Candice Woodcock was never able to gain the trust from her teammates, who accused her of being wishy-washy — and she proved them right when she switched alliances and helped the remaining Villains vote off Amanda last week. "It’s tough to trust anybody in this game, and I didn’t feel like anybody trusted me to begin with. The Heroes were suspicious of me from day one. No one really wanted much to do with me. They didn’t allow me to even play the game," she tells In Touch, adding that she also felt pressured to side with the Villains, because of their bullying leader. "Russell threatens people," she says. "I felt like I had to be careful with how much I resisted him." But she should have, because this week, karma ended up getting her in the first of two eliminations of the night.
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Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Eliminated May 6: Candice Woodcock
You were frequently accused of being untrustworthy – how do you feel about that?
From the very beginning, I felt like nobody in the Heroes tribe wanted to play with me. I realize now that Tom and Stephenie did and I liked them, but I felt like they were just talking about the weather and their lives instead
of talking strategy. I took that to mean they didn’t want to play the game with me, but that was just their strategy. Anytime I strategized, they were like, “You’re playing too hard.” On the episode that Amanda got voted off, I
felt that she lied to me when she said there was no idol clue. But when I found out there was one and Russell had the idol, I thought they were going against me again. When Russell tried to pull me in, he’s very aggressive, so I would let him talk for hours and I didn’t really care what he had to say or believe what he said. But to make him feel in control, I just had to sit there and listen. I had planned to tell Parvati and Danielle that Russell was telling me that he wanted to vote Parvati off, but I was nervous to do that, because Amanda had done the same thing and then she got targeted. He would watch you talk to somebody else and come straight to you and go, “What did she say?” You would have no time to think up a story. I had to be very careful in dealing with him.
Do you respect how he plays the game?
I think that it has gotten him to this point in the game so far and it got him to this point last season, but at the same time you have to always be thinking the tables are eventually going to turn. If indeed he does make it,
you have to consider how many lies he’s told and how many people he’s rubbed the wrong way. It’s a double-edged sword. He’s probably telling himself, “I’m playing an aggressive game. If I get to the end, how can people not
vote for me?” But at the same time, if you go too far, people may be so angry that they can’t stop and think, “I respect this.”
Of all of this season’s All-Stars, whose game did you respect?
From a fan’s perspective, just watching since I wasn’t on the other tribe, I liked Boston Rob. He’s so funny and he was really good at the puzzles.
What was your biggest regret?
I should not have voted Amanda off. I should have gone with the Heroes and voted for Parvati. I think things would have gone differently. I made a big mistake.
Would you do it again?
It’s weird because I said I probably wouldn’t come back and then they asked me and I ended up doing it. But I think twice is enough!