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They either pick applicants who made audition tapes or recruit. In earlier seasons, they get their contestants solely from the auditions, but as the years go by, they started recruiting people. This is because they are not satisfied by the quality of sent entries. They sometimes enlist the help of Sears, and they make their own audition process. Jimmy Tarantino of Survivor: Nicaragua, Papa Bear Caruso, Rick Nelson and Sophie Clarke from Survivor: South Pacific all made it as Sears contestants. Iansane 22:43, November 3, 2012 (UTC)