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'Survivor' host keeping his eye on two North Carolinians

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They may not end up winning, but two of our three North Carolina contestants on "Survivor: Nicaragua" are considered players to keep an eye on by host Jeff Probst.

Writing in the Oct. 8 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Probst listed Kelly Bruno, right, of the younger La Flor tribe, and Jane Bright of the older Espada tribe among his six players that really bear watching this season.

Of Bruno, the UNC medical student, Probst says she's "obviously an inspiration." But he worries that her tribemates see her as a threat. "They're voting her out because she has an artificial leg and it makes them uncomfortable because they think she'll garner too much sympathy."

Propst says Bright, below, a Moore County dog groomer, is "tailor-made for this show." "She is no-nonsense, has a great work ethic, and she personifies the idea of 'where there is a will, there is a way,' " Propst says.

The third North Carolinian, former UNC football player Chase Rice, didn't make Probst's list. The others that the host finds watchable: "polarizing" (and evil!) NaOnka Mixon and good-natured doofus Jud Birza on the La Flor tribe and villainous Marty Piombo and crazy fisherman Jimmy Tarantino on Espada.

"Survivor: Nicaragua" airs tonight at 8 on CBS. Check this blog late this evening for our recap.

And check back tomorrow for our gallery of photos from tonight's show. Here are some photos from previous weeks: blogs.newsobserver.com/tv/survivor-nicaragua-photo-gallery-farewell-jimmy-johnson

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thadmug Thad Ogburn is The N&O's Metro Editor, overseeing most local news reporting. His previous jobs have included editor of North Raleigh News and Features Editor, during which he learned that comics attract more reader response than just about anything else we do. His guilty pleasure is reality TV, which he finds not very real at all. That's assuming, of course, there is room on his DVR amid all the episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress" that his wife and daughter record.