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January 25, 2007: Exciting, CBS-penned TV ad text:

"Dreamz is the former homeless kid, who worked his way off the streets. He's highly unpredictable."

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Amy Hotz, for the Wilmington StarNewsOnline
January 16, 2007: Gets written up in the local paper, the Wilmington (NC) Star News (excerpts):

"Port City man to compete on latest Survivor season
   Does living on the streets of Wilmington make someone tough enough to win at Survivor? The world will find out when Survivor: Fiji, the 14th season of the CBS reality TV series, premieres Feb. 8.
   One of the 19 contestants is 25-year-old Wilmington cheerleading coach Andria 'Dre' Herd. Contestants aren't allowed to talk to the media until after they are voted off or win, but the CBS Web site interviews reveal a man who is already proud of surviving - in the real world.
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   Now, Herd teaches cheerleading for the Universal Cheerleaders Association, which provides training for college and high school cheerleaders through summer camps and clinics. 'He's definitely got a unique sense about himself,' said UCA regional manager Ransome Harper. She's worked with Herd for the past several summers traveling the Southeast, teaching cheerleading to students. 'Everybody loves him; he's got a great personality. He's overcome a lot in his life, so that will really help.'
    Family is important to Herd. He has two sons, Giovanni, 2, and Luca, 1 month. And he's training at his brother's gym to become a boxer. Contacted at home, one of Herd's brothers, Adrian, declined comment.
    Herd will be up against a variety of other contestants who have doctorates, martial arts experience or years in the military. But he's not afraid, and he's got plenty of strategy...."
Full casrJanuary 12, 2007: Dre's official bio, from the CBS S14 site...

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Growing up homeless in the projects of Wilmington, North Carolina, Andria 'Dre' Herd spent most of his childhood trying to keep his family together and alive. He slept on the streets, ate at soup kitchens and was able to survive by becoming a street performer with his brothers. In high school, Herd began playing sports and quickly became an athletic superstar, excelling in cheerleading.
    Herd spends his summers teaching cheerleading for the Universal Cheerleading Association. He also is training to be a boxer at the gym owned by his brother. Herd enjoys boxing, basketball, tumbling and stunting. He is very proud to have obtained his Associate's Degree from Cape Fear Community College.
    Herd describes himself as humorous, energetic and intelligent. Describing his perfect day, he says, 'When everybody is happy all day... that's a perfect day.'
    Herd continues to reside in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is a proud father to his two-year-old son, Giovanni, and his one-month-old son, Luca. His birth date is December 15, 1981."
January 12, 2007: Officially revealed as a Survivor: Fiji contestant on CBS's The Early Show.

Hannah Storm: "Dre Herd knows how to survive, having grown up homeless in North Carolina. This cheerleading coach first wowed crowds as a street performer with his brothers."
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December 17, 2006: Jeff Probst's voiceover from the Survivor: Fiji preview (replete with actual contestant photos, as far as we know) that aired during the Survivor: Cook Islands reunion show:

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Coming in the new year... Survivor turns the tables on two tribes, as one lives the life of luxury, while the other is left with virtually nothing. For the first time, there will be 19 new Survivors. This diverse cast, with lifestyles ranging from a Harvard-educated lawyer to a once-homeless street performer, will be forced to battle each other more fiercely than ever before. Crawling with thousands of deadly sea snakes, Exile Island will be more treacherous than ever. This time, two immunity idols and a twist will drastically complicate the game. And one of the most controversial decisions ever made by a Survivor will have America talking. Who will outwit, outplay and outlast all the others? Join us next time, for the premiere of Survivor: Fiji."

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