On Wednesday (August 24) morning, CBS confirmed months of online rumors and announced that the former castaways returning for "Survivor: South Pacific" will be Benjamin Wade and Oscar Lusth.
Both players will be making their third attempt at the million dollar prize when "Survivor: South Pacific" premieres on Wednesday, September 14 with a 90-minute episode.
Better known as "Coach," Wade is a former soccer coach, music teacher and adventurer. He made his first "Survivor" appearance on the "Tocantins" season, dubbing himself The Dragonslayer and finishing in fifth place. Although Coach wasn't really a bad guy in "Tocantins," he was selected as a "villain" for the "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" season, making it far enough to become the first member of the jury before elimination.
Better known as "Ozzy," Lusth very nearly won "Survivor: Cook Islands," losing a tight vote to Yul Kwon and establishing a reputation as one of the most versatile physical players in the game's history. Ozzy returned for a previous "Fans vs. Favorites" season, the "Survivor: Micronesia" installment, again dominating the physical side of the game, but going out as the second member of the jury when he was blindsided despite having a hidden immunity idol.
This is the second consecutive "Survivor" season to utilize both the Redemption Island format and to bring a pair of winless castaways back into the game. "Boston Rob" Mariano was the winner of "Survivor: Redemption Island," while Russell Hantz was one of the first contestants sent home.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.