Yau-Man Chan, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites
became the second favorite sent home on last week's Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites
(Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS) following a power play by alliance-hopping Cirie. Gracious and kind-spirited to the end, the 55-year-old chief technology officer for the University of California, Berkeley's College of Chemistry talked about the favorites' overconfidence, his run-in with Jonny Fairplay and Dreamz's broken promise back in Fiji
TVGuide.com: First off, I have to admit I'm really disappointed — you were my favorite of the favorites!
Yau-Man Chan: Thank you. I was more disappointed to have to leave the show so early!
TVGuide.com: Why do you think Cirie was so determined to get you out?
Yau-Man: She had a change of mind. I thought we had an alliance going, and suddenly she went from a completely defensive position to offensive. She was the odd person out, caught between the two alliances [Yau-Man, Jonathan, Ami and Eliza vs. James, Parvati, Ozzy and Amanda], and we thought we had her. Not only did she not vote our way, she got her way and convinced people to vote me out. I did a lot to try to convince her, telling her that I could be an asset to her — I said I was willing to share the immunity idol with her if I found it. She probably thought that she and I were playing the same kind of game, not very physical. She felt sort of left out, like an afterthought to our alliance. But I thought that once we had her in, I could work with her very well.
TVGuide.com: Do you think that aligning yourself with Jonathan put a target on you?
Yau-Man: I didn't until that morning in the cave when Cirie and Jonathan had it out; that was when I realized, "Uh-oh, this is not working out." Cirie dragged out every dirty deed that Jonathan ever did in his Cook Islands series. I knew some of it, but during Cook Islands, most of the time I was out filming Fiji. I came back for the last two episodes, so I didn't know all the things she was accusing Jonathan of doing.
TVGuide.com: Was it a mistake for Malakal to vote you out so soon? You proved on Fiji that you're awesome during challenges.
Yau-Man: That's what I tried to convince Cirie, that I can be an asset. If you look at the coconut-toss challenge, I tossed in most of the coconuts! But she wouldn't budge. She felt that I was a threat, that my alliance with Jonathan was way too strong and she would always be an outsider.
TVGuide.com: What did you think of the romances between Ozzy and Amanda and between James and Parvati?
Yau-Man: I was very surprised that it took place so early and that they were so blatant about it. People who are coupled up in this game are dangerous. That was very weird. I thought it would be easy to vote one of them [Parvati or Amanda] out now and another the next time. When Jonny left, it was Parvati we were supposed to vote out.... She escaped that vote because Jonny decided to not want to play anymore.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of Jonny, he said that you bashed his face into the side of the boat to get the immunity idol in the first episode. Were you going for blood?
Yau-Man: It was totally, totally an accident! I don't think I even knocked him that hard. We were both diving for the idol. I really didn't knock him on the head.
TVGuide.com: Who do you see going far among the favorites?
Yau-Man: I would like to see Jonathan go far, and I got to like Ami, who's quite a nice person. And Ozzy is very nice — the guy is definitely very athletic. He's a fish! He moves as well in water as on land. During the challenges, I'm cheering for him.
TVGuide.com: What do you think of the fans? They seem pretty evenly matched to the favorites.
Yau-Man: I was very surprised that they did so well. The favorites were a little bit overconfident; we did very well in setting up our camp and finding food; we were living it up, but in the challenges we were too cocky.
TVGuide.com: How hard was Micronesia compared to Fiji?
Yau-Man: Mentally it was easier, because I was much more prepared for the hardship and everything that goes along with it. But physically it was harder, because the weather was horrible — the rain dumped on us every day, and everything was wet all the time. But we didn't have the snakes we had in Fiji!
TVGuide.com: I'd be remiss if I didn't ask you about Dreamz's broken oath to you on Fiji. You've always been very forgiving about that situation, but doesn't it still infuriate you?
Yau-Man: Well, no, I've gotten over that. I've tried to contact him; he has not contacted me back. I understand that he comes from a different life background than I and we have different worldviews on these things. [Laughs] I wish he had kept his promise, but he didn't, so what can I do?
TVGuide.com: I mean, it cost you not only a truck but, in all likelihood, a million dollars.
Yau-Man: It probably did.
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