Survivor Reveals the Castaways Competing on Season 39

Survivor Season 39 Sandra and Boston Rob
Sandra Diaz-Twine and Boston Rob Mariano mentor ‘Survivor’ season 39 castaways (Photo: Robert Voets © 2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc)

CBS’s long-running reality survival competition series, Survivor, will return for its 39th season on Wednesday, September 24, 2019. With the new season just two weeks away, the network’s finally revealed the list of 20 castaways who will be attempting to outwit, outplay, and outlast their fellow Survivor competitors.

Jeff Probst returns as host for season 39 which will feature winners Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine returning to the series to mentor the new castaways.

“For our 39th season, we are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways,” stated executive producer and host Jeff Probst. “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.”

According to CBS, Boston Rob and Sandra will “share their knowledge with the new castaways, but for the first time, they won’t be competing for the money. During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these ‘idols.’ Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process. Those who can rise up to the challenge will possibly gain an advantage and continue their individual quest for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.”

Season 39’s adventures take place on Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.

Survivor Season 39 Castaways


    Ronnie Bardah (35)
    Hometown: Brockton, Mass.
    Current Residence: Henderson, Nev.
    Occupation: Pro Poker Player

    Elizabeth Beisel (26)
    Hometown: Saunderstown, R.I.
    Current Residence: Saunderstown, R.I.
    Occupation: Olympic Medalist

    Missy Byrd (24)
    Hometown: Decatur, Ga.
    Current Residence: Tacoma, Wash.
    Occupation: Air Force Veteran

    Dean Kowalski (28)
    Hometown: Westfield, N. J.
    Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
    Occupation: Tech Sales

    Tom Laidlaw (60)
    Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
    Current Residence: Greenwich, Conn.
    Occupation: Former NHL Player

    Aaron Meredith (36)
    Hometown: Uncasville, Conn.
    Current Residence: Warwick, R.I.
    Occupation: Gym Owner

    Vince Moua (27)
    Hometown: Merced, Calif.
    Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.
    Occupation: Admissions Counselor

    Karishma Patel (37)
    Hometown: Philadelphia
    Current Residence: Houston
    Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

    Elaine Stott (41)
    Hometown: Woodbine, Ky.
    Current Residence: Rockholds, Ky.
    Occupation: Factory Worker

    Chelsea Walker (26)
    Hometown: Marlton, N.J.
    Current Residence: Los Angeles
    Occupation: Digital Content Creator


    Lauren Beck (28)
    Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif. and Rochester Hills, Mich.
    Current Residence: Glendale, Calif.
    Occupation: Nanny

    Molly Byman (27)
    Hometown: Boston
    Current Residence: Durham, N.C.
    Occupation: Law Student

    Janet Carbin (59)
    Hometown: Neptune, N.J.
    Current Residence: Palm Bay, Fla.
    Occupation: Chief Lifeguard

    Kellee Kim (29)
    Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Current Residence: Philadelphia
    Occupation: MBA Student

    Jason Linden (32)
    Hometown: New York, N.Y.
    Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
    Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

    Jack Nichting (23)
    Hometown: Newport News, Va.
    Current Residence: Harrisonburg, Va.
    Occupation: Graduate Student

    Noura Salman (36)
    Hometown: London, UK / Bethesda, Md.
    Current Residence: North Potomac, Md.
    Occupation: Entrepreneur

    Tommy Sheehan (26)
    Hometown: Bayville, N.Y.
    Current Residence: Long Beach, N.Y.
    Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher

    Jamal Shipman (33)
    Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
    Current Residence: Providence, R.I.
    Occupation: College Administrator

    Dan Spilo (48)
    Hometown: New York, N.Y.
    Current Residence: Los Angeles
    Occupation: Talent Manager