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The Celebrity Apprentice
May 08 2012, 02:00 PM by Christine Montgomery
Kat Edorsson has no regrets about being the loveable goof of Survivor: One World. From the joyful discovery that her BLT contained bacon, to fearing she may lose her appendix despite not knowing what an appendix is, to crawling towards her cousin during the family visit, Kat tells us she wouldn't change a thing about her happy-go-lucky personality if she had the chance to do it all over again. But Kat Edorsson would change her strategy. A surprising threat because of her competitive spirit and pull with the jury insofar, Kat will now be voting based on whether or not her blindside felt a little too personal. We chatted with Kat about her elimination, a surprising discovery of Kim's immunity idol that we didn't see, and what kind of castaway Kat thinks deserves to win the title of sole survivor on Survivor: One World.
Has your perspective on blindsides changed at all?
Blindsides are actually not funny, and I was really devastated about (being blindsided). My opinion has totally changed. Mind you, at that time I thought I was completely safe, I thought I was doing the right thing, and I really trusted Kim. So, when I saw my name in capital letters I was just completely blown away. You know me -- I mean I was the sweet butterfly, just absolutely loveable! So, I was completely devastated, I had no idea that was happening, and I do not think blindsides are funny.
So do you forgive and forget after something like that or do you hold a grudge?
That's the thing, you can hold or grudge or you can actually let it go. I can't say what exactly happened after the game, but I will say I've always been known to forgive. However, it's a touchy subject because I really thought that -- you have to trust somebody when you're on the island, and then when you get eliminated and backstabbed, your mind does change. You're gonna have to see how it ends up. Depending on how I decide to be after the game really depends on who I voted for. It's gonna be exciting to see.
Would you still pick Kim and Alicia to join you for the reward challenge if you could do it over again?
People were saying "Kat, why were you being so selfish and not picking Christina and Tarzan," and I'm like "o.k., let's talk about this." Now, my million dollar mistake was taking Alicia, I should have never done that. Chelsea and Sabrina were very sour that I did not take them. And since Sabrina's head was already on the chopping block, obviously the only the only excuse they were going to make was that I was selfish not bringing Christina or Tarzan. If I would have brought Christina or Tarzan to the reward challenge it would not have benefited me at all. If I had told Christina to sit and roll over she probably woulda done that, and if I told Tarzan "the game is over, let's pack it up" he probably wouldn't have cared, he probably would've walked right off.
What's your take on Troyzan whispering "do it" into your year?
When that was happening you saw my face, I was like "whoa!" So fired up, (and thought) "yeah this is great." But in the game that's really the worst thing that can happen to you, because that means someone's voting for you and that means the tribe can see that. I wish he woulda put his hand on Kim's shoulder and said "I'm voting for you" so people woulda had more things on Kim as opposed to me. But it was really nice of him to think of voting for me and believing in me, so it was a big shock for all the boys to think that I was going home.
Was there any suspicion that Kim may have had an idol?
You know, I actually found the idol wrapper. And I was like "Oh my god Kim, I found the idol," and Kim goes "oh my god, I think Kat just found my idol!" She was freaking out, but ultimately she never told anybody until after the game. So at that time I had no idea and that was pretty cool.
What qualities are you going to be looking for in a winner?
I would only root for the underdog if the underdog actually deserved it. So the qualities I'm looking for in a winner are a really fantastic game, and (someone who) just deserves to win. We have really good players still left in the game so I'm excited to see who will win.
Should you take what happens to you on Survivor personally?
In Survivor, a lot of people do take it personally. When I left the tribe I did take it very personally. But again, some people can say "it's just a game," but some people can say "it's my life." So depending on how I voted you'll see how I feel today.
What was the biggest surprise about being on Survivor?
Biggest surprise was definitely I ddin't know I could be as strong as I could. There was a lot of challenges that I really did blow a lot of people away. And I didn't think I was capable of that until I was actually doing it. My whole life people have told me what I couldn't do, and this was the time of my life where I showed people what I can do. And I think it's very inspirational thing for a lot of women.
What would strategy be if you were to play again?
If I were to play again I'd still be the same character, except I wouldn't get too attached. I went into the game with my mind not completely stable enough to understand what I'd have to do to make big moves. Ultimately you have to be very deceitful and that's just not who I am. But during the game I made my own choices. Which is exactly why I'm sitting here today. Sitting in this chair as opposed to still being in the game.
So, if I were to change my strategic game play next time -- which I hope I play -- I wouldn't trust everybody so much. I would kinda let everybody do their own thing in the beginning, kinda hold back a bit, then come in with the leader position. I'd play totally differently. I wouldn't be so cluelless about certain things.
But I'd still be very humourous and a lot of fun. I would most likely still crawl everywhere.
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