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Survivor: Nicaragua

Ben Henry aka Benry found himself the latest eliminated outcast on Survivor: Nicaragua after he was blindsided and sent packing.

In a new interview with TV Guide, the 24-year-old club promoter talks about being blindsided by Chase and his alliance, how his competitive nature might have led to his downfall and also touches on NaOnka Mixon and Kelly Shinn quiting the game. Excerpts from his interview below -

TVGuide.com: How surprised were you to get voted out?
Ben “Benry” Henry:
It was a complete blindside. It was fun to watch with friends last night because nobody had any idea who was going home. … I think it was cool. It was an episode where people were on the edge of their seats and really up in the air as to what was going on. Personally, I did not see that coming. I was completely blindsided. I had no idea what was coming and I thought going into it that we were going to vote Fabio off. I thought that was the mutual consensus.

TVGuide.com: Do you think Chase’s alliance chose to vote for you over Fabio because of how close you came to winning the immunity challenge?
Benry:
Yeah, I think so. Definitely between Fabio or I, I think they looked at it and they really saw me as more of a physical threat and that I had been more of an asset to the tribe in pre-merge game … [They thought] I would have been a dangerous person to sit next to in the top three. I think they also thought Fabio is kind of dumb and would play along, so they sort of had him in their back pocket. They saw me as being a little more intelligent, a little bit more aware so I was the bigger threat.

TVGuide.com: At least you can say you gave it your all, unlike the quitters.
Benry:
It’s a bummer. They have no regrets, but if it were me, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night still. I heard a good quote the other day: “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” … I think it’s unfortunate that they pulled the plug with 11 days left, but it just goes to show that what kind of people they really are.

TVGuide.com: A lot of people are upset that they’re still on the jury. What do you think about that?
Benry:
There was definitely a lot of talk about that and I didn’t think they would be allowed on the jury. There’s really two sides to everything. Part of me says that they’ve been involved in the game and involved in conversations so their vote is somewhat valuable. Another part of me says that if there seven on the jury instead of nine then the vote still would have been there. I don’t know.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BENRY’S INTERVIEW AND HIS ELIMINATION? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

Survivor 21

An all new episode of Survivor Nicaragua coming our way tonight following a two week hiatus.

The last episode of Survivor brought us the shocking elimination of self proclaimed “King” Brenda Lowe, but could tonight’s episode be even more shocking?

CLICK HERE TO READ BRENDA’S INTERVIEW ABOUT HER ELIMINATION!

A preview clip of tonight’s episode teases that not one, but two players might be quitting the game! Below is the official press release -

“You Started, You’re Finishing” – A castaway’s selfish act causes great disappointment for an alliance member; meanwhile another tribe member shares some motherly advice to toughen up a young castaway. An extreme challenge comes along just when the castaways are at their weakest. Knowing it is for their survival in the game most of the remaining castaways give it all they’ve got in hopes of earning immunity and safety for another few days.

At Tribal council two castaways are on the edge of out right quitting, and Jeff tries his best to keep them in the game. Will he be successful? Find out on SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA, Wednesday, Dec. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.”

Guess we will have to wait until tonight to see if anyone does quit the game. A video preview is below -

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW & TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

UPDATE – Jeff Probst is now telling PEOPLE magazine that viewers will be completely shocked by tonight’s episode.  “It’s a Survivor first. What goes down has never happened before,” Probst tells PEOPLE. Adding, “It is an absolute game-changer because the alliances that were firmly in place are no longer in place and it really sets the stage for a great finish because it truly is anybody’s game at this point.”

In what can be called the most shocking elimination yet this season, Brenda Lowe saw her luck run out as she was ultimately blindsided by her BFF and voted off Survivor: Nicaragua.

In a new interview with E! Online, the 27-year-old self proclaimed “king” and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader discusses her surprise elimination, her thoughts on NaOnka’s betrayal, whether or not she regrets not scrambling and reveals her secret revenge at tribal council! Excerpts from Brenda’s interview below -

What was the symbol you sketched on your voting ballot for NaOnka?
That symbol was the hidden immunity idol. Sorry my artistic abilities weren’t that good, but I was trying to show people that NaOnka has it, so watch out. It was my own way of punching back to her without outing her and losing it at T.C. My own little hint—whether people picked up on it or not—it was my going-away present for her.

Were you surprised as you seemed that Chase and Sash voted for you, and that Sash didn’t give you his Idol?
No. What people don’t know is that I had trusted my main alliance with NaOnka with a little plan I had hatched, to take out Sash. I told NaOnka if Sash comes back [from the ziplining reward challenge with the guys] and says, “We need to keep Marty,” we can’t trust Sash. But he came back and said “We need to vote out Marty,” [so I knew] we could trust him. But NaOnka went and told Sash, “Brenda’s willing to take you out, watch out.” So it was with that mentality that Sash said, “There’s no way I’m going to give this girl my Idol. Anyone who’s targeting me is gone.”

