Survivor Season 42 Premiere: Meet The Cast!

SurvivorSurvivor spoilers reveal the season 42 cast just might win a prize for the most intriguing in the reality competition show’s history! And with a two-hour premiere set to kick off the season, Survivor fans already want to start the inevitable guessing games. Which cast member seems most likely to outplay the others? And who could step up to challenge the increasingly complex rules?!

From the premiere date to the cast members, learn what you need to know about Survivor season 42 below. And see what we found out about a key question. Will Jeff Probst return to host the CBS show? 

Survivor Season 42: Everything To Know!

What does it take to decide to subject yourself to everything from wild winds to torrential rain to scorching heat? For 41 seasons of Survivor, cast members have given varying answers to their reasons for joining the show. But one response seems obvious. The ultimate winner will take home a million dollars!

Fans can look forward to watching a two-hour premiere for Survivor Season 42 on March 9, per Carter Matt. Airing on CBS, the new season will feature eighteen players. And for the second time in a row, contestants will get divided into tribes of three. As for new twists? Because CBS filmed season 41 and season 42 consecutively, spoilers hint that twists will remain similar. 

Now that we know the basic game structure, let’s ask the question that long-time Survivor fans want answered. Will Jeff Probst return to host the game that he, in some ways, invented?! Probst himself gave the answer (or at least dropped a MAJOR clue) by tweeting pics of the entire cast! And his followers responded by asking the long-time Survivor host for various changes to the game. (Our favorite: “Please have a season with only the players who were voted off first in previous seasons! They are the ones who really deserve a second chance.”)

Meet The Survivor Season 42 Cast!

From a data scientist to a dietitian, the cast ranges in occupation, age, and hometown. For instance, Chanelle Howell, 29, hails from Hamden, Conn., with her current residence in New York, N.Y. and occupation listed as executive recruiter. Law clerk Daniel Strunk, 30, comes from Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in New Haven, Conn. Joining them: Drea Wheeler, 35, hometown: San Antonio, Texas; current residence: Montreal, Quebec, occupation: fitness consultant, and student Zach Wurtenberger, 22, hometown: Weston, Fla., current residence: St. Louis, Mo.

Watch for those players above to compete against data scientist Hai Giang, 29, hometown: Atlanta, Ga./Gia Rai, Bac Lieu, Vietnam; current residence: New Orleans, La.  as well as healthcare worker Jackson Fox, 48, hometown: Pasadena, Texas; current residence: Houston, Texas.  Others competing include creative director Jenny Kim, 43, hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.; current residence: Brooklyn, N.Y., and beach service company owner Jonathan Young, 29, hometown: Gadsden, Ala.; current residence: Gulf Shores, Ala.

The Survivor season 42 cast also features dietitian Lindsay Dolashewich, 31, hometown: Morganville, N.J.; current residence: Asbury Park, N.J.; waitress Lydia Meredith, 22, hometown: Fredericksburg, Va.; current residence: Santa Monica, Calif., and stay-at-home mom Marya Sherron, 47, hometown: Lansing, Mich.; current residence: Noblesville, Ind. Joining them are seminary student Maryanne Oketch, 24, hometown: Ajax, Ontario, current residence: Ajax, Ontario.

And completing the Survivor Season 42 are retired firefighter Mike Turner, 58, hometown/current residence: Hoboken, N.J.; veterinarian Omar Zaheer, 31, hometown: Kitchener, Ontario; current residence: Whitby, Ontario;  stay-at-home dad Rocksroy Bailey, 44, hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.; current residence: Las Vegas, Nev.; pageant coach Romeo Escobar, 37, hometown: Los Angeles, current residence: Norwalk, Calif.; Ivy League student Swati Goel, 19, hometown/current residence: Palo Alto, Calif., and therapist Tori Meehan, 25, hometown: Tulsa, Okla.; current residence: Rogers, Ark. 

Tell us what you think! Who do you predict could get an edge on the competition to outplay the other cast members? And after you’ve shared your views, check back on our site for more TV news!

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