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"Naked and Afraid" episode starring Pocatello couple airing Sunday night

Pocatello couple "Naked and Afraid"

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Pocatello residents Star Torres and Tony Wheeler will be the first couple to be featured on the Discovery Channel show "Naked and Afraid," when their episode airs Sunday at 6 p.m.

But they aren't afraid for the nation to see them, well, naked. 

“I don’t think anyone really knows us," Wheeler said. "It’s still embarrassing for me but I’ll just, you know, I’ll just ignore it,” Torres added.

The pair watched a friend take part in the show and decided they wanted to put their skills to the test. 

“Yeah we were watching it all the time, we thought it was interesting and we were always couch surfing so we figured we’d try it," Torres said.

"It was like yeah, we could do better than this while you’re lying in bed eating Cheetos, you always think you can do better," Wheeler joked.  

It took them more than two years of trying out to actually get on, but they wouldn’t go if they couldn’t go together. 

"We actually feel real special to get to do it as a team because like you said it’s the first time ever,” Wheeler said. 

The couple went through numerous tests and Skype interviews before the group behind the show decided it was time to do an episode with a couple.  

Once selected, they had no idea where they'd be going until just a week before filming began.

It would end up being the jungles of Guyana. Both felt prepared with military backgrounds and time spent contracting in Afghanistan, but the 21-day challenge was still extremely difficult. 

“Being naked is really hard on your body, I mean you don't realize how hard it is on your body,” Wheeler said.  

Sharp objects, countless insects, lack of sleep and food that’s maybe not the most appetizing were all a part of their daily routine.

“I saw you ate a worm, that was pretty nasty," Wheeler said, "yeah I think the grossest thing you probably ate was that lizard,” Torres responded. 

The experience was starkly different than how it appears on TV. According to Wheeler, everything hurt. 

Insects were probably the worst part, but it was a challenge both mentally and physically. 

Another difference was the camera crew, which many think stay with the participants round the clock. Not the case. 

"They come in, however long it takes them to get from where they're staying, their base camp, to you and that's, you're probably with them probably 10 hours a day," Wheeler explained. 

Now that's all said and done and they've reacclimated to normal life, they say they'd do it all again. 

“Yes, oh heck yeah. Just hopefully not a jungle again. But yeah, I would do it 100 times over,” the two said. 

Now they aren't nervous for the country to see them, just to see how the episode makes them look. 


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