‘Survivor’: Meet the Cast of Upcoming Season 42

by Victoria Santiago
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We’re officially gearing up for the next season of Survivor. CBS gave us a sneak peek of what we can expect from the cast and their gameplay. 42 seasons in, everyone needs to find a way to stand out. Seasons 41 and 42 were filmed back-to-back, so we can already see some similarities between them and anticipate more. Because of how close together they were filmed, producers didn’t have access to viewer feedback on what they liked or disliked about Season 41. For example, the Beware challenges are back. And yes, that includes the three-person idol that you only get by announcing something.

While we obviously know what Season 42 players are in for, perhaps the best twist of it all is that they have no idea. We may scoff at the similarities between the 41 and 42, but at the end of the day… they’re in for a treat.

So, what does our Survivor 42 cast look like? In the trailer CBS has released, we get to see a glimpse of Season 42’s cast in action. We get some very basic background from a few (key?) players. One of the players featured on the promo is a retired firefighter. It looks like we also have a businesswoman and a fitness enthusiast that holds a world record for pull-ups amongst the cast.

You can watch the trailer for Season 42 below.

‘Survivor’ Undergoes Time-Crunch Changes

One of the biggest changes we’ve seen to Survivor is the amount of days players stay on the island. The show shortened their time by almost half, going from 39 days to 26. This was due to them filming back-to-back, so we’re unsure if the future seasons will follow suit. The players and producers both approved of the shortened game time. Players felt that they still had enough time to do everything they wanted to do and that there was enough content to keep the show interesting.

Many aspects of these new seasons have gone over well with everyone involved. However, players, fans, and producers alike can all agree on one thing: the season finale is not the same without a live audience. Season 41’s finale only included the players, the jury, and the host. Our host, Jeff Probst, admitted that he didn’t particularly like having the finale with no audience.

When talking to TV Line, Probst says, “I definitely miss the big energy of the live audience and seeing all the family members of our players. That kind of excitement is very unique because it’s more of an event. But what was really cool about revealing the winner in the jungle was the intimacy.” Hopefully, closed finales are only a product of COVID-19 times – we want to see families reunite and celebrate.