Rachel Foulger unfortunately fell victim to “Survivor: Blood vs. Water’s” new twist Wednesday night (Oct. 2) — she was targeted in order to see if her loved one, Tyson, would take her place on Redemption Island. Then she was eliminated after a particularly finicky, long challenge. She tells Zap2it she was not surprised at all to be targeted.
Are you glad you went on “Survivor,” even if you went out so early?
“Yeah, I’m definitely glad I went on the show. I started Tyson dating four months before he went the first time, so ‘Survivor’ has been a big part of our relationship and to now have experienced that with him, I’m glad for that opportunity.”
Were you surprised the tribe targeted you? The twist of targeting a specific loved on in the hopes the other half of the pair switches out was certainly an interesting new facet to the strategy.
“I knew that I could be a target knowing that Tyson is such a physical threat on the other side. It definitely made me nervous.”
What did you think about Brad? He definitely seems like the Alpha male of Tadhana.
“I think that’s definitely true to character. Brad actually is a funny guy, he is a good person and they show a little bit of that too. But he’s definitely in control and definitely an Alpha male as well.”
Were you mad at Tyson at all for not taking your place, since he had already played the game and you hadn’t really had much of a chance to play?
“Not at all. Tyson was on the edge of his seat and about to jump down there, he wanted to come into the game and it was really me that didn’t let him come in. … I knew it was smartest for us both as a couple for him to stay in the game. He is a stronger player than me, mostly because he’s had so much experience already. But there’s a second part of me that just felt kind of prideful — I knew why I was targeted and my tribe was hoping that I would switch with Tyson and I wasn’t there to help my tribe anymore. I didn’t want to do anything to help them. I was there to help Tyson get further in the game.”
How hard was that Redemption Island challenge, because it looked pretty brutal.
“It was intense. It’s literally one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. It looks like a simple dominoes game, but it was 115 degrees with I don’t know what percent humidity. It took us over an hour to finish that challenge. It was tough, really tough.”
What did you think about the whole Colton thing?
“I was shocked. I went into the arena just kind of prepping myself to get ready to fight a challenge and be able to stay in this game, so I was already super nervous and felt a lot of pressure and then out of nowhere, Colton quits the game. He’s on the tribe that my boyfriend’s on, so I’m wondering what’s going on on that side, what’s going on with their tribe. I was shocked, it threw me off guard for sure.”
Who did you think was the strongest player out there when you left? The person in the best position so far.
“That would definitely be someone on Galang, since they were winning all the challenges. The next person would probably be Aras, in my opinion, just because they were sitting pretty over there, they didn’t have to really be playing the game, but second to that, it think Aras is physically fit, good at challenges and he has won the show, so he has an advantage He knows what you have to do to win.”
How are you and Tyson? Still going strong?
“Oh yeah. Better than ever.”
“Survivor” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.