Shannon 'Shambo' Waters knew that her time was running out on Survivor: Samoa after the former Foa Foa tribe successfully voted out almost all of the remaining Galu members. "The Foa Foa's needed to stick together," Shambo tells In Touch. "They didn't break their alliance through 36 days." And when Brett, the only other remaining Galu, won immunity, the former Marine resigned herself to the fact that she would be going home. "Who else were they going to send?" she asks.
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Who do you think deserved to go home?
Shambo: None of us. I wouldn't have wanted to make that vote if I was a Foa Foa. I understand whey they voted me out. I would have done the same thing if I were in their shoes.
Did you have any idea about what Russell was really doing?
Shambo: I knew everything that Russ was doing. We spent six out of the first 13 days together, and although it wasn't shown on camera, we were inseparable.
How did his critique of your hair and breath make you feel?
Shambo: I was cracking up laughing. He used to say stuff like that to me all the time. He'd joke that I was hiding bananas in my hair. As far as the comment he made about my breath, well really seriously after 36 days without toothpaste or a toothbrush or mouthwash, Russ' breath was probably just as bad if not worse than mine. There was nobody out there that didn't have bad breath.
How did your Marine training help you?
Shambo: Just being able to wake up every day with a positive mental outlook and being able to give 110% was probably the single greatest attribute. It's a form of personal commitment to excellence to anything that you will undertake in your life. That's what I call good old-fashioned Marine Corp. brainwashing. There is no can't. And it's about forging a path forward even if it's the hardest path. It's a mindset that all Marines possess for their entire life.
The reward looked like a lot of fun. What was the best part?
Shambo: Oh my god, that reward was what I most wanted to do. Before the game, I knew that I wanted to make it to the jury more than anything but I also wanted to have the experience of the culture and the locals. To sit with them and hear their stories and how their lives operate in such a remote village, it was the honor of a lifetime. That was my absolute finest day out there.
As a member of the jury, what are you paying attention to?
Shambo: Same things I've been paying attention to the whole time - who deserves $1 million, if not me? That's been my focus. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I'm a Taurus and I'll tell you what, my vote is for who I believe truly most deserves it because of what transpired in the game that I have knowledge of.
At the moment, who do you think deserves to win?
Shambo: There's not even another option, I would hand the check to Russell if he makes it to the end. And I'm giving him a hug and telling him to take some of the money and spend it on positive mental attitude classes. He needs to learn to uplift those around him instead of tearing them down. He'd get better results.