Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites: Meet the New (and Returning) Contestants! (PHOTOS)

Guys, if you're reading this it's either because (1) you're a Survivor fan and you've retained at least a little interest in this franchise over the past 25 seasons, or (2) you like to see babes and hunks in swimwear. But here's the thing: BOTH options are perfectly acceptable reasons to tune in. Few shows really strike the balance of eye candy PLUS brain candy the way Survivor does, and the recently concluded Survivor: Philippines proved that this series can still bust out a terrific season when it wants to! In fact, despite a distinct lack of headline-grabbing buzz ever since, oh, 2002, Survivor still earns extremely healthy ratings and most of that is due to its very loyal fans.

For its 26th season (!) Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites aims to cater directly to those fans by bringing back TEN former cast members ("favorites" is not necessarily the correct word when it comes to some of them) and pitting them against ten ACTUAL fans. The notable returnees include wacky Phillip, religious Brandon, neurotic Cochrane, and crafty Brenda, plus dreamy Malcolm whose first season only just concluded a few weeks ago. Because the tribe of fresh meat is comprised of fans and viewers, hopefully this cast won't include nearly as many "bartenders" (models), "students" (models), "pharmaceutical reps" (models), and "models" (aspiring models) who typically only join the show after a CBS casting director approaches them on the street and then flame out quickly. What that means is, between the returning players and fans, we've got 20 people who have been utterly steeped in the game and will presumably know their way around a blind-siding scheme. Good times! Also, swimwear.

Okay, enough yammering. Check out your new (and returning) Survivor castaways in the gallery below!

Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites


Which new or returning players will YOU root for?


Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites premieres Wednesday, February 13 at 8pm on CBS.

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As long as they keep Brenda for the entire run. Definitely need someone cute to look at.
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Goooo Phillip! Such a crazy son of a bitch, but damn is he fun to watch. Cochrane is also awesome too. :)
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Great, special agent codename "Lion" back in action :D
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Yes, Malcolm's back!! There's my favorite!
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Dawn and Cochrane are my favorites, and I like Malcolm too. Please kick off Brandon first, then Phillip :)
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Also do we really ave to be subject to Phillip gain????
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I love Malcomb!!!!
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No Russell :'(
Oh Captain, my captain
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Malcolm and Brenda! <3
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Malcolm!

Enough said.
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I noticed after season 20 that the quality started to dilute itself with more 'waste of flesh' eye candy and it didn't really help the shows quality. If you want that trash, go watch the Bachelor. This looks like, well, at least the best cast since season 20. I hope it proves to be the trend rather than the exception.
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Brandon...?? Really? The whole Hantz family has been plaguing the TV airwaves for far too long...they're getting to be a version of the Kardashian family minus the money.
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If these fans are really fans then they should be smart enough to vote out Malcolm day one... I'm talking Colton level give up tribal immunity if you win it so that Malcolm is at the first tribal council and the first person voted off of Survivor Caramoan voted out day one. Don't get me wrong I love the kid played a very clean game in the Phillipines but you let him out there more than the initial three days and you are only asking to lose. Its a shame but I doubt that he will be able to win this season
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you mean favourites should give up immunity? If fans win immunity and give it up,they have to vote out one of the fans. They will start with 2 tribes...fans vs favs.
This is just my theory: with this back to back seasons and Malcolm being on both...do you think they showed Malcolm's season to fans ? When Rupert was on Pearl Islands and then All stars(back to back), people seemed to knew,who he was. Same goes for James. And Russell as well I think. While we watch current season,another one is already filmed and all that. So,while they get cast for next season and being that season 26 is fans vs favs, they could show fans,why Malcolm is in favs season.
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It was mostly hyperbole... Just saying how badly I think they should get Malcolm out of there. I think its so important that I would even envoke the name of the unholy one and he his action which may have been the greatest Survivor move/mistep in the history of the show.

Chances are though that the fans will be one tribe and the favorites another... Especially based on the photo that seems to the case, and the fans should not give up immunity under any circumstance. Favorites since they've been through it also know the importance of immunity so it will never happen, but Malcolm is threat I would dispose of early as possible.
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Won't happen, because since Caramoan and Phillipines were filmed during the same summer, every contestant fan or favorite will have not seen Malcolms strategy during his original season, so putting Malcolm at a distinct advantage.
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I know... doesn't change the fact that he is a dangerous competitor, and its what my strategy would be, if I found out that he was in Phillipines while on the island
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I agree with both of you. Bad for the other players that they don't know what a threat Malcolm is to them. I like Malcolm but since I saw last season, I also know he could win.

I think I want a fan to win...not sure who...

Out of the "favorites" I think maybe Erik (was he the previous fan who had some skills to kind of match Ozzy? I can't remember..). I also wouldn't mind if Malcolm won:)
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so rumors were true about cast. Half-ish of favourites I like and love to see back and other half-ish either I hate or don't even remember. But I read some stuff online about season 26 and sounds like it's gonna be a doozie. 26 seasons and they could pick better "favourites" to be on Survivor. Cochran(without e!! :D), Malcolm, Erik, Dawn, Brandon and Brenda---> I love some and have no problem with those......Other favourites I either hate or wish someone else was there instead of them.
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