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Survivor Caramoan – Exclusive Interview with John Cochran

John Cochran or rather Cochran as he has previously said all the great Survivor players are known by their last names won Survivor Caramoan: Fans Versus Favourites by unanimous vote over Sherri and Dawn. It was a good result to see the ultimate Survivor fan take out the $1 million prize.

As one of my favourite players ever it was fantastic to interview him and he is as witty and engaging over the phone as he is on screen. We talked strategy, how he is done with reality TV and his thoughts on how this series compared to others.

Reality Ravings: I promised my readers I would not go all fan girl on you but I will say congratulations from me and the fans in Australia. It was a popular win. 

John Cochran: Thank you and don’t stop yourself from fan girling why should you stop yourself I live for it.

RR: I have to admit you are one of the contestants I have always wanted to see win Survivor, you and Jonathan Penner, but his ego always gets in the way when he plays you don’t seem to have that problem.

JC: Penner is one of my Survivor inspirations and he is one of the best narrators the show has ever had I am with you on that.

RR: Speaking of narrators you actually narrated this series which was fantastic and funny. Your a Survivor savant and I want to be a observer tell me what did you think of this series compared to the other ones that you have watched. Where did it rate?

JC: I have tried to analyse all the seasons as objectively as possible even though I am biased towards this one as I won it. But objectively speaking I do think it is one of the best seasons at least in recent memory. The start was a little bit slow because it had a lot of focus on people that wanted to urinate in bean supplies, and fans scratching peoples eyeballs, and people given spy nicknames, but once the merge hit it was really action packed. Usually a season is pretty lucky to have one, two, maybe three memorable moments in the entire season. You have a Brandon meltdown, you have Fran being voted off first again, you have Shamar scratching his eyeball and having to be medically evacuated, you have Corinne making all these jokes about how these blindsides happen and subsequently being blindsided, you have Reynold throwing his idol at Malcolm, you have Malcolm playing two idols at one tribal council, you have Andrea so busy trying to blindside Brenda that she was blindsided with an idol in her possession, you have the Brenda/Dawn emotional drama, you have  Erik being medically evacuated two days before the game ended and that’s saying nothing about my participation in the show. I think it was pretty good, there were so many great moments and that’s what people measure the enjoyability of a season on.

RR: It was a great season particularly when the more colourful characters went and gave a bit more air time to some of the other ones. My understanding is you hooked up with Dawn fairly early did you feel the trust was there from the start and what made you align with Special Agent Phillip?

JC: Contrary to popular belief I had very little communication with Dawn between my first time playing with her and my second time so when I first saw her on the beach I was not sure if there was some lingering resentment from the first time I voted her off and flipping on the tribe. When we got to the beach the game play history faded away and just the basic human familiarity was the priority. Just having an instant rapport with somebody is so huge, feeling comfortable talking to somebody even somebody who had voted you out before was a huge huge plus. I knew I was going to work with her pretty quickly and she seemed very receptive too. Phillip was actually a surprisingly strategic player this time around. In addition to that he was so eager to make himself the figure head of an alliance, and I wanted to be a part of a majority alliance so I was going to join Stealth R Us. Anytime it is presented to me that there is a six person alliance on a tribe of ten then I am in, and the greatest thing of it he was making himself the front and centre leader of it so I could safely hide within this alliance and he would take all the bullets. I enjoyed hanging out with him. There was a side of him that was annoying but he was a pretty compelling story teller especially when it is so boring out there and your sick of wringing your hands and dreaming about food it is fun to get a spy nickname and hear about his basketball exploits from the past.

RR: Erik got medically evacuated would you have taken him to final three?

JC: No my dream final three was always me, Sherri and Dawn. We would have voted off Eddie next had Erik had not been medically evacuated and then we would have taken out Erik. There was a very very good chance that Erik would have won one if not both of those immunity challenges. If he had won I still think I would have gotten to the end. I think he would have been angry at Dawn about Brenda. Erik and Brenda were very close so I think Erik would have sided and it would have been me, Sherri and Erik had he won immunity and I still think I would have won in that situation. I would have a slightly less compelling argument to make but I still would have won.

