From the very start of Survivor: Tocantins, Sandy Burgin was in trouble. On day one, the Jalapao tribe nominated her, unaware that instead of sending the 53-year-old Kentucky native home they were actually giving her a helicopter ride to their camp. "I celebrated the fact that I didn't have to make that trek on foot," Sandy tells In Touch. But, on day 12, they finally got their wish when Jalapao went to tribal council. "I took all my belongings with me because I figured that would be the case," admits Sandy, who became the fourth person to get their torch extinguished on Survivor.
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What was your first impression of Brazil?
Sandy: It was beautiful and brutal. I loved it.
Considering Jalapao tried to vote you out as soon as you got there, did you ever feel accepted by your tribe?
Sandy: I did. It didn't take very long at all to get into their good graces. Because I showed my strength in the challenges, I think that it came quicker than I expected.
Did you appreciate getting the helicopter ride instead of having to do that torturous hike?
Sandy: Oh, yes! From what I heard from the rest of the tribe, it was just a horrible four-hour hike. So I was really appreciative of that helicopter ride. I celebrated the fact that I didn't have to make that trek on foot!
Were you blindsided by the vote at tribal council?
Sandy: No, not at all. I really had hoped that we'd take Sydney out. Taj held true to her word. But Stephen and JT flopped, and that's okay. I took all of my belongings with me when we went to tribal council because I figured that that would be the case.
Do you regret not finding the hidden immunity idol?
Sandy: Yeah. In all honesty, I know that the clue said you could only use it during the first tribal council that Jalapao actually attended. But, I could have used it in another manner, like tricking someone into playing it at some point.
What would you say was the most challenging aspect of Survivor?
Sandy: The heat was brutal. It was 120 degrees. The eating factor wasn't too bad for me because I had been in training for four months. My diet consisted of oatmeal, strawberries and peanut butter for the four months before the show. That's all that my trainer actually had me on, so the food wasn't a problem for me. Although in Brazil, I only had about a half a cup of rice a day.
How much weight did you lose during the 12 days you were out there?
Sandy: I lost 16 pounds.
Would you do it all over again?
Sandy: In a New York minute! Yes. I'd do it in a heartbeat. The reason I went on the show in the first place was to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, so I would definitely go out there again for the chance of raising money for them. Surviving for 39 days is nothing compared to what those kids go through every day. So, I would jump at the opportunity to go out there again.