matt elrod survivor 'Survivor: Redemption Island's' Matt Elrod: 'I'd love to go back'Matt Elrod, while not even finishing in the Top 5, was a fan favorite on “Survivor: Redemption Island.” He lasted through 10 duels via the new Redemption Island twist and leaned heavily on his spirituality to help get him through the ordeal.

He tells the press in his exit interview about his experience on the show and whether or not he’d go back.

On how he decided who to vote for at the end:

“My vote was based on ‘Survivor’ excellence. Even though I played a very

different game than Rob, I still love and respect the game of Survivor. What he did was pretty incredible and he deserves the million


Would he have the same strategy if he were to play again?

“If I were to play again, I probably wouldn’t divulge my strategy to you

now. [laughs] I’m really not sure at this point. I’d love to go back, I’d love to

have the opportunity, but I’m not sure if I would or not yet.”

On his spirituality in the game:

“I feel like God’s plan was really … I feel like he wanted me to trust

him and take the risk. Go out and trust him enough to try to allow him

to use me in a game full of lying, deceit and manipulation and encourage

people. I wanted to show people peace, joy and love and strength that I

found in Jesus, my savior. That’s what I was trying to do and I think

that’s what God’s plan was. In my opinion, that’s what I think my

participating in ‘Survivor’ was.”

“It was never necessarily that God was carrying me along farther in the

game, but he was carrying my actual being forward each day, helping me

get through each day … It was more him giving me the strength to just

continue forward.”

“I believe He has a hand in everything. Where do you draw the line?

There’s all this pain and tragedy and stuff in the world and why is he

helping out this goofy kid on ‘Survivor’? I don’t know, I don’t

understand it. I know I had to fully depend on him with my being, not to

progress myself in the game, but to keep going on Redemption Island. There were times

when I was laying in the shelter and just thinking that I was gonna die.

He gave me the strength to keep going, to keep living, that’s the

strength I was trying to convey. It wasn’t necessarily progressing in

the game.”

“Survivor” returns to the airwaves in September 2011 on CBS.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."