Survivor: Philippines Contestants Include 80's TV Star, Baseball Player And 3 Former Contestants

By Kelly West 2012-08-21 08:42:49 discussion comments
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Next month, CBS has Survivor set to return for its 25th Season. The network announced the cast this week, and in addition to bringing in the star of a beloved 80's TV series, there will be three former Survivor contestants returning this season for another chance to play the game. Find out who they area ahead!

CBS announced the contestants for Survivor: Philippines yesterday, and on the list is Lisa Whelchel, whom Facts of Life fans will remember for playing the privileged Blair Warner in the comedy series. Whelchel's acting credits since the series wrapped up back in the 80's have been minimal, so she's been out of the public spotlight for quite a while (excluding a Facts of Life reunion TV movie back in 2001). But she isn't the only recognizable name joining this season of Survivor. Baseball MVP Jeff Kent will also be competing. And today, EW shared the information on the three previous contestants joining the Philippines.

Michael Skupin, who's likely remembered by Survivor fans for falling into the fire back during Survivor: The Australian Outback more than a decade ago, will be among this season's contestants. Also returning are Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan. Penner played during Survivor: Cook Islands and then returned for Micronesia, but had to leave that season due to an infected knee. And Russell Swan left Survivor: Samoa due to dehydration. So it seems these three guys will have a chance to finish what they started. And hopefully they'll have better fortune (and health) this time around!

Here's the full list of contestants…
Kalabaw tribe

Jonathan Penner

Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Age: 50

Previous Seasons: Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia

Previous Finishes: Survivor: Cook Islands – 14th out, 6th jury member. Survivor: Micronesia – medical evacuation due to knee infection.

Sarah Dawson

Insurance Sales

Silver Spring, Md.

Age: 28

Katie Hanson

Former Miss Delaware

Newark, Del.

Age: 22

Jeff Kent

Former baseball MVP

Austin, Tex.

Age: 44

Dana Lambert

Cosmetologist

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Age: 32

Carter Williams

Track Coach

Shawnee, Kan.

Age: 24

Tandang tribe

Michael Skupin

Professional speaker, author and coach

White Lake, Mich.

Age: 50

Previous Season: Survivor: The Australian Outback

Previous Finish: Medical Evacuation due to severe burns received after passing out into a fire from smoke inhalation

Abi-Maria Gomes

Business Student

Los Angeles, Calif.

Age: 32

Roberta “R.C.” Saint-Armour

Investment Banker

New York, N.Y.

Age: 27

Artis Silvester

Computer Engineer

Terry Town, La.

Age: 53

Lisa Whelchel

Former “Facts of Life” Actress

Dallas, Tex.

Age: 49

Pete Yurkowski

Engineering Graduate

Holmdel, N.J.

Age: 24

Matsing tribe

Russell Swan

Environmental Attorney

Glenside, Penn.

Age: 45

Previous Season: Survivor: Samoa

Previous Finish: Medical evacuation due to Dehydration

Malcolm Freberg

Bartender

Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Age: 25

Zane Knight

Tire Repair

Danville, Va.

Age: 28

Angie Layton

Student

Provo, Utah

Age: 20

Roxanne “Roxy” Morris

Seminary Student

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Age: 28

Denise Stapley

Sex Therapist

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Age: 41

Survivor: Philippines returns with a special 90-minute edition,Wednesday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.
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