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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains': Who Will Be Cast?

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:00AM
Russell HantzDuring last night's telecast of the 'Survivor: Samoa' reunion (full recap here), CBS premiered a teaser for the upcoming 20th cycle of the show, confirming that it would be a second "All-Star" edition after all. Officially titled 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,' the clip showcased virtually every prominent player who's ever been on the show -- certainly more than could fit within the 20 contestant limit.

Fans of the show have been working for months, tracking contestants' Twitter and MySpace accounts, interviewing crew members and possibly even digging through the trash to find out who will actually be cast for next season. In the process, some have wondered whether 'Samoa' runner-up Russell Hantz would be able to appear, the same way Rupert Boneham went straight from 'Pearl Islands' to 'All-Stars.'Russell HantzDuring last night's telecast of the 'Survivor: Samoa' reunion (full recap here), CBS premiered a teaser for the upcoming 20th cycle of the show, confirming that it would be a second "All-Star" edition after all. Officially titled 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,' the clip showcased virtually every prominent player who's ever been on the show -- certainly more than could fit within the 20 contestant limit.

Fans of the show have been working for months, tracking contestants' Twitter and MySpace accounts, interviewing crew members and possibly even digging through the trash to find out who will actually be cast for next season. In the process, some have wondered whether 'Samoa' runner-up Russell Hantz would be able to appear, the same way Rupert Boneham went straight from 'Pearl Islands' to 'All-Stars.'

At this point, there are so many message board threads and sources spouting information that we can't even point in one direction for a root source. But we can say that we've found a cast list that is confirmed by the vast majority of the sources we've looked at. The following thread on Vevmo.com does a good job of tracking the rumors that have been coming out the last few months, though be warned that it also offers potential spoilers regarding who gets voted out and in what order, all the way up to revealing a possible final three.

The good news is that all of the sources we've seen seem to agree that "Evil" Russell has been cast on the villains side. Unfortunately, Richard Hatch, who won the first season and is perhaps the template for the evil 'Survivor' mastermind, was reportedly unable to participate. He was still serving the remainder of his sentence for failing to pay taxes on his million-dollar winnings, and a judge denied his petition to leave the country in order to play. We think a face-off between these two would have made for classic television.

'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' returns Thu., Feb. 11 with a two-hour premiere, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Check out the rumored list below, and remember that it has yet to be confirmed by CBS:

Heroes
Amanda Kimmel (China; Micronesia)
Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands)
Colby Donaldson (Australian Outback; All-Stars)
Cirie Fields (Panama; Micronesia)
James Clement (China; Micronesia)
J.T. Thomas (Tocantins)
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands; All-Stars)
Stephenie LaGrossa (Palau; Guatemala)
"Sugar" Kiper (Gabon)
Tom Westman (Palau)

Villains
"Coach" Wade (Tocantins)
Courtney Yates (China)
Danielle DiLorenzo (Panama)
Jerri Manthey (Australian Outback; All-Stars)
Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands; Micronesia)
Randy Bailey (Gabon)
Rob Mariano (Marquesas; All-Stars)
Russell Hantz (Samoa)
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands)
Tyson Apostol (Tocantins)

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