Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Only Two Weeks To Go

The twenty-third installment of the Emmy Award-winning reality series Survivor premieres September 14 (7:00 – 8:30 PM) on CBS Television. Sixteen new castaways will embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they are abandoned in the South Pacific, the island nation of Samoa to be specific. They will face relentless storms, sweltering heat and unforgiving waters. The Redemption Island feature returns along with two returning veteran players joining the fray.

The 16 new castaways set to compete on Survivor: South Pacific:

From left to right: Front row: John Cochran, Elyse Umemoto, Mikayla Wingle, Albert Destrade Back row: Dawn Meehan, Keith Tollefson, Semhar Tadesse, Mark Caruso, Whitney Duncan, Jim Rice, Sophie Clarke, Edna Ma, Rick Nelson, Christine Shields Markoski, Stacey Powell and Brandon Hantz.

Survivor: South Pacific marks the sixth straight season that From The Booth will provide scintillating summaries after each episode. Always looking to improve, a twist has been added. To further enhance these witty reviews, Fellow Survivor Geeks Jamie Cairo and Mary Beth Lindqvist have graciously agreed to occasionally provide their acumen. Their inaugural contributions are featured in this blog.

Here are brief bios and our 4-word evaluations for each of the new castaways and the two returnees.

The SAVAII Tribe

Name: Dawn Meehan (41) South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor at Brigham Young University
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: She will go far.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Older female, look out.
From The Booth’s Take: Pain in the ass.

Name: Elyse Umemoto (27) Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Dance Team Manager­
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Nothing but eye candy.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Paul will love me.
From The Booth’s Take: Temperamental beauty queen type.

Name: Jim Rice (35) Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Medical Marijuana Dispenser.
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Hmm, maybe. We'll see…
Jamie’s Prognosis: Happy high smart guy.
From The Booth’s Take: Wow dude, let’s party!

Name: John Cochran (24) Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Quiet, deadly, watch out.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Embrace your inner geek.
From The Booth’s Take: Where’s the pocket protector?

Name: Keith Tollefson (26) Edina, Minnesota
Occupation: Water Treatment Tech
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: I like this guy!
Jamie’s Prognosis: He loves his mother!!
From The Booth’s Take: Dreamy, charming, good-looking heartthrob.

Name: Mark Caruso (48) Forest Hills, New York­
Occupation: Retired NYPD Detective
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Likable. Will go far.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Target on my back.
From The Booth’s Take: Goody two-shoes, Tom wannabe.

Name: Semhar Tadesse (24) Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Spoken Word Artist
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: DIVA! DIVA! DIVA! DIVA!
Jamie’s Prognosis: Oprah? Oprah? Oprah? Oprah?
From The Booth’s Take: The first one eliminated.

Name: Whitney Duncan (27)­ Nashville, Tennessee­
Occupation: Country Music Singer­­
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Coattail rider, then out.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Blonds have more fun!
From The Booth’s Take: Could be a contender.

The UPOLU Tribe

Name: Albert Destrade (26) Plantation, Florida
Occupation: Baseball/Dating Coach­­­
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Might be a contender.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Another Coach? No thanks!
From The Booth’s Take: Self-absorbed pretty boy.

Name: Brandon Hantz (19) Katy, Texas
Occupation: Oil Tanker Crewman
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: HANTZ! Says it all!!
Jamie’s Prognosis: Enough with the Hantz’s…
From The Booth’s Take: Big shoes to fill.

Name: Christine Shields Markoski (39) Merrick, New York
Occupation: Teacher
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: My prediction? Out early.
Jamie’s Prognosis: First person voted off!
From The Booth’s Take: Might be an underdog.

Name (Age): Edna Ma (35) Los Angeles, California ­
Occupation: Anesthesiologist
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: May be too weak.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Yuppie. Doctor. Annoying. Oprah?
From The Booth’s Take: Too smart for game.

Name: Mikayla Wingle (22) Tampa, Florida­­
Occupation: Lingerie Football Player
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: She's gone. Right away.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Tits and ass vote.
From The Booth’s Take: Strictly eye candy. Yum.

Name: Rick Nelson (51) Aurora, Utah
Occupation: Rancher
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: People will trust him.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Shave your porn ‘stache!
From The Booth’s Take: Rugged good old boy.

Name: Stacey Powell (44) Grand Prairie, Texas
Occupation: Mortician
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Bring on the drama!
Jamie’s Prognosis: She likes outdoors grilling…
From The Booth’s Take: You’re really a mortician?

Name: Sophie Clarke (22) Willsboro, New York
Occupation: Medical Student
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: She could be great!
Jamie’s Prognosis: Looks beeeotchy to me.
From The Booth’s Take: Might hang around awhile.

Returning Survivors

Name: Benjamin "Coach" Wade (39) Susanville, California
Occupation: Symphony Conductor, Soccer Coach, Pastor
Previous Seasons: “Survivor: Tocantins” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Oh. Please. Not. Again.
Jamie’s Prognosis: I love crazy “Zen”.
From The Booth’s Take: Act is getting old.

Name: Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth (30) Venice, California
Occupation: Non-profit Organization Founder
Previous Seasons: “Survivor: Cook Islands” and “Survivor: Micronesia”
Mary Beth’s 2Cents: Looks like a target.
Jamie’s Prognosis: Dark and hairy Fabio!!
From The Booth’s Take: Target on his back.

If you want more information, click on CBS.com for complete bios.

Who will have what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast all the rest? Do you agree with me, Mary Beth and Jamie? Your opinions and input are welcome. If there is enough response, you could see your thoughts in a future blog.

Until next time…from the booth.


Leplume said...

LOL I like how on some of them we all had the same impression but on others we quite disagree! This is going to fun to see what you two think each week! Maybe we can do a nice little wager on the side to see who gets closest to predicting the winner! Hehehe!

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Ha! I thought the exact same thing, Mary Beth. It should be loads of fun! Come up with some details on the "nice little wager" and I will run it by Jamie. I'm in!

Sue said...

So it returns. I was waiting for your 'eye candy' Paul. Sophie could be a contender - depends what beeeotchy means ? ! Mind you they all look pretty 'covered up' n the photo - will have to wait for the 14th to see all revealed !

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Sue! Our Survivor correspondent from across the pond! "Beeeotchy" is a nice way of saying bitchy. I guess Jamie was just trying to be nice. We shall see how long that lasts. Looking forward to seeing your comments for season 23!

Sue said...

mmm but I can only comment from the reviews given by your and your fellow survivor 'geeks'. So it seems I will now have 3 different views to base my comments on. Roll on the 14th.