Survivor: Worlds Apart eliminated Lindsey Cascaddan during the first half of the special two-hour episode of the CBS reality competition's 30th season on Wednesday night.
Lindsey, a 24-year-old hairdresser from College Park, FL, was voted out of her Blue Collar tribe, called the "Escameca" tribe, on Night 11 at the season's fourth Tribal Council session. She was ousted right before the three tribes switched up and became two.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Lindsey talked about her Survivor experience. Below is the concluding portion. Click here to read the first half.
Reality TV World: Although you were the only person to really fight with Rodney Lavoie Jr. over his comments about women, the girls seemed to agree he was being vulgar and disrespectful, but the guys remained tight-lipped. Do you think the guys had a problem with it as well or no?
Lindsey Cascaddan: I don't think the guys backed him. You have [Dan Foley] who is a great husband. He talks so highly of his wife and his daughter. And then you have [Mike Holloway] who was raised only by a mother, and he is a gentleman. But here's the thing about those two guys, they wanted to work with someone who they could hide behind as a shield.
Everybody is going to hate Rodney. Nobody is going to work well with him, so why not keep him as our shield against all these people? Because we can always kind of say, "Well, you know what? Let's just vote Rodney out, he's sort of a jerk." So, no, I absolutely don't think our guys backed him. At Tribal, everyone seemed offended by what Rodney was saying.
But you also have two other girls who, you know, [Sierra Dawn Thomas] and [Kelly Remington], they kept quiet. Neither one of them are married, neither one of them have kids and neither one of them have personalities where they feel like they have something to prove.
And then you have me. I'm the type of woman where I do have a daughter who's three and I think it's really important to teach her that, as a woman, you need to be strong and you do need to hold yourself at a high regard.
But you also need to put yourself around men who are not threatened by people and women who are really empowered and strong. And so, you know, a million dollars is a great prize, but I also didn't want to come home and have to explain myself. I wanted to come home and be proud of the game I played and be proud of the player I played it as.
And last night, sitting with friends and family, when that last vote was read -- although my friends and family were disappointed to see me go, not one person in my life is disappointed by who they saw play. And I don't know that you're going to be able to say that or see that with other players in this game.
Reality TV World: Was Rodney's rant about his perspective on men vs women even worse than it appeared on TV? And while he said men are dogs and they want to date angels, he's clearly single, so did you ever tell him that angelic women probably wouldn't go for the dogs? (Laughs)
Lindsey Cascaddan: One hundred percent! I think Rodney is just like this miniature sliver of what really happens. And I'll be honest, most of what came out of Rodney's mouth on a daily basis wasn't airable. I mean, that's how bad it is. No joke. So yeah, I mean, I think that definitely he's seeing some backlash.
I can't imagine that his mother is actually proud of what she's seeing and what she hears from him. The guy lives in her basement, so obviously his mentality is something that's not getting him as far as he says it's getting him in life.
And at the end of the day, he is single. And I consider my friends and family angels of women -- not because they don't use [certain] language or they feel they have to play up this angelic manner, but because women that hold themselves to a standard that Rodney says we should, they end up with men who hold themselves to that standard too!
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I can tell you 110% that I, myself, would never, ever be put in a position or place in life to ever co-exist with a human life like Rodney and neither would any of my friends or family. I think any "angel" in America can agree with that.
Reality TV World: It seemed like Mike was a major target in your tribe for a while because of his aggressiveness with the work at camp, but then he seemed to kind of slip under the radar. What happened there? Obviously he was driving everyone crazy but then when it became time to vote, he wasn't the person people were thinking about.
Lindsey Cascaddan: You know, we did finally sit down Mike days prior to Tribal Council, but very soon after him driving everyone crazy, we just said, "Listen, you have to chill. You can't be this person all the time every day and expect other people to be this person too. If you want to get firewood in the middle of the night, that's you. You go do that. But that doesn't mean everyone is going to go do it."
And I think Mike took that to heart and he maybe not so much played under the radar as he made an adjustment in his game.
Reality TV World: Can you elaborate on why you're so convinced a Blue Collar player will win this game? And looking at your tribe from the outside now, which player do you think has what it takes to make it to the end?
Lindsey Cascaddan: I think that people think it's sort of a corny thing to say, and I truly believe -- and believed then as much as I believe now -- that a Blue Collar could take this win because Blue Collars as human beings and just as a breed of type of person, we are smart enough, stupid enough, crazy enough, and hard working enough to get through this crazy game.
I think you're going to see White Collars over-thinking. I think you're going to see No Collars not think about it at all. This is a game where sometimes being right in the middle, where you're not necessarily a "rule breaker" but you're not necessarily a "rule maker," is really where you want to be.
Because there are rules in Survivor that, even though they might not be written down and they might not be on stone somewhere, they are there and they exist and they are real. If you choose not to play by those rules, you get burned. And I think that you're going to see the extremes in this game start to kind of eat each other alive.
The Blue Collars, we're a good type of person. We're funny, we're go-getters. We know how to take rules and bend them, and you know, we're loyal. And as much as this game is about backstabbing, it's also about finding loyalty -- even if you don't find it anywhere else but in yourself. You have to stay true to yourself in this game. And I think the Blue Collars know how to do that.
Reality TV World: Did Sierra show any remorse after that challenge for the platform incident in which Kelly's head was cut? Viewers didn't see much of that but she appeared to just throw that platform down with you girls still under it. I'm assuming he was just high on adrenaline and not thinking.
Lindsey Cascaddan: Sierra did not have a rope in her hand, so it was out of her control. What happened was, Dan let go of the platform and he was also blindfolded. You're just running on so much adrenaline that when someone says, "Okay, lower the platform," you don't think about at what speed you're going to lower the platform.
And for me, I was trying to lower it kind of at a speed that seemed reasonable. And Dan just kind of, "Woop! Let it go." So, yeah, that was a major hit and we definitely got penalized for that. Kelly and I got hit in the head and Kelly got it really badly. We just had no trust after that. There was no getting us through that course quickly.
Reality TV World: Your tribe sat you out for the Immunity Challenge. Do you think you could've done it better?
Lindsey Cascaddan: I sat out of the Immunity Challenge kind of irritated. I thought that, not only was I a dumb choice, but also Dan, only because from Day 1, Dan and I were outwardly the puzzle people.
Those were the two people we said, "If we come across a puzzle, we need one of us in, because you guys are not puzzle people." And the ball challenge was, in large, a puzzle. And that's what it was. So I think that's why they struggled with it. Had they had either one of us in there, I think they would've done better than they did.
Reality TV World: How were you cast on Survivor? How did you end up on the show?
Lindsey Cascaddan: I think I got cast on Survivor because I'm a big personality and I'm not what I look like on the outside. I'm heavily tattooed, I have Cruella Deville hair. But, I'm a mom and I have morals and I stand for things and I'm not willing to win as one if I'm not standing up for people as a whole. I believe in humanity. I believe in just fighting for the underdog.
So, I think that's interesting, it's what America doesn't want to see a tattooed young, single mom be, and I think that CBS liked me because in my own way, I do break rules but I also know how to follow them. I'm smart, witty and I'm a go-getter. And let's face it, I have the best facial expressions on Season 30.
Click here to read the first part of Lindsey's exclusive interview with Reality TV World.