Why ally with NaOnka? Did you regret it as she revealed more about her character as the game progressed?
Her character is…whew. Wow! It was really, really shocking to watch on television. But out there she was a sweet girl to me, she was my friend, she made me laugh. I trusted her 1,000 percent. And she took a lot of attention off of me. At the vote with Shannon, the whole tribe wanted me gone, and they didn’t even know me. The more attention I could take off of me as a threat the better it was, and everyone wanted her out. While they were aiming for her, we could protect her and take them out. That was the strategy to keep her.

What is your major regret of the game?
We don’t have enough time today to talk about it, but the major one was letting go of that Hidden Immunity Idol when I could’ve gotten it for myself. [I let NaOnka take it because] I didn’t want that target on my back—I already had a target on my back. She had it, my hands are clean. And she’s my friend—that’s what I thought. Another huge regret is underestimating everyone in the game. I absolutely underestimated everyone in the game and they outplayed me. They got me—they really got me

Thoughts On Last Episode - One word to described last week’s episode – EPIC! I was truly shocked and impressed that the other players decided to send Brenda packing. Players like Brenda and Sash typically make it to the end of Survivor. Even more surprising was the fact that NaOnka turned on Brenda and her right hand man Sash failed to use his hidden immunity idol to protect her a la Russell from last season. And the surprises didn’t end there as Sash and Chase both voted for Brenda. I’m not sure what Brenda’s game plan was but she should have definitely scrambled since she had no assurance Sash would save her. With 3 people on her side, all she needed was one extra alliance member to force a tie. She basically went into the tribal council with no game plan. Definitely the best episode of the season thus far. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight. If the cast was smart, they would target Sash next. And how impressive was Holly last week? She basically planned the demise of Brenda!

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRENDA’S INTERVIEW & LAST WEEK’S EPISODE? WERE YOU SHOCKED? WHO’S PLAYING THE BEST GAME?

Marty Piombo, 48, a technology executive from Mill Valley, California, found himself the latest outcast to be eliminated on the last episode of Survivor: Nicaragua.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Marty discusses why he never teamed up with Jane, his thoughts on Brenda and Sash‘s decision to vote him out, and whether or not he regrets being so outspoken.

Excerpts from Marty’s interview below -

Jane often said you didn’t give her the time of day. True? And if so, why not?
She says I never tried to work with her, which is simply not true. I made an attempt in the beginning to get to know her, but it was clear we were not going to mesh. She came up to me within the first few minutes of the game and said, “My husband died, I really need the money so please don’t vote me off.” I have suffered more hardships and loss in my life than her and Chase combined, but I would never have used it like that to try to get leverage. That conversation really soured me on her. And I wanted to play the game with strong, honest, smart, good people. That’s why I got along with Jill so well. And even Danny because he tries his hardest despite physical limitations and I knew I could trust him.

What one move or event contributed most to your downfall?
The tribal switch 100 percent. Jill and I were chosen solely for the purpose of elimination. We were not chosen with swing votes in mind or for what we would add to the team. From that switch on, it was an uphill battle for me and I felt I did a pretty good job lasting as long as I did. I had a decent chance of convincing them to side with me last night and a good shot at final five.

Did you believe you had changed Sash and Brenda’s vote to flush the idol and get Jane out?
I packed my bags because it was a little less than 50-50 that my plan would work. I was asking them to switch up their whole team and plan with that vote, so it was a long shot, but stranger things have happened. You can tell what I was saying was getting to them. Like the way Sash’s head moved right after my torch was snuffed.

Did you ever think, Maybe I should shut up, step back and stop playing so hard?
This is who I am. I couldn’t have played the game any differently than I did because of that. I was never going to be the guy who floated under the radar, didn’t make bold moves or didn’t strategize. Everyone says I talked too much at tribal but that’s the only time when you can air everything out to everyone all at once. I tried to use it to my advantage. When I went off on Jane and tried to explain why she was such a huge threat to take to the end, I started to make people realize that.

Anything you regret?
Not working with Holly more. In the beginning, she did a lot of things that everyone saw that made me write her off because she seemed unstable and not long for the game, like siding with Wendy Jo or taking Danny’s shoes. But she pulled it together and proved to be a smarter player and an honest trustworthy person. I wish I’d spent more time working on building a relationship with her.

On tonight’s episode, airing at 8/7c on CBS, the 10 remaining castaways return to the Libertad camp only to discover that it is in ashes because of a fire. Was the camp fire a deliberate sabotage or careless error? Who will join Alina and Marty as the third member of the jury? Find out tonight.

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

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 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.

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