‘Facts of Life’ Star, 2000 NL MVP Join the Cast of ‘Survivor: Philippines’

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

The first fifteen cast members for the 25th season of “Survivor” were announced by CBS this morning including former “Facts of Life” star Lisa Whelchel and 2000 National League Most Valuable Player Jeff Kent. This group of strangers will be divided into three tribes (for the first time since “Survivor: All Stars”) and be joined by three previous “Survivor” competitors who will be named at a later date.

In other “Survivor” news, in an effort to get rid of me for good, the higher-ups at Xfinity TV sent me into the snake-infested Philippines wilderness. Unfortunately for them, I returned. Fortunately for “Survivor” fans, I came back with exclusive pre-game cast interviews, behind-the-scenes tidbits, photos, and more.  I’ll be cranking these out daily between now and the show’s September 19th premiere, so be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates.

Name: Sarah Dawson
Age:28
Home:Silver Springs, MD
Occupation:Insurance Sales
Tribe:Kalabaw
Fun Fact: A picture frame fell off a wall and smashed poor Dawson in the head during our pre-game interview. Fortunately, she was able to tough it out and enter the game.
Name: Katie Hanson
Age:22
Home:Newark, DE
Occupation:Former Miss Delaware
Tribe:Kalabaw
Fun Fact: Katie hopes to become a Delaware State Trooper.
Name: Jeff Kent
Age:44
Home:Austin, TX
Occupation:Former MLB Player
Tribe:Kalabaw
Fun Fact: Jeff owns motorcycle shops, a working ranch, and a golf course in Austin, Texas.
Name: Dana Lambert
Age:32
Home:Winston-Salem, NC
Occupation:Cosmetologist
Tribe:Kalabaw
Fun Fact:  Dana intends to use salt water to keep her hair looking its best while on the island.
Name: Carter Williams
Age:24
Home:Shawnee, KS
Occupation:Track Coach
Tribe:Kalabaw
Fun Fact: Carter thinks he’s a cross between Ozzy Lusth and Fabio Birza.
Name: Abi-Maria Gomes
Age:32
Home:Los Angeles, CA
Occupation:Business Student
Tribe:Tandang
Fun Fact: Abi-Maria owns a beverage company named GRC Beverages.
Name: Roberta ‘RC’ Saint-Amour
Age:27
Home:New York, NY
Occupation:Investment Banker
Tribe:Tandang
Fun Fact:  RC was the 112th Wellesley Hoop Rolling Champion.
Name: Artis Silvester
Age:53
Home:Terry Town, LA
Occupation:Computer Engineer
Tribe:Tandang
Awesome Fact: Artis overcame stage-four cancer.
Name: Lisa Whelchel
Age:49
Home:Dallas, TX
Occupation:Author, Speaker and a Mother
Tribe:Tandang
Fun Fact: Lisa starred in the ’80s comedy hit “The Facts of Life” alongside some guy named George Clooney.
Name: Peter “Pete” Yurkowski
Age:24
Home:Holmdel, NJ
Occupation:Engineering Graduate
Tribe:Tandang
Fun Fact: Peter doesn’t like “ditzy” girls, but has no problem working with them to get his way.
Name: Malcolm Freberg
Age:25
Home:Hermosa Beach, CA
Occupation:Bartender
Tribe:Matsing
Fun Fact: Malcolm inspiration in life was OJ Simpson…before the murder trial.
Name: Zane Knight
Age:28
Home:Danville, VA
Occupation:Tire Repair
Tribe:Matsing
Fun Fact: Zane’s big pet peeve is sprinkles.
Name: Angie Layton
Age:20
Home:Provo, UT
Occupation:Student
Tribe:Matsing
Fun Fact: Is a “mod bod” model for women who want more modest clothing. She was also Miss Utah Teen USA and was 3rd runner up for Miss Teen USA.
Name: Roxanne “Roxy” Morris
Age:28
Home:Brooklyn, NY
Occupation:Seminary Student
Tribe:Matsing
Fun Fact: Roxanne takes her Christianity very seriously, but she does not have a problem being deceptive in the game.
Name: Denise Stapley
Age:41
Home:Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Occupation:Sex Therapist
Tribe:Matsing
Fun Fact: Denise is worried that the other women in the cast aren’t going to be able to deal with the harsh Philippines wilderness.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Survivor: Philippines” on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

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