Jefra Bland is the latest person on “Survivor: Cagayan” to be taken out by a blindside. She tells Zap2it that everyone was just as unpredictable as they seem on TV and that you never knew what anyone might do at any given time.
Zap2it: Talk about the experience, are you glad you did “Survivor”?
Jefra Bland: Oh, absolutely. It was by far the coolest experience I’ve ever had in my life. It was great to get to the Top 7. Not as far as I wanted to go, obviously, but it was great, it was awesome.
This season seems to be more unpredictable than any season we can remember. It’s like anyone could do anything at any time. Did it feel that way to you when you were playing it?
Absolutely. Right when you think that you’re sitting pretty, the whole game switches and you find yourself back on the bottom. Or someone in your alliance, which on a lot of other seasons means so much to so many people, would just flip and blindside someone. It’s like the alliance didn’t really mean anything to the guys I was playing with. … Everybody’s very wishy-washy, there’s a lot of paranoia running around in Tony’s game.
Were you surprised at the time that Tony and Woo flipped on you?
I was very surprised. I thought that Tony and I had worked out our differences and made amends. Right before I went to TC I had a very in-depth conversation with Tony and with Woo, both of whom said they fully trusted me. I thought we were all on the same page. I really had no idea that Spencer was feeding Tony all of the information — some truth, some lies — to stir the pot to save himself, which is great game play on his behalf but totally sucked for me [laughs].
Spencer seems to be playing a pretty good game, but we’ll see how far he goes.
Yeah, he’s a smart kid.
Was there anything that surprised you now that you’ve been watching on TV?
A lot. A lot of the side conversations and things that were going on, like last night — I really thought it was all Tony. I thought Tony just got this crazy idea in his head that the girls were going to take over and that he couldn’t trust me because I thought about flipping on the episode before. I had no idea that Spencer played such a big role in my exit as well.
When you were voted out, who did you think was in the best position in the game?
I feel like Trish is in a really good position. She’s got the numbers, her and Woo and Tony are together. She’s also got Kass, who really confides in her and trusts her. And she’s playing a good social game. She may not be doing well physically in the challenges, but if she can get to the end, I feel like she’s got a good shot.
Was there anyone in particular you were rooting for once you were eliminated?
Probably Trish, at this point. I really liked Trish, we were close while we were out there. We had a good connection and a good bond. And I’m just kind of hoping that she can pull it off.
“Survivor: Cagayan” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.