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California native Alina Wilson found herself the latest contestant eliminated from the newly merged Libertad tribe on the last episode of Survivor Nicaragua.

In a new interview with In Touch magazine, the 23-year-old discusses being called an accomplice to NaOnka’s food theft, why she thinks Sash is the puppet master, and her feelings on NaOnka today after watching the show. Excerpts from Alina’s interview below -

Q: You seemed to put up a good fight to stay?
Alina:
It was definitely a scramble. The audience finally saw why people were gunning for me when I did what I needed to do. I was either going home or scrambling to do what I had to do. I knew I was on the chopping block, but was so surprised to see how much Benry and Chase were against me. I was uncomfortable about Benry from the beginning, but tried not to be paranoid. I wish it had turned out differently.

Q: In your opinion who is the puppet master?
Alina:
I hate to say it, as I don’t like him whatsoever, but I gotta say Sash. He seems to be in control. While I was there he was a very quiet player, always kept to himself, has THE lowest, most irritating voice, so the way they are showing him is perfect. I really don’t know how he took control and has Brenda eating out of his palm. And telling NaOnka she was his No. 1 girl? Puke! I didn’t trust him, as I knew if he could get in power he could have done damage. But keeping NaOnka onside was a very good move and something I would have done.

Q: What are your feelings on NaOnka now? After she played tricks on the tribe and then threw you to the wolves as her accomplice?
Alina:
I would respect her a lot more if she had done it strategically and thought about it. She didn’t do it on purpose, but rather went with what she was feeling. Stealing that stuff was such a random thing to do. And then bring me on it? It was even more random to admit to it and use me. I was just there and hated that I was. But she threw me to the wolves and I am not fond of her. Then seeing all of her behind the scenes comments, she is even more disgusting than I thought. She has a major chip on her shoulder; she’s unpredictable, cold and disgusting. She’s setting a bad example for the kids she works with.

Thoughts On Last Episode – I know I keep mentioning this but seriously, just how insane is NaOnka? I mean where do they find these people? Every time I watch her say something insane (comments about Kelly’s one leg) or do something outrageous (stealing food from the camp), I just sit there in disbelief, knowing that people like this do exist in real life. I also can’t believe she’s 27-years-old and an elementary school teacher. With that being said, it seems Sash is playing the best game so far. Keeping NaOnka in the game? Genius. She is like Russell, except only worse. No one will vote for her if she makes it to the finals. Sash’s decision to also keep Marty in the game? Genius. At this point Marty will be part of the final jury, and it seems Sash is securing a vote by keeping his word to Marty. Also, I do find myself rooting for Marty as he seems to be the underdog at the moment.

Must say things are starting to heat up on Survivor following the merge. I can’t wait for tonight’s episode! And speaking of the new episode, a preview is below -

“Marty and Jane will continue their war of words as they try to get one another ousted from the game. In a high-stakes challenge, the men are pitted against the women as they run, crawl and crash their way through an obstacle course. Meanwhile, one castaway makes a difficult decision that backfires, allowing another castaway the opportunity to devise a strategy to flush out the hidden immunity idol and blindside a rival.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON SO FAR AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR TO WIN IT ALL?

Jill Behm

The latest Survivor Nicaragua outcast to be eliminated, Jill Behm, is now speaking out on her time on the show.

In a new interview with In Touch magazine, the 43-year-old ER doctor from Erie, Pa, talks about Jane’s decision to side with the younger tribe, the mistakes she made in the game, and whether Marty’s decision to give away his immunity idol was smart or not.

Excerpts from Jane’s interview below -

Q: How are you feeling after watching last night’s episode?
Jill: I feel okay. I’m not relieved it’s over and there is a feeling of angst and annoyance. It’s hard, but I’ll get through it. I had a small viewing party with my family last night, but last week it was a big party with friends, knowing I’d win individual immunity and food for the tribe. I wouldn’t have had as big of a party as I was getting voted off. So last night it was just my husband and children and I sat in the corner sucking my thumb.

Q: Do you feel you played a good game, as you really didn’t do anything wrong?
Jill: I did so much wrong. To win Survivor you need an incredible amount of luck, or play a perfect game. I had neither. I had the worst luck in the tribe swap, with Jane being really against me. I made mistakes, too. I basically gave the hidden immunity idol clue to Marty and that cost me a spot in the game.

