Exclusive: Alexandra "Allie" Pohevitz talks 'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' (Part 2)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/25/2013
Alexandra "Allie" Pohevitz was eliminated from Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' Gota "Fans" tribe during Wednesday night's second episode of the CBS reality series' 26th edition.
Allie, a 25-year-old bartender from Oceanside, NY, was voted out of her tribe at the season's second Tribal Council, the first elimination vote for Gota.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Allie talked about her Survivor experience and early elimination. Below is the concluding portion of Allie's interview. Click here to read the first half.
Reality TV World: Were you surprised when Reynold Toepfer decided to reveal the hidden Immunity Idol at Tribal Council?
Allie Pohevitz: I knew it was coming about five minutes beforehand. [Sherri Biethman] actually saw Reynold and I passing something back and forth. It wasn't the idol.
I was putting my nametag in his pocket and so we had tags from when we got our bathing suits for a challenge, and I just threw it in his pocket, and I knew that she thought it was the idol and it just spiraled out of control. It was right before Tribal and we didn't have time to talk about it. And then when we got there, it kind of all blew up in our faces.
Allie Pohevitz: Uh huh, Sherri was the one that found out.
Reality TV World: Why do you think Reynold decided not to use the idol on you? Do you think it was just because you guys thought Hope would be going instead then?
Allie Pohevitz: No, I don't think -- it wasn't that he thought it was [Hope Driskill] and not me. We genuinely, or at least Reynold genuinely, thought that there was a big enough issue with [Shamar Thomas] that Shamar was going home and then the next time we would worry about it. But I don't think he had any idea.
But I knew -- my issue was that if I took the idol from him and used it for myself, and they had switched and voted him out, I would hold that for the rest of my life, that I was the reason he got voted out. And there were so little people that I liked out there that I just couldn't do it.
Reality TV World: So you suspected it was going to be you but he wasn't, as it sounds, quite as convinced?
Allie Pohevitz: Mhmm, like I said right before Tribal, I had a conversation with Sherri and I told Reynold, "Look, I'm getting voted out tonight." And he assured me up and down that no, I wasn't getting voted out -- that they had [Matt Bischoff] and if it was five-five, then they would play the idol. And it didn't happen.
Reality TV World: What was your relationship with Reynold like out there? Obviously there seemed to be a lot of speculation there was some type of romantic relationship going on and you guys were seen cuddling and things like that.
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Allie Pohevitz: Yeah, I mean, there was nothing going on out there. If you saw at Tribal Council and they said, "What do you think of the two of them?" Everybody said, "No, they're not a couple." We really weren't like that. We did cuddle, yeah we were friends, but I think it was more of a comfort thing.
He's like my friends at home and I'm like his friends at home, and it was just raining and we were cuddling and rubbing each other's backs. It's not as sketchy as it looked. Nothing ever happened; Nothing will happen. He's a great guy but it wasn't like that.
Reality TV World: You and Reynold were both shown swearing to God that you'd honor a pact to be in the Final 2 together. How sincere was that promise? Would you ever waver?
Allie Pohevitz: I never would've. I mean, you could see, I could've taken the idol and I didn't want to throw Reynold under the bus. If it was between somebody I knew I could beat and Reynold at the end, I still would've taken him. My word was good. I trusted him and he trusted me and I wouldn't have screwed him over.
Reality TV World: Last week's premiere had shown Reynold telling the cameras that he wanted to be in an alliance with you because you were "the not-obvious choice," and then he made a particularly unflattering comment that you weren't the cutest girl but you seemed to be cool. What was your take on all that?
Allie Pohevitz: Yeah, I mean, I had some choice words for him and we had it out, but I think that it got taken very far out of context. I mean, he's apologized. We had a little issue with that. You say things when you're out there, and if they had shown every inch of me while I was out there, I wouldn't have a lot of friends either.
And so, they picked something because they knew it would get a rise out people; They knew it would get a rise out of me. And it sucks and it hurts and I was mortified, but there's nothing that I can do about it and I know in my heart that that's not what he meant. It is what it is.
Reality TV World: Some viewers have obviously come away thinking he's kind of rude or cocky. And I just wanted to get what your take on him overall is.
Allie Pohevitz: Oh yeah, I mean, he heard it from me the first time. When I heard that, he got it from me, so, yeah. I wasn't too thrilled.
Reality TV World: What was your perspective on Edward "Eddie" Fox and Hope's relationship?
Allie Pohevitz: (Laughs) I mean, I love them. They're crazy but it's exactly what it was on the show. Eddie was just so over-the-top and just flirty, and Hope was just adorable and laughing at everything he said. It was never -- there was never anything there. Eddie's a big flirt; Hope's a big flirt. They would joke around. Eddie's just a clown and it was nothing. Everything got so blown out of proportion.
Reality TV World: Do you think the tribe viewed Eddie and Hope as the same type of potentially dangerous couple that they viewed yourself and Reynold?
Allie Pohevitz: I don't believe that it was the same only because I felt like they thought Reynold was a bigger threat in challenges and I was more strategic, so I think that they thought out of the four of us, Reynold and I were more dangerous. I think that's why I left.
Reality TV World: When I talked to Francesca Hogi last week, she said the "Favorites" had collectively labeled you and the other blonde girls in your tribe "the Bethennys" for whatever reason. (Laughs) It seemed like they didn't find you that intimidating or even take you girls that seriously. What are your thoughts on that? Do you take any offense to that?
Allie Pohevitz: I mean, we live up to it. That's fine. I'll be "Bethenny No. 1." I'm cool with that. I think -- when we first stepped on the mat, they came out and introduced every single "Favorite" and why would they know my name when I got voted out? They didn't introduce us to them.
We had no contact with them. Why would they [know] the difference? From where they were standing, there were three little blonde girls ready to play. So I think the fact that they grouped us together, I mean, it's annoying but I would've done the exact same thing. I don't have any hard feelings.
Reality TV World: Everyone seemed to think Shamar was lazy out there on the island. What are your thoughts on him?
Allie Pohevitz: Yeah, lazy is an understatement. He just slept for 100 hours out of the 120 that I was with him, and he just barked orders the other 20 hours, so he's just a disgusting human being and I'm glad I don't live with him anymore.
Reality TV World: Any regrets on your gameplay and how were you cast on Survivor? Was it your first time applying for the show? I know you mentioned in your final words you had been wanting to get on it for years.
Allie Pohevitz: Well I had wanted to be on the show for years. I had sent in an application video. I did it like everyone else and had sent it in to CBS and they contacted me the next day. I just think they liked what they saw and it was really fast. I got a really fast turnover. And no, I honestly don't have any regrets.
I wish that I had taken the idol and used it for myself, but I don't think it would've been any different based on the game that I played the first week. I think I would've just prolonged myself another three days and then they still would've had five-four and I still would've been a big target. Unless he found the idol and used it again, I still would've been the next one gone.
Above is the concluding portion of Allie's interview. Click here to read the first half.