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Two 'Survivor' heavyweights return for upcoming season, 'Redemption Island'

January 13, 2011 |  3:05 pm

RobRussell Did anyone see this coming, or were y'all just hoping against hope that you'd never see the two faces to the right ever again?

Either way, get ready for "Survivor: Redemption Island," with veterans Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz competing alongside 16 brand-new players. This will be Boston Rob's fourth time playing the game, and Russell's third.

I linked to host Jeff Probst's description of the new season when covering the "Nicaragua" finale, but Entertainment Weekly's all-knowing "Survivor" man, Dalton Ross, has reported a bunch more since then, quashing some Internet gossip. For one, Boston Rob and Russell will not be given immunity. So, yes, they can be voted out first after blindly choosing buffs to see which tribe they'll join.

Besides the two returning players, the new cast includes a lot of Southern Californians -- 10 of the 16 are from the area. For more on them, Boston Rob and Russell, head on after the jump for two videos and a complete cast list.

Photo: Two contestants both loved and hated, Boston Rob and Russell Hantz, return for "Survivor: Redemption Island." Credit: Monty Brinton / CBS.

Full cast list (Name, age; current residence; previous seasons or occupation)

Russell Hantz, 38

Dayton, Texas

Previous seasons: "Survivor: Samoa" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

Rob Mariano, 33

Pensacola, Fla.

Previous seasons: "Survivor: Marquesas," "Survivor: All-Stars" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

Andrea Boehlke, 21

Random Lake, Wis.

Student (University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point)

Mike Chiesl, 31

Del Mar

Former Marine

Matthew Elrod, 22


Pre-med student

Francesca Hogi, 36

Washington, D.C.


Kristina Kell, 46


Law student (University of La Verne College of Law)

Ralph Kiser, 45

Lebanon, Va. 


Krista Klumpp, 25

Columbia, S.C.

Pharmaceutical representative

Grant Mattos, 29

West Hollywood

Yoga instructor

David Murphy, 31

West Hollywood

Defense attorney

Phillip Sheppard, 52

Santa Monica

Technology executive

Natalie Tenerelli, 19

Acton, Calif.

Professional dancer

Ashley Underwood, 25

Benton, Maine


Stephanie Valencia, 26

Long Beach


Sarita White, 36

Santa Monica  

Visual effects producer

Julie Wolfe, 50

Oceanside, Calif.


Steve Wright, 51

Huntington Beach

Former NFL player

— Anthony Williams