survivor russell hantz 'Survivor: Redemption Island's' Russell Hantz: 'LeBron James, two time MVP. Russell Hantz, two time MVP'It’s official — Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano are returning to the franchise for “Survivor: Redemption Island.” It will be Russell’s third time out and Rob’s fourth. But in a CBS promo reel, Russell says this is just part of who he is.

“I”m good at this game. This is what God made me for,” says Hantz. “LeBron James, two-time MVP. Russell Hantz, two-time MVP. You know the difference between us? Nothing.”

Russell claims that all that matters to him is that America likes the way he plays. But we aren’t so sure that’s all that matters to him.

“The image I have as the villain, that’s fine with me. Because that’s how I play the game. The thing is, America, they vote for me every time,” says Hantz. “They like the way I play, so that’s al that matters to me.”

Hantz also assures viewers that he’s more geared up for this one than he’s ever been. And we believe that, because remember — he had to play “Heroes vs. Villains” without having watched his first season.

“I’m more ready for this one than I ever have been,” says Hantz. “It’s going to be history. ‘Survivor’ history.”

And what does Boston Rob have to say about Russell?  “I’m gonna kick his a**, I’m gonna make him pay.” Host Jeff Probst just thinks “the audience is going to love it.”

“Survivor: Redemption Island” premieres Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."