Monday, February 25, 2013

The Amazing Race 22 (Leg 02)

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Leg 2 (French Polynesia, France)
One of the two Detour choices in Bora Bora involved the Polynesian tradition of pearl farming (pictured from Rangiroa).
  • Motu Toopua (Hilton Bora Bora Nui) 
  •  Motu Tapu  
This Leg's Detour was a choice between Pick a Pearl and Take a Trunk. For both Detours, teams had to pick up a pair of water shoes and snorkeling gear provided to them at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui chapel. In Pick a Pearl, teams traveled to a point half a mile off shore in the open water where they had to dive beneath the waves to untie lines of pearl oyster shells that they had to shuck open to find two red pearls. After finding both pearls, teams had to swim over to an oyster farmer in a boat to exchange them for their next clue. In Take a Trunk, teams dove underwater, wearing special diving helmets, to look for a series of treasure trunks. They then had to take the trunk over to a submerged umbrella and unpack its contents, setting up an underwater picnic table. Once the table was set up properly, an underwater waiter would give them their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member participated in a traditional Polynesian test of strength, walking on a pair of sparring stilts while kicking a coconut across a 35-yard (32 m) stretch of beach. If the racer fell off the stilts, he or she had to return to the starting line, but the position of the coconut would not be reset. Once the racer had successfully kicked the coconut over the finish line, the team would be able to advance to the Pit Stop.
Additional tasks
  • Upon arriving at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui, teams had to search the resort grounds for the wedding chapel where a Polynesian priest would give them a safe travel blessing before handing them their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams had to use personal water crafts and a local map to guide themselves to Motu Tapu, referred to as "the most photographed isle in the South Pacific", where their next clue would be found.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Episode 02)

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Episode 2: "Honey Badger"
Reward/Immunity Challenge: Three tribe members would be pulled on a raft by three other tribe members to a platform out on the ocean. The three would then dive down to release bamboo sticks in a cage to free nine rings. Once all nine rings were freed, the three would board the raft again to be pulled back to the beach with the rings. The remaining three tribe members would then toss the rings onto three posts. The first tribe to have three rings on their posts would win.

Reward: Fishing gear.

After returning to camp, Brandon was upset about the vote against Francesca and told Erik that he wanted to channel his uncle, Russell Hantz, and play the game dirty. However, he changed his mind the next morning. Over at Gota, Shamar's laziness at camp was annoying the tribe and the alliance of Allie, Eddie, Hope and Reynold wanted to vote him out. Sherri wanted to keep Shamar in the game to strengthen her own alliance so she told him that he was part of her alliance and to keep annoying the alliance of four. At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, the Fans struggled during the ring collection stage giving the Favorites the win. Once the Fans returned to camp, Reynold and Shamar had a public argument over what Reynold saw as Shamar's poor attitude. Matt considered joining the alliance of Allie, Eddie, Hope and Reynold in voting out Shamar, but Sherri tried to get him to vote against Allie. Reynold went looking for the Hidden Immunity Idol and found it. Laura noticed a bulge in his pocket just before they were heading off to Tribal Council, but she didn't have enough time to warn her alliance and flush the idol. Instead, she outed Reynold's idol during Tribal Council. Reynold confessed to having the idol and said that he would play it then to get rid of it. But when the vote was about to be read, he pocketed the idol. He regretfully watched, however, as Matt joined Sherri's alliance and voted against Reynold's closest ally, sending Allie home by a vote of 6–4.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Amazing Race 22 (Leg 01)

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Leg 1 (United States → French Polynesia, France)
For the first Leg of The Amazing Race 22, teams visited the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia.
  • Los Angeles, California, United States  (Griffith Observatory) (Starting Line)
  •  Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Motu Mute, Bora Bora, French Polynesia , France  (Bora Bora Airport) 
  • Motu Piti A'au (Eden Beach) 
  • Motu Piti A'au (Motu Café) 
In the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to sign up for one of six helicopter flights, with only room for two racers per flight. They then tandem skydived from over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the island while their partner would make their way to the landing location on Anau via water taxi. When the team reunited, they would receive their next clue. In the second Roadblock, the other team member had to search among 400 sandcastles for a clue buried underneath them. If they did not find the clue, they had to rebuild the sandcastle before continuing.
Additional tasks
  • At the starting line, teams raced to pick a Ford Fusion where a recording informed them of their first destination: Bora Bora. The clue also added that there were only five spots on the first flight on Air Tahiti Nui out of Los Angeles, and the second flight would not arrive in Bora Bora until an hour after the first.
  • After completing the second Roadblock, teams had to assemble a va'a outrigger canoe and then paddle 1 mile (1.6 km) across the water to the Pit Stop.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Episode 01)

