“Drop your Buffs.” Jeff Probst uttered those famous words as the three tribes on Survivor: Cagayan — Brains, Brawn, Beauty — were dissolved into two new divisions. While many fans seemed happy with this twist already popping up, I’m bummed out. I wanted to go another one or two episodes with the triple tribe competition. It would have been fun to watch the Brains tribe battle the others without J’Tia Taylor‘s worthlessness around. Would it have made a difference? Could Spencer overcome another vote? All questions that will remained unanswered forever. Oh well. To see how the new tribes shuffled out and for more pictures from the episode, check out full details inside.
Oh, J’Tia Taylor. Being a nuclear engineer, it was fitting that she was placed on the Brains tribe of Survivor: Cagayan. But some of her decisions, like dumping out nearly all of her tribe’s rice on Day 6, left some fans wondering how the hell this supposed brainiac was able to survive this long. In my interview with her, J’Tia explained her reasoning behind dumping out the rice and responded to David’s post-game comments in which he called her useless. Plus, J’Tia revealed why she believes she could have won the game. Jump inside this story for the full interview and to see loads of pictures from the show. Be sure to also follow me on Twitter for more behind-the-scenes Survivor news @RyanSurvivor.
I’ve never ever liked the idea of a tribe purposely losing a challenge on Survivor. It’s never a good idea, in my opinion, because it causes a shift in momentum and morale. If you’re on a roll, keep it strong. No need to drop the ball. But several members of the Brawn tribe, who admitted in tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan that throwing a challenge is a bad idea, wanted to send themselves to Tribal Council with a desire to oust one of their own. *Forehead slap* But the Brains tribe, which has become notoriously weak in challenges because they chose to keep rice-dumper J’Tia, really made any attempt by another tribe to throw a challenge a hopeless wish. It really was an on-the-edge-of-your seat hour of television that took lots of twists and turns — proof that Survivor is still a powerhouse 28 seasons deep.
The self-described “fabulous” Brice Johnston found himself on the ugly end of the vote as the Beauty tribe sent him packing on the latest episode of Survivor: Cagayan. During my interview with Brice, he didn’t hold anything back as he fired off hilarious comments about his fellow castaways — mostly without referencing any of them by name. He weighed in on why the tribe targeted him so early and also explained his very funny story about how he actually applied to be on the show. You’re gonna dig this one, folks. Dive in and enjoy! Oh yeah, follow me on Twitter, too, @RyanSurvivor for loads more exclusive Survivor updates.
Survivor: Cagayan kicked off its latest episode with one of the worst storms we’ve seen on the show in years. The wicked winds whipped the three tribes who struggled to stay warm, dry and happy as Mother Nature peppered them with pelting rain. It was hardcore Survivor in every way. ”This is what Survivor is all about, baby,” Woo said. Tony described the experience in a much different way. ”This is what I envisioned hell to be like,” he declared. It really was intense — and the weather was just the beginning. The bigger question? Would the Brains tribe be able to weather each other and avoid going to their third Tribal Council in a row?
We were definitely excited when we learned that YouTube favorites Meghan and Joey would be returning to the All-Star edition of The Amazing Race, with former best buds John and Jessica in tow. But last night’s episode proved that the long-term alliance might not be so strong after all.
Garrett Adelstein had all the qualities of a great Survivor player: Smart, strong and sly. But those elements of his personality quickly fizzled out as he was the second person voted off Survivor: Cagayan — Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty. The professional poker player, who came across very arrogantly on the premiere episode, admitted his mistakes when I spoke with him today. More interestingly, however, he dished all the details regarding the future of his hidden Immunity Idol, which he left back at the Brains camp. Where is it? Could another castaway possibly find it?
David Samson, president of the Florida Marlins, took a crack at Survivor — and struck out after three days. The big-time sports decision maker quickly found himself as the first person voted out of Survivor: Cagayan — Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty. In our interview with David, he predicted his tribe’s future success, gave his opinion on which team he felt would have been a better fit for him and unleashed his feelings on J’Tia.
Wow! What a start! Although it’s been a tad more than two months since the Survivor: Blood Vs. Water finale, it seems like it took forever for Survivor: Cagayan to debut. Like reuniting with a long-lost friend, I’m thrilled to welcome Survivor back into my living room! For the first time, I ripped off @JeffProbst and live tweeted the entire show. Check me out @RyanSurvivor to see my live breakdown of the epic two-hour premiere (plus, I’m new to Twitter and need some followers). I promise, I have some fun stuff to tweet — and will do so throughout this season and live from the finale in May… OK, self promotion done. Let’s get to the goods. How awesome was that debut? I loved every second of it! Two blindsides?!?!?!
Get ready for another season of whining and crying, folks! That’s right, when The Amazing Race returns next month for its All-Star season, we’ll get another helping of Big Brother‘s Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas (as if we really needed another season of these two). While you may not be thrilled about their return, there are a few names on the All-Star list that you may be happy to see – check it out inside!