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‘Survivor’ Cirie: “I’m a Game Changer for a Type of Person Who Didn’t Have the Self Esteem to Come Out Here”

February 27, 2017

Cirie Fields (CBS)

QUICK NOTE: The good folks at XFINITY sent me deep into the Fijian wilderness to bring you an exclusive look at “Survivor: Game Changers.” While I was there I conducted interviews with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and the entire 20-person cast. I also captured exclusive photos and other behind-the-scenes tidbits. So, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates.

Name: Cirie Fields
Age: 45
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Previously Played On:
“Survivor: Panama” – Finished 4th and Jury member
“Survivor: Micronesia” – Finished 3rd and Jury member
“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” – Finished 17th
Best Known For: Convincing Erik Reichenbach to give up his immunity idol.

Gordon Holmes: You’re looking great!
Cirie Fields: Why, thank you.
Holmes: It says in your bio that you’re more physically fit, less emotional, less aggressive.
Fields: Yeah, that got me a little bit of trouble. (Laughs)
Holmes: I remember people in “Heroes vs. Villains” being very afraid of you.
Fields: I know! Isn’t that crazy? I’m just a flower. (Laughs)
Holmes: Just a delicate breeze blowing through camp.
Fields: (Laughs)
Holmes: Feel free to use that in the game.
Fields: Oh sure. They couldn’t see the forest for the trees. That’s why we have a two-time winner. Everybody’s after the least, well I’m not going to say least, but a less threatening player than some of the other people.

Holmes: You’re a very good player. But, a lot of people are good players. Why do you think you get singled out?
Fields: I think it’s because I am relatable. I’m old enough to be considered somewhat of an authority. But, I’m young and cool enough to still blend in with the younger people. That makes me a liability. I can go either way. If the young people ain’t feeling me, I can go hang out with the older crowd. And usually, not everybody, but usually people like me.
Holmes: Do you think part of it was that it was a “Heroes” tribe and a lot of people were really into being called heroes?
Fields: I think that may have played a part. Everybody wants to be hero and take out the threat Cirie. Why I’m such a threat is beyond me. You have winners there. I’m hoping that nobody wants to be the hero this time and take out Cirie. Bastards.

Holmes: Two days ago, Jeff Probst said to you, “Game Changers.” What was your impression when you heard that?
Fields: My first impression was kind of like “Heroes.” I’m not a hero. And I didn’t initially feel like a game changer. It took me some time to go and think about it.
Holmes: What’d you come up with?
Fields: I think of a game changer like, someone who found an idol without a clue. Someone who uses two idols on everyone but themselves. You know? I thought of it like major move kinda deals. Even though Erik was a major move, I didn’t think of it as a game changer. And then when I sat and thought of it, maybe I am a game changer. But, maybe I’m a game changer for a type of person who didn’t have the self esteem to come out here. Who cares what people are going to say, if you don’t try you’re not going to get anything.
Holmes: The way I’d look at it is; would someone like John Cochran have had the guts to come out and play without you?
Fields: That’s what I’m saying! It’s not the most glamorous thing, but I wear it proudly. That first time, I challenged myself. I was like any other fan thinking, “Are they going to bring us out some cots and sandwiches after they get what they need for the episode? Then they’ll haul us in a van out to a hotel.”
Holmes: That’s not what happens?
Fields: I think on the sixth day I was thinking, “They’re serious now. What the hell did I do?” And at that point two people were gone. I said, “OK, they can roll me out.”
Holmes: Remember Taj from Tocantins?
Fields: Yes.
Holmes: She told me that she was expecting craft services with fully catered meals.
Fields: I’ve watched since Richard Hatch, and because it’s on TV, I thought they can’t just leave you out there. (Laughs)
Holmes: They certainly can.