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Episode 1: "She Annoys Me Greatly"
Reward Challenge: Facing off two on two, the tribes would try to retrieve a ring and return with it to their starting flag. The tribe would score a point when one of their members had one hand on the ring and one hand on the flag pole. The first tribe to score four points would win.

Reward: Flint and 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of beans.

Immunity Challenge: Two members from each tribe would climb up a four story tower. On each floor would be three crates that they would have to toss from the tower. The crates would shatter on impact to release sandbags. Once all three crates were tossed over, the pair would return to the start and another pair would race to the next floor. Once all of the crates were retrieved, two castaways would retrieve the sandbags. One castaway would then try to toss six sandbags into six targets. The first castaway to get a sandbag in all six targets would win for their tribe.

After the ten Favorites were introduced to the ten Fans, the two tribes immediately started the Reward Challenge. While the Fans won the first round, the Favorites swept the next rounds to take the win. At the Gota camp, Matt and Shamar argued over whether to concentrate on building a shelter or making fire. The two patched things up after Shamar stepped in with the correct technique for starting fire with the fire-saw method. Pairs of alliances formed between Reynold & Allie and Eddie & Hope, and the four then agreed to align together. The snuggling overnight between the pairs caused the other three women of Gota (Julia, Laura, and Sherri) to align. Michael said he would align with the three women, but really kept his options open along with Matt. Over at the Bikal camp, Francesca decided that she wasn't going to be voted out first again and tried to make as many alliances as she could. Meanwhile, Phillip gathered up an alliance with Andrea, Cochran, Corinne, Dawn, and Malcolm. He offered Erik a take-it-or-leave-it option to join the alliance, but Erik didn't like the strong arm tactic. At the Immunity Challenge, the Favorites got an early lead during the tower stage, but Reynold made short work of the sandbag tossing stage to give the Fans the win. Back at camp, Francesca tried get the tribe to vote for Phillip, while Phillip wanted his alliance to vote out Francesca. Brandon, Brenda, and Erik agreed to vote with Francesca, but Brandon and Erik suddenly got spooked by Andrea (who was playing both voting blocs) and wanted to vote her out instead. At Tribal Council, Phillip's alliance of six voted for Francesca and she was voted out first again by a vote of 6–4.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Game of Thrones E202 (The Night Lands)

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Returning to his home of Pyke after nine years as the Starks' ward, Theon Greyjoy is reunited with his sister, Yara, and his father, Balon, who despises Theon for his Northern ways and intends to win back his crown by force. Cersei rejects Robb Stark's terms and Tyrion exiles Janos Slynt, head of the Gold Cloaks, to the Wall, promoting Bronn to commander of the watch. On the road to the Wall, Arya reveals her true identity to Gendry. North of the Wall, Samwell Tarly is approached by one of Craster's daughters, Gilly, who is pregnant and fears for her unborn child; Jon is reluctant to help her despite Sam's pleas. In the Red Waste one of the horses returns to Daenerys with the decapitated head of its rider in a pouch, a message from one of her enemies. On Dragonstone, Davos Seaworth recruits the pirate Salladhor Saan to Stannis's side, and Stannis has sex with Melisandre to obtain the son his wife could not give him. Jon discovers that Craster sacrifices his sons to the White Walkers. 

PART 1



PART 2



PART 3


The Amazing Race 22 (Teams)

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The Amazing Race 22 is the twenty-second installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It features eleven teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world. The contestants include YouTube vloggers Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena, professional hockey players and brothers Bates (an unrestricted free agent, formerly in the NHL and Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan) and Anthony Battaglia (CHL's Tulsa Oilers), and former Stealing Angels vocalists Caroline Cutbirth (descendant of Daniel Boone) and Jennifer Kuhle (née Wayne, granddaughter of John Wayne).

