‘Survivor’ Season 39: Meet the Castaways of ‘Island of the Idols’ (PHOTOS)

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Mentors Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine

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The Lairo Tribe

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Ronnie Bardah

Age: 35

Hometown: Brockton, Mass.

Current Residence: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Pro Poker Player

Tribe: Lairo

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Elizabeth Beisel

Age: 26

Hometown: Saunderstown, R.I.

Current Residence: Saunderstown, R.I.

Occupation: Olympic Medalist

Tribe: Lairo

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Missy Byrd

Age: 24

Hometown: Decatur, Ga.

Current Residence: Tacoma, Wash.

Occupation: Air Force Veteran

Tribe: Lairo

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Dean Kowalski

Age: 28

Hometown: Westfield, N. J.

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Tech Sales

Tribe: Lairo

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Tom Laidlaw

Age: 60

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Current Residence: Greenwich, Conn.

Occupation: Former NHL Player

Tribe: Lairo

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Aaron Meredith

Age: 36

Hometown: Uncasville, Conn.

Current Residence: Warwick, R.I.

Occupation: Gym Owner

Tribe: Lairo

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Vince Moua

Age: 27

Hometown: Merced, Calif.

Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.

Occupation: Admissions Counselor

Tribe: Lairo

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Karishma Patel

Age: 37

Hometown: Philadelphia

Current Residence: Houston

Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Tribe: Lairo

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Elaine Stott

Age: 41

Hometown: Woodbine, Ky.

Current Residence: Rockholds, Ky.

Occupation: Factory Worker

Tribe: Lairo

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Chelsea Walker

Age: 26

Hometown: Marlton, N.J.

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Digital Content Creator

Tribe: Lairo

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The Vokai Tribe

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Lauren Beck

Age: 28

Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif. and Rochester Hills, Mich.

Current Residence: Glendale, Calif.

Occupation: Nanny

Tribe: Vokai

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Molly Byman

Age: 27

Hometown: Boston

Current Residence: Durham, N.C.

Occupation: Law Student

Tribe: Vokai

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Janet Carbin

Age: 59

Hometown: Neptune, N.J.

Current Residence: Palm Bay, Fla.

Occupation: Chief Lifeguard

Tribe: Vokai

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Kellee Kim

Age: 29

Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.

Current Residence: Philadelphia

Occupation: MBA Student

Tribe: Vokai

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Jason Linden

Age: 32

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Tribe: Vokai

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Jack Nichting

Age: 23

Hometown: Newport News, Va.

Current Residence: Harrisonburg, Va.

Occupation: Graduate Student

Tribe: Vokai

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Noura Salman

Age: 36

Hometown: London, UK / Bethesda, Md.

Current Residence: North Potomac, Md.

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Tribe: Vokai

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Tommy Sheehan

Age: 26

Hometown: Bayville, N.Y.

Current Residence: Long Beach, N.Y.

Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher

Tribe: Vokai

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Jamal Shipman

Age: 33

Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.

Current Residence: Providence, R.I.

Occupation: College Administrator

Tribe: Vokai

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Dan Spilo

Age: 48

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Talent Manager

Tribe: Vokai

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A group of new castaways are ready to compete against each other in another season of Survivor.

CBS announced the 20 castaways taking part in Season 39, with the theme “Island of the Idols.” Two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who have played over 200 days of Survivor combined, return to the game as mentors.

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The game has never been the same since these twists were introduced.

During the 39 days, some castaways will be given the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols, in various ways throughout the season, to learn skills and strategies from these “idols.” The players will have to decide whether to put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage or risk losing something very important. The castaways are competing for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.

“For our 39th season, we are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways,” executive producer and host Jeff Probst said in a statement. “It’s a Survivor boot camp where each week, players will be instructed on a different facet of the game and then have a chance to test what they’ve learned for a shot at an advantage.”

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Everything from 'Survivor' and 'Dancing With the Stars' to 'NCIS: LA' and 'Desperate Housewives.'

Click through the gallery above to get to know the castaways competing this season in the Lairo and Vokai tribes.

Survivor: Island of the Idols, Season 39 Premiere, Wednesday, September 25, 8/7c, CBS