Survivor: Island of the Idols cast revealed; more about new twist (video)

Survivor: Island of the IdolsSurvivor: Island of the Idols is premiering on CBS two weeks from Wednesday, and after a long wait, today the network finally unveiled the full cast!

So what do we take away from this group? For starters, we would say that this may be one of the more diverse groups that we’ve seen for the show in some time. You’ve got an interesting array of people from all walks of life, including a lot of people who seem to be ready and eager to play. This is where Boston Rob and Sandra Diaz-Twine come into play. These two are going to serve as mentors on the “Island of the Idols,” a place where they help the contestants but also put them through tests that could allow them to get advantages within the game. We’re not sure how this twist will work long-term, but the two (alongside Jeff Probst) explain it in the video. Probst also notes that he is not telling the contestants in advance what is going on, so they’re going to end up figuring things out here for themselves.

Without further ado, check out all of the cast below alongside their occupations and where they’re from. You can also check out our own video at the bottom of this article for more first impressions; Be sure to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube so you don’t miss our coverage all season long (new Survivor videos will be up 3 times a week!) and check out our Survivor: Island of Idols playlist for more.


Ronnie Bardah

Ronnie Bardah (35)

Hometown: Brockton, Mass.

Current Residence: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Pro Poker Player

Elizabeth Beisel

Elizabeth Beisel (26)

Hometown: Saunderstown, R.I.

Current Residence: Saunderstown, R.I.

Occupation: Olympic Medalist

Missy Byrd

Missy Byrd (24)

Hometown: Decatur, Ga.

Current Residence: Tacoma, Wash.

Occupation: Air Force Veteran

Dean Kowalski

Dean Kowalski (28)

Hometown: Westfield, N. J.

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Tech Sales

Tom Laidlaw

Tom Laidlaw (60)

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Current Residence: Greenwich, Conn.

Occupation: Former NHL Player

Aaaron Meredith

Aaron Meredith (36)

Hometown: Uncasville, Conn.

Current Residence: Warwick, R.I.

Occupation: Gym Owner

Vince Moua

Vince Moua (27)

Hometown: Merced, Calif.

Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.

Occupation: Admissions Counselor

Karishma Patel

Karishma Patel (37)

Hometown: Philadelphia

Current Residence: Houston

Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Elanie Scott

Elaine Stott (41)

Hometown: Woodbine, Ky.

Current Residence: Rockholds, Ky.

Occupation: Factory Worker

Chelsea Walker

Chelsea Walker (26)

Hometown: Marlton, N.J.

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Digital Content Creator


Lauren Beck

Lauren Beck (28)

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

Current Residence: Glendale, Calif.

Occupation: Nanny

Molly Byman

Molly Byman (27)

Hometown: Boston

Current Residence: Durham, N.C.

Occupation: Law Student

Janet Carbin

Janet Carbin (59)

Hometown: Neptune, N.J.

Current Residence: Palm Bay, Fla.

Occupation: Chief Lifeguard

Kellee Kim

Kellee Kim (29)

Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.

Current Residence: Philadelphia

Occupation: MBA Student

Jason Linden


Jason Linden (32)

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Jack Nichting

Jack Nichting (23)

Hometown: Newport News, Va.

Current Residence: Harrisonburg, Va.

Occupation: Graduate Student

Noura Salman

Noura Salman (36)

Hometown: London, UK / Bethesda, Md.

Current Residence: North Potomac, Md.

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Tommy Sheehan

Tommy Sheehan (26)

Hometown: Bayville, N.Y.

Current Residence: Long Beach, N.Y.

Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher

Jamal Shipman

Jamal Shipman (33)

Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.

Current Residence: Providence, R.I.

Occupation: College Administrator

Dan Spilo

Dan Spilo (48)

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Talent Manager

What’s next?

We’ll have more opportunities to discuss Survivor: Island of the Idols over the next couple of weeks leading up to the premiere, so be sure to visit the link here for more.

For now, let us know what you think about the cast for Survivor: Island of the Idols, and some of what you’d like to see from them moving forward. (Photo: CBS.)

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