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Survivor: Redemption Island Cast Announced: Did Boston Rob and Russell Make the Cut?

Sixteen of Survivor: Redemption Island's 18 castmembers were announced today by CBS.

The reality show's 22nd season newcomers are joined by two former Castaways, to be named later this week, also competing for the million-dollar prize and "one last shot at redemption."

The delayed announcement is sure to fuel the campfire rumors that this season—the second in a row to be filmed in Nicaragua—would feature a showdown between all-timers Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz.

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Also unclear is what role the two vets will play in the series' new twist: instead of immediately leaving the game, a voted-off Castaway is sent to the isolated Redemption Island, living alone in exile until joined by the next person eliminated at Tribal Council. The two compete in a duel, with the loser of the showdown going home while the winner continues on for a chance to return to the game and vie for the title of Sole Survivor.

The current list of Castaways comprise more NFL vets (two of 'em this season) and the usual young hotties—including a doppelgänger of recent champ Fabio—but unlike last season, white-collar and service professionals make up a majority of the cast. For now, that is...

Ometepe Tribe
Andrea Boehlke
, 21, Random Lake, Wis.; student
Matt Elrod, 22, Nashville; pre-med student
Francesca Hogi, 36, Washington D.C.; attorney
Kristina Kell, 46, Malibu; law student
Grant Mattos, 29, West Hollywood; former NFLer, yoga instructor
Phillip Sheppard, 52, Santa Monica; technology executive
Natalie Tenerelli, 19, Acton, Calif.; professional dancer
Ashley Underwood, 25, Benton, Maine; nurse
Former Castaway (TBA)

Zapatera Tribe
Mike Chiesl
, 31, Del Mar, Calif.; former Marine
Ralph Kiser, 44, Lebanon, Va.; farmer
Krista Klumpp, 25,  Columbia, S.C.; pharmaceutical rep.
David Murphy, 31, West Hollywood; defense attorney
Stephanie Valencia, 25,  Long Beach, Calif.; waitress
Sarita White, 36, Santa Monica; visual effects producer
Julie Wolfe, 50, Oceanside, Calif.; firefighter
Steve Wright, 51,  Huntington Beach, Calif.; former NFL player
Former Castaway (TBA)

Survivor: Redemption Island premieres Wednesday, Feb. 16 on CBS.

PHOTOS: Meet the Castaways of Survivor: Redemption Island

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