The Yak had the chance to sit down with Elyse Umemoto ,the 27-year-old Dance Team Manager from Las Vegas, who was previously the second runner up in the Miss America pageant and holder of the Miss Washington title. Elyse was the 4th castaway to exit Redemption Island after being beaten in a duel by Christine Shields Markoski a 39-year-old teacher from Merrick, NY. Unlike other survivor castoffs Elyse was unique in the fact that she admittedly has not watched one episode of her Survivor season. Calling herself, hypercritical she blames that on being in the pageant circuit. “I critique myself. I don’t think I could handle all the stress of being back there. I’ll probably watch before the reunion. I want to take it all in at once.”
The Yak: Do you think that the relationship you had with Ozzy was detrimental to your status in the game?
Elyse: Ozzy and I both should have made a conscious effort to play down any relationship.
The Yak: What exactly was your relationship with Ozzy?
Elyse: Definitely not romantic; very friendly. I meshed with his personality the best.
The Yak: What was your strategy coming in?
Elyse: I didn’t get into Survivor until right before the show. I had a non-strategy. I was going to take it minute by minute day by day.
The Yak: Did you know who Coach and Ozzy were?
Elyse: I had heard of Coach because my parents are big Survivor fans. I knew who Ozzy was because his season in Micronesia is one of the few I watched.
The Yak: During last nights episode what did you think of Ozzy’s reaction to your being blindsided?
Elyse: To be honest I haven’t seen last night’s episode, I haven’t watched any of the episodes. It was nice to know that he was displeased that I was gone.
The Yak: What did you think of Keith and Whitney’s decision to cast their votes for Dawn?
Elyse: This is where I start second-guessing myself. It was a passive way to send me home. Jim orchestrated to send me home. Why didn’t I target Keith and Whitney?
The Yak: What is your impression of Jim now?
Elyse: My impression of Jim is the same as it was when I met him. He seems like a slimy used car salesman. He told us he was a high school teacher. Why didn’t we question that? We should have known he was lying when he couldn’t tell us at what degree water boils.
The Yak: What do you think of Cochran?
Elyse: Savaii is definitely underestimating Cochran. He reminds me of Jimmy Neutron. He’s silly and goofy and seems harmless. As a group we didn’t give him credit. He’s definitely not harmless.
The Yak: What was your experience on Redemption Island like:
Elyse: Redemption Island is the loneliest place on the planet. You’ve just been punched in the stomach and now you have a duel coming up. It was fantastic to be able to spend that time with Christine. She is smart, intelligent and a fighter and if I could pick one person to win Survivor South Pacific, it would be Christine.
The Yak: Any Regrets?
Elyse: One of my biggest regrets in the game is the fact that since I had no idea I was going home, I didn’t pack the night of tribal council and left my favorite swimsuit back at camp, never to be seen again! I am still not over that!
The Yak: Would you return to Survivor if asked?
Elyse: I don’t know if I would. It’s too much too soon.
The Yak: What do you look forward to now?
Elyse: I’ve pretty much resumed my normal activities but I cannot wait for December and the reunion! It’s going to be priceless! I hope its drama!
The Yak: Thank you Elyse, we hope its drama too!
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