All set for 33rd ‘Survivor’ season

Contestants in the 33rd season of Survivor, to be seen on SABC3 at 7.30pm on Mondays from September 23.


THE Emmy Award-winning series, Survivor, returns for its 33rd season to a 7.30pm Monday slot on SABC3 from Monday, September 23.

This edition of the US Survivor, filmed in Fiji, has the subtitle Millennials vs Gen X and will feature 20 castaways . They will be separated by generation and forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other.

Which generation has what it takes to win the game, be crowned the Sole Survivor and win the million-dollar prize?

Each group of 10 castaways possesses similar characteristics that represent their generation and help unify their tribe. Millennials, the largest living generational group and most diverse in US history (source: and U.S. Census Bureau), grew up in a time of rapid change and are often described as having priorities that are vastly different from previous generations.

How will this group fare without technology on the island? Will they opt for shortcuts in challenges or go the distance?

Generation X forms the bridge between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials and has been collectively labelled as hard-working and independent people. Will they be able to find some commonalities with the younger castaways or stick to their own group? Will their differences and preconceived beliefs be too much to overcome?

Survivor host Jeff Probst.

Survivor is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst who, in the opening episode of the 33rd season, sees a war of generations begin as Millennials battle Gen X, while a massive storm leads to a first in Survivor history, and one castaway snatches a powerful advantage in the game.

Episode two sees one castaway dons his “love goggles” when he’s struck by another’s beauty. Also, heat exhaustion takes the air out of one castaway

This season’s cast includes an assistant district attorney, a youth pastor, a police sergeant, a television writer, a missionary recruiter, professional gamer, the manager of a shelter for the homeless, and the youngest player to ever compete in the game, a high school student.

The contestants are as follows:

Millennials – “Vanua” Tribe

Michaela Bradshaw

Age: 25

Fort Worth, Texas

Vacation Club Sales


Michelle Schubert

Age: 28

Yakima, Wash.

Missionary Recruiter


Jessica “Figgy” Figueroa

Age: 23

Nashville, Tenn.



Adam Klein

Age: 25

San Francisco, Calif.

Homeless Shelter Manager


Hannah Shapiro

Age: 24

West Hollywood, Calif.



Zeke Smith

Age: 28

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Asset Manager


Justin “Jay” Starrett

Age: 27

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Real Estate Agent


Taylor Stocker

Age: 24

Post Falls, Idaho

Ski Instructor


Mari Takahashi

Age: 31

Los Angeles, Calif.

Professional Gamer


Will Wahl

Age: 18

Long Valley, N.J.

High School Student


Gen X – “Takali” Tribe

Rachel Ako

Age: 37

Los Angeles, Calif.

Recruiting Director


Sunday Burquest

Age: 45

Ostego, Minn.

Youth Pastor


Chris Hammons

Age: 38

Moore, Okla.

Trial Lawyer

Lucy Huang

Age: 42

Diamond Bar, Calif.



Bret LaBelle

Age: 42

Dedham, Mass.

Police Sergeant


Jessica Lewis

Age: 37

Voorheesville, N.Y.

Asst. District Attorney


Ken McNickle

Age: 33

Denver, Colo.



Ciandre “CeCe” Taylor

Age: 39

Granada Hills, Calif.

Insurance Adjuster


Paul Wachter

Age: 52

Sugarloaf Key, Fla.

Boat Mechanic


David Wright

Age: 42

Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Television Writer

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