Ozzy and Coach return to compete for a last shot at redemption (CBS/Monty Brinton)
Ozzy Lusth and Benjamin "Coach" Wade (self-dubbed the Dragon Slayer) are the final two castaways to join "Survivor: South Pacific." They're both familiar faces who've played the game twice before without being able to take home the $1 million prize and the title of Sole Survivor. Could the third time be a charm for these veteran players?
The 16 previously announced castaways may all be surprised to see Ozzy returning, but a couple of them did predict the return of the Dragon Slayer. "I'd be happy if one of the returning players was Coach because he's kind of a lunatic and I think that would be an easy target," Harvard law student John Cochran mused. Rick Nelson is another contestant who plans to get rid of Coach early on in the game. "I never met a dragon slayer, but if I get my chance, I'll get rid of him as quick as I can. I don't need that dragon slayer," promised the 51-year-old rancher.
[Photos: Meet the "Survivor: South Pacific" cast]
On "Survivor: Cook Islands" Ozzy dominated the challenges. With his athleticism and ability to solve puzzles, he won five of the six individual immunity challenges and was the driving force behind many of his tribe's challenge wins. During the season's final tribal council, Ozzy was criticized for being a loner and finished as the first runner-up. In his second try at the game on "Survivor: Micronesia," Ozzy was the 10th person voted out despite having an immunity idol.
Coach came in fifth place on "Survivor: Tocantins" and was the ninth person voted off of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains." Even though Coach was never great with challenges, his polarizing personality clashed with the other contestants which made for good reality TV.
If either of the two former players want to win "Survivor," host Jeff Probst suggests that they work on their social game. "They both need to learn how to play this damn game," says Probst. Ozzy and Coach told Yahoo! TV while on location in Samoa before the season began filming that that's exactly what they intend to do.
For Coach, that means abandoning his previous arrogant behavior. "I need to learn from my past mistakes. I've played this game twice and I haven't played it well because I've never won," he admits. "Instead of me coming out here saying, 'I'm the one that knows everything,' just to say, 'What can you teach me?' I think that's going to be personally fulfilling and it's going to help me in the game."
Ozzy has a similar strategy in mind, "I don't want to look like a cocky jerk. I really want to play this in a humble way and I want people to see me for who I am and that's a really nice guy who loves this game."
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"Survivor: South Pacific" premieres Wednesday, 9/14 at 8pm ET on CBS.
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