This week on Survivor: Philippines, Artis Silvester of the Tandang tribe was eliminated from CBS competition in another close vote at Tribal Council.
Although Artis was originally a key member of the Tandang tribe before the merge, the Louisiana computer engineer lost his strategic footing later in the game when the tribe began to fall apart. When the votes pitted Artis against returning Survivor Jonathan Penner, the tribal stage was set for another blindside.
But it was returning Survivor Michael Skupin of Tandang who flipped on Artis and became the deciding vote in this week’s elimination.
When The Deadbolt caught up with Artis the next day, the former Tandang tribe member shed light of what happened this week on Survivor: Philippines.
THE DEADBOLT: Why do you think it was ultimately you and not Penner?
ARTIS SILVESTER: Because I couldn’t convince one person to stay with me for one more vote. I knew that eventually he would go back to the original alliance, but I just needed him to stay with me one more time. He could’ve went back and I would have been fine.
Mike was never an option when it came to him. Mike was going to do what Mike was going to do. I knew early on, very early on in the game that Mike was not going to stay with the Tandang tribe.
THE DEADBOLT: Before tribal, what did you have worked out with Skupin?
ARTIS: I had absolutely nothing worked out with Skupin. I had no interaction with Skupin at all. Absolutely none.
THE DEADBOLT: How do you feel about the way Lisa’s playing the game as compared to Abi-Maria?
ARTIS: Lisa’s playing like a mom and I have no idea what Abi’s playing like. That’s anybody’s call. Abi’s playing like she has to one-up everybody, like she has something to prove. Or she actually decided that she was going to be the bitchiest Survivor and is playing it for the gift. I don’t know. I’m hoping, HOPING, that’s not her true personality.
How did you feel about this week’s vote?