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December 8, 2009 (Pauma) – Are you adventurous, in top physical and mental condition, and willing to live in a remote location for seven weeks without contact from the outside world? Can you outwit, outplay and outlast others to avoid being voted off the show?  Can you handle living off the land, cut off from the outside world and filmed round the clock?


If so, producers of the TV reality show “Survivor” may pick you to vie for a million dollar prize. Open auditions are being held December 16th at Pauma Casino  in northeast San Diego County.


Nationwide, about 800 applicants will be chosen for follow-up interviews at cities around the country, including Los Angeles in Southern California. The field will be narrowed to 16 semi-finalists, who must travel to Los Angeles for approximately a week. (Sorry, no candidates for public office may apply!)


Applicants in California must be over 18 and citizens of the U.S. A background check, physical and psychological examinations will be required of all semi-finalists. A detailed application form, waivers and video are all part of the application process. Those chosen as semi-finalists must also have a passport.


Applicants should submit a videotape of up to three minutes to persuade producers why you should be chosen for the show. Contestants will be selected based on having the following traits: strong-willed, outgoing, adventurous, physically and mentally adept, adaptable to new environments, as well as having interesting lifestyles, backgrounds and personalities. “Building shelter and finding food will be much more taxing than a trip to your local hardware store of supermarket,” producers advise, adding that contestants should be strong in mind and body to “cope with the extreme change ni environment and the tension of the competition.


For details, rules and an application form, visit





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