Hey, it’s Cho and I’m finally back with more SURVIVOR recaps! Is it me, or has it been FOREVER since the last season? Maybe it only feels that way because I had a horrible summer. Ask me about it in the comment section, but I digress. Thankfully, we should have both Sandra & Rob to keep us entertained all throughout this current season we wait for the legendary season 40. Hopefully my auntie will purple pen her thoughts, but without further ado, let’s get to my cast assessment of Survivor: Island of the Idols!
Front row Dean Kowalski, Karishma Patel, Elizabeth Beisel, Chelsea Walker, Elaine Stott
Back row: Missy Byrd, Ronnie Bardah, Tom Laidlaw, Aaron Meredith, Vince Moua
Age: 35 Current residence: Henderson, Nevada Occupation: Pro Poker Player
Apparently, he grew up in the hood and has a pretty great success story from his spoils in the poker competition world. He’s definitely going to fit the alpha male archetype in some capacity. Let’s just hope he’s not an absolute jerk considering most poker players who appear on the show are. Can’t wait to see Rob deal with this one.
Age: 26 Current residence: Saunderstown, Rhode Island Occupation: Olympic Medalist
She’s definitely going to have a positive mindset and be a team player. With her Olympic background, I see her doing well in the challenges which will keep her safe in the early rounds. And due to her general agreeableness, I can see her blending into the background when things pop off. We also love girls with big hair! Who doesn’t like big hair?
Age: 24 Current residence: Tacoma, Washington Occupation: Air Force Veteran
I’m always concerned for my fellow young black folk as they don’t typically do well in the game for one reason or another. Missy seems to be physically fit, so hopefully the physical game won’t be a reason why she’s targeted early. She’s a big Beyonce fan, so I already like her. If she’s able to take on her ability to immerse herself like she does when traveling, I see her doing well. Why do I feel like I know this name? Like I have seen it in my inbox?
Age: 28 Current residence: New York City Occupation: Tech Sales
I almost got into technical sales many years ago for Oracle. My partner, Eric, also worked in technical sales for 20 years until most recently. Big money in those industries. Dean seems like he’s going to take charge but in a nice way. I hope he’s able to remain carefree and as jovial as he seems in his bio. The game has a way of breaking people down. I see him getting taken advantage of or being disposed of as a super threat. He’s hot! Eric is rich.
Age: 60 Current residence: Greenwich, Connecticut Occupation: Former NHL Player
Am I the only one that view NHL players as having a penchant for violence during their sport? I feel like watching hockey is no different from watching World Star fights or a dinner scene from Jersey. Due to his age and former occupation, I just don’t see him doing that well due to potential personality conflicts that he’s liable to get into. Cho hates old people.
Age: 36 Current residence: Warwick, Rhode Island Occupation: Gym Owner
I find it interesting that he has Meredith as a last name. He described himself as attractive, so right there tells me he’ll be an asshole. Giggles. He’s going to be really aggressive in every aspect of the game, and it’ll be his downfall. At least he’ll be nice to look at though? And maybe he’ll pick up more clients for his gym after his appearance. Maybe that’s the entire point! He doesn’t fit my stereotype of what people from Rhode Island look like.
Age: 27 Current residence: Palo Alto, California Occupation: Admissions Counselor
There’s A LOT to unpack here. Do I think he’ll last long? No. Do I think they are going to milk him for all that he’s worth from an entertainment point of view? Absolutely! Apparently, his grandmother’s Shaman Master told him that he’s going to become the next shaman in the family. Expect him to give a heartfelt confessional about how his father’s experience being a refugee from Laos. It’s pretty heart wrenching. He has a plan for everything, but will he be able to handle the physical game? Oh I want to keep this one.
Age: 37 Current residence: Houston Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer
After my summer experience, I really don’t have good things to say about lawyers. Someone remind me what Personal Injury Lawyers do exactly. Are they the ones who have those commercials asking if you breathed in asbestos 3 decades ago and try to convince you that you might have a claim? If so, I’ll take a pass on Karishma. Ambulance chasers are annoying people. I am more interested in Cho’s horrible summer than any of these people.
