A year ago, I traveled to Fiji to compete with a bunch of strangers for a million dollars and the title of "Sole Survivor." I didn't eat much, didn't sleep, and pooped in the ocean for 39 days straight. I was a contestant on the oldest running reality competition show on TV, Survivor, which is airing its 34 season on Wednesday, March 8 on CBS. Some seasons of Survivor feature brand new players (like my season), while others star returning favorites. Season 34 will be a battlefield of celebrated stars of seasons past. The cast of Survivor: Game Changers contains many familiar faces who will battle it out in their bathing suits for a million dollars, just like I once did.
To be a Survivor contestant, one has to be a little, well, insane. I should know. You sign up to live on an island and let cameras film you as you slowly lose your mind. Then it airs in front of America and everyone gets to have an opinion about the choices you made! So that you can get started on that process, I've put together a cheat sheet of the current Survivor cast. Here are the basics about those competing this season. Basically, I'm really excited to watch people who aren't me play the oldest and best game on TV.
Andrea previously played on Survivor 22: Redemption Island (5th place, Jury) and Survivor 26: Caramoan (7th place, Jury). Andrea first played at just 21 years old and has basically grown up competing on islands.
Aubry recently played on Survivor 32: Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty (runner-up). Aubry grew into a strategic mastermind her season whose brains were as big as her island hair.
Brad competed with his wife on Survivor 27: Blood Vs. Water (finished 15th). Brad played nine years in the NFL before trading his football helmet in for coconuts.
Caleb was medically evacuated from his previous season Survivor 32: Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty. He's never been to a tribal council but has been to a Cambodian hospital.
Ciera played on Survivor 27: Blood Vs. Water (5th place, Jury) and Survivor 31: Second Chances (10th place, Jury). Ciera voted out her mom!!!!!
This is Cirie's fourth time starving on islands having played on Survivor 12: Panama (4th place, Jury), Survivor Micronesia (3rd place, Jury) and Survivor 20: Heroes Vs. Villains (17th Place). Cirie was once afraid of leaves but is now an island-living "gangsta in an Oprah suit."
Debbie was a big character on Survivor 32: Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty (9th place, Jury). Debbie is no stranger to career changes, let's see how she does with game changes.
Hali played on Survivor 30: White Collar Vs. Blue Collar Vs. No Collar (11th Place, Jury). Hali loves law, America, and not wearing collars.
James "J.T." Thomas Jr.
J.T. won Survivor 18: Tocantins and competed on Survivor 20: Heroes Vs. Villains (10th Place, Jury). J.T. is known for playing the perfect Survivor game and falling in love with a nerdy New York Jew on the island.
Jeff played on both Season 2: Australia (10th Place, Not Jury) and Survivor 31: Second (17th Place, Not Jury). Jeff has really been through the school system, both the old school and the new school.
Malcom has fought it out on both Survivor 25: Philippines (4th Place, Jury) and Survivor 26: Caramoan (9th Place, Jury). Malcom is both handsome and strategic... and he knows it.
Michaela very recently competed on Survivor 33: Millennials vs. Gen X (14th Place). Michaela strategized using seashells and kicked butt in challenges using muscles.
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth
Ozzy has visited many islands competing on Survivor 13: Cook Islands (runner-up), Survivor 16: Micronesia (9th Place, Jury) and Survivor 23: South Pacific (4th Place, Jury). Ozzy can work magic with a fishing spear and has magically not aged.
Sandra is the only two-time winner, winning both Survivor 7: Pearl Islands and Survivor 20: Heroes Vs. Villains. Sandra is the Survivor queen and we are all just living in her world.
Sarah played with a more aggressive cop on Survivor 28: Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty (11th Place, Jury). Sarah swore on her badge and meant it, unlike the winner that season, Tony.
Sierra Dawn Thomas
Sierra competed on Survivor 30: White Collar Vs. Blue Collar Vs. No Collar (5th Place, Jury). Sierra rides horses around barrels and is fit and ready to compete.
Tai was a finalist on Survivor 32: Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty (3rd Place). Tai saved a chicken named Mark and is best friends with Sia now.
Tony won Survivor 28: Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty with a bang. Tony spied and lied but he never cried. He's an undisputed great winner.
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson
Troyzan was a competitor on Survivor 24: One World (8th Place, Jury). This is his island!!!
I voted Zeke out of Survivor 33: Millennials Vs. Gen X (9th Place, Jury). I said no to him staying on the island but said yes to marrying him. #Heke
Catch all these fantastic returning castaways Wednesday, March 8 on CBS.