Survivor: Redemption Island – Wade on Birmingham http://wadeonbirmingham.com News, features and essays about Birmingham and Alabama Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2407551 Krista Klumpp: the mediator in a short-lived ‘Survivor’ alliance http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2011/03/26/survivor-redemption-island-krista-klumpp-final-interview/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2011/03/26/survivor-redemption-island-krista-klumpp-final-interview/#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:43:09 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=12575 Wade on Birmingham - Survivor Redemption IslandInterview with Krista Klumpp on "Survivor: Redemption Island"]]> Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

She went from fearing a villain, to bonding with a villain, to being dragged down by said villain.

Survivor: Redemption IslandAfter 14 days, Fairhope native Krista Klumpp exited “Survivor: Redemption Island” in 15th place.

What went wrong? How did she come into such a controversial alliance? And what didn’t get shown on television?

The Columbia, S.C., pharmaceutical sales rep dished on her 2 weeks in Nicaragua during a conference call.

On aligning with Russell Hantz, the three-time notorious contestant: “I have a tattoo on my foot that says, ‘Saved by grace.’ And (Hantz) said, ‘I like your tattoo.’ And I was like, ‘I like yours.’  That’s where our conversation started and where we got to know each other.”

(Hantz has an arm tattoo that reads, “Keep Hope Alive.”)

Klumpp and Hantz shared some things in common, including Christian beliefs, a love of SEC football (he attended LSU, she was head cheerleader at Auburn) and being Southerners. She was drawn to this side that wasn’t shown on television.

But having seen his cutthroat moves in two previous “Survivor” seasons, she feared he would just unload on her at any moment. Instead, she connected with him personally, leading to their ill-fated alliance on Zapatera that included Stephanie Valencia.

On what she wish had been aired: “I did a lot of behind-the-scenes work for our alliance.

“Being an alliance with Stephanie and Russell, they’re such big personalities and so dramatic, (so the footage focused on them). I was a big part of a lot of our decisions that we made and a lot of the strategic conversations.

“I did a lot of mediating between Stephanie and Russell. Me being a mediator, me calming Stephanie and Russell down to not be so brash to the others is not as entertaining.”

On the Redemption Island duel with Matt Elrod: “I was doing really well staying focused, and I thought I was way ahead of Matt. I thought I had it by a long shot.

“To hear Jeff (Probst) say that Matt wins, it was like, ‘No way.’ I thought for sure that I had won it. It was over, very emotional for many reasons.”

On looking back at her alliance with Hantz: “I really feel like that was my only choice. None of the others were there to play the game like I wanted to.

“I knew I had to be aggressive from the beginning. I had to come in ready to play, and the only people ready to do that were Stephanie and Russell.

“When you’re approached by Russell to get in an alliance, I don’t believe there are many choices that you have.” (laughs)

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Previous: Episode 6 — So it is written

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Krista Klumpp, Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

Against the grains: Matt Elrod and Krista Klumpp share
a meal on Redemption Island.

Does Krista Klumpp have what it takes to defeat the three-time champion of Redemption Island?

Survivor: Redemption IslandFor the Fairhope native, that’s the only question that matters in tonight’s “Survivor.”

Matt Elrod has sent other competitors packing, including one of the toughest players of three seasons, Russell Hantz.

And before they duel, will Krista and Matt connect on other level?

Find out after the jump …

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Video: Happier times: Krista and Stephanie Valencia
goof off while the rest of Zapatera hunts for food.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Overnight sensation: Krista’s first night at Redemption Island.

Almost paradise: Krista finds Redemption Island
more relaxing than Camp Zapatera.

Dueling believers: From the time Krista arrives in the Redemption Island camp, she and Matt develop an easy rapport. One reason? They’re both Christians at heart.

Krista receives her luxury item, her Bible, and prays with Matt before their duel.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Revelations: Krista receives her luxury item, her Bible.

Krista Klumpp, Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

Can they get an amen? Matt and Krista share a prayer.

The challenge requires each player to retrieve three bags with a grappling hook on a rope. Then, the player must take a ball from one of the bags and steer it through a table maze.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Hook, line and …: Krista hooks a bag at the duel.

Krista Klumpp, Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

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Krista Klumpp, Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

On the table: Matt and Krista run the final leg.

Video: The Redemption Island duel between Matt and Krista.

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And like in previous contests, Matt falls behind early but never panics. Krista has a clear lead … until her ball falls through the maze. And like in previous contests, Matt wins, sending another challenger home.

Krista Klumpp, Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

A hug before crying: Matt beats Krista.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

The moment hits.

