Ozzy's Latest 'Survivor' Victim Speaks
While I haven't found this go-around of "Second Chance Survivor" to be that compelling (mostly since I loathe Coach and Ozzy), the story playing out over the last six weeks on Redemption Island has been nail-biting.
Without warning, Christine established herself as one of the strongest female competitors the show has ever seen, winning five consecutive Redemption Island duels. But her time on Survivor was cut short last night as Ozzy decided to snuff his own torch in an attempt to end her reign and keep Christine from coming back into the game. A risk that paid off ... for him. I caught up with my favorite player of the season today to find out what went wrong and what she makes of Ozzy's controversial "strategy."
Insider.com: I loved watching you rule Redemption and kind of feel like you earned the right to reenter the game. What do you make of Ozzy's strategy?
Christine: I feel like he robbed me of that, unnecessarily. What did they call him, the most winningest Survivor ever? Was it necessary to eliminate me? I thought I made it abundantly clear that I was going to side with Savaii at the merge. Why get rid of me? I don't get it. My mother wants to string him up by his toes.
Insider: And then Ozzy still lost a teammate at Tribal Council -- did you feel a little vindicated that his plan didn't work?
Christine: A bit. That really proved everything he did was all for naught. That it wasn't only unnecessary, but also foolish. I would have been more loyal to Savaii than Cochran is. I don't understand what the purpose was. Maybe Ozzie has some inner demons he had to quiet – I'm just angry it was at my sacrifice.
Insider: What did you think when he strolled onto Redemption?
Christine: I thought, "Why did it have to be Ozzy?!?" Give me someone, anyone, else! My heart sank. I was not happy about it at all.
Insider: Did it psych you out for the competition?
Christine: Subconsciously, yes. He is a powerhouse when it comes to individual challenges. That, and the fact that both tribes were present at the duel. All those factors played in to me losing. What's funny is I remember that challenge last year. I'm a fan of the show, but I've always watched for entertainment value. I never watched from a strategic standpoint. Now, I kick myself – I should have paid more attention to how they were doing things and how I could do them better.
Insider: I would imagine 19 days on Redemption gave you a lot of time to think...
Christine: Oh yes, it started by second guessing my game-play, wondering how I could have done better. Then, I wrote a journal. I used the charcoal from the fire and the tree-mail to create a journal. I went fishing, I thought about fishing, I thought about how I could fish better [laughs]. I decorated, I kept my area clean. You find ways to fill your days.
Insider: Well, in all of that, did you regret anything? Like calling Coach "temporary" on the first day?
Christine: The comment heard 'round the world! [laughs] I'm glad I said it, and it should have been fact. They should have been temporary. It wasn't a personal attack. Rob [Mariano] won last year, Coach and Ozzy should not have been allowed to get this far. I don't regret calling him temporary because he should have been.
Insider: Although you won't be a member of the jury, who would you like to see win?
Christine: Cochran. I think he has been working the hardest. Not so much in challenges, but mentally he hasn’t been able to relax once. He's always been on the precipice of going home.
Insider: Ok, but do you think he stands a chance after his move last night?
Christine: No [laughs] – one can always hope.
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS