'Survivor' 34: Cast Members Share What It Means To Be A Game Changer

The CBS TV show Survivor will begin its 34th season on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with a two-hour premiere episode. The premiere marks another milestone for Survivor as it will be the 500th episode of the series, something that even surprises host Jeff Probst.

"When we started this adventure, I don't think anybody would have predicted we'd still be going strong 17 years later!" said host and executive producer Jeff Probst. "I'm as enthusiastic as ever and love the relationship we have with our audience. I think Survivor fans are really going to enjoy this season."

When Survivor aired for the first time in 2000, the show was truly a game-changing show where contestant didn't just survive on a show for being good or skilled. On Survivor, a contestant also needs to know when to lie and conspire as well. So it is fitting that this next season of Survivor be themed "Game Changers" featuring 20 castaways who have all been here before outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting in previous versions of the show. What does it mean to be a "game changer?" This season's cast share their thoughts in the video below.

While all the contestants have the advantage of playing the game before, three of this season's castaways have a little more experience on their side. Each has already walked away from the game as winners and one of them has already won the game twice.

Sandra Diaz-Twine
Sandra Diaz-Twine [Image by CBS]

Sandra Diaz-Twine won Survivor twice during Seasons 7 (Pearl Islands) and 20 (Heroes Vs. Villains). According to CBS, her strategy is to team up with the alpha males, jockey herself for position and aim to put herself first. She has done that for two seasons, and she has worn a crown that won't be coming off anytime soon.

James (JT) Thomas Jr. will also be playing Survivor for the third time. He became the winner of Season 18 (Tocantins) and reappeared just two seasons later for Heroes Vs. Villains where he came in 10th place. The saddest part is that he was the reason for his own demise, playing what many have called the "dumbest move in Survivor history," says CBS. One of his strategies for this season to avoid any blindsides is to stay far away from the third former winning contestant, Tony Vlachos.

Tony Vlachos
Tony Vlachos [Image by CBS]

Now 43 years of age, Tony Vlachos competed in Season 28 (Cagayan) where he was known as a "bad boy" who never sat still. Instead, he would actively eavesdrop on tribe mates, blindside his closest allies, and find a few hidden idols as well.

The cast of Season 34 of Survivor will be split up into two teams of 10, called Mana and Nuku. Here's the complete list of who will be competing on each team.

The Mana Tribe
The Mana Tribe [Image by CBS]

Mana Tribe:

  • Michaela Bradshaw (25)Previously Played On Season 33: Millennials vs. Gen X (Finished 14th)
  • Aubry Bracco (30)Previously Played On Season 32: Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty (Runner Up)
  • Sandra Diaz-Twine (41)Previously Played On Season 7: Pearl Islands (Winner) and Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains (Winner)
  • Ciera Eastin (27)Previously Played On Season 31: 2nd Chances (Finished 10th) and Season 27: Blood vs. Water (Finished Fifth & Jury Member)
  • Malcolm Freberg (29)Previously Played On Season 25: Philippines (Finished Fourth and Jury Member) and Season 26: Caramoan (Finished 9th & Jury Member)
  • Hali Ford (26)Previously Played On Season 30: White, Blue, No Collar (Finished 11th and Jury Member)
  • Caleb Reynolds (28)Previously Played On Season 32: Brain vs. Brawn vs. Beauty (Medically Evacuated)
  • Troyzan Robertson (54)Previously Played On Season 24: One World (Finished Eighth and Jury Member)
  • Jeff Varner (50)Previously Played On Season 2: Australia (Finished 10th out of 16 and Non Jury) and Season 31: 2nd Chances (Finished 17th)
  • Tony Vlachos (42)Previously Played On Season 28: Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty (Winner)
James (JT) Thomas Jr.
James (JT) Thomas Jr. [Image by CBS]


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The Nuku Tribe
The Nuku Tribe [Image by CBS]

Nuku Tribe:

  • Andrea Boehlke (27)Previously Played On Season 22: Redemption Island (Finished Fifth and Jury Member) and Season 26: Caramoan (Finished Seventh and Jury Member)
  • Brad Culpepper (47)Previously Played On Season 27: Blood vs. Water (Finished 15th out of 20)
  • Sierra Dawn-Thomas (29)Previously Played On Season 30: White, Blue, No Collar (Finished Fifth and Jury Member)
  • Cirie Fields (45)Previously Played On Season 12: Panama (Finished Fourth and Jury member) and Season 16: Micronesia (Finished Third and Jury member) and Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains (Finished 17th)
  • Sarah Lacina (32)Previously Played On Season 28: Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty (Finished 11th and Jury Member)
  • Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth (34)Previously Played On Season 13: Cook Islands (Runner-up) and Season 16: Micronesia (Finished Ninth and Jury Member) and Season 23: South Pacific (Finished Fourth and Jury Member)
  • Zeke Smith (28)Previously Played On Season 33: Millennials vs. Gen X (Finished Ninth and Jury Member)
  • James "J.T" Thomas (31)Previously Played On Season 18: Tocantins (Winner) and Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains (Finished 10th)
  • Tai Trang (52)Previously Played On Season 32: Brain vs. Brawn vs. Beauty (Second Runner-up)
  • Debbie Wanner (51)Previously Played On Season 32: Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty (Finished Ninth)
So, who would you like to see win this season?

[Featured Image by CBS]