New 'Survivor' Cast -- and Twists -- Revealed!
For their landmark 24th season, Survivor is embracing a format twist that promises to change the game in a big way!
Subtitled, One World, this season will see all 20 contestants fighting in a battle of the sexes scenario while also living on the same beach for the entire competition. "We wondered what would happen if we forced them to live together with no rules," host Jeff Probst says. "You can build one camp, two camps, not have any camps. Men can sleep over with the women, women can sleep over with the men, or you can never talk at all. You can do whatever you want. But when it comes to the challenges, it is men versus women. And that gave us tons of new stuff to play with."
And the new pawns in Jeff's game this year not only feature the buff dudes and hot girls that have become routine, but also a little person, a gay Republican and an ex-NFL player's wife -- hope she brings half the drama that those Basketball Wives do for VH1!
The Immunity Idol still plays an important role in One World, but a drastically different one. Two will be hidden at camp, but if you find one, you have to bestow it upon someone in the other tribe. This not only means that teams will be forming cross-alliances pre-merge, but also hustlin' to get their hands on the other team's Idol.
You can also say bye-bye to Redemption Island, as that addition is not a permanent fixture this season. Replacing it, to some degree, are what Probst calls "Do It Yourself" Challenges. These host-less challenges will take place at the camps as Tribes receive materials and instructions but are left to their own devices. And while those tasks do create some drama, what happens in their wake is even more interesting. "You have the question of, what do you do with all the materials from the challenge," Probst ponders. "In one case, we do a challenge with a gigantic rope and when you're done, you have this massive rope and now you can utilize it in your camp somehow."
Survivor: One World premieres February 15 on CBS.