Age: 41 Current residence: Rockholds, Kentucky Occupation: Factory Worker
CBS really does go out of their way to fit in as many stereotypes as possible. I think she’s naturally going to be an underdog and someone we root for. She describes herself as rough and raw on the outside but soft like a marshmallow on the inside. I love marshmallows! Let’s hope she’s able to overcome the obvious odds against her already. She is my favorite. I am team fat girl letting it all hang out from Kentucky. She is my spirit animal. She will go first.
Current residence: Los Angeles Occupation: Digital Content Creator
I can get down with this girl. She has a sense of humor, self-awareness and doesn’t take herself super seriously. She’s been playing to the show for over 5 years now, so she’s definitely a super fan. I think she’s going to do well at the alliance-making portion of the game which will take her deep. I am going to start telling people I am a “digital content creator.” It sounds better than online sex worker.
Front row: Jack Nichting, Molly Byman, Lauren Beck, Kellee Kim, Janet Carbin
Back row: Noura Salman, Dan Spilo, Jamal Shipman, Jason Linden, Tommy Sheehan
Age: 28 Current residence: Glendale, California Occupation: Nanny
Only the hardcore Big Brother fans will get this, but whenever I see a contestant with the occupation of “nanny”, I think of Jen from Big Brother 8 who I thought was beyond iconic!! I wasn’t a fan of Evel Dick or his bratty daughter, Daniele. I was also a fan of “The Friendship” in season 6 which that tells you everything you need to know about my taste in Big Brother alliances, but I digress! Lauren’s hobbies include eating hot cheetos while watching true-crime TV shows, so she’s an instant relatable favorite of mine already! I could see her being a bubbly friendlier version of Sandra. I bet she’ll be excited when she sees her! I need to reevaluate my relationship with Cho. This day sucks enough without being reminded of THE FUCKING FRIENDSHIP.
Age: 27 Current residence: Durham, North Carolina Occupation: Law Student
She’s been watching since season 2 with Elisabeth Hasselback whom I absolutely adored on and off Survivor. The View has never been the same without her tbh. I think she’s going to have trouble really staying in tune with the strategic cutthroat side of the game. She’s such an adventurous & kind spirit, and I see her getting manipulated easily if she doesn’t work to keep her guard up. I hate Molly.
Age: 59 Current residence: Palm Bay, Florida Occupation: Chief Lifeguard
Seems like we’ll have an older female contestant that is competent in the physical portion of the game which is always refreshing to see. She admits to being aggressive and sometimes having a harsh personality. Not good qualities to have when you’re already older which is an easy, albeit unfair, way of getting targeted early on in the game. I think she’ll be an early boot. Cho hates old ladies.
Age: 29 Current residence: Philadelphia Occupation: MBA Student
I really didn’t get much from her bio outside of the fact that she plays Settlers of Catan which means she’s going to be cutthroat as heck while having a high tolerance for stressful situations. Please tell me your most dramatic Settlers story in the comment section below. I have one that involved my friends and I getting KICKED out of a coffee shop because we were arguing about the rules and disrupting business. I’m pretty sure I won. Weirdo.
Age: 32 Current residence: New York City Occupation: Personal Injury Lawyer
Now wait a minute, two Personal Injury Lawyers in one cast?! You can do better, CBS. Despite my earlier gripes about the occupation, I do get the sense that Jason will have a great pulse on the game. He won’t be targeted as an alpha male yet he’ll be able to contribute in challenges. He’ll also know how to navigate the social waters. Bet he goes deep in the game! We don’t need any more lawyers and law students. We are full.
