There are several approaches to the game of Survivor. You can be unabashedly yourself like Richard "Naked Guy" Hatch. You can lie and scheme and cheat until the very end like Russell Hantz. (Not to mention the dozens of variations between those polar opposites.) Well, one Survivor alum regrets the latter of not being honest and “authentic” about their background while playing.
It is very possible that you don't remember the name Julia Landauer. But she was definitely present in Survivor: Caramoan, the season famously won by John Cochran. She didn't leave much of an impression because she hardly talked or made any big game moves. But having had nine years to think about it, Landauer realizes now that being more authentic could have helped her get further than a vote out on day 19. She reflected on these regrets to Entertainment Weekly, saying:
We can't fault Julia Landauer for her initial strategy on Survivor: Caramoan. Though she didn't make a huge impression, the season's theme was “Fans vs Favorites” after all, so it was probably a pretty good move to lay low in the beginning stages of the game while so many big names we're making big plays. Unfortunately, that can only get you so far in a game that demands you outwit the others.
Julia Landauer isn't the only one with regrets after playing Survivor. (And she likely won't be the last.) Zeke Smith regretted talking to host Jeff Probst too much on Survivor: Game Changers. Even fan-favorite Cirie Fields regrets not putting “a thousand percent” into being a “physical competitor.”
There's just one too many ways that a Survivor contestant’s game can become disastrous or a disappointment. Much like Julia Landauer, alum Cat Edorsson wished that she had more age-old wisdom while playing. Ironically, Edorsson was loud and proud in her social strategy, which is in direct contrast with Landauer’s approach. Yet now, they both have similar regrets when looking back on their respective seasons.
Speculation has it that the new season will be a lot different than what alums experienced in the past. Supposedly, there won’t be any theme this year, and it could possibly be shorter than the standard 39 days. But if you don't believe me, check out what host Jeff Probst said about Survivor Season 41 on Twitter recently:
Season 41 is set for a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, September 22 on CBS. And after such a long hiatus, regardless of monsters real or imagined, my body and spirit is ready for Survivor’s return.
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