‘Survivor 41’ spoilers find that few seasons have been as hotly anticipated as the one beginning in only a few weeks. Fans of the long-running competition series haven’t seen their favorite reality show since season 40 wrapped up in May of 2020. The 20-year anniversary show, Survivor: Winners at War featured all previously seen contestants who had won their prior, respective seasons.
‘Survivor 41’: Meet the 18 Castaways Ahead Of The Highly Anticipated Premiere
Survivor 41 will be the first new crop of contestants since season 39 wrapped on screens in December 2019 when Tommy Sheehan walked away with the $1 million prize, but not every contestant originally cast made it on Survivor 41. By the time production started up again after being shut down in 2020 due to Covid, many recasts had been made. This was to satisfy CBS’s newly created 50% diversity mandate.
So, who are the 18 castaways who finally found their way down to Fiji?
Starting with the oldest competitor this season we have Heather Aldret, a 52 year old Stay at Home Mom from Charleston, South Carolina.
Fans may remember Jeff Probst putting a call out to teenagers to apply for future seasons of the Survivor during the finale of Winners at War. “You should apply, especially if you’re young. I’m talking teenagers — 16, 17, 18, 19. Do it. Cool parents and a cool school? Who knows. It could happen.”
Despite this, the youngest contestants for Survivor 41 are two 20 year olds.
Jairus Robinson is a 20 year old College Student from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
And Liana Wallace is an Illinois native 20 year old, currently attending college in Washington, DC.
Other college students include Evvie Jagoda, 28 years old and from New York. Evvie is a PhD Student currently living in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Los Angeles native, 26 year old Sydney Segal a is a Law Student in Brooklyn, New York.
And Med Student, Deshawn Radden is a 26 year old from California, attending med school in Miami, Florida.
Deshawn isn’t the only guy who knows his way around a scalpel. 35 year old David Voce, also originally from California is a Neurosurgeon currently living in Chicago, Illinois.
Staying within the health industry we have 24 year old Sara Wilson from Sherman Oaks, California now living and working as a Healthcare Consultant in Boston, Massachusetts.
Two Canadians have been cast for season 41.
Erika Casupanan is a 32 year old Communications Manager originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario but now living in Toronto.
While Shantel Smith is a 34 year old pastor, originally from Toronto and now living in Washington, DC.
Naseer Muttalif is a 37 year old Sri Lankan Sales Manager now living in Morgan Hill, California.
Genie Chen is yet another Californian, now living in Portland, Oregon where she works as a Grocery clerk. Genie is 46.
Eric Abraham, a Cybersecurity Analyst from Atlanta and now living in San Antonio, Texas is the second oldest competitor at 51 years old.
21 year old Xander Hastings is third youngest. Originally from Florida, the App Developer now lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Filling out the group of 18 we have a Rancher from Shawnee, Wyoming. Brad Reese is 50 years old
47 year old New York-(state)-er, Tiffany Seely is a Teacher.
Ricard Foyé is a 31 year old Flight Attendant from Washington
And the final castaway may be known to audiences, especially Bears or Cowboy fans. A former Safety of both NFL teams, Danny McCray is 33 and now living in Frisco, Texas.
After the Survivor 41 cast were announced this week, Jeff Probst assured the group is “a really likable group of savvy ‘Survivor’ players.” The host and EP also gushed, “I cannot remember a time when I’ve been this excited to launch a new season of Survivor.”
Not only has the wait been a long one, the 59-year-old host, who has appeared in all 596 episodes and won four Emmy Awards for his troubles has promised the castaways are in for a tough season.
After heading to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji the 18 players will be split into three tribes, ready to Outwit, Outlast and Outplay…but for 26 days only. While bucking the 39 day tradition, the shortened season has been described as the most intense, most difficult, and most dangerous season Survivor has ever created.
In another first, Probst will take viewers inside the action, breaking the fourth wall and addressing the audience directly throughout the season. The enigmatic host will even be letting fans in on some twists before the players themselves learn about them.
Junior fans are said to be able to test their own Survivor skills throughout the season by playing the newly formed “game within the game” Each week, they’ll have to spot a hidden rebus puzzle within the episode and solve it.
These are not the only new twists that have been teased to appear throughout season 41. Along with the shortened time frame, promising bigger stakes with faster decisions to be made, another change is the fact that tribes will not be given any daily food staple. Reward challenges will also be scarce creating an immediate impact on their mental and physical states.
Probst understands the new format may be a little off putting to die hard fans, but believes that, in time, the new aspects will become fan favorite twists like the hidden immunity idols and tribe swaps quickly became. He also explained the changed game is “meant to keep players on their toes and not rely on their knowledge of past seasons.”
Despite a different look, Probst assures it will be a crowd-pleasing season.
“We know we have the most loyal fans of any show on television, and we are pumped to bring them a new, exciting season of ‘Survivor’!” he gushed.
‘Survivor’ is returning for Season 41 with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 8pm ET on CBS