Sur­prise & sur­vive

Sur­vivor: San Juan Del Sur is test­ing 18 new cast­aways’ skills.

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Sur­vivor: San Juan Del Sur Sea­son 29 Tues­days (from 4 April) SABC3 (*193) 19:30

The tribe has spo­ken and long-time host Jeff Probst is back on SABC3 with Sur­vivor’s (2000- cur­rent) 29th sea­son. And it’s pack­ing a punch on Tues­day nights now (af­ter 28 sea­sons on Mon­days), thanks to the re­turn of Ex­ile Is­land (last seen 11 sea­sons ago) and the new Day Zero episode, where the 18 cast­aways spend night # 1 alone in their pairs be­fore split­ting into the Coy­opa and Hu­nahpu tribes. “We’ve pit­ted the loved ones against each other in this Blood ver­sus Wa­ter sea­son,” says Jeff. “And there’s con­fronta­tion from day 1. In fact, the con­flict starts just three min­utes in!”


Dat­ing re­tired pro base­ball player 1

John Rocker (39) and tan­ning sa­lon owner Julie McGee (34) Jeff says: “John has bag­gage from his con­tro­ver­sial out­bursts but he doesn’t care. He’s out here to win the game. As for Julie… I just don’t know with her. And I don’t think she does ei­ther” Will they out­last? “Nope. I don’t see it hap­pen­ing. Their personalities are go­ing to lead to clashes out here.”

Dat­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tant Jon 2

Misch (26) and me­dia ad buyer/ beauty queen Ja­clyn Schultz (25) Jeff says: “They’re la­belled ‘Bar­bie & Ken’ but they won’t play as a pair. I think that Ja­clyn will be sur­prised at how Jon changes when he no longer has to care for her here.” Will they out­last? “They could do it, but only if they aren’t to­gether.”

Dat­ing ac­tors and singers Reed 3

Kelly (31) and Josh Can­field (32) Jeff says: “They’re two of my favourites ever as cast­aways and as just nor­mal peo­ple. Josh will form al­liances eas­ily but Reed is a bit too ex­citable.”

Will they out­last? “I love them and hope they will. But it’s go­ing to be tricky.”

Broth­ers Drew (25) – a sales exec –

4 and stu­dent Alec Christy (22) Jeff says: “Drew is cocky and will be his own big­gest ob­sta­cle. Alec could be a dark horse out here and I think he has some­thing to prove to his brother.” Will they out­last? “Alec will sur­pass Drew but they’re mid­pack fin­ish­ers.”

Mar­ried fire­fighter Jeremy (36)

5 and cop Val Collins (35) Jeff says: “I love that he’s a fire­fighter and she’s a cop. Val’s police skills will be tested and we know what fire­fight­ers can do. Plus, Jeremy is just so like­able.” Will they out­last? “Too nice… so no.”

Fa­ther-and-son fire­fight­ers Keith 6

(53) and Wes Nale (23) Jeff says: “These guys are cut from the same cloth – you can see the fa­ther in the son and vice versa. They’re so re­lat­able to view­ers and I think that will be a big fac­tor on the tribes.” Will they out­last? “Keith’s ex­pe­ri­ence could take him to the end but Wes won’t get that far.”

CrossFit- coach­ing twins Nadiya 7

and Natalie An­der­son (28) Jeff says: “I love that they were both on Amaz­ing Race [sea­sons 21 and 24, 2012 and 2014]. I love when peo­ple come to play the game flat-out. Will they out­last? “They un­der­stand ‘ the game’ so I wouldn’t count them out of go­ing to the end.” 8 Mom-and-daugh­ter Missy Payne (47) – cheer­lead­ing gym owner – and var­sity stu­dent Bay­lor Wil­son (20) Jeff says: “Missy’s been in a lot of re­la­tion­ships. She isn’t in­tim­i­dated by men and Bay­lor’s seen this and I think she will know how to han­dle the guys and get fur­ther in the game.” Will they out­last? “Don’t count them out of tak­ing this to the end.”

9 Dad-and-daugh­ter farmer Dale (55) and mar­ket­ing man­ager Kel­ley Went­worth (28)

Jeff says: “Dale di­vorced when Kelly was young and re­mar­ried and that’s a lot for a kid to take in. I think that there was some con­flict and Kelly wants to maybe rekin­dle this bond, but at the same time, Dale might not be aware of that. Or Kelly could blind­side her fa­ther and say, “That’s pay­back for you!”

Will they out­last? “I’m not op­ti­mistic for ei­ther of them.”

Host Jeff Probst is push­ing the sur­vivors to their lim­its again.

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