Sent to the Southern Pacific island of Samoa, the 20 contestants of Survivor: Samoa are doing their best to outsmart everyone else in their quest to win it all. Even as the Galu and Foa Foa tribes paddled their way to the island, Texan oil company owner and apparent alpha male Russell Hantz had already given the impression that he's a force to be reckoned with. Once on the island, Russell formed a secret alliance with the women of his tribe and manipulated them to kick out the outspoken Marisa Calihan. "I wouldn't want to mess with Russell," says Marisa, the first contestant to be eliminated by the Tribal Council.
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Eliminated September 18
What was your first impression of Samoa?
Marisa: It was beautiful and a very rocky island - totally different where I come from, which is Cincinnati, Ohio.
Were you blindsided by the elimination?
Marisa: No! I lost the challenge. It's a game, so I accepted my loss.
Did you like your tribe?
Marisa: Well, I didn't like Russell - he was a bully and a manipulator. I didn't like when he told us the [false] story about being a firefighter in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and losing his dog. I would never tell a story like that to people I've just met. Way too personal and painful to me.
What was the hardest part of Survivor?
Marisa: Well, during the day, it was really hot. But at night, it got windy and freezing cold, and we were next to the water. I hardly slept because I was so cold and always shivering. And, of course, we had to fetch our own food. I ate so many coconuts! I don't think I can ever eat one again.
What's next for you?
Marisa: I am a singer-songwriter, a mix of bluegrass and country, sort of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr. together. My first CD will be available later this year at my web site, marisacalihan.com.