In spite of her experiences from “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” and “Survivor: Cambodia,” castaway Ciera Eastin did not make it through the initial phase of challenges in the current season. She was the first contestant to be voted out to leave the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. Eastin thinks that her co-castaways were threatened of her previous participation in the reality series.
“Before we even went to do the challenge, I could tell people were very weary of me because of my past seasons,” Eastin told Entertainment Weekly.
Eastin stated that she originally declined the offer she was invited to rejoin the competition because she felt guilty about leaving her two kids again. However, she ended agreeing to be part of the show for the third time, “but my gut was telling me, this is not your time.”
For her, being ousted in the earliest part of the season is very surreal and a “total nightmare.” Twenty-seven-year-old Eastin confessed that it was hard for her to accept her fate. It made her very emotional.
“I was pissed off at myself and was like ‘I should have just listened to what my gut was telling me,'” she said.
The “Survivor: Game Changers” is composed of former contestants who are given a second chance at the series’ gameplay. Unfortunately, Eastin failed to pass the ship wheel’s puzzle challenge once again.
“I obviously hate all challenges. I get the worst anxiety before I go out to compete in a challenge in general, let alone the very first challenge because it totally sets a precedent moving forward,” she explained.
Eastin believes that she would have fared better if she joined with her former co-challengers from the previous season, such as Brad Culpepper, Andrea Boehlke, and Sierra Dawn Thomas. The Salem, Oregon native felt she had trouble establishing good relationships with other members of her tribe.
Nevertheless, the female castaway extended her gratitude to the network for giving her a chance to star in the 34th season of “Survivor.”
“Survivor: Game Changers” will continue on March 15 on CBS.