7 Things Alecia Wants You To Know Following Her Survivor: Kaoh Rong Send-Off

Alecia Holden reflects on her Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

Alecia Holden reflects on her Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

At the end of Survivor: Kaoh Rong's most intense episode yet, castaway Alecia Holden—who was often referred to as "Blondie" by her fellow castaways—was sent packing after the other members of the Brawn voted her out. Although her journey was cut short, Alecia refused to give up right until the moment she heard her name called out at Tribal. 

We were able to catch up with Alecia following her elimination, so read on to find out what she learned through her experience, the moment she still gets a good laugh over, and how she handled Scot and Jason on the show.
1. What was going through your head following your elimination at Tribal?

1. What was going through your head following your elimination at Tribal?

Alecia: "I definitely knew I had what it took to go further in this game, so I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to make the swap, but, hopefully, one day I’ll get the opportunity to go back because I’d love to play again."
2. How did you stay strong with the constant confrontations with Jason and Scot?

2. How did you stay strong with the constant confrontations with Jason and Scot?

Alecia: "In the first couple of episodes, most of the stuff they said was in the interviews but none of it was said to my face. In Episode 4, when they started being mean to my face, that’s when I addressed the situation.

Me and Scot were like David and Goliath. Just because you’re bigger and stronger than me doesn’t mean I’m going to be intimidated by you. I believe in standing up for yourself no matter how big the person is."
3. Did you try convincing Cydney to vote your way at Tribal?

3. Did you try convincing Cydney to vote your way at Tribal?

Alecia: "Between the challenge and Tribal, I spoke to Cydney and I tried to get her to write one of the guys' name down. I also spent hours looking again for the Hidden Immunity Idol or hoping that there might be some type of twist."
4. Looking back, would you have done anything differently in the game?

4. Looking back, would you have done anything differently in the game?

Alecia: "I definitely would not have made the mistake of sharing the clue to the Immunity Idol. It all happened so fast I wasn’t really thinking.

And if I ever play again, I’d definitely be sure to open the pen cap before I write at Tribal Council. But we all got a good laugh out of that, right?"
5. What advice do you have for future castaways who may bump heads with their tribe mates?

5. What advice do you have for future castaways who may bump heads with their tribe mates?

Alecia: "Strength isn’t always the physical, it’s also the mental. I never cried or was in the corner, feeling bad for myself. I was pretty much just laughing at them throughout the game. 

So, what I would just say is, remain mentally strong and choose to not let it get to you. I chose to confront the situation and stand up for myself. Most of it was not said to my face and that’s what most of the viewers aren’t understanding. I don’t take lip from anyone. If you look at the episodes, they’re all blasting me behind my back. I stood my ground more than it was showed.

I want everyone to know that I was okay out there. People feel bad for me but I was honestly okay and just [laughed] at them. [If] you’re 15 years older than me and you’re acting like that when you have a daughter and setting a really bad image for not only women but your kid, [then] that’s on you at the end of the day, buddy."
6. What have you learned from your experience on Survivor?

6. What have you learned from your experience on Survivor?

Alecia: "At Tribal, I said the experience can be worth more than the money. What I meant by that was, so many people get wrapped up in their everyday lives that they forget how other people live. You hear about poverty, but hearing about it and experiencing it are two different things.

On Survivor, I got to be out there with little food, not much shelter, not much clothing, and I got to experience what some people in this world experience for days and days of their lives. Not many people get that experience. I chose to take a positive insight from being on the show versus the negative.

It was really eye-opening to be grateful for the things you do have. I’m very proud of myself."