10 Things Joe Anglim Wants You To Know Following His Second Chance Send-Off

Joe Anglim reflects on his Second Chance experience.

Joe Anglim reflects on his Second Chance experience.

Joe Anglim's middle name might as well be "Beast" because, boy, did this competitor prove to fans that once again, he was in it to win it. Joe won numerous Immunity Challenges, and even improved his social game since his first run on Survivor: World Apart. But when he collapsed mid-challenge in Episode 12 and walked into Tribal without his usual safety bauble, his fellow castaways took it as an opportunity to finally send him packing. 

We were able to catch up with Joe and he shared insights about what he calls the best Survivor season he's even seen. Hear what he had to say about training for the show, his fresh bond with his father, and if he's single—and ready to mingle.

 
1. What was going through your head when you heard your name called at Tribal Council?

1. What was going through your head when you heard your name called at Tribal Council?

Joe: "As soon as I saw the first 'Joe,' it just kind of settled a bit. It's just that heart-in-your-throat feeling. You just know, 'Oh, boy, here we go. This is gonna be rough.'

But, at that time, I was pretty out of it, mentally. I was just so physically and mentally fatigued from being sick and from the [previous] challenge, that I really had a hard time staying focused. It almost felt like it was almost a dream. 

It was rough. Probably the roughest of any Tribal. It was a good little #blindside. I had a pretty good feeling once I lost [the challenge] that this was probably going to be it."
2. Why do you think Tasha, Jeremy, and Spencer voted for you?

2. Why do you think Tasha, Jeremy, and Spencer voted for you?

Joe: "I think Tasha touched on it a little bit. You really need to lock in your Final 3 or 4, and I think they were able to do that at the family visit. If you think about it from their perspective, Kelley just scored a bunch of points with Kimmi, Abi, myself, and Keith. So they've got to think that there wasn't enough of a connection for Kelley to pick them or to promise them anything.

You got to think from their perspective. That was a good solid three that they just decided to come up with, like, 'Hey, I think we're all on an even playing field. Let's lock this in right now.' 

Everyone's throwing around Final 3's now, so it's just about which option is the best and which way am I gonna go?" 
3. Do you think if you hadn't fainted during the Immunity Challenge, that would have have helped your

3. Do you think if you hadn't fainted during the Immunity Challenge, that would have have helped your

chances of staying much longer in the game?
Joe: "I think if I faint or don't faint, I go home. The only thing I can say that would be different is, at that point in the challenge, I was trying to get Jeff to add on more lengths so we could go higher because I was confident that if I could get the pole even higher or with one hand that I could beat Keith. I knew he was struggling.

So, that was the only thing. If I wouldn't have fainted, I could have lasted longer and possibly just beaten Keith, which is ultimately what I want. But I think everyone's mind was pretty made up at that point."
5. Is there anything you would have done differently looking back at your Second Chance run?

5. Is there anything you would have done differently looking back at your Second Chance run?

Joe: "Yes. The biggest thing I would change would be the Savage blindside vote. I would have really pushed for a split vote and made sure that the second split was directed exactly where I wanted it to go. 

Even more so, looking back, I probably would have gotten rid of Abi because she caused a lot of emotional drain for people. People put up with a lot of her drama. That early in the game, I think it would have maybe been in everyone's best interest to get rid of her. But sometimes that drama is good because it distracts from the actual strategy. 

But splitting that vote was probably the most important thing that I would change if I were to go back." 
4. How did you train to become one of this season's biggest physical threats?

4. How did you train to become one of this season's biggest physical threats?

Joe: "At home, before going out, I practiced hot yoga. I love yoga. I think it's a really important part of mental, physical, and just emotional health. In holding poses and working on balance, there is a lot of mental focus, and it's all about being in touch with your body and how you control pain or cramping or whatever you want to call it. 

So, I definitely practiced through yoga, balance, [and] stuff in the pool. There was a lot of preparation that goes into playing, but [there was] also a mental side, like working on puzzles. Just figuring out how far can I actually push myself—and apparently that was to the point of fainting."
6. What was it like having a visit from your dad on the show?

6. What was it like having a visit from your dad on the show?

Joe: "That experience for me was worth $1 million and more. It was so powerful and special, [even] for my whole family, extended family, and friends. I had tons of my friends calling and texting me saying, 'I'm so proud of you and your dad that you made me cry.' That really touched my heart in a whole new way of, like, accomplishing a dream and bringing to fruition my dad's dream.

So, yeah, it was powerful and awesome, and I think it's definitely given him a little bit of appreciation for the game, because you really don't know what it's like until you're out there and he only got a small taste. From what he told me, he's just as much in awe with the game now. 

We are a Survivor family, but now it's really brought my family closer. It's pretty amazing." 
7. How would you compare your first day on Worlds Apart to the first day on Second Chance?

7. How would you compare your first day on Worlds Apart to the first day on Second Chance?

Joe: "On my first day on Survivor: Worlds Apart, I'll never forget—it was so exciting and new. I was blown away by all of the moving parts and just the realness. There's no music. It was just so raw. It was like, 'Holy crap, we're playing Survivor for real, but, like, the 24-hour experience.' It was so amazingly beyond what I ever thought it was.

And then, coming back, I know what's up. I know how the dance works. I know the music and the steps, now I just have to figure out the dance partners. The game moves so much faster and everyone was ready to play and fighting for their spot. It's just a whole different dynamic and season, but both equally special." 
8. What are your strongest memories from both of your seasons?

8. What are your strongest memories from both of your seasons?

Joe: "I have so many, that's such a hard question. The one that really stands out to me from Worlds Apart was in the first challenge when we're right about to run down the ramp and into the hay bale. I looked over at Mike Holloway, and me and him lock eyes and we just have these grins on our faces and smile. We lip to each other, 'We're playing Survivor.' It was this really cool moment and both were just being little fangirls. That was my first big, standout memory.

And I would say in this season my strongest memory is when Terry had to leave and embracing him right before he left. It was just a real moment of the real things we give up at home, like our families, and the reality that of we're out here playing game.

It was, like, 'What if something happens at home and we're not there?' I saw the love that Terry has for his son, Danny, and then it wasn't even a question—he was on the boat and back home. Just to see his love and hear it in his voice was a special moment for me."
9. Are you single?

9. Are you single?

Joe: "I'm still on the market. I have a girl I just recently met, though, and we've been chatting. Nothing crazy. I kind of come with like a warning label. I tell any woman I meet, 'Look, I'm at a very crazy place in my life and I don't know if you know this but I might have been on this show called Survivor and so I'm probably not the most sane person in the world.'

I haven't even had any time to really date anybody. I've been running around, traveling a lot, seeing people, and doing a lot of charity stuff. My life is just crazy, right? I don't even have time for a relationship.'

Life is great. I have no complaints. Well, other than being on the jury."
10. What can fans expect from you next?

10. What can fans expect from you next?

Joe: "The jewelry is hard thing to do right now just because of time and I don't have really the equipment set up. I've been primarily been just doing a lot of paintings and T-shirt designs. I've been working on a lot of mixed-media paintings, as well as Survivor-inspired paintings. And I'm working on a yoga series.

It's just a lot of really cool stuff that I'm developing and that I'm excited to share pretty soon."  

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