‘I feel like it’s def­i­nitely Carl’s fault’

Sur­vivor’s El­iz­a­beth Ol­son talks about the sab­o­tage that got her voted out of the game

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“I’m a red­neck but I’m not a dumb red­neck,” 31-year-old Texas kitchen staff El­iz­a­beth Ol­son said the morn­ing af­ter her game-shift­ing elim­i­na­tion. She may have been ousted by a unan­i­mous vote of 12-1, but the orig­i­nal David cast-mem­ber on Sur­vivor: David vs Go­liath wasn’t will­ing to lay down with­out a fair fight.

Upon mak­ing the an­tic­i­pated merge, which united the re­main­ing 13 play­ers from the orig­i­nal David and Go­liath tribes on their new Kalokalo beach for the first time, the Longview na­tive im­me­di­ately knew she was a ma­jor threat head­ing into the mile­stone tribal coun­cil. But it was dif­fi­cult not to get dis­tracted and en­joy how far she had come.

“As a fan of the show, the first thing you dread is, ‘I hope I’m not the first one out’ and the next one is, ‘I hope I make the merge.’ It was such a glo­ri­ous feel­ing mak­ing that merge. I could breathe for like two sec­onds and then it was full steam ahead,” she said.

“I felt re­ally good about my po­si­tion in the game. I thought that I was likely go­ing to be the Go­liath tar­get. I was cor­rect. I was not think­ing cor­rect on Carl. I thought that we could work to­gether and have each other’s back.”

On top of pres­sure from the op­po­site side, El­iz­a­beth was also sur­prised to find out that for­mer tribe­mem­ber Carl Boudreaux was also plot­ting on her demise and will­ing to vote her out when the time came. With her back against the wall, El­iz­a­beth was ready to do what­ever it took to stay in the game, even if that meant blow­ing up tribal coun­cil.

When for­mer Go­liath, An­gelina Kee­ley con­fided in the Tex­as­based com­peti­tor to let her know that she was the one leav­ing, El­iz­a­beth took the op­por­tu­nity to then throw An­gelina un­der the bus in an ef­fort to save her­self.

“I feel like it’s def­i­nitely Carl’s fault that I got sent home. An­gelina came to me right be­fore tribal. And what changed was An­gelina be­trayed her peo­ple and that was my weapon. But when I was go­ing around to my own peo­ple at tribal, when I got to Carl, he said, ‘I don’t want to hear it.’ This whole time, I was go­ing to have to con­vince the Go­liaths, I didn’t know I was go­ing to have to con­vince the Davids as well. The Go­liaths were ac­tu­ally con­sid­er­ing what I was say­ing.”

Just min­utes be­fore the vote was re­vealed, El­iz­a­beth shared with the group that An­gelina had bro­ken the Go­liath’s trust by spilling that she was the tar­get, which not only of­fered an al­ter­na­tive path to po­ten­tially send An­gelina pack­ing, but also showed the lengths El­iz­a­beth was will­ing to go to stay in the game.

“I’m in­sulted that she was sur­prised that I was play­ing Sur­vivor. I can throw punches with the best of them. That was in­sult­ing to me to think that I was go­ing to roll over and play dead. She to­tally mis­in­ter­preted me,” she laughed.

De­spite her best ef­forts, El­iz­a­beth was still named the sixth player voted out of the game to be­come the first mem­ber of the sea­son’s jury.

Sur­vivor: David vs Go­liath airs Wed­nes­days on Global and CBS.

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