Holmes: What do you think of this cast?
Fields: I see some faces I recognize; I see some faces I don’t recognize. I see some, what I would consider veterans. I’m good with them as long as they’re good with me. I don’t feel the same I vibe I felt with “Heroes vs. Villains.”
Holmes: How so?
Fields: There’s this cartoon where two guys are stranded on a desert island. They’re cool, everything’s cool. Like Ponderosa everything is cool. Then on day three they look at each other and one looks like a steak and the other looks like a hotdog. (Laughs) That’s how I felt in “Heroes vs. Villains.”
Holmes: Like a hotdog?
Fields: Exactly. And I was like, “Don’t they see those steaks over there?”

Holmes: Is there anyone you’re looking forward to working with?
Fields: I’d like to work with Tai and Caleb, (expletive deleted) the whole Kaoh Rong four. We can be a Kaoh Rong five as far as I’m concerned. I like Caleb. I thought Aubry killed it on her season. I’d love to be the fifth Kaoh Rong and bring Michaela in as the sixth. I like Troyzan. I don’t mind Brad Culpepper.
Holmes: That’s a ringing endorsement. I don’t mind him.
Fields: (Laughs) You know, I’m open. I’m an equal opportunity employer.

Holmes: Any early targets?
Fields: There are some people I’m worried are wary of me. I feel like JT and Ozzy may, because we have history, may feel like I’m coming for them. It’s probably going to take blood to convince them that that’s not what I’m doing here. I’m a little worried about Sandra too because I have vocalized my opinion on her deserving or not deserving a second win. I was out there with her. And even though I went out early, we played a good amount of challenges that she sat out. I guess the ultimate goal is to make it to the end, so if you do that you should win. However, I’m a game player. I want to have something to say. I won because I did this, this, and this. But, if you want to win because you’re not Russell or Parvati, then I guess a win is a win. I’ve said that. I’m sure she heard it. Little Puerto Rican princess might be holding a grudge there. I get the hotdog vibe from her.

Holmes: You are the first-ever female four-time player.
Fields: I am!
Holmes: That’s something.
Fields: That is. I just have to make it count. I realized there are a handful of people who’ve done that…and when I thought about doing this again, my mind was in so many different places that I honestly didn’t think that I was the only woman to play four times. Even to think about the players it sounds crazy. It just escaped me. Damn!
Holmes: Do you worry that might put a target on your back?
Fields: (Expletive deleted). I hope not.
Holmes: I didn’t before now, Gordon!
Fields: What’re you doing to me? I really didn’t think about that until right now. But, I know they all know it. Bastards.

Holmes: You don’t know anything about Zeke or Michaela. How do you handle that in the game?
Fields: You’d be crazy not to have some questions. Like, what happened? Why didn’t you win? Are you a Russell Jr.? However, you kind of get a feel. Unless I’m completely off, I don’t get that I’ll-burn-your-socks-while-you-sleep vibe from them. Part of it is what you know, and part of it is you have to go with your gut. I’m not getting a hotdog vibe from them yet.
Holmes: I’m trying to figure out the alternate of that. They don’t view me as a hotdog, they view me as a dinner companion.
Fields: Exactly! I’m getting a bowling buddy vibe from them.

Holmes: Alright, pretend we’re on the same beach and I’m trying to get rid of you.
Fields: Bastard!
Holmes: I am. I’d like you to counter the arguments I try to use.
Fields: OK.
Holmes: Cirie is too smart, too savvy. If she got to the final three she would’ve beaten Amanda and Parvati. Let’s get rid of her now.
Fields: I was never on the Brain tribe. You’ve got two Brains here. Aubry made it to the end. I’m smarter than Aubry? I don’t even have good grammar. There are people here who are way more dangerous than me. Look at Aubry. She’s smart, she’s good at challenges. You watch like I watch, she’s way more of a threat than me. The people that I played with? The people I was true to? They won the game.

Holmes: Cirie isn’t the strongest challenge competitor. Let’s get rid of her now.
Fields: I’m not the strongest, but I’m not the weakest. Look around. There’s a two-time winner that’s weaker than I am. She won twice by being right under the radar while y’all are focusing on me.

