By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
The Survivor Queen has been dethroned.
The Nuku Tribe made Survivor history when they finally got a clue and voted out arguably the most dangerous player ever cast, Sandra Diaz-Twine.
The two-time Survivor winner (Heroes vs. Villains; Pearl Islands) lasted 16 days in which she caused more chaos than most castaways do their entire time on the show. Despite how things turned out, Sandra is proud of her run and surprised that the other players didn’t target her sooner.
“I was surprised. Every Tribal Council that I survived, it was a good feeling. I didn’t have any votes cast against me and I was doing exactly what I needed to do. I needed to make sure I had the right people with me, the right amount of people with me and I was really taking care of that. I think I did a great job. I ended up at the new Nuku Tribe and they did me in but it wasn’t because I didn’t try,” she said.
As for her torch being snuffed for the first time after playing the game for a total of 94 days, Sandra relied on her husband’s advice when she finally had to face that reality.
I cannot play any other way. You people weren’t calling me Sandra, they were calling me Queen. There was nowhere to hide. Everyone knew I was a two-time winner.
“It was surreal. [Jeff] Probst was grinning from ear to ear. I always said I wasn’t going to let Jeff snuff my torch. I was going to take my torch on the way out or yank somebody’s hair. (Laughs) My husband had to tell me…Baby, don’t be a bad sport. It is only right that you would expect them to do to you what you would do to them. If you go out, go out graciously and don’t be a sore loser. In the end, I really listened to what he said,” said Sandra as she explained why she answered the call to play for a third time.
John Powell: You’ve already won twice, something no other player has ever done in the history of Survivor, why did you decide to play again?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “Because, I cannot say no. When Survivor is in your DNA, you just don’t say no. When I was voted off this time, I promised myself I would never play again but a month later, I was ready to do it all over again. I have got to be ill or something to say no, like back surgery or something. (Laughs) I just love it. “
“I just had an interview with Parvati [Shallow] and she said she wants to come out there and snatch that crown and I was like…Girl, come and get it.” (Laughs)
John Powell: At any time did you feel you were risking your Survivor legacy by playing again?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “If I would have went out first, everyone would have said they only came after me because I am a two-time winner. The fact that I continued to get away without getting a single vote against me, that was awesome! The longer I stayed in the game and went to Tribal Council the more the fans couldn’t believe it. People were targeting me but nobody was listening to them. They didn’t go through with it. They aren’t going to get the numbers that they need because my alliance is tight. I knew they were going to come after me, it was just a matter of when.”
John Powell: You could’ve played under the radar. You could’ve faded into the background but you didn’t. Why did you choose to play so aggressively?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “I cannot play any other way. You people weren’t calling me Sandra, they were calling me Queen. There was nowhere to hide. Everyone knew I was a two-time winner. It was more like…Give one of us a chance. (Laughs) There was no way for me to be invisible. Who am I going to hide behind if I am the biggest target out there?”
John Powell: You have to let us in on the secret. We have seen you convince and manipulate people into doing your bidding so well and so often, what is your secret?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “It is pretty much a democracy. Everyone says what they think should happen and we talked everything through. I am not a bossy person. It is more like…This is what I feel we need to do. If you are on board, that is good. If not, what do you want to do? Let’s really talk things through. Like Malcolm [Freberg] going home should have NEVER happened. We discussed things for two to three hours. What we didn’t count on was J.T. [Thomas] actually telling [Brad] Culpepper what we were doing. That is the only thing we didn’t plan for.”
John Powell: You got a lot of flak from some fans over the entire goat situation. Can you explain what happened out there?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “When we got to that camp, J.T. was giving us a tour of everything and he showed us a trap he had already set-up for the goats. We didn’t know there were goats over there until we saw the traps but they hadn’t caught one yet. They caught the mom and the baby and then the next day we actually let them go because the goats were not eating, the mom is not letting the baby eat. J.T. was the one who said we had to eat the baby first because the baby was more tender and if we ate the mother first, the baby would die. So, that was just me repeating what he had said. I am not a farmer, I don’t know anything about goats. (Laughs) The following episode, they aired a clip of me, Aubry and Malcolm actually eating goat meat.”
John Powell: When you targeted J.T. many saw that as playing with your heart and not your brain, which is against how you usually play the game. Do you see things that way?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “I usually have to get revenge for someone. I tried to get revenge for Rupert. I tried to get revenge for Boston Rob. I am always trying to get revenge when someone is done wrong. J.T. had to pay the price for Malcolm going home.”
John Powell: Did you ever reveal to J.T. that is was you who ate the sugar?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “He didn’t know until he saw it on TV. We never talked about it in Vietnam. We were touring the country and we didn’t sit there every day and talk about Survivor. It was about where we were going to go and what we were going to see. The trip wasn’t about Survivor. Our game was done and that was it.”
John Powell: Who did you consider your biggest threat out there?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “Aubry from the first minute. She could have won the first time and joined the Millionaire’s Club but things didn’t go her way. That girl is dangerous. Aubry, Day One.”
John Powell: Is there anything that you wish viewers got to see more of when it comes to your edit?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “I wish they would have shown me making the best fake immunity idol ever. (Laughs) I didn’t end up with it because I got caught coming back to camp. They were…Either she has four nipples or she has a hidden immunity idol. What happened was I put it in my bra and I started searching for the real hidden immunity idol and an hour later, I forgot I had the fake one in my bra. (Laughs) We get tree mail and Michaela says it might be a swap. I didn’t want anything to do with the fake hidden immunity idol but Troyzan asked if he could have it. So Troyzan ends up at the bottom of that tribe and he has a fake hidden immunity idol but nobody knows because none of them came from our tribe. Troyzan found the real hidden immunity idol and has the fake one so that is even more beneficial to him.”
John Powell: You saw the choice Debbie made on “Exile Island”. What choice would you have made?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “The same one, the advantage of an extra vote. If I had gone to “Exile Island” or was swapped to the other tribe, I wouldn’t be doing these interviews right now.
John Powell: Would you ever play again?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: “I would, for sure.”
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