Krista Klumpp, Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

To the victor: Krista gives her Bible to Matt.

Krista becomes the fourth player evicted, finishing in 15th place. Before she leaves, she tears up a little, and gives Matt her Bible.

“It’s a real reality, it’s emotional,” she says.

Should Krista have gone further in the game? What should she have done differently? Sound off in the comments.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

The burning of the buff.

Video: Krista, the day after

[Videos and photos to be added.]

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Previous: Episode 5 — Thy fearful symmetry

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Video: Preview of tonight’s episode.

For Fairhope native Krista Klumpp, her journey on “Survivor: Redemption Island” has come to an end.

Survivor: Redemption IslandOr has it?

Tonight, she faces the formidable Matt Elrod, the three-time champion at Redemption Island. She stays only if she defeats him, and every other castoff after him.

Last week, Zapatera booted her over her ally Stephanie Valencia. The question is: Does Krista have what it takes to beat all challengers from here on out?

Check out the action tonight, and look for the recap here.

Episode 5 recaps:

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42. Look for the full recap tonight following the show.

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Video: Fan tribute to Krista Klumpp

Two against the world. That’s how Fairhope native Krista Klumpp and ally Stephanie Valencia feel at Zapatera.

Survivor: Redemption IslandBut if the tribe keeps winning, they have nothing to fear, especially with their new backup plan.

Alliances are always in motion on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Meanwhile, has the Zapatera tribe become too cocky? Has Ometepe relied too much on “Boston Rob” Mariano?

And can Matt Elrod continue his win streak at Redemption Island?

Find out after the jump …

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Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

The buddy system: Stephanie Valencia, left,
and Krista Klumpp work out a plan.

Video: Now what for Zapatera?

Krista Klumpp, Rob Mariano, Stephanie Valencia, Grant Mattos, Survivor: Redemption Island

Well, hello there: Krista and Stephanie offer up
potential allies to “Boston Rob” Mariano and Grant
Mattos while at Redemption Island.

Matt wins: In a race to put together big puzzle cubes, Matt beat challenger Kristina Kell to remain on Redemption Island, his third consecutive victory.

More importantly, Krista and Stephanie used the opportunity to make a new friend. The two were witnesses for Zapatera, while Boston Rob and Grant Mattos were there for Ometepe.

With nothing to lose, Krista and Stephanie told Boston Rob that should all make it to a merge, they would be two more votes for his alliance. But with 13 players still in the game, plus one on Redemption Island, that merge could be a long ways off.

Boston Rob seemed open, if a little skeptical.

Video: Krista discusses watching the duel at Redemption Island.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Zero hour: Krista laments her tribe’s lack of strategy.

Need more pep: At Zapatera, the tribe seems content to coast. Certainly the alliance of six in control isn’t worried either way.

Which puts Krista and Stephanie in a dangerous position. Krista confides, “Since Russell (Hantz) left, there has been zero talk of strategy. They’re not playing the game.”

Naturally, the duo don’t disclose the dealmaking that went on at Redemption Island.

Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

Scalp sisters: Stephanie fixes Krista’s hair.

But neither one is pushing the tribe to strategize, form a secret alliance or go idol hunting. It looks like they’ve already given up.

If only a cheerleader were available to boost morale …

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Team meeting: Zapatera strategizes before the challenge.

Immunity/reward challenge: Blindfolded tribes race through a maze, led by an unblindfolded caller, to retrieve four bags of puzzle pieces. The caller then solves a word scramble from the pieces.

The reward? Coffee and pastries.

Stephanie of Zapatera and Boston Rob of Ometepe serve as callers/solvers.

Krista Klumpp, Sarita White, Survivor: Redemption Island

Bag ladies: Krista, left, and Sarita White drop off puzzle bags.

Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

The phrase that pays: Stephanie works on the word scramble.

Ometepe jumps to an early lead, but blows it when Boston Rob struggles to get all the tiles from the bags. Stephanie catches up, only to stall on the puzzle.

Boston Rob solves it, giving Ometepe the win.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

You lose some: Zapatera watches helplessly from the sidelines.

And now, Krista and Stephanie are in big, big trouble.

Rob Mariano, Grant Mattos, Survivor: Redemption Island

The old switcheroo: Boston Rob, right, shows Grant
an older clue to the hidden immunity idol.

The hustle: Boston Rob can scramble with the best of ’em. Even when he’s on top, he never stops hustling.

Back at Ometepe, Grant accidentally finds the clue to the hidden immunity idol in the coffee jar. And the accidentally shows Boston Rob.

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The two sneak off from camp, and Boston Rob hides the clue in his pocket, telling Grant to go back before anyone suspects them.

