Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, winner of Season 24 of “Survivor,” One World, recently sat down with podcaster Rob Cesternino to discuss the ongoing season of their reality show Alma Matar. She shared her thoughts on the latest episode, as well as the players she thinks viewers should be keeping an eye on.
Kim also has a new reality show on HGTV called “Why the hell did I buy this house?‘ in which, as the website describes, she ‘comes to the rescue of homeowners feeling the regret of big buyers.’ In Kim’s hometown of San Antonio, she ‘uses her expertise to reinvent lifeless spaces and get homeowners to to finally fall in love with their home”. The show premieres March 30 at 9 p.m. Eastern on HGTV right after “Survivor.”
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Kim thinks Survivor’s ‘new era’ is ‘very different’
Since she hasn’t seen Survivor 41, the last season of the show that Kim is familiar with is Season 40, Winners at War, which she took part in. A few weeks ago, diving into the post-season 40 “new era” for the first time, Kim said in a Rob has a podcast interview Thursday that the contemporary presentation of twists and perks made the show “completely different” from what it knew. “I knew enough not to be totally blown away,” she said of the start of the season, “but it’s very different. I mean, they really changed it a lot.”
When Cesternino said that the ability to “vibe” with competitors now seemed to trump actual alliances or formal voting blocs/pacts, Kim agreed that was the case now, but said, “I don’t think it used to be.” was. ‘ Now she said, ‘Guys [aren’t] Of course, we see these long-term alliances as they used to be. That was the big thing that felt like a transition for me [seasons] 24 to 40 … there really is no loyalty.”
In her original season, with the exception of the young and spirited Kat Edorson, Kim played a fairly loyal game to the women who made up her original tribe and with whom she maintained a secret all-female alliance to the end. She famously even chose to move into the Final 3 with her closest allies Chelsea Meissner and Sabrina Thompson due to their close social and strategic bond, versus the seemingly much more punchable Alicia Rosa and Christina Cha. On the podcast, Kim mentioned that she’s still friends with Chelsea and Kat to this day.
Kim added that the sheer number of benefits could make it practically safer at this point not have or find, rather than the opposite, which has been the norm for dozens of seasons. As she explained:
You used to watch these people take risks…you see them pay off and…the development now is that a bunch of people come in and say, ‘I’m going to risk it all!’ So I wonder if a good game would be easy not Open these things, just be safe every time! It seems that the consequences have become much more intense.
Kim might see Maryanne “going far,” but has another winning choice
When it came to the castaways themselves, Kim said she was particularly fond of Maryanne Oketch of the Taku tribe, even saying that she reminded her a little bit of Kat from her season “in a very different way.” “It’s like completely opposite personalities,” Kim said of the two, “but somehow playing the same role in the tribe, it’s like infinite energy, so fun, so offbeat, source of entertainment but sometimes she wants a nap.” Kim said of Maryanne, “I think she’s a sweetheart.”
Kim added that she believes Maryanne could go far, largely due to her upbeat and “bubbly” personality, which can be really uplifting for a “survivor” tribe:
There’s something about it – I think, goodness, I think that when you’re out there… there’s just something about being around people that are having fun, that make you feel good, you’re so miserable… even if it’s subconscious… you want to be around people we think are right for us, who are good natured, who make us laugh. So I don’t know how much they enjoy them… [but] I think she could stay in it for a long time.
When it came to choosing her winner, however, Kim chose another castaway: Maryanne’s tribesman, Omar Zaheer. “I like Omar,” she said. “You can tell people like him that he’s easy to talk to, he’s smart, he’s engaging. He just seems to have a good head on his shoulders, I just have a really good feeling about Omar.”
Of the Ika tribe, who weren’t shown much in episode 3, Kim said, “I really don’t give them much thought.”
However, she shared her thoughts on 24-year-old Tori Meehan, who said she wants to play the game “100%” like Kim her CBS bio. Tori, Kim said, gave her “a bit of a backstabby vibe,” but added that it might be entirely due to the editing. “It feels a bit like she’s openly saying, ‘I’m going to do this’ and ‘I’m going to do that’!” said Kim. “I never felt like doing that, I don’t think so. I was just trying not to get voted out.”
“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Catch Kim’s brand new show, “Why the Heck Did I Buy This House,” right after “Survivor” airs at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HGTV. The show premieres Wednesday, April 30.
https://heavy.com/entertainment/survivor/kim-spradlin-wolfe-season-42-insights/ Survivor winner Kim Spradlin shares her thoughts on Season 42