A Survivor's Bittersweet Surrender
Standing at a full seven feet tall didn't help Mitchell Olsen
, 23, keep his head above the fray on Survivor: The Australian Outback
. In fact, despite the notoriety that's come with being the fourth contestant voted off the game show, the lanky fellow says he'd never stretch his limits that way again.
"I can put myself back in those shoes and realize how much I was suffering," Olsen told The Early Show's Jane Clayson. "I'm so grateful for the experience. I really am. It was a great adventure. But I wouldn't do it again; I see no need to."
In a highly unusual move, the singer-songwriter crooned his own swan song during a tribal council, practically begging his Ogakor tribemates to oust him. Even more surprising, it seemed Olsen might not get his wish when he tied twice with cantankerous chef Keith Famie. "I definitely wanted out," he recalls. "It was much tougher than I thought. And at that point, I didn't think I really wanted to put myself back into a situation where two people didn't want me there. I was kind of like the George W. Bush of the tribe. I didn't want to go back where at least 50 percent of the people wished I wasn't there."
Olsen was also eager to quiet his ever-growling tummy, which yearned to return to eating three square meals a day. "It definitely hit me faster than it hit most people, I know that," he admits. "I mean, eventually, your body starts to feed on what little fat it has. For me, that course [only lasted] a few minutes! And then it goes to your muscle mass, and then again my body is like, 'What is going on here?'"
Not that Olsen's odyssey was an entirely miserable one. "Never did it look like I was having any fun," he says, "and we had plenty of it. My luxury item was a campfire song book. We had late-night live concerts with Maralyn [Hershey] and [me] and the rest of the tribe every night. And we never saw one of those concerts not once. So we had a lot of fun that you don't get to see, and it's too bad."