I find this kind of interesting - what Jay says on blindsiding in this interview:2 (young, beautiful) Carolinians share secrets of 'Survivor'By Théoden Janes
The odds of being chosen to compete on "Survivor" are awfully slim, but there are a couple of things that can improve your chances, however slightly.
One, you can be young and beautiful. That helps a lot. Two, you can be from the Carolinas.
Over 23 seasons, the reality series has featured 23 contestants who have claimed cities in North or South Carolina as their hometowns. When the 24th season premieres on CBS tonight at 8, two more South Carolinians will be added to the list.
We talked recently with Jay Byars of Greenville and Chelsea Meissner of Charleston, who will be vying for the title of Sole Survivor and the $1 million prize. (And yes, they both also fall into the "young and beautiful" category.)JAY BYARSAge:
Greenville, S.C. (Grew up in Gaffney, S.C.)Occupation:
Model.Q. What did you do to prepare for being on the show?
Being a model, I have basically no fat on my body, so I tried to bulk up. I hired a personal trainer, and I put on about 25 pounds for the show. So then I started reading a survival book and also (watched) YouTube (videos about) how to make fire. I walked around in the woods and tried to find little termites, little bugs that I could eat. Just crazy stuff.Q. What was the toughest thing about being out there?
You're with (your tribemates) day and night, that's who you have to live with, and you really do get to know those people. But when it comes time to do something crazy like blindside them, it has to be done. So I knew going into the game that that would be a tough part.Q. Are you excited to see the show?
I am nervous as heck, man. Number One, it's just gonna be surreal. I mean, it's already surreal. But I'm super-excited. I cannot freaking wait. I think about it all day, every day. I can't even sleep at night because of it. But it's always awkward for me to look at a picture of myself, just because I never thought I would be doing what I'm doing as a job.Q. In past seasons, faith has played a significant role in "Survivor." Since faith appears to be a big part of your life (Byars has been a part of four mission trips to four countries), did you struggle with how much to put that out there for other people to see?
Yeah. But I believe who you are is how you play, and my faith - that's who I am. It's a part of me. It's ingrained in me. At the end of the day, if you don't have food, if you don't have shelter ... your relationship with God is the most important thing. It's just what you have if you don't have anything else. So I didn't try to downplay that. You'll just have to wait and see how that comes out.