‘Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites’ Cast Revealed


'Survivor: Caramoan' (CBS)

The cast list for the 26th (26th?!) edition of “Survivor” was announced by CBS early this morning. The new season, which premieres Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8 pm ET, will feature a tribe of ten fans squaring off against ten of the show’s recent favorites. Included in this list are…

•    Two players from “Survivor: Redemption Island” who have a major grudge.
•    Two players who paid the price for giving away immunity at Tribal Council.
•    One of the show’s most notorious female villains.
•    Three former “Survivor” Power Rankers.

Quick Note: I had a chance to sit down with all twenty of this season’s competitors the day before they left for the Caramoan Islands. Starting next Monday I’ll be posting exclusive interviews with each of them. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for tons of updates.

Name: Andrea Boehlke
Age: 23
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer
Previous Finish: Andrea came in 5th place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Andrea is the only woman to ever come back from Redemption Island.
Fun Fact: Andrea loves unicorns more than you love anything.
Name: Brandon Hantz
Age: 21
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Occupation: Chemical Disposal
Previous Finish: Brandon came in 6th place in “Survivor: South Pacific”
Memorable Moment: Brandon was voted out immediately after giving his immunity idol to Albert Destrade.
Fun Fact: A Hantz has appeared in five of the last eight seasons of “Survivor.”
Name: Brenda Lowe
Age: 30
Hometown: Miami, FL
Occupation: Paddleboard Company Owner
Previous Finish: Brenda came in 10th place in “Survivor: Nicaragua”
Memorable Moment: Brenda is the very first person to wield the awesome responsibility of the Medallion of Power.
Fun Fact: Brenda choreographed the dance the La Flor tribe did on their way to their first immunity challenge.
Name: Corinne Kaplan
Los Angeles, CA
Pharmaceutical Sales
Previous Finish:
Corinne came in 7th place in “Survivor: Gabon”
Memorable Moment:
Corinne’s final Tribal Council speech to Jessica “Sugar” Kiper is a close second to Sue Hawk on the list of all-time most shocking finals moments.

Fun Fact: Corinne Kaplan was my original pick for the dream returnee “Survivor” Question of the Week. But, I didn’t want to ruin the surprise.

Name: Dawn Meehan
South Jordan, Utah
English Professor
Previous Finish:
Dawn came in 10th place in “Survivor: South Pacific”
Memorable Moment:
Dawn won an immunity challenge for the Savaii tribe by outlasting Stacey Powell in an impressive weight-holding challenge.

Fun Fact: Dawn is the most dominant Power Ranker in XfinityTV history, having defeated myself, Jim Rice, Sophie Clarke, Christine Shields-Markoski, and a “Survivor” Hall of Fame Coffee Mug.

Name: Erik Reichenbach
Santa Clarita, CA
Comic Book Artist
Previous Finish:
Erik came in 5th place in “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites”
Memorable Moment:
Erik was voted out shortly after giving his immunity idol to Natalie Bolton.
Fun Fact:
Erik is the only person to ever go from being a “fan” to being a “favorite.”
Name: Francesca Hogi
Age: 38
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Attorney
Previous Finish: Francesca came in 18th place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Francesca’s opening-scene comment that the returning players were “sizing us up like prey” may have led to her early elimination
Fun Fact: Francesca is the first person to return to the show after being voted out first.

Name: John Cochran
Age: 25
Hometown: Washington, DC
Occupation: Harvard Law Student
Previous Finish: Cochran came in 8th place in “Survivor: South Pacific”
Memorable Moment: Cochran’s jump from Savaii to Upolu was his season’s pivotal event.
Fun Fact: Cochran is the only person in the history of the world to successfully give himself a nickname.
Name: Malcolm Freberg
Hermosa Beach, CA
Previous Finish:
Malcolm came in 4th place in “Survivor: Philippines”
Memorable Moment:
Malcolm allowed Lisa Whelchel’s brother to visit the tribe’s camp. Lisa’s brother promptly told her to vote Malcolm out.

Fun Fact: Since the other Favorites hadn’t seen “Survivor: Philippines” before they left for “Survivor: Caramoan,” none of them knew who Malcolm was. One of them even thought that he was a lighting grip or a camera man.

Another Fun Fact: Before “Survivor: Philippines,” Malcolm told me that the former Survivor he’d most like to align with is Corinne Kaplan.

Name: Phillip Sheppard
Age: 54
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Enter Software Sales
Previous Finish: Phillip came in 2nd place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Phillip’s feud with Steve Wright made for some uncomfortable times around the Murlonio campfire.
Fun Fact: Phillip listed Cochran and Andrea as two of the players he is most like.

Name: Alexandra “Allie” Pohevitz
Age: 25
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Occupation: Bartender/Nanny
Fun Fact: Allie sent in her “Survivor” audition tape at the last possible moment.
Name: Edward “Eddie” Fox
Age: 23
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Occupation: Firefighter/EMT
Fun Fact: Eddie intends to use the money to pay off school loans, buy a house, and open a bar that offers healthcare care for dogs.
Name: Hope Driskill
Age: 23
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Occupation: Recent Graduate of the University of Missouri
Fun Fact: Hope is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, just like “Survivor: Nicaragua” winner Judson “Fabio” Birza.

Another Fun Fact: Cardinals fans are the world’s best people.

Yet Another Fun Fact: Hope named Andrea Boehlke and Brenda Lowe as former Survivors that she is most like.

Name: Julia Landauer
Age: 21
Hometown: Stanford, CA
Occupation: Racecar Driver/Student
Fun Fact: Things that drive Julia crazy; shoelaces that aren’t the same tightness, tan lines, and wall hangings that aren’t even.
Name: Laura Alexander
Washington, DC
Administrative Officer
Fun Fact:
Laura grew up in the same town as “Survivor: All Stars” winner Amber Brkich Mariano.

Another Fun Fact: Laura named Brenda Lowe as a former Survivor that she is most like.

Name: Matt Bischoff
Cincinnati, OH
Brand Manager of Two BMX Brands
Fun Fact:
Matt has a back tattoo that needs to be seen to be believed. It’s a thing of beauty.
Name: Michael Snow
Age: 44
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Event Planner
Fun Fact: Michael considers himself to be someone who will say what’s on his mind, but won’t be a blabbermouth.

Name: Reynold Toepfer
Age: 30
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Sales
Fun Fact: Reynold doesn’t think he’s good at lying, but he thinks he might have some ex-girlfriends who disagree.
Name: Shamar Thomas
Age: 27
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Iraq War Veteran
Fun Fact:Both Shamar and his mother served in Iraq at the same time.

Another Fun Fact: Shamar earned national fame with his “One Marine vs. Thirty Cops” YouTube video.

Name: Sherri Biethman
Age: 41
Hometown: Boise, ID
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee
Fun Fact:Sherri owns two Wetzel’s Pretzels, two Jimmy Johns sandwich shops, a Cinnabon, and a Haagen Dazs.

Another Fun Fact: Sherri named her son after “Survivor: The Australian Outback” runner-up Colby Donaldson.


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