Lisa Whelchel from FACTS OF LIFE to participate on SURVIVOR

Whelchel, former TV teen star (“The Facts of Life”) from Dallas, Texas, one of the Survivors competing for the one million dollar prize and title of Sole Survivor! Survivor premieres Wed., Sept. 19th at 8/7c!

From TV Guide: “She took the good, she took the bad, and now Lisa Whelchel is taking on the jungles of the Philippines as a contestant on the 25th season of CBS’ Survivor, premiering Sept. 19 at 8/7c. The actress, who portrayed snobby Eastland schoolgirl Blair Warner on The Facts of Life and now travels as an inspirational speaker, says she’s not afraid of the show’s harsh conditions. “I love the idea of being out in nature and just roughing it,” the mother of three tells TV Guide Magazine just days before the game started. “I genuinely like people, and I like to know their story and connect with them.”

In a twist, this year will start with THREE tribes of 6 people each. Also, at the start of the show, three former players who had to be medically evacuated will be introduced having a second chance at the game. Those names will be announced later this week.

Here’s a list of the announced cast:

Kalabaw Tribe:

Sarah Dawson

Age: 28

Current Residence: Silver Spring, Md.

Occupation: Insurance Sales

Katie Hanson

Age: 22

Current Residence: Newark, Del.

Occupation: Former Miss Delaware 2011

Jeff Kent

Age: 44

Current Residence: Austin, Texas

Occupation: Retired MLB Player

Dana Lambert

Age: 32

Current Residence: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Occupation: Cosmetologist

Carter Williams

Age: 24

Current Residence: Shawnee, Kan.

Occupation: Track Coach

Tandang Tribe:

Abi-Maria Gomes

Age: 32

Current Residence: Los Angeles

Occupation: Business Student

Roberta “RC” Saint-Amour

Age: 27

Current Residence: New York

Occupation: Investment Banker

Artis Silvester

Age: 53

Current Residence: Terry Town, La.

Occupation: Computer Engineer

Lisa Whelchel

Age: 49

Current Residence: Dallas

Occupation: Former TV Teen Star (The Facts of Life)

Peter “Pete” Yurkowski

Age: 24

Current Residence: Holmdel, N.J.

Occupation: Engineering Graduate

Matsing Tribe:

Malcolm Freberg

Age: 25

Current Residence: Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Bartender

Zane Knight

Age: 28

Current Residence: Danville, Va.

Occupation: Tire Repairman

Angie Layton

Age: 20

Current Residence: Provo, Utah

Occupation: Model/Student

Roxanne “Roxy” Morris

Age: 28

Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Seminary Student

Denise Stapley

Age: 41

Current Residence: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Occupation: Sex Therapist