A 29-year-old hairstylist and bartender from Kokomo will compete for $1 million in the upcoming season of “Survivor” on CBS.
Season 28 premieres Feb. 26 and pits brains against brawns and beauties.
Which tribe will Kokomo’s Lindsey Ogle land in?
She’ll be competing alongside former NBA star Cliff Robinson in the brawn tribe, which is known for its strength.
Listen to her 2-minute interview with CBS, and that comes as no surprise.
Ogle says she’s always excelled at sports. It’s something that comes natural for her.
“With my family, we can get really ripped really fast,” she told the network. “I started working out pretty hardcore, and I had these ripped abs and huge biceps.”
Then, she said, she quickly decided that could hurt her in the competition. She looked a little too intimidating, even to herself.
“I don’t want to become too intimidating,” she said in the CBS interview. “You can also get voted out for that, for being a woman and being perceived as a little too dominating.”
After that, she decided to eat a whole pizza and reconsider her strategies.
Her work as a hairstylist and bartender may serve her well in the competition. She told CBS that she’s become a master at reading people’s body language. You might see her on the show manipulating a few people.
“Because of their insecurities, I can probably have my way with them socially,” she said. “You’re my puppet. This is the way it’s going to be.”
CBS won’t allow Ogle to speak to local media outlets until the week before the premiere. In the meantime, a local bar is already planning its “Survivor” viewing parties.
Halftime Sports Bar & Grill posted Ogle’s CBS video to its Facebook page and said, “Our favorite lady!! Survivor parties TBA.”
It also posted a link to Ogle’s new fan page on Facebook, which already had 1,431 likes Thursday afternoon — just a day after the “Survivor” cast announcement.
Four people had posted words of encouragement on the page.
One man said, “I am SUPER EXCITED! Finally an Indiana Hoosier on my ALLTIME FAVORITE show! Maybe someday I will get on it and represent Indiana well! This is so cool! I am so excited to see how you did!”
She isn’t the first Hoosier to appear on the show, though.
Rupert Boneham, who graduated from Kokomo High School, was a contestant on “Survivor: Pearl Islands” in 2003 and finished in eighth place.
He has since appeared in three more seasons, even being voted the fan favorite one year. That title earned him $1 million.
So what’s Ogle’s motivation for competing for the title of Sole Survivor?
According to CBS she said, “To win money. My daughter and I have been poor for too long.”
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @LindseyZiliak.