Surviving in the Brazilian highlands for 15 days without much food or water was no problem for Spencer Duhm. "In a twisted way I sort of enjoyed starving," he admits to In Touch. But, a game of catch turned out to be the downfall of the 20-year-old Survivor: Tocantins contestant. "I played baseball as a kid and was never a good outfielder so I just couldn't get the hang of that challenge" says Spencer about his poor performance during the immunity challenge. After Jalapao lost, they took their frustration out on Spencer. "It went downhill for me really, really quickly," he adds.
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What was your first impression of Brazil?
Spencer: Brazil is beautiful and very breathtaking. Being there was quite an experience.
How nice was it to win the reward challenge and get to hang out in the Charmin Café?
You have no idea how excited I was to win that challenge. You didn't see it on TV but before the challenge they gave us all a taste of a coconut and milk chocolate treat. I was going to cry if we lost that challenge. Granted we were all hungry but when they give you some sweet food, when all you've been eating is rice and dirt, it meant so much.
Who did you get a letter from?
Spencer: It was from my mom, dad and brother. It took two seconds flat for me to start balling. I just lost it. I looked like a blubbering idiot on TV, but that's okay.
I think it's understandable to get emotional. Do you have any regrets about the way you performed during the Immunity Challenge?
Spencer: Oh absolutely. I'm very competitive so when I don't perform well I get down enough on myself. I give my all in challenges in general. I knew I wasn't performing my best. I just couldn't get the hang of that challenge. I played baseball when I was a kid and I was never a good outfielder. Catching fly balls is not my strongest suite for sure. I should have been launching them rather than trying to catch them. That might have worked out a little bit better!
Who do you think deserved to go home?
Spencer: I was ready for Taj to go home. But, honestly I don't think anyone on the Jalapao tribe deserved to go home. But, If we were voting strictly on performances during the challenges then Sydney was clearly the weakest one. But she was in an alliance with me so I wasn't going to target her yet. Although, if I had known I was going home, I would have absolutely thrown her under the bus.
Speaking of alliances, did you have any idea that an exile island alliance was forming?
Spencer: No I did not. We all knew that relationships could be being built over there but I never thought that there would be two immunity idols that they were bonding over and all that stuff.
Being on Survivor's been a childhood dream of yours. So how did it feel to live out that dream?
Spencer: You have no idea what that was like. Getting my buff was the coolest thing I've experienced in a long time. The whole experience of getting to camp, building the shelter, going to the challenges, it was all just incredible. I loved being dirty and gross. I loved it. Strangely enough, in a twisted way I sort of enjoyed starving. I mean obviously I wanted to eat and if they'd given me food I would have gobbled it down but I didn't mind. I knew it was part of the show and it was great.
Would you do it all over again?
Spencer: In a heartbeat! No doubt. It was an incredible experience. I've been a super-fan so I would do it 10 more times.