Dave Ball knew that his head was on the chopping block before tribal council began on Survivor: Samoa. "I was 98 percent sure I was going home," he tells In Touch. His instincts proved correct and the entire tribe voted to eliminate him from the game. But now that he's the fifth member of the jury, which will eventually award the $1 million prize to a remaining contestant, Dave is paying close attention to what happens next. "I'm going to keep my eyes and ears open and take it all in," he adds.
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Where you bummed to find out there was no reward challenge?
Dave: More than you could know, especially considering my track record at reward challenges. I was batting a thousand.
Did you even get to eat at the food auction?
Dave: I ate better than anyone at the auction. They just didn't show it. I won a massive plate of lasagna. The girls screamed their heads off when I won it because it was a covered item and I won it for like $200 or $220. The girls went nuts because it came with garlic bread. And I also got a bowl of chips and a piña colada. When Jeff uncovered it, all I saw was a coconut, and I thought I'd just wasted $200. But then he turned it around and it was a drink. I can't believe they didn't show it on TV because they totally burned me. Of course, I don't drink, so I just went with the chips. And then he sold the piña colada to Monica for $60, and they didn't show that. I should have gotten that money! I ate better than everybody on that island. I won every reward challenge. And I was still 18 pounds lighter when I left.
I was going to say, you looked like you were losing a lot of weight. I was worried about you out there.
Dave: Thanks. I didn't bulk up to go on the show, so that was 18 pounds of pure love that I lost on the show. My mom said she was sorry I was voted off but she was happy because I finally got to eat.
Were you disappointed to lose out on the immunity necklace to Jaison?
Dave: No, because I thought that we were going to get Jaison to flip. But he was more gutless than I thought. We honestly gave them Erik in the hopes that it would make Jaison flip. We were willing to sell out one of our former Galu's as a symbol of trust for Jaison, because we wanted him on our side. I gave him a great speech, but it didn't work. I initially attributed it to cowardice on his part, but in retrospect that may not have been the case.
Any regrets about trying to tell Shambo how to cook the chicken, because that seemed to really turn her against you?
Dave: Oh, she was against me long before that. Shambo lives in a world of illusion and when someone comes along with some clarity it feels like an attack. And so she hated me long before that.
Did you actually eat any of that chicken?
Dave: I was late to dinner because I got caught in the rain, so I ended up getting chicken feet. They weren't even going to save me any initially but Brett stood up for me and insisted that they save me some food.
Who would you have liked to have seen go home instead?
Dave: Russell, of course.
Speaking of Russell, did you have any idea that he was sabotaging camp?
Dave: No, because you've never seen any kind of strategy like that before. What was he doing? It was ridiculous. But when you're a millionaire you can afford to take crazy chances.