Chelsea Townsend (‘Survivor: Ghost Island’) exit interview: ‘I surprised a lot of people’ by winning back-to-back immunities

Following the elimination of Chelsea Townsend on this week’s emotional loved ones episode of “Survivor: Ghost Island,” we had a chance to ask her five burning questions. Check out Chelsea’s written responses below — but first, a quick recap. While this 25-year-old Los Angeles resident was sparely seen during the first half of the game, she made a name for herself after the merge by winning back-to-back immunity challenges.

Unfortunately, Chelsea’s physical stamina made her too much of a threat, so the dominating five-person alliance of Domenick Abbate, Wendell Holland, Sebastian Noel, Donathan Hurley and Laurel Johnson voted her out in eighth place. Chelsea, Kellyn Bechtold and Angela Perkins — the so-called “Naviti girls” — tried to send home Wendell, but they were simply outnumbered. Here now is our exit interview with Chelsea:

GOLD DERBY: What was the reaction from your family and friends when you won not one but two immunity challenges?

CHELSEA TOWNSEND: They were absolutely ecstatic. They were screaming and yelling it was hilarious. I feel like I surprised a lot of people including my family and that was really fun.

GD: Heading into your final tribal council, how convinced were you that Wendell would be headed home?

CT: I was probably 50/50. I had spent a lot of time setting up this perfect blindside with my alliance and all the pieces were falling into place. Laurel was upset after the loved ones visit and I was using that emotion to sway her decision. On top of that Wendell upset all the girls when he tossed his family visit to go get an advantage (a move I totally respect) and take away our chance of loved one time. Donathan was on board completely and ready to make a move. Laurel however was on the edge the whole time even though she was telling me she was with me. I hoped my pitch to them that Wendell was the biggest threat in the game and had an idol would speak to them. When Wendell didn’t play his idol I got super hopeful I had just pulled off an epic blindside, but unfortunately Laurel just couldn’t step up to the plate to make a big play.

GD: If you could go back and reverse a mistake that you made, what would it be and why?

CT: Honestly I wouldn’t change anything. I played hard and played exactly the game I wanted to play when I went out there. I’m very proud of my journey out there. My only regret is from not being able to find a hidden immunity idol, but it is certainly not for trying. I was constantly looking. It would have been great to keep that hidden from everyone and take the game into my own hands, and not leave my fate in someone else’s hands.

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GD: Can you share a story of something memorable that happened out on the island that we didn’t get to see on TV?

CT: Well, there is a lot you didn’t get to see haha. But since I’ve already talked about the Bradley boot I’ll talk about the Libby boot. I actually got word that Libby wanted me out of the game prior to her boot. I thought I had a good relationship with her from our time on Naviti, so I was definitely not happy. I decided to help put in motion the idea of a split vote between Michael and Libby. I figured there was a good chance Michael had been able to find something again. I wanted Libby gone as his collateral damage. I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t going to work out, but it did. It helped get my name out of the air…for like two seconds until the Des drama tossed it right back out there haha.

GD: Now that you’re a member of the jury, what kind of player are you looking to vote for to win the $1 million?

CT: I am looking to vote for the player who deserves it the most. The person who performed well in challenges, excelled in strategy, and played an honorable game.

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