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CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8-9:30 p.m., ET) on the CBS Television Network and WUSA9. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

This fall on SURVIVOR, the 'Blood vs. Water' theme returns as all-new castaways compete with – and ultimately against – their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize. Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question of which is thicker: Blood or Water?

This season marks the return of Exile Island, where each week two loved ones square off against one another in a battle that will send the loser to isolation on Exile Island, while the winner receives reward for his/her Tribe. However, the winner will also have to choose a tribemate to accompany their loved one to Exile Island.

The battle unfolds when these 18 castaways compete on SURVIVOR:

Drew Christy
Age: 25
Winter Park, Fla.
Traveling Sales Rep

Alec Christy
Age: 22
Winter Park, Fla.
Student

Jeremy Collins
Age: 36
Foxboro, Mass.
Firefighter

Val Collins
Age: 35
Foxboro, Mass.
Police Officer

Reed Kelly
Age: 31
New York, N.Y.
Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist

Josh Canfield
Age: 32
New York, N.Y.
Singer, Actor, Writer

Jon Misch
Age: 26
Waterford, Mich.
Financial Assistant

Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25
Las Vegas, Nev.
Media Buyer

John Rocker
Age: 39
Atlanta, Ga.
Former MLB Player
**Played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Julie McGee
Age: 34
Atlanta, Ga.
Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

Natalie Anderson
Age: 28
Edgewater, N.J.
Crossfit Coach and Student

Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28
Edgewater, N.J.
Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace
**Competed on seasons 21 and 24 of THE AMAZING RACE

Keith Nale
Age: 53
Shreveport, La.
Fire Captain

Wes Nale
Age: 23
Shreveport, La.
Firefighter

Missy Payne
Age: 47
Dallas, Texas
Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym

Baylor Wilson
Age: 20
Nashville, Tenn.
Student

Dale Wentworth
Age: 55
Ephrata, Wash.
Farmer

Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28
Seattle, Wash.
Marketing Manager

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