Holmes: Cirie’s had three chances already.
Fields: I’m not the only person who’s had three chances. Didn’t JT win? Why are you looking at me? You’re going to let there be another two-time winner? A three-time winner? You can always get rid of me down the line.

Holmes: There’s always talk of pre-season alliances in returnee seasons. Are you a part of any? Have you heard any rumors?
Fields: I haven’t heard of any. I’m out of the loop. I went to “The Price Is Right” recently. I talked to Aras on Facetime and Shane wanted me to do his radio show. Other than that, I don’t really stay in contact with people…to my detriment. If there is one, they’re being more discreet than they’ve been in the past. I can’t pick it up. I did see Ozzy and Sierra at “The Price Is Right.” They were getting cozy together. They were like the presenters, the models. But outside of that, in Micronesia they had all kinds of plans I heard after the fact. And you saw how that turned out.

Holmes: You’re not allowed to talk because you’re in lockdown. But, people smile and wink. Is anyone smiling and winking at you?
Fields: You’re overly sensitive because you’re ready to play. Everyone is sitting next to someone. It isn’t overtly obvious. Maybe the people are smarter now. Or, it’s not happening. Everybody smiles at me. There are a few that don’t smile at me like Andrea. I don’t think she’s feeling me. I get the hotdog vibe from her. Oh, and Sarah…she’s giving me that look too. Other people are just now starting to come around. Varner and Debbie, they’ve softened towards me.

Holmes: Any guesses for twists?
Fields: I have no clue. Maybe Exile Island again…I hope it’s that. Maybe old vs. young? I don’t know. I never do.

Holmes: Alright, your opponents are in this deck of cards. Well, except for Michaela and Zeke because we don’t know them yet. I’ll hand you three cards at random. You tell me who’s out first, who you’ll work with and eventually eliminate, and who you’ll take to the end.

Round One: Ozzy, JT, and Tai
Fields: Oh…I like this. I’ll vote out JT because he came for me and he might think I’m coming for him even though I’m not. I’ll align with Ozzy because people would never expect it. They’d expect us to go against each other. I’ll take Tai to the end because I think I can outsmart them.

At this point, a CBS representative and Tai walk by.

Holmes: Let’s let these guys pass. I don’t want them to hear our strategies.
Fields: Are they saying something about me?
Holmes: You’re safe from Tai because he doesn’t eat hotdogs.
Fields: (Laughs) I don’t want him to think I’m a pickle.

Round Two: Troyzan, Sierra, and Jeff
Fields: I’ll vote out Sierra because I don’t know what Ozzy told her about me. I’ll align with Troyzan because he might be trustworthy. He seems to have that vibe. I’ll take Jeff to the end because I think he’s going to annoy people.

Round Three: Tony, Andrea, and Ciera
Fields: I’ll vote out Andrea. She sees me as a hotdog. I’ll align with Tony. I’ll hit him with we’re both from Jersey City. I’ll take Ciera to the end because I think I can beat her in front of the jury.

Round Four: Brad, Caleb, and Sarah
Fields: Ew…I’ll vote out Sarah. She’s looking at me like I’ve had enough chances. I’ll align with Caleb. I think he’ll be true to me. And I’ll take Brad to the end because he’s going to get on people’s nerves.

Round Five: Malcolm, Hali, and Aubry
Fields: Goodbye, Malcolm. Malcolm’s gotta go. He’s giving me the hotdog vibe, too. He’s not going to feel me. He’s into his self a lot. People who are fit like that view me as a charity case. If it came to a vote, I’d be an easy pick for him. Hali, she seems sweet and innocent. I would align with Aubry. I need numbers. And I don’t see much division with the Kaoh Rong four. And I would take Hali to the end. I think I could outtalk her. I could get the mother-with-kids sympathy vote.

Holmes: We’ve got two left. Vote out one and align with the other. I think I know which way this is going.

