WESTFIELD, NJ — A technology sales executive and town native will be among 20 cast members starring and competing on the CBS television show “Survivor: Island of the Idols.”
Dean Kowalski, 28, who now lives in New York City, in a biography posted to the CBS website highlights his self-awareness, something he said is among the most important leadership characteristics.
“My social intelligence will allow me to read when to go big and when to fall back,” Kowalski writes. “I strongly believe in my ability to get along with and be liked by a variety of different people.”
He will be among 20 “castaways” competing on the show to air later this month.
“This will allow me to build strong, diverse alliances. Additionally, my athletic and puzzle abilities will make me a threat within challenges,” Kowalski writes. “My experience working in sales will fuel my persuasion within my alliances.”
The show enters its 39th season with the hour-and-a-half-long premiere set for Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Kowalski describes himself in the biography as being jovial, observant and likable.
But he also has pet peeves including the following, he states: “people honking in dead-stop traffic, people from the back pushing up a couple rows upon airplane landing and roommates leaving dirty dishes in the sink for a prolonged period of time.”
How that will translate to life on the island remains to be seen: however, Kowalski is looking forward to the opportunity to compete.
“I crave new challenges/experiences,” he said. “And it’s the most uniquely strategic game ever.”
Kowalski will not be without guidance, according to the show’s host and executive producer, Jeff Probst.
“We are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways,” said Probst in a release. “It’s a SURVIVOR boot camp where each week, players will be instructed on a different facet of the game and then have a chance to test what they’ve learned for a shot at an advantage.”
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“Castaways” will compete against each other on “Survivor” when the series returns for its 39th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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