March 25, 2010 02:18 PM by Ryan Haidet
He was without question one of the most witty players last year on Survivor: Tocantins, but this season on Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains, Tyson Apostol was nothing but a dud.Â The Villain did have a few nasty remarks directed toward Colby’s lack of ability in challenges, but until last night’s episode Tyson was relatively unnoticed.Â That all changed in a matter of minutes when Russell gave his hidden Immunity Idol away to Parvati at Tribal Council, which resulted in a shocking conclusion in which Tyson was on the bad end of the vote.Â During a conference call with reporters, Tyson says the reason behind his demise wasn’t portrayed exactly as it had happened, he also weighed in on his opponents and revealed what’s next for him.
Tyson Apostol: I actually didn’t believe Russell.Â It played out a little differently.Â I told him we were splitting the votes 3-3 on him and Parvati.Â He said, “I can’t vote for Parvati,” and I said, “Well you need to play your Idol then.”Â Nobody knew I was gonna switch my vote from Russell to Parvati.Â We get to Tribal Council and I just started thinking if Parvati and Danielle are smart, they’re going to vote Russell to save themselves.Â Russell — to me at the time — he’s going to be a better person for me to keep in the game.Â I didn’t have a connection at all with Parvati, and I knew she knew people on the other side, the Heroes tribe.Â If there was a merge or a tribe swap, she would be very dangerous.Â That’s a lot of times what happens in the game of Survivor is the people that are on the bottom of the totem pole make it to the merge, and all of a sudden they’re on the top.Â I didn’t want that to happen.
Question: Were you a little concerned that you might be voted out?
Tyson: I knew that those three (Russell, Parvati and Danielle) were going to vote for me.Â I got thinking that if Danielle and Parvati were smart they would flop their vote onto Russell and send him home.Â I felt that Russell had more to offer me in the game if I could keep him a little longer and get rid of Parvati first — ’cause I knew he had the Idol.Â I knew that if I got rid of Parvati he’d have nowhere else to go, but to my back pocket.Â That was kind of my thinking, and I probably just overthunk it — and ended up sending myself out. …
As far as he (Russell) was concerned, I was going along with the masses to vote 3-3 because that’s what was going to benefit me the most.Â I really think that out of desperation on his part, he gave the Idol to Parvati.Â I don’t think strategy played any part of it.Â Really.Â I think he thought he was going home, and to save a little face or to show some shred of dignity, or loyalty or anything, he wanted to go out on a good note and give the Idol away.Â I think he thought, “I’m either going this week or next week, I may as well do something.”Â I mean, the genuine look of disbelief on their faces as I leave — nobody knew.Â There wasn’t a single person that knew I was going to change my vote — cast, crew, nobody behind the scenes.Â I didn’t tell anybody.Â I had told everybody that I was going to vote Russell, and that we were going to split the vote.
Question: What do you want to say to people who say you have topped the ranks with one of the dumbest moves in Survivor history?
Tyson: I’ve always been number one, so it would make sense that I would also win that award.Â I don’t know. …Â For me, I think Erik’s was the stupidest (in Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites).Â For me there was still a chance that things could have gone my way.Â If they would have gone the way that I had predicted they would, I would’ve looked amazing.Â I would’ve looked genius.Â But Erik giving his Idol away when he was so close that is stupid when he is gonna win regardless (the next challenge).
Question: How did this season compare with your last experience in Tocantins?
Tyson: I think the vibe on this season was quite a bit different than last season.Â It was just kind of more cutthroat and more business and less goofing around.Â I’m pretty good at reading things like that, and I knew that there was a time and place for running around naked, and stuff like that.Â This was neither the time nor the place.Â Last time I kind of let Coach and Brendan have the alpha-male war.Â This time it was between Rob, Russell and Coach.Â I’m kind of sitting back and watching it all happen, but I guess it doesn’t give me a lot of air time.Â I should have been more argumentative.
Question: How would you describe the battle between Boston Rob and Russell?
Tyson: It’s pretty fun.Â I didn’t realize it was so serious when I was out there as to what I’m seeing on TV.Â I’m kind of the guy, I don’t like to tell people what to do.Â So I’m fine sitting back and watching people like this argue about who should be the boss.Â I think so far — at least on the verbal scale — Rob is killing Russell.Â I think everything Rob says is quite a bit smarter than what Russell is saying back to him.Â It’s definitely fun and entertainment.
Question: How do you describe Sandra?
Tyson: Sandra, she’s feisty.Â She’s interesting because she’s very open about going with the numbers wherever they’re at.Â I thought she would be a good person to align with because she and I are kind of the odd couple — you wouldn’t probably think that we would align with each other. …Â She’s entertaining.Â She’s fun to watch.Â Her comments are funny, and she tells it like it is.Â That’s one thing I don’t do that she does is she tells it how it is at Tribal Council.Â I try to be as politically correct as possible at Tribal Council.Â She doesn’t care about what she says to anybody there.
Question: Was anybody totally different than you had expected them to be?
Tyson: I had mixed feelings about Rob before the show.Â I thought he was funny, but I also thought he would be a big threat to me.Â I thought we wouldn’t get along.Â The fact that we got along so well and were in things together the whole time was kind of a shock.
Question: What did you think of the rest of the cast?
Tyson: I thought that there would be people more physically similar to my strengths.Â I feel like out of all the Survivors endurance-wise and maybe balance, speed and stuff — I think I’m the strongest.Â I know there’s guys comparable like Erik and Ozzy.Â I was hoping to prove my dominance to those two, but neither of them were there.Â I was a little shocked that Danielle was there.Â I mean, I watched her season like two weeks before I left and still didn’t know who she was when I saw her.
Question: What was your reaction to being a Villain and not a Hero?
Tyson: I’m a Hero to myself so that’s all that really matters to me.Â You look at it, there’s a lot of factors that go into Heroes and Villains.Â How they played the game, even the edit they received.Â How the viewers perceived them.Â It’s everything.Â For me to be a Villain, it didn’t matter to me.Â I don’t care what people think.Â I think generally actually looking at the teams when the game started, the Villains — for the most part — were the game players and the strategists; the people that made things happen in the game.Â Whereas most of the Heroes were guys that most people in the South loved.Â It really was.
Question: What is something you did on the island that we didn’t get to see on the show?
Tyson: I had a pretty good Rupert impression.Â “Arrgh, me toe!”Â I said that a couple times.Â I thought that was pretty golden.Â I also posed a scientific question as to whether or not if Danielle got a mosquito bite on her boob, would the mosquito get a mouthful of silicon, gravy or human blood?
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