Meet The Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs Favorites Cast

The 26th installment of Survivor comes roaring back with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, February 13. The veteran reality series is recycling one of its most popular twists for Survivor: Caramoan. Ten returning favorites will attempt to earn the title of Sole Survivor which eluded them the first go-round.

While the veterans’ identities have been spoiled for some time now (I’m rooting for Malcolm, Brenda and Dawn), the names of the newbies aka the fans have been a mystery… until now. Check out the official cast photos of Fans vs Favorites the sequel below. Newbie Eddie Fox is pretty dang cute with those adorable dimples. Be sure to share your thoughts on the castaways below in the comments section.

Survivor 26 Fans (Gota Tribe)

Laura Alexander (23)

Current Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Administrative Officer

Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of climbing Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why? I’m not very sentimental.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Brenda Lowe, Parvati Shallow and Jenna Morasca, because they were strategically strong women.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I’m completely obsessed with Survivor, and I want to win a million dollars.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I think I will kick butt on the challenge puzzles. I might be small but I have a lot of fire in me. I’ll also work hard around camp – you won’t find me picking my sorority sister’s armpit hair.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I know who I am, I know what I want and I know that I’m more than capable of getting it. I’m smart and I’ll utilize everyone else’s weaknesses. I know what works and what doesn’t work on Survivor.

Sherri Biethman (41)

Current Residence: Boise, Idaho

Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee

Personal Claim to Fame: Finding the right diagnosis for my autistic son Colby.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why? Toothbrush, coffee and a computer with wifi.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati – I have a strong personality and lots of charm. Some people will see that as a threat, so I will have to get rid of them first.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to win and prove to myself that I can outplay the competition. Plus, I’m looking for an adventure. Just getting on Survivor is an incredible experience and a great example for my kids.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m social, hard working and easy to get along with.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am lovable and a natural leader. People are drawn to me and they will do what I want. Even when I vote them out they will still like me and vote for me in the end.

Matt Bischoff (38)

Current Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio

Occupation: BMX Bike Sales

Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of being a daddy to my two boys. I do a lot of cool things and have personally achieved a lot, but being a dad is the best by far!

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • My iPod – I constantly listen to music. It is a huge part of my life. I also would want to view photos of my wife and kids.
  • A pen and notebook – to work on song lyrics and keep a daily diary.
  • A video camera – to film myself doing wild stuff!

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert – he has a big heart and loved to play the game. His teddy-bear personality and tough looks remind me of myself. Also, Lex – he was a cool guy, a smart, down-to-earth dude with a band and lots of tattoos.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to win. I also want to open up people’s minds and show them not to judge a book by its cover. A person’s true character lies within.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’ll be able to keep people’s spirits up by making them laugh. I’m a hard worker. I’m highly positive and motivating. I will play a great social game. Plus, I feel like I will do well in challenges. I’m a team player. Anyone in my alliance will make it to the end.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I will play a great social game and people will want to keep me around. I’m confident that people will trust me.

Hope Driskill (23)

Current Residence: Jefferson City, Mo.

Occupation: Pre-Law Student

Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating summa cum laude and with general honors from the University of Missouri in May of 2012.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • A picture of my family to keep me motivated.
  • Mosquito repellant, because they love me!
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, because I can’t stand the feeling of grimy teeth!

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Andrea Boehlke, Brenda Lowe and Parvati Shallow because they are attractive, social, personable, but mentally and physically strong.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to win the money to pay for law school and keep life exciting.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I grew up around the outdoors and can hold my own in physical and mental competitions. I’m also very social, likable and personable.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am a nice Midwestern girl that competitors will like and see as non-threatening, but I have an underlying competitive drive to win.

Edward “Eddie” Fox (23)

Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J.

Occupation: Fireman/EMT

Personal Claim to Fame: Helping others.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Sneakers for moving faster and easier.
  • Some type of cutting tool to make hunting and building shelter easier.
  • A sleeping bag. You have to stay warm and comfortable to be well rested.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I want to play the game like Boston Rob. He made friends with all the right people and set himself up to be the strongest competitor in the game.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I’m very competitive and I’m looking forward to the intense competition. I also want to meet new people and have a great life experience. I will remember this forever.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m a very hard worker, I’m great with my hands, I have a great personality, I’m a good swimmer, I’m very social and I have a very positive attitude.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am extremely strong-willed. I will do whatever is necessary to win. I am physically and mentally stronger than most people, and I’m great at strategizing and adapting to new situations.

