Survivor: The Amazon contestants - additional information
Deena Bennett Jeanne Hebert JanetKoth Shawna Mitchell
Jenna Morasca Christy Smith Heidi Strobel JoAnna Ward
Ryan Aiken Alex Bell Rob Cesternino Dave Johnson
Butch Lockley Daniel Lue Roger Sexton Matthew von Ertfelda
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Ryan Aiken

23, Ellicott City, MD
Waiter, aspiring actor/ model.

- Attended Howard Community College, Columbia, MD. - Official CBS bio
- Audition video
- CBS intro (pre-game) video

Contestant-related press and rumors
Date Story Source
January 15, 2003 - From Daryl Lang's (presumably from Ellicott City, MD) blog: "The other guy from Ellicott City is Ryan Aiken, who is also my age but whom I don't think I know. His bio says he's a 'model and actor' who attended Howard Community College. His luxury item is a baseball and bat. I'm afraid I don't have much hope for this guy. Dave, on the other hand, is the kind of dude who might stick around a while on the show. Or he might get in front of the camera and look like a fool. Who knows?" - Daryl Lang's blog.
January 14, 2003 - Local radio station's (MoreMusic 104 FM of Arlington, VA) web site lists Ryan and Matthew as local contestants. Possible source of future press. - MoreMusic104.
January 13, 2003 Manuel Mendoza's pre-game quotes and impressions:
- "Initial impression: Cute and dumb and sensitive about it. Distinctions: Was chunky as a teenager. Had never been out of the country before."
- "Who are you? 'I want to be the nice guy, the humble guy everybody likes, but I've never come across that way in my entire life.'"
- "On the dangers: 'It's a fine line between sitting at home, watching it on TV, eating pizza and drinking beer and being out here hot and hungry. I'm shell-shocked, and we haven't even started the game yet.'"
- "Strategy: 'I could sit here and say I'm going to try to get in with the girls and be cool with the guys, but it's hard. You could have a book, and you can throw it out the window as soon as you get here.'"
- Dallas Morning News.
January 11, 2003 - TV Guide (hard copy) quote: "Strategy: 'Don't be lazy.'" - TV Guide.
January 11, 2003 - Possibly the person cited in TV Guide preview: "...according to Probst, the fear factor is too much for at least one player a game, someone who essentially throws in their buff. 'Too often,' he says, 'it's the really cute girl -- Tanya [Thailand], Jessie [Africa] -- that nobody wants to see go home." (Of course, there's no time attribution for this quote, and it may well have been made pre-game). - TV Guide.

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