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“The Final Four Is Ultimately Where I Was Destined to Stay”: An Interview with Survivor: Guatemala’s Lydiaby David Bloomberg -- 12/12/2005
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Lydia may have been the most positive person ever to play Survivor, and she did it in probably the most challenging season to date. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, she explains how she used that positivity to her advantage. Read on for al the details.
Lydia: Good morning!
RNO: I have some questions for you from RealityNewsOnline. We’ll start at the beginning – did you realize at the time just how close you came to being voted out at the very beginning of the game?
Lydia: Absolutely. As a matter of fact, it was almost like there weren’t any secrets in the tribe. Word was getting around. It was supposed to be Stephenie first, then everything changed and I felt almost bamboozled because we had a plan. Before you knew it, I was a target. Thank goodness I had Jamie and Brian, who came to my aid to help me out of that one.
RNO: Coming into the game, what was your original strategy and how did it change along the way?
Lydia: When I first started, I always wanted to be a provided for all the tribe, with everything I cooked, food, shelter I helped make, a clean camp, and my votes. Whoever wanted my vote, I would be there for them working the numbers. I strategized that way and pretty much did what I intended throughout the whole game. There were so many twists and turns but I managed to stay low and do what I came in for.
RNO: Did you feel the deck was stacked against you with so many difficult physical challenges?
Lydia: Absolutely. Not only that, there were a lot of really good athletic competitive people in our tribe, so I felt I was always not secure with my position. I felt like my head was always on chopping block. I wanted to stay positive and focused. Athleticism is not my strong point and the challenges were so hard. What I really had going for me was the strategy of being a provider.
RNO: Do you feel that your actions in the reward challenge where you took out Stephenie’s pots might have led to your ultimate exclusion from an alliance with her and Rafe? Or would that have occurred anyway?
Lydia: Honestly, that would have occurred anyway. I don’t think I did it in an ill manner. When I was breaking the pots, I expressed I was hungry and wanted to win. She understood and it was all good. But she had a really tight alliance with Rafe from the very first day. There was no way to break that. All I wanted was to get some food, and there were no hard feelings.
RNO: Each week, it seemed certain that you would be leaving, but you kept sticking around. How did you do it?
Lydia: The way I feel is not only did I provide, but I was much more. In a game this physically demanding, you need something else. I came in as a mother, with a kindred spirit and positive attitude. When somebody was down and out, I’d uplift their spirit. I was singing and dancing and making it a positive place to live. Everybody saw that. You have to push yourself and want to stick around. I did it by being myself – what you saw is exactly what I am. I was there for everybody. When it came down to numbers, Stephenie needed me to vote off the people she needed gone. She kept me along. We used each other in a positive sense.
RNO: Any regrets about eating the chicken?
Lydia: Absolutely. In my heart I knew it was a wrong thing to do. I have a lot of morals and values and integrity. But when we were standing there watching them sacrifice that chicken, Stephenie was smacking her lips and kept asking me to ask them if we could ultimately eat it. Of course he said it’s sacrificial. You have to respect the culture and beliefs. Being 42 years old, I know better than that. What can I say? I didn’t really feel the need to eat it but I went along with the tribe. If I had to do it over again, I would not have done it.
RNO: What do you think were your most important moves in the game?
Lydia: Just for me to be positive. Being positive on a regular basis, people like to be around positive influences. When you’re positive, everything comes in your favor.
RNO: How willing were you to turn on your own allies if it meant getting farther in the game?
Lydia: I did turn on Jamie. He was there with me in the very beginning, through thick and thin. He was with me with in an alliance since day one. that day was the most difficult day for me. When I voted against him, I felt like I didn’t want to be in the game anymore. I felt so bad to betray him. But I had to put that aside and say we’re playing a game. Probably he’d have done that to me too. It’s a difficult game. First there are the phys challenges, but then there’s the mind game, and that mind game really hurts. That’s the part I don’t like about this, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get to the top.1 2 Next-->
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