by Gina Scarpa
When Boston Rob and Russell returned to play the game of Survivor, not everyone was happy to see them. The Zapatera tribe immediately targeted Russell, while Ometepe's Francesca called them "troublemakers". She had hoped to work with Rob but it wasn't in the cards. She was the first person voted out of the game and last night, she lost the duel on Redemption Island to Matt. After getting her buff burned, she was sent home and today, we caught up with her in an exclusive interview to talk about her experiences on the show.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What made you want to do Survivor? Were you a fan of the show?
A. Francesca: I was a fan of the show. I can't say I was hardcore but I definitely enjoyed the show. I originally applied to be on The Amazing Race. That's the show I wanted to be on and I made it to the finals in 2009. I got the call last year to be on Survivor and I figured, "When Survivor calls, you gotta answer."
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You made a comment right away when you saw Boston Rob and Russell, saying that you didn't trust them. Looking back, do you think that was a mistake?
A. Francesca: I said that they were two of the biggest troublemakers. I didn't mean that I didn't trust them. I was really glad that Rob was on my tribe and I wanted to align with Rob. Having said that, obviously, I shouldn't have said it. We all say stupid things sometimes and my filter wasn't working in that moment. I was actually really excited to have Rob on my tribe and I was prepared to work with him.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: There are many fans who think that it's wise to learn from Rob and Russell. Is it a good idea to get rid of them early in the game?
A. Francesca: No, I don't think it is. With Russell, it's a little bit harder. He has proven that he is more than willing to sabotage his own teammates on day one. Russell is loyal to his true alliance, though. I can understand targeting Russell right away. Targeting Rob, though, no. He's a great Survivor player. I don't think it makes sense to target a Boston Rob at tribal council number one. You do have to keep an eye on him.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You and Phillip had one of the most memorable arguments at tribal council in the history of the show. Let me just ask you this - is he for real?
A. Francesca: I don't know if Phillip is for real or not. Maybe he is still really deep undercover and he's playing us all. He might be some secretly brilliant performance artist. I have no idea. I'm not a mental health profession. I cannot give an educated professional on his state.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: We didn't see much of how it was for you out at Redemption Island. Can you fill us in?
A. Francesca: Redemption Island... when I first arrived there, it was rough. I was really tired, really thirsty, and really exhausted. The shelter that was there, or structure, was filled with debris. I had to make myself a bed. That first night, I had to make a roof. That was rough to have to do that by myself in the middle of the night. I had very little food. I only had a little bit of rice. I was happy to get a break from my tribe after that tribal council, though. I certainly didn't want to be voted out but I wasn't like, "Oh I miss Ometepe."
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You were very surprised to see Matt join you. Did watching the show shed any light about what was going on at Ometepe?
A. Francesca: Yeah. I was totally, totally shocked to see Matt. I didn't watch the episode where he was voted out. Matt and Andrea clearly connected on day one. That connection is why he was voted out. I think the handshake thing [at the challenge] is an excuse. Matt is genuinely a goodhearted guy. I don't think he was playing the game by shaking the other tribe's hand.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: I was horrified that Jeff made you throw your buff in the fire after your loss! Did part of you feel like saying, "Hell no, I'm not gonna throw my buff in the fire!"
A. Francesca: I definitely felt, after seven days out there, I earned the right to keep my buff. You sign up for Survivor and they burn your buff. Now, I have to go buy one on CBS's website!
Survivor: Redemption Island airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS.
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