Semhar was the lovely spoken word artist who volunteered to shoot coconuts into the hoop during her first Immunity Challenge, but was too tired to do too much. This lack of energy (not effort) played a big part in why she was voted off first, and became the first player this season on Redemption Island.
Ozzy seemed to go to bat for her, but even Probst’s pre-season assessment had him saying that Semhar “was not long for this game.” He was right, as he most always is…
Here’s a transcript of our discussion:
Do you agree with why your tribe decided to vote you out, that you were the reason they lost the Immunity Challenge?
No, I don’t agree completely. What you don’t see is that we looked to Jim to do the challenge originally, and he put his hands up like he didn’t want to do it. Nobody stepped up, and we only had a few seconds to figure it out. So no, I don’t really regret it completely, but I do take responsibility for not being one of the strongest players, and taking that position.
Had you stayed in the game longer, who would you have aligned with?
Hmm, I don’t know, I only knew them a few days. I would probably say Ozzy and Papa Bear, probably.
What did you think last night when we saw Jeff Probst and the others at Redemption Island as they seemingly grew impatient with your “spoken word” ritual?
Oh I thought that was incredibly talented editors over at CBS, because no one could hear what I was saying, (laughs), except my microphone of course. I thought that was hilarious, I had some friends over and we just laughed, I thought it was comedic.
You mentioned twice on the show that you couldn’t believe people were being so cold…
Well, I wasn’t speaking about my tribe both times that I said that, I was speaking on a completely different subject. So that was another one of those talented editors over at CBS. I was made to be dramatic, hilarious, and entertaining, and that’s why we tune into reality television anyways.
Now Ozzy kind of stood up for you to the tribe, and didn’t seem to want to vote you out first. Were you aware that he did that?
I can only see the view that you’re seeing on that, but I thought it was really kind and really nice to try to keep me. I thought that was someone on my tribe who was really sticking up for me, and I thought it was smart of him. I mean, I would have taken him all the way to the end. But he was definitely outnumbered.
Talk about your Redemption Island experience.
That experience was really funny, I was asleep and [Christine] came and…look, you don’t just wake me up. And she had her NY attitude, and was like, where am I supposed to sleep? So we originally started off on the wrong foot, but about 15 minutes later she was like ‘are you cold?’ and I was like yes, and we ended up starting a fire, and we stayed up talking all night. I think she’s an amazing person, and was happy to have some company out there.
What was your reaction when you first saw Ozzy and Coach enter the game…were you a fan of Survivor or even know who they were?
I wasn’t a huge fan of the show. When I found out I was cast a few weeks before, I watched episodes and was slightly familiar with Ozzy, I had no idea who Coach was. I just thought, oh that’s the boy who knows how to climb trees, that’s Tarzan boy!
What was your strategy going into Survivor…did you have a strategic gameplan?
Originally I kind of wanted to stay under-the-radar, but I do have a tendency to be really silly, so I kind of just wanted to Fabio it out, you know? Immediately we just had such a strong bond in our tribe, at first, it just felt like we were all excited to be sharing this experience together.
And I have to ask, so forgive me, but could you give me some Spoken Word Art on your experiences on Survivor?
Ummm…I mean, I didn’t go home and write Survivor poems or anything like that! But I have written poems about mind games and that would be related to Survivor.
Can you share one?
Sure! “Words jump through my head, crawl down my neck, and then sink into my chest. They’re released through my lips, or paper and pen. It doesn’t matter why, it doesn’t matter when. At 4 in the morning awake in my bed, the rhythm of their message comes fast and comes fist. Truth when it is good, and truth when it is bad, times you made me happy versus times you made me mad. The romance of my love sits special for a king, and peasants along the way no longer mean a thing. My words are very tricky, listen carefully. Sometimes what you hear is not what I speak. Sometimes what you taste is not in the recipe. But is the mind a real place or something make-believe? Can you touch it and hold it, hug it and stroke it, listen and know it? Does all of this mean anything or am I just playing…mind games.
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