A frustrated Vavau continued to bemoan their losing ways on Day 24. Kate decided to rally the tribe by summoning them to morning yoga, much to Andrew's frustration.
Any Zen generated, though, was left in the water as Saanapu's Sam almost single-handedly chased down Vavau in a ring race. Adding to Vavau's misery was hearing all about Saanapu's chocolate reward before the start of the immunity challenge.
During that challenge, Craig and Sue proved superhuman, holding down ropes to baskets being barraged by heavy coconuts lobbed by Saanapu. However, Vavau came up short and Andrew, who thought of himself as the guy calling the shots on the tribe, expected the core Vavau alliance to vote off Kristie, even with his not-so-stellar physical performance. But Craig and Kate defied their majority and sided with the remaining Aganoans, blindsiding Andrew.
Who spoke to Andrew Torrens, a Brisbane-based, 29-year-old marketing executive and Survivor superfan, about becoming the ninth person to leave Australian Survivor.
Q: You were shown as a cocky manipulator on the show and left with a 'villain edit.' Do you consider that a badge of honour?
A: Absolutely, yes! I'm sure people are saying, 'Thank God that guy's off our television screens!' But look, it's all fun. It's all part of the character I was playing. I went into this game saying I was willing to lie to people, cheat and steal to get to the very end. That's very much not the person I am in real life. I'd take my shirt off and give it to anybody who needs it, as my family and friends know. So the person you saw on TV was Andrew from Survivor, definitely not Andrew from Real Life. But I own everything I said out there and I wear it with pride.
Q: Did alarm bells go off when Craig threw your name out as a hypothetical vote in the previous episode?
A: I was there for that conversation and heard Craig say, 'Well, what about Andrew?' The BS radar, again, went 'bing, bing, bing, bing!' It definitely rings alarm bells, especially when Kristie and Kat had written my name down the night before, so I was definitely concerned with my name coming up that early in the game.
Q: You told us before leaving for Samoa you would be looking for idols left and right. Did you try to?
A: I looked for idols pretty nonstop out there as well. I'd get up in the middle of the night while everybody was sleeping and go digging around water wells, because that's where I believed the idol would be at the time. Unfortunately, it's extremely difficult without a clue. I had an idea it would be in a tree or something, but there are a thousand trees on the beach out there so it's incredibly hard to find the right one.
Q: Were challenges harder than you thought they would be?
A: Absolutely. It's definitely hard to look at and go, 'Ah, why can't he just land a few coconuts in the basket?' But it's hard when you've had no food, two hours of sleep max a night out there. You become drained and you become absolutely exhausted. I was trying my hardest but unfortunately my hardest could not land a few coconuts.
Q: So you aren’t doing any yoga now, are you?
A: Definitely not! Definitely will be steering clear of yoga. You saw how good I was at it last night! I'm putting my head down and doing hard yards at work, not doing downward dogs, but I did lose quite substantial amount of weight while I was out there. I lost in excess of 14 kilos, so for me that was quite a big amount and I was actually happy with the weight loss because obviously I needed to lose a bit. I'm definitely trying to get fitter now, going to the gym and doing a bit of running as well, so hopefully if I get invited back, I'll be fitter for the next one.
Q: Does playing the game change the way you watch it?
A: As a fan of the show, I thought I knew how to play the game going in and thought it would be a bit of a cakewalk. Survivor definitely smacked me in the chops. It was a lot harder than how it looks on TV. I have so much more appreciation for what the players go through out there and it's truly the greatest game in the world, and I would love the opportunity to play it again.
Q: Who do you think has the best shot in the game now?
A: I think Craig is someone who is playing a great game. He's playing strategically like I was, but he's also very social and gets along great with the guys at camp as well as being a physical powerhouse, so I really see Craig as someone who is in a prime position to take this thing out and take it all the way to the end.