Julia Landauer (21)

Current Residence: Stanford, Calif.

Occupation: Racecar Driver.

Personal Claim to Fame: I’m most proud of becoming the first female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series. In its 31-year history the series never saw a female champion, and I made that accomplishment when I was 14.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • A great book – I love to lose myself in a fictional world.
  • My iPod – music is one of God’s greatest gifts.
  • Bananagrams – a nerdy game that’s a combination of scrabble and a crossword. It’s so much fun, competitive, creative and a great bonding game.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Kim Spradlin, because she was very strategic, had few enemies and was a physical threat, all while maintaining her composure.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I’m a competitive person and Survivor is the epic challenge that will require me to incorporate all my strengths, minimize all my weaknesses and test myself and hopefully rise above the rest.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: As a racecar driver I’m the center of my team, so it’s my job to lead and motivate everyone to be their best. I am smart, analytical and strategic. I focus on the big picture but also take note of the small details.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I’m competitive, strategic, amicable, physically fit and do what I have to in order to get ahead. I’m extremely focused and have an amazing ability to concentrate. I’ve been through the highest highs and the lowest lows with racing. I’m quick, a great team player and street-smart.

Alexandra “Allie” Pohevitz (25)

Current Residence: Oceanside, N.Y.

Occupation: Bartender

Personal Claim to Fame: Being the Editor-In-Chief of my school magazine, PIONEER. I worked so hard for it, and it was the biggest sense of accomplishment I ever felt when the issue went to print.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Eyeliner – so I could be prettier than I already am.
  • Hair detangler
  • Crest white strips (see a theme?)

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Jenna Morasca – because I think she was very intelligent. She knew when to use sex appeal, when to play dumb, when to win and when to be smart.

Reason for Being on Survivor: Anyone on Survivor who says that money is not the #1 motivating factor is either a liar or completely brain-dead. The money is absolutely my motivation.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I believe that I could be the final Survivor because people will underestimate me until it’s too late. I know that the game is just as much social as it is mental and emotional. I will go in with a plan, but I know that until I meet everyone out there, I can’t have a solid plan.

Michael Snow (44)

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Event Planner

Personal Claim to Fame: I was a founding member of the Whole World Theatre in Atlanta. The show is still running today!

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Knitting needles and skeins of yarn
  • Cribbage
  • Journal

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Cirie and Rob Cesternino – Even though neither of them won, they are my two favorites. I relate to their game of listening, charming with humor and not acting like a jerk.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I’m playing to win it.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m patient, a problem solver (I do it for a living) and a hard worker.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I possess a strong social game. I will bond with my tribe long enough to establish solid relationships, until I have to break them and vote them out. I come across as enthusiastic and easy going, but I have a focus and intensity that is only apparent when I need them. I am resilient and surprisingly firm in my decision making.

Shamar Thomas (27)

Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Iraq War Veteran

Personal Claim to Fame: I’m very proud of becoming a non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. Being a leader at a young age and responsible for other Marines has changed my life for the better.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • iPod – music gives me energy.
  • Laptop – I want to remain connected to the “outside world.”
  • Deck of cards – to play many different games.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert – because he played the game with honor. He has also worked with troubled youth. He shares my passion to help the community.

Reason for Being on Survivor: My motivation for being on the show is to bring awareness to economical/social injustices and to bring honor and respect back to my community while inspiring the forgotten.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: Because of my physical strength, ability to be a team player and leadership. I’m also good at making quick and sound decisions.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I will be the final Survivor because within my life I have lived in many places, enabling me to relate to the surroundings and the

Reynold Toepfer (30)

Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.

Occupation: Real Estate Sales

Personal Claim to Fame: Living abroad in Australia. I fully immersed myself in the culture, made beautiful friendships that will last a lifetime and gained a truer understanding of who I am.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why? Music and books are both passions of mine and are things that could alleviate some of the stress during the very trying times on Survivor. I’d also bring a volleyball. Sand volleyball is super fun, and I think some games on the beach could be good for the tribe.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Physically, I think I can perform in challenges like Colby Donaldson. Socially, I flirt like Parvati Shallow and can handle intense confrontational situations with a smile on my face. And I’m a bit like Todd Herzog, where I can play into people’s egos to keep them blind to my agenda.