Boston Rob runs off in the jungle to swap this clue for his old, more vague clue. When Grant returns to the jungle, Boston Rob shows him the old clue. They decide to bury it, and Boston Rob never lets on that he’s had the idol all along.

Smooth.

Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

On the outs: Krista and Stephanie ponder their fate.

Voted out: Zapatera is about to dump Krista or Stephanie. Neither campaigns against the other.

At Tribal Council, Krista calls out the tribe for not playing the game with the ever classic, “I’m not here to make friends; I’m here to play the game.” (Drink!)

Video: Krista argues with her tribe over strategy at Tribal Council.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Closing argument: Krista makes her case at Tribal Council.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Head to the polls: The vote begins.

Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Once the votes are read, the decision is final.

She calls out the sub-alliances within the big six, pointing out that David Murphy is likely the low end of the pecking order.

While alliance leader Steve Wright takes two votes, the fatal blow hits Krista with six votes.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Fifth out: Zapatera takes out Krista 6-2.

She heads off into the night to Redemption Island, her last chance.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

The dark night: Krista arrives at Redemption Island.

Does Krista stand a chance against Matt? Should she have fought harder to stay? Sound off in the comments.

[Photos to be added.]

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Video: “I Am the Torch Snuffer”

Previous: Episode 4 — The taste of bittersweet
Next: Krista fights to stay alive; dissension at Ometepe. [Episode 6 — So it is written]

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Video: Preview of tonight’s episode.

One villain down, one to go.

Survivor: Redemption IslandRussell Hantz went down fighting in his duel, but still ended up in second-to-last place overall. Next!

Meanwhile, his allies Stephanie Valencia and Fairhope native Krista Klumpp are on still their own in a hostile Zapatera tribe. Will either make it very far into “Survivor: Redemption Island”?

Over at Ometepe, “Boston Rob” Mariano may have his hands full with screwball Phillip Sheppard. Can the tribal king handle the court jester?

Check out the action tonight, and look for the recap here.

Video: Back on Day 7, Russell Hantz and his allies
Stephanie Valencia and Krista Klumpp raided the rice
while the rest of Zapatera was away in this unaired scene.

Episode 4 recaps:

  • Wade on Birmingham
  • Jeff Probst: “Russell will go down in history as one of the most notorious contestants of all time. Maybe THE most notorious.”

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42. Look for the full recap tonight following the show.

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Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

Beach bunnies: Krista Klumpp, foreground, and Stephanie Valencia
enjoy their moment in the sun on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Krista Klumpp is in trouble with capital “trouble.”

Survivor: Redemption IslandThe Fairhope native aligned with returning villain Russell Hantz early on “Survivor: Redemption Island.” Now, she and her ally Stephanie Valencia face a hostile majority on their own Zapatera tribe.

Meanwhile, Russell has his hands full at Redemption Island against defending loser Matt Elrod.

Who’s testing their alliance? Who has a new hidden immunity idol? And who’s crying now?

Find out after the jump …

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Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

We are not above running multiple bikini shots.

Video: Krista and Stephanie are caught on the outside of Zapatera.

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Troubled in paradise: Krista Klumpp is down one ally.

Krista says: “I’m bummed, but I’ve got to put a game face on.”

Video: The aftermath of the Redemption Island challenge.

A game of dominoes: Redemption Island has been the site of such legendary battles as Matt vs. what’s-her-name. And well, that’s it.

Russell and Matt will race to set up a domino run while avoiding tripwires that cause the blocks to fall early. The first to successfully knock over the dominos to trigger a tile-shattering ball wins more time on the show.

Russell Hantz, Survivor: Redemption Island

Your tears are so delicious: Russell Hantz loses big.

Matt again wins the challenge, putting Russell in tears. But he won’t go down without a rant.

He calls out former tribesmate Ralph Kiser, who came to watch along with Sarita White for Zapatera. Ralph brags that he found the hidden immunity idol and is just about to show if off when Sarita cautions him.

Russell Hantz, Phillip Sheppard, Kristina Kell, Sarita White, Ralph Kiser, Survivor: Redemption Island
Top: Russell bounces back, telling all in front of host Jeff Probst.
Middle: Sarita White and Ralph Kiser of Zapatera are outed
as manipulators. Bottom: Phillip Sheppard and Kristina Kell
listen intently.

The two Ometepe observers, Kristina Kell and Phillip Sheppard, learn everything they need to know. And Russell becomes the second contestant to exit the game.

Hello, drama!

Rob Mariano, Survivor: Redemption Island

Up a tree: “Boston Rob” Mariano finds his long-lost love,
the hidden immunity idol.

