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Itís not like Parvati Shallow is short on money, having already won over a million dollars courtesy of three appearances on Survivor (including winning Survivor: Micronesia). But that wonít stop the cheapskate from trying to travel the globe without paying a single penny. Starting on July 5th, sheíll be starring on CBS.comís Around the World For Free, taking over for previous host Jeff Schroeder (of Big Brother and Amazing Race fame). On the show, Parvati will spend 100 days on the road ó with rides, shelter, and meals provided by viewers themselves. (She gets four free flights along the way to handle longer journeys.) Viewers will also help determine where Parvati goes next on her journey via an online interactive map at cbs.com/world. I talked with the Survivor champ/minx to get the lowdown on her latest adventure.Okay, Parvati, tell me what the hell youíve gotten yourself into this time.Basically, this is my dream come true from the day I was born. I love more than anything in the world to travel, and meet people, and learn about different cultures. And being able to do that and meet people from incredibly remote places like shamans in the Amazon rain forest or Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, I am so excited. Itís going to open up this whole new way of life for me and for everybody thatís watching the show.How many boys do you plan to seduce on this trip?[Laughs] At least one in every country.Survivor: Get the latest news, photos, and moreThatís how youíll get around for free, I suppose then. So this show used to be hosted by Jeff Schroeder from Big Brother. Does that mean youíre now taking his sloppy seconds?I never watched Jeff on Big Brother. Big Brother to me, I find it to be a little less than exciting.How diplomatic.I definitely think Iím going to make this my own. I have a very strong personality and very strong opinions on the direction I want to take this show in. Itís going to be much more focused on adventure, culture, meeting people in more remote places. I know Jeff kind of trekked around big cities, and I want to be in the jungle, in more uncomfortable places where people arenít given all the comforts that we have in America. I want to experience life.So what youíre saying, basically, is that youíre tougher than Jeff Schroeder.Iím definitely saying Iím tougher than Jeff Schroeder! And if he wants to have a boxing match to prove it, I am down for that.Your fellow Survivor villains Russell and Boston Rob also have new shows coming out. Why should people watch yours instead of theirs?Because Iím cooler. Because I beat both of them! Also, with this show, Iím the first girl to do it ó to go out there and travel on her own with no money. Basically, Iím independent. Iím relying on myself to get from place to place but Iím also building this huge team behind me to support me on this journey. Itís very raw and very real time and very in the moment, and thatís where I excel.On this show, youíre really dependent on the kindness of others. Who is the former Survivor contestant that would be least likely to help you?I think, honestly, every Survivor contestant would help me because they all want to be back on TV.Even Sugar Kiper?Definitely Sugar! I was thinking maybe Jonny Fairplay, but I know he would want to be back on TV so he would help me for sure. He would send me someplace horrible, but even sending me somewhere horrible is still helping me.How shamelessly are you going to be pimping your new Santa Monica spa/gym, ESP Wellness Center, throughout the course of the show?You can expect ESP Wellness Center to throw up all over your face. Itís a huge part of the show. Iím leaving, essentially, my home, which is ESP, that Iíve spent the past year-and-a-half building with my blood sweat and tears ó and Iím leaving it. Itís like my child. So Iím definitely going to be checking back in, finding out whatís going on in the studio, and how our clients are progressing.You told me earlier this year you were done with Survivor and I said I didnít believe it and that youíd return one more time. Where is your head at now as far as appearing on Survivor again at some point?I definitely think every thing Iíve done in my life has prepared me for this show. I think competing on Survivor three times has prepared me for being able to do Around the World for Free. I think that Iím moving in a new direction and Iím pretty much closing the book on Survivor, but Iím taking those lessons that I learned from that experience with me as I move forward and take on this new challenge.Youíre full of it, Parvati. Youíll be back.Never! Well, I donít want to say never, because we all know what happens when I say that.
Offer her B&B, a ride from the airport, and some sort of fun typically Aussie experience, and I am sure they would love it!! It is all viewer directed, very interactive, and Parvati will bring a whole different approach to this!Should be fun!!
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