Round Six: Sandra and Debbie
Three times? Sandra, I’m not going to let you slide under the radar. That’s my job. And Debbie’s good at challenges and she is annoying. And if we lose, I think her aggressiveness and refusal to change her votes might be detrimental to her and beneficial to me.

Don’t miss the two-hour season premiere of “Survivor: Game Changers,” Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Ballot – Cirie Fields

December 9, 2015

2011 "Survivor" Hall of Famer Cirie Fields (CBS)

NOTE: Voting for the 2015 “Survivor” Hall of Fame has ended. Be sure to check back Monday, December 14, 2015 to meet the first new member.

ANOTHER NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: Second Chance” coverage. We’ll have Power Rankings with “Worlds Apart” faves Jenn Brown and Max Dawson, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2011 Inductee Cirie Fields as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Cirie (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2015. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Second Chance”

Cirie Fields’ 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

This year I did things a little different. I held a little round table of my own with some die-hard “Survivor” fans.  (Thanks Jim and Suzy!)  And here’s what we came up with…

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”):  For his crazy, warrior-like personality. He made people respect him, even with his sometimes buzzard behavior.

Rupert Boneham – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands,” “Survivor: All Stars,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: Blood vs. Water”): For his ability to get along with everyone and his competitiveness.

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains): For being one of the toughest competitors, especially when she survived losing all the other members of her tribe.

Visit the  “Survivor” Hall of Fame for executive ballots from Jeff Probst, Parvati Shallow, Rob Cesternino, and others.

Follow @SurvivorHall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Famer Cirie Fields’ Top Three Tribal Councils

December 5, 2014

2011 "Survivor" Hall of Famer Cirie Fields (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2011 inductee Cirie Fields as a part of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Cirie (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) will nominate her three favorite Tribal Councils.

Then, from Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10 am ET through Friday December 12, 2014 at 5 pm ET, the top three Tribal Councils will be chosen by a fan vote.

Note: All of the nominations were requested at the same time, so some Tribal Councils may be nominated more than once.

Cirie Fields’ “Survivor” Hall of Fame Nominations…

“Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs Favorites” – Episode 13 Tribal Council: So my first pick… for obvious reasons would be Erik giving his immunity necklace to Natalie at Tribal. We’re coming up on our 30th season and prior to the gazillions of idols floating around how many people gave away immunity at TRIBAL COUNCIL and were voted OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS?

“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” – Episode 10 Tribal Council: My second pick would be Parv’s amazing display of ultimate control when she did not panic and use either of her idols on herself, but used not one, but both of them for the advancement of her entire team. Bravo, Parv!

“Survivor: China” – Episode 7 Tribal Council: My third pick should at least get an honorable mention. It is Jaime Dugan playing the very first fake immunity idol. Hilarious and brilliant.

Follow the “Survivor” Hall of Fame on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates and Tribal Council nominations.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter at @gordonholmes.

‘Survivor: Hall of Fame’ 2013 Ballot – Cirie Fields

December 4, 2013

2011 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields (CBS)

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2011 inductee Cirie Fields as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Cirie (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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Cirie Fields’ 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

Jonny Fairplay – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Facorites) My first pick is Fairplay because anyone who knows anything about “Survivor,” fan or not, knows about Fairplay’s dead grandma!

John Cochran – (“Survivor: South Pacific” and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”) Now I know he may still be considered a newbie, however isn’t he one of only 3 people to return for a 2nd time and win?! Not to mention his hilariously accurate analytical break down of the game he always provided!

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) My last-but-not-least pick is again Stephenie LaGrossa. I can’t shake the site of her being the lone survivor from her tribe, also her challenge performances are nothing to shake a stick at. (No pun intended, Jason!)

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Ballot – Cirie Fields

November 16, 2012

2011 'Survivor' Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields (CBS)

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to welcome 2011 inductee Cirie Fields to the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Cirie (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2012. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Note: Polls closed November 30, 2012 at 5 pm ET.

