Well, it seems that Survivor website I was getting the info from is entirely incorrect! Here's the latest and official:
ETA: No, only partially incorrect. This article refers to a tribe of "8 men" yet there are 18 people listed at the bottom.
"Survivor: Vanuatu" Cast Announced
by Lia Haberman
Aug 17, 2004, 11:30 AM PT
Survivor: The Sexual Tension continues.
CBS announced its newest batch of castaways this morning destined to be stranded on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu--Islands of Fire. And continuing a tradition the show kicked off in season six, it will be men versus women when the Lopevi tribe (Mars) struggles to outwit, outplay and outlast the Yasur tribe (Venus).
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For now, the talent pool seems a dead heat. Among the tribe of eight men is an FBI agent--which seems useful for decoding stuff--and a drill sergeant, who probably thrives on little food and a bad night's sleep. The women's camp includes a rancher and a sheep farmer, which should come in handy if there are any edible creatures to be wrangled.
Both sides also have eye candy. There's Ami Cusack, a model and barista (that's coffee shop clerk in plain English), and John Kenney, a model and mechanical bull operator. Oh, the possibilities. But it's not all chaps and buff bods. Other contestants include a California teacher whose right calf was amputated, a finance manager from New Jersey and a real-estate agent from New Orleans.
The drama will all play out against Vanuatu's balmy background, which typically serves as host to scuba divers and honeymooners. But don't let the sandy beaches and beautiful water fool you, warns CBS. A statement from the net refers to the area as "the tumultuous Ring of Fire, a land of volcanoes and rituals where sorcery and black magic are a part of tribal life and the spirits of the dead are believed to have power over the living."
Um, okay, if you say so.
The Eye network also warns of a tribal history that includes cannibalism, which could hint at a creepy challenge involving lots of slimy stuff to be ingested. Bon appetit, suckers.
And like the gender divide, the South Pacific is also something of a do-over location, just a few hundred miles from season four's Marquesas' islands. Having already exhausted the South China Seas, the Australian outback, Kenya, Thailand, the Amazon and Panama's pirate coast, casting agents may be running out of tropical locations to strand the castaways.
Here's a quick rundown of the 18 chosen to get intimately acquainted over badly cooked rice and a poorly built fire:
Julie Berry, 23, youth mentor from Gorham, Maine
Ami Cusack, 31, barista and model from Lakewood, Colorado
Mia Galeotalanza, 30, finance manager from Tom's River, New Jersey
Lisa Keiffer, 44, real estate agent from New Orleans
Scout Cloud Lee, 59, rancher/entrepreneur from Stillwater, Oklahoma
Leann Slaby, 35, research assistant from Kansasville, Wisconsin
Dolly Neely, 25, sheep farmer from Mercer, Pennsylvania
Eliza Orlins, 21, pre-law student from Syracuse, New York
Twila Tanner, 41, highway repair worker from Marshall, Missouri
Chad Crittenden, 35, teacher from Oakland
Chris Daugherty, 33, highway construction worker from South Vienna, Ohio
Brady Finta, 33, FBI agent/ex-military from Huntington Beach, California
Rory Freeman, 35, housing case manager from Des Moines, Iowa
Brook Geraghty, 27, from Winthrop, Massachusetts
John Kenney, 22, mechanical bull operator/model from Los Angeles
Lea "Sarge" Masters, 40, drill sergeant from Columbia, South Carolina
John Palyok, 31, Home Depot sales manager from Los Angeles
Travis "Bubba" Sampson, 33, from Johnson City, Tennessee
The ninth season of sneaky alliances, restrictive rations, harsh elements and Jeff Probst will premiere with a special two-hour episode Sept. 16 on CBS.