Newlyweds
Name: Max Bichler
Age: 30
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current Occupation: Cigar Sales

Name: Katie Bichler
Age: 24
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current Occupation: Pharmacist


Twin Doctors
Name: Idris Abdur-Rahman
Age: 36
Hometown: Chicago
Current Occupation: OB/GYN Physician

Name: Jamil Abdur-Rahman
Age: 36
Hometown: Chicago
Current Occupation: OB/GYN Physician


Dating
Name: Jessica Hoel
Age: 26
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current Occupation: Account Manager

Name: John Erck
Age: 27
Hometown: Huntington beach, CA
Current Occupation: Entrepreneur/Computer programmer


Friends
Name: Joey Graceffa
Age: 21
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Occupation: YouTube Host

Name: Meghan Camarena
Age: 25
Hometown: Lost Angeles
Current Occupation: YouTube Host


Firefighters
Name: Matthew Davis
Age: 25
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Current Occupation: Firefighter

Name: Daniel Moss
Age: 24
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Current Occupation: Firefighter


Roller Derby Moms
Name: Mona Egender
Age: 33
Hometown: Castle Pines, CO
Current Occupation: Mom and Captioner

Name: Beth Bandimere
Age: 36
Hometown: Arvado, Colorado
Current Occupation: Customer Web Tech Support at Bank


Best Friends
Name: Pamela Chien
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Occupation: Art Director & Fitness Instructor

Name: Winnie Sung
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Occupation: Senior Project Manager


Hockey Brothers
Name: Bates Battaglia
Age: 36
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Current Occupation: Played Professional Hockey (Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs) and owns bar on the side,

Name: Anthony Battaglia
Age: 33
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Current Occupation: Professional Hockey Player (Huntsville Havoc)


Country Singers
Name: Caroline Cutbirth
Age: 29
Hometown: Austin, TX
Current Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

Name: Jennifer Kuhle
Age: 30
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Current Occupation: Songwriter


Married Couple
Name: Chuck McCall
Age: 46
Hometown: Daphne, AL
Current Occupation: Retail Manager/Taxidermist

Name: Wynona McCall
Age: 49
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
Current Occupation: Cosmetologist/Hairstylist


Father and Son
Name: David O’Leary
Age: 58
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Current Occupation: Investment Properties

Name: Connor O’Leary
Age: 21
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Current Occupation: Professional Cyclist

Source: Photos from cbs.com

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Castaways)


























Name (Age): Andrea Boehlke (23)
Tribe Designation: Bikal
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 13th castaway voted out/8th Jury Member 
Current Residence: New York, N.Y. Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer 
Claim to Fame: Moving to New York from Wisconsin on a whim and I’m still here! Inspiration in Life: My father, Royal Boehlke - he’s one of a kind! Hobbies: Horseback riding, sports, traveling and getting paid to talk. 
Pet Peeves: New York men who cat call women as we walk by. I don’t understand what that accomplishes. 
3 Words to Describe You: Quirky, driven and fierce. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) Yoga mat – It could serve as tarp/blanket/world’s shortest slip ‘n slide. 2) Juggling balls filled with rice – I’ve always wanted this. 3) A Unicorn, but not one that could fly. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I guess I’m a smidge like Stephenie LaGrossa when it comes to being a force in challenges and being a bit of a tomboy. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I can’t really get myself to turn down a second adventure of a lifetime, so here I go again! 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Besides having the outdoors stuff down, I now have one season under my belt and aim to come out of the gate swinging. I’m hoping all of the crazy people will target each other right off the bat.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: There’s so much luck involved, but overall I am pretty good at making friends/alliances and can be pretty sneaky if I want to be. I plan to come out strong and aggressive in an all or nothing fashion and hopefully it works in my favor.


Name (Age): Brandon Hantz (21) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 15th castaway voted out/7th Jury Member 
Current Residence: Katy, Texas 
Occupation: Chemical Disposal 
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good father to my children. 
Inspiration in Life: Jesus Christ
Hobbies: Playing music, drawing and passionate love. 
Pet Peeves: Stupid people 
3 Words to Describe You: Sexy, crazy fun and loyal. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) A picture of my children 2) The Bible 3) A pair of underwear| 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Brandon Hantz from Survivor: South Pacific – he’s so cute! 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Money, money, money!!! 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Hunting, fishing and fire breathing! 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I almost was the Sole Survivor but I won’t make the same mistakes again.