Set Your DVR to Record “Survivor: Philippines”

Cirie Fields’s 2012 Hall of Fame Ballot

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): My first pick is Stephenie LaGrossa. She is one of the toughest pretty chicks I know! Stephenie has played the game three times and made it to finals in “Guatemala”! Stephenie was also the only Survivor left from her tribe during “Palau” and she was a challenge beast. She also spent a night in the cave alone (that in itself is commendable! Trust me… I stayed in that cave.) For these reasons, I choose Stephenie.

Colby Donaldson – (“Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All-Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): My second pick is Colby Donaldson, even though Colby didn’t succumb to my feminine wiles or my motherly charm during “Heroes vs. Villains.” He also played three times and was a challenge beast during his first season! Colby would have won had he not taken Tina to the finals with him during “The Australian Outback,” which he was well aware of and he still took her. All the more reason Colby should be a Hall of Famer!

My last pick was a toss up between Amanda Kimmel (“Survivor: China,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) and Jonny Fairplay (“Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites”). If you watch “Survivor” like a super fan or if you know of the show just from commercials, anyone who knows “Survivor” knows Fairplay as the guy who killed off his grandmother for a million bucks! On the other hand you have Amanda who played back-to-back seasons (which was grueling in and of itself) and both seasons Amanda made it to finals.  Had she had a better mouthpiece she would have won the whole kit and kaboodle! Amanda’s showing in “Heroes vs. Villains” was nothing to sneeze at either, and for these reasons I have to go with Amanda as my final pick!

Be sure to come back Monday, December 10, 2012 to meet the first member of the Class of 2012!

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter @gordonholmes

Vote for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Class of 2012

November 12, 2012

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor Hall of Fame has ended. Be sure to come back Monday, December 10, 2012 to meet the first member of the Class of 2012!

It’s time for the second most important vote you’ll cast this month. It’s time for the “Survivor” community to come together to honor their best and brightest. It’s time once again for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame…

THE VOTING PROCESS: Fifty percent of the vote will be based on the ballots of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Executive Voting Committee. This panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes. We’ve also invited all current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame to join the Executive Voting Committee. The other fifty percent will come from fans like you.

Check Out Some of Our Executive Ballots…

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Post Mortem

December 23, 2011

The “Survivor” off season is finally upon us. While for most people that means an extra hour free on Wednesday nights, for me it means a break from Power Rankings, episode recaps, and exit interviews. I hardly know what to do with myself.

(That’s totally not true, I’m going to get to work rescuing Princess Zelda.)

What multiplies that workload is when it’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame time. On top of the previously mentioned work you’ve got coordinating executive committee votes, managing the vote tabulation team, creating art, updating the Web site, and about a dozen other things.


‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Picks the Best Players of All Time

May 21, 2010

There’s been a lot of talk this season about which players are the best of all time. I have my opinions and you have yours (and I invite you to post your opinions in the comment section below) but nobody has seen more of the game than “Survivor” host, two-time Emmy winner, and owner of several sweet baseball hats, Mr. Jeff Probst.

I had a chance to get Mr. Probst’s thoughts on this sure to be hotly debated topic. What follows are his picks for the five best Survivors to ever wear a buff…

“Boston” Rob Mariano: If I had to choose, Boston Rob is the guy I’d put my money on every-single-time.  He’s a great strategist, great at challenges, can build an amazing shelter, can start fire, and only plays to win.  He’s the only guy that didn’t win but still got the money…and the girl.

Parvati Shallow: Hard to deny her ability.  Parvati is such a good flirt that even when you’re not interested, she can lure you in.  She uses her looks and charm to hide her amazing strategic abilities.

Sandra Diaz-Twine: Her simple strategy of “As long as it ain’t me” is an easy one to understand but very difficult to execute.  There is nobody better than Sandra at staying out of the fray. It’s amazing how she can disappear within a group of people.

Russell Hantz: Russell has some work to do on his social game, but his aggressive style of play, his ability to control others, often through intimidation, and his never-say-die attitude has been impressive to watch.  He’s so strong that I think if Russell plays a third time… he’ll probably be voted out first.

