Not just anyone can share the stage with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his amazing biceps, but that's exactly what happened after the "Yo Show" muscled its way backstage at "The Hero" finale. Unlike other reality competitions, this TNT series forced nine people to explore their own physical, mental, and moral strengths. Host Johnson pushed everyone hard to find someone who truly deserved the honor.
In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes clip filmed on TNT's Atlanta set, The Rock told the "Yo Show" that he and the other producers wanted the contestants to walk away better people — even if they weren't $610,000 richer.
Receiving more votes than the other contestants combined, Patty O'Neil of Ashland, Massachusetts, became the clear winner. With a family motto of "O'Neils are not quitters," the married mother of three was so shocked at her victory that she was temporarily bleeped by the censors. (Even a hero is allowed to say naughty words every once in a while.)
"I am beyond grateful, thankful, crazy psyched," the victor later confided to the "Yo Show." At age 46, O'Neil also is "Boston Strong" and expressed an interest in running in the Boston Marathon. She said she is training for the popular race and would love to participate next year. (With her determination, the smart money is on this New England hero in 2014.)
The official TNT website shows the hard-working mom's popularity jumped dramatically after the sixth episode. In Episode 7, O'Neil faced her overwhelming fear of heights by walking on a wire suspended between two buildings in less than four minutes.
Conquering her fear pretty much sealed the deal with America. "No one should give up dreaming, no matter how old you are," O'Neil explained. "Dreams are for everybody, every age."
But for now, the newly crowned hero has some serious plans: "We are partying — tonight!"
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