Rivals from CBS’ “Survivor: Samoa” to make appearance at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. – Three contestants from “Survivor: Samoa,” the 19th season of CBS’ hit reality television series, are making their way to Tulsa for a special fan meet-and-greet on March 6.

The $1 million winner, Natalie White, along with fellow “Survivor: Samoa” contestants Russell Hantz and Ashley Trainer, will meet guests at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

“These contestants are what fans of ‘Survivor’ love to see, love to like and love to hate. We’re happy to have them here at Hard Rock Casino to answer some of our guests’ burning questions about the series and life after the show,” said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which operates Cherokee Casinos and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

All three contestants will appear from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. at Center Bar.

White was announced the winner on the season finale of “Survivor: Samoa” in Dec. 2009. She was known as the show’s “Southern belle” and beat final contestants Hantz and Mick Trimming with a 7-2-0 vote. She is currently touring the country as a motivational speaker and is making celebrity appearances.

Prior to appearing on “Survivor,” White was a pharmaceutical sales representative. She originally tried out for CBS’ “Amazing Race,” but was called back by show producers to be on “Survivor.” White, 26, is from Van Buren, Ark. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Hantz, known as a villain on “Survivor,” was a runner-up against White on “Survivor: Samoa.” Hantz is also a contestant on the 20th season and 10-year anniversary show “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” which is currently airing. The show was taped from Aug. 9 – Sept. 16, 2009, almost immediately following the taping of “Survivor: Samoa.”

Hantz, 37, built his multi-million dollar oil company from scratch. He resides in Dayton, TX, with his wife and four children.

Trainer, 22, was the fifth voted-off contestant on “Survivor: Samoa.” She is a former competitive cheerleader who relied on flirty tactics during the game. Trainer is from Maple Grove, Minn.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located on Interstate 44 at exit 240A. For more information, visitwww.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or call (800) 760-6700.

For more information about the show contestants, visit www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/

Updated 03-04-2010

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