A new season of Survivor is nearly upon us and to get us excited for the show’s return, CBS has unveiled today the cast of the forthcoming 27th season titled Survivor: Blood vs. Water. This time around, the players will be competing against their very own loved ones. That’s right … former Survivors are competing this season alongside a loved one they brought along with them … which means, eventually, some players may have to vote off their loved ones. Brilliant. Click below to see the first official cast photo of Survivor: Blood vs. Water and learn more about the changes that will be in play for the coming season.
Returning “favorites” (including, yes, Rupert) — will compete with loved ones (among them, a Big Brother champ) when CBS’ Survivor premieres its 27th edition, Blood Vs. Water … Among the twists on tap for the new season:
* The competition will actually start at nighttime, as each returning player and their loved one is stranded at a spot in the dark jungle.
* Almost straight away, each tribe will be forced to vote someone off. Those castoffs will be sent to Redemption Island — though their loved one has the option of taking their place. The first casualty of tribal council will engage in a three-way contest with the Redemption Island pair to decide whose torch gets snuffed and which two reclaim their buff. (Just prior to that duel, active players again have a chance to sub for their loved one.)
* The winner of each Redemption Island contest returns to camp with a clue about the Immunity Idol’s location — then must decide with whom to share it.
Here is a list of the players pictured above:
RETURNING PLAYER: Tyson Apostol (Tocantins, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: Rachel (girlfriend)
RETURNING PLAYER: Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands, All-Stars, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: Laura (wife)
RETURNING PLAYER: Aras Baskauskas (Panama–Exile Island)
LOVED ONE: Vytas (brother)
RETURNING PLAYER: Gervase Peterson (Borneo)
LOVED ONE: Marissa (niece)
RETURNING PLAYER: Kat Edorsson (One World)
LOVED ONE: Hayden (boyfriend and Big Brother 12 winner)
RETURNING PLAYER: Candice Cody (Cook Islands, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: John (husband)
RETURNING PLAYER: Laura Morett (Samoa)
LOVED ONE: Clera (daughter)
RETURNING PLAYER: Monica Culpepper (One World)
LOVED ONE: Brad (husband)
RETURNING PLAYER: Colton Cumbie (One World)
LOVED ONE: Caleb (fiance)
RETURNING PLAYER: Tina Wesson (Australian Outback, All-Stars)
LOVED ONE: Katie (daughter)
Dang, the twist this season is cold as ice … and I am TOTALLY on board. I honestly still love watching Survivor so I’m really looking forward to this new season. Blood vs. Water will premiere on CBS on September 18 … will you be watching along with me?