Survivor: Nicaragua

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.

Name: Dan Lembo (63) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Watermill, N.Y. 

Occupation: Real Estate Executive 

Personal Claim to Fame: Raising two sons & my career. 

Inspiration in Life: Ronald Reagan 

Hobbies: Weight-lifting, softball, skiing. 

Pet Peeves: Existing politicians. 

3 Words to Describe You: Aggressive, cunning, devious. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: No one. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: My ego (and for fun).

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Because I’ve been a SURVIVOR my entire life and thrive on beating everyone else.

Name: Holly Hoffman (44) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Eureka, S.D. 

Occupation: Swim Coach 

Personal Claim to Fame: Started my own swim team 16 years ago. I was named Coach of the Year twice. 

Inspiration in Life: My husband – he is always there for me. 

Hobbies: Running, biking and swimming. 

Pet Peeves: Standing in line. 

3 Words to Describe You: Energetic, understanding and competitive. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: No one. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I have raised three children and given 24 years to my family… Now it is time for me to prove to them who I really am and who I can be. To prove to myself that I can do it! 

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: One word – determination.

Name: Jane Bright (56) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Jackson Springs, N.C. 

Occupation: Dog Trainer 

Personal Claim to Fame: Winning best in show! 

Hobbies: Snow/water skiing and showing dogs. 

Pet Peeves: Lazy people. 

3 Words To Describe You: Crazy, daring and honest. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert because he was loveable, but I still think I’m smarter. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: To win America over. 

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Everybody likes me and respects me. Plus, I’d be an underdog to them.

Name: Jill Behm (43)

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Erie, Pa. 

Occupation: ER Doctor 

Personal Claim to Fame: Getting through medical school and residency with high honors. 

Inspiration in Life: My mom because she was a fantastic, loving mother who overcame adversity with a positive attitude and great outlook on life. 

Hobbies: Cycling, hunting and paint ball. 

Pet Peeves: Smoking and crowds. 

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, trustworthy and smart. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tom Westman and Colby Donaldson because they are physically dominating and played with intelligence. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: The thrill of competition.

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: The better question to ask is how could I not be the sole SURVIVOR? I’m the total package. I have all the tools, mental and physical, to win the game.

Name: Jimmy Johnson (67)

Tribe: Espada

Current Residence: Islamorada, Fla.

Occupation: Former NFL Coach

Personal Claim to Fame: Winning two college national championships with Arkansas (playing) and University of Miami (coaching) and winning two Super Bowl championships coaching the Dallas Cowboys.

Hobbies: Fishing, scuba diving and boating.

Pet Peeves: People being lazy or late.

3 Words to Describe You: Happy, intelligent and goal oriented.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tom Westman, because he is trustworthy.

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: For the adventure!

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Because people can trust me, and I’m not a threat.

Name: James “Jimmy T” Tarantino (48) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Gloucester, Mass. 

Occupation: Commercial Fisherman 

Personal Claim to Fame: My children 

Inspiration in Life: Jim Ciaramitaro. He’s just a really good person. 

Hobbies: Rowing, hiking, swimming. 

Pet Peeves: Low tolerance for incompetence. 

3 Words to Describe You: Charismatic, genuine, proud. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert. I’m just as lovable. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: Pride in myself and my community. They helped me win the Sears Casting Call and I intend on doing them proud. 

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I’m resourceful and I have the ability to win.

Name: Marty Piombo (48) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Mill Valley, Calif. 

Occupation: Technology Executive 

Personal Claim to Fame: Rescuing an injured climber off Mt. Whitney from 13,000 ft. in the dead of winter. 

Inspiration in Life: Lance Armstrong – where do you start? The guy overcame all sorts of odds. His climbs and his epic wins are historic. 

Hobbies: Winter alpinism, rock climbing, cooking. 

Pet Peeves: Waiting in line and inconsiderate people. 

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, funny, charismatic. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m a mix of Boston Rob and Russell. They are relentless, clever, devious and will do anything to win. I’ll play the game in a similar fashion. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I want to win. To be on the show would be cool (no doubt), BUT to say you won SURVIVOR – that’s a whole other ball game. I consider it the ultimate challenge. 

Name: Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff (48) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Fromberg, Mont. 

Occupation: Goat Rancher 

Personal Claim to Fame: Reaching the Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Army. 

Inspiration in Life: My mother because she made me who I am today. 

Hobbies: Singing, dancing, fishing, hunting, and anything to do with animals. 

Pet Peeves: Stuck-up, rude, self-centered, dishonest, know-it-all people. 

3 Words to Describe You: Honest, talkative and competitive. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: No one, especially NOT the other female military contestant, Shambo. We just have different personalities. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: To prove that I can do this. I would also love to pay off our ranch in Montana. 

Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Because if you put your heart and mind into the game anyone can be the final Survivor. You need skill, strategy, physical/mental abilities and a little luck. I’m Irish, so hopefully I’ll have the luck of the Irish with me.

Name: Tyrone Davis (42) 

Tribe: Espada 

Current Residence: Inglewood, Calif. 

Occupation: Fire Captain 

Personal Claim to Fame: The ability to stay consistent and true to who I am and accomplish all that I choose to in life. 

Inspiration in Life: God and my parents. 

Hobbies: Triathlons, snowboarding, partying with friends and dancing. 

Pet Peeves: Inauthentic/plastic people, close-minded people, mean and selfish people. 

3 Words to Describe You: Self-confident, dynamic and compassionate. 

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Tom Westman because of the value he placed on integrity and being true to himself. 

Reason for being on SURVIVOR: One million dollars! Plus, the challenge of being able to lead others from diverse backgrounds.