RR: Was Dawn difficult to live with? In the last episode you were making some cracks about her that were quite amusing was she that difficult to live with? We thought Phillip and Brandon and Shamar were the irritating ones, suddenly in the last episode and at tribal council it was revealed she was high maintenance person to live with.

JC: Obviously the show does a good job of showing everytime she cried and it was not as though she was crying 24 hours a day but she does cry and get paranoid more then the average person does at least in the context of Survivor. I think the thing was she was in such a powerful position. Even though power is great to have it is such a stress as you have people confiding in you and you have to decide whether you want to betray their trust and maintain it and to someone that is very sweet and is as genuine as Dawn and that is what caused her to break down. It did take a lot of maintanence. I did genuinely enjoy her company and I was more then happy to talk her off the ledge every now and again.

RR: Was there any pivotal point in the game where you thought I’ve made it to final three?

JC: I was never super confident, but the closest I got to that was probably after voting off Brenda. The show did not show you how worried I was around that time because I suddenly realised that Dawn could easily go with Erik and Brenda who she had an alliance with and just ditch me and then I would have come fourth or fifth. After Brenda had gone, Dawn had eliminated her options and she was effectively obligated to go to the end with me. Then I thought I can probably beat everybody and I have a majority alliance in that final five.

RR: What next for you Cochran? You have finished your Harvard Law Degree but I understand you are flicking that, what do you see in your future as your career?

JC: That is the scary and exciting part for me. I have conquered Survivor so I can tick that off my bucket list. So what I want to do next is a mystery. I would like to write in some capacity but I have not really written before. I have written academic papers and scholarly stuff but to write a screen play or journalism it appeals to me. I am going to experiment a little because I have the luxury of not needing a high paying job so I can take a few risks.

RR: Are you going to update your Survivor jury paper now that you have actually addressed a Survivor jury or is that just in the paper shredder?

JC: I want to re-write it as now I have a more nuanced understanding of it. As much as gloat about being a challenge beast and that is poking fun at myself and I hope that was apparent. I was genuinely proud of my final tribal performance there were some things I did learn that I would add in. One thing and this is a very specific nerdy I think there is a benefit  in saying a jurors name at some point in your answers not overtly flattering them as that can seem disingenuous but if I say “Eddie, you’re an handsome, athletic, and charming  guy and it was a pleasure playing with you” that is going to seem phony, but if you hear your name and on the jury it makes you fell validated and acknowledged and that is all you really want at that point as you feel you are no longer a part of the game. Just hearing your name goes along way to making people feel appreciated I made a conscience effort of doing that.

RR: You could also write a book about how to become the new alpha male, re-writing the Alpha Male Rulebook, if Boston Rob can write a rule book then you can too. [Ed note: Having a fan girl moment] Would you go on another reality TV show and if so which one would it be regardless of talent?

JC: I loved Survivor not because it is a reality TV show but because of the game. I don’t actually enjoy the part about being on TV very much I find it stressful. So to be on another reality TV show to just be on another reality TV show does not appeal. Nothing comes to mind. I think I am done being on reality TV.  I probably would not mind working on a reality TV to be honest  show like crafting story lines like something like Survivor but being on it I am done.

 

May 21, 2013   10 Comments

Survivor Caramoan – Interview With Michael Snow

Michael Snow  one of the fans on this season of Survivor went from being in a strong alliance to being on the outer when the tribe switch occurred. It was a testament to his skills that he managed to cling on for a few more weeks, but in the end he was voted out in a confusing tribal council when it appeared one of the alpha males was to go.

In this interview we talk about strategy, Phillip and Shamar and which former players he liked.

Reality Ravings (RR): The tribal council where you were eliminated was quite confusing did you know you were eliminated? 

Michael Snow: No I didn’t know they were going to vote for me that night. I was very surprised my name started coming up but within moments of having my torch snubbed I was not surprised. I had hoped Andrea was going to go home and there was a slim chance of that. What  I thought was going to happen was Eddie or Reynold was going to go home I thought they were going to split the vote for them.When my name started popping up I was quite irritated and a little bit in shock.

