August 23, 2006
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'Survivor' plays race card
By -- JAM! Showbiz

The 'Survivor: Cook Islands' players.

The producers of ‘Survivor’ could be playing with fire this season in more ways than one.

CBS has revealed the first twist of the upcoming 13th season set to debut on September 14th. The 20 ‘Survivor: Cook Islands’ players will initially be divided by race before merging in a later episode. The four tribes will be African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Caucasian.

As was noted in last season’s finale, the Exile Island twist will be returning as well as the hidden Immunity Idol. Incorporating the pirate theme used on the ‘Pearl Islands’ edition, Tribal Council will be held on a shipwreck set built on one of the islands.

The new Castaways (in alphabetical order) are:

REBECCA BORMAN, 34, Laurelton, N.Y., Make-Up Artist.

ANH-TUAN “CAO BOI” BUI (Pronounced Cowboy), 42, Christianburg, Va., Nail Salon Manager.

SEKOU BUNCH, 45, Los Angeles (originally from New York), Jazz Musician/Recording Artist.

J.P. CALDERON, 30, Marina Del Rey, Calif., Professional Volleyball Player.

CRISTINA CORIA, 35, Los Angeles, Police Officer.

STEPHANNIE FAVOR, 35, Columbia, S.C., Nursing Student.

BILLY GARCIA, 36, New York (originally from Miami), Heavy Metal Guitarist.

ADAM GENTRY, 28, San Diego, Calif. (originally from Fredericksburg, Va.), Copier Sales.

NATHAN GONZALEZ, 26, Los Angeles, Retail Sales.

JENNY GUZON-BAE, 36, Lake Forest, Ill. (originally from Melrose Park, Ill.), Real Estate Agent.

YUL KWON, 31, San Mateo, Calif. (originally from Flushing, N.Y.), Management Consultant.

BECKY LEE, 28, Washington, D.C. (originally from Pittsburgh), Attorney.

OSCAR “OZZY” LUSTH, 25, Venice, Calif., Waiter.

CECILIA MANSILLA, 29, Oakland, Calif. (originally from Arequipa, Peru), Technology Risk Consultant.

SUNDRA OAKLEY, 31, Los Angeles (originally from New York), Actress.

JONATHAN PENNER, 44, Los Angeles (originally from New York), Writer/Producer.

PARVATI SHALLOW, 23, Los Angeles (originally from Atlanta), Boxer/Waitress.

JESSICA SMITH, 27, Chico, Calif., Performance Artist/Rollergirl.

BRAD VIRATA, 29, Los Angeles (originally from Seattle), Fashion Director.

CANDICE WOODCOCK, 23, Fayetteville, N.C., Pre-Med Student.

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