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Outwit, Outplay, Out Cast

Meet the cast of ''Survivor: Gabon'' -- EW introduces the new batch of players

1. Michelle Chase
The 24-year-old music production assistant lists ''being sprayed by a rhino's dung'' as her chief worry in Gabon. But will her gameplay stink?

2. Charlie Herschel
The gay 29-year-old lawyer says: ''In the courtroom, there is a code of ethics you have to abide by. On the island, there's nothing.''

3. Gillian Larson
The 15th time applying was the charm for this chatty 61-year-old. ''It doesn't matter what age you are. As long as you can physically do it, do it!''

4. Paloma Soto-Castillo
The 24-year-old student says her love of poker will help her. Yeah, we saw how well that worked for China's Jean-Robert.

5. Corinne Kaplan
According to the outspoken 29-year-old sales rep, ''There are no losers in Survivor: We all come home skinny, detoxed, and tan.'' Point taken.

6. Susie Smith
''The first player that I see thinking they're gonna track an elephant or a hippo, I'm gonna kick their ass,'' promises the 47-year-old hairdresser.

7. Crystal Cox
The 29-year-old is infected with Olympic fever! Of course, you would be too if you were a 2004 gold medalist in the 4 x 400 track relay.

8. Dan Kay
''My Achilles' heel in this game will most likely be trust,'' says the 32-year-old lawyer from Massachusetts. (Yours and everyone else's, Dan.)

9. Ken Hoang
The 22-year-old professional videogamer has one serious fan: himself! ''I would root for myself if I was watching TV.'' Go right ahead, Ken.

10. Jessica Kiper
''I want to make everyone fall in love with me,'' says the 29-year-old pinup-actress who also goes by the kinky handle of Sugar.

11. Ace Gordon
Don't be fooled by the 27-year-old fashion photographer's charming British accent. ''I'm a manipulative bastard,'' he claims.

12. Randy Bailey
''A million dollars is more important than friendship,'' says the 49-year-old videographer. ''Except maybe with that one blonde with the big t---s.''

13. Jacque Berg
''I usually think 10 to a hundred steps ahead of everybody else,'' boasts the 25-year-old medical sales rep. Jacque, meet Mark Burnett.

14. Kelly Czarnecki
What does the 22-year-old sales manager from Illinois bring to the game? ''I bring a positive vibe — like a burst of sunshine.''

15. Marcus Lehman
Once voted Georgia's hottest bachelor by Cosmo, the 28-year-old doc says, ''Being an all-around decent guy is going to be a huge asset.'' How about all-around modest?

16. Danny Brown
Also known as G.C., the 26-year-old Oregon maintenance supervisor says, ''I need this million dollars more than anyone out here.''

17. Matty Whitmore
''I probably won't outwit anybody,'' says the 29-year-old personal trainer. Okay, then...well, it was nice knowing you, Matty!

18. Bob Crowley
The 57-year-old physics teacher is young at heart. ''I'm not part of their group age-wise, but emotionally I'm about 12.'' Then what's with the bow tie?

For Jeff Probst's take on each player and on-location video, go to ew.com/survivor17

Originally posted Aug 28, 2008 Published in issue #1009 Sep 05, 2008 Order article reprints