'I Knew She'd Be Out For Revenge': Shane Gould Is The First Person Eliminated From 'All Stars'
The Queen of the Jungle has made 'Australian Survivor' history again -- just maybe not in the way she had hoped.
After taking out the title of Sole Survivor in 2018, Shane Gould has now become the first 'All Star' player to get eliminated by the newly formed Vakama tribe.
Speaking to 10 daily following the 'All Stars' premiere, Shane said that she knew she'd have a huge target on her back going into the competition, particularly when she saw her old adversary Lydia Lassila on the beach.
"I thought, 'great, she’s really good at challenges' but I knew that she’d be out for revenge and that she’d probably rally a coalition in a voting bloc to get me out of there as soon as possible to win some points for her game," Shane explained.
After Vakama lost their first Immunity Challenge, Shane knew it was "game on" to make sure her name wasn't going to be written down at Tribal.
"I was working pretty hard, trying to convince people to keep me around," she said. "I didn’t say it directly but I was kind of daring them like, ‘I dare you to keep me around for an interesting game’.
Shane immediately zeroed in on Dirty Harry Hills as the target of her own campaign, which is very fitting because the loveable villain returned the favour, rallying for votes against Shane.
"Shane is probably the least trustworthy person on this beach and that's saying something, we've got me here!" Harry said, describing Shane as the "ninja" that you don't see coming until it's too late.
"It probably was a compliment!" Shane laughed after hearing Harry's description. "He respected the way I played the game because it wasn’t as obvious as the way Luke [Toki] or Dave [Genat] might play," she said.
But while it was Harry who was gathering votes against Shane because he couldn't anticipate her sneaky moves, Lydia was out for revenge for a more personal reason -- to get Shane back for brutal Season 3 elimination.
Shane told 10 daily that she attempted to make amends with Lydia, even if her motives weren't 100 percent genuine.
"I sat down with her and said, ‘I’d just like to get to know you and that I really respect you, it’s remarkable what you’ve done’.
"So it was definitely a bit of gameplay saying, ‘let bygones be bygones’ but it was also a genuine attempt at making a real human connection with her," Shane said, saying she has the utmost respect for Lydia.
But at the end of the day, the numbers just didn't stack up for Shane and for the very first time, she had to go through a process she was completely unfamiliar with after her time on 'Survivor' -- getting her torch snuffed out.
"There was a point in Tribal Council where I went, ‘oh, this isn’t working, I’m targeted’ and not just by two people, a lot of people and I realised it might be me," she said.
"So I was prepared for about a minute or so, emotionally and so when my name was called out I thought, ‘well, I’m first!’" she laughed.
Shane said she was "a bit cheeky" in making a show of her exit, reminding everyone that she was once the Queen of the Jungle.
"Just to rub it in, I said, 'oh I don’t know how to do this, what do I do?'"
So just like that, one of the most celebrated winners of the game has left the cutthroat game of 'All Stars' showing that this season is raising the stakes higher than ever before.