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Season 39 Cast Revealed


Here are the first 16 castaways of Season 39!

As previously revealed on Inside Survivor, the upcoming thirty-ninth season of Survivor is titled Island of the Idols and will feature former winners Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine acting as “advisers” for a brand new cast of players. Season 39 recently wrapped up filming in Fiji and will air this fall on CBS.

Below are 16 of the rumored 20 new cast members for Season 39.

Chelsea Walker

27 · LOS ANGELES, CA · VIDEO PRODUCER

Dan Spilo

48 · LOS ANGELES, CA · CELEBRITY MANAGER

Dean Kowalski

29 · NEW YORK, NY · ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Elizabeth Beisel

26 · SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI · OLYMPIC SWIMMER

Jack Nichting

23 · NEWPORT NEWS, VA · GRAD STUDENT

Jamal Shipman

34 · PROVIDENCE, RI · ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Janet Carbin

59 · SPRING LAKE, NJ · LIFEGUARD

Jason Linden

33 · NEW YORK, NY · ATTORNEY

Karishma Patel Sandesara

37 · HOUSTON, TX · ATTORNEY

Kellee Kim

28 · SAN FRANCISCO, CA · MBA STUDENT

Lauren-Ashley Beck

28 · GLENDALE, CA · JOURNALIST

Molly Byman

28 · BOSTON, MA · TEACHER/LAW STUDENT

Ronnie Bardah

36 · LAS VEGAS, NV · PRO POKER PLAYER

Tom Laidlaw

61 · BRAMPTON, ONTARIO/NEW YORK · RETIRED NHL STAR

Tommy Sheehan

?? · FLORAL PARK, NY · TEACHER

Tra'Mese "Missy" Byrd

24 · TACOMA, WA · MILITARY VETERAN / ENTREPRENEUR

Stay tuned to Inside Survivor over the coming weeks for more info!


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  • Ben

    Yay old people

  • TheloniousGonzo

    Janet Carbin … first vote out. Just sayin’

    • Ty Tucana Kier

      I don’t know. Young Asian female college aged students haven’t started the game well in recent years.

    • Carol Siegel

      Why do you think that?

    • Maxx Holifield

      You don’t know that. It could also be Tom Laidlaw, but then again, I currently don’t want either one of them to be first out.

  • Devin McMusters

    Some of them look like my kin.

  • Josh Spitzer

    I thought that was Ronnie 2K for a hot second lmao

  • Josh Spitzer

    Tommy sheehan is already sunburnt in his photo lmao, rip that guys skin

  • Remy Buxaplenty

    So it’s 20 cast members including Rob and Sandra? Or 20 all new?

  • Gary Johnson

    You spelt Beisel wrong.

  • Domisa

    UGH, I’m so sick of Sandra Diaz, can’t stand her!

    • Alex Presser

      Only player to win twice, I k ow she’s overrated but gotta respect

  • Michael Bean

    The dumbest and most fake show on tv.

    • Adrian

      ^ The dumbest comment on this website.

      • KermitFroggy201

        ^ The smartest reply on this website

  • Shreksophone Guy

    Janet and Kellee won’t get to the merge. I hope Tommy goes far, he seems fun.

  • emma elson

    I was wondering when they’d have another Tom

  • Gato_wiska

    I hope the hidden immunity idols are Boston Rob’s hat and Sandra’s necklace.

  • Warrior for Reason

    The chances are getting slimmer and slimmer that there are some black men on this cast that I can root for. Can we get at least 1 out of the remaining 9 left to be revealed, please?

  • TiminSoCal

    Is it my imagination, or are poker players vastly overrepersented in Survivor relative to their fraction of the total population?

    • Ben Dover

      They needed someone who didn’t smile all the time.

  • Yassin Häussler

    So far my picks for a dream tribe would be
    Elizabeth She’ll be kept until the merge for sure since she is an olympic swimmer and is an asset in challenges
    Jack He seems sneaky and young guys like him have been doing quite well the past two seasons: Nick and Gavin
    Kellee This one is the hardest one… the one I’m the least sure of. It is true: Young asian females tend to be booted early on and I HATE that trend. Hate it so much and I do hope that Kellee makes it further. I’m putting her on my dream tribe because I’m bias
    Ronnie He’s a poker player and as long as he keeps his identity a secret, at least in the beginning, he should be fine and I’m sure his skills as a poker player will come into play

