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Yve Rojas got caught in the double elimination on last week's "Survivor: Nicaragua," when her Espada team lost the challenge and had to go to Tribal Council, while the La Flor tribe looked on. The homemaker from Kansas City, MO suspected her neck was on the chopping block, so she tried to turn the tide and get Dan Lembo, who is more than 20 years her senior, ousted instead. Best laid plans and all that, Yve now talks to ET about her time in Nicaragua.
ET: You fought hard at Tribal Council, trying to convince people to vote Dan out. Did you know that you had a target on your back?
Yve Rojas: I did know I had a target on my back. Clearly, from the prior vote when I was left out of the loop on Tyrone with the misperception that I was aligned with him, which I was clearly not. All of my conversations with him were regarding his consumption of food, or his not knowing what to do regarding strategy and I was just an ear, I knew from [the Tyrone vote] I had to win the Immunity Idol. When I didn't, walking back to camp, I knew Dan was always up and I bet I was along with him. Chase had reassured me that if my name was ever up, he would be the first to tell me and he came up to me and said, "Your name is up." At that point, I did what I had to do. So coming into Tribal after hearing from NaOnka, Chase and Holly that I would be safe, and I was sitting next to somebody [Dan] who clearly wanted to end the game several times and was having numerous issues, I wasn't going to sit there and go quietly. I wanted them to know I was there for the love of the game and the respect of it. Not that I hated every moment of it and wanted to leave.
ET: What did you think about the whole old vs. young split?
Yve Rojas: I liked the swap. I was so happy with that, very comfortable and confident with my alliance going there. Was I anticipating a swap? Yes. At that time? No. Then after that, I didn't have much respect for Tyrone and I thought that Holly and I had a stronger relationship. Clearly, that was not the case. She was posturing herself perfectly with the younger tribe. At that point, I knew they would probably pick us off one at a time -- the older ones. Events happened and they did.
ET: What was the hardest part?
Yve Rojas: Clearly, the most difficult for me was having to go to Tribal Council so consistently and being on the losing team. Having those moments of hesitation, even right up to when I got voted out, I was walking through the cemetery and I turned around and went back to Jeff [Probst] and said, "If anybody quits, I get their jury spot." I regret that. I regret other moments where I hesitated. That hesitation became a little bit of my downfall. The strategy part of the game is such a different experience when you are in the game as opposed to having a bird's eye view on TV.
ET: Now that you're gone, who are you rooting for?
Yve Rojas: I like the passion that Marty had playing the game, so I would say him. Second to that, I have a lot respect for Jane as a woman and all of her abilities. I was in awe of her from when she would have the fish to making her own net. I was always right by her. I may not be the one creating this, but I am learning from her. I told her this, too: I would not be writing her name down unless it was for the $1 million and I meant it.
ET: Was your "Survivor" experience positive enough that you would want to do it again?
Yve Rojas: Absolutely. 100 percent. I crave to go back. I want more.
"Survivor: Nicaragua" airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.