Thirty-two seasons and still going strong! The cast for “Survivor” has been announced, and it’s full of brainy and beautiful people. But it’s far from a beauty pageant. On Jan. 20, People posted the complete list of photos and descriptions of all 18 cast members from the new season of the CBS reality hit, which is set on the island of Kaôh Rōng in Cambodia.
Season 32 of “Survivor” will have a theme: “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty,” a theme that was used in season 28, “Survivor: Cagayan.” And this time around, the show has got the cast to back it. Included in the new cast is former basketball star Scot Pollard, whose 11 NBA seasons included a stint playing for the 2008 champion Boston Celtics. In addition, popular “Big Brother” contestant Caleb “Beast Mode Cowboy” Reynolds will compete for this season’s million dollar prize. Other “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng” cast members include a 19-year-old college student and a 72-year-old former FBI agent.
Here’s the complete list of “Survivor” Season 32 contestants:
Peter Baggenstos, 34, Minneapolis, MN
Aubry Bracco, 29, Cambridge, MA
Joseph “Joe” Del Campo, 72, Vero Beach, FL
Michele Fitzgerald, 24, Freehold, NJ
Cydney Gillon, 23, Douglasville, GA
Neal Gottlieb, 38, Sausalito, CA
Darnell Hamilton, 27, Chicago, IL
Alecia Holden, 24, Dallas, TX
Kyle Jason, 31, Detroit, MI
Anna Khait, 26, Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Lanzetti, 38, Salt Lake City, UT
Nick Maiorano, 30, Redondo Beach, CA
Elisabeth “Liz” Markham, 27, Brooklyn, NY
Scot Pollard, 40, Carmel, IN
Caleb Reynolds, 28, Hopkinsville, KY
Julia Sokolowski, 19, Boston, MA
Tai Trang, 51, San Francisco, CA
Debbie Wanner, 49, Reading, PA
“Survivor” will feature new twists this season, including a hidden immunity idol twist that can combine two idols to form one super idol that can be played after the votes are read. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, longtime “Survivor” host Jeff Probst said it will be harder to secure an idol this season.
Probst also revealed that the new season of the show could be the most brutal edition ever. “This season is also going to see a lot of hardship,” he said. “From the extreme of an evacuation to something as small as a really bad sunburn, every day truly posed a new risk to this group. The heat, the rain, the bugs and the infections were a daily obstacle.”
“Survivor” premieres Feb. 17 on CBS. The show will kick off its 32nd season with a special 90-minute episode.