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    Daily News Interviews

    Source: nydailynews.com
    Originally published on August 28, 2003

    16 strategies for survival

    Granddaddy of reality shows is still going strong

    By DONNA PETROZZELLO
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Michelle Tesauro started sleeping on the floor and eating bland food as soon as she found out she'd been picked to be a contestant on the new "Survivor."

    The 22-year-old from Pittstown, N.J. — a recent marketing graduate of Virginia Tech — had seen enough previous TV castaways, hungry and huddled for shelter, to know that being uncomfortable would become a way of life.

    Jon Dalton, a 29-year-old art consultant from Los Angeles, came up with a different strategy for playing the game: have sex with other players.

    "I know I'll have the girls on my side," he explained.

    Darrah Johnson, a mortician and beauty pageant winner from Mississippi, also didn't rule out using her body, if necessary, to get extra food.

    "I hope they don't make me out to be a bad girl," Johnson said. "My looks might not be a good thing for me around the other girls, but maybe that'll help the guys keep me around."

    Welcome to the wacky, but always entertaining, world of "Survivor" — the granddaddy of all reality shows.

    The 16 people chosen for CBS' "Survivor: Pearl Islands" were announced yesterday. They were sent this summer to a remote location off Panama, and the show begins airing Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

    The Daily News interviewed the contestants before production began.

    They talked about how they planned to outwit their rivals for a shot at the $1 million jackpot in this seventh version of the reality show.

    Although it doesn't generate the water-cooler buzz it did a few years ago, the show is still going strong, having drawn 20 million viewers a week last season while pitted against the NBC sitcom powerhouse "Friends."

    No one, including the contestants themselves, will know the winner until the final episode airs by year's end.

    But in their interviews with The News, everyone seemed to have a different strategy. Salesman Shawn Cohen, formerly of Smithtown, L.I., said he prepped for the mental and physical drain-game by sharpening his people skills.

    "I've been getting focused on my objective, which is to gain people's trust and loyalty and then get them where I want them," he said. "The worst-case scenario is that I don't win the money, but at least I won't have to say I didn't try."

    Rupert Boneham, 39, a of Indianapolis, a former gravedigger who now mentors troubled teen boys, revealed he spent months trying to figure out how to download a "Survivor" application from CBS' Web site.

    When he did, he printed it on tie-dyed paper and had his wife, Laura, write answers in calligraphy.

    "I always look like the guy who's going to stir the pot," Boneham said. "I think that'll help me, because they'll all want to know if I'm really as bad as I look." When it first launched, "Survivor" inspired a genre that has now become a staple of TV.

    The idea is simple: Take so-called regular people and put them through unusual stunts — like living together in a jungle — and then dangle a pot of cash. The results can sometimes resemble real life, with contestants lying to one another, twisting facts and scheming right to the end.

    But that's what has made the show a success, said Steve Sternberg of ad-buyer Magna Global.
    "There's more drama in 'Survivor' than there is in 'The Bachelor,' " he said. "And 'Survivor' is less of a voyeuristic experience for viewers. You're not watching it to see people be humiliated. That's not its reason for being."

    The show has also launched a cottage industry of people eager to get on the air. And for good reason. Besides the cash prizes, face time on "Survivor" can be parlayed into celebrity gigs like a slot on "Hollywood Squares" or a picture spread in Playboy.

    "When I heard there was a show where people were eating rats and where you had to be athletic and mentally strong to win $1 million, I thought, I could do that," said contestant Trish Dunn from Annapolis, Md. "Life is too short to be a bystander."

    The New Survivors:

    Michelle Tesauro
    Game strategy: Listen to others, and appear trustworthy.

    Burton Roberts
    Game strategy: Work hard; be a team player.

    Christa Hastie
    Game strategy: Listen to others, and pick up clues on how to outwit them.

    Shawn Cohen
    Game strategy: Take one day at a time, and be able to change strategy quickly.

    Trish Dunn
    Game strategy: Make people feel comfortable, and stay flexible.

    Jon Dalton
    Game strategy: Make people laugh, and woo the women.

    Sandra Diaz-Twine
    Game strategy: Fit in with the majority.

    Rupert Boneham
    Game strategy: Feed my tribe, and take care of others.

    Tijuana Bradley
    Game strategy: Befriend a savvy player, and get to the final two.

    Andrew Savage
    Game strategy: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    Nicole Delma
    Game strategy: Get what I want out of others.

    Ryan Opray
    Game strategy: Take it day by day, and let the game happen.

    Lillian Morris
    Game strategy: Be charming and friendly.

    Osten Taylor
    Game strategy: Remain optimistic and focused.

    Darrah Johnson
    Game strategy: Win people's trust; use good looks to get ahead.

    Ryan Shoulders
    Game strategy: Don't overanalyze; make others think they need me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheela
    Source: nydailynews.com
    Originally published on August 28, 2003

    Jon Dalton, a 29-year-old art consultant from Los Angeles, came up with a different strategy for playing the game: have sex with other players.

    "I know I'll have the girls on my side," he explained.
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    Jon Dalton
    Game strategy: Make people laugh, and woo the women.
    :rolleyes Please. It sounds like someone thinks a little too much of himself.


    Darrah Johnson, a mortician and beauty pageant winner from Mississippi, also didn't rule out using her body, if necessary, to get extra food.

    "I hope they don't make me out to be a bad girl," Johnson said. "My looks might not be a good thing for me around the other girls, but maybe that'll help the guys keep me around."
    Please tell me that we don't have another Heidi/Jenna on our hands.
    He who laughs last thinks slowest

    #oldmanbeatdown - Donny BB16

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    Jon strikes me as such an ass. I hope he gets booted and booted quick.

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    Jon wants to have sex... who would want to have it with him? -_- he's already pretty much getting on my nerves

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    I am guessing that Jon is this season's tribe member to hate.
    He who laughs last thinks slowest

    #oldmanbeatdown - Donny BB16

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    it that all jon can offer?
    he sounds useless....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajiH
    Jon strikes me as such an ass. I hope he gets booted and booted quick.
    Same here... the show hasn't even started and already I don't seem to like him...

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