On the first day back on the island, I had such mixed emotions. My anxiety was through the freaking roof! I wanted to smile, cry, drink and punch someone in the face, all at the same time. Here’s my recap of the premiere of ‘Redneck Island.’
The stress of coming back to Redneck Island, where I was so hated last season was almost overwhelming, and a big part of me dreaded coming back. I didn’t feel like I had anything to prove because I did so well during season four, but I wanted to make more of an effort to get to know everyone.
As soon as I saw the rookies, I went into full-fledged judgment mode. I felt like the Simon Cowell of Redneck Island. As soon as Steve [Austin] told us that the veterans would be picking the rookies, I immediately started sizing up the new guys. I’m not going to lie or try to sugarcoat it – I was less than impressed by them. Compared to the veterans, the new guys were so tiny (other than Bo, who I felt like would be an automatic target). I was worried about who to pick because, as I learned last season, I am only as strong as my partner. I knew picking the right person was crucial.
Ultimately, I chose Dustin because of his attitude and because I felt like he was very laid-back and wouldn’t be seen as a threat. My goal this season was to fly under the radar as much as possible. So, in the first challenge, I wanted to do well but didn’t want to come in first place. That first challenge was BRUTAL. I used to think I was a decent swimmer but during that challenge I felt like a dang drunk cat, doing a mixture of swimming and drowning and back-stroking. So surprise, surprise! We came in nearly last and I was so disappointed.
I was stressed out after the challenge because I wasn’t sure who Tessa and Shane wanted to send to The Pit and I felt like I had let Dustin down in a sense. I was also worried for Cowboy because I really didn’t want to see him go home that early, and I felt like it wasn’t his fault he was in The Pit. After Tessa and Shane announced Cody and Brittney were going against Cowboy and Deidre, reality kind of set in. We’ve got to hurt feelings and send our friends home in this game, and it sucks. I really didn’t want to say goodbye to Cody or Cowboy.
This Pit challenge was SO intense and watching it made me cringe. It was like a redneck gladiator match and “may the toughest redneck win.” When Cowboy got sent home I was pretty heartbroken for him and absolutely shocked. He was my partner last season and stood by me, so it was crazy to see him be the first person out. I had to ask myself, “Did this really just happen?!” I definitely think everyone was expecting Cody to go home and when he knocked out a guy twice his size, we all found a new respect for him. I didn’t expect to care as much as I did that Cowboy lost, but I was so sad. It sucked! But, at the same time, I was so impressed with Cody and proud of him. I was ready to see what was next and I knew the challenges were only going to get tougher.
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