Q: And Marty gave up the idol last night to Sash. Was that a mistake?
Jill: He had no choice. People have said Marty was pulling the strings when it came to me. It was not like that. We were an equal partnership, there was give and take. Marty asked what he should do with the idol and I told him to give it to Sash, because if he played the idol he’d lose it and it may never come back into play and he might win favor with the others. I didn’t think it was that bad of a move.

Q: How bad was it for you out there?
Jill: It was miserable. I am a tough chick and Survivor brought me to my knees. I tell people if you want to do Survivor, do this: Do your job all day and don’t eat. Once it’s dark, get in the shower fully clothed and then go lay on your floor. Get up every two hours and get back in the shower, then go back to the floor. Do that for a week and see how you feel. But I do have an appreciation for the little things in life now. Like soap, water from the faucet and a salt shaker.

On tonight’s new episode of Survivor titled ‘Company Will Be Arriving,’ the Espada and La Flor tribes will merge together, and the always crazy NaOnka will steal food from her tribemates. At tribal council, another castaway is voted out of the game.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JILL’S INTERVIEW AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF SURVIVOR?

Survivor: Nicaragua

Following the first double elimination on Survivor: Nicaragua, the eliminated outcasts are now speaking out with PEOPLE about being voted off.

Kelly Bruno, a 26-year-old University of North Carolina medical student, amputee and victim of NaOnka’s insane behavior, along with Yve Rojas, a 41-year-old homemaker and mother-of-two, spoke with PEOPLE about being voted off, being outlasted by a complainer with bad knees and Kelly discusses being tackled by tribe mate NaOnka for an immunity idol clue.

Excerpts from their interview below -

How upsetting is it that Daniel complains and threatens to quit constantly yet skates through every week?

Yve: He was not having any fun. He cursed the game, where we were, everything, and I really wanted to play. It was so hard and disheartening to look at Danny’s miserable face as I was walking out and thinking, “You don’t even want to be here.”

Did it come down to you saying you had good relationships on the older tribe?

Yve: I knew Alina was a target at the old La Flor so I said I had good relationships to make her think I could help her if we merged, but I also immediately backtracked to put a more negative line on it, which they didn’t show, so I was shocked to hear that concern.

Kelly, on the other hand, you seemed totally surprised to see your name. Was there nothing that made you suspect how they felt about you?

Kelly: Kelly S. had come up to me and Jill earlier that evening and asked us to vote for her because she was having a hard time. She mentioned my name had come up. I didn’t have any reason to think there was anything to it, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. I talked to others who denied it. I believed the plan was for the young tribe to stick together and flush out the idol. When Marty didn’t play it, I assumed I was fine because it was going to be a good time to get him out because he’s a real threat.

Do you think their sympathy vote argument was valid?

Kelly: They’re the ones who’d be voting, so wouldn’t they be able to stop a pity vote? It’s not like it’s open to the public. I guess they had sympathy for me. I thought I’d proved very clearly that I didn’t want pity, I wasn’t going to use that strategy and that wasn’t why I was there.

Favorite and least favorite moments?

Yve: Looking at those monkeys was my favorite because it was the first time that something alive and beautiful was apparent. Otherwise it was rain, mud, thorns, bland and dark.

Kelly: My least favorite moment was getting pushed to the ground for a clue. A line was definitely crossed that could not be undone. My favorite thing was watching the sunset everyday and appreciating what I was doing there and the experience.

A new episode of Survivor airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

Following the merger of the older and younger teams, Tyrone Davis, a 42-year-old Fire Captain from Inglewood, California found himself the latest Survivor outcast to be eliminated.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Tyrone discusses the chicken controversy, why he was a threat, and whether or not his race played a role in his elimination or how he was perceived by his teammates. Excerpts from Tyrone’s interview below -

Let’s get the most important question out of the way. How much of that chicken did you actually eat?
Not a lot at all, seriously. I was the last to get a piece of chicken. I made sure everyone got some first and then I cleaned their bones when they were done. I was eating gristle. I was not Fred Flintstone eating a giant pterodactyl thigh. I was eating what other people said they were finished with and I made sure to ask if they were done.

Do you blame the chicken-eating incident for your ousting?
That was probably some of it. But I blame several things. One was the power thing. As a leader, you have a big target on your back. My strength: I was a threat because did well in all of the challenges. Holly’s switch: There was a generation gap. I think there was probably some racial motivation as well.