The last bad man standing: “Boston Rob” Mariano steers his remaining Ometepes to the beach so he can sneak off to look for the hidden immunity idol. And he finds it up a tree.

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When Phillip and Kristina return, Phillip decides to try and use the new info to secure his standing with Boston Rob and save Kristina.

Rob Mariano, Phillip Sheppard, Grant Mattos, Survivor: Redemption Island

Conspiracy theory: From right, Phillip tells Boston Rob
and Grant Mattos his plan to save Kristina.

Which, of course, sets off Boston Rob.

Don’t cross the Robfather, baby.

Survivor: Redemption Island

Tool time: Tribes race to finish the immunity/reward challenge.

Immunity/reward challenge: Tribes use one tool to get another tool and on and on till they end up with broken tiles and a toolbox on a table. Reward is a feast.

Krista sits out for Zapatera.

But they don’t need her, winning a fairly close race. Zapatera returns to its victorious ways, and Krista is safe.

Krista Klumpp, Ralph Kiser, Survivor: Redemption Island

Krista cheers the Zapatera victory, while Ralph crows mightily.

Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

The obligatory shot of the winning tribe eating.

Krista Klumpp, Ralph Kiser, Survivor: Redemption Island

Bad touch: Krista is about to touch Ralph’s wiener.
(We are 5 years old.)

Voted out: Ometepe will either vote out the annoying Phillip or the conniving Kristina. Both have been on the periphery of the tribe.

Boston Rob tests control of his alliance by ordering them to send three votes to Kristina and two to Phillip.

At Tribal Council, Phillip and Kristina call each other out. In the end, Boston Rob remains squarely in control, as Kristina Kell, the law student from Malibu, Calif., is sent to Redemption Island by a vote of 4-3.

Kristina Kell, Survivor: Redemption Island

Fourth out: Ometepe ousts Kristina 4-3.

Is Krista doing enough to save her hide? What should be her next move? Sound off in the comments.

[Videos and photos to be added.]

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Previous: Episode 3 — The 3-6 split
Next: Krista prepares to wreak havoc; Boston Rob rethinks dumping Phillip. [Episode 5 — Thy fearful symmetry]

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Video: How Russell Hantz may get his groove back.

Matt Elrod defeated his first opponent to remain on Redemption Island, but can he withstand Hurricane Russell?

Survivor: Redemption IslandOne of “Survivor’s” biggest villains, Russell Hantz, faced his first torch snuffing last week. Will he make it in isolation to return for vengeance?

It’s so on on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Plus, more wacky antics from Phillip Sheppard. And is Fairhope native Krista Klumpp better or worse off since her ally Russell has been evicted?

Check out the action tonight, and look for the recap here.

Video: A quick look at tonight’s episode.

Episode 3 recaps:

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42. Look for the full recap tonight following the show.

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A trip to the dentist? Krista Klumpp competes
in the reward/immunity challenge.

Arrogance, inflated pride, a sense of overconfidence that can lead to downfall.

Survivor: Redemption IslandThe Greeks call it Russell, er, hubris.

Russell Hantz came into “Survivor: Redemption Island” with a target on his back. Now that other players have actually seen his game on television, he can’t use the same ol’ bag of tricks he used in previous back-to-back seasons.

What does that mean for his Zapatera alliance members Stephanie Valencia and Fairhope native Krista Klumpp? Will they ride into the final 3 with him, or end up obliterated before they can scheme their way forward?

Find out after the jump …

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Matt Elrod, Francesca Hogi - Survivor: Redemption Island

The Redemption Island castaways take part in the first ever duel.

Video: Matt Elrod vs. Francesca Hogi on Redemption Island

Loser vs. loser: The Ometepe outcasts took their first step to redemption tonight, facing off in a duel to see who stays and who burns their buff. Yes, really.

Francesca Hogi and Matt Elrod squared off in the Jail Break Duel, while two members of each tribe watched. The players had to retrieve three keys using sticks they tie together, then open locks to advance through a door for the win.

Francesca had a two-key lead, until Matt came roaring from behind to win the challenge. He stays, she goes.

We groan.

Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Russell Hantz - Survivor: Redemption Island

Bumps on a log: Stephanie Valencia, Russell Hantz and
Krista Klumpp ponder the hidden immunity idol’s location.

Long division: Russell continues hunting for the hidden immunity idol at Zapatera, unaware that Ralph Kiser found it already. Funny how Russell seems aware that he’s in a vulnerable position, but unaware that his teammates are onto his scheming.

