January 11, 2011

Meet the Cast of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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16 new castaways are lined up for the newest season of Survivor -- dubbed Redemption Island -- premiering Wednesday February 16 on CBS. Not only will the contestants be put through the normal perils of Survivor, but in a new twist those voted out at tribal council will be sent to Redemption Island, where they will face off in duels for a chance to return back to the tribe at a later point in the game.

But get this! In addition to the twist of redemption, two big name former castaways will also join the game, bringing the total number of contestants to 18!. "Boston" Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz will return to the show, each leading one of the tribes.

In the meantime, check out the new faces of Survivor and see if you can predict the one that will outwit, outplay and outlast the rest.

Mike Chisel

Age: 31

Occupation: Realtor/ex-military

Current residence: Del Mar, CA

Andrea Boehlke

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Current residence: Random Lake, WI

Matthew Elrod

Age: 22

Occupation: Pre-med student

Current residence: Nashville, TN

Steve Wright

Age: 51

Occupation: Former NFL player

Current residence: Huntington Beach, CA

Stephanie Valencia

Age: 26

Occupation: Server/student

Current residence: Long Beach, CA

Sarita White

Age: 36

Occupation: Visual effects producer

Current residence: Santa Monica, CA

Ralph Kiser

Age: 45

Occupation: Farmer

Current residence: Lebanon, VA

Phillip Sheppard

Age: 52

Occupation: CEO, Enterprise Software Sales Group

Current residence: Santa Monica, CA

Natalie Tenerelli

Age 19

Occupation: Dancer/student

Current residence: Acton, CA

Kristina Kell

Age: 46

Occupation: Law student

Current residence: Los Angeles, CA

Krista Klumpp

Age: 25

Occupation: Pharmaceutical sales rep

Current residence: Fairhope, AL

Grant Mattos

Age: 29

Occupation: Personal Trainer/ Former NFL player

Current residence: West Hollywood, CA

Julie Wolfe

Age: 50

Occupation: Fire department engineer

Current residence: Oceanside, CA

Francesca Hogi

Age: 35

Occupation: Lawyer

Current residence: Washington, D.C.

David Murphy

Age: 31

Occupation: Criminal defense attorney

Current residence: Los Angeles, CA

Ashley Underwood

Age: 26

Occupation: Business owner/model

Current residence: Benton, ME

You can learn more about the contest and watch bio videos over at CBS.com. Who do you think will go all the way? And what do you think of all the twists for the new season?

Survivor: Redemption Island premieres on Wednesday February 16 at 8pm on CBS.