Australian Survivor's David: 'Strong Players Are Scared To Play With Other Strong Players'

A big fan of the game, champion and international model David went into 'Australian Survivor' with a very specific strategy.

After watching Season 2 closely -- his friend and fellow model Sarah was on it -- David said that when "the opportunity arose", he "jumped on it".

Speaking to 10 Daily over the phone from his home in New York City, where he's lived for 15 years, David said that he "wasn't familiar" with a lot of his fellow Champions, but he recognised Season 2 alum and People's Champion Luke Toki instantly.

In fact, David wanted to team up with Luke as a part of his alliance because, like Luke, David had some pretty big ideas about gameplay and strategy.

"I had a very specific game plan going in that I wanted to try and implement," he said, before adding with a laugh, "turns out that it's really tough to do that!"

David explained that he finds it "really frustrating" when "the people [he] would consider goats make it to the end of the show".

Attributing this to the belief that "stronger players are scared to play with other stronger players", David wanted to form an alliance with three other strong players, forming a core four, who would then all pick a goat to "drag through" the game.

"We would have eight going, and then we just cut their heads off when we need to," David explained, before adding, "but when you're getting super specific about strategy like that you find out real quick that you need to adapt fast."

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Aside from the quick realisation that he would need to be adaptable in order to stay in the game, David said he found it surprising how "mentally tough it was", despite going in as "physically prepared" as he could be.

"I don't think anything can really prepare you for the hunger you experience," he shared, noting that despite being "used to experimenting with weird diets" in his line of work, it was still tougher than he anticipated.

"To stay sharp mentally is really, really difficult when you're feeling somewhat malnourished," he said.

Admitting that he was "a total couch warrior when it comes to 'Survivor'", David quickly realised that it's "a whole different ballgame" when you're the one out there.

"It's easy to be like 'why did he do that, it's so dumb! Why would he do that?' But then when you're out there -- especially when it comes to like being hungry, being physically exhausted, and then having to think on your feet and make a split decision, it just gets really, really tricky," he said.

With a huge part of his job relying on social skills and the ability "to instantly connect with people", David said that "being able to relate to people from different walks of life and try to find common ground with them as quickly as possible" was something he took from his modelling career into 'Survivor'.

Another part of his strategy going in, David said, was the potential to be underestimated mentally.

"I'm actually a pretty big guy, I'm like six-foot-three, so physically, I can be kind of imposing," he explained, "so I didn't really think I wouldn't underestimate me in that way, but I was hoping they might underestimate my mental game, maybe think I'm not as switched on, as I like to consider myself".

He laughed. "Hopefully the show reflects that!"

Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders' premieres Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, only on 10 and WIN Network.

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