Jamal Shipman, the third member of the “Survivor: Island of the Idols” jury, was voted out of the game after surviving on a deserted island for 24 days with little food or water. Upon visiting the jury house, this 33-year-old admissions counselor got to order anything he wanted off of the food menu and he chose … rice?! “I know, why would you get fried rice when you just came off of ‘Survivor,’ but the chicken fried rice sounds really good,” he stated. Watch CBS’s Ponderosa video above.
Throughout his time on the island Jamal lost a total of 18 pounds, though he admitted, “All game long, hunger was not the issue for me. I’m feeling a little sluggish and I’m losing weight and all of that, but it really didn’t affect me in the way that it seemed to really affect other people.”
For Jamal, the most physical part of the game was the challenges, revealing, “I was definitely overwhelmed by the physicality of the challenges. They’re just hard. This endurance stuff is just not my jam.” Despite that claim, Jamal came in second place to Aaron Meredith during the season’s first individual immunity challenge in which the castaways had to bend over and hold a wooden plank while balancing three balls.
“I had a good sense that I was in trouble,” Jamal said about his elimination in which six people wrote down his name: Aaron, Dan Spilo, Dean Kowalski, Janet Carbin, Noura Salman and Tommy Sheehan. He continued, “I was just hoping that my relationships with individual people would help keep the vote off of me so that I can play a little longer, but they saw it a different way.”
When Jamal saw himself in the mirror, he was stunned by his physical appearance. “Who the heck is that?! Wow,” he declared. “The way weight changes my appearance is really striking.” Also in the Ponderosa video, Jamal filled in fellow jury members Kellee Kim and Jack Nichting on his visit to the Island of the Idols, in which he met “Survivor” legends Sandra Diaz-Twine and Rob Mariano.
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