Day 13 ended in a serious blindside. After Bayon came in last place in the immunity challenge, they were forced to turn on one of their own. As we do every Thursday, we chatted with the latest victim.
When the Bayon tribe lost the challenge and had to send in one of their own to tribal on Day 13, people started turning… and fast. The original Bayons — Monica, Jeremy, Fishbach and Kimmi already had an alliance — so that left Spencer and Kelly on the outs. While they both petitioned on why they should stay, someone on the inside took it into their own hands to make a power move. Here’s what the latest cast-off had to say in our exit interview
-Who do you feel the most betrayed by?
Kimmi, for sure. I thought Kimmi was my bestie out there. She just totally turned on me, I trusted her. I would have never even gotten into an argument about clams or crabs or whatever if I thought that Kimmi and I were on the outs. I know how Survivor world works; any little argument blows up to a huge thing. I don’t know what underlying issue she had with me, but I was 100 percent loyal to Kimmi from day one. She was the first person I aligned with, so it kind of sucks when your gut instincts kind of fails on you like that.
-Watching what went down behind your back, do you have any regrets?
It’s tough because I went in wanting to really play aggressive, and step up my game and really think about my end game from day one, and maybe I was too aggressive. But based on what I saw, it’s tough to say that would be my adjustment, because you didn’t really see any of that. There’s not a lot that I would do differently. I don’t know if I was ever meant to win Second Chance, regardless what I thought going into the game.
-When you watched live, was there anything that surprised you?
Not really, because from even from early on, you don’t hear people from day one saying ‘You & I, final two.’ It’s very indicative of the game that people were playing going in. No one really wanted to reveal their hand because they were worried about what would come back and bite you in the butt. You’re so scared to play super hard — I came in swinging like, ‘Who wants to align with me?'”
-What was your personal, toughest challenge?
The hardest thing for me was turning off the game in my head. I was constantly thinking about who I could trust, and making sure that people weren’t turning on me, and constantly thinking about what would change with the game. The game could change so quickly and it’s out of your control. It’ll change before you even know it. So for me, it was just constantly thinking about the game and the inner workings of the game, and who’s with who’s. it’s non-stop, you barely even sleep with it.
-Would you do another season of Survivor?
No, I think I’m done. I think I got it out of my system. The first time I played I was in law school, so I was used to being told what to do anywhere to go, where to be at certain times. And now, as more of a grown woman and a professional, I’m not used to that. I don’t want to be told what to do. I can make my own decisions, thank you! You know, just submitted control and being on this deserted island, it really just bothered me. I’m a little bit more of an independent thinker. I would have a hard time submitting to that for 6 weeks again.And then not having contact with the people who I actually wanted to have contact with, that sucks. I was also single the first time I played. I didn’t have a boyfriend. I went out there this time and was like, ‘I miss my boyfriend. I miss my friends. I miss my family. I don’t want to be here with these people. I want to be with them!’ It’s a different mindset.
-Would you do Amazing Race or Big Brother?
No, I think I’m done with reality tv! I can’t. It’s too stressful. I’m going to stress about life, not like reality TV life. It’s so high school, too. Like, ‘Do they like me? Do they not like me? Do they want to work with me? Like, omigod! I’m on the bottom and nobody’s talking to me.’ I can’t, it’s too much. And then you replay it in your head, and it’s like… no — let’s win at life!
You know who I absolutely loved, who I thought was so awesome, and so sweet? Keith! I thought Keith was so awesome. I just adored him so much! He is the best! I can’t even tell you, I think he’s like my favorite person out there. I just loved him so much. He is just so real. Keith will tell you what’s on his mind. [Insert country accent here.] He’s just so awesome, because everybody’s off like scrambling and talking strategy and Keith’s in the hammock like, ‘Well, where we going next challenge?’ We’re from two completely different worlds. He’s just great.
-Who is the biggest threat/has the best chance of winning?
I would say it’s between [Kelley] Wentworth and Jeremy — on multiple levels. They’re playing a really great game. They have numbers already. They have existing relationships coming into the game. They both have idols. I mean, you can stack it up. They;’re big threats physically, strategically, etc. They’re not being overly aggressive, openly in front of everyone. I would have wanted to align. I aligned with Jeremy from day one. I aligned with Kelley from before the game. I always looked at her as ‘America’s Sweetheart.’ Like, do I really want to sit next to this person?
-Parting words/advice for future contestants:
Think about the game, but don’t let it rule your life, don’t lose sleep over it. Rather than that, genuinely get to know people out there — when you get down to that human level, that’s what really counts. It’s hard to be fake. Just go in, be you, make friends and develop actual bonds and don’t fake it it, because a lot of times that will be your down fall.
— Emily Longeretta