all my thoughts and to sketch. Baby Pillow: this tiny pillow I’ve had since I was born that I sleep with every night. A guitar: No clue how to play one, but I figure I’ll have lots of time to learn.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Malcolm Freberg. If you read his Wiki fandom page, he’s described as “likeable, strategic, and excels at challenges” and I’d like to think I am the same way.
Hometown: Chocowinity, North Carolina
Current Residence: Atlanta
Occupation: Teacher, Ron Clark Academy
Personal Claim to Fame: I co-founded the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, where we teach using passion, innovative strategies and creative methods to inspire all of our students to reach success. Each week, we also train educators from around the world so that they can incorporate our strategies in their schools. To date, over 50,000 educators have visited RCA to receive training, and we are starting a revolution! I hope that doesn’t overshadow the fact that back in 2002 I won the showcase showdown on The Price is Right.
Hobbies: Life doesn’t get any better than giving my Chow Chow pups belly rubs! I also get a kick out of watching the roulette ball spin and land in the single zero, but I think my main hobby is surprising people by making really unique moments for them. When I was a kid, my family didn’t have money, but my parents put a lot of effort into making simple moments magical. I now try to follow in their footsteps and try my best to do that for my students, friends and family. I also like telling stories and participating in anything competitive such as poker, pool, trivia, basketball, tennis and “Bamboo Stick Speller,” a game my friends and I created.
Pet Peeves: I’m a sore loser. Like really sore. I’ll stew over a Monopoly loss for weeks, wondering, “just where did I go wrong.” Also, I hate when people slurp food (like soup) or smack chew gum. People, we can hear you!
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A recording device that I could leave under the shelter so that I would always be in the know. A returning player that others would focus on voting out so that the target wouldn’t be on me. My wedding ring, so I’d be inspired by the love waiting for me at home.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m a compassionate person, but everyone who knows me well says that during competitions I turn into a villain. I also overanalyze everything. For those reasons, I don’t think there’s a past contestant that is a perfect fit for me, but I think my game play will be most like Spencer Bledsoe.
Hometown: Ephrata, Washington
Current Residence: Seattle
Previous Seasons: San Juan del Sur, Cambodia — Second Chance
Occupation: Marketing Manager
Personal Claim to Fame: “Wentworth, does not count.” X9
Hobbies: Photography, walking my dogs and witchcraft on the weekends.
Pet Peeves: Unseasoned rice, games involving balls, and people who think they’re basically badasses.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Amazon Prime Fresh delivery, because…food. Clothing options that cover all of my body because…weather. Toiletries, ’cause hygiene is important
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Kelley Wentworth from Survivor: Cambodia and I think she was also on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I have one thing left to do in this game: win.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I survived for 38 days last time. I think I can handle one more day.
Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, California
Previous Season: Millennials vs Gen-X
Occupation: Television Writer
Personal Claim to Fame: Lasting 38 days of a 39-day Survivor game.
Hobbies: Chess, 3D printing/making puzzles, and figuring out how to live forever.
Pet Peeves: Sudden loud noises, people who don’t use the turn signal, people who don’t clean the lint trap after using the dryer, people who don’t keep their dog on a leash and then act surprised when it jumps on me, people who believe in ghosts and psychics, and people who incorrectly use the word nonplussed. People.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Paint brush, paint, and a canvas: to make fake advantages, clues, and fake idols
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate most to David Wright. That bald nerd just needs a hug.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The first time I played I got a lot of unexpected growth as a person. This is my second chance and this time I’m going to earn the title of Sole Survivor!
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I am going to win Survivor by applying all of the skills and knowledge gained from my first time playing the game in which I lasted 38 days. I’m going to play even harder to outwit, outplay and outlast!
Hometown: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Previous Seasons: Kaoh Rong, Game Changers
Occupation: Marketing Director
Personal Claim to Fame: Neutralizing Kaôh Rōng’s Super Idol.
Hobbies: Gardening (I live in an indoor jungle), crayon art (melting them on canvas), and astrology (Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon and Gemini Rising over here).
Pet Peeves: Revisionist history
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Astrology Book: best conversation starter ever and personality investigation ever. Headphones: ’cause it gets really annoying listening to the castaways whine about being hungry. Not a thing, but the presence of a very dear person – Tai Trang. Finder of all things edible, Survivor soulmate and idol king.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Aubry Bracco
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Primary: I love Survivor, and I don’t want Game Changers to be the end of my story. 34 was rough from the moment Queen Sandra said, “thank you, next” to my olive branch offer. Above all, I’m addicted to challenging myself, evolving and saying “yes” to the experience. Everything in life, good or bad, can be a gift. It’s just a matter of perception.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Because I never quit.
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Current Residence: Ogden, Utah
Previous Seasons: Worlds Apart, Cambodia — Second Chance
Occupation: Multimedia Artist
Personal Claim to Fame: It was a lifelong dream to play Survivor and to get my dad out for the family visit in Survivor: Second Chance. I was also honored to be a part of and win The Price is Right’s Survivor special with my super fan friend Latrina.
Hobbies: Filmmaking/videography, art and equine therapy, design, creative art, nature therapies, yoga, and hiking.
Pet Peeves: I find it incredibly displeasing when I see someone lose their patience and become aggressive, disrespectful and rude.
3 Words to Describe You: Adaptable, adventurous and able.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Picture of my family and girlfriend. Brushes, paint and a canvas: make some art. GoPro.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Kim Spradin. Kind and poised, but a gamer and player.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win and have Jeff say the magic words of “Sole Survivor.” Also, to prove that anything is possible and to never quit or give up on a dream.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Hopefully, I’ve gained enough experience from my last two failed attempts and I can take all that I learned and apply it. I know I can get to the end if I’m adaptable enough. I just have to constantly adjust and rely on both my past knowledge of how to interact and motivate others to produce good, positive results. Just going to play “smarter not harder.”
The Kama Tribe
From left: Julie, Gavin, Aurora, Ron, Victoria, Eric, Aubry, Joe, and Julia.
The Manu Tribe
From left: Wendy, Wardog, Kelley, Chris, David, Keith, Reem, Rick, and Lauren.