He, Stephanie and Krista choose the fake idol tactic, and the other alliance of six see right through it. That majority alliance decided to throw the challenge to get rid of Russell, shrinking Zapatera’s overall advantage to eight vs. Ometepe’s seven.

But does the math work?

Krista Klump, Stephanie Valencia, Russell Hantz - Survivor: Redemption Island

Rash behavior: The women admire Russell’s infected armpit.

Immunity/reward challenge: Hard to tell if the reward is a set of comfort items, or getting rid of Russell.

The thrown challenge involves three players, strapped to a large dunking wheel, who spit water into a tube to release a ball. Another player solves a puzzle maze and runs the ball through the course.

Ometepe “wins” its first challenge, and Russell suspects trouble, confiding, “I’m dealing with a bunch of bitches.”

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“Boston Rob” Mariano locates the hidden clue for the
hidden immunity idol right under Phillip Sheppard’s ass.

Obligatory Boston Rob update: “Boston Rob” Mariano isn’t celebrating the Zapatera team’s first victory. Instead, he’s on the hunt for the hidden immunity idol, just like everyone else.

But he can’t find the clue hidden in the comfort items. Has he checked under everyone’s ass?

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Yes, he notices the beach chair occupied by one Phillip Sheppard is leaning to one side. He orders Phillip out, then notices a bump where something has been sewn into the lining.

Boston Rob gets, reads and hides the clue, unsure of where to start looking.

Krista Klumpp, Stephanie Valencia, Russell Hantz - Survivor: Redemption Island

Even at Tribal Council, Russell’s angels remain at his side.

Voted out: The alliance of six wants to cast three votes for Russell and three for one of his partners, just in case one of them plays an idol. (Ralph hasn’t told his own alliance about his good fortune.)

Video: Krista pins her alliance’s hope on recruiting Julie Wolfe.

Russell made a last-minute play for Julie Wolfe, but in the end, the vote went to a three-way tie with Ralph, Stephanie and Russell. The three nominees weren’t allowed to vote in the tie-breaker.

For the first time in his three seasons, Russell Hantz is voted out 5-1 over Ralph.

Russell Hantz - Survivor: Redemption Island

Third out: Zapatera tosses Russell 5-1.

Is Krista headed for an early exit? Can she turn her game around? Sound off in the comments.

[Videos and photos to be added.]

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Video: Russell and Matt prepare for battle next week.

Previous: Episode 2 — Lead, follow or get more camera time
Next: Russell duels Matt on Redemption Island. Boston Rob worries that someone in his alliance will flip. [Episode 4 — The taste of bittersweet]

Also:

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Video: Second chances come at a cost, starting
tonight on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

“Survivor” has had at least one predictable outcome in its previous 21 seasons: The first out — whether 20th place or 16th place — was only memorable as a possible trivia answer.

Survivor: Redemption IslandTonight’s episode of “Survivor: Redemption Island” will scramble that notion forever.

Francesca Hogi, the first one voted out, and Matt Elrod, the latest castaway cast away, will battle head to head. The loser goes home, finally. The winner gets to stay in isolation for another few days until the next loser stumbles into camp.

Hmm …

Meanwhile, the Zapatera alliance of Russell Hantz, Stephanie Valencia and Fairhope native Krista Klumpp looks to pull off the “biggest blindside ever.” Hmm again, I thought that was the one they pulled over on the audience bringing back the tired old villains.

Check out the action tonight, and look for the recap here.

Video: preview of Jail Break Duel,
the first battle in Redemption Arena.

Episode 2 recaps:

  • Wade on Birmingham
  • Jeff Probst: “Once again, the gold star of the episode does go to … Philip. … The explanation of his two tattoos was so good I had to watch it three times.”

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42. Look for the full recap tonight following the show.

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Video: Krista Klumpp explains the hardships of “Survivor.”

For the time being on “Survivor: Redemption Island,” it’s not about two tribes.

Survivor: Redemption IslandIt’s about the two villains leading the tribes.

And Fairhope native Krista Klumpp is quickly being drawn into their web of deceit. Will this help her make the Final 3, or get her tossed early?

Find out who’s lying, who’s lying more and who the real target is, after the jump …

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Phillip Sheppard, Survivor: Redemption Island

Crabby disposition: Phillip successfully hunts the wily crab.

Every circus needs a clown: Phillip Sheppard is a bounty of trainwreck television … from his pledge to be “Boston Rob” Mariano’s puppet at Ometepe to his teary-eyed patriotism to his crab hunting escapades.

He is both pawn and comic relief, outspoken man-child and punching bag.

More on him later.

