The wait is over–Survivor 32: Kaoh Rong premieres tonight, and if the five-minute clip released is any indication about the season, it’ll be a drama-filled and rough 39 days on the island for the castaways. The theme of the show this season is Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty II, and the contestants were taken to an island in the Gulf of Thailand to film the show.
The show’s host, Jeff Probst told People that both Season 31 and 32 were shot in the same spot; however, it felt much different because the weather was so extreme during Season 32. Probst noted that the rain and heat were relentless and took a toll on the castaways, according to TV Guide. Jeff said that the bugs and insects on the island were happy to feast on human flesh. As Survivor fans know from previous seasons, the bugs and challenge take a toll on the skin, which creates legions or massive bug bites.
To Tang is the Brawn Tribe (wearing red)–Kyle Jason, Alecia Holden, Scot Pollard, Cydney Gillon, Jennifer Lanzetti, and Darnell Hamilton. Scott Pollard is a retired NBA star, and may be the person to watch this season. He looked extremely fit and competitive. Chan Loh is the Brains Tribe (wearing blue)–Joe Del Campo, Debbie Wanner, Aubry Bracco, Elisabeth Markham, Neal Gottlieb, and Peter Baggenstos. Gondol is the Beauty Tribe (wearing yellow)–Anna Khait, Michele Fitzgerald, Caleb Reynolds, Nick Maiorano, Julia Sokolowski, and Tai Trang. Former Big Brother 16 contestant, Caleb Reynolds is on the Beauty tribe.
Survivor: Kaoh Rong will implement an idol immunity switch up this season. Apparently, the idols will combine to create a super power allowing the player to use in different ways depending on if they have two or three idols in their possession. Jeff Probst claimed that the shakeup would revamp the game, and omit using several idols at once, saving a whole alliance from elimination.
Survivor 32: Kaoh Rong will be a difficult season for the castaways with three medical emergencies and one medical evacuation. The growing speculation has been for months that Caleb Reynolds is one of the contestants that becomes injured and possibly the one who is air-lifted out of the game; however, the show has not addressed the rumors, so fans will have to wait and see how it plays out this season.
Jeff Probst squashed the rumors recently that he considering leaving Survivor or the show was in danger of cancelation. Probst noted that there is no indication that show is winding down without any more life to bring to keep it on the air. In fact, Jeff explains the opposite is true. Survivor’s numbers do not lie, and the show continually fetches strong rating in the key demographics each week.
Jeff squashed the rumor that he planned to leave the show after Season 32. Probst explained he will forever be grateful to Mark Burnett for giving him the opportunity to be a part of the best show, and would never walk away from the show. Jeff explained that his lavish lifestyle is something he never dreamt he’d have; however, it is all possible because of the success of Survivor. People reported Jeff maintains that he feels grateful to be a part of the show after 16 years, and his enthusiasm for the show is 100% authentic.
Tonight, the new season of Survivor premieres on CBS at 7 p.m. CST. Which contestant will outwit, outplay, and outlast the others and win the title and 1 million paycheck to become to ultimate survivor? In the meantime, watch the preview below for a sneak peak of what’s to come during Survivor 32: Kaoh Rong: Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty II.
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