We know by now that Kansas City is fertile hunting grounds for reality TV contestants. We’ve lost count of how many local guys and gals have competed on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” alone. (Two local men were chosen for the new season of “Bachelorette,” which begins on Monday.)
Now comes news that NBC put a man from Kansas City on a desert island for its newest reality show.
Trey Williams, 31, a digital marketing manager, will appear on “The Island,” hosted by famous British survivalist Bear Grylls. The show premieres on Memorial Day, May 25.
“Only 2 weeks away?! The eye lashes on my right eye haven't even entirely grown back!” Williams tweeted on Monday about his experience.
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According to NBC, 14 men from across the country will compete in the six-episode series. Their challenge is described as the ultimate: Can the average American man survive on a deserted island without the luxuries — or even the basics — of contemporary everyday life?
We can assume, then, no cell phone or blow dryers were allowed?
The show is based on a British show of the same name and apparently the men are only competing against themselves. NBC says that no prizes will be given, no winner named. The men were placed on the island with only the clothes they were wearing and basic survival tools. They filmed themselves while there.
Here’s the low-down on Williams, from the show’s website:
“Three years ago Williams met the love of his life. They seemed to have it all and were headed for the All-American dream: marriage, white picket fence and children. That came to a crashing halt, however, when he tore the relationship apart. His world devastated, Williams began to put his life back together. Now he and his boyfriend have decided to give the relationship another chance, but this once confident collegiate athlete has serious concerns. On the island he hopes to find the answer that could alter his life.”
The other “competitors” include a 43-year-old stay-at-home dad from Pennsylvania, a 39-year-old firefighter from Indiana, a 25-year-old radio producer from L.A. and a 27-year-old women’s shoe salesman from Dallas.
See more on the show’s Facebook page.