Name (Age): Brenda Lowe (30) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: Nicaragua – 11th castaway voted out/3rd Jury Member 
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner 
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning an Hispanic beauty pageant. 
Inspiration in Life: My parents 
Hobbies: Paddleboarding, fishing and biking. 
Pet Peeves: Weakness of character. 
3 Words to Describe You: Straight-forward, smart and independent. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) A picture of my fiancée. 2) A picture of my family. 3)My favorite yellow bunny. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy Lusth – young, athletic, driven and focused. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win one million dollars. Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m outdoorsy and have a positive attitude. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have played before and learned from my mistakes. I am more mature, more focused and have more on the line this time.


Name (Age): Corinne Kaplan (33) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: Gabon – 12th castaway voted out/4th Jury Member 
Current Residence: Los Angeles 
Occupation: Clinical Consultant 
Personal Claim to Fame: Being me and never holding anything back. 
Inspiration in Life: This implies I want to “be like” someone else - I don’t. Though I do have role models, like my parents. My father taught me that life isn’t fair, and you have to work hard for what you want. My mother taught me the alternative is you can marry the guy who does all that. Both lessons are equally important to me. 
Hobbies: Shutting down small talk. 
Pet Peeves: So called “actors” living in Hollywood, reality show losers and anyone who uses the “door open” button in an elevator. 
3 Words to Describe You: Snarky, irreverent and opinionated. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Music – It is outrageous how slow time passes out there. 2) Hat – I aged an extra five years from squinting at the sun last time. 3) Journal – I want to remember every moment out there this time around. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Randy Bailey from “Survivor: Gabon.” Hands down, no one else even comes close. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I ran out of bar stories to tell from the first go-round. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I can handle both the physical and the mental aspects of the game like a champ, and I thoroughly enjoy watching everyone else who can’t. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I don’t have any insecurities. It is my experience that everyone else who plays this game is riddled with them. I plan to break them down and eat them alive.





Name (Age): Dawn Meehan (42) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah 
Occupation: English Professor 
Personal Claim to Fame: Survivor: South Pacific and adopting our six amazing children. 
Inspiration in Life: My husband 
Hobbies: Being with my family, baking bread and blogging. 
Pet Peeves: Cranky or selfish people and brown grass. 
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, enthusiastic and optimistic.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1)Picture of my kids – To remind me of my end goal. 2)Eckhart Tolle book – It inspires me to DO and BE my best. 3)Backgammon – To use at camp so I can observe other players’ strategy. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Strong females who played a physical and strategic game – Kim Spradlin and Stephenie LaGrossa. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The challenge! To see what I am made of. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m mentally and physically tough. I have good intuition. I'm not a quitter. And, I'm a good bridge between people of different backgrounds. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: People underestimate me but I have the mental, social and physical strengths to outlast and win!


Name (Age): Erik Reichenbach (27) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member 
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.
Occupation: Comic Book Artist 
Personal Claim to Fame: Survivor: Micronesia 
Inspiration in Life: My Dad and my girlfriend, Dana.
Hobbies: Drawing, running and traveling. 
Pet Peeves: Quiet or opinion-less people. 
3 Words to Describe You: Easy going, humorous and original. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Contacts – So I can see. 2) Acrylic Paint – To paint a “masterpiece” at tribal camp. 3) A deck of cards - to eliminate any boredom. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy – I am great at challenges too! 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To show everyone that I am really not dumb, and in actuality I am a smart, funny guy who just does things in a different way. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m physically strong and easily adapt to my surroundings. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I adapt to working with different personalities easily and I have enough of an understanding of the game to improvise if necessary.


Name (Age): Francesca Hogi (38) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 1st castaway voted out 
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Occupation: Attorney 
Personal Claim to Fame: I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. 
Inspiration in Life: My Mom. She is smart, strong, caring and fearless. 
Hobbies: Traveling, yoga and watching movies. 
Pet Peeves: Liars, delusional people who only think about themselves and all around inconsiderate people make me crazy! 
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, outgoing and honest. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) iPod - Nothing tunes out the chatter like music! 2) Floss - Food stuck in my teeth makes me crazy. 3) Air mattress - No one should have to sleep on bug infested bamboo. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: The most awesome contestant you can think of who went out early. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Two reasons - money and redemption. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I'm strong. Also, not afraid of snakes or spiders. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’m tenacious.


