“My alliance got cold feet and my idol didn’t work for the first time in ‘Survivor’ history,” declared Dan Rengering just moments after he was eliminated in “Survivor: David vs. Goliath.” Dan thought that by playing his hidden immunity idol he’d be safe from the vote, but he had no idea that Carl Boudreaux was holding an idol nullifier that could render it powerless. Amazingly, Carl played his nullifier at the right time and Dan was sent packing. Watch Dan’s “Survivor” Ponderosa video above.
On his way to the jury house to meet up with Elizabeth Olson and John Hennigan, Dan reenacted what happened at the tumultuous tribal council: “I pull out the idol. I’m like, this is perfect. Here you go, Jeff. It’s for me. I’m gonna be here at least another day or two. Fantastic. And then when he whips out the doggone idol nullifer I’m like, Jeff, why didn’t you tell me this was coming, man? I didn’t see this in the rule books.”
The only reason Dan felt he needed to play his idol in the first place was because Nick Wilson used his advantage to steal Alison Raybould‘s vote. That meant the six-to-five advantage that the Goliaths had going into tribal council was completely eradicated. Thus, Dan ended up going home with six votes cast against him from the five Davids.
Speaking about this season’s biblical twist, the S.W.A.T. officer proclaimed, “Who represents Goliaths better than I do right now? I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff at work and I realize this really isn’t that bad. It hurts. It stings that it’s me, that I have to go home, but it’s not the end of the world. It could be so much worse.”
Before he started the game Dan weighed 225 pounds, but after 25 days on the island he dropped down to 199 pounds. “Holy shoot. I haven’t been under 200 pounds since like middle school,” Dan told the doctor at his weigh-in. “If my mother saw me right now, she’d be freaking out. She gets worked up when I’m like at 205-210. She’s like, ‘Oh my God, are you throwing up when you eat?'”
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