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The 16 new castaways are, from the back row, left to right, Andrea Boehlke, Phillip Sheppard, Natalie Tenerelli, Ashley Underwood, Francesca Hogi, Mike Chiesl, Sarita White, Stephanie Valencia, David Murphy, and Krista Klumpp, and front front row, left to right, Grant Mattos, Matt Elrod, Kristina Kell, Julie Wolfe, Ralph Kiser and Steve Wright.
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updated 1/13/2011 9:39:52 AM ET 2011-01-13T14:39:52

Sixteen of "Survivor: Redemption Island's" 18 castmembers were announced today by CBS.

The reality show's 22nd season newcomers are joined by two former Castaways, to be named later this week, also competing for the million-dollar prize and "one last shot at redemption."

The delayed announcement is sure to fuel the campfire rumors that this season—the second in a row to be filmed in Nicaragua—would feature a showdown between all-timers Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz.

Also unclear is what role the two vets will play in the series' new twist: instead of immediately leaving the game, a voted-off Castaway is sent to the isolated Redemption Island, living alone in exile until joined by the next person eliminated at Tribal Council. The two compete in a duel, with the loser of the showdown going home while the winner continues on for a chance to return to the game and vie for the title of Sole Survivor.

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The current list of Castaways comprise more NFL vets (two of 'em this season) and the usual young hotties—including a doppelgnger of recent champ Fabio—but unlike last season, white-collar and service professionals make up a majority of the cast. For now, that is...

Ometepe Tribe

  • Andrea Boehlke, 21, Random Lake, Wis.; student
  • Matt Elrod, 22, Nashville; pre-med student
  • Francesca Hogi, 36, Washington D.C.; attorney
  • Kristina Kell, 46, Malibu; law student
  • Grant Mattos, 29, West Hollywood; former NFLer, yoga instructor
  • Phillip Sheppard, 52, Santa Monica; technology executive
  • Natalie Tenerelli, 19, Acton, Calif.; professional dancer
  • Ashley Underwood, 25, Benton, Maine; nurse
  • Former Castaway (TBA)
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Zapatera Tribe

  • Mike Chiesl, 31, Del Mar, Calif.; former Marine
  • Ralph Kiser, 44, Lebanon, Va.; farmer
  • Krista Klumpp, 25, Columbia, S.C.; pharmaceutical rep.
  • David Murphy, 31, West Hollywood; defense attorney
  • Stephanie Valencia, 25, Long Beach, Calif.; waitress
  • Sarita White, 36, Santa Monica; visual effects producer
  • Julie Wolfe, 50, Oceanside, Calif.; firefighter
  • Steve Wright, 51, Huntington Beach, Calif.; former NFL player
  • Former Castaway (TBA)

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