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Survivor’ searching for new castaways

January 19, 2006

Could lightning strike twice?

Northeast Kansas has produced one winner on the reality television show "Survivor." Now there's a chance to make it two.

KCTV-5, a local CBS affiliate, will host an open casting call Friday for those interested in competing on the show. Tryouts will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nebraska Furniture Mart, the retail megastore inside the Village West tourism and entertainment district in western Wyandotte County.

The region's first "Survivor" star, Tonganoxie native Danni Boatwright, was thrust into celebrity status in December by winning "Survivor: Guatemala."

Her victory should convince all hopefuls that, when it comes to the show, it's anyone's game, said Kendall Talley, director of marketing and new media for KCTV-5.

"The last winner was from Tonganoxie so people might be more willing to give it a shot," Talley said. "It kind of brings it home that anybody can win it."

Nebraska Furniture Mart has previously hosted tryouts for "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

Talley said he expects 300 to 400 people will show up for the casting call. And, if past tryouts are any indicator, those hopefuls will do some strange things to catch the attention of show producers.

"They have two minutes to convince people they're the best person to be on the show," Talley said. "People do some strange things to get noticed. ... It's just crazy."

Those attention-seeking efforts have included removing clothes, chanting and, in the case of one woman, pulling worms out of her brassiere.

Auditions Friday will be videotaped and sent to show producers, who will make the final casting decisions. A location for the season of "Survivor" that contestants Friday will try out for has not yet been revealed.

It will be announced after the next season, which will take place in Panama.

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