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Meet the '13 - Fear Is Real' Brave Souls

One way to conquer your fears is to face them, but on the new CW show, a few brave souls will fail trying.

A musician, model, bartender and hotel concierge are just a few of the lucky 13 contestants who will face their deepest fears on "13 - Fear Is Real," the new horror/reality show on The CW debuting Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Stranded in a remote Louisiana bayou, the 13 competitors will have to face surprises and scares or else be eliminated and "killed off." The last person standing goes home with the $66,666 prize.

Some of the challenges will include situations straight from the horror movies and will no doubt play on the fears of the individuals, which range from the usual creepy crawlies such as roaches and rats, to the situational (drowning, being burned alive, suffocation) to the bizarrely specific: "Clowns with spiders for hands and needles for stilts." Uh, okay, Cody.

A couple of the guys, Nasser and Rodney, claim to be fearless, a boast that will certainly be put to the test, and poor Laura, who says that "being stranded or lost" is just out of luck it seems.

Probably the person who is the worst off is 21-year-old student Leah, who confesses: "I don't watch horror movies at all. I already have to sleep with a nitelight or my television on. If i watch a horror movie I can't sleep by myself for days." The good money is not on Leah.

Encore performances of the show will air on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, starting Jan. 9.

The "13 - Fear Is Real" contestants:

Name: Adam
Age: 25
Hometown: Bend, Oregon (currently Seattle, Washington)
Occupation: Musician
Favorite Horror Film: "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Biggest Fear: Snakes, spiders and being burned alive
Hobbies: Music, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, camping, hiking and anything outdoors

Name: Cody
Age: 22
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Occupation: Student
Favorite Horror Film: "Session 9"
Biggest Fear: Clowns with spiders for hands and needles for stilts
Hobbies: Longboarding, partying, going to shows, playing bass and watching people

Name: Erica
Age: 26
Hometown: Waycross, Georgia (currently Los Angeles, California)
Occupation: Sports Show Co-Host
Favorite Horror Film: "Saw" and "Saw IV"
Biggest Fear: Roaches and rats
Hobbies: Watching all sports, exercising and reading

Name: Kelly
Age: 23
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado (currently San Diego, California)
Occupation: Marketing and Product Specialist
Favorite Horror Film: " House of Wax," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Wrong Turn" and "Open Water"
Biggest Fear: goldfish, sharks, spiders and snakes
Hobbies: Shopping, bike riding, running and roller blading on the boardwalk
Additional info: I just started training for an Ironman.

Name: Laura
Age: 27
Hometown: San Jose, California (currently Medford, Oregon)
Occupation: Customer Service Representative
Favorite Horror Film: "The Exorcist"
Biggest Fear: Being stranded or lost
Hobbies: Snowboarding and playing the piano

Name: Lauren
Age: 24
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Occupation: Model/Hairstylist
Favorite Horror Film: "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Biggest Fear: Sharks
Hobbies: Shopping and playing with my dog Rocky
Additional info: I go to church every Sunday.

Name: Lean
Age: 21
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Student
Favorite Horror Film: I don't watch horror movies at all. I already have to sleep with a nitelight or my television on. If i watch a horror movie I can't sleep by myself for days.
Biggest Fear: Sharks and Freddy Krueger
Hobbies: Spending time with sister and friends

Name: Melissa
Age: 24
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Favorite Horror Film: "Kill Bill"
Biggest Fear: Trapped in a blazing fire and suffocation
Hobbies: Fitness, concerts, dancing, baking and blogging

Name: Nasser, aka "Show"
Age: 26
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Hotel Concierge
Favorite Horror Film: "Saw" films
Biggest Fear: Fearless

Name: Rodney
Age: 26
Hometown: Victoria, Texas (currently Los Angeles, California)
Occupation: Event Coordinator
Favorite Horror Film: "Scream" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Biggest Fear: Fearless
Hobbies: Surfing, Music, Basketball and Traveling

Name: Ryan
Age: 24
Hometown: Yorba Linda, California
Occupation: Account Executive, Sports Industry
Favorite Horror Film: "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Biggest Fear: Snakes and Sharks
Hobbies: Exercising, going to the beach and playing sports

Name: Steffannie
Age: 29
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota (currently North Hollywood, California)
Occupation: Actress
Favorite Horror Film: "Sixth Sense" and "Nightmare on Elm Street"
Biggest Fear: Snakes and Drowning
Hobbies: Painting, cooking, sewing, shopping and eating

Name: Ted
Age: 24
Hometown: Chalfont, Pennsylvania (currently Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
Occupation: Contractor/Teacher/Bartender
Favorite Horror Film: "Saw" franchise
Biggest Fear: Snakes
Hobbies: Die-hard Philadelphia Phillies fan, anything competitive and doing things people tell me I can't do

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