Vancouver resident is the first Survivor contestant from B.C.

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Gebrewold is one of 18 players that are stranded in Fiji, specifically the Mamanuca Islands area. The show begins Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

So why does this software salesman whose hometown is Port Coquitlam, and who describes himself as “charismatic, opportunistic, golden retriever,” think he will end being the sole survivor?

“I’ve never been qualified for anything I’ve done, so why not me? Whether getting my first job at 13 (by) lying and saying I was 16, to slinging pizzas, starting a painting biz having never picked up a brush, or working in software sales, I’ve never had the resume but I always figure it out and bring my entire personality, and I expect the best in Survivor,” he told EW.

He also might be around 35 per cent more motivated to win then his fellow contestants.

“I remember laughing with my mom at the pathetic, crying Survivors on TV. She’d always say she couldn’t wait to watch me out there, so it’ll be meaningful to close that chapter. Also, US$1 million goes even further in Canada,” Gebrewold said.

This version of the Jeff Probst-hosted show, now in its 23rd year, will feature 90-minute episodes instead of the usual hour-long fare.


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