“Amazing Race” alum Nadiya Anderson has the dubious distinction of being the first person voted out of “Survivor: San Juan del Sur,” the second “Blood vs. Water” edition of the show. She tells Zap2it in her exit interview that she wishes she’d fought harder to stay, but she had no idea she was the target.
Zap2it: First person voted out, that’s gotta be a bummer.
Nadiya Anderson: Yeah, it totally sucks. Unfortunately this is not a new feeling for me, so I’m dealing with this quite well.
Why do you think the tribe targeted you?
I mean, it’s obvious they targeted me because they were threatened by me. I was penalized on “Survivor” for something that had nothing to do with “Survivor.” Stupid Dale’s over there talking about U-Turns and s***. Obviously if there’s a U-Turn, you’re supposed to U-Turn somebody. I had no idea there was a target on my back because of “Amazing Race.” We went into it wanting to not talk about it, just be as low-key about it as possible and if nobody recognized us, that would be the most amazing thing.
But we were introduced to the cast as the sisters that were on “Amazing Race” and Dale ended up being a super-fan, so that kind of sealed my fate.
It was surprising to see that Josh actually voted out Baylor and it was Baylor who voted with the men against you. Did that surprise you when you watched it back?
Yeah, the whole thing surprised me. Literally sitting at Tribal, I had no idea I was going home. The only person who actually felt like she was going home was Jacqueline. She felt like she was the biggest target at camp because none of the guys liked her. I was surprised Josh voted for Baylor. I wasn’t surprised that Baylor flipped because I knew she was young and I knew she was a wild card. But I wasn’t surprised that Baylor flipped, but I think it was a mistake.
Is there anything you would have done differently if you could do it over?
The only thing I would have done different — I don’t think it would have helped — but I would have definitely wrecked camp and gone ham at Tribal. I was kind of being my PC self, I was not being my real self. I was being my “Survivor” Tribal person, just being super politically correct and super proper about my speeches, but I would have gone in on Tribal and made sure that I didn’t go home. I could have thought of 101 reasons why they didn’t need to send me home and they needed to send a weak person home.
We know you weren’t there very long, but how did “Survivor” compare to “The Amazing Race”?
It’s a different ballgame. Other than the fact that it’s a competition show, someone gets eliminated every week and there’s a million dollars at stake, it’s nothing the same. It’s so different. It’s very hard to even compare because it’s so different.
Did you like one more than the other?
If I had to choose to do one again, it would be “Survivor.” I would want to do “Survivor” again before “Amazing Race” just because I only got a taste of “Survivor,” I didn’t really get to rock out on the island and survive out there like I had planned on doing. I would definitely do “Survivor” again first.
“Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.