Very nice exit interview with Cirie from reality TV...
Reality TV World: Why were you all so surprised that there wasn't a Final 3? Weren't the facts that the Final 4 Immunity Challenge took place a day early, wasn't a classic endurance challenge, and wasn't proceeded by the usual "Fallen Comrades" march some pretty big hints that there was going to be another Immunity Challenge?
Cirie: It's just... [in] previous seasons, it was Final 3. I guess you could chalk it up to wishful thinking. I mean we all got the hints. We all knew that there was a possibility. But what really made it unbelievable to me -- like, "No, it couldn't be!" -- is the fact that it would be an even-numbered jury. I didn't think that they would risk... I mean I know it would make for great TV to have a tie. But there's never -- as far as I know -- has been an even-numbered jury.
Reality TV World: Assuming it had been a Final 3, what was your jury strategy going to be? Were you expecting that Amanda and Parvati would basically split their votes?
Cirie: I felt if I had just had the opportunity to speak to the jury, I'm pretty confident in my ability to sway people. (laughing)
I would have told them I knew from practically Day 3 that me joining that foursome alliance [with Amanda, Parvati, Ozzy Lusth and James Clement], I was talked about from the very beginning. [After the tribal swap] when [Joel Anderson] came they talked about me. When [tracy Hughes-Wolf] was there they talked about me. I managed to work my way -- I didn't just sit around -- I actually worked my way to the end this time. That would have been the basic crux of my argument. They were there with me. They saw what I did.
Reality TV World: Did you expect Amanda to vote you out at the Final 3 Tribal Council or were you surprised?
Cirie: I knew she was going to take Parvati, but I had to give it one last shot and tell her, "Look, I've done more stuff to people out here than Parvati did." Not more. We did about the same. But most of it I initiated or I did the talking for.
I did everything I could. I knew it didn't really matter what I said because so many people talked about taking Parvati. It was almost like they wanted to take Parvati as a goat because they thought everyone hated Parvati. [Erik Reichenbach] wanted to take Parvati. Natalie wanted to take Parvati. Amanda wanted to take Parvati. I knew it was a done deal had I not won [the Final 3 Individual Immunity Challenge].