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Ousted 'Survivor' Contestant: 'I Really Enjoyed the Suffering'

by Audrey Fine, posted Nov 4th 2010 7:00PM
Survivor NicaraguaAs 'Survivor' contestants (and fans) know all too well, playing the game well is more than just being a good athlete, or skilled provider or master manipulator.

It can also be an incredibly social game that can wreak havoc on the less (or more) popular players. Today, no one's feeling this more than last night's cast-off.

What does the first member of the 21st jury have to say about the way things went down? Read on and see ...


Poor Alina Wilson never really seemed to stand a chance at this game. For whatever reason, she never gelled with her fellow young'uns on the La Flor tribe and, despite the "mix" and the "merge," was never able to form any alliances. And, in the cutthroat game of 'Survivor,' those things matter. Big time.

Though she jockeyed for position in recent episodes it became a stale case of "too little, too late" and, ultimately, the 23-year-old art student from California had her torch snuffed. But the wrinkle, of course, is that while she may be "gone," she's still there as the first member of the jury and as they say, payback can be a b**ch.

How's the self-described "determined and sweet" young lady feeling about how things panned out? We spoke to her today from heatwave- ravaged Southern California and here's what she had to say...

Alina Wilson Survivor NicaraguaDid you realize when you were in Nicaragua that the others were having a hard time bonding with you? Or did it really only come to light as you watched it back on TV?

I felt it the entire time. It felt like high school on the La Flor tribe. I knew there was a clique that was forming and that I was on the outside. I have to take responsibility for that though. I kept to myself because I was busy doing work around camp. Maybe I should have socialized more. But I really didn't think people didn't like me, I thought they perceived me as a strategist or a threat. So, when I got voted off, I really did feel like "what did I ever do to anybody?"

Last night, in your final plea to Fabio, you told him that you'd thought the two of you got along well and he seemed truly pained to have to side with Marty. What was the deal there?

I was legitimately saddened by it. I did my best not to be emotional the entire time I was there but I was emotional hearing that coming from him. I thought we had a pretty good friendship and he had only been on La Flor with Marty for a little a while, so I was surprised.

Is Fabio really as spacey as he seems or is it all just a "dumb blonde" act?

I think there's a lot of truth to the way you see him portrayed. I know he's a smart guy -- there's more going on upstairs than it may appear, but he is kind of out there and he blows with the wind and has this ability to sway over to where people need him.

Of course, we also saw NaOnka play all nice with you and share her stolen produce. Were you onto the fact that she was just playing you or did that just become clear later on?

I guess I could say I was a little naive. I didn't understand why she was showing me the stuff. It made no sense that she stole the stuff and I didn't know why she was telling me. I guess the part of me that's naive thought maybe she's trying to work something out with me. I was wrong.

You seemed so mad that you were the third one out of that Immunity Challenge because, clearly, the necklace could've come in handy. What happened?

I was so pissed that I dropped it [the bar] that quickly because that was one of the main things I was looking forward to doing on 'Survivor.' But because of the old vs. young angle, the challenges were kind of mediocre on a physical level and [here was my chance and I blew it].

Everybody was out in two minutes but afterwards, I talked to Fab about how he was able to hang on for so long. He said it had nothing to do with pulling the bars apart, nothing to do with arm strength, which is what I thought you had to do. He didn't have to use his arms, he just figured out how to hold the bars correctly.

If you could rewind the game, where would you pause the tape to be able to jump in and start fresh?

Maybe I could go back to that first vote and the fact that I didn't vote for Shannon but for Brenda. It's not that I would have voted for Shannon -- I know that he came across as kind of a tool, but he was the snake I could use in my alliance. I wanted strong people. I should just have not gunned so hard for Brenda, I should have gone for her right hand man. NaOnka. That's my biggest regret.

Others have cited the weather or the lack of food or sleep as being the toughest part of the game for them. What was the hardest for you to endure?

In general, it was harder than I'd anticipated. I thought it was going t be tough and that's why I wanted to do it! But, for me, I wouldn't say that one of those elements was harder than the other but it was the combination of them that made it difficult.

I would have been OK with all of it if I was on the island with my family, though. I really enjoyed the suffering, there's something about me that just loves being in that environment. The hardest part for me was the social game, that whole part messed with my mind. That's what makes 'Survivor' so awesome, but so hard.

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Audrey Fine

Actually, Mike. Probst DID say it and she IS the first member of the Jury.

That's ok. You were right about "gypped"! :)


November 11 2010 at 5:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Alina was just too nice for this game. Now she'll have to decide which of the morons left there in the end will get her vote. Jane is the only one left who seems to have any smarts and they'll get rid of her quickly. At least you got to enjoy the rest of your vacation at Elimination Station.

November 05 2010 at 1:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joyce N.'s comment

Jeff didn't say "The Xth person voted out and the first member of our jury."

Alina isn't on the jury... A merge doesn't always mean jury time... in fact, it most often doesn't.

November 05 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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