Zach Wurtenberger on how Maryanne’s crush hurt his game

Zach Würtenberger and Maryanne Oketch


Fan-created photoshopped image of the faces of Zach Wurtenberger and Maryanne Oketch superimposed over celebrity Survivor supercouple Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich shortly after their engagement on the 2004 reunion show Survivor: All-Stars .

earlier this year, “Survivor 42” saw one of the show’s best love stories of the modern age…even if it wasn’t much. All the way back in episode 2 of the season, eventual winner Maryanne Oketch publicly confessed that she had a crush on Zach Würtenbergerwhich had become the first shoe of the season last night.

While many hoped that Maryanne and Zach would eventually mate, that didn’t happen (although Maryanne’s revelation led to Maryanne to find her first boyfriend shortly after the scene aired). Nonetheless, they’re close friends now, and recently Zach opened up about how Maryanne’s crush has actually hurt his game … and his dating life.

Here’s what you need to know:

Drea Wheeler told her tribe about Maryanne’s obsession with Zach after the summit

Zach Wurtenberger recaps the premiere of Survivor 43Zach Wurtenberger Recaps Survivor 43 Premiere Rob Cesternino (@RobCesternino) is joined by Survivor 42’s Zach Wurtenberger (@zachwurt) to recap the Survivor 43 premiere! Rob and Zach discuss everything that happened on last night’s episode and respond to feedback and questions submitted by listeners to Rob Has A Podcast. #Survivor #Survivor43 #cbssurvivor…2022-09-23T15:09:14Z

In an episode of Rob has a podcast in which they recapitulated Survivor 43 premiereZach revealed to Rob Cesternino that his Ika tribemate Dream Wheeler had actually strongly suspected the truth of Maryanne’s crush while on the trip to the summit with her and Jennie Kim.

Apparently throughout the trip, Maryanne couldn’t stop talking about Zach, asking Drea numerous questions about him and even revealing that her tribe had even referred to him as the “new guy”. cochran.” When Drea returned to camp, she told her tribe about it.

“You know what guys?” Zach remembers Drea saying to Ika. “Zach, you are a big Fan of yours…Maryanne couldn’t stop asking about you, Maryanne was talking about how funny they found your intro response.” Drea apparently added, “They think you’re the new Cochran. They keep calling you ‘new Cochran’.”

Zach was initially excited about the news, but soon realized it might not bode well for his game. “I tried to play it as best as I could,” he said, “but in my head I’m like, ‘Oh crap, suddenly now I accidentally have an alliance with the other tribe that I had.’ I don’t want that at all! «

When it came to whether it actually affected his game, Zach was reluctant to jump to conclusions. “I think we’re talking about a very small thing,” he said, “I don’t think that tipped things in any way. But I know I certainly wasn’t too pleased at the moment that Maryanne had such a crush. Until I get voted out and hear about it… and then I think: “Now that’s hysterical”.”

Maryanne’s crush also “100% hurt” Zach’s dating life.

When Cesternino asked how Maryanne’s crush had helped Zach’s dating life, the former contestant replied that it actually “hurt me 100%.”

Noting how both he and Maryanne starred in the love story designed largely by fans (partly by simultaneously changing their last names to match each other’s on Twitter), Zach said most potential suitors would assume that Maryanne was, in fact, his actual girlfriend. “All of a sudden … every girl would look at me and they’d be like, ‘Well, he’s taken,'” Zach said. “It was definitely something that people would address.”

However, Maryanne’s crush also gave him a reason to keep his fingers crossed for him and was thrilled when he found out she had won. “Maryanne always has been [my] Number 1,” he said. “It’s a very good thing that someone I love so much won the season…so I was very happy for them and very happy to see how the season is turning out for them.”

“Survivor 43” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS. Zach Wurtenberger on how Maryanne’s crush hurt his game

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