Ralph Kiser, Survivor: Redemption Island

No stone unturned: Ralph finds the hidden immunity idol.

A walk in the woods: Gathering rocks. That’s what redneck farmer Ralph Kiser was doing around the Zapatera camp when he found the hidden immunity idol.

It’s “as simple as wiping your hiney with toilet paper,” he declares.

Isn’t that supposed to be Russell Hantz’s claim to fame? Finding idols, not wiping hineys. Not that we’d know.

Russell lures in Krista to be part of his can’t-fail, gun-for-runner-up alliance, which already has Stephanie Valencia.

Krista goes along without question. And the tribe sees right through Russell’s by-the-numbers approach.

Video: We join this challenge, already in progress.

Immunity/reward challenge: The task Smash, Grab, Smash involves a round of grabbing keys while smashing tiles, opening boxes with the keys, then breaking tiles with a ball found in the box.

The reward is fishing gear, which Russell assumes hides the real reward, a clue to the hidden immunity idol that Ralph already nabbed.

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Ometepe leads at first, but Zapatera wins it in a squeaker, making it two in a row.

Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

Matt, center, shakes hands with the winning tribe,
Zapatera. This will have no consequences whatsoever.

Meanwhile on Redemption Island …: Nothing. A big pile of nothing.

Francesca Hogi tries to start a fire with flint and the big knife, in the glow of her burning lantern. Yes, you read that right.

And she relaxes with her luxury item, a journal and pen. Whee.

Krista Klumpp, Russell Hantz, Stephanie Valencia, Survivor: Redemption Island

Three’s company: Russell shares the clue
with his alliance, Krista, left, and Stephanie.

An old bag of tricks: Russell grabs the clue for the hidden immunity idol out of a scuba fin on the way back to the Zapatera camp. Ralph spots him and informs the tribe.

Russell, Krista and Stephanie sneak off to read the worthless clue. Ralph confronts Russell, much preening takes place and then, it’s over.

Voted out: Boston Rob hatches his master plan for Ometepe. Oust Matt Elrod, one of Boston Rob’s own gang of six.

Huh?

Matt dared shake hands with the Zapateras after their second victory. And he’s pairing up with Andrea Boehlke. Boston Rob’s slimy sense is tingling.

In the process, he wants Kristina Kell to play her immunity idol and test Phillip’s loyalty. Boston Rob gives the secret signal, a hand on the shoulder, for Phillip to vote for Kristina.

And like clockwork, the plan succeeds. Kristina plays the idol unnecessarily. The real target is blindsided.

Video: Blindside!

And Matt Elrod, the pre-med student from Nashville, is voted out 4-2 over Phillip. (The two votes for Kristina didn’t count.)

Once again, we started with 18 players and ended with 18 players.

Matt Elrod, Survivor: Redemption Island

Second out: Ometepe votes out Matt 4-2.

Should Krista be aligned with Russell? Will he help or hurt her game? Sound off in the comments.

[Videos and photos to be added.]

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Previous: Episode 1 — A game of What Ifs
Next: Russell announces, “I’m dealing with a bunch of bitches.” And Andrea is hella-pissed at Boston Rob. [Episode 3 — The 3-6 split]

Also:

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Video: Russell Russell Russell! Rob Rob Rob!
on tonight’s “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Who’s really in charge, Boston Rob or Russell? Or does anyone really care?

Survivor: Redemption IslandThe supervillians are featured front and center as “Survivor: Redemption Island” speeds into the second episode tonight.

Fairhope native Krista Klumpp is on Russell Hantz’s Zapatera tribe and seems to be under the radar so far. Meanwhile, Rob Mariano has his hands full with renegade former federal agent Phillip Sheppard at Ometepe. Plus, Francesca Hogi begins her stay on fun-filled Redemption Island.

Check out the action tonight, and look for the recap here.

Video: Get the ball of power. No, really.
Preview of tonight’s challenge, Smash, Grab, Smash.

Episode 1 recaps:

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42. Look for the full recap tonight following the show.

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Video: Krista Klumpp bares it all. Her first confessional
on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

A third season with Russell Hantz. A fourth season with “Boston Rob” Mariano.

Survivor: Redemption IslandReally, “Survivor”? Really?

At least it made for an interesting first Tribal Council on tonight’s season premiere of “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Lost in the shuffle was Krista Klumpp, the Fairhope native and pharmaceutical sales rep. Little screen time could mean she’s deadly dull, safe for weeks or who knows? Even host Jeff Probst called her a question mark.

More question, and snark, after the jump …

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Kristina Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

Krista Klumpp prays neither returning player
ends up on Zapatera.

