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VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Brandon Hantz

December 23, 2011 05:00 PM by Ryan Haidet

Brandon Hantz’s journey on Survivor: South Pacific was one for the record books.  While his uncle Russell became the most notorious villain of all time, Brandon played a much different game.  His decisions were frequently based on religion and not necessarily set in strategy.  He would openly express all of his opinions and emotions, which often seemed like he wasn’t even thinking before speaking.  He made crazy, off-the-cuff decisions that caught nearly everybody by surprise.  And in the end, he had very little support from his family, which was evident when none of them showed up for the finale (Russell was brought in by CBS).  After the live reunion show, I had the chance to talk with Brandon about his time on the show.  In our exclusive red carpet interview, Brandon said that he doesn’t regret the way he played and really teased up his desire to return to compete again — even against Russell.  Read on to watch the full interview!

See video interview below

Just like he did at the finale of Heroes vs. Villains by pitching the concept of Boston Rob Mariano against Russell, host Jeff Probst was at it again during the end of Survivor: South Pacific.  When Russell finished talking about Brandon’s game this season, Jeff announced that he had a great idea for a future season: Brandon on one tribe, Russell on the other.  Many people in the live studio audience excitedly cheered at the concept, but fans posted their frustrations with this possibility all over the web.  During my interview with Brandon on the red carpet, he repeatedly teased how he will play the game differently the next time he’s on it.  Watch the video below to see more!

What’s your take on Brandon’s performance on the show?  Would you like to watch him play again?  Do you think it would be fun to see Brandon battle his uncle Russell?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

Click here for my red carpet interview with Sophie Clarke, the winner of Survivor: South Pacific.

Click here for my red carpet interview with second-place finisher Benjamin “Coach” Wade.

Click here for my red carpet interview with third-place finisher Albert Destrade.

Click here for my red carpet interview with fourth-place finisher Ozzy Lusth.

Click here for my red carpet interview with fifth-place finisher Rick Nelson.

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5 Responses to “VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Brandon Hantz”

  1. Jake Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Brandon would go farther than Russell simply because Russell would be the bigger target. Brandon would never be considered a threat and only needs to prove that he can keep his mouth shut about important things.

  2. Ted Strickland Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    C’mon all these professional game players… enuf already… just give us some new fresh players.
    Boston Rob and some of the others are just too much, besides they have enough money give someone else a chance

  3. Ange Says:
    December 27th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Yessss brandon V russell would be amazing

  4. BrokenDog Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Brandon on there again but, Russell … NO! The scumbag has had his “days” in the sun, so … why give him even another chance?
    I have another couple of ideas that I think “might” be kind of original … (a). bring back some past women and have an “all-female” reunion cast, and (b). bring back a group of men and have an “all-male” reunion cast! Just have one stipulation … not one contestant can have participated more than ONCE before! I would especially like to see an “all-female” crew for the simple reason of very few of the women of past Survivors (I think) has the skill to last the full time! And, as for the men … I think there are several of the men who kinda got robbed on the show and, therefore, should get a 2nd opportunity! Just a couple of ideas!

  5. Sue Says:
    January 14th, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I would definitely watch Brandon again. I don’t know about Russell. I really don’t like him and I think he’s gross. I feel sorry for Brandon as he was just trying to do the right thing by his actions. If he comes back I hope he stays true to his religious beliefs.


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