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It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, “’Survivor’ is not a fair game.”
Case in point, if Laura Alexander had been on Bikal, or Tandang, or Kalabaw or any number of other tribes, her place in the dominant alliance would have kept her safe until the merge where her savvy strategy would have helped her get to the end.
But alas, she was placed on the “Survivor” equivalent of the Washington Generals and was sent to packing. Gota simply couldn’t afford to lose any more challenge strength.
I spoke to Laura the morning after her elimination and got her take on Shamar’s dramatic exit, Eddie and Reynold’s attitudes, and the person behind her backstabbing…
Gordon Holmes: Were you blindsided by last night’s vote?
Laura Alexander: Yes. I probably would have been more than they showed. My alliance didn’t let me in on the fact that they were trying to get me out. The whole time I thought it was just Reynold and Eddie throwing me under the bus. I had no idea that Matt was leading the whole thing. I think by the time he went to Michael it was set because they were desperate at that point. So, they had numbers no matter which way Sherri or Julia voted. I don’t know for sure, but I think Sherri and Julia didn’t have much of an option. But, I had no idea. We had this majority and we thought a swap was coming up, why screw it up at this point? And Eddie and Reynold weren’t exactly polite around camp.
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Holmes: Did you think Shamar was looking for a way out when he went down with the eye injury?
Alexander: Absolutely. Shamar tried to quit the day before. Any time Shamar left the shelter he was injured in some shape or form. It was just something else to bitch about. When he got a couple of grains of sand in his eye I was like, “Are you kidding me?” And then when Jeff came to the island I think they thought, “Here we go, let’s give Shamar a big dramatic exit, just like he wants it to be.” I was pretty shocked at that time though because Shamar was a big part of my strategy, a big part of my alliance. He was a guaranteed vote for me no matter what.
Holmes: They made it seem like Sherri was protecting him. How safe was he? Because it seemed like he was, for lack of a better term, a “cancer” around camp.
Alexander: He was a cancer around camp to everybody else, even to Sherri and I. It was difficult to live with him and deal with him on a daily basis. But, Sherri and I saw him as an opportunity. The more Shamar caused havoc, the greater it was for Sherri and I because he soaked up attention. Nobody looked at me and said, “We need to get the weakest link out.”
Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Sherri.
Alexander: Sherri…smart, cunning, ally.
Alexander: Wacky, eccentric.
Alexander: Julia is organized.
Alexander: (Laughs) Eddie was amusing.
Alexander: Egotist. Am I going to get in trouble for that?
Holmes: Nobody reads this stuff. Let’s finish with Shamar.
Alexander: Dramatic, disrespectful.
Holmes: Did you learn anything about yourself during your time in the game?
Alexander: I don’t think it dramatically changed my life in any way. I haven’t changed that much. But, I think you come back and you appreciate subtle things. You appreciate your family and your loved ones. Things that you might take for granted in your day-to-day life. You get to know people from a lot of different backgrounds. I think I won’t make assumptions about people based on first impressions.
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