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​Survivor Season 39 Spoilers: One Castaway Admits They Got Too Comfortable Before Being Blindsided

The latest cast-off from Island of the Idols talks their shocking exit, being a Survivor superfan, and why they're still proud of their journey.
Posted on Oct 17, 2019 | 01:40pm
Survivor: Island of the Idols has been full of surprises—both for the castaways and for the viewers—as four intense Tribal Councils have been accompanied by four completely stunning blindsides. 

The latest target was 26-year-old digital content creator Chelsea Walker, who went into Tribal Council thinking she was in a solid women’s alliance at the Lairo Tribe, but instead found her torch being snuffed out by Jeff Probst.

We caught up with the latest cast-off to talk about her Tribe's shocking move, what she learned during her time in the game, and why-oh-why she didn’t play that Hidden Immunity Idol she found in Episode 2. 

STREAM: Full Episodes Of Survivor: Island Of The Idols On CBS All Access 

For the second week in a row, we've seen someone get voted out with an Idol in their pocket. Was there even the slightest consideration to play it that night?

Chelsea Walker: It did not even cross my mind 'cause I trusted my alliances enough. In my mind, there was no logical reasoning about why I would be going home.

I had a lot more faith in my alliances than I should have and I was saving the Idol for a swap. We were already two people down so there was a chance I would end up in a minority and need the Idol. I guess I got too comfortable. 

Why do you think the vote fell to you when it seemed like there were much clearer/bigger targets based on the conversations we saw?

Chelsea: That is a very good question. I have been asking myself that for the last six months. I think it was a very irrational move. In these days of Survivor, people want to make a move just for the sake of making a move, even though it may not be a smart move.

We all knew a swap was coming and rather do the easy vote of Karishma, who was clearly going to flip, they lose me, they blindside Dean, and now they go into the swap with five as opposed to seven. 

You're a self-professed superfan of Survivor. How do you think that fandom helped your game and how do you think it hurt your game?

Chelsea: I don't think being a superfan hurt my game cause I never told the Tribe I was a superfan. I had said, I tried six years ago to get on the show and almost did, and then tried again. I think everyone was shocked when they found out after the fact I was a superfan cause I played it off like I wasn't. 

Being a superfan helped my game because I knew to practice making fire ahead of time, I knew to not look for an Idol early on, and to look for an Idol when doing something else like collecting wood. 

I knew not to tell people I had found an Idol. Being a superfan, I knew the right strategy for my type of archetype—to play under the radar and make my alliances early on. 

Granted, I wish my alliances were more loyal. As a superfan to not make the Merge is extremely, extremely, extremely disappointing. 

Was the most surprising part of playing Survivor?

Chelsea: Getting voted out. Honestly. 

What did you learn about yourself?

Chelsea: I think I learned more about myself in terms of leading up to getting on the show. After applying for six years and being told no each time and eventually turning that into a yes, it showed me how resilient I am and how much of a go-getter I am. 

I'm proud of myself for never giving up. 

Watch all-new episodes of Survivor: Island of the Idols on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access