‘Survivor: Nicaragua’: The First (Unofficial) Challenge

Interviewing the cast of “Survivor” before the game starts is a little frustrating. Sure, you get a good look at what the players are like in their everyday lives, but it’s tough to get a grasp on what they’ll be like once the game begins. When you ask about their in-game strategy you’ll often get something generic like…

“I’m going to hang back and see how things iron out.”

“I’m going to do what needs to be done.”

“I’m going to play things by ear.”

So, I decided to thrust them into the game a few days early with my unofficial “Survivor” challenge.

The Challenge: During the interview process, I am given biographies for each of the new contestants. Each biography includes the player’s name, age, occupation, hobbies, and other fun tidbits. Seeing as information is so valuable in the game of “Survivor,” I asked them how they’d get me to share the biographies if we were in the game together.

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Verdict: I didn’t pick an official winner after the challenge, but I’m pretty sure Kelly Bruno would have had little trouble flirting the bios out of my hands, and Brenda asking me to use the bios to teach her how to read was both adorable and innovative. But, I can guarantee that if anyone had knocked me down and swiped the bios, I’d have done everything in my power to vote them out first.

I also had a chance to ask “Survivor” host and three-time Emmy winner Jeff Probst how he’d handle our pre-game challenge…

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Verdict: Yeah, I’d definitely vote that guy out first.

Don’t Forget: “Survivor: Nicaragua” premieres Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. And yes, you read that correctly, “Survivor” is NOWonWED.

More “Survivor” Fun: Meet the La Flor and Espada Tribes, check out our Pre-Season “Survivor” Rankings, and see what new twists “Survivor” has in store for us.

What Do You Think? How would you have convinced me to share the player biographies? Who’s your pre-season pick?

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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