Villains vs. villains: The 16 players arrived by chopper, already set for tribes Zapatera and Ometepe. Krista is playing on the purple-toned Zapatera team.

Russell and Boston Rob arrived in their own chopper and drew for their tribes. Zapatera will have to put up with Russell, while Ometepe gets Beantown’s finest.

Jeff announces the Redemption Island twist: After being voted out at Tribal Council, the losing contestant heads to the “island,” lives on the same rations and conditions and battles to remain with the next terminated player. Eventually, the king of the lepers will be allowed back in the regular game.

The two-time Redemption Island losers will be sent home, or to camp, or to jury duty, or maybe to the next “Criminal Minds” spinoff.

The tribes build their camps quickly thanks to their ringers.

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At Zapatera, Russell pulls aside Stephanie Valencia as his gal Friday, a k a the person he takes to the finals who actually beats him because he’s such a lousy end-game player.

Congratulations, Stephanie! Here’s your $1 million check.

Russell’s tribesmates aren’t idiots, having seen at least one episode of his two dozen appearances. They quickly figure out his repeat strategy and vow to rid themselves of him sometime before Jeff hands Stephanie that check we just mentioned.

At Ometepe, Boston Rob deduces that Kristina Kell was hunting through the toolbox for the clue to the unannounced hidden immunity idol. The producers cleverly hid it under Russell’s hat!

Boston Rob knows early on that Kristina must go: She’s onto his strategy and already hunting for that idol. And yes, she finds it, and then tells Francesca Hogi and the game’s biggest non-returning idiot, Phillip Sheppard. He not only claims to be a former federal agent, but does so every other sentence.

Foreshadowing.

Kristina Kell, Survivor: Redemption Island

Kristina finds the hidden immunity idol at the Ometepe
camp without a clue. Yeah, we said it.

Day 2: There is no Day 2.

Video: The first challenge goes to …

Immunity/reward challenge: As shown in the preview, the challenge Push It Uphill has three stages. Shove some giant blocks, chop some ropes, solve a big block puzzle.

Russell and the Zapatera crew knock it out with maybe one close call, winning the challenge, a flint and the immunity idol. Krista is safe. And almost invisible.

Kristina Klumpp, Zapatera, Survivor: Redemption Island

Zapatera, with Krista at left, celebrates victory at the first
immunity challenge.

Voted out: Jeff ends Tribal Council with, “I have no idea what’s about to go down.”

It started when he asked who the leader of Ometepe was. Boston Rob cleverly suggests Phillip. Phillip begins his meltdown, truthfully explaining that Kristina and Francesca (or as he keeps calling her, “Fran-ques-qua”) had wanted him to oust Boston Rob. Francesca denies it, then Phillip blurts out that Kristina has the idol.

Kristina says the real plan was to vote out Natalie Tenerelli. So Kristina is just winning allies left and right.

Boston Rob asks to see Kristina’s idol, then tells her to give it to him or face being voted out. She refuses. And there you go.

Ometepe, Survivor: Redemption Island

Show of hands: Who wants pie?

At the voting booth, Boston Rob says how much he loves playing with amateurs (my God, he’s a professional “Survivor” contestant??) because they can’t shut up.

Natalie receives zero votes.

Instead, Phillip snags two votes, Kristina the schemer earns three votes, but it’s four votes for Francesca “Franquesqua” Hogi, the DC attorney, that send her … well, to Redemption Island. Anti-climactic, isn’t it? She takes her snuffed torch and heads off.

Ironic: The first words uttered by a contestant this season were from Francesca, in reference to Boston Rob and Russell’s arrival: “They sizing us up like we’re prey.”

So we started with 18 players, and we ended with 18 players.

Francesca Hogi, Survivor: Redemption Island

First out: Ometepe votes out Francesca 4-3-2.

Do you like the new twists? Should Russell and Boston Rob be back for another round?

[Videos to be added.]

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on on CBS 42.

Previous: Meet Krista Klumpp.
Next: Russell squares off against the very hairy, very redneck farmer. [Episode 2 — Lead, follow or get more camera time]

Also:

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Krista Klumpp, Auburn University cheerleader, Survivor: Redemption Island

Photo: Auburn Athletics

Krista Klumpp served as head cheerleader at
Auburn before graduating in 2008.

Video: Host Jeff Probst sizes up Krista Klumpp
on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Returning losers! Players that won’t get sent home! Twists galore!

Survivor: Redemption IslandWelcome to season 22 of “Survivor.”

Joining the crew of “Survivor: Redemption Island” is Krista Klumpp. Tonight, her televised adventure in Nicaragua begins.

