History was made on the season premiere of "Survivor." Unwelcome history, perhaps, but history nonetheless.
Returning player Francesca Hogi, who was eliminated first during her original season, returned for this year's "Fans vs Favorites"... only to be eliminated first once again. Francesca (or Francesc-wa, as rival Philip might say) spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the dubious "honor" and what she feels went wrong this time around.
Despite getting brushed off so quickly, Hogi's reaction was almost a simple shrug of the shoulders, less frustration and more acceptance. "It definitely sucked, but I pretty obviously didn't have a choice in the situation," she said. "So I pretty quickly just decided to have the attitude that it was something that happened, and it doesn't define me and I was just going to get on with my life. So that's what I did."
She continued, "I thought I had a shot. I definitely thought that I had Cochran and Dawn on my side, and I thought that I could count on that working out. I knew by the time I left for tribal council that there was a chance I was going to go, but I was just hoping against hope that there would be a different outcome, and that the people that I thought were in my alliance were actually with me."
The contestant sees her two quick eliminations as almost a badge of honor, as several of her competitors claimed to vote for her due to initial reaction to her social game. "I do take it that way. All of these players who had so much more experience in the game than me and so much more success than me were so afraid of me that it felt like they had to get rid of me first. I totally take it as a compliment," Hogi said.
Even as she professed to hold no grudges, Hogi stated that going forward this season she would be rooting for the other team. "I'm definitely rooting for the fans and also my alliance. I was hoping for nothing but the best for Brenda and Erik and Brandon for sure, but I didn't have a particular favorite in mind," she said. "I didn't really know their names and couldn't tell some of them apart, honestly. There were a lot of blondes. So I was just collectively rooting for the fans."
What did you think about Wednesday's premiere?