Earlier this 12 months, “Survivor 42” noticed among the best love tales of the show’s trendy age…even when it did not quantity to a lot. All the best way again in episode 2 of the season, eventual winner Maryanne Oketch publicly confessed that she had a crush on Zach Wurtenberger, who had turn out to be the season’s first boot the earlier evening.
Although many hoped that Maryanne and Zach would finally couple up, that didn’t find yourself occurring (although Maryanne’s revelation did result in Maryanne discovering her first boyfriend shortly after the scene aired). Nonetheless, they’re now shut buddies, and just lately, Zach spoke out about how Maryanne’s crush truly harm his sport…and his relationship life.
Here’s what you want to know:
Drea Wheeler Told Her Tribe of Maryanne’s Obsession With Zach After the Summit
In an episode of Rob Has a Podcastin which they recapped the “Survivor 43” premiere, Zach revealed to Rob Cesternino that his Ika tribemateDrea Wheelerhad truly strongly suspected the reality about Maryanne’s crush whereas she was on the journey tothe Summitwith herand Jenny Kim.
Apparently, in the course of the journey Maryanne could not cease speaking about Zach, requested Drea quite a few questions on him, and even revealed that her tribe had even labeled him the “New Cochran.” When Drea acquired again to camp, she instructed her tribe about this.
“Guess what, guys?” Zach remembers Drea saying to Ika. “Zach, they’re a large fan of you … Maryanne could not cease asking about you, Maryanne was speaking about how they thought your intro reply was so humorous.” Drea apparently added, “they assume you are the brand new Cochran. They maintain calling you ‘new Cochran’.”
Zach was comfortable about this information at first, however quickly realized it might not bode effectively for his sport. “I used to be making an attempt to play it off as finest as I may,” he mentioned, “however in my thoughts I’m like, ‘oh crap, hastily now I by chance have an alliance with the opposite tribe that I did not even imply to!”
When it got here as to whether it truly affected his sport, Zach was hesitant to leap to such sturdy conclusions. “I feel we’re speaking a few very minor factor,” he mentioned, “I do not assume this tilted issues both manner. But I do know that within the second, I used to be actually not too happy that Maryanne had that crush. Until I get voted out, and I discover out about it…after which I’m like, ‘Well, that is hysterical’.”
Maryanne’s Crush Also ‘100% Hurt’ Zach’s Dating Life
When Cesternino requested how Maryanne’s crush helped Zach’s relationship life, the previous contestant responded that it truly “100% harm me.”
Noting how each he and Maryanne performed into the love story crafted largely by followers (partly by concurrently altering their final names on Twitter to the opposite’s), Zach mentioned that the majority potential suitors would assume that Maryanne was actually his precise girlfriend. “All of a sudden … any lady would take a look at me, they usually’d be like ‘effectively he is taken’,” Zach mentioned. “It positively was one thing that individuals would convey up.”
However, Maryanne’s crush additionally gave him a purpose to root for her, and was thrilled when he discovered she gained. “Maryanne was all the time [my] #1,” he mentioned. “It’s an excellent factor that somebody I really like a lot gained the season … so I used to be very comfortable for her and really comfortable to look at the season unfold for her.”
“Survivor 43” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.