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"Survivor: Palau' crowds 20 people on the island

The island is about to get a little more crowded.

The 10th edition of CBS's Survivor, set in the Pacific island nation Palau, has 20 people who will try to outwit, outplay and outlast each other to win the $1-million prize.

The most recent sagas, Vanuatu and All-Stars, had 18 contestants. All other previous editions of the reality show sent 16 individuals to an exotic locale.

The Palau cast, announced Thursday, might be the most diverse Survivor group. The oldest contestant is 57; the youngest is 21. The cast includes a bartender from New Orleans, a firefighter from New York, a dolphin trainer from Key Largo and a Las Vegas showgirl.

Three contestants are lawyers, four are from California, and six have double letters in their first name: Ashlee, Gregg, Bobby, Jennifer, Willard and Jeff.

The contestants are: Coby Archa, 32, a hairstylist from Athens, Texas; Ashlee Ashby, 22, a student from Easley, S.C.; Gregg Carey, 28, a business consultant from Chicago; Bobby Jon Drinkard, 27, a waiter from Santa Monica, Calif.; Katie Gallagher, 29, an advertising executive from Merced, Calif.; Caryn Groedel, 46, a civil rights attorney from Solon, Ohio; Angie Jakusz, 24, a bartender from New Orleans; Jolanda Jones, 39, a lawyer from Houston; Stephenie LaGrossa, 25, a pharmaceutical sales representative from Philadelphia; Jonathan Libby, 23, a sales and marketing executive from Dallas; Jennifer Lyon, 32, a nanny from Encino, Calif.; James Miller, 33, a steel worker from Mobile, Ala.; Kimberly Mullen, 25, a graduate student from Huber Heights, Ohio; Ibrehem Rahman, 27, a waiter from Birmingham, Ala.; Ian Rosenberger, 23, a dolphin trainer from Key Largo; Wanda Shirk, 55, an English teacher from Ulysses, Pa.; Willard Smith, 57, a lawyer from Bellevue, Wash.; Janu Tornell, 39, a showgirl from Las Vegas; Tom Westman, 41, a New York City firefighter from Sayville, N.Y.; and Jeff Wilson, 21, a personal trainer from Ventura, Calif.

During the live Vanuatu finale, host Jeff Probst said that in Palau, "the game will be changed in a dramatic way. Everything the survivors have come to expect will be wiped out in the first 10 minutes."

One hint: The press statement says three people are sent home in the first episode.

Survivor: Palau premieres Feb. 17.