SURVIVOR INSIDER

Published on: April 4, 2003

It's halftime, folks. We started off with 16 would-be Survivors, and now we're down to just eight. And I have one burning question:

What's up with Matthew and that damn machete?!

This guy is always busy sharpening the machete or cutting up his shoes, and he's scaring the crap out of Christy! She called him "creepy" several times on the show, and I'm sure there are others who agree with her 100 percent. Matt has some serious issues and he's acting like a guy who will snap if he doesn't stay busy.

Rob is playing pretty well but he even admitted that he's afraid all of his lies will eventually catch up with him. So he's planning to get rid of Matt next before anyone finds out.

And he's right! If anyone -- especially Deena -- gets wind of all of the stuff he has told Matt she'd flip out and Rob would be voted out next.

Christy and Butch are the sleepers -- riding under the radar -- for now. But they'll become very visible soon and remind everyone that they're "likeable" which is not a good thing if they're the one you're sitting next to in the final show.

That's what Vecepia did on her show, and boy I bet there are a lot of people who wished they paid more attention to her! I would've made sure we kicked her butt that island so fast she would not have had time to get comfortable.

I think a lot of people think the quiet ones are harmless, but most of the time they are very well-liked. And let's face it: The votes come down to popularity -- or in my case, the lesser of two evils. The people on my show hated Clay more than they hated me!

If you got along "just OK" with everyone the last thing you want to happen is to be sitting next to Christy in that final show. Can you imagine? Why even show up? Just tell them to send the second prize to your house!

And Butch, how can you hate him? The remaining Survivors better wake up before they find themselves sitting next to one these do-gooders.

Also, at this point in the game a lot of TV viewers probably think the survivors need to be really careful what they say about the person they're voting off at tribal council. You might think they should be concerned when they're talking to the cameras and making negative comments for fear of retaliation if they make to the finals, but that's not the case.

At this point, everything is still confidential and the survivors are all seeing this for the first time with the rest of us on TV -- and keep in mind that they voted for the winner BEFORE they left the Amazon.

After watching the taped shows a few of them probably will wish they could change their votes, but by then it's too late. All they can do to get back at someone is to give their little speeches at the final live show -- but they can't change the outcome.

When it was me and Clay up for the final vote I was just concerned about getting 4 votes, not all of them. I won by a 4-3 vote, and that's all I needed! Everyone gave me and Clay a hard time with their questions and speeches on the finale. but the whole time I was thinking, "Whatever, you loser. But tell me, who did you vote for?"

It's not a game for wimps -- you know, it's called "Survivor" for a reason. It's a jungle out there!