Name (Age): John Cochran (25) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member 
Current Residence: Washington, D.C. 
Occupation: Harvard Law Student 
Personal Claim to Fame: Flipping on my tribe, being reluctant to take off my shirt on day one of Survivor: South Pacific. 
Inspiration in Life: My Family – for supporting and putting up with me. 
Hobbies: Beatles music, guitar and Survivor. 
Pet Peeves: Self-entitlement and lack of a sense of humor. 
3 Words to Describe You: Brilliant, insecure and neurotic.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Frisbee – It’s fun and doubles as a dish. 2) Cards – To pass the time. 3) Sketchpad – I like to doodle! 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I have the humor of Rob Cesternino, the intelligence of Yul Kwon and the candor of Jonathan Penner. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I love Survivor! I’ve watched it, talked about it, studied it, written about it and dreamt about it for half my life. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m too passionate about Survivor to let harsh elements, starvation, sleep deprivation and abrasive tribe mates deter me from lasting all 39 days. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Having played once before, I know the sorts of mistakes I’m susceptible to making. I didn’t win the last time I played and I have no desire to repeat history. I still know more about Survivor than virtually anyone else who’s ever played the game. Now I feel more mentally and psychologically prepared to put my theoretical knowledge of the game into practice.


Name (Age): Phillip Sheppard (54) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – Made it to the final 3 
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif. 
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Enter Software Sales 
Personal Claim to Fame: Having served as a soldier in the U.S Army and being a Special Agent.
Inspiration in Life: My son, my family and people in Healthcare, the Fire Department and Police Officers who save lives in real time. 
Hobbies: Skating, basketball, weightlifting and people.
Pet Peeves: People who act like they know everything and do nothing. 
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, intelligent and a competitor. 
If You Could Have a Couple Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Picture of my son who I love very much. 2) Buddhist Meditation Bowl
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Smart players – Boston Rob, Andrea Boehlke and John Cochran. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win one million dollars and outwit the other contestants again. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a hard worker who easily adapts to the elements in the wild. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am smart, can read people well, and I finished 2nd last time around as the The Specialist.


Name (Age): Malcolm Freberg (25) 
Tribe Designation: Bikal 
Previous Season: Survivor: Philippines – 15th castaway voted off/8th Jury member 
Current Residence: Hermosa Beach, Calif. 
Occupation: Bartender 
Personal Claim to Fame: Once I spent over a month with Abi-Maria Gomes, and I'm still considered legally sane by the state of California. 
Inspiration in Life: O.J. Simpson before the murder trial. When he was a kid he had Rickets. For his birthday when he was still young his father took him to a signing to meet Jim Brown and O.J. hobbled right up to him and told him he was going to break all his records which he eventually did. I’m a sucker for underdog stories. 
Hobbies: Exercising, writing/reading and partying. 
Pet Peeves: Ex-TV stars. 
3 Words to Describe You: Charming, brilliant and slightly-less cocky than the last time I did this. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Soap - Not for me; for whoever I end up cuddling with at night 2) Book of puzzles – Your mind is a muscle and needs to be kept in shape. 3) The Hidden Immunity Idol I never played in the Philippines - Early advantage. Seems obvious. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: This feels like a trick question. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I'm a super-fan of the show. Getting to do it once was incredible. To get a second chance… How could anyone say no? 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Experience plays a huge roll in any situation in life. I made it through 38 days the first time so I have to like my survival odds the second time around. Oh, and I'm also smart, athletic and nice to look at. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: You play the game to win the game. I'm not on Survivor to “have a life-changing experience” or “grow as a person” or “see how far I can make it.” Those things may happen, but that's not the reason I'm out there. The best thing I have going for me is my single-mindedness and focus towards a single goal: a seven-digit bank account.


