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'Survivor' Fiji

(CBS) NEW YORK Do you have the fever? Survivor fever that is. The 14th edition of Survivor is returning to CBS and this time, it's taking place on the sandy beaches of the tiny Pacific nation of Fiji.

CBS says Survivor Fiji features a diverse cast of Americans who begin the series as one tribe with plenty of supplies and resources to make an exceptionally comfortable camp. Jeff Probst describes it as "the most elaborate shelters Survivor has ever seen."

But that doesn't last. After all the players contribute in building the luxurious shelter, only one tribe gets to stay there and enjoy it. The tribe that wins the first Immunity Challenge wins the right to the camp and the losing tribe is sent to a new beach with only a pot, a machete and a water source.

Exile Island and the Hidden Immunity Idol are back as well but with a twist.

The castaways will learn that there is a Hidden Immunity Idol located somewhere at each tribe camp but the clue to its whereabouts is located on Exile Island.

More than one Hidden Immunity Idol means more than one player may be in possession of it at the same time.

The Immunity Idols are can be used at Tribal Council to prevent being voted off the island.

The game is also starting out with an odd number, 19 Survivors, instead of 20. That's because one player dropped out the night before the game began.


Some of the castaways have already been through some tough times, in Iraq and during Hurricane Katrina, for instance.

Briefly, in alphabetical order, they are:

Alex Angarita, a 28-year-old attorney from Los Angeles, who knows not everybody trusts a lawyer's skills of persuasion.

Kenward "Boo" Bernis, a construction worker from Lafayette, La. Look out, ladies: He says romance is part of his strategy.

Yau-Man Chan, a computer engineer, is the self described "geek of the group." He hopes he doesn't stand out so much that he's voted off the island.

Earl Cole is a Santa Monica, Calif. ad executive. The Kansas native says he's a Midwesterner at heart, with a little California flavor.

Fashion stylist Jessica deBen is used to exotic locations. She says living in Los Angeles, where people don't eat, has prepared her for the game.

Erica Durousseau is a Louisiana native who was forced to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Cassandra Franklin is a civil engineer manager also from Los Angeles. She says her goals for "Survivor" are pretty simple: to win the million dollars and lose 25 pounds!

Loan officer Liliana Gomez describes herself as "the feisty Latina." She joined the Marines out of high school, and served in Iraq.

Andria "Dre" Herd knows how to survive, from growing up homeless in North Carolina. This cheerleading coach first wowed crowds as a street performer with his brothers.

Internet producer Stacy Kimball says she may be high maintenance, but she'll do whatever it takes to win.

Sylvia Kwan is an architect in Northern California. The affable wife and mother says she can be devious, if she has to be.

With loan manager Mookie Lee, what you see is what you get. Cocky or strong-headed, Mookie just likes to have fun.

Customer service rep Lisette "Lisi" Linares' big challenge is going to be keeping her mouth shut. She says with a laugh, "I want to stop myself from looking at everyone and being like, 'Dude, I'm trapped on the island of morons here!' "

Bartender James Reid says he just doesn't care: "I can be a pain in the ***, I can be a hypocrite, I can be a bunch of things. The only difference between me and the average cat is that I admit it."

Ad exec Edgardo Rivera likes to party every weekend, and says he's good at manipulating people.

Anthony Robinson beat the mean streets of Compton, Calif. and graduated from Yale. The expert witness locator says he's the nice guy nobody expects will stab them in the back.

Fifty-five-year-old Gary Stritesky says his wife wants to know when he'll finally grow up and get a real job.

Rita Verreos is a single mother of two. She's an image consultant by trade, but says she enjoys a much simpler life, like one an exotic tropical island.

And finally, Michelle Yi is a 23-year-old college student from Cincinnati who says she's bubbly and energetic, but look out, players: There may be a dark side there.

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