Earning the title of Sole Survivor is no mean feat. Doing so without having a single vote cast against you during any Tribal Council is even more impressive. But Survivor: Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine made it all look like a piece of cake. Still, she was pretty surprised by her landslide six-to-one victory over Boy Scout troop leader Lill in Sunday's finale.
"It was crazy because I didn't expect it," Diaz-Twine tells TV Guide Online. "I didn't worry about the money. I thought, 'I'm going to get $100,000 [for the runner-up's prize]. I can pay my bills and buy a car, and by then, I'll be at zip.' And then, for [Survivor] to give me the GMC Envoy too, that was great. Now, I don't even have to buy a car. I can't wait to roll!
"Even with the [jury's] line of questioning and comments," she enthuses, "I still thought, 'Just because they jump all over Lill doesn't mean they won't give her their vote.' I had said in one episode that I'd hate to go up against Lill, because everyone loves her."
Proving just how wrong the 29-year-old mom of two was, Tijuana the only person to cast a vote for Lill in the finale wanted to change her vote after watching the entire series. "Tijuana approached me [during the reunion]," Diaz-Twine recalls. "[She] said, 'Sandra, had I known you were so stealthy, I would have really given you my vote, and it would have been seven to zero.'"
Rumor has it that Diaz-Twine may land on Survivor: All Stars, but she says her fear of the ocean makes her hesitant to sign up for another Survivor ordeal. "I told Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst, 'Give me some advance warning [next time]. Either I'll go and swim, and learn how to really swim. Or [I'll go] as long as it is somewhere where there is no water, like Africa.'
"I'm a really good swimmer in a pool," she adds. "I can swim my ass off. But if you throw me in the ocean, that's a whole different story. Especially when you've got Rupert saying, 'Oh, did you see that shark?' No, I don't want to see that shark! I'm going to get my tail out of here."