UPDATE: Photos – Meet The Cast of Survivor: Redemption Island!

Just a few weeks following the finale of season 21, CBS is now unveiling the cast of the all new 22nd season of Survivor: Redemption Island, which will reportedly include two former all-stars.

The battle begins this season in Nicaragua where the 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe. The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor. While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption.

CBS has released the names of 16 out of the 18 castaways with the promise to reveal the final 2 contestants at the end of this week. It is heavily rumored that those two remaining contestants are none other than rivals Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano. Their return would definitely make for an interesting season.

As we have previously reported, this season of Survivor will be a bit different thanks to some new rules. In fact, host Jeff Probst explained the rule changes two weeks ago. The biggest change being that eliminated contestants do not leave the game but instead go instead to the “Redemption Island,” where he or she will face off against the next person voted off in a duel.

The loser goes home with the duel winner going on to face the next arrival at Redemption Island until one person is left standing. That individual will get a chance to return to the game. The other rule change is that producers will get to decide whether or not people who quit the game during the jury stage will get to stay and vote for a winner.

The new season of Survivor premieres February 16 at 8/7c on CBS. The cast photos and bios below –


UPDATE – CBS has now confirmed that the remaining two castaways are returning vets Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz.

“Having never been awarded the title of Sole Survivor, Hantz and Mariano return to compete for the $1 million prize and one last shot at redemption,” CBS said in a statement. “They will each join a separate tribe of all new castaways at the start of the game, but it is the tribe who will ultimately decide if they will welcome the knowledge of an experienced veteran, or view these former castaways as a threat.”


Name (Age): Andrea Boehlke (21)

Current Residence: Random Lake, Wis.

Occupation: Student (University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point)


Name (Age): Mike Chiesl (31)

Current Residence: Del Mar, Calif.

Occupation: Former Marine”


Survivor 22Name (Age): Matt Elrod (22)

Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn.

Occupation: Pre-Med Student


Survivor 22Name (Age): Ralph Kiser (45)

Current Residence: Lebanon, Va.

Occupation: Farmer


Survivor 22Name (Age): Francesca Hogi (36)

Current Residence: Washington, DC

Occupation: Attorney


Survivor 22Name (Age): Krista Klumpp (25)

Current Residence: Columbia, S.C.

Occupation: Pharmaceutical Rep


Survivor 22Name (Age): Kristina Kell (46)

Current Residence: Malibu, Calif.

Occupation: Law Student (University of La Verne College of Law)


Survivor 22Name (Age): David Murphy (31)

Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.

Occupation: Defense Attorney


Survivor 22Name (Age): Grant Mattos (29)

Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.

Occupation: Yoga Instructor


Survivor 22Name (Age): Stephanie Valencia (26)

Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Waitress


Survivor 22Name (Age): Phillip Sheppard (52)

Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Technology Executive


Survivor 22Name (Age): Sarita White (36)

Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Visual Effects Producer


Survivor 22Name (Age): Natalie Tenerelli (19)

Current Residence: Acton, Calif.

Occupation: Professional Dancer


Survivor 22Name (Age): Julie Wolfe (50)

Current Residence: Oceanside, Calif.

Occupation: Firefighter


Survivor 22Name (Age): Ashley Underwood (25)

Current Residence: Benton, Maine

Occupation: Nurse


Survivor 22Name (Age): Steve Wright (51)

Current Residence: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Former NFL Player