Exclusive: Libby Vincek talks 'Survivor: Ghost Island' -- I was wrongly judged by my appearance, I played my heart out!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/23/2018
Libby Vincek was voted out of Survivor: Ghost Island after the merged Lavita tribe's real target, Michael Yerger, played his hidden Immunity Idol during the latest episode on CBS.
Libby, a 24-year-old social media strategist from Houston, TX, was voted out of her tribe on Night 25 of the game through a 7-3-1 vote at Tribal Council in which Michael, an 18-year-old real estate agent from Knoxville, TN, received seven votes but played his idol, Libby earned herself three votes, and one vote went to Wendell Holland, a 33-year-old furniture designer from Philadelphia, PA.
"For the past three Tribals, I've randomly had my name written down. It sucks because you really do put some trust in people. I did everything I could. I won challenges. I won food Rewards. And I made alliances. I'm proud of myself and I'm grateful and blessed for this experience," Libby said following her ouster.
During a brief exclusive interview with Reality TV World via email due to the fact she was out of the country, Libby talked about her Survivor: Ghost Island experience. Below is what she had to say.
Reality TV World: Walking into Tribal Council, you clearly knew your name was being tossed around, so I'm wondering what you expected to happen. Whom did you think was voting with you and how convinced were you that Michael was going home?
Libby Vincek: Well to be honest, camp life that day was a mad house. Fake idols, ideas of real idols, and changes of alliances really made the my game all kinds of messy. I really had no idea at that point, that Michael had the idol.
It would have really helped to know ha, so my decision was unfortunately very last minute. I was expecting -- if things were in my favor for Michael to go home sadly.
We didn't get enough definite numbers to do something that worked for what I thought was our alliance. (Me, [Jenna Bowman], Michael, [Donathan Hurley] and [Laurel Johnson]). I knew that if he didn't have the idol he would go home because Jenna and I had decided to go with the numbers in that case to spare me.
Reality TV World: Did you feel particularly betrayed by anyone when you got voted out?
Libby Vincek: I was pretty close with [Chelsea Townsend] after the third tribe swap. So I was really hoping to continue to work with her, so particularly after that vote if anyone it would be her, but like I had to do with the [Morgan Ricke] vote, she stayed right with her alliance. That's the game!
Reality TV World: Your name was written down at several previous Tribal Councils, but you didn't understand why at the time. Now that you've watched the season back, what do you think everyone's issue with you was? The guys seemed to think you were dangerous because you were beautiful and manipulative like Parvati Shallow, but why were Chelsea, [Kellyn Bechtold] and [Desiree Afuye] gunning for you?
Libby Vincek: I believe I was voted off because I bonded with too many people. Making genuine connections with people made me a threat to the ones I wasn't as strong too, which made me a threat long-term.
If people start thinking you can win the whole thing, that you're strong enough and smart enough, there's an instant target on your back. A ditzy blonde isn't a threat to anyone. A smart one is.
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I think the Naviti girls found me as an easier target. They never gave me a real chance to bond with them. We could have really made a strong alliance. Chatting with them afterwards, they just had their mind set and didn't really want to back down.
Reality TV World: When I talked to Bradley Kleihege two weeks ago, he made an unflattering comment about you, saying you are as fake as all the makeup you wear on your face. I want to give you a chance to respond to that. And what do you think gave Bradley the impression you were disingenuous or insincere?
Libby Vincek: I have to be honest, when I first read that comment, I was pretty hurt. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that generalizations and comments like that are exactly why Bradley didn't make it any farther than he did.
Obviously, he jumped to conclusions about my character based entirely on my appearance. My mother would say that any man who attacks your looks is intimidated by your intellect. I agree.
And I can't imagine him saying anything like that about another man on the show. It's super sexist. Maybe he should stick to geography and stay out of the courtroom.
Reality TV World: You said in your final words you did everything you could in the game. Looking back, do you still feel that way or is there anything you wish you had done differently? Anything you'd change about the way you played Survivor?
Libby Vincek: I can't regret anything in this game. They'd eat me alive! I played my heart out! Watching back, sure I yell at the TV asking myself, "Libs, what the heck are you doing?" And remembering at that time what crazy ideas were going through my head.
Sure, I wonder what would have happened if my alliance and I would have sided with [Chris Noble], or if we had more time before Tribal, figured out a way to blind side a power player. But I made decisions that I felt were best for me at that time, and I'm really happy with how I played.