RR: I like a guy who goes out with a bit of a statement. You flipped the bird – Why was that?

MS: That’s just me, I was not really pissed off or anything like that I was just like to mix it up. I live in New York City and we give it back to people immediately. I am a little bit of a foul mouth and I just like to give it back to people. It was not aimed at anyone. That was how I treated people out there, if they were going to give me a hard time they were going to get a hard time back, but it was always in the spirit of “You guys, you jerks”.

RR: In your original tribe you had an alliance with Sherri when the merge came did you think about working with her again?

MS: Oh of course and we immediately tried to connect. I think what happened was I had worked so hard for a week to get in with Corrinne, Dawn, Cochrane and even Phillip a little bit which meant I got in trouble with Sherri and I was not totally forthright about that. I just should have said to her I am working with these guys come with me, come with me and I did not do that as I did not know where she was coming from or what she had been doing for the past week.

RR: Were you ever part of the Stealth R Us alliance? Did Phillip ever annoint you out there?

MS: No he did not. It was really my big regret of the game is not being able to get into his alliance. [laughs]

RR: So no special name?

MS: No maybe I got one later on but I did not get one while we were in the game.

RR: When you went on Survivor did you have any strategy before you hit the island?

MS: I am a big fan of the game so I put a lot of thought into how I was going to play and one of the things I kept on trying to keep in mind was I had one tool out there and that is yourself, just be yourself. That was someone who would be able to be helpful in the challenges but not a threat, someone that would work hard around camp and someone that would get on with everybody and make them laugh and make them relax and be a good listener. At the same time I never wanted to be a threat in any of those ways. Socially in my alliances I wanted to just have a strong alliance and making decisions but not putting it out there but letting other people be the target in that way. I think it worked until I should not have been playing that way anymore.

RR: So why did you go on Survivor? Was it the first time you had applied?

MS: I had applied a few times before. I wanted to go on because I put in my mind that this was something I could do. I saw myself doing it. I do a lot of challenges I run marathons and stuff like that and I like to challenge myself. I saw this as a big challenge and I got in my head that this was something that was going to happen for me and doing and it actually happened. It was great and amazing.

RR: How is Sherri placed in her new alliance. Sherri played really hard in your original alliance on the fans tribe, she was dominating there. Then she went quiet once her tribe disintergrated, and now she is starting to make a few moves. Do you think she is well placed to stick around or do you think her position is as fragile as yours considering she is a fan?

MS: She’s getting in there, she is trying to get into that alliance. She is with the vote. She was meant to go home that night Corrine went home but she was pulled in and she was voting with them and now she is voting with them again by voting for me. She is in a good spot she is doing what she needs to do.

RR: Who was more irritating Shamar or Phillip? Who was harder to live with in camp?

MS: I would say for me personally I think it was more difficult to live with Phillip as he was trying to mess with me. He was trying to test and manipulate me. But living with Shamar was harder for everyone around, so in general I would have to say Shamar as it just drove everyone else crazy.

RR: Would you go on a reality TV show again and if so which one?

MS: I don’t watch a lot of reality TV, I would do The Amazing Race. That is not one I was dying to play but if someone wanted me to put me on it with someone fun I would do it. Survivor is really the only reality show I watch.

RR: You’ve watched all the seasons? Who’s your favourite player of all time?

MS: There is a few. There is a guy Rob Cestorino he did not win but he was a great player and he was fun to watch. I always enjoyed watching Cherie and I liked Sandra.

Survivor Caramoan on GO Channel Thursday at 7.30pm.

April 24, 2013   15 Comments

Survivor Caramoan – Interview With Corrine Kaplan

Corrine Kaplan is the full Survivor package, attractive, physically capable in challenges, entertaining and  a good strategist.

After the merge Corrine flipped from her favourites alliance to vote with the alpha males and Michael, however she mistakenly told good friend Dawn of her plans who told the main favourite alliance who quickly voted her out.

