Gaffney native and former “Survivor” contestant Jay Byars has another shot at stardom.
Byars, 27, was one of 30 male semifinalists chosen for a one week modeling contract on the “Price Is Right.” Byars was chosen during a nationwide open casting call held in Spartanburg.
In 2011, Byars competed on CBS’s “Survivor: One World.” He was the ninth person eliminated.
Byars has been modeling for four years and saw the casting call on a friend’s Facebook page. He said he almost didn’t make the casting call because he was working on a modeling shoot in Charlotte, N.C.
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“I thought, ‘Why not,’” Byars said. “I thought it could potentially turn into something.”
And it did.
He has since moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and was selected as a semifinalist. The competition kicks off Monday during a reality-style elimination series. The competition will be aired weekly online at www.priceisright.com.
Byars said modeling on the “Price is Right” doesn’t intimidate him. He said it’s less nerve-wracking than performing in front of a small group of people.
The “Price is Right” bills the competition as “going beyond good looks and a winning six-pack.” Judges also will look at sense of humor, charisma and the ability to think quickly, according to the show’s website.
The Web series competition will be judged by “Price is Right” Executive Producer Mike Richards, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, and actor Robert Scott Wilson, among others.
The final three contestants will be announced on the Dec. 1 episode of “The Talk.” The public will then get to cast votes to choose the next male model. The winner will be announced Dec. 8 with the weeklong modeling gig starting Dec. 15.