Australian Survivor 2018: Did Tegan's Luck Run Out Or Was She Unlucky All Along?
"In Survivor people can be manipulated or you can find some sort of inroads, but that afternoon, for me, I had no hope."
On Tuesday's Australian Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders, Jonathan announced a Tribal Council twist, and wouldn't you know it, Tegan was in the middle of it all.
After a blindside, facing exile island, fighting her way back into the game and being thrown to the Champions during the tribe swap, the Contenders were given the option to save Tegan, or send her home, putting her entire fate into their hands. We couldn't help ask: Did Tegan feel like the luckiest or unluckiest castaway?
"I just feel like I was super unlucky but so, so lucky at the same time," Tegan told ten daily. "When Jonathan said to sit down I was like, 'Oh no, not again'."
The 32-year-old continued: "I was so grateful to be thrown another lifeline but I felt like my time was up. I wanted to stay so badly, but at the same time I really felt like I was going home."
Tegan had always been interested in Survivor, watching the American seasons before getting stuck into the Aussie seasons.
"I've always been really intrigued by the strategy side of things," she told us. Interestingly enough, Tegan's strategy seemed, at least on the surface, to just be blatantly honest. Even when it didn't do her any favours.
"I liked to think I could go into the game lying, and I have no problem with people who play the game like that," she said. "But the biggest thing about living with people 24/7 is being yourself, I couldn't help but be me."
With blunt honesty as her weapon, Tegan would steer other castaways into doing her dirty work for her. "I was targeted as a strategic player from the blindside, I'm not sure what I did to get that reputation, so I had to be careful to take that label off my game."
Despite being a fighter, Tegan was sure it was her torch on the line, but that wasn't just intuition, with the tribe blatantly telling her and Shonee how they planned to vote at the upcoming Tribal Council.
"It was really frustrating, I would have much rather had [the Champions] entertain the idea of sending someone else home," Tegan said of Samuel's straightforward chat about sending either her or Shonee home.
"In Survivor, people can be manipulated or you can find some sort of inroads, but that afternoon, for me, I had no hope," she said, "There was nothing I could do, no one was even talking to us."
"It was pure and utter despair, I couldn't play the game how I wanted because no one would talk to us."
Tegan should have been used to that kind of isolation, being dropped on exile island after being, as she described it, utterly blindsided.
"Exile Island was, aside from having babies, the hardest thing I've ever done."
"It was very, very scary to be in the middle of the beach and not have anything around you," she told ten daily, "It was freezing cold and I was just trying to figure out why the hell I had been blindsided. I had absolutely no idea."
Tegan had one of the most intense Survivor stories, one which she believes was partly the reason the Contenders didn't vote to save her, and a decision she completely understood.
If she was in their position with the option to save someone like Benji, someone who had managed to construct a pretty strong case against her just weeks before, would she have voted to save him?
"I like to think I would have saved them... but I'm not sure I would have."
"I can't hold any grudges," Tegan said, "I was very lucky to be where I was."