Latest "Survivor" Cast Includes "Facts of Life" Alum, Former Baseball Star

Actress Lisa Whelchel and athlete Jeff Kent will compete on the show's new season

By Tierney Bricker
|  Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012  |  Updated 12:03 PM CDT
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"Facts of Life" actress Lisa Whelchel will join the cast of "Survivor's" season 25.

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Talk about a blast from the past!

CBS unveiled its 18 castaways set to head to the Philippines for "Survivor's" 25th season this morning and had a bit of a treat for fans of '80s sitcoms: A former TV star has joined the CBS reality show's cast!

Lisa Whelchel, aka "The Facts of Life's" Blair Warner, will be competing for the $1 million dollar prize, and she's not the only familiar face heading to the Philippines.

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Also competing on "Survivor's" 25th installment is Jeff Kent, a former MVP major leaguer who played for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Longtime "Survivor" fans can also expect some twists in the new season, including the contestants being divided into three tribes, named after animals in the region, for the first time in eight years: Kalabaw (water buffalo), Tandang (rooster), and Matsing (monkey). Another fun twist? Three former contestants who were medically evacuated from their respective seasons will be coming back on the show.

Here are the members of the three tribes:

Will Colton be one of the medically evacuated contestants returning to the show?

Kalabaw Tribe Sarah Dawson, 28, Silver Spring, Md., insurance sales Katie Hanson, 22, Newark, Del., former Miss Delaware Jeff Kent, 44, Austin, Texas, former baseball MVP Dana Lambert, 32, Winston-Salem, N.C., cosmetologist Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kan., track coach

Tandang Tribe Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, Los Angeles, business student Roberta "R.C." Saint-Armour, 27, New York, investment banker Artis Silvester, 53, Terry Town, La., computer engineer Lisa Whelchel, 49, Dallas, former Facts of Life actress Pete Yurkowski, 24, Holmdel, N.J., engineering graduate

Matsing Tribe Malcolm Freberg, 25, Hermosa Beach, Calif., bartender Zane Knight, 28, Danville, Va., tire repair Angie Layton, 30, Provo, Utah, student Roxanne "Roxy" Morris, 28, Brooklyn, seminary student Denise Stapley, 41, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sex therapist

"Survivor: Philippines" premieres Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on CBS.


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