Rick Devens joins long list of Survivor contestants from our region

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) People in the New River Valley will be watching Wednesday as Blacksburg native Rick Devens competes for a million dollars in the season finale of the CBS show "Survivor." He's not the first person from our region to make it on the show.

Any conversation about Survivor castaways from Southwest Virginia has to start with "Big Tom."

Smyth County resident Tom Buchanan was well-liked and respected by his tribe mates during Survivor: Africa. He made it to the final five of Survivor's third season, before going out in a blindside.

Buchanan played the game a second time, just like Danville resident Jon Dalton, better known as Jonny Fairplay. He was the guy who lied about his grandmother dying to win the sympathy of his tribe mates.

Over the years WDBJ7 has hosted casting calls for Survivor, which helped land some local faces on the show. One was Anh-Tuan Bui, better known as Cao Boi, a nail salon manager from Christiansburg.

Cao-Boi was the sixth person voted out of Survivor: Cook Islands.

Others lasted less time, like Danville resident Zane Knight. He was the first castaway voted off of Survivor: Philippines.

They're part of a class that now includes Blacksburg native Rick Devens. Could he be the first person from our region to win Survivor? Fans will find out during the season finale of Survivor: Edge of Extinction, which airs Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on WDBJ7.