SOUTH PORTLAND — After waiting 14 years to get on “Survivor,” Dan Foley of Gorham is proving that he was up to the challenge.

The 48-year-old postal worker survived the eighth episode of “Survivor” on Wednesday night. He’s now one of 10 people left competing for the show’s $1 million prize.

Foley watched Wednesday’s episode with about 200 fans and friends at Thatcher’s Restaurant & Sports Pub in South Portland. He’s been on the CBS reality show since the current season began Feb. 25, with 18 contestants.

Being on “Survivor” has been a long-time passion of Foley’s. Since 2000 he had applied more than 100 times and logged thousands of miles driving to auditions.

Foley began the season as part of the “blue collar” tribe, made up of people with blue-collar jobs. But now that the three tribes have merged, the businesslike “white collar” folks and free-spirited “no collar” players have been teaming up to vote the former “blue collar” tribe members off the show.

But when it came time for the tribe to vote, Foley’s voting block of “blue collar” competitors stayed together, and he survived for another week.

This season of “Survivor” was filmed in Nicaragua over 39 days in August and September.

The next episode of “Survivor” will air April 15 at 8 p.m. The finale will be May 20.


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