Tuesday, August 21, 2012

25th Season of ‘Survivor’ will Feature ‘Facts of Life’ Star

Photo: LisaWhelchel.com

It’s hard to believe that CBS’ “Survivor” will be celebrating its 25th season on September, but what might be even more surprising is who will be coming to the island this time around: Lisa Welchel. If memory serves you well, you already know that Welchel is best known for playing the rich and snotty kid, Blair Warner on NBC’s “Facts of Life” show in the ‘80s. Long absent from the small screen, Welchel has been spending her time as a Christian author, speaker and mother of three. (Any parent of three of more children can attest that is perfect training for the show “Survivor.”) However, she says this isn’t a stunt to resurrect her acting career. Instead, she says “I LOVE the game and was born to play it. Plus, I want to meet Jeff Probst.” 

The cast of "Survivor: Phillipines." Photo: CBS
So, was the experience fun for her? "I don’t think 'fun' is the word I would use to describe my experience," says Whelchel in a Huffington Post article. "Those days on the island were the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It pushed me to my extreme limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and especially, emotionally. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity and I’m so glad I did it but I think it’s like childbirth…I may need to put a few years behind me and some perspective in front of me before I would ever consider doing it again."

Jeff Kent (CBS)
Whelchel isn’t the only famous face to appear this season. Former Dodger Jeff Kent will also star. Asked why he wanted to be on “Survivor,” Kent said, “To challenge my talents and survival skills under isolated circumstances and to prove to my family that being resilient pays off…With my survival skills and instincts, living on an island for 39 days will be easy. Utilizing the other survivors in alliances and/or challenges will take skills that I’ve mastered throughout my baseball career. Motivating and manipulating people is what I did best in the locker room and on the field.”

Ironically, when asked which former “Survivor” contestant that they are most like, both said Colby Donaldson from Season 2 and Season 22: Redemption Island.

This season’s show will take place in the Philippines with 18 castaways. Three of them are former players who were medically evacuated from the game and are returning to finish what they started. Currently, these players are a secret but will be revealed late this week, according to CBS. The show will debut on September 19 at 8:00 p.m.

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