Will Former Pop Star Survive Survivor?

CBS announces the 16 contestants on the next cycle of the series, set in Brazil highlands

By Breanne L. Heldman Jan 14, 2009 5:45 PMTags
Survivor CastMonty Brinton/CBS

As a former member of the pop group SWV, Taj Johnson-George managed to survive the album charts in the early '90s. Is she ready for Survivor...or will she be too "Weak"?

The singer is one of 16 new castaways on Survivor: Tocantins—the Brazilian Highlands, the 18th installment of the Emmy-winning CBS series.

Jeff Probst will host once again, but the beginning of the season is all about first impressions. The contestantswho also include a school principal, an Army sergeant and a cattle rancherhave already been divided into two tribes. Before the castaways even have a chance to speak to one another, they'll have to choose one person from each tribe to stay behind. As a CBS release says, "Will this mean the end for these two individuals or will they get a second chance to make a first impression?"

Viewers can find out when the season kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 12. In the meantime, here's a list of the potential million-dollar winners:

Jalapao Tribe

  • Sandy Burgin, 53; bus driver
  • Joe Dowdle, 26; real estate sales
  • Spencer Duhm, 19; student
  • Carolina Eastwood, 26; bartender
  • Stephen Fishbach, 29; corporate consultant
  • Taj Johnson-George, 37; former pop star
  • James "JT" Thomas Jr., 24; cattle rancher
  • Sydney Wheeler, 24; model

Timbira Tribe

  • Tyson Apostol, 29; professional cyclist
  • Debra "Debbie" Beebe, 46; school principal
  • Erinn Lobdell, 26; hairstylist
  • Sierra Reed, 23; model
  • Jerry Sims, 49; U.S. Army sergeant
  • Candace Smith, 31; attorney
  • Brendan Synnott, 30; entrepreneur
  • Benjamin "Coach" Wade, 37; soccer coach