“Survivor 41” ended final month in a considerably shock victory for Canadian communications supervisor Erika Casupanan. Although followers have been rooting principally for 20-year-old Xander Hastings, Erika swept the jury in opposition to each Xander and Deshawn Radden in a 7-1-0 vote. Her win got here as considerably of a shock to some followers, who thought Xander performed the higher sport; others, together with the jurors who voted for her, defended Erika, arguing she performed a masterful under-the-radar sport with a stellar Final Tribal Council efficiency.
Recently, Tiffany Seely, the primary member of the jury who voted for Erika to win, spoke about her jury vote, the three finalists, and what Xander did that tanked his sport close to the tip.
Here’s what it’s essential know:
Tiffany Went Into Final Tribal Council ‘Open’
In an interview final week with season 39 contestant Lauren Ashley Beck, Tiffany was requested whether or not she had a winner choose in thoughts coming into Final Tribal Council, or if she was open to voting for anybody. Tiffany replied that she was fully open, and was not bitter in any respect, regardless of some followers on-line claiming that that was why she did not vote for Xander. Instead, she stated, Xander had an absence of technique and social consciousness that she believed would have been essential to earn her vote. She defined:
I used to be fully open. Everyone’s like, ‘oh the jury was so bitter’ – no…I used to be not bitter, I really like [Xander], he is an incredible child, he is younger, what’s to not love about him? But I simply noticed proof after proof that there was simply one thing lacking, social consciousness of some type that comes perhaps with age, or perhaps he was simply tremendous excited and misplaced sight, who is aware of?
Tiffany added that Xander’s technique was clearly missing, provided that he was on the flawed facet of the vote quite a few instances.”I feel we simply actually listened,” Tiffany stated of the jury. “And bear in mind, we’re watching it in entrance of us each night time at Tribal, and seeing who’s pulling the strings and what’s actually occurring and who’s actually behind these votes. And sadly, Xander was not proper on lots of the votes…he was not proper I do not even assume as soon as. So there was a whole lot of stuff that when you actually paid consideration you’d see.”
For these , Xander was on the appropriate facet of the vote 4 out of the seven post-merge Tribal Councils he participated in (together with two Tribals wherein the vote was cut up and tied; on the re-vote he voted accurately each instances).
When it got here as to if Xander was seen as a risk to win the season, Tiffany responded that she did not assume he was, noting castmate Evvie Jagoda’s reference of him doing “eye-rolley issues.” “Like oh, after all you are going to step out as a result of you will have an idol in your pocket, you realize?” Tiffany stated. “But I additionally assume that he was virtually not socially a risk. He had connections, however no one was too fearful about him as a result of they have been all preventing amongst themselves.”
Xander’s Choice to Take Erika Might Have Been His Game-Ending Move
Perhaps one in every of Xander’s most notorious strikes was within the finale, after he received the ultimate 4 immunity problem, when he selected to take Erika to the ultimate 3 over Dehsawn and Heather Aldret, each of whom have been extensively seen as lesser threats to win than Erika. Although Xander honestly defined to the jury that he did so in an effort to stop Erika from scoring extra factors from jurors, it proved to be a deadly mistake anyway, with Erika netting almost all of the jury’s votes ultimately.
Tiffany defined that this transfer was a “huge shift” that occurred within the sport, and will have been what killed Xander’s sport ultimately. Apparently, Tiffany, who stated she knew how Xander performed the sport, even predicted this transfer forward of time, saying Evvie might attest to this. “I stated, ‘Xander’s gonna take Erika’,” Tiffany stated. “Evvie’s like, ‘no method,’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, he is gonna take Erika.’ Because he wasn’t studying stuff proper. And that may very well be his age, it may very well be as a result of he felt so empowered, that he was lacking the social cues.”
Tiffany broke down her considering additional by saying that whoever made it to the tip will need to have by definition performed an excellent sport, so there needed to be extra components in play when it got here to casting a jury vote. Tiffany broke it down:
If you have a look at him as an individual, did he play an incredible sport? Yes, as a result of he acquired to the tip…so it is sort of like, how are we this? But when he introduced Erika as a substitute of Heather, that was like, you simply would not have a learn. [That move] was, like, mind-blowing to all people else aside from me…it was simply form of par for the course.
She went on about Xander’s sport, “It was a bizarre season. Just unprecedented stuff…he is simply such a pupil of the sport that you’d by no means assume that he would make that deadly error on the finish. But no one’s actually saying that an excessive amount of, which is bizarre to me too, it is not being introduced up that a lot.”
“Survivor” airs Wednesdays 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Season 42when it premieres March 9, 2022.