February 21, 2013 12:07pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Survivor: Caramoan': First Eliminated Fan Opens Up About Hidden Idols and the Polarizing Shamar
The first fan has fallen.
Allie Pohevitz, a 25-year-old bartender from Oceanside, N.Y., was the first member of the fans tribe to be voted out on Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites.
She was part of an alliance of four who were perceived as "couples" -- a dangerous label to have in the game -- and that included only four people, meaning the group did not have the numbers advantage in the tribe of 10.
On Thursday, she talked to The Hollywood Reporter about why their alliance thought they were safe, what she told Reynold about his hidden immunity idol and whether Shamar was as disruptive as he seems.
The Hollywood Reporter: Were you surprised at being voted out?
Allie: No not at all, unfortunately.
THR: Why did you think it was your time to go?
Allie: Before tribal council, I was having a conversation with Sherri, and she was avoiding all eye contact and not speaking with me. I knew that if it was not myself, then it was Hope.
THR: Did you know Reynold, who was in your alliance, had found the hidden immunity idol?
Allie: Yeah, I knew he had that. He wasn't going to bring it to tribal, but I said, "What are you, an idiot? If you have the idol, you have to bring it with you. That's part of the game. You can't leave it at camp." Right before tribal started, [Laura] noticed he had it, and it spiraled out of control. There was no time to talk about using it. Reynold and I said beforehand that we'd use it to advance in the game if we needed it, but we were going to wait until the merge to tell [alliance mates] Eddie and Hope.
THR: Reynold revealed at tribal that he had the idol and even threatened to use it that night, but chose not to. Now he's going to have a target on his back. Did he make the right decision?
Allie: It was the right decision for him, but he had no idea I was going home. When I told him I thought I was going home, he was convinced I wasn't because Matt had been working with us from day one. He had no idea I was going home, and the look on his face when I was voted out will haunt my mind forever.
THR: So you thought you had an alliance of five that included Matt? Meaning the other alliance also would have five people.
Allie: We were working with other people. It wasn't as obvious as it seemed [that they were only an alliance of four]. Matt was working with us for a while. Even last night, everybody was saying, let's get rid of Shamar. Even if we didn't have Matt, we thought we'd have enough people who didn't like Shamar. It seemed like everybody was voting for Shamar, and we thought it would be five against four after the vote. Myself and Hope never trusted Matt, and we wanted Laura to work with us, but Reynold and Laura didn't get along, and I didn't get along with Sherri [who was close with Laura]. Eddie and Reynold convinced us that Matt was working with us, and Hope and I were stupid enough to listen to that.
THR: Was Shamar as bad as what we're seeing on TV?
Allie: He was actually a lot worse. He wasn't just lazy; that wasn't even the issue. He was quiet when he was being lazy. But [otherwise] he didn't stop speaking. I've never been so appalled at a person in my life.
THR: You and your alliance also were perceived as the "couples" while you were out there. Were you aware of that at the time?
Allie: They brought it up at tribal and said, "We don't see Allie and Reynold as a couple." What the world got to watch, it was never like that. We never hooked up. We're happy the way we are.
THR: Do you keep in touch with him?
THR: What was the hardest thing about Survivor?
Allie: The people. You're constantly dealing with them, and there's no escape. [Outside of the game], if you're annoyed with someone, you can go for a drive and get away. Here, you're never by yourself; you never have two minutes alone.
THR: Would you play again if asked?
Allie: Absolutely. Oh my god, yeah, I would leave today.