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Survivor: Ghost Island: Jeff Probst on the players to watch

Entertainment Weekly logo Entertainment Weekly 2018-02-13 Dalton Ross
Jeff Probst standing in front of a body of water © Provided by TIME Inc.

Every time I head on location for the filming of Survivor, I ask Jeff Probst to name the players he’s most excited to see out on the island. It’s an interesting time because this usually takes place on day 1 of the game so it’s all guesswork at that point. Probst has seen all the players up close and personal many times through the casting process, but he really doesn’t know what’s going to happen once they get on the beach.

And there are always surprises. I speak from experience on that one because some of the people I have loved in my pre-game interviews end up being disappointments once the cameras turn on, while other players that might not impress in a pre-game chat can suddenly pop on screen when the stakes are raised. So it’s guesswork in terms of picking out the best players and characters that will emerge, but call it educated guesswork, because far more often than not, those first impressions do play out as expected.

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