Wilmington Native Places in Top 3 of 'Survivor'

Posted May 13, 2007 11:29 p.m. EDT

For the first time in the history of the CBS show “Survivor”, three people had a shot at winning the $1 million prize, with a North Carolina native in the running.

Earl Cole, 35, of Southern California took home the title of Survivor. Dre "Dreamz" Herd, 25, of Wilmington made it to the final three, along with Cassandra Franklin of Los Angeles.

Herd did win the final individual immunity, but didn't give it to Yau-Man Chan as promised. The two had made a deal that if Herd won the immunity in the final four, he would give it to Chan in exchange for a new truck he won in a challenge.

Making the final three contestants was a dream-come-true for Herd

Just coming from the way my family grew up, this is more than words can explain,” he said.

Fans were cheering the cheerleading coach from home at a party at the Fox and Hound in Wilmington. But in the end, Herd burned too many bridges to become the ultimate Survivor.