Two ‘Survivor’ Favorites Join the Cast of ‘Survivor: South Pacific’

It’ll be the Challenge Player squaring off against the Dragon Slayer this fall when Ozzy Lusth and Ben “Coach” Wade join the cast of “Survivor: South Pacific.” This will be the third appearance in the popular reality series for both men, however neither has ever taken home the show’s million-dollar prize.

When asked why the two favorites were invited back, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst said, “We looked at many different line-ups. We had all kinds of cards lined up with names, we had some women in the mix. We finally decided on Ozzy and Coach because they seemed to be an opposite-side-of-the-coin pairing. Ozzy is the real deal. He’s dominant in challenges, he’s like a fish in the water, he can climb a tree, he can start fire, he can build a shelter. Coach lives a life like he’s the real deal, but Coach really…a lot of people would say…is a pretender. And I love Coach, I adore Coach, but if you’re watching the show there’s still a question mark.

“So when we put them together, they were opposite sides of the coin who had one thing in common, and what they had in common was both of their social games suck. Ozzy got voted out with an idol in his pocket, and Coach…ugh…he fell in love with Jerri (Manthey) he needed guidance from Tyson (Apostol), he didn’t know what to do. So, both of these guys have a redemption story.”

Ozzy Lusth was the first runner-up in “Survivor: Cook Islands” and was the twelfth person voted out of “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites.”

Ben “Coach” Wade was the fourth runner-up in “Survivor: Tocantins” and was the ninth person voted out of “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” He was also defeated in the “Survivor: Nicaragua” Power Rankings by XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” fella Gordon Holmes.

Some of the new cast will be happy to see Coach and Ozzy, some won’t. Check out who the new players were hoping to see enter the game.

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 Ozzy Lusth, Coach Wade, 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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