Exclusive: Sarah Dawson talks about 'Survivor: Philippines' (Part 2)
By Reality TV World staff, 10/19/2012
"Dawson" Sarah Dawson was voted out of her Survivor: Philippines' Kalabaw tribe during Wednesday night's fifth episode of the CBS reality series' 25th edition.
Dawson, a 28-year-old insurance saleswoman from Silver Spring, MD, was voted out of her tribe at the season's fifth Tribal Council, which was also the first elimination vote for Kalabaw. She was ousted via a 5-1 vote after her male tribemates deemed her a weaker link than fellow female tribe members Katie Hanson and Denise Stapley.
In an exclusive interview on Thursday, Dawson talked to Reality TV World about her Survivor: Philippines experience.
Below is the concluding portion of Dawson's interview. Click here to read the first half.Also click here and here to read our separate interview with castaway Dana Lambert.
Reality TV World: How big of an impact do you think Dana's departure had on your own vote-off? Do you think your women's alliance would've stayed aligned and been able to convince [Denise Stapley] to join you and take out one of the men if Dana had still been there?
Sarah Dawson: Absolutely. Denise had already joined us. We had shaken hands. The women's alliance was going strong and we were going to take out one of the men -- probably either [Carter Williamss] or [Jonathan Penner]. But we were taking out one of those men. They didn't want to work with us.
If one of them had come to us, our women's alliance, we would've let them in. But they didn't want to work with us at all, and if Dana had stayed in the game, it would've changed the entire game. One of the guys would've gone home instead. Who knows what could happen next episode. It just really, really changed things a lot.
Reality TV World: Dana's decision to quit the game was a little unusual in that the medic actually cleared her to continue and she was the one who made the decision to leave. Were you aware of that at the time? Were you under the impression that she was being medically evacuated involuntarily?
Sarah Dawson: Yes. At the time, I thought she was being medically evacuated. I wasn't present when the doctor explained what had happened. I actually didn't hear what had happened until the episode last night, and I was like, "Are you serious?! I thought she was medically pulled from the game."
Reality TV World: So does that kind of change anything for you? Did it disappoint you or anything like that?
Sarah Dawson: It makes me sad. It really does. Just as a fan of the show, I know so many people try to be on the show, and it's sad when someone gets sick and they feel they just can't go on. But then again, I cannot judge what she was feeling. It sucks for me as a player because we lost our numbers and then I went out the door.
That sucks for me as a player, but I can't comment on how she was feeling. She looked -- she was just deteriorating. But the doctor did approve her to stay in the game, so I mean, the facts are there. We can say, "Oh, Dana should've stayed! She's a quitter," you know? But we don't -- I don't know how she was feeling, so I can't do anything but say, "Man, that sucks."
Reality TV World: What do you think would have happened if you had revealed Jeff Kent's past to everybody else? Do you think it would have made a difference and your tribe would have turned on him? Because when I talked to Dana, she said she was kind of disappointed you didn't share that information because she thought it could've changed the entire game.
Sarah Dawson: Yeah, well, I'm kind of disappointed in some other things too, so. Anyway, Dana's disappointed that I didn't tell her, because it's such a juicy piece of information. That's what she's disappointed about. But I wanted to use it to my best advantage, and it wasn't in my best interest to tell Dana. It wouldn't have changed anything, because she wasn't even able to make it to Tribal Council.
So me telling her actually wouldn't have affected the game at all. But I guess I could've told Penner, but Penner would've just used it to protect himself in the game. And why not take a millionaire to the end? It was in my best interest to use it directly with Jeff Kent and not involve anyone else, because it's such a great tidbit.
Reality TV World: How were you cast on Survivor: Philippines? How did you end up on the show?
Sarah Dawson: I applied as a die-hard fan. I took two years and studied Survivor, and I just learned, "How can I be in this group? I want to play this game so badly." So one day I applied online and [sent] in a quick video, I got called 10 hours later by casting, and four days later, I was in L.A. And three weeks after that, I was in the Philippines.
So it happened so quickly for me. I actually applied for something else -- not for that season. And it just happened so quickly for me, and I'm so grateful it did.
The above is the concluding portion of our interview with Dawson. Click here to read the first half.Also click here and here to read our separate interview with castaway Dana Lambert.