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Here’s What ‘Survior: Ghost Island’ Contestants Wished They Had on the Trip

The cast of "Survivor: Ghost Island"
The castaways of Survivor: Ghost Island. (Photo: Robert Voets/CBS)

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After 35 seasons, Survivor is running out of places for the castaways to hang out. For season 36, the new crew has been sent back to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji where the show has been themed “Ghost Island.” Here, two groups of ten contestants will apparently try to make good out of other past players’ bad decisions. It’s a convoluted idea to be sure.

CBS says, “The question is: will these new players be able to learn from the past mistakes of others and “reverse the curse,” or will the past come back to haunt them?” According to the network, this season is filled with real idols and advantages from previous seasons including shows that were shot in Brazil, China, Africa and Australia and will serve as a “haunted” graveyard of those pesky "unfortunate choices" of the former members. Of course, the name of the game still is to “outwit, outplay and oulast” each other in order to become the “Sole Survivor.”

Survior: Ghost Island debuts with a special two hour episode on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and as always, the show is hosted by Jeff Probst.

This year, CBS ask cast members, “If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?” Here is what they said…


Natviti Tribe Members
The cast of "Survivor: Ghost Island"
Back Row L-R: Wendell Holland, Chris Noble, Sebastian Noel, Bradley Kleihege, Domenic Abbate.
Front Row L-R: Morgan Ricke, Angela Perkins, Desiree Afuye, Chelsea Townsend, Kellyn Bechtold (Photo: Robert Voets/CBS)
Angela Perkins, Army Veteran
“First would be my guitar because I have one and played a little in college but it would be a chance for me to have music and learn at the same time. Next would be paper and pen to document my experience. My memory is not the best and I want to capture as much as possible to remind me of the once in a lifetime experience I had. Finally, an iPod to listen to music.”

Chelsea Townsend, EMT
“A mattress to get a good night's rest, a toothbrush because I can't imagine not brushing my teeth for more than a day, and definitely food because nobody likes starving.”

Desiree Afuye, Student
“A picture of a skeleton in a grave to constantly remind me that things could be worse, a photo book of my family because I will always love them and they forever motivate me and finally, text message threads between me and my best friend. We have the funniest conversations and laughing is the best way to stay positive and happy.”

Kellyn Bechtold, Career Counselor
“A bag of Skittles. I'm addicted to candy and just one Skittle a day would keep me going through starvation! Next, a deck of cards so I could get people to play games that require deceit, and try to read tells, and tampons, because, duh.”

Morgan Ricke, Marine Animal Trainer
“Lip balm—I'm addicted—a space heater to keep me warm, and a super comfy pair of sweatpants.”

Bradley Kleihege, Law Student
“First, a notebook and pen to organize my thoughts and strategy. Second, my retainers because I have had my braces off for over a decade but am still too scared to try not wearing them. What if my pearly whites started moving around? And finally, a bottle of rum because no self-respecting sailor would be caught on a remote island without rum.”

Chris Noble, Male Model
“First would be a good luck necklace my mom gave me when she almost died. I've been wearing it ever since and crazy good things have happened since. Also, lotion, so I could give awesome massages and bond with the hot girls on my tribe, and finally a second bottle of lotion—I plan to be on the island for a while, and maybe I'll get one if I play my cards right!”

Domenick Abbate, Construction Supervisor
“A photo of my wife, a picture of my rugrats because they're awesome, and an antihistamine, which I will spike in somebody's drinking water if they are relentlessly annoying me and/or the group on the island.”

Sebastian Noel, Fishing Guide
“A waterproof camera. Life is an adventure. I'm in love with memories. I really enjoy capturing every twist and turn this beautiful life has to offer. A Hawaiian sling. I am a waterman, so being in the water, hunting for food is where I feel the most at home. True peace for my soul. A big bowl of gummy candy. I am absolutely addicted to candy, especially gummies. I can catch the meat, but I can't catch the candy.”

Wendell Holland, Furniture Designer
“First, my brush to take care of my beautiful beard and fro. Second, a chainsaw so I can make building things a lot easier, and finally, a sketchbook so I can doodle, draw, and write.”

Malolo Tribe Members
The cast of "Survivor: Ghost Island"
Back Row L-R: James Lim, Jacob Derwin, Laurel Johnson, Michael Yerger, Janna Bowman
Front Row L-R: Stephanie Gonzalez, Brendan Shapiro, Stephanie Johnson, Libby Vincek, Donathan Hurley (Photo: Robert Voets/CBS)
Jenna Bowman, Account Executive
“First, lemons to flavor my water/food and bleach my hair. Second would be Mentos gum to chew, and finally, pen and paper to document my journey/write love letters to a hot castaway.”

Laurel Johnson, Financial Consultant
“Crossword puzzle book to keep my mind sharp, keep me sane, and give me a way to tune everyone out, a camera to capture every single moment, and a self-addressed envelope—so there's no confusion as to where to send the million dollar check to.”

Libby Vincek, Social Media Strategist
“My Bible because my faith is everything, a baseball hat, and a huge bag of my family's smokehouse Turkey Jerky.”

Stephanie Gonzalez, Graphic Sales
“A small plush panda teddy bear my mom gave me. It's special because she calls it my guardian angel. It really is the little things in life. A small bottle of my dad's cologne. He is the one who always pushes me to do better than the best, to be tougher. Being able to smell his cologne will feel like he is right next to me talking words of wisdom and encouragement. I was always a daddy's girl, and most importantly I have this bracelet that says "ONE MILLION WIN" (cause Sole Survivor would be a bit too cheesy even for me). It's gold on black strings and it serves as my reminder of how bad I need to win Sole Survivor. I never take it off.”

Stephanie Johnson, Yoga Instructor
“Lipstick! Because I even wear it when I do my Ironman races! Next would be ear plugs because I'm an insanely light sleeper and hate snorers, and a piece of Rose Quartz because it's my favorite stone and would remind me to follow my heart and trust my intuition.”

Brendan Shapiro, Physical Education Teacher
“A picture of my wife and kids to keep me tethered to reality, a football to throw on the beach, and bacon jerky because it's delicious and doesn't need to be refrigerated.”

Donathan Hurley, Caretaker
“My cross necklace my grandmother got for me, my glasses (if that counts) so I can snap them in half to help with making fire, and just the clothes on my back.”

Jacob Derwin, Music Teacher
“First would be my guitar because it gives me something I can focus on outside of the game. Next, one of those daily joke calendars because not only is it great for keeping track of time, but if your situation isn't providing many laughs, it's good to have a reliable way to find some. Finally, beard oil. I bought my first vile of this stuff about a year ago and it's the best feeling thing ever. Plus, it's really fun to respond to ‘Are you wearing cologne?’ with ‘No, just beard oil.’"

James Lim, Business Analyst
“First, a photo of my family. They'll be a source of emotional strength no matter how tough it gets out there. Second would be an American flag because being a first-generation American is one of the greatest sources of pride and willpower for me. Finally, a journal and pen to take notes on the game as it develops and also to keep a diary during the adventure of a lifetime.”

Michael Yerger, Real Estate Agent
“Hot sauce, boomerang, skittles.”

To learn more about the castaways, visit CBS.com.


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