‘Survivor’ favorite and North St. Paul native Carolyn Wiger to compete on ‘The Traitors’

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“Survivor 44” contestant Carolyn Wiger will return to the airwaves as a cast member of the third season of the popular Peacock show “The Traitors.”

A North St. Paul native, Wiger placed third on “Survivor 44” and became a fan favorite thanks to her anything-goes personality and often chaotic behavior as well as her tight alliance with engineering student Carson Garrett and the season’s winner Yamil “Yam Yam” Arocho. The daughter of former state Sen. Chuck Wiger, the 36-year-old Wiger lives in Hugo, where she works in substance recovery.

Hosted by actor Alan Cumming and set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands, “The Traitors” features “21 larger-than-life personalities who come together to compete in a series of missions with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000. The catch? Hidden amongst the Faithful contestants are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves. Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors ‘murder’ contestants one by one, but if the Faithful can banish all the Traitors before the end of the game, they’ll split the incredible prize,” according to a Peacock press release.

Based on a show from the Netherlands, versions of “The Traitors” have been developed in 22 countries, including England, which shares the same location, props and missions. Both the U.S. and U.K. versions are produced by Studio Lambert for the BBC and Peacock.

The rest of the cast includes fellow “Survivor” vets (“Boston” Rob Mariano, Tony Vlachos, Jeremy Collins), “Real Housewives” stars (Dorinda Medley, Chanel Ayan, Dolores Catania, Robyn Dixon), Bravolebrities (Tom Sandoval, Ciara Miller, Chrishell Stause) and various other random semi-famous folks (Zac Efron’s brother Dylan, Britney Spears’ ex Sam Asghari, gay British royal Lord Ivar Mountbatten).

The second season of “The Traitors” became the No. 1 unscripted series in the U.S. across all streaming platforms when it launched in January, according to Nielsen. The show’s first season won an Emmy Award for outstanding casting for a reality program.

In a May 2023 interview with the Pioneer Press, Wiger described her approach to playing “Survivor”: “Honestly, watching I always felt like, oh my gosh, there’s no way I could do this. I’m too weird. As I got more confident with myself, (I thought) I can do this. I had this mission to go out there and be myself, because I didn’t see enough people like me. You can play this game. There is no one way of playing.”

Peacock has yet to announce a release date for the third season of “The Traitors.”

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