“Survivor’s” Sarah Dawson was the first voted-off castaway once the show merged the Matsing members into Kalabaw and Tandang. She talks to Zap2it about how strong a competitor Denise is — and that smooch she planted on Jeff Probst.
Are you glad you did “Survivor”? Was it everything you hoped it would be?
“Oh my gosh, I’m so glad I did ‘Survivor.’ My new ringtone is the ‘Survivor’ intro and I’m trying to make my alarm clock do it also. I love this show. I’m so glad I was able to participate. It’s just really changed me.”
Were you surprised the tribe kept Katie over you?
“Actually, no. If I were my tribemates I would’ve done exactly the same thing. I was actually trying to make a lot of moves once Dana left the game. I was trying to get our footing back for Katie and I and trying to keep Denise in our alliance, but unfortunately we just weren’t able to do that. Denise had to choose the alliance that was best for her after Dana was gone. I would’ve done exactly the same thing.”
What about Denise? Did you think she might be going home?
“Um, I was hoping. I hate to say that I was hoping she’d go home, but I wanted to keep our tribe together. I wanted to keep our tribe strong. It’s just, ya know, my other tribemates felt they could go further with her. It doesn’t make sense to me why you want to keep a physically stronger person and someone who’s outlasted four other people [on Matsing]. It doesn’t make sense to me why you’d want to keep a person like that, she’s obviously a larger threat than I am. I’m not sure what the sense was behind that move.”
So, what was up with the Jeff Probst smooch?
“Oh my gosh. I don’t know if you remember. I had a very intense look on his face and Jeff Probst did too. He was a little scared-slash-intrigued, which was awesome. I was considering going for his mouth, but I know he’s married, so I just did the corner of his mouth and it was awesome. Watching him giving us all the rules for the challenges and the excitement he has for the game, just, ya know, worked for me. And once I had an opportunity and he’s right in front of me and the cameras were rolling so he couldn’t say no, I went after it. I’ve been trying to plant a kiss on him for years and I finally got that off my bucket list.”
When you got voted out, did you think Kalabaw could rally against Tandang, or was Tandang just too strong at this point?
“Um, losing Dana was a huge blow to us. When she left the beach, that’s when the game changed completely. We were ready to take on Tandang. We wanted to go to war with them, we wanted to take them on. They hadn’t lost an Immunity, we hadn’t lost an Immunity. It was going to be a really, really great fight. But unfortunately once Dana left, they were able to sit a person out of the game and of course, they get to chose their weakest player to sit out, so it wasn’t the full-on brawl that I really wanted to see. I wanted to see everyone playing, everyone going toe-to-toe and unfortunately we didn’t get to see that and then I left. Everything happened so quickly.”
When you got voted out, who were you rooting for, who did you want to see make it to the end?
“I was blown away by Denise’s game play. She not only survived the Matsing debacle, but she came on to our tribe and was able to get in so quickly. She made two strong alliances in just a matter of minutes. And then on top of that was able to get rid of me. If I was going to say anything after I was voted out, it wasn’t going to be anger … but I wanted to commend Denise just for being able to infiltrate our tribe and take one of us down. It would’ve been an easy vote to get rid of her and she avoided that bullet. Props to her on that move.”
She is quite the formidable competitor, it seems.
“Yes! And the fact that my tribe didn’t see that. I tried to tell them — listen, Denise and Malcolm, they have to have a very strong bond and alliance to have survived everything that’s happened at Matsing. It has to be a strong alliance. So you’re going to take her to a merge and put those two back together? That’s … it didn’t make sense to me. So it was a huge game-changing episode. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m so jazzed as a fan.”
“Survivor” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.