NORWOOD (CBS) — Long-time Survivor fans tried out at a casting call for next season’s show held in Norwood on Thursday.

Eric McCarthy hoped to get the producers’ attention with his experience eating crickets and a shirt that said “Hello, I’m Awesome.”

“I just downed those live crickets [for a camp job],” McCarthy said. “I’ve heard they eat worse on the show so I’d have to train.”

He said the experience was a lot of fun, regardless of the outcome.

“I think America would really love me,” McCarthy said. “I would bring a lot of joy to people’s living rooms.”

For Steve Lefebvre, a Lt. Col in the Army Corps of Engineers, his uniform didn’t need any explanation. He explained how the survival aspect of the show would be familiar to him.

“I’ve served almost 25 years in the army, I’m used to being out in the rain and lack of food,” Lefebvre said. “I am ranger qualified in the army, I’ve been in those austere conditions.”

However, the social and mental part of the game could be challenging for him.

“The interactions with people add a whole other dimension,” Lefebvre said.  “The mental games that you have to go through, whether you blind side someone.”

William Fundore, a Norwood Police Officer, also tried out for the show, relying on his experience as an officer to benefit him.

“In my line of work, I have to read people and see where their mind’s at and see how they are and if they’re telling me the truth of not,” Fundore said.

Having seen every episode, Fundore said his competitive edge would give him an advantage during physical challenges.

“I think I could give it a good run.”

This season’s Survivor: Blood vs. Water airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m.


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