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Survivor: Ghost Island: Meet Wendell in 60 seconds

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Okay, Wendell Holland. Welcome to Survivor: Ghost Island, which will be premiering Feb. 28 on CBS. And welcome to your first challenge of the season: Tell us everything about yourself that is worth knowing, but do it in only 60 seconds. We call it our 60-Second Introduction, and you must do it now.

But first, wanna know what you’re playing for? The winner of this competition who is able to come off as charming, funny, and smart in only one minute will receive respect from Survivor nation with all the fixins: message boards, comment sections, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit. Worth playing for?

And don’t worry if you leave something out. We’ve got your full bio listed below where people can go to fill in any and all of the blanks. Okay, for reward and the adulation of Survivor fans everywhere, Survivor Wendell ready… GO! [NOTE: Watch the video above to see how he does.]

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Name: Wendell Holland
Age: 33
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Occupation: Furniture Company Owner

Personal Claim to Fame: I left a comfortable job in the legal field to pursue my dreams.

Inspiration in Life: My family — I’d do anything for them, or to make their lives better

Hobbies: Playing basketball, travel, creating something from nothing.

Pet Peeves: People who aren’t open-minded despite facts/logic/new information, people that overuse the word “honestly,” and not being in control of my destiny.

3 Words to Describe You: Witty, intelligent, and competitive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? First, my brush to take care of my beautiful beard and fro. Second, a chainsaw so I can make building things a lot easier, and finally a sketchbook so I can doodle, draw, and write.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I think I’d play the game like Jeremy Collins because I’ll always keep my heart in the right place, but I’ll still be a serious competitor and threat.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I’ve been a big fan for a while, and I’ve always wanted to push myself to the limits and see if I can really survive. Oh yeah, I’m playing for the million bucks, too. That would really help things.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m good with people and likable. I’m very diplomatic and can connect with people from different walks of life. I’m also not the biggest and strongest looking person, though I can compete with the best of them. That will get me past the first few votes.  Then, my athleticism and skill at puzzles will help me win challenges when it becomes an individual game. Finally, my persuasive skills in front of a jury will win me the million. Boom.

For a crazy amount of coverage of the upcoming season, check out our Survivor hub and follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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