I talked to Corrine about why she flipped, why Brenda is so quiet, and why Andrea was targetting her.

As you would expect from the LA based Clinical Consultant known as a pharmaceutical rep in Australia, it was an entertaining interview and  read on tos see if it was Special Agent Phillip or Brandon who she described as a few fries short of a happy meal!

Reality Ravings (RR): On day one you made an alliance with Phillip. You have seen him before on his season, did you think you made the correct decision in doing that?

Corrine Kaplan (CK): That’s at good question. I did not have the advantage that others had as I had not met any of these people previously. I did not know them, I did not play with them, I don’t go to Survivor events, so I go into the game blind. I know from watching their seasons and watching them around camp that you either go with Fran or you go with Phillip. Fran was very vocal and obviously very intelligent but she had a lot of opinions, whereas Phillip, and it was a very smart move on Phillips part, kind of sat back and was very easy going, comical and seemingly someone I could easily manipulate. He is not intelligent. So it seemed if you had to pick one side or the other it would be easier to control Phillip than to control Fran and I don’t want to be in an alliance where someone is bossing me around. But this ended up being the case anyway and it was a huge error in judgement. I did not know these people and I just went with my gut. I liked Andrea and I knew Andrea wanted to play with Phillip and I was amiable to going with what side these people were gravitating towards. I did not really want to get into an alliance with Erik because I felt like he his to difficulty, he is too flighty. He said openly in the beginning that he only wanted to know who we were voting out ten minutes before the vote as he was afraid he would tell the person and ruin it. How do you play with someone like that who has no strategy? I thought Brenda was going to be like a snake so I did not feel like playing with her. They both aligned themselves with Francesca so by default I ended up with Phillip, which was clearly was a huge problem.

RR: That was one of my questions I was going to ask was about Erik and Brenda, is that we have basically seen very little air time and Erik looks like the dumbest player ever. Is he as stupid as he is portrayed on TV and Brenda seems to be keeping a low profile or is she strategising?

CK: They are very different people. Brenda is very smart. I know I asked her once what she got in her SAT’s [Ed’s note the US equivalent of the HSC or year 12 exam].  She is smart and when you talk to her that is clear. She barely said two words the whole time and I am talking about even conversationally she just doesn’t speak she is like a mute. When you are all sitting around camp you are joking and telling stories and that is what you do to pass time and she never said anything. She was very quiet and that is dangerous. I did not know what she was thinking, I did not know if she was strategising or not. I think she was having internal turmoil as she missed her boyfriend and weird stuff. She would go off by herself for hours on end. We would see her go off into this cave area in the ocean and she was stay in the cave and cry for hours so we really did not know what her deal was. It is hard to play with a player like that. If you are not talking to me then who are you talking to?  I was like forget her. And Erik is probably low intelligence but that is not that that is the problem. He is flaky, he is never putting all the pieces together. When you look at him you feel you can see the hamster fell off the wheel in his head, somethings not going there. I don’t know what his intelligence level is but he is not putting pieces together like a normal person.

RR: Back to Andrea, she appeared to be going for you to get you eliminated quite early in the game when you were in the favourites tribe. Do you know why that was?

CK: Yeah! I know what my theory is. I did not know that until I watched it back and she wrote me an apology note saying she was just really threatened by me and was really sorry, but she liked me as a person. I think what happened here was she is 23 years old and she is very insecure and I think she really liked Malcolm, like in a romantic way. I took a lot of Malcolm away from her. The reason you gun for someone that early when they are in your alliance is because your 23 years old and you have a crush on Malcolm and your operating on your heart and not your head. There was no other reason for her to go after me especially that early. Literally you see her in the first episode after she has aligned with me and after we have gotten to tribal council where the others [the Fran alliance] wanted her out, they had written her name down and she is gunning for me. It makes no sense.

RR: You were stuck in this tribe with Phillip and Brandon and both appeared to have some weird and annoying traits. Who was more annoying or difficult to live with out of those two?