Cirie Fields: She went from a woman who sat on the couch at home watching “Survivor” to being one of the best players to ever play the game.   She uses her charm effortlessly to sway the vote.  She was sent home early in “Heroes Vs. Villains” but that comes with the territory when you’re a threatening player.

What Do You Think? Who are your picks for the best players of all time?

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out my interviews with Russell Hantz, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Parvati Shallow, and Jerri Manthey.

‘Survivor’ Players Pick the Show’s Biggest Hero

March 8, 2010

To celebrate its twentieth season, “Survivor” has reunited some of the franchise’s most beloved Heroes and most hated Villains. Ten former players were chosen to represent the Heroes side of that equation, but who do former and current players consider to be the show’s most noble competitors?  We got their thoughts during this past January’s “Survivor” reunion party…

Who is the biggest hero in “Survivor” history?

“Me. (Laughs) I happen to love Amanda (Kimmel) from my season. She’s amazing and so sweet to everybody. And Rupert, he’s the biggest hero of all time. You can’t beat Rupert as far as that goes.” Todd Herzog – Winner of “Survivor: China”

“There are so many to choose from, but I’m going to go with James (Clement) because he’s the original China hero.” Courtney Yates – “Survivor: China” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“I don’t think you can be a hero. And if you are you finish horribly. If you bring valor and honesty, go away. That’s not what it’s about.” Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton – “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites”

“The best hero has to be JT (Thomas). Great guy, great competitor, all around. Maybe the best player ever.” Stephen Fishbach – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“JT from our season. I’ve got to give kudos to JT.” Debra Beebe – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“I’d be crazy not to say Cirie, (laughs) because she is amazing.” Cirie Fields – “Survivor: Panama,” “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

“Yul Kwon maybe? I mean, it’s tough to define a hero. Real-life hero? Ethan Zohn, he’s battling cancer.” Dan Kay – “Survivor: Gabon”

“Chris Daugherty.” Chris Daugherty – Winner of “Survivor: Vanuatu”

“It’d have to be Tom (Westman) or Stephenie (LaGrossa).” Coby Archa – “Survivor: Palau”

“JT would be my biggest hero simply because he’s a cutie and I love him!” Tamara “Taj” George – “Survivor: Tocantins”

“Rudy (Boesch) is definitely the biggest hero. That man was like 75 when he played ‘All Stars’ and not once did he complain. I’ve never seen anyone that strong before.” Jerri Manthey – “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”

More “Survivor” Fun:
Check out my exit interview with recently booted hero Cirie Fields and the latest insider observations from “Survivor: The Amazon” champion Jenna Morasca.

What do you think? Who is your pick for the biggest hero in “Survivor” history?

‘Survivor’ Castaway Interview: Cirie Fields

March 5, 2010

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Yes, I totally lifted that from a shampoo commercial, but it absolutely holds true in All-Star seasons of “Survivor.” Heading into “Heroes Vs. Villains” the other players knew exactly what to expect from Cirie Fields. She isn’t a dynamo in challenges, but she can wrap the weaker players around her finger. So, when JT was looking to get rid of some of the more strategic players, Cirie was sent packing.

I talked with Cirie the day after her dismissal to get her thoughts on JT’s backstabbery (not a word), the rumored Micronesia alliance, the corporate slogan she lives by (not the one I used), and why she would have rather been on the Villains tribe.

Gordon Holmes: Good morning, Cirie.
Cirie Fields:
Good morning, how are you?
Gordon: Actually, not so good. You ever put on your shoes really quickly and your socks get really bunched up?
Cirie: Oh…I hate that!
Gordon: Yeah, and I had a train to catch so I didn’t have time to fix it. It’s been a total disaster.
Cirie: (Laughs) No no no no no no, I don’t care where, I will stop half in stride to fix that.

