Not only is tomorrow night finale night for Big Brother 21, but it is also premiere night for the 39th season of Survivor: Island of the Idols. In this season of Survivor, we have two returning winners, Rob Mariano AKA Boston Rob and Sandra Diaz-Twine, coming back to mentor a new group of castaways. Find out who the castaways are below!

This season we have 20 castaways battling it out for a $1 million grand prize and the title of Sole Survivor and I am so excited to see how this season plays out. I’m happy that I will be covering Survivor here with all of my Big Brother fans and look forward to an amazing season! So let’s get this show on the road! In case you haven’t seen their bios yet, I have put together a list of all 20 Survivor castaways for Survivor: Island of the Idols. You can click on the person’s picture to get a look at their bios on! Here we go:

Ronnie Bardah

Age: 35
Hometown: Brockton, Massachusetts
Current residence: Henderson, Nevada
Occupation: Pro Poker Player

Hobbies: Kickboxing, beatboxing, and hiking.

Pet peeves: When people try to enter my elevator just as I am trying to exit! Also watching someone misplay a hidden Immunity Idol makes me nuts.



Lauren Beck

Age: 28
Hometown: Bakersfield, California and Rochester Hills, Michigan
Current residence: Glendale, California
Occupation: Nanny

Hobbies: Eating an entire bag of Hot Cheetos in one sitting while binge-watching true-crime shows, laughing at my own jokes, writing/blogging, music festivals, talking people’s ears off… my stepdad says I have the gift of gab, thanks, Dad!

Pet peeves: People that take a French fry while asking “can I have a fry?” before I even get the chance to say yes, saying “literally” before every sentence (guilty), being late (if you’re on time you’re still late), talking in the third person, and clapping when a plane lands.

Elisabeth Beisel

Age: 26
Hometown: Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Current residence: Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Occupation: Olympic Medalist

Hobbies: Surfing, violin, and wakeboarding.

Pet peeves: I hate when people have conversations while scrolling on their phones. Be present and in the moment without your phone.


Molly Byman

Age: 27
Hometown: Boston
Current residence: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Law Student

Hobbies: Running, skiing, biking, hiking, reading, board games, traveling, and balling out for delicious meals.

Pet peeves: Being unwantedly touched, heavy breathing, slow walkers and slow talkers, people who are unprepared at airport security, rule-breakers, and the assumption that men and women can’t be platonic friends.


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Missy Byrd

Age: 24
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
Current residence: Tacoma, Washington
Occupation: Air Force Veteran

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, immersing myself into the culture I’m visiting and winning.

Pet peeves: Annoying human beings.




Janet Carbin

Age: 59
Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey
Current residence: Palm Bay, Florida
Occupation: Chief Lifeguard

Hobbies: Body surfing, softball, and rowing lifeguard boats.

Pet peeves: Laziness and being wasteful.




Kellee Kim

Age: 29
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Current residence: Philadelphia
Occupation: MBA Student

Hobbies: Settlers of Catan (Cities and Knight), skiing, and soccer.

Pet peeves: People who wake me up while I’m sleeping or try to talk to me while I am falling asleep.




Dean Kowalski

Age: 28
Hometown: Westfield, New Jersey
Current residence: New York City
Occupation: Tech Sales

Hobbies: Basketball, crafts, and DJ-ing.

Pet peeves: People honking in dead-stop traffic, people from the back pushing up a couple of rows upon airplane landing, and roommates leaving dirty dishes in the sink for a prolonged period of time.



Tom Laidlaw

Age: 60
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Current residence: Greenwich, Connecticut
Occupation: Former NHL Player

Hobbies: Watching Survivor, anything fitness, and hanging with the people I love.

Pet peeves: People driving slow in the fast lane.




Jason Linden

Age: 32
Hometown: New York City
Current residence: New York City
Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Hobbies: Sports, music, and learning new things.

Pet peeves: Bullies, slow walkers, and when someone coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth.