    Honorable mentions:
    – Tommy: Seems like a chill dude who can get himself into a majority alliance
    – Molly: I feel like she’ll be underestimated but will end up being a very good player

    – I am basing my opinion purely on pictures and professions so I what I’m saying can and will most likely be totally incorrect

  • Yassin Häussler

    My Dream Tribe so far:

    Elizabeth She’ll be kept until the merge for sure because she’s an olympic swimmer and that is an asset to her team. I’m sure by the time she reaches merge she’ll have gotten herself into a strong alliance

    Jack Guys who give me similar vibes to Jack have done very well the last two seasons like Nick and Gavin so I’m hoping he’s able to connect to people easily and have a strong social game

    Kellee I’m bias here. I’m always rooting for the asian females on Survivor. They’re always underdogs, very often getting booted in the first episode. Usually they don’t even make it to merge. I was ecstatic when Natalie won her season but we need more. It doesn’t compensate for Mari being voted out so early or Bi leaving due to an injury or So being the first boot in Worlds Apart. It is true: There is a big likelihood that she won’t even make it to merge because asians tend to be seen as threats even if it is a stereotype, however, I am going to be rooting for my girl Kellee and hoping that she proves everyone who underestimates her wrong.

    Ronnie The last person on my list so far is Ronnie. He should be good as long as he keeps his identity a secret , at least in the beginning. His skills as a poker player should come in handy. He’s seems like he’ll be able to get a good read on people and he looks strong enough to help in challenges.

    Honorable mentions:
    – Molly: I feel like she’ll be underestimated but it will turn out that she’s a really strong contender
    – Tommy: I feel like he’ll just blend in at first and he’ll be carried until at least merge

    Most likely to be out first:
    – Janet: I had such high hopes for Reem in Edge but seeing the “older women get booted first” trend go on shattered my confidence. I’d be happy to see Janet make it further but we’ll have to see

    Unpredictable:
    – Lauren, Chelsea, Missy and Dan could all go either way for me as of now

    NOTE:
    – The predictions I am making here are not at all to be taken seriously. I am basing my opinion purely on a picture of the potential contender and their profession. This is before the cast assessment podcast has even been released. I could and will most likely be wrong about most of the things I said here

  • Like Clockwork

    I just don’t understand what will be good about having advisors. Again, it feels unnecessary, especially when the two players had vastly different game plans and strategies back when they played. I can feel it in my bones this one will be bad.

  • KermitFroggy201

    so are Sandra and Rob replacing Jeff as hosts for a season? xD

  • Kirsten Doyle

    I’m debating whether I’ll even bother watching this season. I hated how Edge of Extinction panned out. It’s not fair that someone gets back into the game with three days to go AND gets handed an idol, after he’s spent most of the game bonding with the jury. The whole thing has given me Survivor fatigue. BUT as a Canadian, I’m excited to see Tom Laidlaw in the cast. So, maybe…

    • Madison Bell

      I would say watch it! It can’t be as bad as EOE lol.

    • Mat TheQac

      Yeah. And I even liked Survivor 38… until guy who basicly didn’t play the game won. I felt cheated that it was pointless to watch this all episodes. Even fricking RI twist was better than this shit.

  • Oliver Steinn Bergsson

    Something tells me this is gonna be as bad as last season. I worry for my favorite reality tv show.

  • T Man

    I freaking can’t stand Boston Rob. I do love Sandra though.

    • Chuck Tortellini

      I’m exactly the opposite. I can’t freaking stand Sandra Twine. I do love Boston Rob though.

  • Madison Bell

    I’m so so on the theme but the cast so far looks really diverse so I’m excited for that!

  • Willy

    I stopped watching Survivor for a number of years, due to Rob’s gestapo technique. It’s the season of the bullies. I doubt I’ll be watching, I prefer to watch the show to be amazed by the skills of the contestants with some intrigue added in. Not all about mind games and control.

  • Willy

    Boo to Rob! Boo to Sandra! Let’s have some true survivor…vs people waiting to go on the next reward challenge. They exist not survive….getting old.

  • Gato_wiska

    2 Asian chicks different flavors <3

  • Donnie Johnson

    so far 5 minorities. and ONE Canadian eh.

  • Kaycie

    An Olympic swimmer, former NHL player, two people involved in the celeb business in LA, a poker player. Sorry, not impressed. I like seeing more of the everyday type of people on the show…

    Oh and basically half the cast is from NY or CA.