With little to no warning last week on Survivor: Guatemala, the dominant alliance decided against following their original plan to vote off Gary and instead voted off one of their own. Water-ski instructor Jamie Newton was the one whose torch was snuffed after his tribe mates decided that his paranoia was starting to drive them crazy. So surprised was Jamie that he shouted, "Blindsided, nice!" when Jeff Probst read off the deciding ballot. TVGuide.com caught up with the affable 24-year-old to find out if he is miffed that the other players called him crazy.
TVGuide.com: I've got to ask — what was the deal with you and Bobby Jon?
Jamie: We are just very competitive guys. He started in when he had his legs raised in the air [during the "roller-coaster" challenge] when he was coming down that hill, and I [couldn't] cut a rope to save my life, obviously. I'm allergic to rope, I like to say. He had his legs in the air like an idiot and then I was yelling because I beat him in the ball challenge and then he was mad because I was saying, "Who is smiling now?" It just kept going back and forth. My brother just said that he was glad I beat Bobby Jon because he couldn't stand that he went out like that, and that Bobby Jon said I had "no class." [My brother] said, "At least get further than him, or don't come home."
TVGuide.com: Will we see you and Bobby Jon bickering during upcoming tribal councils, or are you cool now?
Jamie: He and I made up as soon as he walked off. When he was leaving he shagged my hair and rubbed my head before he left.
TVGuide.com: You mentioned your brother Ramie, who is your twin. What did he think of you being on the show?
Jamie: He thought it was cool.
TVGuide.com: Is he getting asked out on dates because people think he is you?
Jamie: People think he is me all the time. I don't get anything [as far as dates].
TVGuide.com: Really? Here in the office you seem to be the pick as best-looking Survivor of the season.
Jamie: Oh, yeah? Well tell them I said, "Thank you."
TVGuide.com: Do you have a special "twin language" with your brother?
Jamie: No, but I will tell you that midsummer, around the time I got voted off, he woke up and was having anxiety attacks. It was crazy because I would be so sick, but a challenge would come around and I'd feel so great. I could just feel him and my family there. I think that is what kept me strong.
TVGuide.com: All your tribe mates kept saying you were going "crazy" or "losing it." Did that bug you?
Jamie: I was paranoid for good reason. Last episode I wasn't paranoid and Stephenie was trying to vote me out. I think she saw me as a threat, as the only person who could get her out of the game.
TVGuide.com: So you weren't upset watching at home with what they said about you?
Jamie: I will admit I was losing it a little bit, but everybody was losing it a little bit out there. Everybody is trying to keep their cool. Like, when I had four votes, everybody was saying not to take it personally. You are gonna have an opinion and you are gonna care.
TVGuide.com: You were completely blindsided when voted out, but you seemed excited by that.
Jamie: I told them that if I was leaving, don't let me know.
TVGuide.com: Are you surprised that Gary is still sitting there?
Jamie: I am, but we'll see what happens. I see where he is going with all this stuff. He didn't fool me.
TVGuide.com: Was this what you expected when you signed up for Survivor?
Jamie: I knew it was going to be rough, but I didn't know it would be that rough. I'm glad it was one of the harder seasons.
TVGuide.com: Yeah, you were all dehydrated....
Jamie: And going nuts. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: What's next for you? Acting?
Jamie: You can't really come out of a reality show thinking you are an actor, so I'm not doing that definitely. But the main thing is I'm starting to want different things in life. Judd made me realize that I don't want to be around a bunch of fake people; I want a bunch of people I can be around and trust. I used to think that I'd never want to get married and things like that but after the show, I just want to find that certain somebody — I'm not trying to rush anything — invest some time and build a relationship with her.
TVGuide.com: Is there anyone who you don't want to see at the reunion?
Jamie: Well... I'm interested to see how it goes with Margaret, Brooke, Brianna and Morgan, because I'm pretty sure they are all pretty mad at me.
TVGuide.com: You seemed gung ho about finishing the last reward challenge, even though you had clearly lost.
Jamie: Yeah. Me and Rafe were smoking Gary and Judd and then Lydia started.... I knew whoever had Lydia would lose. But I told her, "I don't mind losing as long as I lose with you." Then look what she does, she stabs me in the back! Ugh.