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Meet the 20 folks who'll brave bug bites, backstabbing, and near starvation on the 10th installment of ''Survivor''

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Meet the new cast of ''Survivor''

The Palau Islands of the South Pacific are littered with the wreckage of World War II. Soon, though, they'll also be littered with the spent torches and deflated egos of 19 American reality-show contestants, all of whom will eventually be vanquished by one wily rival during the 10th season of CBS' Survivor.

The winner of Survivor: Palau will come from a pool of 20 men and women (up from last season's 18), with an average age of 32. Among them are three lawyers, two cancer survivors, and two former beauty queens. The rules will be different from those in previous Survivor contests: Not only will three castaways leave by the end of the first episode (airing Thursday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.); the producers say the game will be shaken to its core in the first 10 minutes.

If you need a little edge prepping for your office Survivor pool — or just want a little background detail to help you figure which castaway is which — check out our player gallery.

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