March 03, 2011 03:07 PM by Ryan Haidet
Francesca Hogi was the first person to experience lots of different elements on Survivor: Redemption Island. She was the first person voted off. She was the first person to live on Redemption Island. She was the first person to have her buff turned to ash after losing the first Redemption Island duel. As a result, Francesca was also the first contestant to speak with the press about her time on Survivor: Redemption Island. During a conference call with reporters today, Francesca dished the dirt on Phillip, explained what life was like on Redemption Island and described how Boston Rob is running the Ometepe tribe. Plus, Francesca revealed who she wants to win the whole game. Read on for all that and much more!
Question: Have you changed your name to Fransequa yet?
Franesca Hogi: That will not be happening anytime soon. Hahaha.
Question: Do you believe Phillip is really a former federal agent?
Francesca Hogi: When Phillip first told me that he was a former federal agent, I didn’t disbelieve him. I just thought it was so irrelevant to anything that it wasn’t even worth considering. By the 500th time that he mentioned he was a former federal agent, I started to have my doubts. Now I find it completely hard to believe, but he could be just that amazing of an agent that he’s still undercover and this is all an act. Haha.
Question: You were the first person to ever go to Redemption Island. What was it like having to live alone?
Francesca Hogi: It’s not the Four Seasons. It was rough when I first got there. It was really late. I was exhausted. I was dehydrated. I didn’t have any water. All I wanted to do was go to sleep, and there was nowhere for me to sleep. So I actually had to put together a bed and clear out the structure that was standing there because it was just filled with a lot of debris. … Once Matt got there, we improved on it some more. It certainly was never pleasant, but actually, after the whole fiasco of my Tribal Council, I really was glad to be away from my tribe. I didn’t mind the isolation.
Question: We didn’t get to see much of your life at Redemption Island. What exactly did you do there all day long? Did you find something cool to do?
Francesca Hogi: I was there for four days. The shelter made it a lot of work, so that was kind of the continuous process of trying to improve upon that. It rained every night, so all of the firewood and everything was wet. I tried to keep the wood dry. It didn’t work. So in the daytime I was trying to bake the wood in the sun so it was dry enough to keep the fire going. It was all these little things. Cooking a cup of rice takes like an hour. Haha. Getting the fire going and keeping it going when you have not a lot of dry wood, that was a big effort. It was just all these little things. I didn’t actually have all that much time to sit around and contemplate life. My energy was really low, so as soon as the sun started to set I would go to sleep.
Question: You were given your journal on Redemption Island. What did you write in there?
Francesca Hogi: I only wrote in it once, and actually I was thinking I need to go look and see what I wrote because I don’t remember. I do remember that I didn’t have the energy to sit and write. That was how kind of spent I was, but I forced myself. I said, “You have to at least try to document what just happened and how you feel right now.” But I haven’t gone back and read it so I don’t remember what I wrote.
Question: What were you given as far as food is concerned on Redemption Island?
Francesca Hogi: Matt and I were given rice and that was it. That was all we had to eat. There were no fruit trees there. That is one thing that I did do, and we did the same thing back at camp. We just went looking for fruit. We’re like, “There has to be a tree somewhere around here that has a piece of fruit on it.” We couldn’t find it at camp. We couldn’t find it at Redemption Island. That was the food situation. It was not good.
Question: What did strategy did you and Matt talk about at Redemption Island?
Francesca Hogi: Matt is such a good guy. He was obviously very blindsided and really shocked by it all. We were out there for a couple of days together, and it took those couple days for that to wear off. I was like, “Matt, if you make it back in the game, you need to take them down!” Haha. “Don’t let Rob talk about trying to make it up to you. Don’t let anyone on your alliance say, “Oh we only did it for this reason.” Like, “No you have to take them down.”
Question: What happened in the duel when you were so far ahead?
Francesca Hogi: Haha. Yeah. I don’t know. It’s just one of those mysteries. I still don’t really know how I lost it. I think that my pole was not that structurally sound. It kind of held up for two keys, and then when it came time for the third key, it really fell apart and I had to start over again. By the time I did that, Matt had already caught up.
Question: Everybody seemed to follow Rob as he sort of ran the camp. Was that the actual atmosphere?
Francesca Hogi: Yes, he actually was running the camp. A lot of it made sense. First of all, it’s good to have someone else in the leadership role then that focus is taken off of you. We needed to build a shelter. What did any of us know about building shelters? Rob has built a lot of them. He directed that whole thing. We didn’t have flint. He taught us how to make a fire without flint. We had a fire on day two because Rob taught us how to make one.
Question: Had you survived that first Tribal Council, what was your next move?
Francesca Hogi: My plan was to vote out Natalie, as I mentioned. I felt that Natalie was kind of the key to Rob’s alliance. And I thought that if Natalie was gone then Kristina and I would be able to flip Matt and Andrea. We thought we could actually have a good chance of flipping Ashley, too. I didn’t think I really had a chance to align with Rob at that point, but I thought I could break apart his alliance. …
Question: Is there anyone on your tribe that you might like to see win?
Francesca Hogi: As much as he screwed me, I am still a fan of Rob’s. I mean, I’m not rooting for him to win. I’m rooting for Matt. Because Matt is such a good-hearted person, and I think he really did learn a lesson by being blindsided. Kind of like, “Oh, right. I am playing Survivor.” I would love to see Matt win.
Question: Where are we going to see you next?
Francesca Hogi: I don’t know do you have any suggestions?
Question: You could always go into the FBI, right?
Francesca Hogi: Apparently anybody can, right? Hahaha!
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