CK: I know Brandon has given interviews where he says he just hates me. I really liked that kid, I thought he was sweet, he worked really hard around camp and he worked really hard in challenges. I genuinely liked Brandon and I would have so much rather Phillip getting mentally/medically evac’d than Brandon. I like Brandon, sure he is a few fries short of a happy meal, but he is a nice guy and he is very cool, he has a good sense of humour, he usually very happy and upbeat. He certainly had a little bit of a disorder there. I don’t really know what is going on with him but much much more pleasant to be around than Phillip.

RR: So was Brandon medically evacuated?

CK: I call it mentally evacuated. I would never claim that we went to tribal and he was voted out. You can either say he quit or he was mentally evacuated. But either way it was not a normal situation. In my opinion we did not vote him out.

RR: I agree with what you say about Brandon, I interviewed him and you can’t help liking the kid and he had a really high likeability. You just wanted to protect him. I thought you played a great strategy [flipping her alliance] and I thought you had locked it down and then you told Dawn and then your whole blindside unravelled and you got blindsided. Why did you tell Dawn?

CK: What they don’t show, and I have no idea why they don’t show this, but Dawn was my best friend. I had Malcolm but I also had Dawn as a secondary alliance to Malcolm and I. Also Malcolm was on the other team for six days, whereas I spent six days all day every day with Dawn. From Day 1 to day 22 when I was voted out, everything single thing I did I did with Dawn. If I went to the well, if I decided to go swimming in the lake or if I decided to wash my hair in the ocean. She would braid my hair, she and I were very very close. When I saw her start to unravel, and you see when she goes alone to cry. I as someone who cared for her very much and I was someone trying to play the game with her, I thought if I gave her this information it might make her calm down and make her less of a liability for me. I don’t know what the viewers think, but what I said was here is an option. She’s crying she’s freaking out she says “I am at the bottom of this alliance, I don’t know where I am going, are you sure you will go to the end with me, as no one wants to go to the end with me”. She is freaking out. I said here is an option, “we have a couple of desperate fans, I have Malcolm and Michael and I think Malcolm can get Erik”. I am basically laying out a hypothetical situation for her, which unfortunately seemed too real and she took it as that is what I am doing and she basically said to me “I don’t know if that is something I should do or not”. The whole time I am talking to her I was saying we, we, we, this is what we can do. So I thought that I made her feel better after we left that conversation. That conversation, by the way, occurred twelve hours before tribal it was before the food challenge. It was not like I went to her before tribal and she went and told everyone. This happened over a period of many many hours. I felt I did the right thing in telling Dawn, I also thought I was looking at the situation from a complicated strategical standpoint. I did not really want to go into an alliance with Malcolm where we were sharing an idol and he has Eddie, Reynold and Erik on his side and all I have is Michael. I thought I needed Dawn and I did not even trust that we had Erik. I thought we needed Dawn. When you play  you play for the long haul so at that moment I probably did need to tell her to set myself up for future tribals.

RR: What next for you Corrine do you just go back to your normal life or are you hoping something will come out of your appearance on the show?

CK: Sweet Jesus no that is the lamest strategy. If someones tells you they go on Survivor because they think they are going to be famous you should just hang up the phone. No I am a regular human being with a regular job, it is a fun adventure to go on but I go right back to my normal life once it is over. I have no delusions of grandeur, unlike Phillip. I barely show up to a charity event, I am not trying to milk my 15 minutes in any way.

RR: Would you go on another reality TV show? What one it be?

CK: I don’t watch reality TV, the only ones I watch are Sister Wives [Ed’s note: it follows a mormon family] and I don’t think I eligible for that show. I think it might be cool to meet those people.

Survivor Caramoan on Go Channel Thursday nights at 7.30pm or repeated at 4.30pm on Saturday’s.

April 19, 2013   5 Comments

Survivor Caramoan – One Of The Best Tribal Councils Ever

Survivor again showed last night why it is one of the best reality shows on television when it gave the viewers an edge of your seat tribal council, but before we talk about that lets start from the beginning.

