Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” had its fair share of drama, and when it didn’t involve medical-evacuations, it involved Alecia Holden.
If you haven’t yet seen the most recent episode. Get caught up on Episode 4 here.
Alecia seemed to be the odd-woman-out from the very beginning on the Brawn Tribe (who could have very easily been placed on the Beauty Tribe by the way). Dubbed “Blondie” by tribe mate Jason, she didn’t seem to have the work-ethic of the others and just didn’t seem to get off on the right foot with the males at camp. But most detrimental of all, she was shown to be very distrustful of them, which ultimately led to her “outsider” status.
But give her credit: Through the first three episodes, Alecia was a Survivor. At the first two Tribal Councils she attended, her name had come up twice, and twice it ended up being someone else’s torch that got snuffed. But the math was not working in her favor, and heading into Episode 4 she was all alone and at the mercy of the powerful alliance of Jason, Scot and Cydney.
Just one episode earlier, she did seem to have a chance to change her fate and survive even longer in the game, before making a crucial mistake. When she found a clue to the hidden Idol, she shared it with Cydney instead of keeping it to herself. Sharing it resulted in Jason eventually getting a hold of it, even though he apparently plowed her over in order to retrieve it (a move that instantly solidified Jason as a hated villain on social media). Without an Idol and being betrayed by her only potential ally in Cydney, Alecia’s days were numbered if they were to return to Tribal anytime soon.
And she was so clearly the target that they almost didn’t need to return to Tribal at all…her tribe mates petitioned to just vote her off directly following the Immunity Challenge on the beach, but she decided not to submit to this group decision. It may have delayed the inevitable, but Alecia hung in there for as long as she could before they eventually, unanimously, voted her out.
I talked with Alecia today about her time in the game, her Idol decisions, and if she was happy with the way she was portrayed on the show. We also discussed that scary medical emergency and her perspective on everything that occurred. Here was our full conversation:
Tom Santilli, Survivor Examiner: So Alecia, when Scot voted for you last night, he said something like “I hope you watch this over and over and understand that we were trying to help you.” After watching the season back on TV, do you think he was right at all, or full of crap?
Alecia Holden: Oh yeah, that’s pretty humorous. What I have to say about Scot is, you’re on the fire for fifteen minutes, you quit, you go to take nap-time for five hours while you’re snoring in the shelter, and I’m out there making fire for five hours so that we can eat that night. So oh yeah, you’re really helping me out Scot. Thanks champ. Team player.
Tom Santilli: So it sounds like there is some real bitterness there still. What are your overall thoughts towards Scot and Jason?
Alecia: Um, I don’t plan on ever being friends with them. I think I’m just going to…I don’t think I plan on speaking to them at all.
Tom Santilli: Wow OK. So was that an instant feeling you had once you left the game or were your feelings amplified upon watching the season on TV, and seeing all of the name-calling and other things that went on behind your back?
Alecia: The thing is, I didn’t know a lot of the things that were being said about me. They didn’t really say anything to my face until like Episode 4. And the things they had said to my face, that’s when I would confront them. We were like David and Goliath. I was not going to be intimidated by their size, and if they’re going to treat me like that then I’m going to address the situation. So I definitely did stand up for myself to Scot.
Tom Santilli: Do you separate them from each other? Was there any better of a relationship with one of them then the other, or do you just view them as a pair?
Alecia: I didn’t really have a relationship with either Scot or Jason from Day One, and even Jason said on Day One that he wanted me out. So you know, they have big egos, and they attack me because I’m the littlest one. Scot said that he didn’t want any weak players. Well go back and tell Scot that weak is not having water and not having food, and going into the shelter and sleeping in the middle of the day, the whole day. Scot was the dinosaur of the tribe, he was the old person of the tribe, and that really showed a lot around camp.
Tom Santilli: Give me your thoughts too then on Cydney. For at least a portion of the game, it appeared you felt like you were close to her, despite the fact that she seemed pretty tight with the guys from the beginning.
Alecia: The second episode, when Jen mentioned the all-girl alliance thing, Cydney came up to me and was like it’s your choice, do you want to vote out Jen or Jason? I said I want to vote Jason. Then right before Tribal Jenny started acting weird and Cydney came back up to me and said Jenny is trying to vote you out tonight, so you need to write her name down. So I felt like I had to put my trust in Cydney at that point. So I did think that I could trust Cydney at that point. It was the worst mistake I made in this game, and then telling Cydney about the Idol clue. It just all happened so fast and I wasn’t really thinking. And after that I didn’t trust anyone in the game.
