HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — CBS announced Saturday that the 26th season of “Survivor” will pit former contestants deemed “fan favorites” against “ultimate fans of the game” for a $1 million prize.

“This season we are doing our second version of Fans Vs. Favorites. We did it a few years ago and it was very successful,” said show host Jeff Probst in a video released on CBS.com. “We have some great characters on the fans tribe. We have some fantastic characters on the favorites tribe.”

Fan favorites currently residing in the Southland include Corinne Kaplan from “Survivor: Gabon”; Erik Reichenbach from “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites”; Phillip Sheppard, from “Survivor: Redemption Island” and Malcolm Freberg from “Survivor: Philippines.”

All four have been placed on the Bikal tribe.

“I’m here to show that I can win ‘Survivor’ Season 26,” said Sheppard. “I think the fans know me. They liked the fact that I was a guy who entertained them. I was amazing entertainment regardless of how you feel about me.”

Reichenbach, another contestant, said “last time on “Survivor” I gave away my individual immunity to four women who were some of the most untrustworthy women in the game that were left. But I thought that I could trust them and they in turn voted me out.”

Reichenbach added, “I would like to kind of… I don’t know about redeem… because I don’t think you can redeem yourself for something like that… but I want to build on that. I want to show people that, ‘Yeah, I do make mistakes but I also make some smart decisions from time to time’.”

There are no Southern Californians on the Gota tribe of fans.

“Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites,” premieres Feb. 13, with a two-hour episode.

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