‘I need someone to win with a bang’: Survivor: Ghost Island’s Desiree Afuye reacts to elimination


Desiree Afuye wanted to make a move a big, massive, game-changing move to ramp up her Survivor: Ghost Island resume. But unfortunately, her master plan blew up in her face before the 21-year-old student even had a chance to execute it.

The Brooklyn-based strategist, who had been loyal to her original Naviti-tribe all season, eventually grew tired of feeling like she was on the bottom of her dominating alliance and she promptly plotted to turn the tables this week by gunning for some major threats, who also happened to be her main allies.

After whispering her tactics to the wrong people however, word spread, and Desiree was soon exposed and confronted during a heated tribal council. Despite denying the claims that she was planning to axe her comrades, trust was already broken, and Desiree became the 10th person voted out of the game, following a vote of 8-2.

“It was kind of awesome. I loved it,” Afuye said of the dramatic elimination episode that saw her walk out of the game on Day 27 to become the third member of the Ghost Island jury.

Her undoing began after attempting to convince the remaining original Malolo tribe to go after top-tier threesome, Domenick Abbate, Wendell Holland and Kellyn Bechtold. But they soon caught wind of her betrayal once Laurel Johnson came running to their rescue.

“I was totally aware that Laurel was playing both sides, I just didn’t know that she was very tight with Dom the way she was,” Desiree shared, recalling the game of telephone that started with Laurel and ended with her secrets spread all over the beaches of Fiji.

“Heading into tribal council, I was still 50/50. I knew that there were going to be jabs thrown at me and I was going to go back and forth. I felt like it was going to be a good court appearance and I was ready to be my own lawyer that night.”

Desiree was confident that she needed to make her move despite the risk, as her allies had begun to treat her like an accessory to their vote, rather than a force to be reckoned with.

“I only felt like [Kellyn] didn’t think I would turn on her because she felt that I was going to be loyal to her even after she left me out of the previous vote. I felt like it wasn’t in my best interest to still go along with her. She thought she had convinced me that it was. I just felt as though Kellyn felt like she had me as an easy vote,” she admitted.

Now that she’s joined the Ghost Island jury, Desiree promises that viewers can expect a tough but fair verdict as she votes to crown the winner of the $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.

“You’re going to see somebody that’s stern. I’m trying to hear what I need to hear. What did you do specifically to get to the end? What was your power move? And if you don’t have one, then I don’t want to hear from you. If I went out with a bang, I need someone to win with a bang.”

Survivor: Ghost Island airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Global and CBS.


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