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, barely. He’s now one of 10 people left competing for the show’s $1 million prize.

During the episode, most of the women on the show were seen talking about how they wanted to vote Foley off, because of things he had said to them. He told one women that she couldn’t “do basic math” because she was siding with a group that had fewer core members than Foley’s group.

But when it came time for the competitors to vote at the end of the show, at tribal council, Foley’s alliance of “blue collar” types supported him. Four people did vote for Foley to go home, but more voted for Hali Ford, 25, a law student from San Francisco.

Foley watched Wednesday’s episode with about 200 fans and friends at Thatcher’s Restaurant & Sports Pub in South Portland. The crowd groaned in unison when it looked like Foley would be voted off, and cheered like crazy when he survived. 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.

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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