CBS Announces the 18 Castaways Competing on the Next Edition of ‘Survivor,’ Premiering Wednesday, Sept. 27

Aug 30, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Press release from CBS, Aug. 30, 2017:

CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This season returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji and will celebrate the 35th edition of the series.

This edition, themed “Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers,” will feature 18 castaways, divided into three groups of six based on how they are perceived by others. Heroes are used to being heralded for their achievements, healers receive gratitude for their work and hustlers must earn respect from others. These castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. This season’s castaways include an Olympian, an NFL player, a bellhop, a diversity advocate and a urologist.

The following are the 18 castaways competing this fall.


Alan Ball, 31

Hometown: Houston, Texas via Detroit, Mich.

NFL Player

Ben Driebergen, 34

Hometown: Boise, Id.


John “JP” Hilsabeck, 28

Hometown: Los Angeles


Chrissy Hofbeck, 46

Hometown: Glen Gardner, N.J.

Financial Analyst

Ashley Nolan, 26

Hometown: Satellite Beach, Fla.


Katrina Radke, 46

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.



Jessica Johnston, 29

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Nurse Practitioner

Roark Luskin, 27

Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

Social Worker

Cole Medders, 24

Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.

Wilderness Therapy Guide

Joe Mena, 34

Hometown: Tolland, Conn. via Bronx, N.Y.

Probation Officer

Desiree “Desi” Williams, 27

Hometown: Peachtree City, Ga.

Physical Therapist

Mike Zahalsky, 43

Hometown: Parkland, Fla.



Patrick Bolton, 24

Hometown: Lanett, Ala.

Small Business Owner

Alexandrea “Ali” Elliott, 24

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Celebrity Assistant

Simone Nguyen, 25

Hometown: Worcester, Mass.

Diversity Advocate

Devon Pinto, 23

Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.

Surf Instructor

Lauren Rimmer, 35

Hometown: Beaufort, N.C.


Ryan Ulrich, 23

Hometown: North Arlington, N.J.


SURVIVOR is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by S.E.G. Holdco., LLC. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are executive producers.

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