Survivor: Nicaragua premieres on TV3

8:30pm – Wednesday, October 20 on TV 3

It’s a battle of the ages as Survivor heads into its 21st season on the shores of Nicaragua in Survivor: Nicaragua, premiering on Wednesday, October 20th at 8:30pm on 3.

Survivor: Nicaragua sees the reality series pitting 10 castaways aged 30 and younger against 10 players aged 40 and older.

But the age divide is not the only twist viewers can expect this season. Before the tribes even reach their camps, Survivor: Nicaragua host Jeff Probst will introduce the Medallion of Power, which if played at an immunity competition gives one tribe a distinct advantage that varies depending on the challenge.

“The Medallion of Power gives you a dilemma and a choice in every challenge,” explains Probst, who hopes the decision of whether or not to use the medallion will cause discourse in the tribe. “Somebody will be right and somebody will be wrong, but once you decide to play it, then the other tribe gets it and can play it in the next challenge.”

Adding to the excitement of the Medallion of Power, this latest Survivor series will also feature two-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Dallas Cowboys and current Fox NFL commentator, Jimmy Johnson.

“As a kid, I always dreamed of doing something like this, and football got in the way for many years,” Johnson explains to NW about his reasons to join the reality series. “I’m not a fan of Survivor, I’m obsessed with it!”

The 67-year-old Johnson is the oldest castaway this season, but he says despite his age, he’s in top physical shape. “I nearly had an opportunity to go to Gabon [in 2008], and then the heart doctor for Survivor found blockage,” Johnson says.

“He sent me to the cardiologist, I lost 25 pounds, cholesterol went from 220 to under 100, so you might say Survivor saved my life.”

Another notable contestant this season is Kelly Bruno, a 25-year-old medical student who lost her leg to a birth defect when she was six-months-old.

“My leg is going to be more of a factor in my strategy,” says Bruno, who is the second amputee to play the game after Survivor: Vanuatu’s Chad Crittenden in 2004. “I plan to hide it until we get to our first challenge. At that point I’ll switch to a multi-purpose leg designed specifically for Survivor.”

But just how will all these factors affect the game? Find out when Survivor: Nicaragua premieres on Wednesday, October 20th at 8:30pm on 3.

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