That requires further explanation.
Please don’t spin it that I was playing the race card, but things took place that weren’t shown on TV that lead me to believe that [race] was a [possible motivation] with some people, like the unfounded intimidation comment. I didn’t do anything to try to intimidate anyone. I wasn’t barking orders. Every time I spoke, I spoke with a soft tone. Some people have other issues that spilled into the game. That speaks to their insecurities. Racism is an insecurity, in my opinion, and it exists in America. I don’t think the vote was based solely on that. I’m not even saying that it was based largely on that. This is a social game. All those things – insecurities, biases, backgrounds – come into play and it was still on me to manage those things to my benefit. I didn’t.

Moving on to tonight’s episode of Survivor. The 6th episode of the season titled “Worst Case Scenario” will leave the cast surprised “following a shocking announcement, it’s every man for himself when the fight shipwrecked individual immunity. One of the leading intellectuals of the game points to two enemies and sets up a plan to overthrow one of them, along with an immunity idol at tribal council a most memorable season.”

The new episode airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

Following his surprise elimination on last week’s Survivor:Nicaragua episode, Jimmy Johnson is now speaking out about his time on the show in a new interview.

The 67-year-old former NFL Coach from Islamorada, Fl discusses the hardships of doing the show at this age, what he would have done differently, and why is has no qualms about being voted off in a new interview with PEOPLE. Excerpts from Jimmy’s interview below -

Could you have changed the outcome?
I went in from day one saying, “Listen, I’m not a threat.” Feeling like I wasn’t one and thinking I’d convinced them I wasn’t, I didn’t seek out a strong alliance. Looking back on it, I probably could have gotten something together with the women. And maybe Tyrone that would have allowed me to go further in the game.

Do you understand Marty’s desire to get you out?
I didn’t know until watching the episode that Marty thought I was such a big threat. I guess I understand it but again I really truly didn’t believe people would give me a million.

Did you believe Marty would share the idol to better the team?
Absolutely not. No one bought that.

You repeatedly said Survivor was more stressful than coaching a Super Bowl team. Why?
The conditions are a lot better as a Super Bowl coach. Before the game, you have plenty of food and clean water and you get a good night’s rest in a bed. You have toilets and clean clothes. We had none of that in Nicaragua. So, not only are you doing all the physical activities of challenges and building shelter and dealing with the stress and strategy of the game, but you are doing it sleep deprived on an empty stomach. And I did it at 67 years old. Had I been out there at 27, I think it would have been less difficult.

Moving on to tonight’s episode of the show, a CBS press releases states, “One castaway works hard to prove his worth and take control of his tribe, but his efforts rub some tribemates the wrong way. The hunt for the hidden immunity idol widens the rift between two castaways at the La Flor camp, triggering a venomous fight. Meanwhile, a valuable secret is revealed that solidifies a powerful alliance.”

The rift between the two castaways refers to Naonka and Kelly B’s struggle for the immunity idol on the last episode.  Things get worse tonight as other tribe members speak out against Naokna, who eventually declares war on her tribe.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NAONKA AND HER BEHAVIOR? PLUS TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF SURVIVOR?

The new season of Survivor Nicaragua is already causing controversy only two weeks in.

It all started when Shannon Elkins, a 30 year old pest control co. owner from Louisiana, decided to make some seemingly homophobic comments during his tribe’s tribal council meeting. During the meeting, Shannon decided to randomly accuse one of his fellow tribe members, Sash, of being gay before adding that New York is filled with a lot of gay people. Sash is from New York by the way.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Shannon attempts to clear his name by stating he isn’t a homophobe or a sexist. He states he brought up Sash’s sexuality to prove that he wasn’t being honest about certain things. Shannon also believes he was the biggest threat in Nicaragua. Excerpts from his interview below -

What about going off like a loose cannon?
People think I dug my own grave but I knew I was going home. Anyone who has ever played Survivor will tell you that when one person can’t look you in the face, it’s you. It didn’t matter what I said . . . I tried to take down the two idiots with me.

Do you mean Chase and Sash?
Chase admitted he was playing both sides. He was playing The Bachelor out there with his aspiring country music singer sob story and waiting for Brenda to bring him a freaking rose. Chase did not change the vote out on the island, where I could have defended myself and tried to change the vote to NaOnka. He did it on the way to tribal when we weren’t supposed to be talking.

Your arguments against Sash and his sexuality seemed based on personal disapproval.
Did I stereotype Sash? Yes. That was wrong and I’m sorry. But you saw less than 40 percent of that tribal. There’s an edit. I didn’t straight up ask that dude if he was gay. I didn’t need to ask his preference. He showed it while he was out there.

