Survivor: One World – Race, Age and now Gender, again?
Set in Upolu, Samoa, the battle for the ‘Sole Survivor’ title returns to U.S. screens tonight on CBS with its 24th season, Survivor: One World. Though neither Nine or Go! have scheduled the program for an Australian premiere, it’s bound to get people talking for more than one reason. The premise of this season is exactly in its title. There will be two opposing tribes, but for the first time in the show’s history, both teams will be sharing one camp from the get-go and for an indefinite amount of time. I can’t be certain whether we’ll see the blurring of alliances and strategies shifting, but it’ll surely be interesting viewing.
But if you thought the limited space would make it harder to draw obvious alliances, you might need to think again because it won’t take a challenge or bandana pick to decide who’s on which team. This season, there are eighteen castaways – nine men and nine women – and the line is drawn straight down to their gender. Splitting the contestants into tribes based on gender has been employed in previous seasons and it’s certainly nothing surprising, with age and skin colour a decider for teams in other seasons as well.
With the men sticking with men and women sticking with women in one communal camp, there’s bound to be debate as to who’s the better sex! And I’m guessing the tribal lines will certainly be crossed if anyone’s in need of some ‘cosying’ up during the long, gruelling nights, sometimes without food and shelter. Who’ll be the first the sneak to the opposing team for some cuddling? It’s a diverse group, so there should be a match for everyone if they’re looking!
The ages of the castaways range from 21 to 64 and there’s also number of different ethnic backgrounds represented, which isn’t anything new for Survivor. The show’s always been quite diverse in their casting and I think the most important criteria is probably to be fit. It’s an environment where you’ll have to be both mentally and physically strong in order to get through challenges, injuries, tribal councils and back-stabbing schemes. There’s no doubt someone will cry and vow to leave the competition… There’s always at least one!
It won’t be for a while before this season hits our shores, but you could check out the list of contestants in time for when Nine picks a date:
Salani Tribe (Women)
Nina Acosta, 51, Clovis, Calif., retired LAPD officer
Christina Cha, 29, West Hollywood, Calif., career consultant
Monica Culpepper, 41, Tampa, ex-NFL player’s wife
Kat Edorsson, 22, Orlando, timeshare rep
Chelsea Meissner, 26, Charleston, S.C., medical sales
Kourtney Moon, 29, Austin, Texas, motorcycle repair
Alicia Rosa, 25, Chicago, special ed teacher
Kim Spradlin, 29, San Antonio, bridal shop owner
Sabrina Thompson, 33, Brooklyn, high school teacher
Manono Tribe (Men)
Jay Byars, 25, Gaffney, S.C., model
Colton Cumbie, 21, Monroeville, Ala., college student
Michael Jefferson, 30, Seattle, banker
Leif Manson, 27, San Diego, phlebotomist
Jonas Otsuji, 37, Lehi, Utah, sushi chef
Bill Posley, 28, Venice, Calif., stand-up comedian
Matt Quinlan, 33, San Francisco, attorney
Troy Robertson, 50, Miami, swimsuit photographer
Greg Smith, 64, Houston, plastic surgeon
(Yeah, I don’t know what a phlebotomist is either!)
It should be an interesting season and even if the twists and tribe dynamics don’t hook you in, you could just watch it for the babes and hotties. With the tribes obviously divided, it would be easy to focus on your preferred gender!
Check out the cast photos here:
Survivor: One World Castaways – Photo Gallery – E! Online