August 30, 2017 3:14 pm

First look at the 18 castaways competing on new season of ‘Survivor’

Jeff Probst shares his insights into season 35 of “Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” with ET Canada’s Erin Cebula.


The 35th season of Survivor is starting next month, and it’s time to get excited with the announcement of the 18 lucky castaways who will be competing for that $1 million prize.

The reality series, which comes back Sep. 27, takes place on the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, with a theme of “Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers,” which will split the castaways into three tribes based on how they perceive each other.

Heroes are used to being celebrated for their achievements, healers get thanks for their work, while hustlers have to work hard to earn everyone’s respect.

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The season hosted by Jeff Probst, and the cast includes an NFL player, and Olympian, a diversity advocate, and a bellhop.

Check out the full list of castaways below:

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Alan Ball, 31

Hometown: Houston, Texas via Detroit, Mich.

NFL Player

Ben Driebergen, 34

Hometown: Boise, Id.


John “JP” Hilsabeck, 28

Hometown: Los Angeles


Chrissy Hofbeck, 46

Hometown: Glen Gardner, N.J.

Financial Analyst 

Ashley Nolan, 26

Hometown: Satellite Beach, Fla.


Katrina Radke, 46

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.


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Jessica Johnston, 29

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Nurse Practitioner

Roark Luskin, 27

Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

Social Worker

Cole Medders, 24

Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.

Wilderness Therapy Guide

Joe Mena, 34

Hometown: Tolland, Conn. via Bronx, N.Y.

Probation Officer

Desiree “Desi” Williams, 27

Hometown: Peachtree City, Ga.

Physical Therapist

Mike Zahalsky, 43

Hometown: Parkland, Fla.


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Patrick Bolton, 24

Hometown: Lanett, Ala.

Small Business Owner

Alexandrea “Ali” Elliott, 24

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Celebrity Assistant

Simone Nguyen, 25

Hometown: Worcester, Mass.

Diversity Advocate

Devon Pinto, 23

Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.

Surf Instructor

Lauren Rimmer, 35

Hometown: Beaufort, N.C.


Ryan Ulrich, 23

Hometown: North Arlington, N.J.


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