Survivor: Redemption Island — Matt’s Journey With God

May 21, 2011 03:09:39 by Ryan Haidet

Matt Elrod endured a long stay on Redemption Island having been blindsided by the Ometepe tribe twice.  When it came time for the final duel on Survivor: Redemption Island, Matt missed out on his second shot at returning to the game resulting in a seventh-place finish — that’s pretty good considering he was actually the second person voted out of the game.  Throughout the season, Matt’s story was heavily based on his religious faith and celebrating his connection with God.  Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Matt stopped by to talk with me on the red carpet for a few minutes about his experience on the show.  We discussed his religious journey through Survivor while also chatting about Phillip Sheppard and his wacky ways.  Be sure to watch the exclusive video inside this article for all that and much more.

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Survivor: Redemption Island — Mike Compares Survivor To The Military

May 21, 2011 02:32:04 by Ryan Haidet

Mike Chiesl was the last member of the Zapatera tribe standing when he was eliminated after the final duel on Survivor: Redemption Island.  Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Mike talked with me on the red carpet where he compared Survivor to the military.  He discussed his desire to play the game again after finishing in sixth place this time around while also explaining why Boston Rob had one of the best strategic performances in the show’s 22-season history.  Be sure to check out the exclusive video inside this article to also find out Mike’s take on Phillip Sheppard.

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Survivor: Redemption Island — Andrea’s Return Cut Short

May 20, 2011 12:00:12 by Ryan Haidet

During the final episode of Survivor: Redemption Island, Andrea Boehlke had the opportunity to return to the game after winning the last duel of the season.  But her chance at redemption was cut short when she was voted out immediately after returning to the Murlonio tribe, which resulted in a fifth-place finish.  In the end, she voted for Boston Rob to win the $1 million prize — but that’s just a small portion of her journey.  Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Andrea talked with me on the red carpet about many things she experienced as a castaway in Nicaragua.  We talked about her work ethic around camp, discussed her lazy tribemates and even touched on her relationship with Matt.  Do they have a future together?  All that and much more in my exclusive one-on-one video interview with Andrea.

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Survivor: Redemption Island — Ashley Explains Her Experience

May 20, 2011 10:00:30 by Ryan Haidet

Spa days and fighting with Phillip.  Those were two elements that stick out from Ashley Underwood’s time on Survivor: Redemption Island.  Despite her success in challenges late in the game, Ashley was eventually betrayed by Natalie — her closest friend in the game.  Coming in fourth place, Ashley found herself on the jury where she voted for Boston Rob to win the $1 million prize.  Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Ashley talked with me on the red carpet about her experience on the show.  She touched on her controversial spa days, discussed her feelings toward Natalie and said that Phillip is somebody she would hang out with outside of the game.  You read that right!  What else did she have to say?  Be sure to watch the video inside the full article to find out more.

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Survivor: Redemption Island — Natalie Says She Deserved To Be In Final 3

May 19, 2011 04:47:10 by Ryan Haidet

She made it all the way to the final three by sticking with “Boston Rob” Mariano for the entire game on Survivor: Redemption Island.  But when it came to the jury, nobody gave Natalie Tenerelli a single vote.  Immediately following the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Natalie talked with me on the red carpet to explain her strategy, what it was like to be on the show away from her mom and why she believed Boston Rob was the best person to align with.  Watch the video and read the full article to see what Natalie had to say!

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Survivor: Redemption Island — Phillip’s Wacky Adventure

May 19, 2011 11:00:31 by Ryan Haidet

Phillip Sheppard has certainly gone down as one of the goofiest contestants in Survivor history.  Throughout his time on Survivor: Redemption Island, Phillip argued with his tribe about a variety of topics, walked around camp in saggy pink underwear, constantly claimed to be a former federal agent and found feathers that he felt carried special meanings.  Do you think he’s crazy?  Or was Phillip just using a strategy to make it all the way to the end of the game?  Immediately after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Phillip stopped by to chat with me on the red carpet about his experience on the show.  Did he prove to me that he once worked as a special agent?  Would he ever play the game again?  Watch the video and read the full article to find out!

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Survivor: Redemption Island — Boston Rob’s Big Win

May 19, 2011 09:00:11 by Ryan Haidet

“Boston Rob”  was voted out right after the merge on season four — Survivor: Marquesas.  The next time he played on Survivor: All-Stars, he finished in second place, losing to his future wife, Amber Brkich. He competed for the third time on Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains where he came in eighth place — just one position shy of joining the jury.  When Boston Rob returned for his fourth adventure on Survivor: Redemption Island, he dominated the game and won the $1 million prize with nearly every vote on his side.  Shortly after he was announced as the sole Survivor, Boston Rob joined me on the red carpet for an exclusive one-on-one interview about the game.  What does he think of his relationship with Grant?  How did he feel having Amber and his daughters in the live studio audience to watch him win the game?  Be sure to check out the video inside this story to find out everything he had to say!

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Survivor: Nicaragua — Dan Lembo’s Nasty Comments

December 25, 2010 10:00:36 by Ryan Haidet

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Although Dan Lembo wasn’t the best player on Survivor: Nicaragua, he brought out memorable, nasty comments just in time for the final Tribal Council.  Getting up to that point, Dan’s journey was an interesting one.  It started out with fourth-place finisher Holly Hoffman stealing his expensive shoes and setting them adrift in the ocean.  Then Dan struggled with the competition and wanted to quit the game.  And as for the challenges?  If you watched the show, you know why Dan won’t be remembered for his ability in challenges.  In fact, he may go down as one of the weakest competitors in challenges we’ve ever seen.  Anyway, shortly after the live Survivor reunion show in Hollywood, Dan spent a couple minutes with me on the red carpet discussing the game, including that infamous shoe incident and the reasons why he didn’t like Sash or Chase.

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Survivor: Nicaragua — Holly Surprised Herself Coming In 4th Place

December 24, 2010 04:00:25 by Ryan Haidet

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I have interviewed many Survivor contestants since season 13, but one thing I realized while standing on the red carpet after the finale for Survivor: Nicaragua last weekend — many members of the cast are extremely tall — especially fourth-place finisher Holly Hoffman.  This resulted in an interesting start to my interview with Holly who offered to take her shoes off to do the interview so the angle on camera would look a bit more level.  Once we got beyond that goofy moment (she kept her shoes on since the carpet was soggy from the constant rain), Holly discussed many portions of the game starting with her struggles early on when she wanted to quit the competition.  She also explained how champion NFL coach Jimmy Johnson helped keep her motivated before detailing why she stole Dan’s shoes and set them adrift in the ocean.

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Survivor: Nicaragua — Sash Surprised By Bitter Jury

December 23, 2010 05:10:26 by Ryan Haidet

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Matthew “Sash” Lenahan may have played with lots of strategy, but he didn’t get a single vote to win Survivor: Nicaragua after making it to the final three.  After switching sides, cutting deals with everybody and avoiding elimination, Sash made it to third place.  I spoke with Sash on the red carpet after the live Survivor reunion show in Hollywood where he talked about the origin of his nickname, discussed how surprised he is the jury didn’t cut him any slack and revealed who he would have voted for if the situation were different.

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