Reason for Being on Survivor: The challenge! My life has been defined by putting myself in new and challenging situations and succeeding. Survivor would be such an appropriate culmination as to what my life has been up to this point and I don’t think I could ever replicate anything as great as Survivor on my own.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m a charmer. I dazzle people. They adore me and open up to me. I’m an excellent motivator, excellent physical competitor and have experience spear fishing.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: With my charming personality and a long history of thriving in and adapting to new social situations, I am the best equipped to manipulate the actions of my fellow competitors to play my agenda. I’m in excellent physical shape, and my strong competitive drive makes me almost unstoppable.

Survivor 26 Favorites (Bikal Tribe)

Andrea Boehlke (23)

Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 13th castaway voted out/ 8th Jury Member

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer

Personal Claim to Fame: Moving to New York from Wisconsin on a whim and I’m still here!

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Yoga mat – It could serve as tarp/blanket/world’s shortest slip ‘n slide.
  • Juggling balls filled with rice – I’ve always wanted this.
  • A unicorn, but not one that could fly.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I guess I’m a smidge like Stephenie LaGrossa when it comes to being a force in challenges and being a bit of a tomboy.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I can’t really get myself to turn down a second adventure of a lifetime, so here I go again!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: Besides having the outdoors stuff down, I now have one season under my belt and aim to come out of the gate swinging. I’m hoping all of the crazy people will target each other right off the bat.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: There’s so much luck involved, but overall I am pretty good at making friends/alliances and can be pretty sneaky if I want to be. I plan to come out strong and aggressive in an all or nothing fashion and hopefully it works in my favor.

Brandon Hantz (21)

Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 15th castaway voted out/7th Jury Member

Current Residence: Katy, Texas

Occupation: Chemical Disposal

Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good father to my children.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • A picture of my children
  • The Bible
  • A pair of underwear

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Brandon Hantz from Survivor: SOUTH PACIFIC – he’s so cute!

Reason for Being on Survivor: Money, money, money!

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: Hunting, fishing and fire breathing!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I almost was the Sole Survivor, but I won’t make the same mistakes again.

Brenda Lowe (30)

Previous Season: Survivor: Nicaragua – 11th castaway voted out/3rd Jury Member

Current Residence: Miami, Fla.

Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner

Personal Claim to Fame: Winning an Hispanic beauty pageant.

f You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • A picture of my fiancée.
  • A picture of my family.
  • My favorite yellow bunny.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy Lusth – young, athletic, driven and focused.

Reason for Being on Survivor: To win one million dollars.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m outdoorsy and have a positive attitude.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have played before and learned from my mistakes. I am more mature, more focused and have more on the line this time.

Corinne Kaplan (33)

Previous Season: Survivor: Gabon – 12th castaway voted out/4th Jury Member

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Clinical Consultant

Personal Claim to Fame: Being me and never holding anything back.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Music – It is outrageous how slow time passes out there.
  • Hat – I aged an extra five years from squinting at the sun last time.
  • Journal – I want to remember every moment out there this time around.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Randy Bailey from Survivor: GABON. Hands down, no one else even comes close.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I ran out of bar stories to tell from the first go-round.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I can handle both the physical and the mental aspects of the game like a champ, and I thoroughly enjoy watching everyone else who can’t.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I don’t have any insecurities. It is my experience that everyone else who plays this game is riddled with them. I plan to break them down and eat them alive.

Dawn Meehan (42)

Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member

Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah

Occupation: English Professor

Personal Claim to Fame: Survivor: SOUTH PACIFIC and adopting our six amazing children.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Picture of my kids – To remind me of my end goal.
  • Eckhart Tolle book – It inspires me to DO and BE my best!
  • Backgammon – To use at camp so I can observe other players’ strategy.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Strong females who played a physical and strategic game – Kim Spradlin and Stephenie LaGrossa.

Reason for Being on Survivor: The challenge! To see what I am made of.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m mentally and physically tough. I have good intuition. I’m not a quitter. And, I’m a good bridge between people of different backgrounds.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: People underestimate me, but I have the mental, social and physical strengths to outlast and win!

Erik Reichenbach (27)

Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member

Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.

Occupation: Comic Book Artist

Personal Claim to Fame: Survivor: Micronesia

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Contacts – So I can see.
  • Acrylic Paint – To paint a “masterpiece” at tribal camp.
  • A deck of cards – to eliminate any boredom.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy – I am great at challenges too!

