Three Returning ‘Survivor’ Castaways Announced

The cast for Survivor: Philippines has been announced, with all 18 castaways revealed on Wednesday, August 22! An ’80s TV star and a former National League MVP are among this season’s 18 competitors.

Baseball great Jeff Kent formerly of the San Francisco Giants and The Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel, who played the wealthy Blair Warner on the sitcom, will vie for the title of “Sole Survivor”; when the 25th season of the show premieres on September 19.

Russell Swan

Michael Skupin

Plus, the three former Survivors that will join the 15 previously announced castaways in three separate tribes are Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan. All of these former castaways were medically evacuated from the game in previous seasons and will now have a second shot at the million dollar prize.

Michael competed in Survivor: Australian Outback in 2001, but abruptly left the game when he became the first-ever medical evacuation on the series after receiving severe burns  after passing out into a fire from smoke inhalation on Day 17.

Jonathan Penner

Jonathan appeared in Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favourites in 2008, before leaving due to a knee infection on Day 15.

Russell is from Survivor: Samoain 2009 during which he was medically evacuated due to dehydration on Day 15.

For the first time in Survivor history, there will be three tribes off the start named after animals in the region: Kalabaw (Water Buffalo), Tandang (Rooster) and Matsing (Monkey).

Full list of the 18 castaways below:

Kalabaw tribe

Jonathan Penner
Age: 50
Los Angeles

Sarah Dawson
Insurance Sales
Silver Spring, Md.
Age: 28

Katie Hanson
Former Miss Delaware
Newark, Del.
Age: 22

Jeff Kent
Former baseball MVP
Austin, Tex.
Age: 44

Dana Lambert
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Age: 32

Carter Williams
Track Coach
Shawnee, Kan.
Age: 24

Tandang tribe
Michael Skupin

Age: 32
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Abi-Maria Gomes
Business Student
Los Angeles, Calif.
Age: 32

Roberta “R.C.” Saint-Armour
Investment Banker
New York, N.Y.
Age: 27

Artis Silvester
Computer Engineer
Terry Town, La.
Age: 53

Lisa Whelchel
Former “Facts of Life” Actress
Dallas, Tex.
Age: 49

Pete Yurkowski
Engineering Graduate
Holmdel, N.J.
Age: 24

Matsing tribe
Russell Swan
Age: 24
Shawnee, Kan

Malcolm Freberg
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Age: 25

Zane Knight
Tire Repair
Danville, Va.
Age: 28

Angie Layton
Provo, Utah
Age: 20

Roxanne “Roxy” Morris
Seminary Student
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Age: 28

Denise Stapley
Sex Therapist
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 41


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