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“I Am Too Competitive for My Own Good”: An Interview with Survivor: Guatemala’s Jamieby David Bloomberg -- 11/18/2005
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Viewers might expect that, looking back, Jamie might have changed some of his behavior. What does he think? Read on to find out!
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Jamie, and thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for RealityNewsOnline’s readers. To start, what was your planned strategy going into the game and how did it change as the game progressed?
Jamie: I first planned to go to the top with the strongest five and just see who [was] the best in competition, but alliances form and tension builds and you bleed and hurt with your tribe so you change and want your tribe to stay strong.
RNO: Do you feel you were accurately portrayed on the show?
Jamie: I wish it would have shown me taking care of Lydia more and more of my funny side, because you have to have a personality or you wouldn’t be kept around. I did lie though, I lied to Brooke when I said I was going to vote Lydia out.
RNO: You often showed a lot of intensity in the game, both during conversations and in challenges (such as your final reward challenge, when you wanted Lydia and Cindy to finish even though you already lost). Do you think that intensity helped or hurt you overall?
Jamie: I am too competitive for my own good sometimes. I wanted the girls to finish and show Gary and Danni that they don’t quit. Look at how Gary and Danni said they shouldn’t go all the way because they aren’t the best athletes.
RNO: When did you begin to feel that people might break with the alliance of six and target you?
Jamie: After Brandon left my gut was telling me something was wrong. Just how people talk to you and their body movements. I believe I had every reason to be. It wasn’t Rafe or Stephenie that got me gone it was Lydia’s lie. I had a backup plan, and I was going to get into it if Lydia would have warned me.
RNO: At the time, why did you feel you needed to repeatedly question the loyalty of your own alliance-mates (such as Rafe), and argue with others (such as Gary) about what happened at Tribal Council?
Jamie: Gary called me a liar when he said I told everyone he was voting against me and then Lydia saved him and said he is next. That is why he used the idol when he did. She just couldn’t lie but she lied to me. I should have made her look me in the eyes. Then Plan B would have went in place. I felt I needed security with Rafe because I needed four tight at eight. I had Judd and Lydia and I just wanted Rafe but in the back of my mind I knew I couldn’t trust him because he was always with Stephenie (even when they slept). Throwing up now. I just like to say I told it how it was and yelled and asked questions when I needed too.
RNO: Did you plan to hold fast to the alliances you made – such as wanting to swear “final three” with Rafe and Judd – or did you intend to turn on them before they turned on you?
Jamie: I was going all the way with Judd, no doubt. That is what Stephenie saw and that is why I am sure they had to get rid of me.
RNO: Did you misunderstand Gary when he told you, in last week’s episode, that he planned to vote with you, or were you purposely telling your allies something different in an attempt to target Gary?
Jamie: I really misunderstood him. He first says to me this may bother you and I don’t care or yeah I do care but I have to tell you that I am voting for you, which he said I am voting with you. I said after well you’re just going to waste your vote. He said I know. So I thought maybe the tribe had turned. Oh well a grain of salt.
RNO: When Gary mentioned that he had found the immunity idol in a tree, we saw you mention that you didn’t trust Gary. Why not? And did anybody question Judd about his earlier claim that it would be on the ground?
Jamie: I believed Judd and after my and Gary’s fiasco. I knew Gary had found it the day before that is why he was trying to ally with me. I read people all the time.
RNO: From the way you responded after you were voted out, it almost sounded like you were proud of the tribe for blindsiding you. Would that be an accurate statement?
Jamie: I told them all the time if I go then blindside me don’t tell me, and say something mean to me to be funny. That is why I always said so many disturbing things when I voted Brooke, Brianna, and Margaret.
RNO: Now that you’ve lived it and seen it on TV, what would you do differently if you could go back in time?
Jamie: [I would have] teamed up with Gary at eight and made Lydia look me in the eye and not care if I broke my word with Rafe. That was a big factor but he doesn’t care about giving his word and things, it is a bigger deal in the South I think.
RNO: Thanks, Jamie!
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