Drew Christy was the big brother to younger brother Alec, and the two set out to conquer “Survivor: San Juan del Sur,” the second Blood vs. Water format of the long-running show. Instead on Wednesday night, Drew found himself the first person voted out of the Hunahpu tribe, after throwing a challenge that led him to his very first Tribal Council. Not really a move that will cement your legacy as a Survivor “mastermind,” a title that Drew bestowed upon himself while playing the game. In case you missed the episode, here is the full recap.
Drew seemed likeable enough in a Fabio sort of way, but it didn’t take long for his A-type personality to rub some of the other A-type personalities on his tribe the wrong way. He was often shown napping while others would work around him, and his lack of self-awareness – as well as his self-proclaimed titles of “kingpin” and leader of his tribe – made Drew a Reality TV train-wreck waiting to happen…a crash-and-burn-in-progress that most every one of us could see coming.
Well, the crap hit the proverbial fan this week, when Drew decided (seemingly out of nowhere?) to single-handedly throw an Immunity Challenge, despite his tribe having won three consecutive ones. This throw-job in and of itself wasn’t the death toll for Drew…that would come later when his stubbornness clouded his decision-making skills. He insisted that Kelley be targeted, but the others just weren’t having any of it. Despite having a clue to a hidden Idol, Drew was on an island all alone in the game, and when it came time for a torch to be snuffed, it was his fire that was put out.
I had the chance to speak to Drew today, one day after the airing of his final Survivor episode. Here is our interview:
Tom Santilli, Survivor Examiner: Drew! How are you doing?
Drew Christy: Hey there, well, I could be doing better, you know? You live and you learn.
Tom Santilli: That’s true, that’s true. So your tribe was undefeated in Immunity Challenges before you decided to throw the challenge. Is it fair to say that you just grew impatient, and that you threw the challenge to quote-unquote start playing the game?
Drew: That is definitely a good way to put it. I wish somebody would have said something like that earlier. I definitely grew impatient. There were people on my tribe that were getting on my nerves and I kind of just wanted to start playing. But I just went way too hard, way too soon. Of course I regret some of my decisions and I’ve made some detrimental mistakes.
Tom Santilli: Well that was going to be one of my next questions. So looking back, you do regret throwing the challenge? Do you feel like that was what got you voted out or was it more how you pushed so hard to vote out Kelley after the challenge?
Drew: I’d say a combo of the two were my biggest mistakes. One, you should never throw a challenge. And if I would have done more homework on Survivor, I would have known that wasn’t a good idea. Two, I campaigned for Kelley way too hard. I should have just gone with the flow with Jon wanting out Julie. But your perception is your reality out there, and if you kind of see people as threats out there, you kind of want to make moves to get them out, before they get you. I just went too hard, too soon, and that’s really that. I thought I had more of my tribe behind me, but it just really didn’t work out that way.
Tom Santilli: It was pretty fun watching you try to barter with Jeff Probst out there…
Drew: People seem to have loved that, I don’t know why. I guess nobody’s got the guts to say anything to him. But you know, I was dying out there, starvation. I didn’t have any crabs because I’m allergic to shellfish. So my whole team was grubbing out on crabs and I couldn’t have any. I was just starting to fall apart, turning a bit whacky. Not having enough to eat or drink or sleep. So I definitely turned into a Looney Tune for a little bit out there.
Tom Santilli: Did you really think Probst was going to barter with you out there? Could you tell he was just humoring you?
Drew: I knew it was worth a shot, if nothing else. What am I going to do with two flints when I already have a fire? Nobody on my team made any kind of moves. All of our tools broke, our hatchet, our machete. We just had nothing out there. I was just falling apart. If I would have had something, fishing gear, I could have caught something and it would have made my whole day. I think my wacky behavior is due to not having anything to eat, and just going crazy.
Tom Santilli: When you talked about throwing the challenge, you said the reason was to get the “snakes” off of your tribe, plural. Who other than Kelley did you see as a big threat?
