In Thursday night’s episode of Survivor SA: Philippines - Mindanao lost their first member at tribal council.
Stacy-Lee, who was battling a viral infection choose to be eliminated from the competition.
She received five votes at the end of Mindanao’s first tribal council, while Werner received two votes and Jeanne one vote.
We chatted to Stacy-Lee following her departure from the competition.
Why did you decide to enter Survivor SA?
I am a huge fan of the show. It was one of the things on my Bucket List. I was never in that environment before and I wanted to see and feel that life. I wanted to be humbled and also to have a chance to create a fire out in the bush. I wanted to do diving deep in the ocean and maybe even catch a fish.
How did you prepare for Survivor SA?
Everything happened too quickly. I didn’t have enough time to prepare. One minute I was auditioning and the next minute I had someone knocking on the door telling me “lets go”. But during the Christmas and New Year period I tried to meditate at church, become mindful and try to detach from normal life.
What was your strategy going into the game?
I wanted to play a laidback game. I wanted to be an effective player and strong on challenges. I didn’t want to be the leader. I wanted to be somewhere around the middle. I was more the protective and motherly type.
While on Survivor SA, what did you learn?
I was on the island for a little more than two weeks and what I learnt was that you must be grateful for everything around you. On the island, there is no support structure. You are constantly fighting elements and your team. I had a chance to do an introspective analysis of who I am. When I had the viral infection, it really brought me down. I’ve never been more sick in my life. So I appreciate everything now.
Did you anticipate being voted off the island?
In the last few moments, I did. I just thought that Jeanne was much stronger than me and I was so sick, that I just put my hand up and took this one for the team. It was the best decision at the time.
I wish I would have taken the vaccines before going to the island. And also I wish I had been more aware of the game and not just taken the first few days for granted.
What was the first thing you did when you got home?
I got on a scale to see how much of weight I’ve picked up, because on the airplane I ate and ate and ate everything. I also went to church and prayed and thanked God I made it out of there alive because those elements are real and dangerous. I walked past a huge python once and in the middle of the night we would step on huge spiders.
Tune in to Survivor SA: Philippines next week (May 24) to see if Mindanao can find their way back, or if Luzon can capitalise on the turmoil.