After last week’s confusing tribal council it was unclear whether Malcolm favourites alliance knew he had turned. This episode certainly showed he had ostracised himself from his main alliance with him not being included in the group meetings. The alpha males were definitely vulnerable. At some point it looked like Andrea might have the potential to flip as she was enjoying their company and who wouldn’t as those boys are definitely eye candy. However as soon as she realised this hanging out was making them vulnerable she stopped talking to them.

Phil and Cochrane’s alliance appeared tight and they thought Dawn would be impossible to beat but were pleased she had betrayed so many people in the game but Cochrane should realise none of these are not on the jury! Michael is the first jury member and she did not have anything to do with his demise.

Dawn was unravelling though. She was suffering from sleep deprivation and losing her retainer in the water sent her into hysterics. She called out to Brenda asking her to find it and threatening to pull herself from the game if it was not found. For some reason she did not want the other team mates to know about the retainer. To think after nearly three weeks in the same clothes and unwashed there was still a shred of vanity there.

 Brenda dived and did retrieve it and had a relieved Dawn sobbing on her shoulder. Brenda seemed to think they both had each others backs and it will be interesting to see if this holds true in the up coming episodes.

For once Phillip  was right whe he said Dawn was living in a total paranoid state and Cochrane bought up his One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest analogy again.  However unlike Brandon at least Dawn admitted she felt unstable but her equilibrium was restored after a good nights sleep.

The reward challenge was similar to one in the previous season an obstacle course with buried sacks in mud. Malcolm first team mate up did what Jonathan did last time and pulled all the bags out of the mud so his team mates coming through behind him can just grab them. This strategy saw a win for Jonathan’s team last time but the other team got cluey and did the same thing once they saw what Malcolm was doing and grabbed the prize.

The reward was a trip to a resort with food, a shower and a pool.

Phillip just dived into the pool without taking the time to  wash the mud and rice making it dirty. It was a low move. Who did he think was going to clean it after him? Erik looked like he was fed up and gave his longest grab to camera for the whole game saying that this was just his style that he did not think before he does something.

Cochrane was happy at the reward as he was eating protien so it could turn him “into the immunity challenge monster he has become”.

The immunity challenge was a water one and was always going to favour the alpha males. Alpha male in his mind Phillip decided to sit the challenge out as it was too long under water this fear evolved from an incident he had as a boy being trapped in a pond.   It was no surprise that Reynold won, battling it out with Malcolm.

Then a desperate Malcolm decided to try and find the immunity idol which he did but Dawn and Andrea were there with him when he got it so it was no secret. What was a secret was that he had another one and at tribal council he handed that one to Eddie.

This led to host Jeff Probst looking like this!

Also Cochrane who is a scholar of the game at least looked amused by it all even though this meant one of his main alliance was going home. There was whisperings by the favourites, which I thought should not have been allowed, and it looked like the target was going to be Andrea. However Malcolm declared his alliance were going to vote for Phillip  as he “sucks the fun out of the game”.

Phillip who thinks he is such a clever strategist told his team to vote in the original way, that is for the alpha boys, his rationale was they might not play the idol. This meant their three votes plus Erik’s vote for ‘Fillup’ (I am hoping he deliberately spelt it that way) meant he was eliminated and in fact Phillip was author of his own demise.

Survivor Caramon on GO Channel Thursday nights at 7.30pm or repeated on 4.30pm on Saturdays on GO. Well worth watching.

April 19, 2013   31 Comments

Survivor Caramoan – Interview With Julia Landauer

Julia Landauer from the fans tribe may be able to command attention on the race track  however on Survivor Caramoan we barely saw her. Cochrane called her “vanilla” and even at one point Dawn noted she was happy that she was even thinking about strategy.

Here in an interview with her we talk about being vanilla, Brandon Hantz not being at Ponderosa, and Special Agent Phillip wanting her to be a double agent.

Reality Ravings (RR): You were given a very quite edit and you weren’t given much screen time were you like that out there on the island?

