‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Players Revealed: Meet the Savaii Tribe

The contestants for the 23rd season of “Survivor” were unveiled by CBS this morning. The sixteen new players are divided into two tribes; Upolu and Savaii and will be joined by two returning All-Star players (to be named at a later date).

To view the members of the Upolu tribe, click here.

Mark John
Name: Mark Caruso
Age: 48
Current Residence: Forest Hills, New York
Occupation: Retired NYPD Detective

Mark considers himself to be a caring person and wants to be the nurturer for the Savaii tribe.

Read our exclusive interview with Mark Caruso

Name: John Cochran
Age: 24
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Occupation: Harvard Law Student

John won the Dean’s Scholar Prize at Harvard Law for a paper he wrote comparing the U.S legal system to “Survivor.”

Read our exclusive interview with John Cochran

Whitney Dawn
Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 27
Current Residence: Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation: Country Music Singer

Whitney lists Jesus and Elvis Presley as her two biggest inspirations.

Read our exclusive interview with Whitney Duncan

Name: Dawn Meehan
Age: 41
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor

Dawn was scheduled to appear on “Survivor: Redemption Island” but was replaced at the last moment.

Read our exclusive interview with Dawn Meehan

Jim Semhar
Name: Jim Rice
Age: 35
Current Residence: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner

Jim has opened a wide variety of businesses and has won several poker tournaments.

Read our exclusive interview with Jim Rice

Name: Semhar Tadesse
Age: 24
Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Spoken Word Artist

Semhar considers Oprah Winfrey to be her main inspiration in life.

Read our exclusive interview with Semhar Tadesse

Keith Elyse
Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 26
Current Residence: Edina, Minnesota
Occupation: Water Treatment Tech

Keith has EMT certification and believes that he thrives in high stress situations.

Read our exclusive interview with Keith Tollefson

Name: Elyse Umemoto
Age: 27
Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Dance Team Manager
Elyse was the second runner-up in the 2008 Miss America Pageant.

Read our exclusive interview with Elyse Umemoto

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

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