Host Jeff Probst rated the contestants (try to forget he already knows the winner) and said about the Fairhope native:

“Krista is a question mark. If she folds, it won’t surprise me. And if she turns out to be this strong pillar on her tribe, it won’t surprise me either.”

• • •

For more photos and full bio of Krista Klumpp,
see our preview post.

• • •

Krista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption IslandKrista Klumpp, Survivor: Redemption Island

At left, Krista Klumpp was Miss Smiths Station and Miss
Phenix City, as well as fourth runner-up in
Miss Alabama USA. At right, in Nicaragua
for “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

As previously announced, eliminated players will have an opportunity to win their way back into the game from Redemption Island. Speaking of returning players, Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano, who squared off before in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” get yet another shot at the $1 million grand prize.

Can Klumpp oust the other 17 contestants before they oust her? The journey begins tonight.

Video: What’s the big twist this season?
We kinda already told you above.

Video: a look at the first challenge, Push It Uphill

Also:

  • Meet Krista Klumpp, pharmaceutical sales rep and former Auburn head cheerleader.
  • Opelika-Auburn News: “She said her two desired luxury items were an Auburn blanket and her Bible, but could not say whether she actually got to take those items with her.”
  • The War Eagle Reader: “The thing that most worried me about going into the show was the food aspect. I’m OK with eating whatever there is around … but being from the South, I love always having the best food ever.”

“Survivor: Redemption Island” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42, starting tonight. Look for the full recap tonight following the show.

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Fairhope native Krista Klumpp will be competing
for $1 million on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

Sure, Auburn won a national championship by outwitting, outplaying and outlasting 22 other players.

Survivor: Redemption IslandBut could the football team do it in jungles of Nicaragua? As solo contestants? For 39 days?

No, Cam Newton isn’t running away to be a reality TV star. But former Auburn head cheerleader Krista Klumpp will compete on CBS’ “Survivor: Redemption Island.” The 25-year-old pharmaceutical sales rep lives in Columbia, S.C., but grew up in Fairhope.

She graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a degree in mass communications. Klumpp was also Miss Phenix City, making it to fourth runner-up for Miss Alabama USA in 2007 and 2009.

“I’m really proud to be from Alabama, growing up a true Southerner,” Klumpp says. “It might sound weird, but I’m real excited about not having to wash my hair for 39 days.”

Krista Klumpp, Lee Corso

Photo: Auburn Athletics

Krista Klumpp cheers for Auburn behind
ESPN commentator Lee Corso during “College GameDay.”

Her contestant bio on the “Survivor” website has a few more details …

  • Tribe: Zapatera
  • Current residence: Columbia, S.C.
  • Personal claim to fame: Being elected head cheerleader at Auburn University is my personal claim to fame. I then became a second generation Auburn University head cheerleader.
  • Inspiration in life: My grandparents who were married for 67 years.
  • Hobbies: Water sports, traveling and running.
  • Pet peeve: When people wear sunglasses inside.
  • Three words to describe you: Driven, competitive and approachable.
  • “Survivor” contestant you are most like: I thought I was most like Natalie White because we had such similar backgrounds, but I expect to play the game with a little more edge. [White won her season in Samoa by defeating the notorious Russell Hantz. Like Klumpp, is a Southerner, in this case from Arkansas and a pharmaceutical sales rep.]
  • Reason for being on “Survivor”: To prove that a former cheerleader and pageant girl can win the hardest game ever. Also, the money! If anyone says anything different, they are lying!

Other fun facts about Klumpp …

The 22nd season will take place in Nicaragua, like the preceding season. Eighteen contestants compete for the grand prize of $1 million. In a new twist this season, those voted off will not be sent home but instead to Redemption Island to continue on limited food and other supplies. That castaway will compete with the next eliminated contestant to remain.

While 16 contestants were revealed Wednesday, two mystery contestants were held back. [Spoiler alert: Do NOT read the next paragraph if you don’t want to know the other two contestants.]

Most online experts say that Russell Hantz will return for his third season and “Boston Rob” Mariano for his fourth. The two previously faced off  in 2010’s “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” against previous winner James “J.T.” Thomas of Mobile. Mariano battled in his first season, “Survivor: Marquesas,” Birmingham native Paschal English and the eventual winner, Troy University alum Vecepia Towery. Neither Hantz nor Mariano has ever finished higher than second place.

Video: Krista Klumpp talks about her background
and sizes up the other contestants.

“Survivor: Redemption Island” will air at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS 42, starting Feb. 16.

“Survivor” fans: If you would like to write recaps and features
for Wade on Birmingham, please contact me for details.

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