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Bear Grylls Describes Get Out Alive Strategy: "See Who Thrives and See Who Crumbles"

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Fans of Man vs. Wild have all seen Bear Grylls survive hazardous conditions and get himself out of many a sticky predicament.

But even with the British adventurer as a guide, not just anybody can step into Bear's hiking boots and do the same.

Which is good, because only two of the 20 people competing on Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls this summer get to win $500,000 for having the savviest-for-regular-people survival skills!

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"I always wanted to do a show where I could take regular people and empower them with a lot of these skills and then put them through the pressure, in that cooker, and see who thrives and see who crumbles," Grylls explains in a new interview airing tonight on E! News.

(And to be clear, no one is actually getting cooked or literally crumbled.)

"I took 10 regular American couples—fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, best friends, married couples—took them to some of the harshest terrain on the planet, and each week I sent home the team that I believe would never on their own get out alive," he says.

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"We took them through the high mountains, the glaciers, the gorges, the massive rapids and rivers and to the rain forest, had crazy weather, every episode restricting the amount of gear they're carrying," Gryll describes the adventure series, which premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. on NBC. (E! Online is a member of the NBCUniversal family.)

For more with Bear, tune into E! News tonight at 7 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.

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