On Wednesday, “Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites,” the latest season of the popular reality show, kicks off with a two-hour special featuring the Gota and Bikal tribes.
Among the Gotas is Sherri Biethman, a 41-year-old Boise, Idaho, resident who was born in Charleston and grew up on Johns Island.
She’s back from Caramoan now, and her life as a business woman (she’s a fast-food restaurant franchisee) is returning to normal. The Post and Courier checked in with Biethman to find out how she fared.
Q: How long did you live in the Charleston area?
A: I was born in Charleston and lived on Johns Island until I was 23.
Q: How/why did you become a “Survivor” participant?
A: I was a huge fan of the show from day one and always wanted to be a contestant. But I’ve been super busy raising three children (our youngest son was born during Season 2 and we named him Colby) and starting and growing a business. About a year ago, I decided I wasn’t getting any younger, so I sent in my application. The time was right to do something for myself and see what I was made of.
Q: What have been the highlights (and lowlights)?
A: The highlights have been traveling across the world and experiencing the beautiful island scenery of Caramoan. It was incredible. The lowlight was being away from my family. I had never gone more than a couple of days without seeing my children so that part was difficult.
Biethman’s brother, Hank Pritchard, is a residential contractor and lives on James Island. He said his sister has family and friends in the area rooting for her. They are just finding out now that she was a “Survivor” contestant (only close family knows about their escapade until it’s over).
When Pritchard found out, early, because he was a stateside point of contact in case of emergency, he was a little shocked.
“It did not sound like my sister,” he says. “She’s not the outdoors type. She’s not one to get her nails dirty.”
What she is, is popular, witty, outgoing, likable and strong willed, he says. So perhaps it’s not so odd that she joined the “Survivor” cast after all.
Biethman has maintained a strong link to the Lowcountry, visiting once or twice a year, her brother says. She hopes ultimately to relocate here, or at least establish a residence, he adds.
Fan Sherri Biethman, a fast-food franchisee living in Boise, Idaho, is set to compete in “Survivor: Caramoan: Fans Vs. Favorites” when the 26th installment of the reality series premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday on.×