Name (Age): Laura Alexander (23) 
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Administrative Officer 
Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of climbing Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. 
Inspiration in Life: My Mother for her strength and her endless support. 
Hobbies: Traveling, jigsaw puzzles and dancing.
Pet Peeves: Ignorance, intolerance and arrogance. 
3 Words to Describe You: Ambitious, sarcastic and down to earth. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? I’m not very sentimental. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to Brenda Lowe, Parvati Shallow and Jenna Morasca because they were strategically strong women.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I’m completely obsessed with Survivor and I want to win a million dollars. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I think I will kick butt on the challenge puzzles. I might be small but I have a lot of fire in me. I’ll also work hard around camp – you won’t find me picking my sorority sister’s armpit hair. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I know who I am, I know what I want and I know that I’m more than capable of getting it. I’m smart and I’ll utilize everyone else’s weaknesses. I know what works and what doesn’t work on Survivor.


Name (Age): Sherri Biethman (41) 
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee 
Personal Claim to Fame: Finding the right diagnosis for my autistic son, Colby. 
Inspiration in Life: My parents. My father ran his own business and taught me to work hard and make my own destiny. My mother taught me unconditional love and how to always be there for my children. 
Hobbies: Shopping, Pilates and cycling. 
Pet Peeves: Liars, clutter and anything dirty. 
3 Words to Describe You: Lovable, sexy and unstoppable. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Toothbrush, coffee and a computer with wifi.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati – I have a strong personality and lots of charm. Some people will see that as a threat so I will have to get rid of them first. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win and prove to myself that I can outplay the competition. Plus, I’m looking for an adventure. Just getting on Survivor is an incredible experience and a great example for my kids. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m social, hard working and easy to get along with. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am lovable and a natural leader. People are drawn to me and they will do what I want. Even when I vote them out they will still like me and vote for me in the end.


Name (Age): Matt Bischoff (38)
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio 
Occupation: BMX Bike Sales 
Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of being a daddy to my two boys. I do a lot of cool things and have personally achieved a lot, but being a dad is the best by far! 
Inspiration in Life: Hans Langseth – he grew the longest beard ever at 17.5 feet long. He pretty much rules my life. All hail long beards! 
Hobbies: Beards, singing in a band and BMX. 
Pet Peeves: Uptight people with no sense of humor, people at gas stations that hold up the line to buy lotto tickets and cigarettes and bad tippers. 
3 Words to Describe You: Funny, over the top and caring.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) My ipod – I constantly listen to music. It is a huge part of my life. I also would want to view photos of my wife and kids. 2) A pen and notebook - to work on song lyrics and keep a daily diary. 3) A video camera - to film myself doing wild stuff! 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert – he has a big heart and loved to play the game. His teddy bear personality and tough looks remind me of myself. Also, Lex - he was a cool guy, a smart, down to earth dude with a band and lots of tattoos.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win. I also want to open up people’s minds and show them not to judge a book by its cover. A person’s true character lies within. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’ll be able to keep people’s spirits up by making them laugh. I’m a hard worker. I’m highly positive and motivating. I will play a great social game. Plus, I feel like I will do well in challenges. I’m a team player. Anyone in my alliance will make it to the end. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I will play a great social game and people will want to keep me around. I’m confident that people will trust me.


Name (Age): Hope Driskill (23)
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: Jefferson City, Mo.
Occupation: Pre Law Student 
Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating summa cum laude and with general honors from the University of Missouri in May of 2012. 
Inspiration in Life: My father because he came from very little and has worked so hard. He has been a great role model for my brother and me. 
Hobbies: Traveling, working out and reading. 
Pet Peeves: Complainers
3 Words to Describe You: Tenacious, intelligent and personable.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) A picture of my family to keep me motivated. 2) Mosquito repellant because they love me. 3) Toothbrush & toothpaste because I can't stand the feeling of grimy teeth! 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Andrea Boehlke, Brenda Lowe and Parvati Shallow because they are attractive, social, personable, but mentally and physically strong.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win the money to pay for law school and keep life exciting. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I grew up around the outdoors and can hold my own in physical and mental competitions. I’m also very social, likable and personable. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am a nice Midwestern girl that competitors will like and see as non-threatening, but I have an underlying competitive drive to win.