Reason for Being on Survivor: To show everyone that I am really not dumb, and in actuality I am a smart, funny guy who just does things in a different way.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m physically strong and easily adapt to my surroundings.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I adapt to working with different personalities easily, and I have enough of an understanding of the game to improvise if necessary.

Francesca Hogi (38)

Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 1st castaway voted out

Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Attorney

Personal Claim to Fame: I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • iPod – Nothing tunes out the chatter like music!
  • Floss – Food stuck in my teeth makes me crazy.
  • Air mattress – No one should have to sleep on bug infested bamboo.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: The most awesome contestant you can think of who went out early.

Reason for Being on Survivor: Two reasons – money and redemption.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m strong. Also, not afraid of snakes or spiders.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I’m tenacious.

John Cochran (25)

Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member

Current Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Harvard Law Student

Personal Claim to Fame: Flipping on my tribe, being reluctant to take off my shirt on day one of Survivor: South Pacific.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Frisbee – It’s fun and doubles as a dish.
  • Cards – To pass the time.
  • Sketchpad – I like to doodle!

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I have the humor of Rob Cesternino, the intelligence of Yul Kwon and the candor of Jonathan Penner.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I love Survivor! I’ve watched it, talked about it, studied it, written about it and dreamt about it for half my life.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m too passionate about Survivor to let harsh elements, starvation, sleep deprivation and abrasive tribemates deter me from lasting all 39 days.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Having played once before, I know the sorts of mistakes I’m susceptible to making. I didn’t win the last time I played, and I have no desire to repeat history. I still know more about Survivor than virtually anyone else who’s ever played the game. Now I feel more mentally and psychologically prepared to put my theoretical knowledge of the game into practice.

Phillip Sheppard (54)

Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – Made it to the final 3

Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Enter Software Sales

Personal Claim to Fame: Having served as a soldier in the U.S Army and being a Special Agent.

If You Could Have Two Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Picture of my son, who I love very much.
  • Buddhist Meditation Bowl

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Smart players – Boston Rob, Andrea Boehlke and John Cochran.

Reason for Being on Survivor: To win one million dollars and outwit the other contestants again.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I’m a hard worker who easily adapts to the elements in the wild.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am smart, can read people well, and I finished 2nd last time around as the The Specialist.

Malcolm Freberg (25)

Previous Season: Survivor: Philippines – 15th castaway voted off/8th Jury member

Current Residence: Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Bartender

Personal Claim to Fame: Once I spent over a month with Abi-Maria Gomes, and I’m still considered legally sane by the state of California.

If You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What Would They Be and Why?

  • Soap – Not for me; for whoever I end up cuddling with at night
  • Book of puzzles – Your mind is a muscle and needs to be kept in shape.
  • The Hidden Immunity Idol I never played in the Philippines – Early advantage. Seems obvious.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: This feels like a trick question.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I’m a super-fan of the show. Getting to do it once was incredible. To get a second chance… How could anyone say no?

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: Experience plays a huge roll in any situation in life. I made it through 38 days the first time so I have to like my survival odds the second time around. Oh, and I’m also smart, athletic and nice to look at.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: You play the game to win the game. I’m not on Survivor to “have a life-changing experience” or “grow as a person” or “see how far I can make it.” Those things may happen, but that’s not the reason I’m out there. The best thing I have going for me is my single-mindedness and focus towards a single goal: a seven-digit bank account.

Survivor Caramoan Fans vs Favorites: Who Are Your Favorites?

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  • Josh

    All the “favorites” are a fail except Phillip

  • CT

    Instead of calling them “favorites”, they should call them “veterans” or something. I think Malcolm is probably the only “favorite”

  • Some of the newbies look like they have promise – although Reynold seems the most annoying to me – anyone that repeatedly says how charming they are is automatically NOT charming…. he ‘dazzles’ people, come on. And while most of the others give examples of whole people that they compare to, he breaks it down with a big non-answer. First boot please….

  • Vlaovik

    The veterans group is surprisingly really weak. Surely few of these were favourites.

  • John

    Uh…Brandon Hantz is not a “favourite”. And Cochran is just annoying.

    I agree with everyone above — Fans vs. Vets is more like it.

  • Marco

    “Oh, and I’m also smart, athletic and nice to look at.” – Malcolm

    Haha! I love the confidence of Malcolm! and it’s true… he’s smart, athletic, and very hot! I hope he wins this time!