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This year’s first “Survivor” will be the first to start all the contestants on two tribes living on one beach campsite.

If you don’t count members of the Hantz clan, it’s also the first season to feature a “little person” contestant.

The tribes’ memberships are defined by gender. The Salani are all women:

Kat Edorsson, 22
Orlando, Fla.
Timeshare Rep


Alicia Rosa, 25
Chicago, Ill.
Special Ed Teacher


Chelsea Meissner, 26
Charleston, S.C.
Medical Sales


Christina Cha, 29
West Hollywood, Calif.
Career Consultant


Kourtney Moon, 29
Austin, Texas
Motorcycle Repair


Kim Spradlin, 29
San Antonio, Texas
Bridal Shop Owner


Sabrina Thompson, 33
Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School Teacher


Monica Culpepper, 41
Tampa, Fla.
Ex-NFL Player’s Wife


Nina Acosta, 51
Clovis, Calif.
Retired LAPD Officer



The Manono tribe is all man:

Jay Byars, 25
Gaffney, S.C.

Colton Cumbie, 21
Monroeville, Ala.
College Student

Michael Jefferson, 30
Seattle, Wash.

Leif Manson, 27
San Diego, Calif.

Jonas Otsuji, 37
Lehi, Utah
Sushi Chef

Bill Posley 28
Venice, Calif.
Stand-Up Comedian

Matt Quinlan, 33
San Francisco, Calif.

Troy Robertson, 50
Miami, Fla.
Swimsuit Photographer

Greg Smith, 64
Houston, Texas
Plastic Surgeon

More videos and photos of the contestants can be found here.

The new season launches Feb. 15.


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  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Jinxo

    Wow. Not too sexist. You put up an article about getting to see the new Survivor cast, put up hot shots of all the women and don't bother to show the guys at all. I mean, I'm a guy and not looking to oggle guys or anything but I'd like to see pics of the whole cast.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Older Contestants this time around.

    by DougMcKenzie

    Only two under 25. I think the men vs. women thing actually works well on the show. I like how it forces the women to not use their looks to latch onto lonely guys or guys looking for some pimp rep. Also it keeps the guys from picking up a couple of easy votes from some girls. No returnings this time, Herc?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    This Article Is Awesome. Well Done, Herc

    by Crow3711

    Kin Spradlin? more like Kim Spreadin'Em, amiright? and the rest are all men....ha.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    re: "don't bother to show the guys at all."

    by Hercules

    the VERY FIRST video I posted features ALL the guys. You can pause and rewind to your heart's content.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Oh for fucks sake...

    by Vader's Leash

    Show the men as well... this happens every season on this site. Are we too afraid of being called gay?'s the 21st century!

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Monica Culpepper's hands are 40 years older than the rest of her body.

    by Doctor_Strangepork


  • Next One's nice, but geez, lose the boots, looks stupid on the beach. Cute hipster chick! Yikes, Sarah Jessica Parker look-alike! Sistah's not bad at all, nice body anyway. 31? I think we've been 31 for about a decade or so, hmm? I couldn't give a rat's ass what the dudes look like.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Monica Culpepper

    by 8footTallGopher

    ex-NFL Players wife... is she Ex because Daunte is retired and no longer plays in the NFL? or EX because they're divorced AND he's retired?!?!

  • 51 year old looks okay for 51 I guess.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    A family member of mine tried out for the next edition.

    by Shermdawg

    If that person gets on, I'm probably gonna have to avoid Coaxial, lol.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Put your hands on your hips!

    by Michael Gunn

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Charisma Carpenter's let herself go a bit...

    by dj_bollocks

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    no super hot females this season like Parvati

    by Titus05

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Went to high school with Kim Spradlin

    by FilmBuf82

    Really nice and really sweet. What's funny is that when American Gladiators was on last, I had another high school friend Ally Davidson win the whole thing. Hope history repeats itself!

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Fat and dyky bunch...but that's cool. Takes all kinds.

    by proevad

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    No superhot chicks?

    by Extr3m1st

    Chelsea is looking pretty hot to me, as are at least 3 other girls in that tribe. But Chelsea is already my favorite though I agree that she needs to lose those boots.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Parvati was hot til she opened her mouth

    by proevad

    What's a guy supposed to do with all those TEETH. Scary lookin broad.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Btw show the guys

    by proevad

    If you're in a Survivor talkback you're gay already. Not exactly scared of being labeled that.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Nina = MILF

    by Leto III

    Short-haired chick who actually looks 35? Would totally hit that.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Kat has a nice scar...

    by diseptikon

    looks like shes had some heart surgery in the young days.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Veiny hands!!

    by sinus111

    Sexy. Plus, they must make... ALL MIDGET/DWARF SURVIVOR!

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Amusing how they never cast Alaskans on this ridiculous show

    by Cash907

    Oh, you're name is coach, huh?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Ex-NFL Player's wife

    by Bass Ackwards

    How can you not be embarrassed that THAT is what defines you as a person? Its even what she brings up in the video, that her "experience" as an ex-NFL player's wife is what gives her more wisdom then her contestants. Jeez.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I didnt know fatties could play in this show.

    by KilliK

    i get guess they are going to be used as comic relief??

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Looks like only 3 sets of fakes this time. But are you sure *learn* is the right word to use? For anything related to reality TV?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Well...I have to admit.

    by gotilk

    Kourtney Moon looks pretty scrumdillyumptious.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Going on two seasons with no one for me to beat off to

    by Itchy

    Casting director needs to be fired. What happened to chicks like Amanda, Pavarti, Elisabeth and the like ? Also, they need more regular joe schlubs - those people are usually used to working for what they get in life, rather than having it handed to them like a hot chick .... that's why trainwrecks like Sandra and Cirie go far in this game.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    It's BRAD Culpepper's wife. Not Duante.

    by Ignohippo

    Ex-defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Every male little person I've known or who I've worked with

    by proevad

    4 or 5--have been complete fucking douchebags. Seriously it's "short man's syndrome" ramped up on meth. This guy will be gone before we know what his name is.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Boots on the beach is like...

    by Kikstad

    ...Fonzie wearing a leather jacket to jump the shark. I love Survivor though.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Short man syndrome

    by smackfu

    I think the main factor in whether a short guy gets the syndrome or not depends on how they deal with it as kids. Like any of the short guys I went to school with that were scrappers and had 'short man syndrome' as kids, grew up to be pretty well adjusted people. The ones that were meek and let themselves be bullied (not just short guys, but the bullied ones in general) grew up to be pretty huge assholes. I imagine if you don't confront that stuff early on you just end up carrying resentment all your life. I remember watching David Cassidy on Celebrity Apprentice a while back and noticing how he seemed to blame how people treated him on his height and their prejudice. What *I* noticed was how incredibly meek and doormat-ish he was, which is probably the real reason people were walking all over him.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    But yeah, a dwarf can't NOT have short man syndrome

    by smackfu

    imagine being an adult and still having people doing the same immature shit as when you were in grade school, knowing people are staring at you everywhere you go, having to deal with kids making fun of you *in front of other adults* and the ones who are nice to you are doing it in that super-sensitive, act like your 'special' sort of way. Honestly, I don't know what stops them from despising the world.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    How can a dwarf compete physically?

    by emteem

    Challenges are the least important aspect of the game.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    vader's leash & jinxo

    by Darklighter

    ...have got a full blown (pun intended) case of the gay. Hit the homo sites if you guys want to look at men so much.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Fuck You creepythinman!

    by phantomcreeps

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    You say camel...

    by pumaman

    I say TOE !