Exclusive: Ali Elliott talks 'Survivor' -- I didn't think Ryan Ulrich would reel me in just to cut my throat again!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/04/2017
Ali Elliott was voted out of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers during Wednesday night's episode on CBS.
Ali, a 24-year-old celebrity assistant from Eastvale, CA who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, was voted out of her "Soko" tribe on Night 16 of the game through a 3-1 vote instead of her personal target, JP Hilsabeck, a 28-year-old firefighter from Los Angeles, CA.
"I guess I let a little twerp like [Ryan Ulrich] ruin my whole game. And [Chrissy Hofbeck] is the liar of all liars. If she lies that way for the rest of the game, she's going to win," Ali said following her ouster.
"I came into this game thinking that I was just going to play with all of my head, and maybe I did add my heart in. Maybe I trusted people a little too much and that's what got me."
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Ali talked about her Survivor experience and being eliminated right before the merge. Below is a portion of what she had to say.
Reality TV World: Putting yourself in Ryan and Chrissy's shoes for a minute, do you think they made the right choice in taking you out instead of a physical threat like JP, especially since they knew the merge was right around the corner and there were barely any Hustlers left for you to team up with at that point?
Ali Elliott: Yeah, well, I could go both ways, you know? I think that I was maybe out there not understanding that I was as socially good as I thought, so I'm just out there being myself, creating relationships, trying to connect with people.
And I think that maybe I thought that would be used as an advantage for them, where I could go -- if they brought me into the merge -- I could create relationships with more people and bring people in to be on our side. Because of course we needed to find numbers.
And maybe they thought that they didn't need that! Maybe they thought, you know, "JP is going to vote whatever way we want and we don't need to bring more people in. We already know the people that we have."
So, it could go either way. It just depends. I think JP was more of a loyal [player]. If you told him whatever to vote, he was going to vote that, and that's what they thought. I think they thought I had too much of a brain to where I could've found other options and flipped sides.
Reality TV World: Since JP was so quiet, I guess they figured he wouldn't talk to anybody else come the merge. (Laughs)
Ali Elliott: Exactly! I mean, that's how it was at "Soko." Me and JP maybe talked strategy once, and you know, maybe I regret that. I don't know. He's just so hard to read. I never knew if he had even seen the game to understand exactly what you need around and what you don't need around and what you need during certain parts of the game.
And so, maybe me not reaching out to JP is the only thing I can think of, but still, even that happening, he never gave any inclination that he was trying to make any kind of moves. So I don't know if that even would've worked.
Reality TV World: In your final words, you called Ryan a "twerp" and blamed him for basically ruining your game. What was going through your mind at the time of your vote off, and were you able to get over that, or do you still harbor some feelings of anger or resentment?
Ali Elliott: No, I think that because, like I said, I was so emotionally connected to this game that, in that moment, I was just heated. And I still had no idea about that Super Idol. And so at that moment, I was like, "What is he thinking?! Why would he trust [these] people and go with these people who he doesn't even know?!"
So there was a lot of that confusion at the end, so of course not. I think Ryan is smart. He was like my little brother out there, so even when we had that argument, we made up. We were just very close, and I think that one thing about the game you don't realize is that because you have that bond, sometimes it does hurt personally -- even though it's not a personal move.
Everything is gameplay, whether you're lying or anything [else]. But sometimes it does hit you a little bit because you're like, "Oh, I thought that we're in this together!" And that's now how it came out.
Reality TV World: Ryan admitted he was shocked that both JP and yourself wanted to work with him because he's a "weasel." Did you get that sense from him at all? Other than the time he lied to you about voting for Roark Luskin, did he ever give you a reason to doubt his loyalty?
Ali Elliott: No, he really didn't give me a reason to doubt his loyalty. Even when he made that statement, "Oh, Ali wants to work with me and JP wants to work with me," there's only four of us on this island. (Laughs) We don't have many options to choose from.
But anyways, no, he never really seemed like he was someone that would kind of be conniving or try to reel me in just to cut my throat again, you know? He didn't seem like that at all. He's a very, very nice person, and I think that everything he did in the game was for the game. I don't think that he's like that at all in real life. I think that he's probably a really great person outside of this game.
Reality TV World: I was wondering if you noticed any red flags. Because when I talked to Roark last week, she said there was a moment, for example, when she saw Ryan sleeping next to Chrissy and JP on the beach one night instead of yourself and Roark. So she interpreted that as maybe Ryan wasn't working with you girls after all.
Ali Elliott: Well for me, at Yawa's camp, Ryan just kind of slept by himself. So, he was not really next to them. He was more kind of off towards the side, but he was still a good distance, you know? And stuff like that, you know, maybe that's my problem. I didn't think into every single thing that happened.
And I think there was one thing after the fact that me and Roark had talked about at Ponderosa, that Roark said one night she woke up and Chrissy and Ryan were gone. And Roark never told me this. If Roark would have told me this, I would've then thought, "Okay, something is up!"
But I never saw them, you know, go off together or I never really saw -- there were never really that many moments where they were alone by themselves. And so, for us to all wake up and know that they were gone, that made me think that, you know, that's when real talk was going on.