But why even bring it up unless you thought it’d turn people against him?
The guy kept coming after me, calling me a liar. I said, “I lied to you because you lied to me.” He said, “When?” And I said, “When you told me you weren’t gay.” . . . I was simply trying to show people you can’t trust him because he wasn’t being honest about who he was. Why would you want to be in an alliance with, a liar and not me who shoots straight?

No pun intended?
I could give two craps what Sash does in his spare time. I’m not a homophobe. I didn’t bash gays. I bashed Sash as a person. I’m also not a damn sexist. I’m married to a woman and I’m voting for Sarah Palin in 2012. And I think a woman, Brenda, is the biggest threat. She’s athletic, sneaky and got Chase to fall in love day one.

A new episode of Survivor is set to air tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SHANNON’S INTERVIEW AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

Survivor 21

One of the longest running reality shows is set to make its return, as Survivor: Nicaragua will premiere September 15 at 8/7c on CBS.

This marks the 21st season of the show, with CBS also announcing the show is moving to Wednesday nights.

As for the twist this season? The 20 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of 10 comprised of older competitors and younger competitors.

The Espada Tribe will be made up of individuals over the age of 40, who must prove they have the life experience and knowledge that will ultimately help them Outwit and Outlast their younger competitors. The La Flor Tribe on the other hand will consist of individuals ages 30 and younger, who will have to use their youth and vitality to Outplay and ultimately Outlast their elders.

The show’s host, Jeff Probst, has also announced that the Hidden Immunity Idol will be coming back this season.

Below are the photos and brief bios of the 20 castaways!

Name: Alina Wilson (23)
Tribe: La Flor Current Residence: Downey, Calif.
Occupation: Art Student at California State University (Fullerton)

 

Benry

Name: Ben “Benry” Henry (24)
Tribe: La Flor Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Club Promoter

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RUSSELL HANTZ

This season’s Survivor Heroes vs Villains is being hailed by many as being one of the best ever.  The ratings also proved to be great, as they were up from last May with over 13 million viewers tuning in.

There is however some controversy over Sandra Diaz-Twine being crowned the winner. Some feel Parvati Shallow deserved to win, while others feel fan favorite Russell Hantz should have won.  One person who agrees with the later is none other than Russell himself. In a new interview with ET, Russell, 37, feels he won in his head and also believes he played a good social game despite what his Survivor peers believe.

Excerpts from Russell’s interview below -

ET: Do you feel robbed? This is the second time you made it to the end and didn’t win?

Russell Hantz: When I win the Player of the Game, the MVP of the game, then my argument is legitimate. I am not just saying it. I am not being cocky. It is fact. The fans think I played the best twice. They voted me the fan favorite. I won twice. It is amazing that people get so bitter and can’t vote the way they are supposed to vote. All these weak people who play this game.

ET: All season the voted off survivors told me that they didn’t think you had a good social game. You didn’t receive a single vote last night. Do you think that is why?

Russell Hantz: They are saying I have a strategic game, but not a social game? Look what I did at Tribal Council. People say that, but they get their feelings hurt so much because my social game is so good. Look how I switched the vote at Tribal Council. It was supposed to be Rupert, and Danielle went home. I looked at Jerri and said, “Danielle.” If that doesn’t say right there that my social game was brilliant… How can you get somebody to switch their vote just by looking at them and saying the other girl’s name?

ET: Intimidation?

Russell Hantz: She trusted me. She believed me. That is why. She believed me the entire time. They could have ganged up on me. I was one person out there. If I was that weak and they couldn’t take me out, it makes me look even better. If I am that good at intimidation, I am even better.

ET: Was it harder playing this the second time with survivors who had played before?

Russell Hantz: It was really hard. The first time was a piece of cake. It was laughable. The second season was tough. There were really tough players out there. Parvati was really good. Boston Rob, Cirie, Candice and Amanda are all really good players.

ET: Do you think you were at an advantage because they didn’t see your game?

Russell Hantz: I think it was equally the same. Everybody thinks I have a huge advantage, but they were all friends. They all went to events together and know each other. I am sure they were calling each other on the phone before it all started. I didn’t have that advantage. Also, my disadvantage was that I had just played 39 days of a very strategic game. Also, I was physically whipped because I had just played 39 days in a very physical game. You can definitely say I was at an advantage because they didn’t see me play, but you also say, I had a disadvantage because they had advantages on their side, too.

TELL US – WAS RUSSELL ROBBED? SHOULD HE HAVE WON?

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