The 21st season of the $1 million prize reality competition Survivor – this time set in Nicaragua – kicked off September 15, 2010. The most notable player coming into this season was Former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. Now with a couple of episodes shown we have better insight into the entire cast.
This season separated the tribes by age. The 20 players were separated into tribes of 10; one tribe with people 30-and-under and the other with people over 40. The younger tribe was named La Flor and given yellow buffs and flag. The older tribe was named Espada and given blue buffs and flag.
Prior to the first episode, there was scant biographical information about each tribe member on the CBS website, so we made predictions of the players based solely on their pictures. Many of these predictions were wrong now that the season is underway and we’ve seen the cast in action.
We now have a better picture of the players and below is some insight into their games along with more biographical information courtesy of website Survivor Fever.
Dan – 63 – Real Estate Executive from Watermill, New York
We thought Dan would be clever but he really isn’t. Survivor Fever says he “spends his days drinking martinis and hanging out.” That seems to be the extent of what he’s done in Nicaragua so far minus the drinking martinis part.
Holly – 44 – Swim Coach from Eureka, South Dakota
Obviously from the way she behaved in Episode 2 she’s already on her tribe’s crazy list. The only new info SF says is that her daughter was Miss Teen South Dakota.
Jane – 56 – Dog Trainer from Jackson Springs, North Carolina
She was the fire starter on Episode 1 and proved herself someone to contend with. In Episode 2 she turned out to be quite busty! It also turns out she breeds super cute dogs called shelties and is the owner of Shadow Hill Shelties. Click on the link to see pics of a teen-aged Jane.
Jill – 43 – ER Doctor from Erie, Pennsylvania
Told Marty about the HII and became aligned with him but considering when he found it he said “I got the idol! erm We got the idol?” maybe not a good move. She is a triathlete and really sporty according to SF.
Jimmy J – 67 – Sports Broadcaster from Islamorada, Florida
We already know about him and that his teammates Jimmy T. and Marty are jealous of him and want him out.
Jimmy T – 48 – Fisherman from Gloucester, Massachusetts
He’s a loudmouth and not too bright. Turns out he won his spot on Survivor through a Sears popularity contest.
Marty – 48 – Technology Executive from Mill Valley, California
Actually works for Sococo an online communications platform with a cute logo – not Yahoo! as previously thought. He also is fluent in Spanish. But he seems mean and evil.
Wendy – 48 – Goat Rancher from Fromberg, Montana
Oh Wendy we hardly knew her but her first and last tribal council gave us way too much info. She also farms turkeys and sheep.
Tyrone – 42 – Fire Captain from Inglewood, California
Another triathlete but he hasn’t been given much air time which could mean that he goes far or that he gets cut early.
Yve – 41 – Homemaker from Kansas City, Missouri
Not just a homemaker also an actress according to SF. She’s been in the movies “Last Will,” “Hope” and “Change of Life.”
La Flor tribe:
Alina – 23 – Art Student at California State University (Fullerton) from Downey, California
She could qualify for tribe b.i.t.c.h. too except NaOnka currently owns that title. And she’s also a model/actress featured in SurfIllustrated.com. A good reason to be snooty.
Ben “Benry”- 24 – Club Promoter from Los Angeles
Haven’t seen much of him either. SF says he used to date plastic-surgery fame-whore Heidi Montag – WHAT?
Brenda – 27 – Paddleboard Company Owner from Miami
Turns out she’s smarter than previously thought and smartly using the men to her advantage – right Chase? Was born in the Canary Islands to a Hong Kong-Chinese mother and Brazilian father… no wonder Sash calls her the “Asian Sensation.”
Chase – 24 – Pro Race Car Jackman from Fairview, North Carolina
If he doesn’t become too enamored with Brenda he might go far. He’s also a musician and you can buy his debut album “Friday Nights & Sunday Mornings” on iTunes and cdbaby.com
Judson “Jud” – 21 – Student from Venice, California
Jud or Fabio as Shannon named him is so clueless but cute and harmless. He’s really the laid-back comic relief of the show. He’s also the drummer in a band called Space Funk Odyssey.
Kelly B – 26 – Medical Student from Durham, North Carolina
We feel bad for her because everyone is discriminating against her because of her prosthetic leg. But she’s proving herself to her tribe mates except NaOnka who still has it in for her for some reason. She’s also a triathlete and Ironman athlete.
Kelly S – 20 – Nursing Student from Mesa, Arizona
Now she’s called Purple Kelly. Haven’t seen much of her on the episodes either and SF doesn’t have any new info on her.
Matthew “Sash” – 30 – Real Estate Broker from New York
He’s proving to be a good player and getting people to do what he wants but being affable about it. Plus he’s getting a minority alliance together with NaOnka and Brenda. NaOnka could be a bad mistake though since no one likes her too much. According to SF Sash has run marathons and likes traveling.
NaOnka – 27 – Physical Education Teacher from Los Angeles
This woman is slowly digging her grave by just being obnoxious, loud and rude. You really wonder how certain players think they can win by acting this way. We hope she gets the boot soon because she’s so annoying.
Shannon – 30 – Pest Control Co. Owner from Lafayette, Louisiana
Shannon also dug his own grave on this show – right Sash? He was the second person voted off. Now he can go back to being a sales rep for Mosquito Max.
More Survivor: Nicaragua:
For a recap of Episode 2 click here
For an interview with Shannon click here
For a recap of Episode 1 click here