Survivor: Island of the Idols Reveals Season 39 Cast

Meet the 20 castaways competing on the new season of the CBS hit

By Lauren Piester Sep 09, 2019 6:44 PMTags
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Another season of Survivor is upon us!

Island of the Idols premieres in just a couple of weeks, and CBS just released both the cast and a more in depth explanation of how this season's theme will work. 

We already knew that former castaways and winners Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine are returning to the show to mentor the new contestants. They'll be hanging out on the Island of the Idols, a special island that some of the castaways will get the opportunity to visit to learn skills and strategy from the experts. 

Jeff Probst calls it a "Survivor boot camp," basically. 

In a video, which you can watch below, Probst further explains that this season's castaways will be marooned on their beaches without even seeing him or getting an explanation of what they're in for. 

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"So they'll show up, find their buffs, see the name of the season, and begin to speculate, what does it mean?" he says. "What they don't know is that we're doing something completely different." 

Sandra and Rob's job, according to Probst, is to teach new players various aspects of the game and then test them to see what they've learned to give the players the chance to win an advantage. 

Probst also says this cast might include the strongest group of women the show has ever had, including a lawyer, an Olympic gymnast, and a woman who says she got out of the military the day before she headed to Fiji. 

See the full cast below!

Vince Moua, 27, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Merced, Calif.  

Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.

Occupation: Admissions Counselor

Tom Laidlaw, 60, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada  

Current Residence: Greenwich, Conn. 

Occupation: Former NHL Player

Aaron Meredith, 36, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Uncasville, Conn.

Current Residence: Warwick, R.I.

Occupation: Gym Owner

Karishma Patel, 37, Lairo Tribe

Hometown:  Philadelphia

Current Residence: Houston

Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Elizabeth Beisel, 26, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Saunderstown, R.I.

Current Residence: Saunderstown, R.I.

Occupation: Olympic Medalist

Missy Byrd, 24, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Decatur, Ga.

Current Residence: Tacoma, Wash.

Occupation: Air Force Veteran

Dean Kowalski, 28, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Westfield, N. J.

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Tech Sales

Ronnie Bardah, 35, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Brockton, Mass. 

Current Residence: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Pro Poker Player

Chelsea Walker, 26, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Marlton, N.J.

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Digital Content Creator

Jamal Shipman, 33, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.

Current Residence: Providence, R.I.    

Occupation: College Administrator

Dan Spilo, 48, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Talent Manager

Noura Salman, 36, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: London, UK / Bethesda, Md.

Current Residence: North Potomac, Md. 

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Tommy Sheehan, 26, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Bayville, N.Y.

Current Residence: Long Beach, N.Y.   

Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher

Lauren Beck, 28, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif. and Rochester Hills, Mich.

Current Residence: Glendale, Calif.

Occupation: Nanny

Elaine Stott, 41, Lairo Tribe

Hometown: Woodbine, Ky.

Current Residence: Rockholds, Ky.

Occupation: Factory Worker

Jason Linden, 32, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: New York, N.Y. 

Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Kellee Kim, 29, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.

Current Residence: Philadelphia

Occupation: MBA Student

Molly Byman, 27, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Boston

Current Residence: Durham, N.C.   

Occupation: Law Student 

Janet Carbin, 59, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Neptune, N.J.

Current Residence: Palm Bay, Fla.

Occupation: Chief Lifeguard

Jack Nichting, 23, Vokai Tribe

Hometown: Newport News, Va.

Current Residence: Harrisonburg, Va.     

Occupation: Graduate Student

Survivor returns Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. on CBS.