Survivor, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Amanda Kimmel: ĎI Will Never Playí Survivor AgainMay 3, 2010
Amanda Kimmel, a 24-year-old former Miss Montana, has been a Survivor bridesmaid and never the bride, despite making it to the finale on both China and Micronesia. She earned her worst placement on Heroes vs. Villains when she became the juryís fourth member. She tells PEOPLE about her girl fight, Candiceís disloyalty, Colbyís sloth and why sheís hanging up her reality-show veil for good. ĖCarrie Bell
You were final three both times you played before. Was there a reason why this was your worst showing?
A lot of things happened that I canít talk
about that made me lose interest. It was a very different game than my last two in all ways possible.
You stated that you made too many mistakes this time. What were they?
Giving Danielle back the clue. I didnít do well at the challenge. I also didnít do too well at the standing challenges either. To win, you have to be good at the physical, the strategic and the social game. Iím not good at sticking up for myself or to my guns. Tribal is my downfall. I would have done better in them if I had been on a jury before. Russellís downfall is the social aspect. You canít burn peopleís socks, gloat about it and then expect them to vote for you.
Were you the right person for the villains to vote out this week?
They did it because of my tiff with Danielle. That and because Parv told them how strategic I was and that left a bad taste in their mouth.
Your fire seemed to have gone out long before Jeff snuffed your torch. Had you given up?
For sure. Because of certain things that happened that I wonít discuss
I wasnít passionate about the game anymore.
If your buddy James had stayed, would it have made a difference?
Maybe. He was the one person that I was like, ďIf I have to be here, at least Iím here with him.Ē But there were still things that happened that made me not want to play anymore.
Letís talk about the idol clue. You fought for it, but ultimately let it go. Why?
I didnít know the rules of the reward clues and I needed a little back-up from Colby. I wasnít getting it. He made me feel really bad about taking the clue. I was already like, ďOh my gosh, what am I doing?Ē It escalated my nervousness. I couldnít open it with Danielle all over me. I had the balls at least to get it. He could have held her back so I could read it. It was really selfish of him. What he does affects my game. It affects all of the Heroes. Having that idol for our side would have lead to a different outcome. We kept him over James and here he was just rolling over and dying.
How do you feel about Candice switching sides?
She was mad at me. She wanted to do this plan where weíd get in a fight to throw Russell off track. She was so excited about her plan and I was going to go along with it, but decided not to because it wouldnít do anything for us and I didnít think Russell would fall for it. We were in a tug oí war with her. Heíd talk to her. Then Iíd talk to her. I donít know what she was thinking voting with him because in no way was that in her best interest. No way sheís getting into their threesome. She canít trust him. Me and her chilled together everyday after James left so I donít know why she didnít trust me when I said, ďYouíre on the bottom of 5 if you flip.Ē But when she gets scared, she flips. Thatís what she does.
Is there someone you think deserves to win this round?
Iím rooting for the Heroes. But to be honest I donít really care because thereís no one left that are my people. Anyone who is trying to get rid of Russell right now would get my vote so even Sandra. I wouldnít vote Colby for the million because I donít feel like he deserves it. He isnít putting out enough effort.
Would you play again?
I will never play Survivor again. Russell has changed the game in a way Iím not interested in either. The show isnít pure on any level anymore.
When I left, I said, ďGood riddance.Ē I was glad to be done with him. I have other things going on in my life. Iím coming out with my own organic fragrance called Wild and then I want to move into a skincare line. Iím excited to get that going.