“Survivor: China”

There’s a chicken farmer, a school lunch lady and even a professional poker play, but for once there isn’t a single “Survivor” castaway from the Bay Area.

CBS announced today the 16 new castaways who will compete in “Survivor: China” when the 15th installment premieres Thursday, Sept. 20 on CBS-Channel 5.

“Survivor: China” begins not on an island, but in urban Shanghai before moving to HuangPu Mountain’s Mi Tuo Temple for a Buddhist ceremony where they will be instructed to leave all of their worldly possessions behind.

The castaways will then be marooned with the clothes on their back at two separate islands on Zhelin Lake (translation: the Land of 1,000 Lakes) located in the Jiangxi Province. They will split into two tribes, Fei Long (translation: Flying Dragon) and Zhan Hu (translation: Fighting Tiger), and will each be given a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War for tribe motivation and assistance throughout the game.

This time there will be a not-so-Hidden Immunity Idol which may save someone from elimination at a future Tribal Council. The idols will be in plain sight, although the castaways won’t realize it at first.

Each week, the winning tribe of the Reward Challenge will be allowed to kidnap someone from the losing tribe. The person who is kidnapped will receive a note from host Jeff Probst before departing for the enemy camp and will be instructed to give it to one member of the enemy tribe (the kidnapped victim will decide who receives it) in private.

The clue will inform this person of the Hidden Immunity Idol located somewhere at their camp. This person must then decide if they wish to share the information with their tribe or keep it to themselves. The kidnapped victim will return to their original tribe at the following Immunity Challenge.

The castaways are:

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JEAN-ROBERT BELLANDE

36

Las Vegas (originally from Long Island, N.Y.)

Professional Poker Player

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JAMES CLEMENT

30

Lafayette, La.

Grave Digger

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DAVE CRUSER

37

Simi Valley, Calif.

Former Model

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JAIME DUGAN

22

Columbia, S.C. (originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

Student

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TODD HERZOG

22

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Flight Attendant

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ERIK HUFFMAN

26

Nashville, Tenn. (originally from Greenville, S.C.)

Musician

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AMANDA KIMMEL

23

Los Angeles (originally from Kalispell, Mont.)

Hiking Guide

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PEIH-GEE LAW

29

Marina Del Rey, Calif. (born in Hong Kong)

Jeweler

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SHEREA LLOYD

26

Atlanta (originally from Pontiac, Mich.)

Elementary Teacher

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DENISE MARTIN

40

Douglas, Mass. (originally from Revere, Mass.)

School Lunch Lady

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ASHLEY MASSARO

28

East Northport, N.Y.

Professional WWE Wrestler

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CHICKEN MORRIS

47

Marion, Va.

Chicken Farmer

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LESLIE NEASE

38

Tega Cay, S.C.

Christian Radio Talk Show Host

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AARON REISBERGER

32

Venice, Calif. (originally from Belmont County, Ohio)

Surfing Instructor

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COURTNEY YATES

26

New York City (originally from Boston)

Waitress

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FROSTI ZERNOW

20

Chicago (originally from Traverse City, Mich.)

Parkour Athlete/Student

2 Comments

  1. court. true. said,

    October 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    OMG! COURTNEY IS LIKE MY THINSPO.
    she is so skinny!
    super gawjusss!!!

    IM NOT EATING! I WANT TO BE LIKE HER!!!

    she is sooo pretty.

    food = evil

    thank yew for putting her on survivor. i never wudda stoped eating if i didnt see her! =]

  2. john said,

    November 30, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    don’t stop eating? do u want to kill ur self or something? if you want to get skinny then diet and excersize, im sure courtney doesnt starve herself, so just stop not eating, it will kill you!