Age: 23 Current residence: Harrisonburg, Virginia Occupation: Graduate Student
I pity anyone going through grad school in this economy. Homeboy needs the coins from this show! He seems like a total sweetheart that I’m sure the viewers will fall in love with. His smile is infectious, and I think it’ll have that same effect on his fellow Survivors. I think he does well if he can get through the early portion of the game. Frontrunner, production favorite.
Age: 36 Current residence: North Potomac, Maryland Occupation: Entrepreneur
Usually, I have a man crush on 1 or several of the Survivors every season, but let me tell y’all right now: I’M CRUSHING ON NOURA all season long. She has a smoking body! She says she’s the nerd, the jock and the model with a brain. Total package for sure, though I am always skeptical of people who simply list their occupation as an entrepreneur. Maybe she’ll explain on the show. Season 39 winner.
Tommy Sheehan Age: 26 Current residence: Long Beach, New York Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher
Okay, I spoke too soon. I’m in heat simply looking at Tommy and knowing that he teaches 4th grade students. AND, he’s a red hair, which I know is super controversial for some insane reason. He seems to have a huge heart and is really in touch with his emotions which will serve him well when playing the game. He won’t have any trouble with the physical game. The only concern is if he becomes too threatening, I can see people trying to get rid of him earlier rather than later. Cho loves really, really, really white people. Dude will go home due to sun poisoning.
Age: 33 Current residence: Providence, Rhode Island Occupation: Admissions Counselor K-12
He’s an Ivy League grad, so he’ll definitely bring a certain level of intellect to the game. Hopefully he has the social skills to back it up. I didn’t get much else from his bio outside of his passion for education. So both people who live in Rhode Island are on the show? This would have been a good time to take over the state.
Age: 48 Current residence: Los Angeles Occupation: Talent Manager
I need a talent manager so maybe I’ll slide into his DMs sometime this season! He’s going to be a sweetheart, but I don’t think he has the physical chops to cut it in the game unless he gets into a rock solid alliance at the start. He also relates to weirdo Survivor Cochran, which isn’t shade to Cochran. I actually loved him in his appearances on the show. The issue is that there simply aren’t many Cochrans who succeed in the game of Survivor. Cho is cancelled! HE CALLED COCHRAN A WEIRDO!
Age: 45 Previous seasons of Survivor: Pearl Islands (winner), Heroes vs. Villains (winner), Game Changers
Okay, so if anything keeps this season interesting, it’s going to be the fact that one of the most iconic Survivors is back! She’s sure to deliver in the confessional room with her quick-witted quips and sassy humor. Her and Boston Rob are actually besties in real life, so it’ll be fun to see them compete with each other on the show. I’m calling it though, one of Sandra’s mentees will win. It’s the only thing that the universe will allow. She didn’t win the game two times by mistake, and I think she’ll pass on some very wise advice. The queen stays queen! Heavy sigh.
“Boston” Rob Mariano
Age: 43 Previous seasons of Survivor: Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island (winner)
Talk about a dominant player in Survivor history. Rob has definitely made his mark and deserves all the accolades that he has received. I mean, only a top notch Survivor player would take someone to the F2, lose to that person only to propose to them at the finale anyway! I’m not sure how the mentor twist will take form, but if they are surviving with their mentees, Rob will be able to help them with shelter! SWOOON. I try really hard to hate yankees. So don’t tell anyone I kind of have a thing for Massholes. I’d lose my DAR membership.
I am cranky I have not watched any of the videos, my purple pen comments are my bitchy thoughts based on Cho’s observations. Hopefully, they were at least a little humorous. Where are the hot guys? And why does the short ambulance chaser from NYC sort of undo me? He seems like a rich yankee jerk. And Lord I love me some lawyers. He makes me thinks impure thoughts. You just know he has Napoleon complex. And I make horrible decisions with men.
Well that’s it for my assessment! Tell me in the comment section what you think. Are you happy with Sandra and Rob returning? How entertaining will it be to see two contestants weekly who essentially aren’t even playing the game in a traditional sense? How will that impact the others? If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!