Survival of the Fittest - who are the contestants and cast?

Discover more about the hottest new game show on TV.

Fell in love with Love Island? Can’t get enough of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!? Then you’ll go head-over-heels for the new show from the same programme makers.

Survival of the Fittest places competing teams of men and women in the South African savannah to take on a series of mental and physical challenges designed to determine which sex has the upper hand.

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But with dates thrown into the mix too, will team members turn on each other in favour of a new romance?

Find out more about the stars of Survival of the Fittest.

Laura Whitmore - Host

Hosting the competition is Laura Whitmore, known for presenting on MTV and being a contestant in Strictly Come Dancing.

She said: “We are set under the South African sun in the savannah, so while it’s miserable weather in the UK, you can watch some lovely people in some glorious surroundings.”

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Laura makes no secret of the fact that she’ll be rooting for the girls, but said: “I’m excited to see the relationships between people – not just boys and girls romantically but within the sisterhood… and will we see bromances?”

Georgie Clarke - Voted Out

Age: 25

From: South London

Occupation: Research and development tax credit consultant

She says: “I work in the hardcore tech industry so I find that I’m able to hold my own in environments where it’s me and 10 men in the room and I have to keep their attention.”

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Georgia Cole - Voted Out

Age: 25

From: Bristol

Occupation: Business development manager

She says: “I have no goal other than to be a multi-millionaire.”

Tia Latham - Voted Out

Age: 28

From: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Model

She says: “My story is very different from most other people’s. When I was born, nature was a bit confused. I had female chromosomes - which are xx - but my body didn't know which direction to go in. So as I got older, I had to go through a process to become the woman I am today.”

Tia was the first contestant to be voted off the show when her team lost and she found herself in the bottom three. The rival team decided to give her the boot as they thought she was the biggest threat to them winning.

Dani Mas Dyer - Withdrew

Age: 21

From: East London

Occupation: Barmaid

She says: “My dad is Danny Dyer… I’ve been babysat by Keira Knightley. My dad was filming with her ex partner and she was on set. I must have been about seven or eight. She used to take me swimming. She was like a bigger sister to me and I loved her. It’s only when I got home that I realised she was in Bend it like Beckham. Now look at her! I hope she remembers me.”

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Poor Dani only lasted one day in the competition before being forced to quit over an injury. She dislocated her shoulder during a head-first dive down a waterslide during the first challenge.

Mariam Musa - WON

Age: 23

From: Surrey

Occupation: Department manager and vlogger

She says: “I’m always happy and I’m always energetic. You never see me upset unless there is no food.”

Jenny West - WON

Age: 31

From: Wigan

Occupation: Fitness model

She says: “My sister and I are The West Twins. We work in social media and promote a healthy and positive fitness and mental wellbeing state. We’ve got 284,000 Instagram followers. That’s on our joint account and we’ve got about 55,000 each on our separate accounts. We do fitness shows and always get recognised.”

Lottie James - Replaced Dani Mas Dyer - Voted Out

Age: 22

From: Carmarthen, Wales

Occupation: Waitress and farmer

She says: "A few of the Wales rugby boys follow me on Instagram – including Gareth Davies – but things like that don’t really interest me that much."

Mettisse Campbell - Replaced Tia Latham - WON

Age: 21

From: Birmingham

Occupation: Model and beautician

She says: "I do music videos so I’m around artists a lot. I’m friends with Lethal Bizzle, Chipmunk, Lotto Boyzz. I’ve been in the music video for No Don (remix) with Chip and Not3s and Lotto Boyzzon it. I’ve been in Lethal Bizzleand Donaeo’s video."

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Sam Dewhurst - Replaced Georgie Clarke - WON

Age: 24

From: Manchester

Occupation: Student recruitment officer and qualified teacher

She says: "I used to date Dom Lever, for four and a half years before he went into Love Island. Although we’d broken up, we were supposedly on good terms and were still speaking a few months before he went into the villa. At this point, he would have applied for Love Island so the fact he was still speaking to me and asking to meet me, I just couldn’t get my head around it. I knew nothing about him going in, the first I knew was watching the advert with my mum in the lounge."

Sydney Devereaux - Replaced Lottie James - Voted Out

Age: 24

From: Essex

Occupation: Casino croupier

She says: "Jenny was one of my favourites at the beginning but I worry about who she is pairing herself with now. I think it could be detrimental her hanging around with Georgia. The girls need a sisterhood. Mettisse and Mariam, I think we will gel straight away. I think I’ll have fun with Callum and Tristan on a friendship level. The Lundy is harmless but I think he’s trying a bit too hard. Romantically so far, if anything was to happen it would be with Warren."

Hayley Madigan - Replaced Sydney Devereaux - Voted Out

Age: 28

From: Portsmouth

Occupation: Personal trainer

She says: "I have won a World Championship in Body Building in America. In 2015 I was the Natural Bikini Bodybuilding Champion for the UK.

"I want to maybe find a husband! Wouldn’t that be nice? A Survival of the Fittest wedding!"

Shanice Benstead - Replaced Georgia Cole - Voted Out

Age: 25

From: Surrey

Occupation: Cosmetics practitioner

She says: "My normal type is tall, tanned, tattooed, dark hair, dark eyes… Tom! It is Tom on paper however I’ve liked Warren from the beginning.

"I don’t think I’ll get on with Mettisse. I think we could clash. We have similar morals but I think she has let the girls’ team down. I don’t think she deserves to be in there."

Ryan Cleary - Voted Out

Age: 27

From: Manchester, lives in London

Occupation: Jeweller

He says: “Will there be crocodiles in there? I don’t like spiders so let’s hope there are no big South African spiders walking around The Lodge. If there is a spider in my bedroom, I will be running away!”

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Tristan Jones

Age: 20

From: Manchester

Occupation: Model

He says: “If the girls are not feeling me, that would be a nightmare!”

David Lundy

Age: 26

From: Surrey

Occupation: Fitness model and personal trainer

He says: “My unique selling point? Physically, my eyes, they are very eye catching.”

James Middleton (not that one)

Age: 24

From: Fulham

Occupation: Sports media manager

He says: “My ex-girlfriend is now Queen of the Jungle, Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo. For a long time, people thought I was the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother… I would call up restaurants and say my name and they’d give me the best table and then be disappointed when I turned up.”

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Callum Pardoe - Voted Out

Age: 21

From: South Wales

Occupation: Student and lifeguard

He says: “When I was really small, about eight or nine, I used to be really good at football and I was in the South Wales Argus with the headline ‘A star is born, the next David Beckham’.”

Warren Phillips

Age: 29

From: Gloucester

Occupation: Driller

He says: “Back when I was 20, I entered a local modelling contest called ‘The Face of Gloucester’ and I won that. Some famous people follow me on Instagram – Miss Egypt. And Vicky Pattison followed me once but I didn’t follow her back, I only follow people I know.”

Joel Bennett - Replaced Ryan Cleary - Voted Out

Age: 28

From: Manchester

Occupation: Model

He says: "My ex-girlfriend was on The Apprentice. We broke up after the show was filmed, before it aired. When the show aired, press stories ran alleging that she had cheated on me in the Apprentice house. I don’t know the truth in it but that was the story."

Tom Wilson - Replaced Joel Bennett - Voted Out

Age: 26

From: Nottingham

Occupation:Personal trainer

He says: "I would describe myself as very confident, big and impulsive. My friends would describe me as loud and the centre of attention."

Survival of the Fittest begins on Sunday, February 11 at 9pm on ITV2.

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