Australian Survivor 2019: Janine Allis Wanted 'Australian Survivor' To Scare Her
It's probably no surprise that when asked what Janine Allis missed the most -- aside from family, obvs -- during her time on 'Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders', the Boost Juice queen said "flavours".
"I missed coffee, I missed smoothies, my morning smoothies, but really flavours was probably the thing I missed the most," she told 10 Daily over the phone, adding that she also missed the "convenience" of everyday life.
"I missed having a door, a window, a roof -- I mean, those things could’ve definitely come in handy!" she laughed, adding that the experience made her "grateful for all the things you take for granted".
While the Mango Magic legend may not have been able to win anyone over with a delicious smoothie -- the lack of blenders and electricity made things tricky in that sense -- Janine did find a lot of the skills from her incredibly successful career were useful to her in the game of 'Survivor'.
"I used problem-solving, I used influencing -- because obviously the biggest skill you can have in business and in 'Survivor' is to influence people to join you on a goal," she explained, adding that "loyalty" and "manipulation" were also useful to her.
"You kind of use every skill you do in business and in life in the game," she shared.
Janine went on to tell us that she was "pleasantly surprised" that her 'Survivor' experience "wasn't as bad" as she had been expecting it to be.
"I was surprised by how much it didn’t bother me sleeping on the dirt and being in the elements," she mused, adding that she was impressed that "even though the challenges scared [her]", she "actually managed to do them" and didn't embarrass herself in the process.
Still, that's not to say that the journey was a walk in the park.
"I’m not one that finds things hard -- I find things a challenge that I overcome," Janine explained, before conceding that there were a lot of parts that weren't much fun.
"There wasn’t much fun at 3 o’clock in the morning when a massive storm came in," she recalled, adding that "being freezing and not having warm clothes to get into" was hard.
"One thing I don’t like is being cold, but you know, you suck it up and you do it," she said. "I think the attitude of just getting on with it was actually pretty much what I took into it."
Janine was motivated to join 'Survivor Australia' as a way to get away from the routine of everyday life.
"You get up, your alarm goes, you go for a walk maybe, you go to work and then the same day happens the next day," she explained, "so sometimes in life you’ve gotta go ‘actually let’s do something completely different’ and scare yourself".
Janine went on to say that getting scared "makes you feel alive", and that stepping out of her day-to-day life helped her learn more about herself.
"It doesn’t really matter how old you really are, we’re all trying to work out what we wanna be when we grow up, and I think that quite often when you step out of your daily life, it actually helps you work out what you wanna do and what you wanna be," she said.
Noting that she's "not a nervous person", Janine was "as prepared as [she] physically could be" for her 'Australian Survivor' adventure, and not just in terms of her fitness.
"I think I was a bit apprehensive -- you couldn’t have an experience like that and be a bit like ‘oh my God, what’s gonna happen?’ -- but no, I was actually quite excited," she shared.
"I did research on material that dries quickly, I was there 24 hours beforehand and got a local to show me how to open a coconut," she said, explaining that her pre-'Survivor' prep alleviated a lot of her stress. "I mean, seriously, I watched so many ‘Survivor’ episodes and tried to study what they were wearing at night, how cold it was. I spent hours on Google to try to work out various things -- how to weave, how to do this, how to do that."
Although the preparation paid off -- Janine said that her clothes did indeed dry quickly -- there was still only so much she could prepare for.
"You’ve really gotta get there and get stuck into it, because nothing will prepare you for the type of personalities, nothing will prepare you for the challenges," she said, adding that she found herself surrounded by people who "had a really positive attitude", which also helped.
Aside from her pre-game survival skills, Janine said that she spent a lot of time thinking about strategy and where she wanted to sit within her tribe.
"Obviously being on 'Shark Tank' and being a businesswoman, I tried to go in with a non-leadership role," she said, noting that tribe leaders often find themselves with an early target on their back.
Instead, Janine wanted to be sitting somewhere in the middle "not being the strongest... but certainly by far not the weakest".
"I knew the first half was about getting rid of weak people so you could win challenges, and the second half was getting rid of the strong people so they don’t win challenges," she explained. "So for me, I tried to sit in that space in between, and then it was just developing really strong relationships to actually then get me through the game."
Of course, whether Janine's strategy and preparation paid off has yet to be seen, and there's only one way to find out...
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders' premieres Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, only on 10 and WIN Network.
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