Natalie Anderson is the winner of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur. She originally appeared on two seasons of The Amazing Race with her twin sister Nadiya, before they were both cast on Survivor. While her sister Nadiya was the first person voted out, Natalie was able to use this setback as inspiration to play the best game she possibly could. She worked herself into the majority alliance early on, subtly swaying the strategic decisions while building solid relationships. After her closest ally, Jeremy, was blindsided, Natalie stepped up her game and took a more aggressive approach, orchestrating a number of blindsides. She was eventually rewarded by the jury and voted the Sole Survivor.
Natalie and Keith Nale played as both friends and foes during San Juan Del Sur. While they were on opposite alliances for most of the game, Natalie did have a good bond with Keith and used his vote to blindside former ally Jon towards the end of the game. Having witnessed all of Keith’s classic moments, from his surprising challenge wins, to his “stick to the plan” Tribal Council blunder, Inside Survivor decided to reach out to the SJDS champion herself, Natalie Anderson, to get her thoughts. Natalie Anderson talks Keith Nale and his chances on Survivor: Cambodia.
“What was your overall perception of Keith’s game in Survivor: San Juan Del Sur? Pros and Cons?”
I don’t think that Keith had a whole ton of Survivor knowledge on his first season. Hopefully watching our season and the Collar season (Worlds Apart), he was able to gain some game perception and can learn from his mistakes. I think his major con is that he relates beach life to real life way too much. I don’t think that he actually perceives Survivor as a game but rather as real life, which is his biggest con because it does not allow him to let go of his morals and play the game. He also tends to alienate people without realizing it.
Pros – With no effort, Keith is a really likeable and funny guy. He’s super helpful around camp, and handy. He can build, fish, and do anything any of the 20-year-old guys can do. Also, he’s basically a bad-ass at the most random challenges – especially the ones with balls.
“How do you think Keith will change his game on Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance?”
He won’t be as trusting, and will be thinking of how he can make an alliance that is going to actually help him get far in the game, rather than who he gets along with and who he likes. I also think that he will be more aware of what he says at Tribal Council!
“Who on the Second Chance cast is Keith’s biggest threat?”
I think guys like Jeremy, who have the same social and challenge skills, are going to be a threat to Keith. Anybody who has more Survivor knowledge, and can anticipate and base experiences on past seasons is going to have a major advantage over Keith.
“Who on the Second Chance cast do you see Keith potentially aligning with?”
Jeremy and Kelley. He’s going to stick to who he knows, and since he has not watched a lot of Survivor, he is not going to be able to know players, or their game, which is going to make him the most comfortable with the SJDS cast. He likes to work with people who are like him; from our cast he liked me because we got along well and we could talk about sports and things that he could relate to. It was hard for Keith to relate/work with people that he didn’t have anything in common with, and that’s going to be a challenge for him.
“What is the major thing Keith needs to avoid this time around?”
Keith needs to avoid being overly emotional. He also needs to make sure he has a plan at Tribal and knows who he is working with and what his long term goals are in the game. Staying under the radar until he can use his challenge skills to win Immunity and rewards. I think that he needs to mostly avoid making choices that will expose his alliance members, his plans, and his strengths.
“What is Keith’s secret weapon to win?”
Being the funny, nice guy around camp. But he has to make moves that will prove that he did more than win Immunity and make people laugh. Getting to the end will depend on how strong of an alliance he is in, and winning a few Immunity challenges along the way.
“What kind of animal/player will Keith be this time – Fox (cunning strategist), Bear (strong and loyal), Goat (no jury votes), Dead Fish (dragged to the end)?”
Hopefully, Keith is a snake, and he can sneak his way into an alliance. Stay silent but deadly until it’s the right time to strike. If he is patient enough and he can strike at the right time, I think he has a good shot to get deep into the game.