This week on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites, Corinne Kaplan of Survivor: Gabon was voted out in one of the season’s most dramatic blindsides.
Although Corinne made a strategic play for the newly merged players to vote against Survivor fan Sherri Biethman before targeting Phillip Sheppard, fellow tribe mate Dawn got wind of her plan and turned the tables at Tribal Council. Once the Favorites knew they’d soon be outnumbered by Corinne’s alliances, the fate of the former Survivor: Gabon player was sealed.
The first five votes went to Sherri before Corinne was blindsided and voted out of the game.
This week The Deadbolt caught up with Corinne Kaplan to get the scoop on her elimination, why Dawn flipped, whether she underestimated Phillip, and why it was hard to form alliances on Survivor: Caramoan.
THE DEADBOLT: When you saw your name on the votes, did you get a sense that it was Dawn who flipped? What were you thinking?
CORINNE KAPLAN: Well, I didn’t really know what was happening. I assumed, at the very least, it would be a tie. I was not shocked until the seventh time my name came up because I thought we had Erik. So, I thought it would end end in a tie. You always know going to Tribal that there’s a possibility that whoever is against you, they may cast votes your way.
I knew at that point that I’m not playing with Phillip. Who knows what Andrea is doing? These people could vote against me. I thought that no matter what it’s just going to force a tie. When it wasn’t a tie, that’s when I felt blindsided. I didn’t until that point.
THE DEADBOLT: Looking back, do you think you underestimated Phillip’s alliance with the others? How do you see it now?
CORINNE: No. I would like to make this clear: I am the reason why I got sent home. I ran my mouth and I got sent home because of what I said to Dawn. It has nothing to do with Phillip. If Dawn hadn’t gone back and told that story to them, it would have been Sherri that went home and we would have gotten rid of Phillip.
I don’t think that Phillip has any power. I don’t believe he’s leading anyone. He wasn’t leading me, certainly, that was entirely a Dawn move. That has nothing to do with Phillip.
THE DEADBOLT: After the vote, you said that you only liked a couple of people this season? Was it harder to form alliances?
CORINNE: Yeah. You know what? I don’t want to sound like a cry-baby but it is really hard when you get out there with these people. Three people have played together, another three people have played together, and I can’t compete.
I thought Dawn was going to be loyal to me over Cochran because he had screwed her their first season. But the reality is that they had a very long-standing relationship, they spent a lot of time together, and she felt closer to him for whatever reason. She felt he’d be more loyal purely because she knew him previously to this.
So, I’m sort of out there like a lone duck. I don’t have my Randy, my Charlie, my Marcus, I don’t have these guys. I can only sell you whatever story I can sell you in those days that I’m out there. I can only be so convincing because it’s a game and no one really buys that anyone is really being genuine in the game, which is my downfall because I don’t have the ability to fake very much.
How do you feel about the way Corrine played the game this season on Survivor: Caramoan?