For this season, regular contributor Jacob Derwin is bringing you a brand new weekly (-ish) feature called Alternative Reality. Each week, Jacob will be interviewing stars of non-Survivor reality-tv shows and getting their thoughts on the season. From Big Brother to King of the Nerds to The Amazing Race and more!
This week Jacob talks with Kat Dumont from the latest season of Australian Survivor!
Kat was one of the 24 castaways on the brand new season of Australian Survivor, originally starting on the Aganoa tribe. We talked on the phone about episode seven of Survivor: Millennials vs. Generation X.
Jacob Derwin: How long have you been a fan of Survivor?
Kat Dumont: Since I was 12 years old! I was hooked after seeing Survivor: Australian Outback. I fell in love with Colby and was convinced I was going to marry him!
JD: Amazing. Let’s get into the episode! In the previous episode, Adam flipped on Taylor & Figgy, sending Figgy home. Was this the right move for Adam? And what did you think of him apologizing to Taylor?
KD: It’s hard to say, I mean a power couple is always dangerous! If I was Adam, I would have voted off Figgy. Not only were her and Taylor annoying as hell, but I think Jess and Ken were the better option to move forward with.
JD: Over on Vanua, David decides to tell Zeke about his idol to try and solidify an alliance. Thoughts on these two? And should you ever show people your idol?
KD: Zeke and David are both hilarious. David is painful to watch but there is something about him which makes him endearing. Zeke is a winner in my eyes. He’s playing his cards right at the moment, playing both sides. I just hope it doesn’t come back to bite him! And NO! Never tell anyone you have an idol. You may think it helps gain trust, but it also puts a HUGE target on your back.
JD: The Reward Challenge involved a whole lot of ball throwing. And the reward for the winners was a personal chef visit! Pretty fantastic reward huh? It just happened to be followed by one of the more foul scenes I’ve seen on the show – it was like the Blazing Saddles campfire scene if you’ve ever seen the movie. Poor Michelle. Was this gross scene an indicator of Michelle’s status on that tribe?
KD: YES. So gross. Get some class people! If the boys at Aganoa or Vavau had of done that, I would have gone crazy.
JD: On Ikabula, Michaela was spelling out some seashell-based strategy with Hannah, Will and Jay, and Hannah determines that Bret is absolutely a cop, not a funeral director. What were some of your thoughts on the dynamics of this tribe?
KD: Ahhhhhhhhhhh that move there was Michaela’s downfall. She showed she was powerful and a huge threat. Hannah and Will are sheep and will follow, so Jay knew he was in a prime position to make a move. Although I love Hannah, I agree with Jay and Will’s comments about her freaking out, so I think they did the right thing in keeping her in the dark with the Michaela vote… although I know she will be freaking out when they get back to camp! Bret is kind of annoying. He is a bit of a ‘meh’ character. Sunday is super cute though and I think she’s a bit of an underdog.
JD: The Immunity Challenge is basically a Rube Goldberg. Throw the coconuts to lower the net, lower the net to raise the flag, raise the flag to get the numbers, get the numbers to unlock the box, etc. Anyone impress you in the challenge with their slingshot ability and/or coconut throwing skills?
KD: Unfortunately everyone was a bit average I thought! I mean it’s really not a hard challenge… yet no one really shone! Of course David was useless though. He’s like the 2.0 version of me in challenges, haha.
JD: Next time someone starts talking about who David reminds them of, I’ll redirect them here! Ikabula loses the challenge and all signs point towards Bret or Sunday getting the boot, purely because of numbers. That said Jay and Will are seen in the woods considering a flip on Michaela because she’s just too good at everything, and she knows about their idol. Pre-tribal, who did you think was in trouble?
KD: As a normal viewer, of course you think it’s Bret or Sunday, but having played the game and knowing the editing style, I knew it was Michaela.
JD: At Tribal, everyone except Hannah basically lies to Michaela’s face and votes her out, resulting in one of the coldest Tribal moments in recent memory with Jay’s “I did it” and Michaela’s stare in disbelief. What was going through your head?
KD: This was an epic Tribal and I loved every minute. Michaela had a ‘go big or go home’ attitude and I loved watching her play with her emotions on her sleeve. Of course I was devastated to see her go, but dang girl! You did me proud!
JD: How have you liked the season so far?
For the rest of our interview, including Kat’s winner picks and thoughts on the next episode, check out our Next Time On… Survivor article which will be posted tomorrow.