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Acton native is a ‘Survivor’

Natalie Tenerelli, 19, of Acton, is the youngest female contestant ever to play ‘Survivor’

Posted: February 11, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Natalie Tenerelli, of Acton, is the youngest female contestant to ever play “Survivor” in 22 seasons. Natalie Tenerelli, of Acton, is the youngest female contestant to ever play “Survivor” in 22 seasons.
Natalie Tenerelli, of Acton, is the youngest female contestant to ever play “Survivor” in 22 seasons.
he 16 new castaways (back row, left to right) Andrea Boehlke, Phillip Sheppard, Natalie Tenerelli, Ashley Underwood, Francesca Hogi, Mike Chiesl, Sarita White, Stephanie Valencia, David Murphy, and Krista Klumpp, (front row, left to right) Grant Mattos, Matt Elrod, Kristina Kell, Julie Wolfe, Ralph Kiser and Steve Wright, are set to compete on “Survivor: Redemption Island” when the 22nd installment of the Emmy Award-winning reality series premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday. Contestants Russell Hantz and “Boston” Rob Mariano are not pictured. he 16 new castaways (back row, left to right) Andrea Boehlke, Phillip Sheppard, Natalie Tenerelli, Ashley Underwood, Francesca Hogi, Mike Chiesl, Sarita White, Stephanie Valencia, David Murphy, and Krista Klumpp, (front row, left to right) Grant Mattos, Matt Elrod, Kristina Kell, Julie Wolfe, Ralph Kiser and Steve Wright, are set to compete on “Survivor: Redemption Island” when the 22nd installment of the Emmy Award-winning reality series premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday. Contestants Russell Hantz and “Boston” Rob Mariano are not pictured.
he 16 new castaways (back row, left to right) Andrea Boehlke, Phillip Sheppard, Natalie Tenerelli, Ashley Underwood, Francesca Hogi, Mike Chiesl, Sarita White, Stephanie Valencia, David Murphy, and Krista Klumpp, (front row, left to right) Grant Mattos, Matt Elrod, Kristina Kell, Julie Wolfe, Ralph Kiser and Steve Wright, are set to compete on “Survivor: Redemption Island” when the 22nd installment of the Emmy Award-winning reality series premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday. Contestants Russell Hantz and “Boston” Rob Mariano are not pictured.
Jeff Probst has served as the host of “Survivor” for all 22 installments of the popular reality program. Jeff Probst has served as the host of “Survivor” for all 22 installments of the popular reality program.
Jeff Probst has served as the host of “Survivor” for all 22 installments of the popular reality program.
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CBS recently announced two former Survivors, Russell Hantz and "Boston" Rob Mariano, will join the 16 other castaways on "Survivor: Redemption Island" when the series returns for its 22nd season on Wednesday.

Having never been awarded the title of "sole survivor," Hantz and Mariano -- perhaps the two most hated "Survivor" alumni -- return to compete for the $1 million prize and one last shot at redemption.

Each will join a separate tribe of new castaways at the start of the game, but it's up to the tribe to decide if they will welcome the knowledge of an experienced veteran, or view these former castaways as a threat in the ultimate battle to outwit, outplay and outlast.

Frankly, if I was on either one of those tribes Hantz and Mariano would be given the heave-ho at the first opportunity.
How many times are Hantz and Mariano going to be invited to play the game? I can't stand either one and am disappointed to see these "villians" back on the island.

How about bringing back a few hereos that have never won, instead?

However, for residents of the Santa Clarita Valley, the most interesting "Survivor" contestant may be one of our own -- Natalie Tenerelli, an Acton native.

Tenerelli, 19, is the youngest female contestant to ever play "Survivor."

"I was surprised to be chosen for the show," she said. "I don't feel like I'm the typically ‘Survivor' contestant. I'm not really outdoorsy and I've never been camping in my life."

Tenerelli, who attends College of the Canyons, said she applied to be on "Survivor" to test herself.

"For me it wasn't about being on a show, it was more of a test how mentally and physically strong I could be," she said.
Tenerelli said she was overwhelmed when she started to think about how to prepare for the show.

"Physically, I ran two miles a day trying to get myself into better shape," she said. "I also tried lower my food intake because I knew it would be an issue. I also tried to prepare myself mentally, knowing it was going to be tough, the hardest thing I've ever done."

Tenerelli said her parents Tracie and John Tenerelli, of Acton, reacted differently to her "Survivor" plans.

"My mom was terrified, terrified," she said. "My dad, I don't think he thought it was real. I think he thought that they'd give me a power bar, or something to eat. They were shocked that I was going."

In addition to attending COC Tenerelli is also a dancer. She currently is a dancer for the Los Angeles Matadors and is a dance teacher at Dancing in Acton.

The full list of contestants includes: Russell Hantz, 38, Dayton, Texas; "Boston" Rob Mariano, 35, Pensacola, Fla.; Andrea Boehlke, 21, student from Random Lake, Wis.; Mike Chiesl, 31, former Marine from Del Mar; Matt Elrod, 22, pre-med student from Nashville, Tenn.; Ralph Kiser, 44, a farmer from Lebanon, Va.; Francesca Hogi, 36, an attorney from Washington, D.C; Krista Klumpp, 25, a pharmaceutical representative from Columbia, S.C.; Kristina Kell, 46, law student from Malibu; David Murphy, 31, a defense attorney from West Hollywood; Grant Mattos, 29, a yoga instructor from West Hollywood; Stephanie Valencia, 25, a waitress from Long Beach; Phillip Sheppard, 52, technology executive from Santa Monica; Sarita White, 36, visual effects producer from Santa Monica; Natalie Tenerelli, 19, a professional dancer from Acton; Julie Wolfe, 50, a firefighter from Oceanside; Ashley Underwood, 25, a nurse from Benton, Maine and Steve Wright, 51, former football player from Huntington Beach.

"Survivor: Redemption Island" is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst.

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