Tom Santilli: Let’s talk about that Idol. There was a lot of controversy on social media about how Jason sort of seemed to bull you over when trying to get the key to the hidden Idol treasure chest once it fell out of the tree. What happened?
Alecia: I have scars on my legs. Jason has no respect for women. I don’t find him to be a good role model. It’s sad because he has two daughters, to see your dad act like that. He tried as hard as he could, which was potentially dangerous because we were under rocks and I could have hit my head. And there was rocks underneath us. And he got his shoulder in…and I know what happened. You couldn’t really tell that much in the edit, but I know what happened. When the key fell, Jason rammed me as hard as he could with his shoulder, and then pushed me down on the ground and I had blood all on my legs. So he has absolutely no respect. And by the way I fought way harder for that Idol than what was shown. When I was in the water and Jason started running off, Cydney came up to me and was like Jason is going off to look for the Idol, go after him. So Cydney was sort of playing both sides. But Jason gets the clue, and him and Scot were sort of off to the side, and I ran ahead and started trying to cut down the tree that the key was in. But the producers were all like, you can’t cut down the tree! So I had to climb up the tree to the top, and the tree was about to break. And none of that was shown, so it looked like I didn’t really try that hard for the Idol. So in the end it’s frustrating because I fought a lot harder. I was trying to take the tree down. So that was frustrating how that was portrayed.
Tom Santilli: Let me ask you about portrayals then…do you feel like you were fairly portrayed on the show overall?
Alecia: I was portrayed in a completely false light. During the first episode, I would not just sit around and drink water while we were doing stuff around camp. The episode showed I did pull my weight around camp. I think I fought back a lot more than what was shown, I think I was way more opinionated in my interviews than what was shown. I think a lot of people feel bad for me, but I was OK out there. If anything I was laughing at them a lot. I laughed through the whole show. It didn’t phase me, I wasn’t like in the corner letting them get to me.
Tom Santilli: What is that like, to feel a certain way about your time in the game, and then months later to see the show air and then feel like they’ve given you an unfair spin?
Alecia: It is frustrating, but it’s a game. You can’t help how some things get to you. The negative things, you just can’t let them get to you and the positive things, you smile about. So it just is what it is, and it’s a game.
Tom Santilli: Back to Jason for one more question: It’s not OK to get verbally or physically abused obviously. But when things went beyond verbal, during the whole Idol thing where you say he rammed into you as hard as he could…how shocked or surprised were you that it got to that point?
Alecia: Yeah, I mean at the end of the day, you talk about having these daughters, well you are just not a role model for your daughters or for women. How you treat women, that is now portrayed on television, so it’s sad that when they grow up their going to watch him act like that. He’s the one that ultimately made himself portrayed in a bad light.
Tom Santilli: You mentioned at Tribal that there are some things more valuable than a million bucks. What did you take away from the show for yourself?
Alecia: One thing that I did take, is that we get so wrapped up in our everyday lives that we don’t really know what’s going on in other parts of the world. I’ve done a lot of traveling, I’ve been to over sixteen countries, so I have been blessed with that experience. But hearing about poverty and actually experiencing it are two different things. We didn’t have a good shelter, we didn’t have enough food and it was eye-opening that there are people that live like this every day of their lives. Just be grateful for the things you did have. I mean, I didn’t have a good experience with my tribe out there, but it was a pretty cool experience, it was an adventure and I would absolutely love, love, love to go back.
Tom Santilli: Your exit episode was obviously over-shadowed by the crazy-horrifying medical-evacuation that happened earlier on. What was that whole ordeal like from your perspective?
Alecia: It was just extremely crazy when everybody went down at once. I had been throwing up that morning back at camp and we were all dehydrated. I honestly thought that I was digging my grave back there honestly. After Caleb went out, the producers actually called medical on me because my hands were shaking pretty bad. So it was a struggle and it was a very, very intense day.
Tom Santilli: What’s something you wish would’ve been shown or something that you would have liked the audience to get to know about you had you stayed in the game?
Alecia: I was a lot more funny in my interviews. A lot of things weren’t shown, like OK, the first challenge, Cydney had put fruit down her pants because we were grabbing everything we could. The fruit went rotten. So she threw it on the ground. Well the guys were alienating me, so what do I do? I get the rotten fruit and I show it to Scot and Jason and I call it Cyd-fruit. Like how can they not show that on TV? So I did a lot of stuff like that that wasn’t shown. I don’t like how they portrayed me to be sort of ditzy. I mean, I had my moments, but overall I wish they would have shown that kind of stuff as well.
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