Prior to leaving for the South Pacific, producers exhumed the grave of famed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran and brought him back to life (thanks to the voodoo powers of Cao Boi Bui).
However, spending the past six years six feet under had left Mr. Cochran with a terrible case of gingervitis, horribly disfiguring him.
To go along with this transformation, Mr. Cochran has dropped the "-nie", and will tell other contestants that he is a 24 year old from Virginia attending Harvard Law School.
John Cochran (24), Red Team
Current Residence: Oakton, VA.
Occupation: Student at Harvard Law School
John Cochran says: 99% of my game plan is adaptability. I like having the appearance of talking about my insecurities or embarrassing stories, not to the extent that people ... moreare annoyed by it. The more open you are with people, the more open they are with you. I will be calculating in what I will reveal.
Our take: He is a huge fan and knows his Survivor trivia. He is not as athletic as some of the others. If his confidence goes up I think he could make it to the final 3s. They might let him stick around because he is not a threat and is an all-around good guy.
Jeff says: He's hilarious.
John CochranHarvard Law Student
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Allow the Woody Allen-ish Harvard law student (who five minutes into the game instructs Probst to refer to him by his last name only) to tell you why he's destined to take home the title. ''I will win Survivor because I am a student of the game, unlike any other player that's played the game before. I've never missed a single episode. I used to do a newsletter in high school and wear a buff around my arm every Thursday, now it would be Wednesday. My senior yearbook picture was me wearing three buffs, two around my arm and one around my forehead, and a Survivor T-shirt. This has been ingrained in me for 11 years. This is the culmination of a lot of obsession.'' And how!
Official CBS.com bio:
Name (Age): John Cochran (24)
Tribe designation: Savaii
Current residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student
Personal claim to fame: I won the Dean’s Scholar Prize at Harvard Law for an essay I wrote on the “Survivor” jury system. It was one of the few times in my life where my personal interests and academic obligations coincided perfectly.
Inspiration in life: My family.
Hobbies: Guitar, trivia and studying the music and history of The Beatles.
Pet peeves: People who think or act like they are smarter than they actually are and people who don’More...t have a sense of humor.
3 words to describe you: Neurotic, insecure and brilliant.
SURVIVOR contestant you are most like: I have some of the humor of Rob Cesternino, the candor of Jonathan Penner and the intelligence of Yul Kwon.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: My respect and admiration for “Survivor” and my desire to make it even better. My secondary motivation is to experience some adventure and excitement in my life during a time when I otherwise feel like I’m on autopilot.
Why you think you’ll “survive” SURVIVOR: I have a strong sense of humor that can defuse tense situations and an ability to listen to conflicting viewpoints and devise a rational compromise that is satisfying to all parties involved. I also have a slender frame that doesn’t take up much space in a crowded shelter.
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I understand other people and how they function. Sure, I’m bright and have an extensive knowledge of “Survivor,” but none of that does any good unless you’re able to figure out the reasons why other people do the things they do. Not only can I do that, but I’m also confident that I can leverage their desires and motives in a way that best serves my game.