'Survivor' Castaway Chelsea Townsend on Watching Her 'Perfect Power Player Blindside' Fail (Exclusive)
By Jennifer Drysdale
It was men vs. women on Wednesday's episode of Survivor.
The women banded together after Sebastian won the reward challenge and took Domenick, Wendell, Donathan -- leaving Chelsea, Kellyn, Angela, and Laurel without extra time with their loved ones. Four against four is one away from the majority, however, and the group tried to get Donathan on their side. In the end, it was Donathan and Laurel who didn't vote with the women, and Chelsea was sent home.
"It was definitely hard to watch back," Chelsea told ET on Thursday. "I worked so hard out there and wanted to win so badly, so it was hard reliving that moment. However, I flew home to Utah to be with my family and friends [including her sister, Sydney, who appeared on the episode], so I felt so supported and loved, and that really helped a lot."
The 24-year-old said she knew she was going to be the next target, and had been plotting "a perfect power player blindside" for a while. While her opportunity to switch up the game didn't play out to her advantage, she has no regrets over her Survivor experience.
"Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything. I played hard and played exactly the game I wanted to play when I went out there. I’m very proud of my journey," she explained, noting that she only wishes she had found a hidden immunity idol. "I was constantly looking. It would have been great to keep that hidden from everyone and take the game into my own hands, and not leave my fate in someone else’s hands."
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And while she didn't win the million, Chelsea said her 32 days on the island left her with something perhaps just as valuable.
"I think the biggest surprise for me was just how strong and independent I can be," she shared. "I have always had the most supportive family on the planet and they have always been there to help me during difficult or challenging times in my life. I didn’t have them out there so I really had to just depend on myself, and I surprised myself with how much I was able to take difficult situations and endure and keep progressing."
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. See more on the series in the video below.