Drew: Well I thought Reed was a big threat because he was mentally strong, but was also a good physical threat and competitor. In the first few days, he did a few things that sort of ticked off our tribe. So I just thought that even if I threw the challenge, there would just be no way they would vote me off because there were so many other people that had already put their head on the chopping block before me. But it turned out that day that I just kind of exploded and said some dialogue I shouldn’t have said. I was just over-confident, definitely over-confident. And it was edited that way. So that’s just how it worked.
Tom Santilli: You were concerned that the girls might vote for you, but how surprised were you to find out that Jeremy was the other vote against you?
Drew: I really wasn’t that surprised at all. I kind of knew Jeremy was going to go his own way when he told me he wasn’t going to vote with me, he was going to vote for Keith. I just knew something was up with that, because me and him and just been boys out there, up until that point. It’s just funny how they edit it. They made it seem like he was talking trash, but everyone was talking trash about everyone out there. So they just make it look however they want it to. Everyone turned a bit crazy out there, let me tell you.
Tom Santilli: So you mention the editing, you were portrayed as being quite lazy out there as well…
Drew: Yeah, also the dumb guy, who can’t remember anybody’s name…
Tom Santilli: So not a fair portrayal then, not something you agree with…
Drew: (Laughs) I mean, some of them, yeah. It was two in the afternoon, we had just won a challenge, and they’re building this big-ass roof that you might of well have put a fish net up there, it was just an awful roof. I had already built the whole platform of the shelter the day before, and nobody gave me any credibility for that. I didn’t feel like I needed to step up and do anything like that. They also didn’t show that I did really well in the previous challenges. So I think that played into the girls wanting to get rid of me, I was a huge physical threat. I probably would have been very tough to beat in individual challenges down the stretch.
Tom Santilli: In terms of the laziness, your brother Alec even made a comment last night, about how your dad would get him and not you when work needed to be done. What’s your reaction to hearing your brother say things like that?
Drew: You know, he’s just trash talking. I’m sure they have plenty of footage of me trash talking on him too. So it doesn’t hurt my feelings. It definitely has been a humbling experience and I’ve been thankful for the opportunity to go out there and have this opportunity with my brother, and make some life-long friends. I definitely have some new-found respect for the game of Survivor.
Tom Santilli: Last night was really the first time we got to see more of Alec and his personality and interactions on his tribe. What are some of the biggest differences between you and Alec, personality-wise, as it relatest to the game?
Drew: He definitely just wasn’t as confident as me. I was overly-confident. I’m definitely more physical and better in challenges, and overall just a better athlete than he is. He was just chilling. He didn’t really watch much of Survivor before, so he was just sort of trying to figure it all out, one day at a time, and you can kind of see that develop. I probably could have done much better if I wasn’t so gung-ho out there, instead I tried to make power moves, that turned out just biting me in my butt.
Tom Santilli: So you’ve now mentioned that both you and your brother weren’t big fans of Survivor prior to this season. Can you talk to me at all about how you were cast on the show?
Drew: I was doing modeling out in Los Angeles, and someone came along and said hey, would you be interested in doing Survivor. I said yeah, I’d love to do that. I started watching the show and I saw myself doing it. I thought it would be a fun experience. It didn’t work out for that particular season, but they called me about a year later asked if I had anybody I would want to compete with and I said yeah, my brother. They took us out to LA and the rest is in the history books.
Tom Santilli: Does your exit sting any more than it already does when you saw last night that you were just a day away from a Tribal switch-up?
Drew: Yeah (laughs), it really stings. I felt like I was one of the better players out there, I was just too cocky and that was my problem. Being a little bit delusional. If I were to play the game again, it would be much different gameplay, I’d be a totally different character, and my act would be a little bit different, that’s for dang sure.
Tom Santilli: With your over-confidence, were you like that going into the game or did that over-confidence develop once you were out there?
Drew: It kind of grew as I was there. I was feeling everyone out. And then I saw how good I was at challenges, and how much I brought to my tribe in terms of building shelter and providing food, keeping the fire going. Nobody else really brought much to the table, so I got confident just because I had done so much.
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