List of Survivor (U.S. TV series) contestants

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Survivor is an American reality television show, based on the Swedish program, Expedition Robinson. Contestants are referred to as "castaways", and they compete against one another to become the "Sole Survivor" and win one million U.S. dollars. First airing in 2000, there have been a total of thirty-one seasons, which have been filmed on five different continents. The current season, Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, will premiere on February 17, 2016.

Contestants usually apply to be on the show, but the series has been known to recruit contestants for various seasons. For Survivor: Fiji, the producers had hoped to have a more racially diverse cast, and hoped that a more diverse group would apply after the success of the racially segregated Survivor: Cook Islands. When this did not happen, the producers turned to recruiting and in the end, only one contestant had actually submitted an application to be on the show.[1] For the most part, contestants are virtually unknown prior to their Survivor appearance, but occasionally some well-known people are cast.

A total of 478 participants have competed, and 79 of them have competed in multiple seasons: 63 of them competed in two seasons, 14 competed three times, and two competed four times. So far, there have been nine seasons which featured returning players: In 2004, an All-Stars edition aired, with the cast being eighteen past competitors; in 2005, as part of a surprise twist, two past contestants from Survivor: Palau competed again in Survivor: Guatemala; in 2008, Survivor: Micronesia featured a tribe of ten returning contestants against a tribe of ten new contestants; in 2010, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains featured 20 returning contestants, including nine that were competing for the third time; and in 2011, two past castaways returned for Survivor: Redemption Island and two other past castaways returned for Survivor: South Pacific.[2][3][4] In 2012, three past castaways who were medically evacuated from their previous seasons returned for Survivor: Philippines. In 2013, ten returning castaways competed for a second time against ten new castaways in Survivor: Caramoan and ten more castaways returned for Survivor: Blood vs. Water alongside a loved one. In 2015, 20 more returning castaways competed in Survivor: Cambodia, selected by a public vote from a pool of 32 past contestants.[5]

In several seasons, contestants have been cast but ultimately withdrew before the game began: a 20th contestant was originally cast in Survivor: Fiji, but dropped out and returned home the night before the show began because of panic attacks,[6] while in Survivor: San Juan del Sur, the 19th and 20th contestants, a related couple, were removed just before filming due to a medical emergency.[7] In both cases, the removed contestants were unreplaced. Fiji and San Juan del Sur proceeded with an uneven gender balance.


All information is accurate as of the time the season was filmed, and thus may vary from season to season for returning players.

  ^ Contestant played the game for a second time
  † Contestant played the game for a third time
  ‡ Contestant played the game for a fourth time

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  1. ^ Young, Susan (2007-02-07). "New 'Survivor: Fiji' divides haves and have-nots "Survivor: Fiji"". The Oakland Tribune (ANG Newspapers). Archived from the original on 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Jason (2009-12-31). "". AOL. Retrieved 2009-12-31.  External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ "'Survivor': They're baaaaaaaack! Russell and Boston Rob join the cast of 'Redemption Island'" (Press release). Entertainment Weekly. January 13, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Ross, Dalton (August 24, 2011). "'Survivor: South Pacific': Ozzy and Coach to return for new season. They talk about it here! -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Holmes, Gordon (May 6, 2015). "‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Invites Viewers to Select the Castaways". Xfinity. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rudolph, Ileane (2007-02-07). "Survivor Bombshell: Fiji's "Babe" Reveals Why She Bailed!". TV Guide. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  7. ^ Bierly, Mandi (June 2, 2014). "'Survivor': Two contestants left show before filming began in Nicaragua -- EXCLUSIVE". Retrieved June 2, 2014.