Yesterday, CBS revealed the cast of Survivor 23 – South Pacific.
Well, at least the new contestants. For some reason, CBS still wants to wait a little bit to announce that the returning contestants are Ozzy Lusth and Ben “Coach” Wade, apparently some people are still don’t know it.
My very first impression was that I was less than impressed to say the least.
I had the feeling that they were all premerge boots. Yes all of them! Not only I couldn’t see a winner among them, but I couldn’t even see somebody good enough to make the merge.
Pretty sad isn’t it?
I guess Redemption Island has had a quite damaging influence on this show, and I’m afraid it may never fully recover from it (especially because Jeff Probst doesn’t seem to have gotten the clue, his mancrush won, and that’s all he cares, it doesn’t matter that the season was the worst ever).
However, I started looking a little bit more into them (I mean, official videos as well as Dalton Ross’s on EW, no spoiler or anything like that) and I found some potentially interesting characters. I was also surprised by the number of applicants/people who knew the show well. Maybe production has started getting a clue that having a cast of a majority of people who know nothing about the show and just want to be on TV is a bad idea.
I’m still debating whether I’ll write individual posts for every single contestants like I did last year. I admit that spending so much time on these people who were not worth it took a hit at my motivation.
We’ll see if I write a post per contestants, per tribe or just one for the whole cast pre-show (if you feel strongly about any, tell me)
In the meantime, their names:
- Dawn Meehan, 41
- Elyse Umemoto, 27
- Jim Rice, 35
- John Cochran, 24
- Keith Toleffson, 26
- Mark Caruso, 48
- Semhar Tadesse, 24
- Whitney Duncan, 27
- Albert Destrade, 26
- Brandon Hantz, 19 (yes, you read his last name right)
- Christine Shields Markoski, 39
- Edna Ma, 35
- Mikayla Wingle, 22
- Rick Nelson, 51
- Sophie Clarke, 22
- Stacey Powell, 44
Ok, that’s it for today, I’ll be back soon with my first impressions (I haven’t watched all of their interviews yet).
Edit: Upon reflection, they could be a good cast, for the very reason that they look like a bunch of premerge boots, that feeling also came from the fact that a lot of them are “normal people” and applicants, something that has been lacking on Survivor in recent seasons.