Name (Age): Edward “Eddie” Fox (23)
Tribe Designation: Gota
Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J. 
Occupation: Fireman/EMT 
Personal Claim to Fame: Helping others. 
Inspiration in Life: My hero is my father. He is a man of great character. He puts his family before everything else. Anything he does is intended to better our family. He can be brutally honest at times and will tell you when he thinks you messed up, but he is fully supportive of everything we choose to do and will stop at nothing to help us succeed. He has a great sense of humor and is an awesome person. I could not have asked for a better dad. 
Hobbies: Hiking, dirt biking and playing sports. 
Pet Peeves: People who talk about things they know nothing about. 
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, competitive and hard working.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) Sneakers for moving faster and easier. 2) Some type of cutting tool to make hunting and building shelter easier. 3) A sleeping bag. You have to stay warm and comfortable to be well rested. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I want to play the game like Boston Rob. He made friends with all the right people and set himself up to be the strongest competitor in the game. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I’m very competitive and I’m looking forward to the intense competition. I also want to meet new people and have a great life experience. I will remember this forever. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a very hard worker, I’m great with my hands, I have a great personality, I’m a good swimmer, I’m very social and I have a very positive attitude. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am extremely strong willed. I will do whatever is necessary to win. I am physically and mentally stronger than most people and I’m great at strategizing and adapting to new situations.


Name (Age): Julia Landauer (21) 
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: Stanford, Calif. 
Occupation: Racecar Driver. 
Personal Claim to Fame: I’m most proud of becoming the first female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series. In its 31 year history the series never saw a female champion, and I made that accomplishment when I was 14. 
Inspiration in Life: Paul Newman. He incorporated all of his loves into his daily life with amazing intensity. He was confident, humble and had a beautiful grin that made everyone around him melt. Paul was a star and a true gentleman who managed to personally touch everyone around him. 
Hobbies: Puzzles, building things, working on cars and exploring NYC by subway and California by car. 
Pet Peeves: Slow drivers in the left lane. 
3 Words to Describe You: Passionate, intelligent and driven. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) A great book – I love to lose myself in a fictional world. 2) My ipod – music is one of God’s greatest gifts. 3) Banana Grams – a nerdy game that’s a combination of scrabble and a crossword. It’s so much fun, competitive, creative and a great bonding game! 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Kim Spradlin, because she was very strategic, had few enemies and was a physical threat, all while maintaining her composure. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I’m a competitive person and Survivor is the epic challenge that will require me to incorporate all my strengths, minimize all my weaknesses and test myself and hopefully rise above the rest. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: As a racecar driver I’m the center of my team, so it’s my job to lead and motivate everyone to be their best. I am smart, analytical and strategic. I focus on the big picture but also take note of the small details. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I’m competitive, strategic, amicable, physically fit and do what I have to in order to get ahead. I’m extremely focused and have an amazing ability to concentrate. I’ve been through the highest highs and the lowest lows with racing. I’m quick, a great team player and street smart.


Name (Age): Alexandra “Allie” Pohevitz (25) 
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: Oceanside, N.Y. 
Occupation: Bartender 
Personal Claim to Fame: Being the Editor-In-Chief of my school magazine, PIONEER. I worked so hard for it, and it was the biggest sense of accomplishment I ever felt when the issue went to print.
Inspiration in Life: My Grandma. She was one of the most amazing women I have ever met. She was very ahead of her time and did what she had to to make sure that her family was safe and taken care of. 
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, drinking at work (I’m a bartender so it’s not as unprofessional and horrible as it sounds) and working out. 
Pet Peeves: I hate dirty people. I don’t mind if you are messy and leave clothes or papers around but if you drop food, clean it up. If you use a cup, wash it out. If you go to the bathroom, wash your hands! I also get annoyed with people who can’t keep their stories straight. I don’t even mind if you lie to me, just keep track of your lies, you fool. 
3 Words to Describe You: Hilarious, cunning and observant.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) Eyeliner – so I could be prettier than I already am. 2) Hair detangle. 3) Crest white strips (see a theme?) 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Jenna Morasca - because I think she was very intelligent. She knew when to use sex appeal, when to play dumb, when to win and when to be smart. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Anyone on Survivor who says that money is not the number one motivating factor is either a liar or completely brain-dead. The money is absolutely my motivation.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I believe that I could be the final Survivor because people will underestimate me until it’s too late. I know that the game is just as much social as it is mental and emotional. I will go in with a plan, but I know that until I meet everyone out there, I can’t have a solid plan.


