'Survivor: Micronesia' CastRevealed

Photo: Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

They’re off and running — and drowning and starving and backbiting and all those other good things that make up a season of the granddaddy of all reality shows.

Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites debuts Feb. 7 on CBS, which has revealed the new cast of challengers Entertainment Weekly reports exclusively on its Web site.

As for the gimmick this season — the show’s 16th: “None of us felt like a full-on All-Stars was the right choice, because we did it once and since then so many other shows have done it,” says host Jeff Probst. “It felt like we needed a twist.”

So, this time, die-hard but neophyte fans will oppose “standouts” from past seasons. Those shirtless boys and girls aiming to grab — after much effort — the grand prize of $1 million are (in alphabetical order, by their first names): Alexis Jones, 24, of Austin, Texas; Amanda Kimmel, 23, from Survivor: China; Ami Cusack, 34, Survivor: Vanuatu; Chet Welch, 48, Ford City, Penn.; Cirie Fields, 37, Survivor: Panama; Eliza Orlins, 25, Survivor: Vanuatu; Erik Reichenbach, 22, Ypsilanti, Mich.; James Clement, 30, Survivor: China; Jason Siksa, 22, Fox River Grove, Ill.; Joel Anderson, 32, Avondale, Ariz.; Jonathan Penner, 45, Survivor: Cook Islands; Jon Dalton, 33, Survivor: Pearl Islands; Kathleen Sleckman, 45, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Mary Sartain, 29, Emeryville, Calif.; Michael Bortone; 34, Los Angeles; Natalie Bolton, 32, West Hollywood, Calif.; Ozzy Lusth, 26, Survivor: Cook Islands; Parvati Shallow, 25, Survivor: Cook Islands; Tracy Hughes-Wolf, 43, Fredericksburg, Va.; and Yau-Man Chan, 55, Survivor: Fiji.

Based on first glance, Joel, a firefighter, boats the most tattoos. –Stephen M. Silverman

Tell us: Will you watch Survivor: Micronesia? Are your favorites returning? Could you take on the returning contestants? Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

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