Gordon: Enough of my sock issues, let’s talk about “Survivor.”
Alright, let’s go.
Gordon: You were blindsided by JT last night, did you have any clue that was going to go down?
Cirie: No. We had a plan in place; we knew Tom had the idol. That’s why we split the vote three and three. I was always a little sketchy about JT and I knew he was setting himself up to be in the perfect position. And for some reason, even after being betrayed by JT, Tom and Colby still trusted him. And I knew that put him in the perfect position to be a decision maker.
Gordon: Did you express any of your concerns over JT with the rest of your alliance?
Cirie: I did. I always said to Amanda, “Why are you bending over backwards for JT?” It seemed like Amanda would do whatever JT wanted her to do. And granted, when you’re in an alliance you have to go with the flow. But you have to dissect the plan and see what it means for you.

Gordon: Earlier in the game you said you didn’t care who went home as long as it wasn’t you. Were there any regrets that you stuck your neck out for Candice and got away from your “Anyone but me” strategy?
If we got rid of Candice then that would leave our alliance, JT, Colby and Tom. So, who do you think would be next? If I let Candice go there goes my buffer. So, if Candice goes tonight I’d feel like a piece of meat surrounded by lions. The second things go wrong and we don’t win immunity who are they going to eat?

Gordon: In the pre-game interviews several people were saying, “You’ve got to watch out for Cirie because she’s so strategic.” Then during the show, Tom and JT both mention they need to take you out because you’re too strategic. Does it put you at too much of a disadvantage to be thought of as a smart player the second or third time around?
Absolutely. I’d rather not be thought of strategic and stay in the game because everybody’s worried about me. I’d rather be forgotten about really.

Gordon: Do you think the title of “Heroes” went to some people’s heads?
I don’t know if it was the title or the people themselves. A lot of the time out there I wish I was a villain. Because, being a hero you already have ego issues. And that just sent it through the roof. And I was with a bunch of nice people…let me say that first. But, I don’t know how all of those egos fit on the beach.

Gordon: You were there when James flipped out on Stephenie. Has that display made the other players start to view him differently?
I think the world is viewing James differently. You get a glimpse of a person’s personality, but spending time with people and living there with people, you see that people are human and they react. Sometimes you’re having a good day and sometimes you’re having a bad day. I just think that was a side of James that the world hadn’t seen yet. I’m living with him, so I know it’s there.

Gordon: On the Villains side there was concern over a Micronesia alliance between you, James, Amanda, and Parvati. Had there been any discussion of the four of you teaming up?
Stephenie told me they were afraid that we’d have an alliance, but that was crazy to me. That would make you assume that I’ve spoken to these people in the past two years. If there was an alliance, nobody told me. I didn’t get the memo on that one. I tried to explain to them that there is no alliance.

Gordon: OK, word association time. Let’s start with James.
Socially inept. (Laughs) That’s the villain coming out of me!
Gordon: Tom?
Cirie: Overconfident.
Gordon: Colby?
Cirie: Judgmental.
Gordon: Amanda?
Cirie: Blonde.
Gordon: Slipping and or sliding?
Cirie: Not fun.
Gordon: Candice?
Cirie: Candice…nervous Nelly. Damn, Candice!
Gordon: Russell?
Cirie: Satan. (Laughs)
Gordon: And let’s finish it off with JT.
Cirie: Dead to me. No, I’m just kidding. (Laughs) JT is a confused southern boy.

Gordon: Now, you’ve always been portrayed as someone who was a couch potato that went on this great adventure and now you’re out there living life to the fullest. What have you taken from “Survivor” and how do you apply that to your everyday life?
“Survivor” for me has broadened my horizons in so many aspects. Just do it. I hate to steal that from the Nike campaign. But go for it, don’t care what anyone else thinks, you never know what you can do until you try. And that one try could be something as fantastic as three seasons on “Survivor.”

More “Survivor” fun: Check out my recap of the last episode and the latest insights from “Survivor: The Amazon” champion Jenna Morasca.

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