In case you haven't gotten wind of it, Survivor's 20th season--yep, twenty, and this one marks the show's tenth year on air--will be another all-star season. After All-Stars and Fans vs Favorites, we'll get another dose of repeat contestants, and judging from that issue with first winner Richard Hatch being denied by the courts the chance to join this season, it seems they're trying to pull all the stops for it.
The oddest thing is, someone leaked the final list early. Too early, perhaps--I think this isn't due to air until March 2010, right? But yes, they're already working on it, since Survivor's next two seasons will be shot back-to-back, and if I remember correctly, the 20th will also be set in Samoa like the upcoming one.
The list was spilled by former contestant Coby Archa, and it consists of 23 names, with 30 being interviewed. Some turned down, and he's guessing that the list will be whittled down further to form the final 20 names. But here's the odd thing: provided this list is true, some of these people would be on a third Survivor stint already--and, I'll be honest, I don't really know since I skipped the ten seasons before Survivor: Tocantins--and there's hope from fans that the list is just a load of bull.
But provided that it's true, I'll spill the list anyway.
Ace Gordon (Survivor: Gabon)
Amanda Kimmel (Survivor: China)
Benjamin "Coach" Wade (Survivor: Tocantins)
Cirie Fields (Survivor: Panama)
James Clement (Survivor: China)
Jean-Robert Bellande (Survivor: China)
Jenna Morasca (Survivor: Amazon)
Jerri Manthey (Survivor: Australia)
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper (Survivor: Gabon)
Johnny Fairplay (Survivor: Pearl Islands)
Ozzy Lusth (Survivor: Cook Islands)
Natalie Bolton (Survivor: Micronesia)
Parvati Shallow (Survivor: Cook Islands)
Randy Bailey (Survivor: Gabon)
Rupert Boneham (Survivor: Pearl Islands)
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Survivor: Pearl Islands)
Sierra Reed (Survivor: Tocantins)
Shane Powers (Survivor: Panama)
Stephenie LaGrossa (Survivor: Palau)
Tina Wesson (Survivor: Australia)
Tom Buchanan (Survivor: Africa)
Tom Westman (Survivor: Palau)
Twila Tanner (Survivor: Vanuatu)
My only complaint, being mostly clueless, is this: not another all-star season? That aside, if you hated Coach on the last season (and it's the only thing I've got an idea on, really), well, you might want to avoid this... unless you want another Coach-Sierra face-off. Heroes versus villains? We'll see.