Name (Age): Michael Snow (44) 
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: New York, N.Y. 
Occupation: Event Planner Personal 
Claim to Fame: I was a founding member of the Whole World Theatre in Atlanta. The show is still running today! 
Inspiration in Life: My late friend Thomas Boyd. Thomas’s humor in the face of cancer and AIDS was unforgettable. He showed me grace and strength and taught me so much about life and death. 
Hobbies: Running, theater/film (attending and participating), knitting and photobombing. 
Pet Peeves: I don’t like “crazy.” If you can’t think rationally stay away from me. 
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, enthusiastic and witty. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why:1) Knitting needles and skeins of yarn. 2) Cribbage. 3) Journal 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Cirie and Rob Cesternino – Even though neither of them won, they are my 2 favorites. I relate to their game of listening, charming with humor and not acting like a jerk. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I’m playing to win it. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m patient, a problem solver (I do it for a living) and a hard worker. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I possess a strong social game. I will bond with my tribe long enough to establish solid relationships, until I have to break them and vote them out. I come across as enthusiastic and easy going, but I have a focus and intensity that is only apparent when I need them. I am resilient and surprisingly firm in my decision making.


Name (Age): Shamar Thomas (27) 
Tribe Designation: Gota
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Occupation: Iraq War Veteran Personal Claim to Fame: I’m very proud of becoming a non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. Being a leader at a young age and responsible for other Marines has changed my life for the better. 
Inspiration in Life: My Grandma, because she has been the most consistent person in my life. Her love is unwavering. She works hard and is an amazing example of what a person ought to be. 
Hobbies: Being with my family, going to the gym and activism. 
Pet Peeves: My pet peeves are when people chew with their mouth open and when people are ignorant. I also can’t stand when civilians lack passion or enthusiasm about their jobs. 
3 Words to Describe You: Cool, passionate and respected. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why:1)Ipod – music gives me energy.2)Laptop – I want to remain connected to the outside world.3)Deck of cards – to play many different games. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert – because he played the game with honor. He has also worked with troubled youth. He shares my passion to help the community. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My motivation for being on the show is to bring awareness to economical/social injustices and to bring honor and respect back to my community while inspiring the forgotten.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Because of my physical strength, ability to be a team player and leadership. I’m also good at making quick and sound decisions. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I will be the final Survivor because within my life I have lived in many places, enabling me to relate to the surroundings and the people that occupy them. Furthermore, my experience in Iraq has given me the confidence to face anything.


Name (Age): Reynold Toepfer (30) 
Tribe Designation: Gota 
Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif. 
Occupation: Real Estate Sales 
Personal Claim to Fame: Living abroad in Australia. I fully immersed myself in the culture, made beautiful friendships that will last a lifetime and gained a truer understanding of who I am. 
Inspiration in Life: Tom Brady, because he is the ultimate competitor and always brings out the absolute best of anyone who plays with him. He displays such a calm poise in the most intense, stressful situations, and will never take credit for the victories he has led. 
Hobbies: Swimming, rugby and crossword puzzles. 
Pet Peeves: Negative people who feel sorry for themselves and winter. 
3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, resourceful and likable. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: Music and books are both passions of mine and are things that could alleviate some of the stress during the very trying times on Survivor. I’d also bring a volleyball. Sand volleyball is super fun and I think some games on the beach could be good for the tribe. 
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Physically, I think I can perform in challenges like Colby Donaldson. Socially, I flirt like Parvati Shallow and can handle intense confrontational situations with a smile on my face. And, I’m a bit like Todd Herzog where I can play into people’s egos to keep them blind to my agenda. 
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The challenge! My life has been defined by putting myself in new and challenging situations and succeeding. Survivor would be such an appropriate culmination as to what my life has been up to this point and I don’t think I could ever replicate anything as great as Survivor on my own. 
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a charmer. I dazzle people. They adore me and open up to me. I’m an excellent motivator, excellent physical competitor and have experience spear fishing. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: With my charming personality and a long history of thriving in and adapting to new social situations, I am the best equipped to manipulate the actions of my fellow competitors to play my agenda. I’m in excellent physical shape and my strong competitive drive makes me almost unstoppable.