Julia Landauer (JL): I didn’t think I was that quite, at the fans tribe we had to do a lot just to keep our morale up. We played games, we were joking, making voices, Michael, Matt, and I had a lot of fun times together. They did not show a lot of camp life. Also I did a bunch of strategising, I was in a position of control in my alliance and I think my alliance would agree with that was the case while we were on the fan tribe. They did not show you a lot of the hard work that goes on around camp that makes it function. Getting water boiled all that stuff that is very valuable that people look for in tribes mate. I did a lot of that and they just did not show it. It was a bummer as I am not that quiet in real life, I could not live my lifestyle if I was. It was weird to watch it and not see a whole lot.

RR: How did it feel being called vanilla by Cochrane?

JL: I was not really called vanilla, we had a soliloquy about me, it was tough especially coming from Cochrane as I don’t think he is the most vibrant personality either, so to hear that type of critique from him and have it go on for ever was rough. I have pretty tough skin and that even made me get even tougher skin. My followers and I had a lot of fun with that comment on Twitter and Facebook.

RR: Speaking of Cochrane obviously he gives some zingers to camera but what is he like in camp? What is he like as a personality?

JL: He had some funny one liners he was kind of quiet too. He did not really help out a whole lot around camp. We were both sun burnt. He was probably more engaging with the favourites that he had been with for 14 or 15 days. He was not a loud personality that you see in all the confessionals.

RR: When you got out there did you know that some favourites were coming back or was that a surprise on the first day of filming?

JL: I had a pretty good idea as we were only with ten people and I assumed there would be some fans versus favourites twist. Otherwise it was cool that casting thought we were all strong enough to go against the favourites. On the other hand it is really annoying as it is not a fair game, they [the favourites] have such a leg up on us on so many levels. If it had been all fans it would have been a much different game.

RR: Phil thought you were his double agent, but you went and talked to Dawn about it all. What was your rationale for that? Did you think Dawn was one of your friends or allies? Or were you just trying a last ditch attempt to save yourself?

JL: It was a combination of those. He had talked to me about being a double agent, but pretty quickly he went to Michael and told them to vote for me. He said you vote for who I tell you to vote for and then he didn’t tell me who to vote for. His actions were not really matching up with what he was saying about me being a double agent. I got the sense he was not giving me any kind of truth. I had two options – I can try and suck up and hope he will keep me or I knew people were really frustrated with him so why don’t I try and play of their emotions and try and vote him out. I decided to do something that could potentially really shift up the game. Corrine said she was not going to flip before the merge, she was not going to go against her tribe. Cochrane was friends with Phillip so that left Dawn and I tried something and it did not quite work.

RR: So when you first got into your original tribe ( the fans tribe) did you have a strategy?

JL: I thought I would fly slightly under the radar, work hard, contribute to the challenges, and Eddie said I was the strongest girl. Then as it got closer to the merge I started playing a bit more of an offensive game to try and shuffle things up. Before the shake up I thought I was sitting pretty well with my strong alliance. The mix up caused a lot of issues, we were then playing for our lives at that point.

RR: You saw the Brandon Hantz meltdown at that tribal council. Were you hesitant about meeting him when you went back to Ponderosa?

JL: I was prepared for that…… but he was not there.

RR: Where was he? Am I able to ask that? Where was he? I am able to ask that? (laughing)

Advised not to ask question.

RR: What is Jeff Probst like and how long do Tribal Council’s go for?

JL: He is like what you see on TV. Sometimes he calls people out and he is very honest and he expects the truth. But sometimes he puts you in the hot seat and your just like ‘Jeff leave me alone’. Some tribals went on longer than others, some were straight to the point and others we had a lot of stuff to work out, it just depended on the night.

RR: Would you go on another reality TV show? And what reality TV show would it be?

JL: It would take a lot of incentives for me to go on a different type of reality TV show. If I could do Survivor again without it conflicting with my racing schedule I would totally would. There are very few reality tv shows I would go on to be honest.

RR: You’re a race car driver are there any reality TV shows based on race car driving in the US?

JL: Not very many, but they are not very prominent, nothing like Survivor.

Thanks should go to Reality Ravings Survivor savant JStar for sending in questions for this interview.

Survivor Caramoan on GO Channel Thursday nights at 7.30pm.

April 18, 2013   4 Comments