MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 26-year-old Minnesota man is in the running to outlast the competition in the newest season of the reality TV show “Survivor.”

Keith Tollefson, a water treatment technician from Edina, Minn., was named one of the 16 new contestants set to try and outlast everyone else on a Samoan island in the South Pacific.

The 16 new contestants will reportedly be joined by two former castaways, to be named later this week.

“Everything about this game I feel like is perfect for me. I grew up in Minnesota, hunting, fishing, camping. So I love to do that,” said Tollefson in a promotional interview for the show. “I love being outdoors. That’s kind of why I got my degree in environmental science.”

Tollefson said he has a congenital heart condition and currently has a pacemaker.

“The only thing that has restricted me is that I couldn’t play contact sports,” he said. “I would really like to downplay it, but with the scar, you can physically see it.”

Tollefson’s competition includes a Lingerie Football League player, a country music singer, a Harvard law student, a baseball/dating coach and a medical marijuana dispenser. They’ll all be plotting to win the $1 million prize.

This will mark the 23rd season of the reality TV hit, which first debuted on CBS in 2000.

Comments (11)
  1. AP says:

    I want to be on survivor for the weight loss.

  2. allan says:

    How can this be the 23rd season if the show started in 2000?

    1. Oobatz says:

      You’re under the assumption that a “season” is an annual event and ONLY an annual event, but in this case it’s not.

      In a “reality show”, where there are no paid “actors”, script writers, no set builders, no studio lots, no to little union workers, it’s very easy and low cost to put on a tv show season more than one time a year, and just like when “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” came out and was a ratings juggarnaut, it was proven that people would watch it even during the “down” time of the TV year, so it had multiple “seasons” each year. If people continue to watch it as much, then it will keep on the same track. As ratings slip, the amount of shows produced each year willl become lower and lower.

    2. blp says:

      There are 2 different games per season.

  3. RA says:

    Because the fall and spring versions are counted as separate seasons.

  4. JamieinMN says:

    Wooo! Good luck to him! @Allan, every show has multiple seasons throughout a year.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      Let me say, not EVERY show, but most.

  5. Kent says:

    A complete waste of time. Ace the tube and get out there!

    1. What ya waste yer time on Kent? says:

      Waste of time not unlike football and baseball and the like.
      That said at least they have some eye candy usually – which kicks the snot out of obese dudes chasing around a dude who’s sweaty and like a slick pig
      just sayin’ — course some boys like boys too and the gal component would be lost on them. 😉

    2. sad but true says:

      My money says the pansy from Edina goes down like a clown. Not because of the heart issue, but because he’s been coddled all his life and now wants to prove to himself and mommy dearest that he can do this! He will fail!

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