VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Brandon Hantz

December 23, 2011 05:00:00 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!

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VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Rick Nelson

December 23, 2011 03:56:42 by Ryan Haidet

We didn’t get to see too much of Rick Nelson’s time on Survivor: South Pacific, which became a widespread joke for fans, but the 51-year-old rancher from Utah finally showed up on the finale.  When he got to the final five, Rick found himself on the bad side of the vote and was cut loose from the Te Tuna tribe — and his elimination sparked an angry reaction.  After the live reunion show in Hollywood, I had the chance to interview Rick on the red carpet to talk all about his time on the show.  In our discussion, Rick revealed why he voted for Coach to win the game (even though he was angry with him), talked about his lack of visibility on the show, explained his fame status in his small hometown and weighed in on that butt squeeze he gave his wife during the family visit.  Read on to watch my exclusive video interview!

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VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Ozzy Lusth

December 22, 2011 04:00:57 by Ryan Haidet

Every time Ozzy Lusth competes on Survivor, he has the fans by his side — and his performance on Survivor: South Pacific is proof of that.  Although he wasn’t able to win the $1 million prize and title of sole Survivor, Ozzy walked away with the $100,000 check since he was voted as the fan favorite.  After the live reunion show, I had the opportunity to talk with the Mowgli-like castaway about his third experience on Survivor.  During our one-on-one chat on the red carpet, Ozzy discussed being so close to winning the game, talked about his relationships on the island and explained why he loves nature so much.  Read more to watch the full interview from the red carpet in Hollywood!

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VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Albert Destrade

December 22, 2011 02:00:23 by Ryan Haidet

During his time on Survivor: South Pacific, Albert Destrade claimed to be one of the biggest strategists of the entire season.  While he was definitely part of the core alliance, I didn’t really see much great gameplay — and that’s certainly reflected in the fact he didn’t receive a single vote from the jury.  After the live reunion show in Hollywood, I had the chance to chat with Albert about his third-place finish.  During our exclusive interview on the red carpet, Albert discussed which move he felt was his biggest, talked about his lack of jury management, offered his thoughts on Sophie Clarke’s victory and revealed why he thinks Jeff Probst didn’t really like him.  Read on to watch the exclusive red carpet interview.

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VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade

December 22, 2011 09:00:00 by Ryan Haidet

I will admit this right up front.  I am a huge fan of Benjamin “Coach” Wade.  Since the self-described Dragonslayer first appeared on Survivor: Tocantins, I have been rooting for him to win the entire game each time he’s played it.  His gameplay on Survivor: South Pacific proved to be Coach’s most successful stint to date, and I’m extremely bummed the jury was too bitter to see he played so great.  Coach 3.0 really did dominate the shores of Samoa whether you want to admit it or not.  Yes, I’m biased in this situation and I’m happy to admit it.  Coach is a fun castaway to watch, a creative character and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met from the show.  Anyway…  After Coach’s loss to Sophie Clarke, I had the chance to speak with him on the red carpet for an exclusive interview.  In our chat, Coach reveals why he never wants to play Survivor again, explains his strategy on why he didn’t take other people to the end and leaves us with a farewell quote that only he could concoct.  Read on to watch the exclusive red carpet interview!

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VIDEO Survivor: South Pacific — Exclusive Interview With Winner Sophie Clarke

December 21, 2011 04:18:04 by Ryan Haidet

After 39 days of battling it out in Samoa, 22-year-old Sophie Clarke was crowned as the Survivor: South Pacific champ.  Even better, she walked away with the $1 million grand prize.  While many fans were upset with Sophie’s victory and argue she didn’t deserve to win the game, her championship status is one that was definitely overshadowed by Coach, Cochran and Ozzy’s portrayal throughout the entire season.  In fact, I think her game was so hidden by other storylines that Sophie will likely go down as one of the most forgettable winners of all time.  Don’t you agree?  After the live reunion show in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 18, I had the opportunity to chat with the new Survivor millionaire on the red carpet.  Read on to watch our exclusive interview in which Sophie reveals how she intends to spend her $1 million, explains that she was closest to Brandon on the island and also offers up a hilarious story about how she’s never recognized by fans of the show.  Enjoy!

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Survivor Champ Sandra Diaz-Twine Still Doesn’t Like Russell Hantz

September 24, 2011 02:16:31 by Ryan Haidet

Many people have played Survivor multiple times, but Sandra Diaz-Twine is the only person to do it twice.  Despite her $1 million victories from Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Russell Hantz said she wasn’t a very good player.  In a recent interview, Sandra told all about her relationship with Russell, how she reacted when he was booted from Survivor: Redemption Island and explains why he will never win the game.  Read on to watch the exclusive interview with Survivor’s only two-time champ!

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Checking In With Survivor: The Australian Outback’s Rodger Bingham

September 20, 2011 04:52:44 by Ryan Haidet

You may remember him as “Kentucky Joe.”  When he competed back in 2001 on Survivor: The Australian Outback (season two), Rodger Bingham became an instant fan favorite.  At a charity event earlier this year, I had the chance to catch up with ol’ Kentucky Joe to see what he has been up to since he first appeared on Survivor.  Read on to see what Rodger had to say about Survivor‘s evolution, his current relationship with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and find out how close he was to competing on the show for a second time!

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A Crazy Interview With ‘Redneck’ James Miller Of Survivor: Palau

August 23, 2011 12:00:45 by Ryan Haidet

Since I started covering Survivor for season 13, I’ve had the opportunity to interview more than half of all the contestants who have played the game.  But there truly isn’t anybody else quite like “Redneck” James Miller of Survivor: Palau.  I recently had the opportunity to catch up with James at a charity event to see where his life has taken him since first appearing on reality television back in 2005.  Instead of it being a regular interview, James took over and showed how crazy he can be.  To see exactly what I mean, check out the exclusive video inside this article!

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Kentucky Charity Event Stellar Once Again

June 24, 2011 10:00:03 by Ryan Haidet

You couldn’t ask for more out of a charity event featuring reality stars from Survivor, the Amazing Race, Big Brother and Ghost Hunters.  For the eighth time, Kelly Jones and Matt Keith have delivered an amazing weekend in an effort to raise money for Kosair Charities in Louisville, Kentucky.  On June 18, 2011, dozens of reality stars and various other celebrities descended on the Seelbach Hilton Hotel to meet with fans for a good cause.  Check out the rest of this story for more about the event and to watch video from the main event!

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