Survivor: Micronesia will feature a new twist on the tribal competition: Fans vs. Favorites. In this 16th season (premiering Feb. 7), former Survivor standouts will take on a tribe of newbies who idolize the players they will now compete against. Click the link for the inside story of the Survivor Fans vs. Favorites concept. And read on to meet this season's competitors, and see what host Jeff Probst has to say about their chances.
THE ROOKIES: JOEL ANDERSON
HOMETOWN: Avondale, Ariz.
JOEL SAYS: ''Bottom line, I'm here for my family. If I just wanted to go on vacation and hang out on the beach, I'd take my family with me.''
JEFF PROBST SAYS: ''Joel is the one guy who might be able to give James [Clement, the returning Favorite from Survivor: China] a run for his money, because he is every bit as big as James. He's a fireman, he's a father and a husband, and when I met with him the thing that really struck me is how he does everything for his wife and his family. And I like that about him. He's a big, big guy, and these challenges start off physical right from the get-go. Sometimes being a physical threat works against you early; I think in Joel's case it's going to be advantageous.''
Image Credit: Monty Brinton
The show's host gives EW.com his exclusive take on the 10 rookies and 10 returning players competing for $1 million in the new season (debuting Feb. 7)