Vince Moua, the third castaway voted out of “Survivor: Island of the Idols,” was heartbroken after having his torch snuffed by host Jeff Probst in Wednesday’s episode. This 27-year-old admissions counselor from California had gone through a “Survivor” boot camp like no other when Sandra Diaz-Twine and Rob Mariano tasked him with stealing fire from the other camp. Vince succeeded at his mission, stealing ashes since the fire had burned out, and won a hidden immunity idol for his efforts. Unfortunately, he left with that idol in his pocket as he was voted out at tribal council.
“I was just blindsided, I guess you can say,” Vince said in his exit interview at the end of the third episode. He confessed that he brought his idol with him inside of his water bottle and was “really thinking” about using it, but ultimately decided not to. Watch the video above.
Vince conceded, “I relied too much on the trust that I had in the women. It’s an unfortunate situation and I think that really bit me in the butt.”
At the beginning of the episode the four men (Dean Kowalski, Tom Laidlaw, Aaron Meredith and Vince) tried to create an alliance to combat the five women (Elizabeth Beisel, Missy Byrd, Karishma Patel, Elaine Stott and Chelsea Walker). But when Vince’s name got picked to go to the Island of the Idols, the threat of a potential advantage worried everyone so much that they voted for him to flush it out.
Vince had good reason not to trust the men. Recall that in the season premiere he received two votes from Aaron and Ronnie Bardah (who was eliminated). However, the women always had Vince’s back and their betrayal comes as a shock. They briefly floated the idea of voting for Tom because of his age, but Elizabeth was against that move since she sees him as a father figure.
For the record, Vince received five votes from Chelsea, Elaine, Elizabeth, Karishma and Missy; Karishma received three votes from Aaron, Dean and Tom; and Tom received one vote from Vince. Are you happy Vince is gone, or did the Lairo tribe make a mistake by eliminating him so early in the season?
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