Aaron Meredith

Age: 36
Hometown: Uncasville, Connecticut
Current residence: Warwick, Rhode Island
Occupation: Gym Owner

Hobbies: Lifting, traveling, and outdoor activities.

Pet peeves: Ignorance, driving slow in the left lane, and lazy people.




Vince Moua

Age: 27 
Hometown: Merced, California
Current residence: Palo Alto, California
Occupation: Admissions Counselor

Hobbies: Singing, photography, thrifting, and hunting for cool/unique cafes.

Pet peeves: When people are flaky and do not follow through with their promises. When people don’t understand that the middle seat passenger has rights to both armrests. When people tell me, “Wow! Your English is really good!” and follow with, “Where did you learn English?” When people dismiss and/or invalidate my lived experience as a person of color.

Jack Nichting

Age: 23
Hometown: Newport News, Virginia
Current residence: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Occupation: Graduate Student

Hobbies: CrossFit, listening to and singing musicals, all-you-can-eat sushi, and exploring the world.

Pet peeves: Being wasteful, rudeness, people running in place at crosswalks, and loud eating.



Karishma Patel

Age: 37
Hometown: Philadelphia
Current residence: Houston
Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer

Hobbies: Experimental cooking, hosting theme parties, and reading travel blogs.

Pet peeves: Party poopers, girls who play dumb for attention, when the tire hits the curb while parallel parking, mansplaining, passive-aggressive behavior, and PDA.



Naura Salman

Age: 36
Hometown: London / Bethesda, Maryland
Current residence: North Potomac, Maryland
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Hobbies: Working out, creating healthy foods and beverages in the kitchen, traveling, and social media posting on self-help, food, and fitness.

Pet peeves: People lacking personal hygiene and table manners. I also cannot stand or be friends with people who are selfish, self-absorbed, or stingy.


Tommy Sheehan

Age: 26
Hometown: Bayville, New York
Current residence: Long Beach, New York
Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher

Hobbies: Surfing, sports (basketball, volleyball, football), and asking questions to my magic eight ball.

Pet peeves: I hate bullies who think they are better than everyone else and talk down to others. I also cannot stand grumpy and serious people. Lighten up, life is amazing, let me see that smile. LOL.

Jamal Shipman

Age: 33
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Current residence: Providence, Rhode Island
Occupation: Admissions Counselor K-12

Hobbies: Coaching basketball, taking West African and salsa dance lessons, teaching myself the bass guitar, and losing in fantasy football leagues.

Pet peeves: I hate bugs that insist on leaving behind itchy, painful bumps. I don’t mind sharing my blood with you, but why the discomfort? Why the ache? It’s pretty rude if you ask me.


Dan Spilo

Age: 48
Hometown: New York City
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Talent Manager

Hobbies: Adventure travel, movies, and fitness.

Pet peeves: Trouble dealing with stubborn people but I respect EQ as much as IQ, ignorance, and close-mindedness.




Elaine Stott

Age: 41
Hometown: Woodbine, Kentucky
Current residence: Rockholds, Kentucky
Occupation: Factory Worker

Hobbies: Four-wheeling, fishing, and taking my boat to the lake.

Pet peeves: Guys who think women aren’t their equals, girls who think they need to use their body to get ahead, and people who think their s*** don’t stink!



Chelsea Walker

Age: 26
Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Digital Content Creator

Hobbies: Working out, going to the beach, soccer, rooting for Philly sports teams, and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Pet peeves: The chunky dad sneakers trend that suddenly made a comeback and makes it look like you have bricks strapped to your feet. Bulky, unflattering, and yet “everyone” is wearing them. Why suddenly, after we all agreed to put these to bed, have these dad sneakers come back?


That is everyone ladies and gentleman! Make sure you click on their photos for their full bios and let me know what you think of the cast for Survivor: Island of the Idols. Join me tomorrow night for the season premiere where we will watch the castaways begin their quest for the $1 million dollar prize in a season that has been described as Survivor Boot Camp!

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