‘Survivor’ Gen-Xer Sunday: ‘When I Don’t Get Enough Sleep I Get Emotional and That’s One Thing I Don’t Want’

Sunday Burquest (CBS)

Sunday Burquest (CBS)










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Name (Age): Sunday Burquest (45)
Current Residence:
Otsego, MN
Occupation: Youth Pastor
Hobbies: Repurposing and painting furniture. Interior design and thrift shopping (love the thrill of the hunt for a good deal).
Pet Peeves: Arrogant people: those who think they are God’s gift to the human race. Catty women: the ones that make the snide comments, back-handed compliments and make other girls in the room feel like they don’t measure up. People that are late drive me nuts.
Three Words to Describe You: Bossy, compassionate, and tenacious.

NOTE: Usually I get a good thirty minutes with each contestant before the game starts. However, this season I had to get through all 20 players in only two-and-a-half hours. So, these pieces will be short and hopefully sweet.

Gordon Holmes: You’ve had the title of “Survivor” for quite some time, having overcome breast cancer.
Sunday Burquest: It is the best thing ever. I did the first thing, I survived it. And now I’m going to do this one. It’ll be a bigger title than the other one.

Holmes: You’re a young adult pastor and your name is Sunday?
Burquest: Isn’t that funny?
Holmes: Am I the millionth person to make that joke?
Burquest: No you’re not. Most people ask if that was when I was born.

Holmes: You said you’d like to play like Lisa Whelchel who got to the end, but wasn’t awarded by the jury. What would you do differently than her to change the outcome?
Burquest: I felt like she played a little too much on her emotions, and I wouldn’t be as forthcoming as she was.

Holmes: Do you have any problems lying in the game?
Burquest: No. I don’t want to be cutthroat and I don’t want to backstab. But, I’m going to have to be deceptive.
Holmes: What about flirting?
Burquest: No. (Laughs) I’m going to try not to do that. I don’t want my boys seeing that on TV.

Holmes: How well do you deal with being lied to.
Burquest: I don’t like it. It makes me upset. However, I know it’s going to happen in this game.
Holmes: How about hunger?
Burquest: I can handle hunger. I’ve fasted before. I haven’t done anything to this extent, but I’ll get over it.
Holmes: Lack of sleep?
Burquest: That’s going to be a tough one. When I don’t get enough sleep I get emotional and that’s one thing I don’t want to be in this game.
Holmes: How do you deal with extreme temperatures.
Burquest: I can handle it. If I know it’s going to be hot and I know there isn’t going to be an air conditioner or fans, I can deal with it because I know there’s going to be an end to it.
Holmes: How about paranoia?
Burquest: I’m not a super paranoid person. So, I’m going to have to make myself think about what everyone is doing and what they’re saying about me behind my back.

Holmes: What’re your thoughts on the cast members you’ve seen?
Burquest: I see a few alpha males that are going to take charge. A few girls who are sweet and younger. I work with young girls so I can try to connect with them. Then there are a few that I have zero read on.

Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it could be?
Burquest: Maybe being back an Exile or Redemption Island. I feel like they haven’t done that for a while. They’ve been changing up the idols, so maybe something with that.

Holmes: If you could align with any past player, who would it be?
Burquest: I’d align with Kim (Spradlin) because she had a really good social game. She didn’t come off as backstabbing people even though she had a ton of alliances. And I felt like she was pretty trustworthy within her solid alliance.

Holmes: Lightning round time. Cats or dogs?
Burquest: Dogs.
Holmes: Beer or wine?
Burquest: Neither.
Holmes: Superman or Batman?
Burquest: Batman.
Holmes: Meat or vegetable?
Burquest: Meat.
Holmes: Republican or Democrat?
Burquest: Republican.
Holmes: Books or TV?
Burquest: TV.
Holmes: Swimming or sunbathing?
Burquest: Sunbathing.
Holmes: Many casual friends or one good friend?
Burquest: One good one.
Holmes: Nice car or nice home?
Burquest: Nice home.
Holmes: Smart or funny?
Burquest: Funny.
Holmes: Parvati or Boston Rob?
Burquest: Parvati.
Holmes: Big TV or big vacation?
Burquest: Big vacation.
Holmes: Working alone or with a team?
Burquest: With a team.
Holmes: Dragons or unicorns?
Burquest: (Laughs) Unicorns.
Holmes: Careful planning or fly by the seat of your pants?
Burquest: Careful planning.
Holmes: Jeff Probst or Ryan Seacrest?
Burquest: Oh…gotta go with Jeff Probst.

Don’t miss the season premiere of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X,” Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8pm ET.

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